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A professional photographer since the early 90's, her main passion is still life and food. Driven by aesthetics, she has become well known for her beautiful, minimalist, yet distinctly feminine style, which references her life long interest in art and graphic design. Using lighting to enhance contour and form is her photographic signature.

Her aim is to create beauty in her work that brings joy, this, Vanessa says, makes the process worthwhile. Vanessa has been involved in numerous photographic and art exhibitions showing her personal work, as well as having a high profile in magazines and books.

She has also been selected as one of the top 200 best Advertising Photographers Worldwide for Lurzers Archive for 2020/21/22/23.

And has been on the board of the AIPA (NZ Photographers Association), which involved organising and finding sponsorship for touring NZ Photographic exhibitions, awards and books. As well as shooting editorially, Vanessa has photographed many advertising campaigns winning awards locally and internationally, including Clio, Axis, Production Paradise and Pink Lady Food awards. In addition she has won gold, silver and bronze AIPA.

Her client list includes Air NZ, NZTE, Skycity, Visa, Coke, McDonalds, Burger King, Fonterra, New World,  Meccano, Sony, Panasonic, Adidas, Seagars Gin, Robert Harris Coffee, McCoy fruit juice, Evian, Red Bull, Huntaway Wines, Oyster Bay wines, Vogels, Arnotts, Silver Fern Farms, Beehive Bacon, Mainland Butter, Meadowfresh, Puhoi Cheese, Kapiti, Nescafe, Cadbury, Maggi, Sanitarium, Vodafone, Telstra, Healtheries, Glaxo Wellcome, Aetna Health, Sun Alliance, National Bank, ANZ Bonus Bonds, Wella, Schwarzkopf and Shiseido.