Hair and makeup by Tarryn Thomson. She did a fabulous job. Check out her facebookpage: www.facebook.com/fortheloveofmakupnz
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.
there is only one thing more enjoyable that outdoor family photography sessions... making the photos even more adorable in post production. that's exactly what I have been doing today, finishing this family's editing. you can hardly call it work.
So exciting to see some warmer weather coming through. For me it means my outdoor sessions are once again enjoyable and more possible. Weekends book up quickly in the summer months, so make sure you get in nice and early if you are waiting to book a session. I personally like to update our family portraits with a formal session every couple of years. It's one of the few times we can actually all be in a photo together. Kids change so quickly too, it's awesome to be able to look back on the photos to see how far we have come.
The photos below are my latest work, taken at the Auckland Botanical Gardens whilst on a workshop run by Australian photographer Rikki-Lee. It's always good to learn from others and to see how they use a particular location. #findyourglowwithrikki-lee. For me the maternity side was inspiring. have mostly worked with families in the outdoors, but having now had first hand experience shooting a maternity session in a park, I'm inspired and can't wait to do more.
I had a bit of fun playing with layouts today..... picked a few gems of my kids, taken during the school holidays. It's a great way tp show the highlights from a photoshoot. What do you think?
Below is a fabulous article recently published on huffingtonpost.com, explaining the importance of having family photographs displayed in your home, in relation to a child's self esteem. I believe the benefits extend to adults as well. Photos on the wall are great for lifting our spirits, boosting our sense of belonging, giving us a purpose and reminding us of the many things we can be grateful for. If you haven't updated your family photos recently, my calendar is now open for this spring/summer season. Get in early to secure a spot.
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HOW FAMILY PORTRAITS BOOST YOUR CHILD'S SELF ESTEEM
One of the hidden but powerful aspects of family photography that moms and most photographers rarely consider is how it can help us raise children with stronger confidence in their own worth and abilities. Psychologists and experts have done some work in recent decades exploring the link.
A revealing study was conducted in 1975 with a group of fourth graders at a Tennessee school by Tulane University. During a five week period, the children took Polaroid instant photos of themselves with provided cameras in a variety of assigned poses, compositions and expressing various emotions. The children worked with the printed images of themselves and created scrapbooks once a week over those five weeks. Testing of the students and teachers at the conclusion of study revealed a significant increase of 37 percent in the students’ average self-esteem behaviors. This Murfreesboro Study shows some evidence personal photography of children seen and enjoyed in a specific way can help boost a child’s self-esteem.
But how can family photography, specifically family portraits, help boost a child’s self-esteem?
David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio says, “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a really simple level.”
Krauss is one of the earliest pioneers in using people’s personal photography and family albums to assist in mental health counseling and therapy. He co-authored “Photo Therapy and Mental Health” in 1983 that is considered a founding text for the use of photography in therapy.
“It lets children learn who they are and where they fit,” says Judy Weiser. a psychologist, art therapist and author based in Vancouver. “They learn their genealogy and the the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves: ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from.’”
Weiser has spent more than 20 years using all manner of personal photography to assist in the treatment process of her clients. She is considered by many to be the foremost authority on these treatment techniques, called PhotoTherapy.
When It Comes To Having The Greatest Positive Impact For Your Child, Which is Better, Digital Images or Paper Prints?
Obviously, rather than print and display family photographs, families are increasingly enjoying their images in a digital form, be it a mobile device, a laptop, or simply on social media. But does an image on a tablet, computer screen or social media site have the same impact for helping families boost a child’s self-esteem?
“My bias is very simple. I think they (family photographs) should be on the wall,” says Krauss.
“I am very conservative about self-esteem and I think placing a family photo someplace in the home where the child can see it every day without having to turn on a device or click around on a computer to find it really hits home for that child this sense of reassurance and comfort. They have a certainty about them and a protecting quality that nurtures a child. It let’s them know where they are in the pecking order and that they are loved and cared for,” says Krauss.
The importance of printed photographs displayed in your living space was echoed by other experts.
“My personal and clinical bias is there is something very powerful in touching your fingers to an actual print,” says Craig Steinberg, a licensed psychologist who works with children ages five through 13 near Eugene, Ore. “Touching the photograph, is the same thing as touching a book when you read it. There’s a lot of stimulation of the brain when you have that sensory experience. That is a bit lost in the move to digital. You are touching a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen but you are not touching the image.”
“Displaying photos prominently in the home sends the message that our family and those in it are important to one another, and we honor the memories we have experienced,“ says Cathy Lander-Goldberg, a licensed clinical social worker and a professional photographer in St. Louis, Missouri and the director of Photo Explorations, which offers workshops to girls and women using portrait and journaling for self-reflection.
Additionally, Krauss recommends having photographs of that child with their family placed in the child’s bedroom so it can be among the last things they see before sleep and the first thing they may see before beginning their day.
“It says we love you and care about you. You’re important.”
by Chris Cummins, contributor to DesignAglow.com
I am Katrina Matthews, the artist behind the images on this site and the author of this blog.