Chelsea is a NZIPP Accredited Professional Photographer based in the Auckland region of New Zealand’s North Island.
How long have you been a photographer?
In this particular business, about 7.5 years. But photography in general, I have been doing since I was a child and more extensively from when I was 16 years old.
What is in your camera bag?
Canon, 5D Mark IV. 85mm Sigma Art, 24-70mm Mark II Canon, those are my go to lenses. I have 50mm and 35mm Sigma Art lenses as well that I no longer use.
What is your favourite piece of gear?
Canon, 5D Mark IV and my 24-70mm Lens because it is versatile. I do love my 85mm for the outdoors though.
What genre(s) of photography do you photograph?
Maternity, Newborn, Family and Children.
What do you enjoy most about being a photographer?
Creating history, memories, and showing emotions and connections of love.
Do you have any funny stories from a shoot?
I once fell straight down into a deep hole in a river and was up to my chest in freezing water with my gear. I came out within a second of falling in with one step with my gear, luckily everything was still working fine. It was quite a shock to the system but I am relieved it wasn’t worse. Everyone was laughing for a long time after that because I was completely soaked for the rest of the session. I have also been known to lay down flat in the wet sand for certain shots, and then I am covered in sand for the rest of the session and clients think it is hilarious what lengths I will go to for the right angle.
What is the most memorable moment in your career as a photographer?
Winning first place at WPPI for the Newborn Category second half in 2019, first place at WPE 2020 first half maternity/newborn/family category and first place 2019 second half newborn category.
What advice would you give yourself as a new photographer entering the market?
Only shoot what you love, it shows in your work.
Why did you join NZIPP and what do you get from being a member?
I joined to become part of a professional body, become accredited, earn points, and to show that I take myself seriously.