Collect your film file
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.