happiness is not
only a dream.

My name is Karolina. I’m an independent fine art and portrait photographer, shooting personal, fashion and commercial portraits. I’m an enthusiastic and life-loving Polish woman, living in Kāpiti, New Zealand. Growing up without many material things in a country fighting communism, we created memories that have warmed me over the years. 

I believe these experiences built the foundations for my soul, and the way I look at the world today.

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My passion for photography has evolved since my gorgeous family arrived in New Zealand in 2012. It soon became a creative outlet, a way for me to tell stories. When we arrived here, my older son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. He understands the world more easily through images, as words and language are something abstract to him – so we communicated using visual images. Since then I’ve totally fallen in love with photography. My fine art editorial approach creates timeless, luminous and cinematic images. My goal as a portrait photographer is to look past the face we present, to capture something deeper. Sometimes this results in a bright, eye-catching image, and sometimes a more poetic study of the face. I’m in love with everything what is old, odd, or different; I find these things beautiful. I transform these old things and give them new life. My house is full of these pieces. I connect strongly with this quote about the Japanese art of Kintsugi:

“When the Japanese repair broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something has suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful.”

This is how I live my life, and the way I work as well. While I photograph people, I love to find their story, and to connect with them. My purpose in my photographs is to fill all the broken gaps with gold, and to show your inner beauty. Especially in working with adults, this is a spiritual experience for me; helping them to find their lost confidence by creating their images gives sense to all I do. ​I love to work with children. They are so unspoilt, and have their own way of seeing the world. To build a connection with them and capture their true personalities, I let them dictate the flow of the session. ​My work has been featured in many photography magazines, and received recognised photographic awards.

Achievements

  • Master of Photography, New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography
  • An accredited professional photographer
  • AFD Accredited Children’s Photographer
  • Representative of the NZIPP 2016 Highest Scoring Region (Wellington)
  • NZIPP Wellington Region Representative