Bhupendra’s 60th birthday celebrations

Bhupendra got to 60 years old without having had a birthday party thrown in his honour before, so his family decided this was going to be one heck of a bash! They booked out a room at the Indian Cultural Centre in Kemp St, Kilbirnie, hired Little India to do the catering (which was divine!), hired a DJ and filled the room with family and friends. I brought along a portable backdrop and my studio lights so that we could do some formal group shots as the guests arrived, and then the festivities began. It was an emotional night, with some really moving speeches, and it was very clear what a special man Bhupendra is and how dearly loved. It was so lovely to be part of it – thank you.


Annika is a lovely young woman from Germany who stayed with us recently as a “Wwoofer”. is about living and working on organic farms – we’re not an organic farm but they extended the brief to allow cultural exchanges, so now we regularly have people from all over the world come and stay with us. They do a few hours in the garden each day in return for food and board. It’s been great, and the kids have loved meeting people from so many different countries.

So not only is Annika a great weeder, she’s also awesome in front of the camera! I had this idea for a portrait that was kind of a study in colour; I lit the background with gels on my studio lights, and my friend Katie let me raid her wardrobe. My other friend Miranda Millen kindly came over and did Annika’s hair and makeup for me. I was so pleased how it all came together. Thanks everyone! Annika, I’ll send you a Dropbox link soon! xx

Sarah and Matt’s garden wedding in Stokes Valley

Ah dear, my poor neglected blog! I’ve really not been good at finding the time to update it, but here are a few shots from Sarah and Matt’s lovely relaxed wedding. It was held at Sarah’s parents’ house, and rather than have a formal dinner they held a cocktail party in the garden, with a House of Dumplings stall – how cool is that? My children wanted to come along too when they heard.

We took some photos beforehand by the Hutt River and at St Pats Silverstream (where Matt went to school), which meant Sarah and Matt were able to spend lots of time with their family and friends after the ceremony. That always gets the big thumbs-up in my book. Thanks guys for a lovely day, and I wish you and your gorgeous children all the best. x

Welcome to the family, Gala

Thank you to the kind people at Queensberry who featured my album on their blog today! I’ve been a fan of Queensberry for years now and use them exclusively for my client albums and coffee table books. These flushmount panorama albums are my most popular offering: the new option of choosing medium-weight pages mean you can include more spreads for the same price, but they still have the wow factor of the thicker-paged albums.

Gale is my lovely hairdresser – she runs Just Teasing in Willis St – and it was such a pleasure to hang out with them for a morning and get lots of impulsive hugs from wee Aurelia. :)

Click here to see the full Queensberry post.

Allison - March 1, 2017 - 6:51 pm

I can see why they have featured this album. As usual, you have managed to get special shots of the family, and to illustrate the relationships as you did it. Well done.

Catherine - March 2, 2017 - 9:53 am

Thanks very much, Allison!

Janelle and Eli’s wedding at Wellington’s Botanic Gardens and Wellington Rowers

I loved every minute of this wedding. Janelle and Eli are absolutely lovely people, who unsurprisingly surrounded themselves with a whole lot of other lovely people to celebrate their big day. Janelle looked jaw-droppingly beautiful in her Sophie Voon dress and custom veil. There were so many special family elements to this wedding: Janelle wore her Nana’s mother’s pearls around her wrist (she still has the card that went with them), her gorgeous Nana made the guys’ thistle boutonnieres, and her mum Glenice made the girls’ lovely bouquets. Janelle and her bridal party did the flowers for the tables, and Janelle made the multiple cakes (there were several important birthdays the same day – an 8th, a 30th and a 60th).  Janelle’s brother and sister-in-law made the wooden signs, and the ceremony reading was a poem written by Eli’s dad Ashley to mark their engagement.

Speaking of which, it was quite a cool one. Janelle was flying to Dunedin to see her family, and Eli knew she would want to share the news with them. So unbeknownst to her he caught a slightly earlier flight so that he could propose down in Dunedin. Janelle had been exhausted and had slept the whole way, so when she saw him waiting at the airport her first thought was that she’d overslept and somehow ended up back in Wellington! :)

Celebrant: Jude Best

Janelle’s dress and custom veil: Sophie Voon Bridal

Hair: John St Hair Salon

Makeup: Amelia Gill from Mecca Cosmetica

Caterers: Nosh

Eli’s suit: Barkers

Groomsmen’s outfits: Hallensteins



alicia scott - February 17, 2017 - 4:15 pm

Beautiful images, beautiful couple. Well done Catherine!

Catherine - February 17, 2017 - 5:10 pm

Thanks so much, Alicia! That means a lot coming from you. :)

Janelle Nuttall - February 18, 2017 - 12:02 pm

Wow. We are so grateful to you Catherine for beautifully capturing every big (and little) moment of our wedding. We are so thankful to have these amazing photos to cherish! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Janelle and Eli.

Catherine - February 18, 2017 - 12:52 pm

Cheers Mrs Nuttall! I really can’t wait to show you your slideshow – so many more wonderful big and little moments. Thanks and see you Tuesday! x