I'm so excited for the Spring season ahead, although the weather isn't exactly playing the game at present for many shoots! But that's Spring in Southland isn't it?! So lets have a recap of some Winter portraits while we wait for Mother Nature to catch up. My winter was a very productive one this year - I got two major photography projects finished (but that's for another blog post) and I'm feeling so inspired for my portraits and coming wedding season.
This first family session is very close to my heart and is the epitome of what I love about portraits. A day at the beach in Riverton, very documentary styled and all about capturing fun family memories. There was crabbing on the rocks, kicking the rugby ball on the beach, sand castle building and looking for beach treasure. Not only was is a lot of fun to photograph, this beautiful family are friends of ours so Matt & I really enjoyed being a part of this day at the beach too.
Brad and Tracey's lovely family portrait session was a completely different vibe but just as casual and relaxed - doing photos in your own home might sound unappealing at first but there's some great advantages to it! Not only is it truly personalised, the kids can jump on the trampoline, the baby can take a nap and there's no rush packing up the tribe & the car to get to a location.
It was so lovely to catch up with the gorgeous Wilson family recently. I had the privilege of documenting life with their new addition, Miss Mila. She is just beautiful. And of course big brother Carter kept me on my toes, giving me some super cute shots in between the tornado of energy that comes with a toddler. 😆
I've been spoilt with getting to document newborns this winter! I was chuffed when Scott and Donique asked me to photograph them with their newborn baby girl. These two get married this summer (which we're excited to be photographing too!) but why not make 2021 even more AMAZING by welcoming their first child into the world. Grace was a wee doll for her newborn session. Isn't she just perfection?!
I'd like to thank all those families who had photo sessions with me this winter (there's some I haven't shared online & I want to thank them too!) and for everyone's patience with albums & frames while our supplier (based in Auckland) is still in lockdown and not able to complete our orders. Fingers crossed the ball will be rolling again soon with product. 🤞🏻
And if you have not got yourself entered into my massive Portrait Giveaway yet, make sure you do - it's the biggest giveaway I've ever done and I'm very excited for it! Entries close 20th Sept.
I'm sitting here this morning in my warm studio (I got a decent heater friends!) and celebrating the small amount of routine I get back today as we move to Level 3! I remember last year's lockdown was a shock and became all about just simply surviving each day of the unknown. This time around lockdown has certainly had a different feeling for me. I guess we know what lockdown is like now and my mind instead turns to questions like 'is this just the way the world is going to be now?'...
Anyone else feeling the same? How are my fellow small business peers doing?
So I thought I would jump on the blog and give you a bit of an update with where I'm at business-wise with Covid...
Mostly, I'm wishing I had a crystal ball to predict the future as I work to reschedule portrait shoots and our first wedding of the season! 😭 And I know you all probably have the same feelings! It's SO hard to make any kind of plan when the future is so uncertain.
I've had some conflicting information around being able to work in Level 3. But ultimately I've decided it's not really feasible to shoot during Level 3 as my work often requires close contact, sometimes significant travel, plus extended family sessions or lifestyle newborn sessions are simply out of the question under the current parameters. However I look forward to Level 2 and being able to resume business operations safely in full as soon as possible!
In the meantime - any clients booked in for September are welcome to contact me anytime with any questions or concern.
Product delays: I currently have many product orders delayed as my album & framing company are based in Auckland, so until they are operational again sadly current orders are in limbo. I'm of course keeping all clients affected updated.
Prints: My online print store is open! Whether you're looking to get some more of your portraits printed from a past session, or if you'd like to browse my Print Shop with a collection of NZ landscapes I've taken on past adventures - grab a print to freshen up a wall in your home! I really do appreciate the support, especially in challenging times.
Spring Mini Sessions: I still have spaces for my September Spring Mini Sessions which I would love to fill, so if you're dreaming of doing something fun to shake off that post lockdown feeling why not grab a $250 mini session and get some new family photos in time for Christmas presents?! More info & booking here: 2021 Spring Mini Sessions
Summer goals: You guys know I'm a goal-setter and a dreamer, so it will come as no surprise that instead of twiddling my thumbs and focusing on the present shitty situation we find ourselves in I've been making goals for this summer season because it is going to be EPIC and AMAZING. (I'm manifesting hard out here!!! 👐). And one of my goals is to book more Portrait Sessions this summer! I am loving my portrait sessions and now that we limit ourselves to a maximum number of weddings each month/season I have time for more portrait work. 🥳 I would love to hear from you if you've been thinking of updating your portraits - let's get planning something fun & personalised to you! You can find out more about my portraits here: Portraits
Lisa first got in touch with me about wedding photography back in 2017! I don't think they were engaged yet at the time, but they were dreaming of their forever after together that's for sure. And I remember meeting with them both a couple of years later and being humbled at how excited Lisa was to have us as their photographers. Brian, well I doubt Brian gets excited about much - but he told me at that very meeting that this wedding was all about his Lisa, giving her the day she dreamed of and making the love of his life happy. How blimin' cute is that?!
These two have faced many challenges getting to their wedding day but through it all they've always be so upbeat and focused on the big picture which I've really admired. And now the date is just around the corner now and I am so happy for them both! Their wedding day is going to be filled with love, emotions and lots of down to earth fun I am sure.
Last week we caught up with them both in Thornbury, a special place for them, not only home but where they first met years ago at the local young farmers.
It was Lisa who proposed to Brian, with this specially made model tractor.
Thanks for braving that cold Southland wind and getting out for these engagement portraits team. We had a great afternoon catching up with you both and know great things are in store for your wedding day. Bring on October friends! x