Where do I begin...?
I moved to New Zealand from the home counties in England, with my husband, in 2004. We were a pair of adventurous souls back then, who had never stepped foot in the place, but sold up everything knowing, even before we arrived, that this would be our forever home. I'd always loved photography but the closest I got to it was poring over my dad's old David Bailey and Annie Leibovitz coffee table books. I started exploring photography properly in 2013, when I got my first decent camera, and when my children were still quite young. I quickly realised that photography filled a gap in my life that had been there for a long time, but which I'd never been quite sure how to fill. It turned out photography fulfilled the creative side of me and, (cheesy as it sounds), I finally felt 'complete'. It's fair to say I became quite obsessed with it (as my husband can attest!) but it's this passion that led me to where I am today ~ working as a successful, award winning, full time photographer.
When I'm not shooting, I'm usually with my kids or my husband, Lee, at our home in Christchurch. My boys (Charlie and Oliver) are energetic, funny, twin, 11 year olds who used to be my muses, but are now suffering with "photographer mummy" syndrome! Prior to being a photographer I was an occupational therapist for over 20 years, with the last 13 specialising in brain injury. I loved my job. I loved the people and the reward of helping others (and I still do a bit of contract work now and then) but it was time to follow my new passion. Other things I enjoy are camping in our pop trailer called "Bertha", a bit of tramping and lots of yoga. I love a catch up with friends over a craft beer or a G&T - and I love SPUD, my old, black, tailless cat.
(I'm also a volunteer photographer for Heartfelt and have been for the past 4 years).
So what does all this mean for you?
It means that I'm doing something that I absolutely love, so I am very passionate about it. I will give you 110% of my effort, I'm infinitely patient and I genuinely care for my clients. I'll ensure that your experience with me is fun and relaxed, and I'll go the extra mile to get the images you want, because I want you to care about these photos as much as I do.
Photo credit: Hazel&Cass
See what people are saying about me...
Kathryn & Ryan
“Our experience with Stacey was second-to-none! Stacey has a fun and relaxed nature that makes you feel instantly at ease in front of the camera. Our wedding portfolio is exceptional and accurately captures those candid moments and emotions throughout the day. We will cherish this forever.”