Hello, m​y name is ​Carly and I am from South Wairarapa, a beautiful rural community just an hour north of Wellington, New Zealand.

I am a documentary photographer and a storyteller. I am also Mum to 3 beautiful and amazing little people. Together we are navigating life with Autism, a colourful journey that is constantly showing us the value of love, perspective and presence.

Documentary photography to me, is a deeply meaningful and authentic way of making portraits and capturing stories. It’s one that puts truth and understanding first and does not require anything or anyone to be posed, styled or ‘done up’.
It’s something I wholeheartedly believe in and you can read more about why here.

My story (the short version):

In school I always thought I was going to be an Artist or a Photographer. Being given my grandfathers 35mm SLR camera at fourteen confirmed the fact. Then pressure to pursue a more ‘useful’ career won, and I become an Accountant instead (I know right? For ten years even!). Grateful that Motherhood and a change in perspective has lead me right back to where I’m meant to be.

I’ve been a photographer since 2010, but in 2014 I did something drastic and sold my DSLR, replacing it with an old 1970’s vintage camera. I then shot film exclusively for two years. It was an incredible learning experience and how I came to fall in love with the black and white image all over again. Kodak TriX – be still my heart!

I Love…

• People who follow their passions and colour outside the lines.
• People with loads of tattoos.
• Sign Language.
• Light + Shadows.
• Books. Real ones. Give me the tangible over the digital any day.
• Community + Connection + Culture + Identity.
• And of course, meeting people and documenting stories.

If you like my work and are looking for someone to document you, your family or your business in a beautiful and honest way, say hello and let’s CONNECT.

Image credit: Top Madeline Druce & Centre Whisky + the Moon