Contrast is usually at its highest when a scene is backlit. In this image there wasn’t much that could be done to lighten the shadows. I exposed so that the highlights weren’t too badly burnt out and didn’t worry too much about the shadows. Contrast […]
Auckland Portrait Photography
It’s those precious times in life that really count. My commitment is to capture those special moments, documenting love and interaction in your family with photos that will be treasured by generations to come. My objective is to create priceless images that will stand the test of time. I have specialised in candid and stylish portrait photography in Auckland and pride myself on spontaneously capturing the soul and spirit of your family. A great photograph is a lot more than a picture; it holds your deep memories, evoking powerful emotions and showing everyone’s personality. Through dedication to my creative spirit and some hard work I have created a reputation of one of the most creative and unique portrait photographers in Auckland.
Capturing Your Memories
My role as a photographer is to gain your trust and make you feel comfortable so the images I capture will be spontaneous. One on the most valuable and enriching experiences we have is our relationship with loved ones. Life is wonderful yet brief and tender. Capturing precious memories is the best investment in your happiness and a portrait photo on your wall will make your sun shine every day as it had been proven to lift the positive energy! It is simply the ultimate gift that keeps rewarding – see the amazing Triptych collection to be really impressed!
When booking your family portrait with me I don’t just take your photos – I am actually creating your family legacy! Portrait sessions are fun and informal. Please wear the style you are most comfortable with: simple, classic look or elegant. Wear clothes that reflect your personality and avoid logos and patterns. Arrange to wear solid colors of the same shade and tonal range. Agree to wear light or dark tones and bring another outfit so to have the option to change. Tiny toys are great with your infants and look adorable. Garments with sleeves photograph well while shoes are optional. The accessories that you bring say a lot about who you are; they make your portrait photos personal so please bring them: leather jackets, denim, hats, coats, scarves, favorite jewelery, cars etc. Pets will make your photos outstanding – please bring leash, toys and treats to keep them happy and co-operative. Please plan to arrive early – you will be relaxed and it will show on your images.
I tailor your photo session to your personality so we can be sure you’ll be thrilled with your family portrait. The photo session starts with a short consultation on the phone, in my Auckland studio or on site. This is my opportunity to get to know you and a great time for you to ask questions and get familiar with the process from start to finish. We’ll discuss everything that will take place and various ways that you can get the best out of the portrait session. I will also be looking to get a good idea of the style of photos that will be most suitable to you. The best way to book a consultation is to pick up the phone and call 282 4461 when you have your diary in front of you. Alternatively, just enter your contact details and I will respond shortly after.
It is important to choose the right location for your portrait session, it’s all about the right light and selecting a background that is complimentary without overpowering the image. Outdoor photos are great when taken on an overcast day which creates a soft and diffused light. There are some great locations at Castor Bay beach with iconic Rangitoto as a perfect background for an Auckland outdoor scene. Alternatively, Pehutekawa trees will provide ideal backdrop for your family portrait – especially when in full blossom. The beach helps in setting a more casual atmosphere with the family sitting down or walking together. Kids can have lots of fun which provides plenty of opportunity for capturing photos that are more natural. My studio, on the other hand, is perfect for creating more formal portrait photos with full control of the light setting and protected from the elements. There is plenty of space and lots of setting opportunities with different props to create the desired impact. Some of my best portraits are candid, an intimate moment or when everyone is enjoying themselves and having fun.
What to wear
Photo sessions are fun and informal. Plan ahead so everyone is looking at their best. Please wear the style you are most comfortable with: elegant, formal, simple, classic or smart-casual. Wear clothes that reflect your personality and avoid logos slogans, or other distracting patterns. Arrange to wear subtle and solid colors of the same shade and tonal range which are less likely to date. Try to coordinate your outfits, wearing items that complement each other in colour and style so they match and visually pleasant together. Choosing clothes with same or similar colours unifies the picture and keeps the focus on you and your family. Agree to wear light or dark tones and bring another outfit so to have the option to change. Garments with sleeves photograph well while shoes are optional at the beach. The accessories that you bring say a lot about who you are. They make your portrait personal so please bring them: leather jackets, denim, hats, coats, scarves, favorite jewelery etc. Avoid very bright yellows garments. For group shots, it’s best if everyone is wearing the same style: either casual or formal attire.
Rule of odds In simple terms, the “rule of odds” is to have an odd number of objects in your photos. It could be a photo of just one object or a group shot of three people. This technique makes the photo more appealing and […]
Next to, “What kind of camera do you use,” the second-most common question I get is about editing: Do you use Photoshop? Do you edit your photos? How much do you edit your photos? What do you do? No. Yes. As little as possible. I’ll […]
For beautiful salivating food photography, you don’t need a lot of lighting equipment. To create a shot that will make your viewer’s stomach start to rumble you only need one diffused light source. Using only one light source creates a natural look with one set […]
After many years as a keen amateur photographer, I decided to start a small landscape photography business called Lakescenes which I ran alongside my main job as an IT Manager. As business increased, I found myself working long, but rewarding, hours just to keep up […]
Rob Sheppard is a naturalist, nature photographer and videographer who says his favorite location is the one he is in at any time. He is the author/photographer of over 40 books, as well as a well-known speaker and workshop leader, and a Fellow with the […]
Gary Hart has photographed California’s natural beauty for over 30 years. Gary’s photos and writing have appeared in many publications, most recently Outdoor Photographer and Sierra Heritage magazines. You’ll also find his images in greeting cards, postcards, calendars, and many galleries and private collections throughout the world.
Originally from Poland, based in London UK, Jaroslav has background in Fine Arts, degree in Architecture, and wide array of experience. Being an Architect taught him how to be resourceful and to solve complex problems with simple, yet innovative solutions. Constant passion for graphic & […]
Next time you’re in the countryside at night do yourself a favour: look up. If it’s clear and conditions are right you’ll see a seemingly infinite number of stars twinkling like diamonds on a sheet of black velvet. As a visual pleasure it’s hard to […]
Colour can be distracting. Stripped of colour an image is entirely about the subject (unless of course the entire point of the subject is its colour…). This is particularly true of portraiture. Black and white arguably conveys the inner soul of the subject more powerfully […]