A Little Bit About Me


In my business no two days are the same. I could be in my home office writing for a magazine or out on location taking photos. I have a knack for finding an interesting story and making fantastic images to go with it.

I’ve been a professional photographer for over 20 years. I trained as a photographer at Unitec, in Auckland in my thirties and gained the art education I had always longed for. I later added writing to my portfolio because I have enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember and it seemed a natural coupling. It has given me the ability to, deliver either one or both to busy editors, web developers and communications companies.

 

‘Being a photographer is like being an athlete – you must practice every day.’
Patrick Demarchelier, French fashion photographer.

 


List of commissions for magazines, newspapers and communications companies includes:

N.Z. House and Garden, Motorhomes, Caravans and Destinations, Farm Trader, Deals on Wheels, Good,
ATTN Marketing, The Profit, Kite Communications, Hawke’s Bay Country Scene, Rural News, Dairy News,
Woman’s Day, Woman’s Weekly, North and South, Little Treasures, NZ Lifestyle Farmer, Weekend Gardener.

 


ENDORSEMENTS

“Vivienne undertook the project of photographing a range of equipment and people for our website. She understood the brief and also clearly got the ‘feel’ of what we were looking for with all images in the exact format required by the designer. We would definitely recommend Vivienne as a photographer, an easy to get along with personality with experience and a passion for what she does.”

Christopher Carroll   www.carrolls.co.nz

 

“Amazing, wonderful, extraordinary! You are very talented! Thank you for the awesome experience with you.”

Nicole Masters (wedding photos).

 

‘They’re stunning- beautiful job. Thank you so much.”

Lady Deborah Holmes.  Photos for Mana Lodge website www.manalodge.co.nz

 

“Vivienne has always enthusiastically turned her hand to a range of topics including farm machinery reviews, farm profiles and construction projects. She is very proactive and is always coming up with ideas for new and interesting articles. Her photography is also of a very high standard and never disappoints.”

Rachel Pratt, editor, Farm Trader magazine

 

“I love the article – thanks a million – you have a wonderful turn of phrase and can take a beautiful photo. I’m going to send it to Allen and Unwin and my agent, as I reckon it’s really lovely.”

Charity Norman, author.

 

“Vivienne’s writing is crisp and engaging and her photography also excellent. I appreciate her dedication to the job, flexibility, open and honest communication and the effort she puts in to being a team player.”

Neill Gordon, former editor, Hawke’s Bay Country Scene.

 

“Vivienne has remained part of my on-call team and one of a small group of freelancers I rely upon to spot good stories and deliver them in a timely and professional manner. In addition to her natural flair for photojournalism, she is personable, cheerful and outgoing with exceptional networking skills.”

Peta Stavelli, editor, Motorhomes, Caravans and Destinations magazine.

 

“Vivienne’s photographs of Ridge Top Farm are absolutely beautiful. She went above and beyond her brief to capture the essence of the Ridge Top Farm glamping experience. We now have a complete library of shots that give us plenty of material for all our promotional activity.”

Liz Henderson director    www.canopycamping.co.nz

 

“I’ve worked with Vivienne several times over the last few years and recently had the privilege to work with her on a photo shoot for Ensol Tanks.   As usual, she was professional, passionate, intuitive and certainly knows her way around a camera. I think her work gets better all the time. Loving the photos and client does too!”

Jenny Reid art director/graphic designer.