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….

The irrepressible Boyd Klap CNZM QSO, age 90

Boyd kindly agreed to let me take his photo after I spotted him in a cafe and thought “what a wonderful face!” I couldn’t believe it when he told me he is 90. In fact, the week after I met him for a cup of tea at his Wellington home, he was heading off skiing with the family at Wanaka. He fully intended join them all on the slopes (it would have been four generations on the snow at once), but he couldn’t find his skis, and it turned out his son had taken the bindings off and given them to his daughter to use. So Boyd took that as a sign that perhaps his skiing days were over after all, and he was content just to spend time with the family off piste.

Boyd, or Boudewijn as he is properly named, emigrated to New Zealand in 1951 and had a long and successful career in insurance. He was chief executive of Prudential, and was made a Companion of the Order of Merit in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2011. He seems to know pretty much everybody in Wellington, and is still actively involved in all sorts of ventures – he is President of the Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition (he grew up in Nazi-occupied Holland at the same time Anne was writing about her experiences in hiding).


Erena - August 15, 2017 - 9:38 am

You’ve got to love him! His passion for life comes shining through. Great photography.

Catherine - August 15, 2017 - 11:50 am

Absolutely – I think you don’t get a wonderful face like that without being pretty wonderful on the inside. :)

Eric and Evan – lifestyle photos at home

I’ve photographed Eric a couple of times now, as a baby down at the park, and as a toddler in my Brooklyn studio. Now he’s the big brother, and duly proud of it too. I took some photos as the family hung out at home, doing puzzles, reading books and playing with cars – it was such a lovely way to spend a rainy Saturday morning.  Eric and three-month-old Evan were so cute together – and Evan received lots of little pats and kisses from his big brother. Evan is full of smiles, usually. I just had to take a photo of his crumpled little face as he was having his nappy changed. It was the end of the world…

Allison - August 12, 2017 - 8:46 am

Two beautiful children captured beautifully for memories forever. Well done.

Catherine - August 13, 2017 - 11:21 am

Thanks very much Allison!

Green Party Co-leaders – great together

I was quite chuffed to have this flyer appear in our letterbox today, with a photo I took pretty much right beside said letterbox! It was really lovely to meet Green Party co-leaders James Shaw and Metiria Turei – such lovely people.

A portrait of artist James Ormsby

It was a real honour to photograph artist James Ormsby with his mesmerising drawing of his ancestor King Tawhaio, completed in just two days in 2008. The graphite drawing, measuring an impressive 2x4m, now hangs in a stairwell at the Woolstore in Thorndon Quay. King Tawhaio (c. 1825-94) was the second Maori King, and James has a direct whakapapa connection to the great rangitira through his grandmother.

King Tawhaio was regarded as a visionary who bequeathed wisdom in the form of prescient and ideological sayings, which continue to be followed by his iwi today. James himself comes across as a wise, gentle and thoughtful man. At the unveiling of the portrait in the Woolstore he said: “Don’t believe everything you think, and don’t think everything you believe.” My kids were obviously as taken with this as I was, because I discovered it written on 11-year-old Eva’s hand the next day!


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