Fight of their lives

Lisa, my sister-in-law's sister, was recently diagnosed with a highly aggressive Bowel cancer at 40 years old. Unbelievably, her partner of 15 years Coley also has cancer. He was about to embark on his own chemotherapy journey the day Lisa was diagnosed but quickly cancelled. We stopped in to see them in Tauranga on the way home from a fab Napier trip with our mutual niece and nephew, met there by their parents. We would never have guessed the terrible nightmare they are living if we hadn't known, so warm and welcoming. My son fell in love with their beautiful pets (Spice the goat, Lamby the Lamb, Piggy the Pig, Sweet Chilli, Honey, Cairo and Kash to name a few) and is desperate to return.

We have just started a Givealittle page to support them during their treatment.


Magical Places and Wondrous People

I love these amazing humans. Read about them opening their home to refugees here. As beautiful inside as out. <3

Knokke Family Photography

This amazing family dear to my heart have beautiful large art prints of our last session in the hallway of their home and work place. Can't wait to see what they do with this one. Knokke is one of my favourite shoot (and holiday) locations. Drink a cocktail on a lounger on the beach, ride a bike along the coast to Holland, and eat plenty of delicious seafood. In between getting your family photos taken of course. Special time hanging out with these guys.

Baby to big sister

Another beautiful family you may recognise from here, here and here. Totally adore their outfits and colours ... though does make me wish I had a little girl! Loved spending another morning with these guys. 

Watching them grow

You may recognise this little guy from here or here. Awesome to see him grow from a beautiful happy baby into a beautiful happy older brother and meet his sweetest coolest sister. She totally made me swoon as she lay cuddled in my lap while I was shooting her parents. Another awesome fun day in another newly discovered park in Brussels. 

Four Generations

This was such a fun shoot, in a beautiful little Brussels park (it seemed to be a theme this trip, discovering new amazing parks in Brussels I had never seen before).  4 generations of amazing women. Grateful to have been involved in capturing these moments. 

We found some balloons and then this happened

What could be more fun than running and playing in the local park after dinner with your family. Cuteness overload. 

Ukuleles, xylophones, honkers and streamers

This most lovely family wanted to capture not only the weeks old adorable addition to their family, but parents over visiting from France. We had the best dance party in the fields of an Auckland farm. 

Beach balls

Pretty much a perfect beautiful morning beach shoot. Family hanging out having fun on the beach, I'm there to capture the fleeting moment of them at this point in time. <3

Cutest lil guy

With his loveliest mama <3

Square crop so click on an image to see it full frame

Calvin days


Infectious warm laughs made me want to stay and play and beautiful sweet cuddly Millie made me terribly cluck clucky.

Our European Family

Building up to our trip to Europe, 3 weeks before we leave. Can't wait to see some of our favourite people. Going through some snaps from last year which are making me smile.

Annual Interview

If you haven't started annual interviews yet, now is a great time (better now than never). We started in 2012 when my son was six (all his baby teeth), next 2013  (no front teeth) and again today 2014 with two adult front teeth. So cute looking back at 2012.

Here is our format.

Before you start, ask the interviewee to get their favourite toy, favourite soft toy and favourite book. If you have pets, have them close by too Find a location with lots of lovely natural light and the interviewee's face directed towards the light. Looking back at these videos, it was best when he was sitting down at the table (otherwise he's jumping and rolling around all over the place).

Start recording. Introduce the annual interview with year and date.

What is your name? Last name? Middle names?

How old are you? What is your birthdate?

Where do you live?

Where were you born?

Tell me all the people in your family?

What is your most favourite thing in the world (or if you had to take one thing to a desert island, what would it be).

What is your favourite toy/soft toy/book (child can then show them)?

Do you have any pets (skip if you don't) or If you could have a pet, what would it be (if you are brave enough)?

What's your favourite game to play inside at school? Your favourite game to play outside at school? What's your favourite game to play inside at home? As a family? Your favourite game to play outside at home?

What is your favourite family activity to do together?

What is your favourite after school activity?

Who is your most favourite person in the world?

If you have a best friend/s, who are they?

What is your favourite animal?

What is the best holiday you've had?

What is the favourite thing about your mum? dad? siblings? grandparents? cousins....

What is your favourite movie? tv program? song? video game? book?

Favourite thing to eat? vege? fruit? lunch? what food do you not like to eat?

If you could choose anything in the world to eat for dinner tonight, what would it be?

If you could do anything you wanted tomorrow, what would it be?

If you could go anywhere you wanted for a holiday, where would you go?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Do you have a girl/boy/friend?

What does love mean to you?

What does your mum do for a job?

What does your dad do for a job?

What is your favourite subject at school?

What is the funniest thing that ever happened at school? at home?

Who is your favourite teacher? best friend?

What is something your mum/dad says all the time?

Imaine you could become invisible when ever you want. What would you do? (thanks Cass!)

I am very proud because? (thanks Casss!)

What do you want to be when you grow up?

If I were president, I would….. (thanks Cass!)

I am afraid to…. (thanks Cass!)

Name one thing you do really well (thanks Cass!)

Describe what it means to be a good friend.

If you could fly, where would you go?

Where is your favorite holiday destination?

Do you have anything to say about politics/religion?

How did the world start?

Do you have a good life? What is your favourite thing about your life?

If there was something you could change about the world, what would it be?

Would love to hear your tips and ideas for questions in the comments below :)



The farm

I'm back!! I have been very busy working but also finding a new home which has been incredibly time consuming. Now can get back to blogging (plus have so many pics to process). Thank you to all who have been so patient! Here is a pic of my cousin's gorgeous daughter on their farm from last year. xo

Dreams do come true {Belgium Family Photographer}

Little Mona is the perfect example, sweet and beautiful. This session was from back in spring, absolutely love the Tervuren forest, the ground covered in spring flowers and the light coming through the trees.