Kelk Photography have recently been giving out portrait vouchers for a complimentary family portrait session which includes a 8×10 inch photograph.

We have done this to hopefully prompt those families who have thought about having family photos taken and are waiting for the right time.
Its never going to feel like the right time, you just have to do it now !

You’ll be really pleased with the results but we always end up with some really lovely images,
you don’t all have to be looking at the camera and smiling perfectly.

Sometimes the shots when you are all interacting with each other are the best.

Yes we will take more than one shot.

We will do our best to take so many photos you can’t possibly only choose one  for your complimentary print.
If you would like to purchase other products we do have payment plans available.

Here’s some samples of some lovely family portraits we’ve done with the Park family recently.

Photos by Nicola Wilhelmsen




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I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Melissa and Will’s wedding a few weeks ago in beautiful Tekapo.
I first met Mel at a photography workshop a few years ago and I was honoured that she asked me to capture her wedding day.

Mel is from New Zealand and Will is from the USA, worlds apart, but they couldn’t be more perfect for each other, seriously perfect!
They had some of the most creative, personal and funny vows I have ever heard, which they spoke to each other in a beautiful spot in the middle of a forest.

After the intimate wedding ceremony we wandered through the forest that had beautiful photo opportunities everywhere!
We ended up at the Tin Plate for an awesome wedding reception, full of fantastic food, crazy costumes, and a truly wonderful celebration
with Mel and Will’s families. They really know how to put on a great party!

Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with me Mel and Will, I really loved it!

Nicola Wilhelmsen

Nothing like a temporary squirrel  tattoo to top off your wedding out fit

You can find Mel’s wonderful words here on her blog Meliorator. She has written a lovely blog about her anticipation of seeing the wedding photos.

A little bit of a trek through the forest to the ceremony location, it was such lovely sunny day!

Such a pretty forest, a perfect location for wedding photos

I just loved Mel’s flower crown, was made by Tekapo Weddings & Events

SO many different looks in this forest! Did I say it was amazing already?

Mel is currently working at the Foursquare store in Tekapo, so it seemed appropriate to drop by for a few photos at work before heading into the reception.
We had more than just a few strange looks from the customer!

This cake was dairy and gluten free and it tasted amazing! such a beautiful cake inside and out


Flowers: Tekapo Weddings and Events
Venue: Tin Plate
Celebrant: Caroll Simcox
Cake: Family Friend, Maria Tait

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 Meet the Pettigrew sisters – Carrie, Bronwyn, Jennifer and Rosie

I have had the privilege of photographing all of these girls weddings.  It is a real honor to work with a family for this long. 2016-07-21_00102016-07-21_0002so … most recently we photographed Rosie (top left), and prior to that was Jennifer (top right),

lower left we have Bronwyn (married in Queenstown),  and then lower right we have Carrie (married one winters day in Hawea Flat !)



and the brave men   Carrie and Mark,  Rosie and Simon,  Jennifer and  Chris, and  Bronwyn and Tim

Congratulations Carrie and Mark on your 12th wedding anniversary


2016-07-21_0001The family extends with each wedding – but you can always spot Rosie’s gorgeous hair

2016-07-21_0008Four weddings in four different seasons.  Thanks girls it’s been fantastic.

Kerry Crosland  –  Kelk Photography

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Remember these two?
Well they got married earlier this year!
Danu and Craig were married at Larnach’s Castle in February.
It was a wonderfully personal ceremony down at the pond with their nearest and dearest surrounding them.

There were no details left out, they had a wine ceremony during the service, personalized gifts for their guests, special fine china that was borrowed from a relative and gorgeous flowers everywhere.

You may also recognize these two from one of my Iris award entries this year:

Danu and Craig had an idea early on that they wanted a photo in front of the castle at night with the castle all lit up.
I love opportunities like this! I also had a different shot in mind using an inside room of the Larnach’s Castle, so we tried both.
I pulled them out of their reception and only had a few minutes to get this. I described to Danu and Craig that I wanted a really traditional pose and wanted them to sort of look down their nose at me.
I was totally happy with the result and is one of my favorite wedding images to date.

Here are some more images from their wedding day.

Photos by Nicola Wilhelmsen

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The annual Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards is New Zealand’s only professional photography competition.

The aim of these print awards is to recognise and honour the best in contemporary photography from New Zealand and overseas professionals.

Photographers at Kelk Photography have been entering the awards on and off over the years.   Kerry entered for a while back in the ’90s and enjoyed

some success and the opportunity to do some judging.   More recently Nicola has taken up the baton and really done amazingly well.

Each year her entries receive silver and gold awards.  Golds are really hard to get !   To date Nicola achieved her Associateship (year 1),

Masters (year 2), Fellowship (year 3) and this year added two gold bars to her Fellowship.

Barry and Kerry now sit back like proud parents and enjoy the glow of Nics success !


An overview of Nicola’s entries for this year.  Note the old print judging case that used to be Kerry’s !  (It never carried that many awards in those days)

Scroll down to view the images individually ……

Portrait Creative

This image gives a nod to an old technique from the turn of the century (the one before last !)  where daylight studios meant you had to sit still for a very long time to create a portrait.  Not something toddlers are that great at, hence the ‘hidden mother’  style image.   Google  ‘hidden mothers Victorian photos’ to enjoy some other  examples.  This image gained silver in the portrait creative section .



Wedding Classic

Wedding Classic section and another silver.   A beautiful black and white capturing the anticipation on a brides face before she heads out to her wedding ceremony in the garden at the Dunedin Club.



Wedding Creative

This image was entered in the Wedding Creative section and scored 96/100 which gave it a gold merit with distinction.  Nic’s highest ever score.  These guys were married at Lanarch’s Castle earlier this year.  The art deco mat around the edge of the print is part of some old mounts we inherited from Campbell’s studio  (was once the Burton Bros.) .  Doesn’t pay to throw anything out, it will all be useful one day !!



Wedding Creative

This Wedding Creative entry has a bit of  an ‘Escher staircase’  thing going on.  Prints in any ‘creative’ catergory have had digital editing .   The staircase is at Knox College, and the bride and her bridesmaids made it off the stairs and enjoyed a fantastic reception in the dining hall.


Portrait Classic

This collection of images also gained a gold award.  Nic invited a collection of toddlers into the studio one Sunday afternoon when we were closed (phew), and created a group of images that went together amazingly well.  The judges enjoyed the way the viewer  just keeps looking around the image as one picture takes you on to the next.



And here is Nicola (on the far right),  with other recipients of gold bars to their fellowship.


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