Jessica Coutures 2019

I was invited to shoot an editorial for the new collection from Jessica Couture bridal. It was a privilege to work with such a talented group of people and the designs are so beautiful I just had to share them.

From billowing transparent lace dresses and elegant ballroom-esque skirts to simple classic silk white slips and intricate jumpsuits, there is something to suit every bridal style.

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Kate, Grace and Harry

“Keryn has beautifully documented our children. We are so thrilled with the photos and precious moments she captured, including all the cheeky looks and little details. After initially getting newborn photos done, we decided that a year later would be special time to do a follow up. Thank you so much for your talent and professionalism, we adore these treasured moments we now have forever.” - Kate

I first met Kate a year ago, not long after they welcomed little Harry to the family. He was such a sweet boy and a vey happy baby.  Grace was a chatty toddler her loved to show me around the family farm. The very new sibling love was such a pleasure to photograph back then, and even now, nothing has changed.

 I caught up with the three them a few weeks ago and Harry is still a happy, sweet boy while Grace still dotes on him like only a big sister could! We were lucky enough to have another great location to shoot at - Kate’s family home where she grew up.

 As a photographer, it was lovely to get a glimpse into Kate’s childhood home while capturing how her own kids have grown in the last year. They are such a beautiful family which is clearly evident in the shots below!

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One Misty Morning

Early on a misty morning before the kids had to leave for school, I met Claire, Mark and their three kids at Shoal Bay for a mini family shoot.

I was really excited for this shoot because it was such a brilliantly foggy morning and I knew the photographs would have a lot of character. I also love the way the shells of the beach create the impression of snow. With this beautiful backdrop it was easy to capture the family bond between the kids and their parents and everyone was so relaxed that the photographs speak for themselves.

 For a small beach only a stones throw away from home, it really feels like a special place to be and a definite favourite place for the entire family.

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Anna her lovely boys

"With a brand new addition to the family, Anna asked me to photograph her three gorgeous boys. These are the types of shoots I love. It’s easy to bring out the cheeky smiles when the little-ones are in their most comfortable environment – their home.

 

Although this was shot in the Autumn, we were lucky enough to get a beautiful sunny day so they could play outside – and really run riot! With this shoot we wanted to capture relaxed, real, and fun images of the kids. Those moments that are part of normal, everyday life - like bare-feet, laughter, and snack time. All three of them absolutely loved the camera and they had such a fun day showing me their favourite toys, jumping on the trampoline, and doting on their new little brother. 

 

So, a big thanks to Anna and her three gorgeous boys for spending a sunny Autumn day with me. I think it shows how much fun I had documenting these guys through the images. 

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Ngahuia and Gil

Lovers in Paris

I feel so lucky that I get to travel while doing what I love.After landing in Paris and recovering for a few days from jet lag, I did a couple’s shoot with Ngahuia and Gil who took me on a tour to the best spots only locals could know!

Ngahuia is a Kiwi expat who chose to settle down in Paris to be with Gil after navigating a long distance relationship. This shoot took place not long before they became husband and wife so it’s fitting that their backdrop be the city of love.

I chose to capture them in a very cinematic documentary style, which I think matches their personalities, and Paris perfectly. It’s obvious from these images how in love they are and I will always have such a strong memory of these two lovely people and the incredible surroundings around them.   

For more on Ngahuia’s Parisian travels featuring images from the shoot click here: https://i.stuff.co.nz/travel/kiwi-traveller/104404876/expat-tales-from-auckland-to-paris-via-sydney-and-nyc

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Julie and Thomas

A beautiful wedding in France.

Firstly I would like to say a massive thank you to Julie and Thomas for taking a leap of faith in someone they had never met in person and flying me across the world.

While I love photographing weddings in New Zealand, it’s always a privilege to be given the opportunity to travel. France is one of my favourite places and documenting a French wedding has been a career goal of mine. I knew that Julie and Thomas’s day was going to be beautiful. But I didn't expect it to be quite as beautiful as it was!  

Julie and Thomas’s wedding took place in the south of France at the Domaine de Ronsac – a large manor in the countryside set just outside of Toulouse, nicknamed La Villa Rose (The Pink City) because most of the buildings are made up of pinkish terracotta bricks. In true stylish French fashion, the guests and the wedding party wore pops of red to match the unique architecture. It was a rare rainy day but it didn’t damper the fun or the beauty and gave me the most exquisite light to photograph with. 

Julie and Thomas were incredibly welcoming. With the whole family there to celebrate, including their two little girls, it was an unforgettable wedding filled with laughter, love, dancing, and people who really know how to party.

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Hahei

Summer family adventures in Hahei

Hot Water Beach Swimming, sunshine, cousins and Ice Cream