My own fancy pants exhibition

lustre-exhibitionI am very excited to announce that my first-ever exhibition opens next week, at the new Art Room in the Woolstore design centre in Thorndon, Wellington. Very fancy pants of me, as my friend commented on Facebook.

It’s been a mad rush to get everything ready on time, because I didn’t exactly intend for this to happen. Well, it was always on my Bucket List, and probably would have stayed there a long time had it not been for a meeting with the owner of the Woolstore, Paul Robinson. He had expressed an interest in seeing some of my images for permanent installation, so I brought a few along to show him earlier this month, and he said: “This is an exhibition! We’ll lock it in for November.” Yikes. So I owe Paul a debt of gratitude for being the catalyst, and David Strauss at Exhibit A for pulling out all the stops to get the framing done in time. David is working on them as I type, in fact…

There are only six photographs but I’ve printed them really big – five are 1m x 1m and one is 1m x 1.5m. I am so looking forward to that moment when I’ve hung them and I step back to see them all on the wall together!

Stop in and take a look if you’re in Wellington, and try a piece of tarte tatin from the French Cafe on level 1 while you’re there. I also really recommend the cheese shop next door.

Peter - November 5, 2016 - 12:23 am

Holy smoke! Very fancy indeed!
Go girl, go!


Catherine - November 5, 2016 - 11:09 am

Thank you! :) So glad you’re going to get a chance to see it in person. x

Lola and Sol

Anybody looking at these first two shots would think I was witty or something, but actually Lola is just the bubbliest kid you ever met. And her big brother Sol is reaching new levels of suaveness as he gets older. He’s just a year younger than my son Alexander and they’re both into wearing hats – it’s awesome. It was lovely to have Lola and Sol back in the studio again – the last time I photographed these guys was in 2013. Lola giggled her way through those photos too. :)

Erena - October 20, 2016 - 6:24 pm

How come you always get the most fantastic children to photograph!? Or do you think perhaps it has something to do with the photographer…?
Either way, she is a beautiful child, beautifully caught.

Catherine - October 20, 2016 - 6:26 pm

Hahaha, I do seem to have all the luck…. :)

Yua, 10

Yua was just amazing in front of the camera – she has such poise and grace. I’ve been busy painting new backdrops and so we had a great time trying out a range of different looks, with sisters Mia and Sena on hand as stylists. Yua took direction beautifully and could seem years older, and then this gorgeous little smile would burst out and you could suddenly believe she really is only 10. :)

Allison - October 11, 2016 - 7:12 am

Love the pictures and yes, the backdrops totally change the mood,and then there are wardrobe changes. Love the hat! There are some beautiful photographic treasures there for the family.

Catherine - October 17, 2016 - 1:39 pm

Thanks Allison!

Katie and Mikey’s wedding at The Boatshed

A yellow-themed spring wedding needs some sunshine, and these guys were so lucky – Friday was a gorgeous day sandwiched in between two rainy ones. I apologise now for the mammoth blog post. Friends and family of Katie and Mikey won’t mind, but the rest of you are forgiven if you don’t make it right to the end! I just had such a nice day and it was hard trimming it back. Katie’s family feel like old friends now, after I photographed her sister Amanda’s wedding and wee baby Keira, and also shot some graduation photos for the family. Mikey’s family are just lovely too, and there was a great vibe at this wedding (and lots of kids!! Love it when there are lots of kids). When I was eating my dinner in a quietish spot near the bar, no fewer than three people came along and invited me to join them at their table, which I think is a reflection of how welcoming and kind everyone was. I felt a bit guilty declining but it was quite good just to take a quiet moment to recharge.

Katie and Mikey got engaged in June, and I loved the story of how it happened. Katie had organised a weekend away, with massages, an NBA game and an afternoon of wine tasting, at the end of which there was a lovely slow-cooked lamb dinner that she’d prepared earlier. Mikey barely had to do a thing: he just cruised in on the back of all that romance and proposed after dinner as they toasted marshmallows. :)

Erena - October 5, 2016 - 2:17 pm

No wonder you kept taking photos. What a beautiful and joyful event. Loved it.

Catherine - October 5, 2016 - 5:05 pm

Cheers Erena! Glad I managed to capture some of that joy. :)

Kelly - October 28, 2016 - 5:13 pm

What great photos! What caterer did they use? We weren’t sure which one to go with but chose Blue Carrot and they were awesome!

Kelly - October 28, 2016 - 5:14 pm

What great photos! What caterer did they use? We weren’t sure which one to go with but chose Blue Carrot and they were perfect!

Catherine - November 6, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Hi Kelly, they catered it themselves (with all their family members) which was pretty cool! The food was amazing. :)

Brand-new shiny website!

I’ve been quietly working on updating my website behind the scenes, you know, taking my time, tinkering here and there before I took it live… procrastinating a bit here and there too. And then the other day I got some technical support on an issue, which the guy kindly fixed, and then HIT PUBLISH! Eek! I wasn’t ready, but there’s no Undo button, so no going back. My tinkering suddenly turned into proper attention, and I’m pleased to report I’ve got it looking pretty good! Well I think so at least – what do you guys reckon?? Here’s the link. My aim was to give busy viewers an instant overview of the range of work I do, so I’ve moved away from the single-image home page to a grid of images. I’ve also updated the information pages, added some fancy contact forms and information on albums, and built a gallery showing my work doing corporate headshots.

There’s still a glitch with my logo sitting in a funny position (and being cut off) when the site is viewed on mobile devices, but my friend at Tech Support is working on that as we speak. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the rest of it, any other glitches you spot or any suggestions for improvement (you can email me on Thank you!


Sharon Zollner - September 23, 2016 - 5:05 pm

Love it!

Catherine - September 24, 2016 - 8:19 am

Cheers Sharon! That’s great to hear. :)