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A Palmy session for this lovely family! {Auckland & Palmerston North Maternity, Newborn, & Family Photography}

A couple weeks back I was able to return to Palmerston North for a special weekend.  It went something like this…  Lovely chats with dear friends who almost all had something exciting happening in their lives.  A movie night in my friends barn with probably 20 members of her family – where it was projected big on the wall and we stayed up late until finally falling asleep in our sleeping bags.  Eating far too much at my favourite cafe so I’d be filled up until my next visit.  And to top it off, I ALSO got to catch up with this amazing family!  What a weekend!

I first met Tracey and Jarrod, and their little family, more than 2 years ago when I photographed them one evening at the beach.  So I was really excited to be asked back to update their family photos!  Little Leah was only a few months old, and she’s now a full-blown running and talking almost 3 year old!  It’s crazy to see them change like that!  It really doesn’t feel that long ago.

We met by the river and were greeted by perfect evening light!  We had a fun little shoot with smiles and laughs, made some beautiful images, and I didn’t think it couldn’t get any better!  But then Tracey said in a msg after choosing her canvas and prints that she “literally had tears of excitement, and would be waiting on the doorstep for the courier”  I’m so lucky to be brought into people’s lives, and asked to create something they will truly treasure.  Often it goes beyond just the delivery of the final products, and friendships are born :)  Lucky girl I am!

So without further delay, here are just few of my favourite images for our shoot.  Hope you enjoy!

xx Shari


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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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A weekend of creativity {Auckland newborn, maternity, & family photographer}

This past long weekend I was lucky enough to be a part of a creative collaboration that took place in Raglan.  We had models, a makeup artist, costumes, props, an amazing batch hook-up, late night curry and of course wine!  The whole reason the trip was first arranged was that a few awesome photographers and I wanted to try stretching our creative minds.  Get out of the daily work.  And what better way than to do it with industry friends where it’s all about experimenting, learning, and of course fun.  A safe zone where some ideas may soar, and some may fall flat on our face.

This is very much out of my comfort zone in terms of editing, a first actually, but it’s fun to stretch those muscles and see what comes of it.  I’ve got a few more I’ll be working on, but for now I’ll just show this :)  I saw this image as a really soft, almost dreamlike scene from another time.  I hope I’ve been able to pass that feeling onto you as well.

xx Shari

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

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Spring special! {Auckland maternity, newborn, and family photographer. Palmerston North & Christchurch}

Early bird gets the worm, and in this case the worm is a $200 credit to use towards your product selection!  Contact me today to book your custom spring session!

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