The Laura Ridley Experience

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Being a part of a professional photographic shoot is something many of us don't do everyday, or very often. For those that don't live and breathe photography like myself it can be a little daunting, the unknown a bit scary - but I believe the mark of a great photographer is one that makes not only the shoot itself stress-free and comfortable, but the entire process from start to finish.

The bond between photographer and client is a strong one - being trusted to hold your adorable newborn or being invited to witness your marriage on your special day is something I feel very honored to be part of.

It's for this reason that I created my business to focus on you and your needs. Throughout the entire photographic process you will be guided and taken care of - from the initial contact where we discuss what type of shoot you're after, what style or mood you're wanting to create and where you might display your finished artwork, right through to your exciting (and often emotional!) viewing session where you get to view your finished images for the first time - you are our focus. 

I'd describe my style of photography as one of story-telling - I love to capture moments that when displayed together tells a story of that particular family or celebration. I also love simplistic or minimalist styled shoots where the focus is on the people within the shot. 
Others describe me as relaxed and approachable - and I feel this shows in my sessions as I get to know those involved and guide them to ensure their best selves are captured.

The most exciting part of the process for many of our clients is attending their viewing session, typically a week after their shoot. It is here that you view your images for the first time. I love seeing my clients faces light up with surprise when they see their beautiful images and the moments that they maybe weren't aware that photos were captured. It's those little 'in-between' moments that are often the most special.
I love working with my clients to choose their favourite images as well as a package that suits their budget and display needs. 

Seeing photos of my clients artwork displayed within their home fills my heart, knowing that they are so proud of the work and display it for all to see. It really is the biggest compliment. 

In 2018 I'm really looking forward to  developing my portrait business and creating some new award work to enter into the NZIPP awards in June. I'd love to take you on this journey and would feel so privileged to to capture some beautiful images of yourself, your family or your special day. 

You can find out more about the process here and to secure your session to come along on the journey contact us today!

Laura Smith