Hi my name is Karla and I own little Poppits Photography here in Christchurch. I am an accredited member of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photograpers and I specialise in new-born and family photography. I am married to Chris and we have a daughter Honor who is 5 and a very busy (slightly crazy) Labrador puppy called Clive.
Photography is my part-time business. During the week I work as an administrator for a preschool so I am surrounded by children on a daily basis! Inspired by the birth of my own wee girl, my photography business started as a hobby and grew rapidly from there mostly due to referrals and by word of mouth. My journey to where I am today has been one of hard work and sheer determination. I have spent hours studying online and attending workshops and seminars.
From a young age I developed a passion for photographing people, especially children. I love how real children are, their personalities are authentic and genuine. From soft and quiet, shy and timid to boisterous and confident – each child is precious and unique and being able to capture those little personalities for parents makes my heart very happy!
When I was 12 years old I photographed our neighbours daughter running around the yard with her dog. Using a kodak instamatic film camera, I managed to snap a beautiful photo of them both. I captured the joy on that little girls face, I think the dog was smiling too – so perfectly timed! Her Mum framed the photo and hung it on their lounge wall, I was ever so proud. To this day I still feel an immense sense of pride when I capture an extra special image, a memory which speaks to the hearts of parents and loved ones, framing a moment in time.
I know first-hand how quickly the years go by, my little girl has just turned 5 and even though that doesn’t seem like a long time, it is incredible how quickly she has changed from month to month, year to year. I made the decision to document her life before she was born, I wanted to capture every moment and have those memories forever. For her, for her Mama and for future generations.
Family photography is more than a collection of colourful photos on your wall. Memories captured tell a story of love, growth, change and remind us of a life filled with purpose and meaning.
I would love to talk more with you about creating beautiful memories for your family to treasure forever. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Miss Honor - the light of my life!