Documentary photo story sessions are a fantastic opportunity for your family to set aside time to be together, to enjoy one another, and to be present. Most clients choose a session with me because they want to invest in the creation of special memories for their family. It's not just a financial investment; it's also about quality time.
I ask for all of my sessions to be technology-free zones so that you can really focus on each other! Spend an hour, or three, doing things together that you love to do. It doesn't matter what it is. It can be as simple as pancakes and boardgames at home, or it can be an outing to the beach or foraging in the forest. The activity doesn't matter; it's just amazing to see the joy on your children's faces when they have their parents' undivided attention for a whole afternoon. It really is magical. I promise these will become some of your most cherished memories.
How often do we capture those ordinary life moments? I know I don't even do it myself as often as I would like. Intentionality is something we often overlook with our fast paced schedules. Unfortunately I know all too well what it is like to live with regret that I didn't capture particular moments and then the precious small details have changed in the blink of an eye. My children are always asking me to recount events from their childhood but I so often find that memories which haven't been visually recorded are lost to me, even after only a few short years. If there's no photograph, did it really happen? It's so hard sometimes to remember.
This is why I'm so passionate about documentary photography - which is very different from studio portraiture. I want to help you preserve real moments, real life and precious details in all the small stuff. Smiling for the camera in a studio is fine but it doesn't capture and record the essence of your family's story. It doesn't preserve the real and meaningful things that are unique to your family and worth holding onto. I'm motivated by the soft touch of a parent's hand on a newborn's cheek, by the laugh lines around a grandmother's eyes as she watches her grandchild. I love to see brothers wrestling, sisters giggling, fathers tickling and mothers snuggling their kids. The evidence of love that lasts for a lifetime. Almost every week I have a conversation with someone whose favourite photos are the real and candid moments that show the true essence of a person's character and personality. Almost as regularly I talk with people who regret photographic moments missed and loved ones lost. Don't put it off! What are these moments worth to you and your family? Your memories are precious and they are priceless.
I have a range of documentary photography and film packages available, as well as payment plans and smaller budget options too. All of my sessions are for one nuclear family only. One set of Grandparents can participate free of charge. Additional costs are involved for extended family sessions or ask me about reduced prices if you are interested in a "Mummy (or Daddy) and Me" session for one parent and one child.
+ 60-90 minutes Fresh 48, hospital or
in-home photo-story documentary
+ Personal gallery of 40+ digital images for you to choose from
+ In person image ordering session in the convenience of your home*
+ One professional 14x11 matted enlargement
+ Ten online sharing digital files
+ $100 in print credit to be used at your ordering session
*Matted prints, frames, albums, and full digital packages can be purchased at your ordering session. Package options start from $300, individual matted prints from $85. Your $100 credit can be used towards an album.
+ This session makes a great baby shower gift, vouchers are available
+ 2 x 90 minute documentary photo stories. Maternity session from 34-38 weeks
+ Personal gallery of 60+ digital images for
you to choose from
+ In person ordering session in the
convenience of your home
+ A stunning professionally framed print of
your choice worth $229 or $150 print credit
+ Ten online sharing digital files from each session
*Additional frames or upgrades, matted prints, albums and full digital packages can be purchased at your ordering session
+ This session makes a great combined baby shower gift, vouchers are available
My Favourite! There's nothing quite like re-living your memories with your children in a stunning album. We don't often print photos to display in albums the way previous generations did, so often our memories are locked away on hard drives. An Heirloom album will become just that! A treasured keepsake to be passed on for generations to come. There are a variety of different albums available with different page selections, customisable covers and embossing options. These high end products are hand made right here in New Zealand with amazing quality materials.
*I also offer beautiful Classic Matted Albums of various sizes, starting from $375. All of my albums can be ordered on a payment plan.
Professionally framed prints are not only an eye-catching feature for your home but they visually draw you in to the experience and memory of your family's special day.
There are a variety of sizes and 7 different frame colours to choose from, something for every taste and decor. They are hand framed by a professional framer and come protected by a lovely safety acrylic which means you will never need to worry about cheap broken glass around your children! Images can be matted, un-matted or floating and can be printed on a variety of different paper stocks.
Select a beautiful hand-stretched canvas of your favourite image as a statement piece for your wall.
These are not like mass produced budget products found online. All canvases are put together by hand, printed on high quality substrate with long-life ink jet printing and are coated with either gloss or museum grade lacquer to make sure your memories are preserved and protected.
Multiple sizes are available and they can be edged in black, white or image wrapped.
eirloom albums are an amazing keepsake and they make a beautiful coffee table display too.
Often we intend to make albums but the photos pile up and we never get to it.
Let me make it easy for you! Your only job is to select which images you would like your album to feature and I will do the rest! Don't worry, you'll be able to approve the final design before it goes to print.
These albums are beautifully hand-bound works of art. Smooth Satin or Textured Tintoretto pages give a stunning and timeless feel to your artwork.
I print my Heirloom albums with Queensberry because they are the best quality albums I have found. Their products are timeless and high quality. Your memories are important and deserve the best attention to detail from the production of your products.