The Pirie Family

    This is the Pirie Family from West Auckland. Their beautiful boy Pete is sick with a relapse of Leukemia. You know, life just ain’t fair. I felt an instant connection with him because he has Down Syndrome like my daughter Miah. We were able to sign a little to one another through the shoot to communicate. Pete kept signing “Pig”, at me all the time. I didn’t take it personally….. really I didn’t :)

    So for this shoot we kept it super simple. At their house, wearing what they usually wear, doing what they usually do… which was bike riding at the new subdivision. Family time, and Family photos…. I cannot stress to you how important those things are to me! and to the Pirie family…..

    (NB: Pete & dad usually wear helmets and we took them off for a couple of slow and safe runs to get some shots ;)


    Lifestyle Photo Shoot

    Auckland Child Photographer


    1. mel sikkema
      August 23, 2011

      your images are beautiful and really touched my heart. love that you captured this boy’s lovely spirit. the power of photography is so real. great work.

      mel sikkema
      the netherlands

    2. Bridget Pirie
      August 23, 2011

      I can never say how much I love these photos. And Nyk, you made me laugh so much about Pete signing “pig” at you. Thank you so much for doing this for us.

    3. Steph Hamilton
      August 23, 2011

      Simply gorgeous!! Love how you captured the essence of this family, beautifully done!

    4. Lou
      August 25, 2011

      Beauitful images I’m sure the Pirie family will treasure forever xxx

      You have such a gift Nyk (not to say it comes easy, I know you work hard at your craft, but there is a touch of magic you bring to your images, which I don’t think can be learnt – it’s innate)

    5. Sara
      September 17, 2011

      Beautiful and moving, as always! xx

    6. Sonia
      August 20, 2013

      Wow…..gorgeous family photo’s.
      I especially love the ‘hand-holding’ ones, truly beautiful xx

    7. Kea Turner
      August 21, 2013

      I feel the love !


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