It’s come to the end of the year again and as we format our cards and put our gear away we realise the huge range of work that has been shot over the past few weeks.

There has been weddings, plenty of graduation ceremonies, formals, schools, and celebrations of all kinds. I’ve even managed to get a shoot of my kids together just in time for Christmas. 


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Our Women: 125 of Dunedin’s Extra-ordinary Women

In September I received a phone call from Hannah Molloy at the Otago Museum asking if I wanted to help photograph 125 women of Dunedin to mark the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. It sounded like an amazing project so I said yes straight away.

Photographer and friend, Sinead Jenkins was already on board with the project and I knew we would make a great team.
The idea was to photograph these women in their own environments as much as we could.
Over the space of a few weeks we worked frantically at contacting these women and making times to photograph them on location.

I’m not sure how we managed it but we got all 125 women photographed!!
At the museum exhibition all of the images are accompanied with a short caption about what it means to be a woman in Dunedin.  There are some profound comments that are really powerful.

I met so many amazing and inspirational women photographing this project, it was an honor to be part of it all.

All of the images and captions are now on display at the Otago Museum and the exhibition has just been extended to the 2nd December.

Don’t miss it.

Photographs by Nicola Wilhelmsen


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Linda and Andrew were married earlier this year in Dunedin.
I had the pleasure of photographing the bride and groom before the wedding ceremony which is a lovely way to calm the nerves. (mine not theirs!)
The first look was in the beautiful, intimate setting of The Duke of Wellington.

The  venue for the ceremony was a football field on which Linda and Andrew had played many a game of football, so it was only fitting they incorporated that into their special day.
Family friends were able to celebrate the night away in the newly renovated Sunnyvale club-rooms.

Photos by Nicola Wilhelmsen


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Over the past few months we have had the privilege of photographing the various shifts at Macraes mine.

It has been a bit of a look into a workplace that is really interesting,
slightly nerve wracking (for a couple of newbies),
but totally photogenic.

When we started the project we were shown a book – “Through The Eyes Of A Miner – The Photography of Joseph Divis”
with some extraordinary images of west coast gold miners in the 20’s and 30’s.   With those images in mind we not only photographed
the various groups within each shift we also shot a lot of  candid images.  Although we had more advanced equipment than Joseph Divis, we also had to contend with other advances in technology. Who knew the reflectorized tape on the overalls would light up like it was on fire ?  However with the help of a good digital editor  (thanks Tiff) and Photoshop all is well.

Enjoy a look through Frasers Underground mine.

Kerry and Barry

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  1. truthful and straightforward; frank.

2.(of a photograph of a person) taken informally, especially without the subject’s knowledge.”it is better to let the photographer mingle among the guests and take candid shots”


Candid photography is probably the part of my job I enjoy the most.

It is a privilege to have the opportunity to photograph people with their friends, families and workmates.

 A candid photograph captures something so personal that it demands total respect from the photographer and I hope that honesty shows in these images.



by 10.30 at the school formal shoes are off and the guys are behind the wall !


School formals are such an amazing record of our social history.  We have over 30 years of digital files and negatives from school formals.


                                                                      weddings offer such a range of emotions –  nerves, excitement, joy and the chance to celebrate with family and friends.

Thanks kids for making your mums, dads, aunties and uncles smile !!

…. and then there is the challenge of working underground !   It’s been a real privilege to photograph these people at work and document their day.

How cool is my job ?

Kerry @ Kelks


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