Posts in Families
Blair's here....Autumn sunset family session

Oh my gosh, HELLO autumn…you beautiful, delicious, honey-coloured, heart-warming season. It is the time of year when Mother Nature produces her best show and the sun is seduced into playing along. Warm winter coats come out of the cupboard and kids can play in the golden hour and not be cranky because it is past bed-time when the photographer wants to shoot.

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Studio-side with Abi & Ethan

The last time I had Abi and Ethan in front of my lens, they were half the size they are now. We got some lovely, playful images of them in the late afternoon sun down by the river. But lately, I've really been enjoying shooting pre-teens in the simple setting of the studio, exploring personalities without the distraction of pretty backgrounds. I asked them to come in wearing what they felt most comfy in, and to bring one or two of their favourite things.

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All About Caitlin - Family portrait session by Eva Bradley

Photography is important for so many reasons but mostly because it presses pause on a passing (and precious!) moment in time. I feel so lucky to have been part of a number of passing moments for the Tod family. Firstly it was to celebrate Matt and Kirsten's engagement, then, of course, the wedding. A newborn session followed with the arrival of their first baby, beautiful little Caitlin. And just last week I got to see her all grown up (well, almost four which is kinda the same when you're almost four, right?).

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Charlotte - 2 weeks young. By Hawke's Bay newborn photographer, Eva Bradley.

Little wee Charlotte is quite possibly the most kissed little newborn in Hawke's Bay. Aside from her Mum & Dad, she has her besotted big sister, Isla, showering her with love. And how she has earned it - a little fighter right from the start and finally safe and sound, at home in her parents' arms, my favourite place for magical newborn photography.

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Farm Boys - by Hawkes Bay family photographer, Eva Bradley

One of the things I love most about being a photographer is the way I get to share a slice of the magic between people in love. My first taste of this with Amanda and Craig was on their wedding day several years ago. I was so happy when Amanda's mum snuck into the studio recently to get a voucher for a family session with the two perfect wee boys who have arrived since the wedding, Lachie and Sam.

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The Stafford Family / Hawke's Bay family photographers

When Hannah and I first spoke about a family photography session, she suggested her husband's work as a great location for us to mix it all up. Now as much as I'm always keen to anchor my Hawkes Bay portrait photography in locations that mean something to my families, the workplace isn't normally top of my list. Except Matt just happens to be a winemaker at one of the most beautiful locations in Hawkes Bay...Craggy Range

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