Col­lect your film file

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By CATHER­INE HEALY

In­side the stor­age boxes in Su­sanna Bur­ton’s Mead­ow­bank home there are hun­dreds of happy mem­o­ries.

They con­tain the neg­a­tives from wed­dings she has pho­tographed as far back as 1996, up un­til she switched to dig­i­tal photography about eight years ago.

Now the well-known pho­tog­ra­pher is mov­ing house and wants to have a clear out.

‘‘I’m happy to give the neg­a­tives away now,’’ she says.

‘‘It seems sad for peo­ple not to have them as their own per­sonal heir­loom.’’

She says young cou­ples of­ten can’t af­ford to get en­large­ments done when they’re first mar­ried, but per­haps those love­birds from 1996 would like the chance now.

‘‘If they don’t col­lect them in another month I’ll have to throw them out,’’ she says.

Ms Bur­ton started her wed­ding and por­trait busi­ness 18 years ago with her sis­ter.

Be­fore that she spent nine years trav­el­ling the world as a vol­un­teer, tak­ing pho­to­graphs for aid agen­cies such as World Vi­sion and on mis­sion ships with Op­er­a­tion Mo­bil­i­sa­tion.

She still loves shoot­ing wed­dings but her real pas­sion is fam- ily por­traits. She loves to fol­low a day in the life of a fam­ily and cre­ate a spe­cial al­bum of their ev­ery­day mo­ments.

While the ad­vent of dig­i­tal photography has made her pro­fes­sion more ac­ces­si­ble to am­a­teurs, she says there’s still a place for clas­sic, artis­tic photography shot by an ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sional.


Mak­ing con­tact: Su­sanna Bur­ton wants to track down the cou­ples whose wed­dings she pho­tographed be­fore switch­ing to dig­i­tal photography, so that she can pass on their neg­a­tives.

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