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Light painting at Piha beach {Auckland New Zealand photography)

Last week I was lucky enough to spend an evening enjoying a Piha beach front house with a good friend who wanted to have a play with light painting his company name for promotional images.  This is the result :)  I am pretty proud of my mad “writing with a iphone flashlight/photo taking skills” haha  Before we did this shot, I also managed to get completely soaked from the thighs down chasing a landscape sunset photo in the waves.  I’ll share that one another time, but I have to say it was definitely worth it!  Even though my tripod legs are stiff and filled with sand, and I no longer trust Jason to adhere to my request of “I tend to wind up in the water, please don’t let me do it this time”… Fail on his part lol but that’s ok, he yelled out before my filter got washed away, held my dog who just learnt how to dig in the sand, made me a super dooper dinner, and even carried our glasses of wine to the beach.  I’ll forgive him :)

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Maternity Photography – Newborn Photography – Family Photography.  Fine Art Landscape prints and Canvases New Zealand

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A Christmas bump and baby {Pregnancy & baby photography Auckland}

Just before Christmas I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Sheree and her baby bump.  We planned an evening beach session, and I brought along a few different fabrics I thought would be great for wrapping into dresses and skirts.  The night was perfect, we had the beach to ourselves, and I could not be happier with the images!  Probably one of my favourite maternity photography sessions yet!  I’m so pleased Sheree really wanted to capture this special time and exist in photos for herself and her family.

Not long after, little baby C decided he didn’t want to risk missing out on seeing Santa so arrived just in time on the 24th.  I really enjoyed getting my dose of newborn snuggles during his little home session, especially with him and his loving big sister and brother.  I have a feeling these 3 will be quite a little crew.  Just a beautiful family, and I’m really looking forward to handing over their large wall print I’m sure will be a centrepiece in their home.

xx Shari

*If you’re expecting and would love to have 6 wonderful photography sessions ranging from maternity to babies first birthday, and a stunning handmade album at the end, contact me today about joining my “Watch me grow” program.  It’s open to 20 Auckland families, and all for an easy monthly or bi-weekly payment throughout babies first year.

Maternity Photography – Newborn Photography – Family Photography.  Auckland | Christchurch | Palmerston North

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The kids and their tree {Auckland family photographer}

Only 7 sleeps to go!!  The kids and I have finished their tree… It’s growing on me… it’s very colourful… haha but they worked really hard on it, so I love it.  I’d call the attempt of doing something different this year a success.   Last year in Canada when we did the lego decorations due to the pure fact we had almost nothing, because it was all sitting in a container awaiting shipment from somewhere within Auckland port, it actually taught me a really special lesson.  It showed me that we didn’t need to go out and buy a bunch of decorations just to have the “typical” set up,  and that the kids and I actually loved making things for it more.   I think it was a great way to teach the kids creativity, flexibility, and that it’s ok to do something different from everyone else.  If you’re having fun, it’s a thumbs up in my book.  So this year I kept the usual decorations in their box, bought washi tape, coloured paper, glitter, and glue, and let the kids at it.  I’ll admit I was the main maker behind the paper chain, those where always my favourite to make as a kid, but the rest is mostly them.  And they are pretty darn proud of it, as am I.

Happy holidays everyone!  Have a safe and happy break and I hope Santa delivers all your wishes :)

xx Shari

 

My shaggy monkeys :) 

Maternity Photography – Newborn Photography – Family Photography.  Auckland | Christchurch | Palmerston North

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12 years and counting {Auckland pregnancy, newborn baby, and family photography}

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing this awesome family.  Mom and Dad have just celebrated their 12th anniversary (we tried to shoot on their actual day but the weather had other ideas), their little man just turned 3, and they wanted some family photos to capture how they where right now.  Pretty cool I think!

I couldn’t resist sharing this image of one hot momma! 

Maternity Photography – Newborn Photography – Family photography.  Auckland | Christchurch | Palmerston North

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3:50am wake up {North Shore Auckland landscape photography}

This past Sat morning I woke up at 3:50am.  For anyone that knows me, they will know that I am NOT a morning person.  Especially considering it’s a good night when I get to bed before midnight…  So I was quite proud of myself I must say.  Now what could possibly be the reason for waking at that crazy hour of the morning?  A photography outing I had organized.  A few months ago a couple photographer friends and I met for a dawn shoot in Raglan.  We had such a great time, we decided we should start a facebook group for professional wanting to meet up, have some fun, and push one another’s creative boundaries.  And of course the cake and tea afterwards is nice too.  This group has since evolved to include members from all across NZ, and with outings happening over the same weekend in different locations with a specific theme in mind.  So far Auckland and Waikato have been the most active, but hopefully it will take off in other areas too.  I must say it’s pretty fun!  So this is the reason I could not hit snooze and roll back to bed, I had to be there.  It’s like having a workout buddy you can’t leave standing there alone…  But I’m so glad I rolled myself out of bed!  You should’ve heard us, ooohing and awwwwing over the amazingly lit sky in the wee hours of the day.  It was one of the most beautiful blue hours I’ve seen, and just an amazing sunrise to witness.  I almost wanted to put the camera down and just enjoy.  But I couldn’t resist trying to capture it in all it’s glory.  I was so consumed that I even dropped my iPhone into the ocean…. Thank goodness for insurance!  Ooops :/

These are a couple of my favourite images from the morning – I hope they allow you to enjoy just a little piece of the beauty I saw that day.  I can’t wait for our next outing!!

xx Shari


Maternity Photography – Newborn Photography – Family Photography.  Fine Art Landscape prints and Canvases New Zealand

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