Born in Napier in 1961 into a family of portrait photographers, Geralds parents introduced Gerald to Portraiture and the amazing world of photography, at the same time he started school. So destiny decided early in life that Gerald would grow up with a camera in hand… By the age of 10 he was behind a camera capturing images for his Mum and Dad’s Studio.
“I can remember riding my Raleigh20 with my 35mm CanonQL in the saddle bag, down Fairy Springs Road in Rotorua, to a very cool ‘Big Tex’. This was the ‘in’ place for young children to have their birthday parties and parents loved it, as they did not have to clean up! Real revolutionary back then.
My job at these parties, was to photograph each child , which I had to do standing on a seat.
I was seen doing the same for Mum and Dads weddings clients, where at the Wedding Receptions, I had to photograph the guests.
When I look back, I remember Mum and Dads amazement at how successful I was at getting the job done. Realizing now the wedding guests were seeing this young boy doing the job of a mature professional Photographer, I can now conclude the wedding guests were totally amused by me. This helped my course no end, giving me some great expression.
It must have been really humorous to see, however looking back, it was a fantastic foundation, one that many portrait photographers would have loved and in my case, was given to me by my parents. I truly have fond memories of those days when my passion for photography was born.
– Thank you Mum and Dad.”
Internationally renowned as an award winner and industry leader, Geralds excellence in Portrait Art is recognized amongst acclaimed Portrait Producers world wide. A key to his success, is his love for ‘family’ and because of this, Gerald considers it an absolute privilege helping New Zealand families honor themselves and their loved ones by way of enhanced hand made portraiture.
“Often, I wonder about the future and what my portraiture will mean to those who own them in the years to come. Often, I find my self convinced the true value of any family portrait has much more meaning and is substantially more rewarding in the future.”
“This really does motivate me to do my best for everyone I meet”.
Many families will confirm, a portrait experience with Gerald, is a great memory in its self! His relaxed, down to earth, fun loving approach to creating portraits, has proven to be a winning formula for the many families he has helped already. The real proof is, ‘the wonderful moments of time’, repeatedly seen in Geralds works, giving testimony to the fact Gerald loves creating magnificent memories. He’s truly a unique person, who enjoys people, their families and is very interested in their memories.
His passion and purpose for quality portraiture has resulted in an impressive reputation, confirming Gerald is, ‘the EYE for good portraiture’.