A B O U T
“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy,
care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
~ Jean Shinoda Bolen ~
Not your typical photo.
This is me, lounging around at home, with my favourite model.
Kia Ora and Mabuhay!
My name is Chryseis Vivienne. I was born and raised in the Philippines, and have always been passionate about photography.
I remember wanting to pursue a career in photography but sadly I was unable to do so. I had to set my photographic aspirations aside and focused on preparing for a "real career". That didn't stop me from taking as many photos whenever I could though.
In 2006, I immigrated to New Zealand and found myself finally able to follow my dreams! After purchasing my first DSLR, I enrolled in photography courses, devoured tutorials left and right, experimented, and continued to take more photos. I was based in Hamilton so I took photos of cows, hot air balloons, flowers and bees... Then one day, my employers asked me to take photos of the architectural projects they have completed - and that's when my my journey as a photographer began. It was quite short-lived though, because in 2012, I relocated to Wellington.
While in Wellington, I joined the Aotearoa Philippines Photographic Society (now called the Johnsonville Camera Club), where I served as club president for two consecutive years. This was where I met like-minded kababayans and other photography enthusiasts who helped me develop my skills and gain confidence as a photographer. I attended workshops, joined competitions, and absorbed the invaluable critiques more experienced photographers gave on my work. I simply consumed all that I could to further improve my craft whilst, at the same time, increasing my client base. Alas, a photography career at the Capital was not meant to be because in 2018, my little family moved to New Plymouth.
And that's what has brought me here! I have been living in and appreciating the beauty of this lovely coastal city since mid 2018. I love my new hometown and I am excited to offer all my skills and knowledge to the wonderful whanau in the Taranaki.
I look forward to hearing from you.
NgA mihi nui and Salamat!