At Home & Work with: Naomi Haussman


Everyone, meet Naomi Haussman. Naomi, this is everyone.

Naomi is a Christchurch-based photographer who captures light and mood and meaning for a living. Lucky. Actually not lucky – relentless. She picked up a camera in high school, and now, over 10 years later (including 3 years travelling the world with an Aid Organisation as a documentary photographer), she’s built her own freelance business and honed her craft through the sheer passion she has for it. One of her largest clients is Neat Places, who have sent her all over the country in recent years to shoot some of New Zealand’s best destinations for shopping, dining and arts and culture. Along the way, she’s also capturing people, products and places for other clients, and fitting in her own photographic ‘experiments’, side projects and a few weddings, too.

Morning coffee with flattiesWinston the Persian. Such a regal name, Winston.

Corners of Nay’s home


My morning routine looks a little like this:
Mornings are usually pretty mellow unless I have a shoot early. Get up around 7/8am – I’m someone who likes to wake up and lie in bed for at least 30mins to gather thoughts and do a run through of the day before facing the world. Normally will have a coffee with the flatmates, we are all self employed so we usually have breakfast around the same time which is nice.

We have recently moved into a beautiful new build, its amazingly warm over winter and also is predominantly made of untreated wood and aesthetically is a bit of dream so I have been able to double up using this as a studio, if I am doing product shoots I will stay home and do that first. 

If I don’t have a shoot on in the morning, I will head to a cafe and down a couple more long blacks then check emails before heading into the office for a day of editing.

Morning musts at Supreme Supreme

Naomi works from The Collect – Christchurch’s shared creative office space

For work this week, I….
I am working on a creative project for a magazine and am fighting a creative block so spending a lot of time mulling over photos and trying to pick which ones I want and what I need to reshoot/discard.

I have a day of shooting out in Waipara at one of my favourite wineries, Black Estate, its truffle season and a company I work for – Neat Places – are doing a guide to the best places for truffles.

Product shot for new healing oil skincare brand, Tahi

Truffle honey

For work this week, I….
I am working on a creative project for a magazine and am fighting a creative block so spending a lot of time mulling over photos and trying to pick which ones I want and what I need to reshoot/discard.

 I have a day of shooting out in Waipara at one of my favourite wineries, Black Estate, its truffle season and a company I work for – Neat Places – are doing a guide to the best places for truffles.

For the rest of the week I’ll spend time in the office editing and planning for next week’s shoots…and of course attempting to get all my admin done….the Never Ending Admin.

The highlight of the past week was…
Probably spending time shooting in the Port Hills. During winter they are all misty and magical and having a good reason to get out amongst the beauty on a chilly day is really awesome.

Those misty Port Hills

Portrait shot for NZ musician Nick Dow

A challenge/frustration I’ve been dealing with is:
The aforementioned creative block and the never ending battle of time management. I think one of the hardest things for me is translating my vision well, especially when there is a time restraint and when it’s being produced for someone else. It’s easier to capture what someone else has created than it is to communicate your own vision. For me it’s a very vulnerable thing to do and so I end up questioning my choices a lot.

Something I’ve learned recently is…
How much people around me believe in what I’m doing and how much they want to support me.

Part of an editorial Naomi is working on for Flint & Steel magazine

Recently, I’ve been…

Listening to:
A lot of Solange with a hint of D’Angelo, Aldous Harding and a rediscovery of Kimbra

I’m the classic multiple book reader, currently getting through Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography and also mulling over a book called ‘First we make the Beast Beautiful’. It’s about anxiety and rethinking it. Its cover is beautifully done.

Looking forward to:
A trip I am doing in August with a bunch of ladies to Milford Sounds. I always need good trip away to refresh / rethink / gain perspective and read a lot of books and have a lot of laughs. Especially in beautiful places that I can take snaps in with zero agenda.

Going to Kaikoura for the day to check out some of the awesome places that have opened there. Kaiks is one of those places that has a special place in my heart, probably because it delivers mountains and ocean all in one backdrop.

Wanting to Buy:
A new camera body and a new lens. New glass is always exciting to shoot through and currently I have a very small selection. Whilst I am a big believer in becoming good at your craft with whatever you have, I am due for a wee upgrade.

Its pretty hard to go past the truffles at Black Estate, I’m also a sucker for gnocchi and they do a damn good job of it – not to mention their wines – I just tried their chardonnay and for someone who is not normally a fan of white wine , this was a treat.

Black Estate organic winery – shot by Naomi for her Neat Places

If you’d like to hire Naomi to shoot your product or place (or person),
you can check out her portfolio here

Follow Naomi on Instagram here





Design Diary – Wellington Photographer Meg Wyper

I’m looking forward to bringing you a bunch of these Diaries going forward, as a look into the lives of all sorts of New Zealand creatives.

Today’s the turn of 31 year old Meg Wyper, Wellington-based photographer, stylist and coffee roaster. Meg lives with her husband Mark and baby girl Eilidh in Karori, Wellington. As well as being one of our amazing contributing photographers, Meg has her own lifestyle blog Meg and Lou, where she shares recipes, DIYs and more all in her quietly relaxing, atmospheric style – go check it out! (Oh, and if you’d like some lifestyle imagery for your brand, your product or just to record a moment or milestone in your life for posterity – you should definitely get in touch with Meg.)

Meg and Mark’s garden and greenhouse is a big part of their lives

Corners of the Wyper home (thanks for having us, Meg)

Little Eilidh – turning the big 1 next month
Meg loves her coffee and is a professional coffee roaster (for Wellington’s Flight Coffee)
Natural lemon cleanser – there’ll be a How To for this coming up on Meg & Lou
 Lemon, honey and rosemary cordial – Meg’s going to put this recipe up on her blog for you also
Silverbeet and pear coleslaw – recipe will also be up on Meg’s lifestyle blog for you
One of the first things I did this morning was… My daughter Eilidh was very impatient this morning and demanded to be fed, she felt that waiting for me to get sorted was much too difficult. Once she was attached, Mark brought me a cup of coffee and all was right again.
For work today, I… I work part time for Flight Coffee as a coffee roaster and professional coffee drinker, today was a non-Flight Coffee day so Eilidh and spent the day hanging out. We wandered the neighbourhood and foraged a little, went to the park for a swing and dug about in the veggie garden – well she ate grass and I dug. While she napped, I edited a recent photo shoot I’ve done for a client, worked on a story I’m writing for the blog, planned the next month and started thinking about the March calendar page. Yup March (insert surprised emoji face here).


The highlight of today was… Walking in on Eilidh standing up leaning on the edge of her cot asleep. It was both amusing and cute. Secondly; A shoot and recipe came together perfectly, I love it when a plan comes together!


A challenge/frustration in my day was: I’ve been thinking about a new sewing project for ages. I’d finally gotten around to getting everything together, I’d taken a couple of set up and progress shots and then, in the end, it didn’t really work. I’m a very basic sewer so I don’t think I quite had the skills to pull this one off, well, not yet anyway. Watch this space…


Today, I learned:  How supportive social media can be, it gets such a bad rap sometimes, but I recently I’ve met some really amazing creatives. Being self-taught can be a bit tough sometimes as I find myself in ruts quite frequently – so I’m hoping that a wee trade swap (I’ve recently set up) will keep me out of the ruts I find myself in.


The tastiest thing I ate/drank today was: Warm croissants dipped in this morning’s second cup of coffee.


If I could, I would … every day
Plan my days a little better, my days always start with a plan but I get to about 4pm and realise that I haven’t done nearly as much work as I would have liked. I then sit up late at night and swear that I will try harder the following day. It’s a vicious cycle. If Eilidh was still going through her ‘napping is for losers phase’ I’d be going crazy. Nap time is work time! One day I will be a superstar-planning-follow-througher! And… shoot on film, which was my preferred medium when I lived in the UK but have you seen how much it costs here?! Now it’s only a special occasions thing.
Meg & Lou portfolio   /   lifestyle blog   /   Meg’s Instagram


Show & Tell – an interview with Imogen Tunnicliffe, homewares & textiles designer

Super lovely Imogen Tunnicliffe is the Senior Designer for NZ homeware and accessories brand Citta, responsible not only for product and pattern design but for the overall art direction of Citta’s themed seasonal collections. Let’s nose around her home and office, shall we?

Tell us about your background… how did you come to be a homeware designer?  
I’ve loved drawing and arty things since I was tiny, so it was an easy choice when it came to University, and I went to Elam at Auckland University and majored in printmaking.
For me print was a natural progression from drawing and I also loved accessibility of it – as in, because you can produce editions, people are able to own a bit of affordable, real art!   I guess this is what I like about designing for homeware too – you can create beautiful patterns and objects for everyday items.  People can afford to buy them and enjoy them in their homes daily.

How did I get into textile/homeware design? It was one of those lucky things really – right place at the right time sort of thing. Citta needed an artist to do some illustrations and designs.  I had just come back from New York and was trying to make a crust as an exhibiting artist, as well as doing a bit of freelance illustration and trying to sell some hand printed cards – no easy feat! Needless to say I needed some extra work. I had always wanted to work in the textile design industry, and love homeware, so it was the prefect opportunity.

I started out a couple of days a week and remember my first project was designing hand painted tin fairies for Christmas decorations – that was nearly 10 years ago!! Back then it was pretty much just me – now, we have 5 full time designers and one part timer and the design department has become an integral part of the company and our brand.  

On her inspiration board, on her desk

What’s your favourite part of the homeware design process? 

I honestly actually really like most parts of the process.  Lucky aren’t I!! I love the beginning of the process – researching the new destination we are off to and learning about a new culture  – especially if I get to go there! I love beginning doodling in my workbook and coming up with ideas for new patterns and products. Seeing ideas transform from a 2D image in your workbook or on your computer into a tangible product is hugely satisfying.

The photoshoot is great fun too. Working with talented stylists, photographers, designers and the marketing team to realise our story and collection through photos and different media.

Imogen at work. 

What’s on your personal Wishlist at the mo? 
Bitossi rimini blue miniature (they are limited edition but still very affordable), a beautiful table lamp – there is one at Douglas and Bec I have my eye on, a Juliette Hogan sequin dress, copper leather brogues, a hand woven metallic gold black and natural wall tapestry from nativeline.com, the Sola ceramics from our new Greece collection, an Amaya Gutierrez adjustable ‘Perchero’ coat rack, and a weed eater!! Not much really…

Imogen’s bedroom. That tapestry is awesome!
Fellow lover of vintage

What’s your favourite piece of work/project you’ve done so far?
Personally – the body of work I created and printed for an exhibition in New Zealand whilst living in New York. I had just arrived and it was a real challenge, but I had such a sense of achievement afterwards – and the prints weren’t bad either…

Workwise – the Citta design Tokyo & Mexico collections – completely different aesthetics but I was similarly inspired by their popular culture, use of colour, traditional hand crafts and the people – needless to say the outcomes were worlds apart however.

Designs  – the Zoo duvet design, the Meguro design from the Tokyo collection, and the Eye Spy design from the New York collection. All of these designs are narrative in style, which I love.  I have always loved illustration, and designs that tell a story, and for me they are a great combination of both. I also like the fact that they appealed to adults and children alike. And potentially something I’m working on for our new winter collection, Copenhagen…!

Two of Imogen’s fave patterns – Meguro and Zoo
Imogen’s inspiration for The Heath pattern was London’s Hampstead Heath
 – the perfect spot for a bike ride on a summer’s day

What are you looking forward to?  

Spending time with my family who have just arrived from London to live for a while.  Seeing all my bare trees and flowers coming to life again after the cold-(ish) winter.  I can see all the buds forming already – it’s very exciting!  (Geeky I know…)  Going to see the new movie about Liberace, Behind the Candelabra.  Putting in some French doors that will open out onto our lawn.  And summer. I love summer – everything makes sense and seems better for me in the warmer months.

Light-filled lounge; snapshots from Rose’s room

What do you love to do in your spare time? 

In an ideal world with lots of spare time I would be: Gardening, reading a whole book (such a rarity these days!), pottering about with my daughter Rose, going for a bite and a movie, perusing second hand shops, creating some of my own work, writing and illustrating a children’s book, doing up our house.

Sweet little things in the kitchen

I LOVE a good recommendation –  tell us about something(s) that we should know about:

Song – Laura Mvula, Green Garden – great song and video.
Book – For children, Eric Carle’s Animals Animals, pub. 1989 – an illustrated collection of poems about the animals – it’s beautiful.
Restaurant – The Basque Kitchen – delicious tapas restaurant in Newmarket – great before or after the movies… and lovely Spanish beers.
Website – Petite Kitchen
Destination – The Cotswolds in England. And while your there, pop into The Swan Inn at Swinbrook, for a delicious pub lunch.
Illustrator – Saul Steinberg. Wonderfully clever illustrations and satire.

These two are part of the coming Summer collection – me wanty

You’ve just come back from Copenhagen – the city that will inspire the new CITTA collection – give us some words that represent the direction you’re going to be taking…

Tivoli, mermaids, story book, snow and frozen sea, wood, folklore, harlequin, black & bone, playful, geometric patterns, well crafted, soft pink, Kelly green, misty blue, forests, earthenware, copper foiling, woodland animals, houses, patterned carpets, rabbits, cobbled streets, beards, patterned socks, magical, quality, patchwork, felt, clean lines, modernist, ships, spring flowers, bicycles.. a winter wonderland.

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