Category Archives: Portraits

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 Botanical Gardens

When my friend told me that her daughter was going on her big OE (Overseas Experience) after she graduated from High School, the first thing I thought was:  “You need a family portrait!”  How nice to mark this occasion with images.  Their daughter’s plan is to be back in 6 months, but who knows how long it will really be.  Regardless, when she does return, she will have been changed by the experience.

We decided on having the Session at Napier’s Botanical Gardens.  We braved the weather and all the downed tree limbs, leaves and branches from the cyclone that hit the Bay just days before.  The rain soaked greens of the Gardens made a wonderful backdrop for our Session.

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.

Images for Oldershaw & Co.’s Website Update

In November, I had the pleasure of working with the partners at Oldershaw & Co., Ltd. to provide them with the images they needed to update their website.  They launched their updated website at the end of last year.  Congratulations Oldershaw!  It looks great!

Corporate group portrait of 4 men in suits.

Group portraits are as important for a business as they are for families.

Corporate headshots.  Men in suits.

Corporate headshots taken on-location.

Are the images on your website a bit stale & out-of-date?  Improve your website by adding fresh new images to the design.

Contact me today to discuss how I can help you!

 

Custom Albums Make Wonderful Keepsakes – Family Portrait Sessions 2

Family portrait up in the loft at The Old Church in Meanee, Napier.

The family up in the loft at The Old Church in Meanee, Napier.

As a photographer, it is so fulfilling to be asked to design an album for a client.  Piecing together favourite images to tell the special story of their day.

Here is an album I designed for a special 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration /Family Portrait Session at “The Old Church.”  The family came up from Wellington & down from Auckland to meet in the middle & celebrate together, here in Napier.

This is an example of a 8″x11″ rectangular, lay-flat, album with a photo cover.  Other sizes & cover options are available.


Note: To view this album example, you will need to have Adobe Flash Player version 11.1.0 or greater installed.

Custom Albums Make Wonderful Keepsakes – Family Portrait Sessions 1

Family portrait taken on location at Dobel Reserve, Taradale.

Family portrait taken on location at Dobel Reserve, Taradale.

As a photographer, it is so fulfilling to be asked to design an album for a client.  Piecing together favourite images to tell the special story of their day.

Here is an album I designed for a Family Portrait Session.  The nice thing about this session is that it was a Christmas gift from her mother.  The gift was given to create an opportunity for the very busy family to slow down just long enough to capture a series of images to be enjoyed long into the future.

This is an example of a 6″x8″ rectangular, lay-flat, album with a photo cover.  Other sizes & cover options are available.

Note: To view this album example, you will need to have Adobe Flash Player version 11.1.0 or greater installed.

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 4

This is Day 4 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?

We ended this family portrait session at a family owned old wool shed. The texture of the weather worn paint is like a magnet for a photographer. It was rewarding to be able to capture images of this happy family that they will be able to enjoy for years to come.

Couple posed in front of red barn door.

We ended the family portrait session at a wonderful old wool shed.

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