Esther loves to base a portrait session around a child’s love of play and doing. Their passions. Their story. At the age they are now.
Children love to play and run, and not necessarily sit still for a photograph. Esther’s gentle interaction and direction helps create beautiful images that capture their spirit. Within minutes she’ll have them moving and encouraging them to skip/run/jump. No time for awkward moments, she’ll be straight in with a camera and following the action…and if they’re shy, her gentle persuasion with play, and distraction with fabrics and props will have them relax and enjoy.
A connection. A story. A lifetime of memory.
Esther’s images have an uncanny ability to show connection, a love of life, and an intimacy - like a window on the soul - that few others can achieve.
She gently guides and directs, and creates an environment where people can feel relaxed and comfortable. Where family can concentrate on each other rather than thinking about the camera. She’ll have you laughing and giggling, surprising you with her subtle ways to relax everyone, and keep the session fun, and moving.
Always beauty. Always connection.
One of the more challenging stages of life to capture, but also one of the most rewarding. Capturing their spirit and their story. Their concerns. Their passions. Esther recommends that you let them have the input into how they want to be photographed, and as a result the images will be a reflection of who they are.
Keeping the action moving, and with gentle persuasion, Esther can tell their story in a unique and creative like no other photographer can. Her skill in working with teens results in images that they’ll be proud of. And never embarrassed by. Contemporary, stylish, beautiful. Reflective or serious. Images that reflect this stage in their life.
Beautiful. Sensual. Timeless.
A portrait of a woman is one of the most personal experiences in photography. We are the focus of attention, baring our face, skin, eyes and essence to the camera. The decision to place ourselves at centre stage, often without props or decoration, takes courage and self-appreciation.
Yet women often go through lives so entwined within their families or careers, that years pass with no special images to remind us of individual beauty and characteristics. Snapshots often fall short of illustrating a woman’s true look.
And it doesn’t cost any extra to include your partner and children at the end of your portrait session - talk to Esther about timing and logistics. She’s happy to help.
“Thank you Esther for being you - for your beautiful artistry and your whimsical creativity...I recommend this to every woman in the universe. This is a 'must do bucket list priority' - do it!” Margie
Do you exist in photographs for your family...?
What is your legacy in photographs..?
Esther’s inspiration comes from playing and experimenting. With a camera. With movement and blur, layering, colour and tone.
Her first love is creating in camera, using multiple exposure techniques, reflections and creative lens, shooting through bits of broken glass and perspex.
She’s in her happy place when she can combine these magical elements.
FIRE & WATER
In 2014 Esther combined her creativity with the creative genius of Justine Kingdon, choreographer, to tell the story of Easter.
The images featured the cast from the show: teens, and school children, mums and office workers, dreamers and poets.
Esther captured them on the Nikon D4, and are a combination of multiple exposures in camera, with blur, reflections and movement, with water and layering. Some images combining 3-4-5 images in camera, and completely as photographed. Some happy accidents. And some with subtle refinement in post production.
An array of breathtaking, story-telling imagery.
Esther’s self published book of the project won an NZIPP Gold award in New Zealand in 2017, and a Silver award at the Australian AIPP awards in 2016.
Several individual images won awards both nationally and internationally, including Esther’s portrayal of Matt as Jesus, being a semi-finalist for the International HeadON Portrait awards in 2015.
PATRON SAINT OF DEPRESSION
The Patron Saint of Depression and Other Survival Stories is a project in process set to inspire and inform. Simply and beautifully, the stories of these survivors of depression, suicide, divorce, loss, disability and more are celebrated and then illuminated by portraits Esther has taken of them.
The idea was dreamt up by dancer/writer, Justine Kingdon, during what would be called a bi-polar high. This high followed two winters of a crippling, and painfully public depression.
Thus, the aim of The Patron Saint of Depression is not merely to celebrate such stories. The Patron Saint of Depression intends to help de-stigmatise issues around mental health, suicide, disability…
Still very much a work in progress, Esther has won several awards with images from this series.
Contact Esther and Justine if you’re interested to find out more.
THE ANGEL COLLECTION
A small town dance project that grew wings of it’s own..
Esther’s first collaboration with creative genius Justine Kingdon. Esther photographed the dancers from Justine’s show ‘When the Poet dreamed an angel’. Esther was inspired by Justine’s description of how she was going to flood the stage with angels, but not the conventional. More, the personal interpretation of what an angel meant to them.
Esther played with double exposure in camera - two simple images. All the images were photographed using natural light her studio. The mood, an interpretation and reflection of the angels they played.
Two additional texture layers were added to some, in post production.
Many of these images have resulted in awards, and the self published book received a Silver award at the Australian AIPP national awards in 2016.
AWARDS & MEDIA
Esther has won many awards for her work, both nationally in New Zealand, and internationally.