Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but I came to see that seeking meaning is the more fulfilling path. – Emily Esfahani Smith


A meaningful life is more important than a happy life.

It’s more fulfilling.

It’s more motivating. 

It’s more real.

I’ve always believed this, even when in the moment of hard times I don’t want to acknowledge it. 

So what does this mean?

This year, I started a campaign called “A Meaningful Life”. 

I didn’t really know for sure where I was going with it.  I still don’t know for sure.  All I knew was, when I discovered documentary family photography, it touched something in me that other forms of photography didn’t.  (As much as I still do love other forms of photography as well). 

I wanted this relatively new form of family photography to be understood more for what it is, what it can be.

New Zealand documentary family photography is important because it tells the stories of tiny things that would otherwise be forgotten. 

It is important because it tells true and real stories, not just happy ones. 

It is important because, when done well, with compassion, empathy and trust, it can expose the essence of a family. 

The beauty in humanity.  The struggle in life.  The stories that make us.  That tell us where we’ve come from, who we are, and where we are going. 

I wanted more families to experience this. 

Three children running through long grass - photograph