Kiriwhakapapa, Wairarapa family photo session: Gina and whānau


Daughter running across the grass chased by her parents laughing in the afternoon sun, Wairarapa family photographer

Gina and her family traveled from Palmerston North to Masterton for their family portrait session and weren't familiar with local spots. Together we chose Kiriwhakapapa for their family photo location as Gina said 2 and a half year old Natalie "loves animals (ducks, spiders, bugs etc) so if there is a location that lends itself to that we would fit right in.". We figured there would be heaps of creepy crawlys living under rocks and in the leaf litter. Natalie wasn't disappointed!


Kiriwhakapapa is a forest reserve managed by the Department of Conservation. It is a 20 minute drive north of Masterton on State Highway 2; and just over 1 hour from Palmerston North via Pahiatua Track (add an extra 10 minutes if you travel via Saddle Road). It boasts a campground with toilet facilities, stunning Redwood and native forest, river, 1 hour loop walk, and the steeper 2 hour (one way) walk up to Blue Range Hut. You can even bring your dog!


Gina was absolutely amazing at nearly 8 months pregnant and "still totally open to getting into nature and coming out a bit dirty or wet.". Dad Dave was beautifully attentive to mother, daughter and son-to-be. My kind of family!


We started off by walking into the forest reserve with Natalie being a little less than enthusiastic (think grizzling and frowning poor little thing!). Dad helped turn the frown into a smile by skimming stones on the river. We then marveled at the Redwood trees in the historic forestry trial with gorgeous golden light shining through the tall trunks.


Log balancing and more river exploration followed as well as some insect hunting. The look of anticipation and excitement on Natalie's face every time a rock was turned over was priceless. Gina said of family photos:

"Photos are such a cool way to capture family moments and document a childhood"


The campground itself was pretty empty so we were free to jump in all the puddles and run across all the grassy areas! Natalie came prepared with the cutest favourite Elsa gum boots.


Gina went on to purchase a number of her images as prints to display in their home. I'm always delighted when families value prints as much as I do. Children gain such a boost in self-esteem when they see themselves displayed at home.


Thanks Gina, Dave and Natalie for travelling to the Wairarapa I hope you had as much fun as I did and love your photos!


I'd love to capture your family moments and document your children as they are now. They grow so fast! If you would like to book your own outdoor adventure family portrait, please feel free to contact me.

Dad standing by a river in a forest looking at mum holding daughter on the path Kiriwhakapapa, Wairarapa family photographer
mum and dad swinging daughter along forest pathh, Wairarapa family photographer
daughter reading up for dad to pick her up with mum looking on, Kiriwhakapapah, Wairarapa family photographer
girl holding mum's hand walking down steps at Kiriwhakapa forest, Wairarapa family photographer
pregnant mum holds daughter dad has hand on her belly, Wairarapa family photographer
young family walking amongst the Redwoods at Kiriwhakapapa forest, Wairarapa family photographer
family looking up at Redwood canopy, Kiriwhakapapa, Wairarapa family photographer
dad holding daughter balancing on a log in Kiriwhakapapa forest, Wairarapa family photographer
family exploring the forest floor looking for bugs, Wairarapa family photographer
toddler crouching down looking under a rock holding mum's hand, Wairarapa family photographer
close up of girl holding both parent's hands, Wairarapa family photographer
dad jumps over daughter on grassy field with mum, Wairarapa family photographer
mum holds daughter upside down laughing whilst dad tickles her, Wairarapa family photographer
daughter holding mum's hand, Wairarapa family photographer
little girl pointing at her dad as he pretends to be an insect, Wairarapa family photographer
mum holding daughter in the air both laughing, Wairarapa family photographer
Elsa gum boots, Wairarapa family photographer
family looking at the camera, Wairarapa family photographer
daughter crouched down pointing at the ground with mum and dad, Wairarapa family photographer
family running along the grass laughing, Wairarapa family photographer
dad turning over a rock with daughter and mum in background, Wairarapa family photographer
daddy cuddling his little girl, Wairarapa family photographer
mum running with her daugher on grass, Wairarapa family photographer
family walking on muddy track, Wairarapa family photographer
family walking on muddy track balancing on grass, Wairarapa family photographer
family running along the grass laughing, Wairarapa family photographer
girl walking away splashing in puddle, Wairarapa family photographer
daughter riding on her dad's shoulders walking with mum down bush path, Kiriwhakapapa, Wairarapa family photographer

I'd love to capture your family moments and document your children as they are now. They grow so fast! If you would like to book your own outdoor adventure family portrait, please feel free to contact me.


Lots of love, Sarah xx

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