My Story

Lover of travel, music, dancing, meeting new people, babies, food and the outdoors.

People often travel through life, working in a career they quite often dislike or even hate. That’s why I often think to myself I’m so grateful to have found my passion at such a young age; 16.

I’ve always been a person who has strived for more, never happy with stagnation. So, after completing a Bachelor of Media Arts degree (Photography Major) in Hamilton, the industry experience I so badly craved drew me to head overseas where I began the start of my career. Travel opened my eyes to new experiences and lead me down many different paths, which helped me get to where I am today. After returning home to New Zealand and settling into coastal life in Mount Maunganui, I was ready to bring all my experiences home with me and setup my very own studio.

Photography is pretty much all I’ve ever known. That, and the fact I get to hold babies and attend weddings as a job, makes me truly think I have the BEST career in the world. I honestly believe that this enthusiasm and love for what I do, shines through in all my work. In the last 12 years I’ve gained invaluable experience and developed my skills as a professional photographer and creative retoucher, with a style I can call my own. With a friendly disposition, a love of meeting new people and a natural ability to build rapport with children in a relaxed environment, I am able to produce beautiful works of art that you will treasure for years to come. And THAT is thing that gets me up and going in the morning, knowing that I get to create beautiful, fun and lasting memories for people. I mean, how awesome is it being able to capture kids laughing at their parents or with their siblings? Or being able to capture the curiosity of toddlers and young children? Or the bond between you and your teenage kids? Just knowing that people have these moments up on their walls forever, I can’t even put into words how much I love being able to do that for people, because as the great Andy Warhol said ‘The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.’

  • Photo of Caroline McKenzie
  • Photo of Caroline McKenzie
  • Photo of Caroline McKenzie

Word on the street

“Caroline, you are more than a photographer, your pictures are not like still images of time, they are dynamic and each time we look through them we have the story of our wedding told back to us in exact detail….We highly recommend Caroline as a photographer for your special occasion or family photos”

– Steph & Dino Wi

“I cannot recommend Caroline enough! If you want a fun, relaxed photographer that will create the most beautiful memories for your day you have found your person. Such an amazing talent.”

– Kellie & Rob Scott

“With the ability to work with the most restless toddler and engage the pre-teen who’s not keen on posing anymore, Caroline demonstrates talent beyond her years. Thank you for making our family memories, forever keepsakes.”

– Rachael & Chris Aitchison

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