Dunedin Botanic Garden Portrait

With Spring showing signs of finally making an appearance, this beautiful botanic garden portrait session from J. Renee Photography is just perfect.  Full of gorgeous purple hydrangeas,  lush green backdrop and golden hour light, whats not to fall in love with?

From J. Renee Photography: Vanessa's botanic garden photoshoot was a whirlwind evening - some might even call it a little adventure. She inquired about doing portraits, scheduled her session.. and then for what seemed like days, we had to postpone due to rainy weather. 

On this particular evening, the sun finally broke through the Dunedin skyline with just over an hour left of daylight. We decided to go for it - I do love a good spontaneous decision, after all! What seemed like a proper jog brought us all the way through downtown and up to the botanic garden hillside, where we climbed up the dirt paths and through the trees to a clearing that felt as if we had landed in Provence. From there, we let the session unfold naturally and effortlessly – taking it slow and soaking in every inch of the beautiful setting we had stumbled upon. Lovely little lavender bushes and that golden evening glow truly set the tone for an all-around enchanting portrait session in the gardens (one of my very favorites, to date!).


My background is as a wedding & lifestyle photographer, shooting both digital and film to create authentic, soft and natural fine art photographs. Working primarily with natural light to give my work a beautiful, light and airy touch infused with soft tones. 

I have always appreciated and valued the simple things in life and finding the interesting in the ordinary.  Coco Lane was founded as I wanted to create something that is about an experience, the slower pace of life, cosiness and candlelight, cuddling up on the sofa with loved ones, being with the people you love, sharing food with close friends, a feeling of home, nurturing a chosen career, wanderlust travels, savouring the small moments in everyday life and just being you and enjoying a cup of tea.

I'm excited to bring you stories that promote all those moments in life that give us value and meaning; inspiring  us to live beautifully.

"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is. Go at it full speed.  Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it.  Lukewarm is no good" - Roald Dahl