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A Session at Marine Parade

Sometimes the weather forces you to rethink which location to use of an outdoor Session.  We were planning on shooting in Frimley Park.  But that was before the cyclone winds hit the area and downed several trees & turned the lovely lawns into mud.  So we made new plans to venture out to the iconic Marine Parade.  After living overseas for several years, being able to have their Session in the heart of Napier made it even more meaningful for them.  How nice!

Family portrait in Napier, New Zealand.

Family portraits are enduring keepsakes.

I offer a relaxed & candid approach to portraits, as well as corporate headshots & environmental portraits.  For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly and we can discuss what you are looking for.

A Session at the Beach

This family portrait session was for a mother & her daughter.  When I asked where they would like their session to be, she said, “We are beach people!”  So I found a nice section of beach north of Bay View.  Happily the weather cooperated too.  It was so nice to capture a few memories for them, playing in the surf.

Family portrait in Napier, New Zealand.

Family portraits are enduring keepsakes.

I offer a relaxed & candid approach to portraits, as well as corporate headshots & environmental portraits.  For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly and we can discuss what you are looking for.

The Beginning of a Tradition

I had the opportunity to work with a lovely family recently.  They wanted a family portrait.  It had been a really long time since their last portrait had been taken.  I think it was when the kids were in grade school.  The kids are done with school & are on to the next phase of their lives.  It was the perfect time to capture who they were now, as a family.  When I asked if there was a location close-by that had special meaning to them, everyone agreed that it had to be Dobel Reserve.

The Session has been the source of a custom family album & gift prints for Christmas.  But more than that, the kids have decided they want to do this every 5 years.  What a wonderful new tradition!

Family portrait in Napier, New Zealand.

Family portraits are enduring keepsakes.

I offer a relaxed & candid approach to portraits, as well as corporate headshots & environmental portraits.  For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly and we can discuss what you are looking for.

Cool Autumn Days are Perfect for Portraits

Teen portrait in outdoor setting.

On location at Napier’s Botanical Garden.

Autumn is here & winter is around the corner.  That means cooler days & softer light. It is an optimal time for outdoor portraits.  Jackets, jumpers, scarves and long sleeves are comfortable to wear at these temperatures.  All those layers and textures add interest to images.

Do you have a teenager at home?  When was the last time you had their portrait taken?  Often the answer is years ago, when they were just a little kid.  I bet they have really changed since then!

Interested in having a portrait taken?  Contact me today to discuss location ideas.

For more information about my portrait sessions, please see my website.

Teen portrait in outdoor setting.

On location at Napier’s Botanical Garden.

Black & White Challenge – Day 5

This is Day 5 of my Facebook 5-Day Black & White Challenge. Most of my photographs stay in colour, but it is really nice to view them as Black & White. Again I’ve included the original colour image for you to see. So my question to you is, which do you prefer?

Sweet little Piper was one of three children being photographed during a family portrait session. It nice to have solo images of each child as they grown up. Her outfit is a good example of how the colours you choose to wear during a portrait session make an impact. The rich navy blue, that was contrasted by aqua is pleasing to the eye. When you switch over to black & white, you still retain the definition of the two colours.

Baby girl sitting on chair.

Piper deciding what she would like to do next.

Contact Me today to discuss your portrait needs.
For more information about my portrait services, please see my website.

Black & White Challenge – Day 3

This is Day 3 of my Facebook 5-Day Black & White Challenge. Most of my photographs stay in colour, but it is really nice to view them as Black & White. Again I’ve included the original colour image for you to see. So my question to you is, which do you prefer?

Anna, who has a darling smile, decided that she was going to be serious & shy. It was quite fun to see if we could help her find her smile. Meanwhile, it was nice to capture her in this quiet mood.

Little girl with balloon.

Anna decided she was not smiling on this day.

Contact Me today to discuss your portrait needs.
For more information about my portrait services, please see my website.

Black & White Challenge – Day 2

This is Day 2 of my Facebook 5-Day Black & White Challenge. Most of my photographs stay in colour, but it is really nice to view them as Black & White. Again I’ve included the original colour image for you to see. So my question to you is, which do you prefer?

This little guy is already a year older than this photo. Time flies by when you aren’t looking! Angus was all smiles when he looked at his father.

Father & baby son.

The connection between a new father & his son is priceless.

Contact me today to discuss your portrait photography needs.
For more information about my portrait services, please see my website.

Black & White Challenge – Day 1

A friend of mine nominated me (on Facebook) to do the 5-day Black & White challenge.  It sounded like a fun way to kick-off the New Year.  I’ve also decided to also show you what the original colour image looks like. So the question is, which do you prefer?

I had so much fun photographing little Aaron.  Such an engaging personality & fantastic smile!

Little boy on the stairs.

Aaron wielding his charm.

Contact me today to discuss your portrait photography needs.
For more information about my portrait services please see my website.

5 More Tips on What to Wear

Family portrait taken at Ahuriri Estuary, Napier, New Zealand.

Coordinating clothing colours is a winning combination.

Here are 5 more tips if you want to take it a step further when planning what to wear for a family photo:

  1. Look at your home decor.  Do you like bright colours?  Neutrals?  It is can be nice to coordinate the colour scheme of the photo session with that of your home.
  2. Consider your location & the season.  These things set a mood and clothing can complement the mood.  Do you want the images to feel casual or dressy?
  3. Think classic.  By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.
  4. Adding Texture.  Items with texture, like jeans, scarves, belts, wool jerseys can add character to an image. Or layers, like jackets or layered tees.
  5. Plan ahead.  Start thinking of the clothes right away. Check to see if the outfits you were thinking about for your kids still fit and are ready to wear.  If you wait until the last minute you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting or being in the laundry.

In case you missed it, here is my first blog post on 5 Tips on What to Wear.

5 Tips on What to Wear

 

Boy with his hand up.

Just five things to keep in mind.

Here are a five tips to keep in mind, when planning what to wear for a family photo:

  1. Choose coordinating colours, not necessarily matching.  Pick a couple of colours for the family to work with and then they can choose clothes that will fit in this colour scheme.  One way is to start with one person first & then revolve your choices around that outfit.
  2. Limit patterns.  Keep it simple. Solid colours or simple patterns work best.  Generally, patterns can be distracting.  It is best to avoid stripes, herringbone & checkered patterns.
  3. Say no to logos & characters.  Just like patterns, characters, pictures or writing/logos on t-shirts & clothing are distracting.
  4. Shoes. They will be in the photos, so be aware which shoes you put on.  Dark socks & footwear are generally preferable.
  5. Hair.  Do your hair the way you would normally wear it while wearing these clothes.  If getting a haircut, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to the session.

The goal is selecting clothing that does not attract attention.

If you would like to find out more, go to my next blog post 5 More Tips on What to Wear.