Family Documentary Photography with Sarah Marshall Photography.

This is a new venture into Family Documentary Photography where I encourage families to "just be" as I photograph your family together.

I know as parents life gets so busy that we often forget to get our camera out or we don't feel up to being in the photos ourselves...

I want to remind you how important it is to exist in photographs WITH your children.

I encourage you to try and put the feelings aside of how you think you look right now.

Your children don't care if you're not "picture perfect". 

They love you and I am sure one day they would like to look back on photographs of their childhood with you in them too.

I truly believe it is important to display family photos in the home so that our children can feel a sense of belonging.
It shows that they are a part of something and in years to come they can look back and reflect on that time in their life.
This gives them a connection to heritage, culture and a sense of belonging.
All important for building self esteem for their future.

I spent two hours with the Mannagh family capturing things as they happened. I then ended the session with a portrait of the whole family on the deck of their family home.

Here's some of what Pip had to say:

"When we received our family photos, they brought tears to my eyes. I could feel the atmosphere, the dynamics and the love. They showed me that no matter how crazy you think you are, how dysfunctional life can be with three kids and a loyal dog that the mental dinner rush is more like a beautiful part of family life but is often buried in busyness, forever.

This is life; this is us. In all our rawness, our daily chaos and through the more challenging times."

For more from Pip about this experience click here

To view a highlights video blog click here

Would family documentary photography interest you?

Congratulations Cassie & Max!

Photography: Sarah Marshall Photography
Second shooter and assistant: Stefanie Thorne - GreatShots
MUA & Hair: Amy and Eva from AmyLouise Wedding Makeup Specialist
Ceremony Location: Bluff Point.
Portraits: Private beach in the magical Mangawhai.
All images in this blog are taken by myself except for the ring shot, groom prep and a few ceremony shots which were taken by Stefanie as my second photographer and assistant for the day.
Thanks for viewing!

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Tenae was the winner of the "Top Model" prize I gave out at the "Benina Northland Fashion Awards" at Forum North earlier this year.

The prize was for a portrait photoshoot that included hair & make-up, an on location photoshoot and 20 digital images on a USB with rights to print and share.

I was so happy when Tenae told me she needed images to apply for a modelling agent.

I love shooting personal branding headshots and portraits for self employed people to represent their brand and businesses well and for talent to have images for industry use.

MAKEUP // Kasey George - Make up Artist

HAIR // Samantha Shelford - The Travelling Scissors

STYLING // Tenae Ford-Mason

IMAGES // © Sarah Marshall Photography

I will be availble again for personal branding headshots and portraits exclusively on location in February 2017.

email for pricing and bookings.

I recently visited Kate from "Ora Wellness" in Whangarei to do some commercial photography.

Behind the scenes commercial photography for local business owners is a great investment so you have images on hand for social media posts and press releases.

This is not traditionally the time for headshots, but if your hair, make-up, outfit and on loctaion light is all looking great then I can usually capture an image of you too, as I did here with Kate.

(Full personal branding sessions would be a seperate booking.)

For more about holistic wellness with doTERRA essential oils check out the "Ora Wellness" website here. -

Or follow Ora Wellness on facebook to see what awesome products kate has to offer.

If you are interested in me capturing some images of your workspace and you working on or in your business please email me at 

When choosing a photographer for your website content it is important to hire someone that understands what you need to represent your brand and business well online.

This not only means good communication and great images but also knowing what to deliver to you and your website developer.

If the following is a foreign language to you then you need to make sure that you hire a commercial photographer that can deliver the following on your behalf.

Here's some great tips from Jesse at Gray Media Limited 

Dear prospective web development client, when working with a web developer here are some tips to make your life and my life easier when it comes to images.

1. Specs: Most screens are a maximum of 1920 pixels wide and 1080 high. Most digital cameras/phones take pictures that are 4000px wide. An image that is to used for a background or slider should be 1920 wide, but most other images you will get away with being around 1000px wide. Image size corresponds to file size. So a smaller image is always going to load faster. At the opposite end of the spectrum, if your images are copied from Facebook or an old website they are often quite small. Making an image larger very very seldom gives good results. I would much prefer to resize down. Most modern designs use large images as well.
2. File size: Images are the key factor in slow loading websites. I try to keep images under 500kb for busy fullscreen backgrounds, but large images should be under 250-300kb.
3. File format: JPEG is the preferred format for photographs on the internet. This results in the smallest file size and the highest quality. PNG is good for graphics and images requiring transparency, but file sizes won't go as low as JPEG.
4. Image orientation: Where possible images on the web should follow a uniform orientation. There is nothing harder than trying to lay out a series of images and finding that one of your images is portrait and the rest are landscape. This is most important for dynamically created layouts like product images or galleries or blog listing pages. If you are manually laying out your images (for example inside a blog post) mix it up however you want, but try to make sure your main product image or your featured image for your blog is the same orientation as the rest of the main images. This mostly applies to grid based layouts, if you are using a pinterest/masonry style layout you will have a little more freedom.
5. White space: If you are intending to use an image as a background, talk to your designer/developer/photographer about where you want things like logos or content. Content will get lost on a busy background and you don't want to cover the important subject/s of your image. It always helps to have more background in an image than you think you will need. I can crop an image with too much background down, but if the background isn't plain it going to be a lot harder to make an image bigger to fit the space better. 
6. Communication: If you are having new photos taken to use for your website talk to your designer/developer/photographer so they all know what is going on and can work together to get the best result for you. There is nothing worse than the client showing up having spent $500+ on photos that aren't going to work well for the project.
7. Image cropping: Please don't crop an image out of proportion. If I have a gallery of images to work with and they are all in a 6:4 ratio and then I come across one that has been cropped more on one side than the other changing the images proportions I am going to have to do complicated stuff to make the cropped image fit the layout. This is going to cost me time, which is going to cost you money.
8. Remember:  Bad images ruin a great design. A great design with a pixelated or noisy iphone photo that is stretched out of proportion will never look good. If you are paying for a great design, make sure your images match the quality of your design. If you don't have great images, get some taken, or buy stock images. 

Hopefully this information helped... if not... remember this quote from Red Adair...