Author photos for spiritualist Yuan Tze’s new book

So it turns out that a language barrier is no barrier at all when taking portraits. I’ve never photographed someone before where we had absolutely no language in common (apart from babies I guess!). I was curious as to how it would go, but Yuan Tze and I had no problems at all. His lovely wife Melissa was on hand to help out with the odd bit of translation, but we found a connection just fine. He exudes warmth and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting him. Yuan Tze lived through the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution, and is now a life cultivation teacher of wisdom, clarity and compassion. You can read about his story here.


Annie - September 22, 2017 - 2:29 pm

The language is not spoken to connect in Qi🤗

Catherine - September 22, 2017 - 3:29 pm

Well said, Annie! :)

Lily, 8 months

Lily is the adorable baby daughter of Nicki and Richard, whose wedding I photographed in late 2015. She was just amazing in this studio shoot; not a single grizzle. She’s such a little goer – she was pretty new to crawling but had mastered it in no time. At one point I resorted to trying to barricade her into place behind a low stool, which bought me all of extra three seconds… :)



Labour’s Kris Faafoi, MP for Mana

Continuing with my theme of shooting politicians (!) it was great to meet Labour’s Kris Faafoi the other weekend and spend the morning taking some photos of him chatting with locals down at the markets in Waitangirua, Porirua. Kris has a real warmth with people, which made my job easy.

The market is great – I recommend stocking up on the apricot passionfruit jam! I only bought one jar and am kicking myself. I’ll just have to go back – the jam alone warrants a special trip, let alone all the other great food. I went a bit nuts after I left Kris…

New Zealand Labour Party leaders

Recently I was honoured to be approached to photograph the then leaders of the New Zealand Labour Party, Andrew Little and his deputy Jacinda Ardern. As they say, a week is a long time in politics, and it’s been a heck of a few weeks in The Beehive! Just as my billboard I shot for the Green Party co-leaders James Shaw and Metiria Turei became redundant very fast, so did my photos of Andrew and Jacinda together. I am pleased I am still allowed to share them as they make me smile.

Anyone who doesn’t reside under a rock will be aware that Andrew stepped down at the start of August and Jacinda is now Leader of the Opposition, with Kelvin Davis as her deputy. So I got to photograph Kelvin last week too. :) I very much enjoyed meeting them all – I think shooting politicians is my new favourite past-time….

Allison - August 31, 2017 - 8:01 am

You are so good at portraying the human side behind the political faces. Well done. They really help to sell.

Catherine - September 4, 2017 - 2:02 pm

Many thanks, Allison!