25 December 2012

Christmas Baby Photography | Auckland

Wishing everyone a fantastic Christmas and an awesome 2013!  Who could resist some newborn photography, putting a baby in a Santa's hat!

13 November 2012

Newborn Photography | Zach

Making sure we capture this special moment in our family's life.. We took a few self portaits here at home with baby Zach..

30 October 2012

Newest Arrival | Baby Photography

Dave and I are thrilled to announce the newest member of our photography team.. Baby Zach!  He is spending more time infront of the camera than behind it, but we still have a little while to train him up!

Here is a phototgraph from his first newborn baby photography shoot..

24 October 2012

Family Photography | Auckland | Andrew & Jolie

Somehow being in the country is so refreshing.  And it was no exception when we spent the morning with Andrew, Jolie and their two gorgeous wee lads at their lifestyle block north of Auckland in Helensville.

We started with some fun shots in the family home and once the rain had eased to a drizzle gumboots were donned and we all headed out to explore outside. What a fantastic way to spend a morning, away from the busy city, just enjoying family life in the country, feeding the chickens and checking for eggs! 

16 October 2012

Melissa & Aaron | Wedding Photography | Auckland

Although the spring weather was threatening to rain, Melissa and Aaron's wedding was always going to be a bright and beautiful day!

With champagne and matching bathrobes, Melissa spent a fun morning getting ready with her bridesmaids at Whenuapai. Melissa wore a fabulous A-line bridal gown with a sweet heart neckline featuring ruching and crystal detailing.  With her make-up perfectly accentuating her gorgeous completion and fabulous auburn hair, Melissa was glowing!

Sharing this special moment with friends and family, Melissa and Aaron married at the lovely old St Martins Chapel in Waimauku, Auckland.  Celebrating their love, it was a personal ceremony involving both family and friends.

The bridal party went to the Hobsonville boat ramp for the creative shoot.  A perfect location for a fun a relaxed photography shoot, leading down to Catalina Bay and overlooking the North Shore.

The reception was held at the picturesque setting of The Brigham in Whenuapai, with cocktail hour in the garden area.  Continuing on with theme, the reception was pretty and fresh with fuchsia, orange and yellow details.  From the wedding details to Melissa and Aaron, this really was a bright and beautiful wedding!

For more photographs visit: http://deborahdegraaf.co.nz/#/melissa-and-aaron-wedding-photography/

25 September 2012

Nicola & Paul | Valentine's Day Competition | Auckland

As winner of our Valentine's Day Competition, Nicola and Paul won our Deluxe Portrait Photography Collection! 

For the photography shoot we headed Auckland Domain where we found a beautiful old tree covered in bright yellow flowers.  True to Auckland in winter the weather was rainy and grey, however, Nicola bubbly and fun, wearing a fabulous pink coat and gorgeous smile, brightened up the whole day!

Congratulations again Nicola and Paul! What a gorgeous couple you are we had such a fantastic shoot with you both!

11 September 2012

Wedding Photography Books | Personalised Album Jacqui & Scott

I just love it when a Bride and Groom's personalised Wedding Book arrives.. All new, professionally bound, crisp white pages, photographs of the beautiful couple.. Yeap it's just like Christmas!

And even better..

After personally designing each page in the book to reflect the couple and tell their story...  Together with their choices as to the diffreent sizes, covers and paper.. It is so fun to be able to hand over this unique and special story of their day!

Here is a few photographs of Jacqui and Scott's Wedding Book.  They chose Large Landscape, Image Wrap Cover, with 80 pages in Photo Pearl 190gsm paper.  Gorgeous!

06 September 2012

Random Acts of Kindness | Flowers

It is always pretty nice being on the receiving end of a random act of kindness.

Especially when it comes from your spouse in the form of beautiful flowers!

Thanks Dave for brightening my day!


27 August 2012

Michaela & Steven | Wedding Photography | Auckland Rustic Vintage

On the shores of the southern most city of Africa, two people met. One from England, the other from New Zealand, both living and volunteering in Cape Town. With their shared passions and heart for their work, this couple soon developed a love that would cross the oceans.

{Across the ocean and back in New Zealand}

Michaela and Steven chose a country vintage theme for their wedding.  Micheala wore a gorgeous silk dress from South Africa, over set with a pretty vintage lace and pearl top.  Set of perfectly by pearl and diamant√© earnings and country style bouquet of mixed flowers.

The ceremony was held at St Georges Church in Espom and was a moving and personal reflection of them as a couple and the faith they share.

In keeping with the country vintage theme, the bridal party had a picnic at Auckland's Cornwell Park which also was a perfect venue for photographs.  With an old shed, farm fences and old tress, it had all things rustic charm. 

Michaela and Steven also had photographs by their waterfront reception venue of Tamaki Yacht club.  The reception was beautifully decorated with fairy lights, material flags, sweet vintage table settings and lollies. Each table was personalised featuring a photograph of Michaela and Steven at different locations across Cape Town.

With a stunning view of the sun setting over Auckland Harbour, the ocean, it seemed so fitting.
Just as two pepole across the ocean they met and fell in love, now as one their future calls, across many oceans far and wide.

For more photographs of Michaela & Steven's wedding go to: 

12 July 2012

Baby de Graaf | First Image Facebook Cover

So we had our 20 week baby scan recently.. And we were so inspired seeing baby kicking and moving around we changed our Facebook cover on our personal page..

One of baby de Graaf's first photographs.. One of many to come I am sure!

10 July 2012

Sacha & Nathan | Pregnancy & Family | Auckland

So if you haven't gathered already, I love being able to photograph the special moments in peoples lives.

Pregnancy is definitely one of those moments.

A time in your life you want to capture and treasure for years to come.  And being pregnant myself makes these shoots even more fun for me as the photographer.  So I was thrilled to be photographing Sacha, Nathan, Eddie and baby bump!

Such a gorgeous and happy family and how much even more so once baby arrives.. So as Sacha would say..