From Hobby Photographer to Professional: Preserving The Magic in the Fleeting Moments

Photography: Koru Photography

Is it just us, or does time seem to be slipping away faster and faster as we get older? With our supremely busy lives, magic moments in time like pregnancy, a wedding, or the first few months of our baby’s life can sweep past us at warp speed. Christchurch Photographer Tamara Butterfield from Koru Photography has made it her life’s work to slow you down for just a moment, to take the time to preserve those fleeting moments in ridiculously gorgeous photographs that you can treasure forever. We are super happy to be able to share a few of her beautiful images, along with a chat about how she got started with her business

The passion: What inspired you to set up your business?

It was a no-brainer really. Photography has always been a part of me since I was little and I can’t imagine life without it. I guess it was just a gradual evolution for me. To be able to do something you love for a living, that’s always the goal right? Imagine going to work each day and doing something you absolutely love, then that’s not really work, is it?

The Launch: How did you start out in the beginning?

I was extremely lucky enough to work as an assistant for a wedding photographer for a few years. This really inspired me and changed my thought process from being a hobby photographer to that of it being my profession. A friend asked me if I would photograph their wedding and that’s how it all started.

Maternity photography is another genre that allows me to create beautiful images and to preserve such a special time in our lives. Time goes so fast (faster as you get older)? Isn’t it a wonderful thing to be able to look back at a special moment of your life and be transported there for an instant.

The innovation: What was the biggest breakthrough for you with your business?

Realising just how my photography made others feel from the memory behind it really just gave energy to my passion and the understanding and belief that this is what I really want to do.

Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?

Well, that is still a work in progress, unfortunately! Something I definitely need to improve upon there. I am lucky I have a supportive partner who keeps reminding me to give some time to myself. Oh and the dogs, they nudge my elbow to come play.

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