"How it all began"
The family passion begun with Marg, who was the main family photographer and recorder of treasured memories. First born Helen showed an early interest from the age of 11-12 and then studied it in her final year at school. There was no teacher but a well equipped darkroom, so learnt the craft from night classes and photography magazines. Middle son Paul also studied it in his final year and has recently taken it up again. Assisted by Paul, the youngest son Ian made a dark room in the laundry while also studying it in his final year at school and made it a profession. He started off shooting fashion and school balls before now specialising in band photography.
After a 20 odd year hiatus, Helen picked up a camera again in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since. Helen loves to shoot all genres of photography, and with her outgoing personality is a natural with putting people at ease for wedding and family portraits and loves to photograph babies and animals especially. Helen has won awards in her local camera club, local competitions, and has achieved a Fellowship with the Photographic Society of New Zealand, its highest distinction with only around 100 fellows in Zealand. Matriarch of the family, Marg showed an early interest in the craft, winning a prize for a photo of her father in her first camera club. Marg enjoys photographing nature and creating works of art for people to enjoy on their walls. When needed, Marg will join Helen as second shooter for weddings. Marg has won awards at her local camera club, local competitions and has achieved an Associateship with the Photographic Society of New Zealand.