One of the awesome parts of my job is photographing newborns, I just love their tiny squishy baby hands, and cubby little feet!
There’s a lot of unpredictability in photographing babies, and as much as I try to plan a few shots it’s the “real” moments that I love to capture… Sarah giving baby a kiss to reassure her while I photographed baby’s feet is one of my favourites from this shoot!
Teeny tiny hands
Gorgeous little feet
Snoozing on Mum’s shoulder
Sleeping in Dad’s arms
Sarah & Barbara from Red Tussock approached me last year to take some corporate portraits, and some health-coaching themed stock imagery that they could use in advertising and on their website.
The brief was to take photographs of the real people behind Red Tussock doing some of the real activities that they encourage their health coaching clients to participate in, as well as some corporate style head shots of Sarah & Barbara. For the corporate portraits, and consultation imagery, we shot at Christchurch’s Ministry of Awesome, and for the cycling and fitness themed images we went to Hagley Park.
Sarah and Barbara are super energetic, positive people, and they definitely practice what they preach! If you’re in need of some health & wellness coaching I would definitely recommend getting in touch with Red Tussock.
Despite an incoming Southerly, Zara, David & their gorgeous wee boy Logan were troopers and met me for a portrait shoot overlooking Lake Ellesmere, near the Little River Rail Trail at Kaituna. Zara & David are clearly very much in love with their little boy, and the bond between the three of them was wonderful to photograph.
There were way too many adorable moments to choose between, but I managed to select a few favourites as highlights from the shoot…
I’ve had so much fun with my portrait sessions this winter! Last Sunday I was asked to do a 5 month old portrait session and for the shoot the kids’ mum had a bubble for the kids to play with. This was an awesome surprise for me, and definitely an idea that I’ll be using again in the future. Giving the kids something fun like this during the shoot was a perfect strategy and the result is a set of photos that are just beautiful: the kids are obviously having a great time, and the dreamy bubbles and winter sun gives the shots a magical feel.
I had a really hard time picking my favourites from this shoot, there were just too many!
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This was Baby Samuel’s first play on the lawn…
… looks like he’s getting the hang of this grass stuff!
LOADS of bubbles!
Uh oh, Mum’s taking over the bubble production…
This bubble business is a serious one!
Much bubble, much fun!
Mum with Baby Samuel
Dad with Baby Samuel
One of my brides for the upcoming wedding season asked me to do a portrait session to commemorate her parent’s wedding anniversary. Often once families spread out it can be quite a long time between gatherings where the whole family is present. Those rare occasions when the whole family can come together to celebrate are so special, definitely moments to treasure.
This adorable bundle of loveliness is baby Coen at 2 weeks old. With newborn shoots I find it’s usually smoother sailing if the session is at the baby’s home – Mum & Dad are more relaxed, and therefore so is baby. This session went perfectly: straight after a mid-morning feed so that Coen was awake & chipper for the shoot, and ready for naptime towards the end… how cute is that tiny baby yawn!!
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Last week I had the pleasure of photographing Oscar & Felix on the beach at Sumner. Doing portrait sessions with kids is always heaps of fun, and the beach is the perfect spot for it, even in winter – and we had a perfect Christchurch winter’s day for it too, with loads of warm sunshine & blue skies.
There’s really no better spot to make sure the kids are having a great time during the shoot, and I had heaps of fun with these two gorgeous wee guys!
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Playing at the beach
Rebecca & Grainger were visiting Christchurch briefly for a family holiday and decided to squeeze in a family portrait session to mark the occasion.
I met them at the luxurious Peppers Clearwater Resort and photographed them and their kids onsite. The duckpond proved to be great entertainment for the kids, and a good opportunity for everyone to relax and get used to the camera. Christchurch had put on a fabulous winter’s day for the shoot – starting with a minus 4 degree frost! – and the classic blue-dome sky reflected in the pond with frosty grass and clear light made for some lovely shots that are very representative of Christchurch. Ideal for a holiday memento!
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Here’s a selection of shots from my shoot with baby Samuel, at only 2 weeks old. He was pretty firmly asleep for most of the shoot, but we did get some reluctantly awake shots at the end!
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Here are my highlights from my shoot with baby Samuel – click to enlarge.
This is one chilled out kid!