Sisu not silence | Wellington

Happy 2018!

I know, I know – it’s already February. Time just flies.

Last year was amazing. I got to move to this amazing country, settled in, made lots and lots of new friends, started rebuilding my photography here in Wellington region and met new wonderful clients and wonderful opportunities. 2017 treated me good. Really good. Better than I had ever dreamt of.

This year started out as good as the last one. The first photoshoot of the year was probably the most meaningful and powerful to start with. I got to meet Emilia Lahti, the overcomer, the founder of Sisu not silence. A researcher and peace activist, woman who is so kind and caring that you can almost see the glow around her where ever she goes.


At this very moment Emilia is running through whole New Zealand for an important cause.
50 ultra marathons within 50 days without any rest days. To raise awarness of domestic violence, to spread the word how it is not okay. It is a crazy challenge and by now she is already half way there. South island already conquered, North Island in progress.

Why? You can read her whole story here.

Emilia Lahti Sisu not silence on a run through NZEmilia Lahti Sisu not silence at Island Bay prior to her run through NZEmilia Lahti Sisu not silence preparing for her run through NZ

Only few days before her journey I met Emilia in Wellington where I got to spend time with her, take her press photos and listen to this radiant queen of kindness. It was a day of her send-off to her journey with a small, cozy event spent at the Karori Bridge club later in the evening, hosted by It’s not okay campaign

Emilia Lahti Sisu not silence and her sponsor Delight in FinlandEmilia Lahti and Mina Holder Sisu not silence preparing for their journey through NZEmilia Lahti Sisu not silence getting ready to run through New Zealand

Now, four weeks later, after she had already run through south island we met again here in Wellington where she was invited to give speeches at the Royal Police College in Porirua. It was quite emotional moment when she arrived running to the College with such a heartwarming and passionate welcoming by the crowd. Steve Matthews was there to write very well about the event, you can read his article here.

Emilia Lahti Sisu not silence arriving NZ Royal Police academyEmilia Lahti Sisu not silence at NZ Royal College academy right after arrival

There has been quite a lot interest in Emilia’s journey amongst media both in Finland and especially here in New Zealand. Kauneus & Terveys-lehti in Finland also wrote about Emilia’s NZ mission, you can read the story here (in Finnish) text by Tiina Tuppurainen, all photos by me.

She’s been interviewed in many newspapers and media, including the AM morning show on tv.

Emilia Lahti speaking to NZ Police college about domestic violence and overcoming_DSC6194Emilia Lahti Sisu not silence getting emotional after karakia by Ed BakerEmilia Lahti Sisu not silence after her speech at NZ Police College in Porirua

You can follow Emilia’s amazing run and support her mission by following her social media links and I highly recommend you to attend her very casual and heart warming events around NZ north island. All the upcoming events can be found on her facebook page.

Thank you Emilia for being such an inspiration, you have already taught me A LOT.  Keep shining where ever you go!


Waikanae Beach wedding |Sneak peek


Such a beautiful day at the Waikanae beach. Thanks for having me there with you, more photos later. Conratulations on your amazing wedding day Lisa and Andrew!

Baby Ella | Newborn shoot Wellington


No matter what country or what continent you are, they are always amazing. Newborns.
Congratulations on your new Baby Princess! She’s adorable.


21122676_10156618253074816_3511445735684650762_o(One of the benefits of having teens in the household is that you can always force them to help with location scouting. Great spots everywhere, just like this in Staglands.)

Family photography Porirua

_DSC7904_DSC7883_DSC7933-2_DSC7964_DSC7981-2_DSC7996_DSC8002_DSC8011_DSC8056_DSC8073_DSC8104On one wintery Saturday morning after weeks and weeks (months) of raining Wellington weather surprised us and gave us some gorgeous sun – and no wind at all! We started at the Aotea lagoon and ended up at the hill with awesome views around Porirua harbour.
Nicely spent morning with this beautiful couple and funny little boys.
And what a perfect timing – the newest member of the family was born only few days after our photo shoot. 

Congratulations to all of you!

Angela | Maternity shoot Wellington

Untitled-1_DSC7747_DSC7741_DSC7771_DSC7781_DSC7816_3_DSC7826-3Angela wanted some portraits of her beautiful family. And her beautiful bump. But there wasn’t much time left before the baby was due and weather didn’t seem to give us it’s best at all. So to make sure that we get at least few gorgeous maternity photos we decided to do two separate sessions. A quick shoot with Angela and then later the whole family. With or without the bump.
Weather was terrible. It was so chilly and windy that it was a challenge even to stand still. (Gotta love windy Welly) I’m so sorry to drag poor Angela over the rocks – just to find out that it got suddenly way too sunny for the photos I was after.
So change of plans – and took her to the boat sheds and a forest nearby.  But she was awesome. Thank you so much for this photoshoot, I had fun and you were amazing!
Family photos will follow later.

Rebekah | Portrait shoot Porirua

_DSC5473rdwb_DSC5467I was really honored to have a chance to take portraits of local poet, Rebekah Burgess.
We were after some autumn foliage to get certain feel for her photos but it was quite a challenge in this area. So best we came up with was the rose garden in Aotea lagoon. And it worked quite well. Here’s a little sneak peek of the day.
Thanks Rebekah, it was lovely to work with you!