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Family Photos at Home - Wellington NZ

If you’re thinking about updating your family photos, have you considered using your home as the location? I always feel extremely grateful that I get to meet so many families and take their pictures. Being invited into their personal space brings another element into the session. If you have children who are a little camera shy and reluctant, being in their own environment could be an opportunity for them to feel confident and enjoy having their photo taken.

When Candice invited me into their home, everywhere I looked was something out of a magazine. I love the way they have styled the rooms! Absolute goals. Willis thought it was great because he could show me all of his toys and jump on the bed with Mum.

If you have a park or a playground near your home, this is another great location for photos with children. We all jumped in the car and headed to the park where we could run around with their dog.

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Planning your Wedding - Preparing for your family photos

When it comes to family photos I understand how tedious this part of the day can feel for the Bride and Groom, as well as their guests. If you have a big family and a short period of time to do these photos it can become overwhelming. Here are a few tips that always work really well for my couples.

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Make a list of the different groups you want photographed, including which members of the family are involved (it can be a good idea to write individual names so we don’t miss anybody). Reading from a list will be much faster and easier than winging it on the day.

Think about the order in which you do the groups. It can be a good idea to take photos with grandparents first so they can then relax.

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If you have an MC (or any family member) ask if they can help by gathering people from your list and keeping them near so when their name is called they can be ready.


Family photos can take longer than expected, sometimes 5 minutes per group. Taking the photograph is really quick, but finding guests and getting everyone into place is where time slips away on us.

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If you have younger children involved with your family photos I think the biggest piece of advice is to just go with the flow. They may not want to do it, I have a few tricks up my sleeve but sometimes it’s a matter of waiting for a different moment to get photos with them.

Peggy's Graduation Shoot - Wellington

Graduating from your studies can be one of the most memorable moments in your life. It’s a time to celebrate with your friends and family, and a time to reflect on all of your achievements.

Peggy and her family traveled to Wellington for her graduation ceremony. During the time they were here they wanted to document this occasion and explore the lower part of the North Island. We met up on the coast for a grad shoot.

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