I'm mum to two energetic boys under five, so I know how difficult it can be to find the time for family portraits; let alone creating an album or framing images for the wall. That's why I have built my collections with simplicity in mind, making it easy for you to have beautiful portraits on your wall and gifts for your family. I can even introduce you to my own professional picture hanger; so all you have to do is decide where to hang your new portraits.

I also know it can be daunting to get in front of the camera, it's not my favourite thing either, but it's so important to "exist" in family photographs. Your kids will cherish these images and one day they might just be the most important portraits they own.

 

I am an experienced photographer and I will help you feel comfortable, to relax and enjoy your session. I will create images that you love, prepare everything for you so there is no additional work and, most importantly, you and your family will have fun during the session and make new memories together. 

I look forward to chatting and helping you create your perfect portrait collection.

My name isKirsten and I will be your photographer

Kirsten

MY STUDIO

My welcoming and comfortable home studio is situated in the quiet residential area of Spreydon, Christchurch. My clients have told me that they immediately feel at home on entering the studio. Tea and coffee facilities are available as well as a comfortable seating area where you can watch the session. I've had more than one tired Mum take a nap and there is a bed available should you wish to use it. For my littlest clients, there is a separate changing area with plenty of spare nappies, wipes and muslins. This space can also be used for breastfeeding should you prefer privacy.

During your newborn or baby portrait session you will have access to my wide range of props, including beautiful imported bowls, crates and nests, vintage lace outfits and gorgeous headpieces as well as a huge range of knitted outfits, bonnets, headpieces and wraps created by talented New Zealand artisans.

My maternity wardrobe includes flowing dresses, flattering bodysuits and robes, in neutral colours to suit everyone.

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Menaka, Classic Newborn

The studio was lovely, calming and warm

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Anna, Classic Newborn

.....I may have snuck in a cheeky nap in the very comfy change room!

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Andrea, Classic Newborn

 There is a wonderful collection of props and clothing to choose from

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BABY SAFETY

your baby's comfort and safety is my 1st priority

During the session my assistant will support and watch your baby closely at all times. In many situations she will have a hand on your baby to provide comfort or security.

 

Where appropriate for safety or baby comfort I use photoshop techniques to create composite images or edit out supporting hands. 

 

Both I and my photography assistant have undertaken newborn specific safety training with world renowned newborn photographer Kelly Brown.

 

In addition, I have been assessed and credited as a Qualified Newborn Photographer by the Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI). The programme focuses on the unique physiological and psychological needs of a newborn infant, providing the knowledge that is necessary for the safe handling of newborns during a posed portrait session. The rigorous accreditation process includes submitting a newborn image portfolio for assessment and achieving 100% in the newborn safety exam.

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DRESSING FOR A PORTRAIT SESSION

Top tips to ensure your family looks their best

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