The original day we were meant to do the Orpwood's family session it decided to rain. Piano Flat was covered under black rain clouds. We talked about trying to do the photos down the river further towards Waikaia where the clouds weren't so dark, but in the end we decided to leave it for the following week and that turned out to be the best decision! I have so many favourite photos from this session and I just know it wouldn't have been quite the same if we'd made do with the backup location. Piano Flat is a very special place for Jenna & Will which makes these portraits that bit more meaningful.
The first thing Jenna said to me when she saw the photos was "you've captured exactly US as a family!" and that is just about the best thing I could hear because I love creating photographs that encapsulate personalities, moments and emotions in a genuine, natural way.
That late afternoon hazey light was just magical! It gave the beautiful backdrop of Piano Flat almost a painterly look.
Little Toby is such a character! He sure made me work for the smiles but it was totally worth it!
Jenna & Will thank you so much for the opportunity to photograph your beautiful family! I had a great time creating these portraits and I can't wait to see them printed - they're going to look incredible! These portraits are the embodiment of the type of photos I love making; genuine, natural and with a beautiful backdrop that is so meaningful to you guys! xx