This is one of my favourite in home newborn sessions. I don’t pose newborns and I know that those photographers who do are truly talented and produce beautiful art. But for me, posing didn’t feel right and I yearned to just photograph my newborns as they were stretching, yawning, curling up and of course sometimes crying. This is who they are and they are beautiful this way. Of course newborn sessions don’t always run smoothly. Babies can be unsettled with colic or just overtired and not want to be handled by anyone but Mum. Natural newborn sessions don’t take 3 to 4 hours as some posed sessions do because I don’t spend a long time trying to get baby to sleep. I make beautiful images if baby is asleep or awake. Sometimes parents can worry that their baby isn’t going to settle or their toddler won’t co-operate, well that doesn’t matter during my sessions! I work around this and I always manage to capture something that means a lot to the parents and that is so rewarding. This style of lifestyle newborn photography isn’t for everyone. I know that some parents prefer a posed and styled portrait and I’m ok with that. I always ask potential clients to take a look at my website so that they can familiarise themselves with my style of shooting.
Amanda and Felix, its such a privilege to have been there to document Ava’s first days at home xx
The stunning makeup artist Sammie in front of the camera for some personal branding images for a magazine article.
If you are looking for a makeup artist I can’t recommend her enough.
Words by Lester Hall http://lesterhall.com
I had a wonderful day Friday, I rode the “Pukana for Hope” into town to my friend Jess Burges’s photographic studio to get some images when Mike came to pick it up. I wanted the memories and I was aware that some photos might help his voice. It was the first time I have ridden a bike on the road and I am 61… haha, I made two rules for myself as a young man, no motorbikes and no heroin.. seriously.. I knew I would not live if I danced with either of those fascinating distractions. I needed the practice on the bike because I told Mike I would ride it on some of the Northern legs of his hikoi up the islands. Holy crap I thought as I wound it out up the bypass hill… slight incline and it fell off the dizzying speeds of 50 plus to a weak feeling 30… yep.. I thought “Holy crap, this will test some peoples mental faculties on gradients like the Brenderwyns…” Invercargill to Spirit’s Bay Bro??? Mike I know though is a good, keen, man….We got the photos underway and then Mike turned up and here are some of the results.. clearly mental illness was on our minds..After the shoot I drove down to Bay of Islands College to watch Mike do his thing with a talk there for the kids. He was hilarious starting the chat with something like, “Hey yous fellas, thanks for coming, I am Sonny Bill Williams…” and just set the room alight with his brand of hilarious chat while delivering a beautifully humble and honest conversation about his troubled journey to where he stands in front of them today, ten years sober and probably the most important voice in the narrative about mental illness and suicide and self belief this country has. After his gig we shared some little conversation before he headed off to Whangarei where he was going to start the hour and a half stage show AGAIN… yep, an hour and a half keeping a hall full of teenagers listening and engaged.. If you wonder if Mike King has the focus and energy and determination to make a difference, don’t. If you wonder if he is real, if his talk is matched by his walk, don’t He knows he does not have all of the answers and that no one way will fix peoples hurt. But he knows he has got some great and helpful things to deliver, that some sacred cows need to be brought down and that he absolutely intends to make a difference. My art has brought me some great moments and the privilege of doing a little to help Mike make that difference is one of my most precious.
Massive Congratulations Northland Hair Company with three hair stylists making it into the finals in NZARH and Sharon for taking out the winning place with the winning photo for the NZ Association of Registered Hairdressers Editorial Stylist of the Year Competition!
Winner – Sharon Sanderson – Northland Region
Finalists- Laurel Statford & Meredith Simpson – Northland Region
Makeup: Claudia Louis-Marie