That day: when your sister looks after your kids in the middle of the school holidays so you can welcome the cutest little man and his mum into your studio, and you capture your biggest most delicious newborn gallery to date. Thank you Chloe for your time and trusting me with your newborn photos of Jax. Thank you to Nana Lucy for your part too. I'm really proud of the photos we were able to capture that day and I'm glad that you love them. You and Dave have a gorgeous family, I wish you all the best for the months ahead. x K
Baby Ashley, my third newborn model in the last month, seen here rocking the florals. She was joined by big sister Charlie and brother LJ - the 3 of them oozing cuteness in their sibling photos. Thank you for visiting my home studio Rebecca & Wayne - I'm pleased that you love your photos as much as I do. I look forward to inviting you to my new studio for more family photos soon. Best of luck to you all in the meantime. x K
Harper and her first time mum, Jess, came to see me a little over a week ago. Such a gorgeous little girl. Below are a few of my favourite images from the session.
I had this perfect little man and his family in last week, just 7 days new. He was my first newborn in from the June/July model call I sent out and it couldn't have been a better start. I'm really pleased with not only the poses we were able to get through on the day, but also the quality of the gallery I was able to deliver. Hopefully they all go as well as this one!
Thank you Catherine for your patience on the day; and thank you Steve for entertaining Brax for the morning. You have a lovely family and I wish you all the best. x k
And so the journey begins for this gorgeous new family......
Danielle and Tim welcomed Jesse into this world on the 17th May. Such a perfect little man, and I must say he was extremely well behaved at our newborn photo session, even giving us a little well timed smile. Best of luck to the three of you for the years ahead. I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun and laughter together.
I love it when clients let me share their photos! I met this gorgeous couple, Danielle & Tim, at the Auckland Botanical Gardens in Manurewa recently for a maternity session. Danielle was around 36 weeks pregnant with their first, a boy. They were both beaming with excitement and Danielle looked absolutely radiant - a small selection of my favourite images are below. I'm really looking forward to catching up with them again soon, when I welcome them into my home studio for their newborn photos. Congratulations Danielle and Tim and good luck!
Hair and makeup by Tarryn Thomson. She did a fabulous job. Check out her facebookpage: www.facebook.com/fortheloveofmakupnz
I had the pleasure of photographing this handsome little man and his beautiful mother recently at St Margaret's cafe in Karaka. The cheeky little man made us work hard for the smiles, but when they came, gosh they just made us melt. So worth it. Congratulations Katrina on your gorgeous little boy. He really is a gem. Really lovely to spend the time with you both. x K
I have been looking forward to sharing these gems from a recent family portrait session at Shelly Beach in Beachlands. What an incredible little spot. It's hard to believe this bay sits on the edge of our biggest city. It was Justin & Rebecca's idea and I'm so glad that they shared it with me. It's a photographers dream, with lots of different textures and background possibilities. Best of all though, which I'm sure the kids will agree, is the tyre swing. Clearly a must do for this family each time they visit the beach and I can understand why - quintessential childhood memories in the making, right there. Thanks for inviting me to your favourite beach Justin and Rebecca, it was a lot of fun getting to know your family. K
Katherine and Mark very kindly volunteered to model maternity images for me last month and I'm so glad that they did. My maternity sessions to date have mostly been studio based, but for a while now I have been dreaming of the great outdoors. I had a book full of new concepts which I imagined could take my maternity offering to the next level. This was my opportunity to put these concepts to the test. We met at Auckland Botanical Gardens in Manurewa early one evening and shot until the sun dropped below the horizon - the results are breath-taking. It all came together better than I could have ever imagined. Below is a sample of the gallery presented. I'm sure you'll agree that she looks amazing.
If you are pregnant, but sitting on the fence when it comes to having maternity portraits taken, then I whole-heartedly encourage you to get in touch. Typically mum's-to-be are worried about hormone spots, stretch marks, their 'kankles' and the weight they have put on. But trust me when I say that these are all very normal and easy to work around. Leave it to me to make you look your very best. I overcome these issues by posing you correctly and amongst other things, by ensuring I photograph you at angles that are flattering to the female form - I consider myself a master at that.
Of course, it's not just about getting the right angles, it's a combination of things I have learnt over time which I now put in place at every session, to ensure we get spectacular results. It's about selecting the perfect timing for your session to ensure the light is soft and even. It's about selecting a wardrobe that compliments your best features. It's about using a professional only-portrait lens (I typically shoot between 100-200mm at a very low aperture, giving you dreamy, blurred backdrops and creamy skin). And it's about the take I allow when post processing the images - crafting each individually to enhance colours, to highlighting the areas we want the eye to go to, whilst minimising those that we want to disguise (retouching out stretch marks and hormone spots is all part of it).
Perhaps it may also help sway you over to maternity photography if I put it this way. You have nothing to loose. You will gain some beautiful professional portraits in your most female form (and of you with your partner if he is willing), and you'll walk away with a new perspective on just how beautiful and magical your body is. It's also probably helpful to know that I have a small range of maternity dresses that are both feminine and flattering for you to select from (the ones shown below are from sewtrendyaccessories.com and Mii-Estilo) in a range of tones and sizes to suit. So there really is no need to worry about what you'll wear, I have that covered.
Use the contact form on this website to get in touch. Maternity sessions are best done at around 35-36 weeks and best booked when you are about 28 weeks, to ensure you don't miss out.
I have been looking forward to sharing this set of portraits, taken of this gorgeous family just before Christmas. These were taken just out the front of their home, which they built and it is where the boys have grown up, so the setting is particularly special. Below is a small selection from their session.
This was the first time in a while that I had photographed teenagers (most of my clients have very young families), but now I think I have a new favourite generation. They were so easy and obliging. In fact, the whole family were nothing short of amazing on the day, which paid off ten-fold - I was able to deliver a record number of gorgeous images to the family as a result.
Thanks for inviting me in to share the afternoon with you, I have no doubt you'll treasure these photos for years to come.
I am Katrina Matthews, the artist behind the images on this site and the author of this blog.