Kia Ora!

I'm a visual storyteller, an extrovert and a people person. My love for photography started very young (my Great Grandmother was a very obliging first client!). I received my first real film camera for my 8th birthday and I've been making pictures ever since. In my other life I'm also a wife, mother, chauffeur, event co-ordinator and personal slave to a pint-sized dictator. I have two fun and entertaining boys and two confident and energetic girls.
Our home is busy but we love it!

Home for us is Christchurch, on New Zealand's breathtaking South Island. I honestly can't get enough of the beauty of this amazing country. Although we're originally from the "West Island" we've lived in New Zealand since 2010 and Ōtautahi, Aotearoa is now our permanent home. I love to travel and I'm keen for adventure so I'm very excited to meet you wherever you are to capture your family story or your wedding.  

I'm solidly addicted to all flavours of Kapiti Ice-Cream and binge-watching TV shows with kick-ass female leads. It just seems to be a recurring pattern (McLeod's Daughters, Gilmore Girls, Army get the drift). I'm always up for a good tear-jerker too.  

Whether I'm making your wedding-day pictures or putting together a family film for you, truthfully, I'm aiming for tears (and they won't only be mine!).  My goal is to make you cry! I want you to SEE and FEEL and EXPERIENCE the joy and the love your family has for one another in the ordinary, everyday things and in all the small stuff of life. On your wedding day, I want you to feel the emotion when you re-live those special moments through your images.

All my family sessions are unposed and relaxed, you don't have to do anything special, just be yourselves; my job is to capture the essence of what makes your family unique. I love to capture light and shade, movement, humour, and connection. These are the things that really make me excited to document your family's story. 

When I'm telling your story, I'm preserving these special moments of bonding between you and your loved ones, which will be significant for you, and for them, in decades to come. Wedding pictures, family films and family photo-story albums are keepsake treasures that will be passed on for generations to your children and your children's children.

Your life doesn't have to look perfect for me to tell your story, but it's going to be real and it's going to be amazing! 

If this sounds like something you're ready to experience then please get in touch. I look forward to meeting you and creating some magical memories for you and your loved ones. 

P.S. I am also an adoptive mum and we are a bi-racial family. Our youngest daughter is deaf and I can communicate visually through NZSL. If you are deaf and interested in any of my sessions, I would especially love to connect with you; just message me through my contact page and we can set it up. I am active on Zoom and FaceTime and I have a Glide account.

xo Liz

I'm Liz

My NZSL sign name

I am on a plane, across a distant sea.
And I carry you in me. 

Brooke Fraser -  Albertine

My first styled photo shoot circa 1981
Sponsored by Fisher price

Why Distant Sea?

I am on a plane, across a distant sea.
And I carry you in me. 

Brooke Fraser -  Albertine

IG @distant.sea

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