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"Photography is the story I fail to put into words."

Destin Sparks


Chryseis Vivienne Phillips

New-Plymouth based boutique photography studio that offers delightful cake smash mini sessions, memorable family portraiture experiences as well as fun kindergarten class photo shoots

The Delightful Mr D The Delightful Mr D I love capturing the images of children (which is why I do a lot of kindergarten photos) but sometimes, it can be quite challenging.  Take The Delightful Mr D for example. You see, like any 3-year old, Mr D is full of energy. He was excited about being in a new place and he was eager to explore.  I think he got tired of waiting for the adults who were standing and smiling, or walking ever so slowly. He wanted to stretch his legs, and play and was not too keen on having his photos taken. When it was his turn To View More >>

‘Love is too beautiful to be hidden in the closet.’ -Unknown Meet Doe and Jay. Doe is a professional dancer and Jay is an ECE teacher - they are based in Rotorua and were in New Plymouth for a weekend when they decided to have their family portraits taken. I was quite happy to oblige, and felt honoured with the trust they bestowed upon me. They have been together for nearly twenty years - but have never been able to openly express their love for one another - at least not until they moved to New Zealand. You see, Doe and Jay are both from a very conservative and very Catholic To View More >>

"No, I will not smile!" "No, I will not smile!" Back in the 70's, the band Bread released a song called "Aubrey" and the first verse goes: And Aubrey was her name A not so very ordinary girl or name But who's to blame? Those lines are just perfect for this little girl who, coincidentally, is also named Aubrey. Aubrey goes to the Kindy where I used to work, and she is often always such a box of fluffy ducks. She's always smiling and giggling; she waves hello when she comes in and says goodbye, at least when she remembers, when she leaves. She's just adorable. To View More >>

This is Gorgeous Little Miss E. Last June, I was asked by her mum to cover her 1st birthday party. Mum had someone photograph her first born's birthday and she found having an event photographer around (even if it's just for a child's birthday) helped her A LOT. It's one less task to delegate and worry about thus, she, her family and friends, can focus on what's important - celebrating Little Miss E's special day. Little Miss E's party was scheduled in August -and we all know what happened then, right? Yep, Level 4 LOCKDOWN (thank you, Covid). So we rescheduled for September To View More >>

As a child, I vividly remember wanting to fill my home with beautiful photos of all the places I've been to and of the people I love. I wanted my home to look pretty. So, when I bought a house, I recall purchasing a big carton of picture frames to get me started on that ambitious project.  Obviously, hanging those photos kinda didn't happen - but that's a different story.  Anyway, now that I'm older, I've come to realise that having a wall, full of photos is not just about making a home nicer to look at or filling up space. It's actually all To View More >>