interview with Niki Boon

Today's show is an interview with New Zealand photographer and mother of four, Niki Boon. On the podcast, Niki talks about how she makes the photos she shares of her children's lives in the land they love and spend their days exploring. Niki's children don't go to school or follow any formal school curriculum. Niki tells us how it is their curiosity and aliveness that inspires her photography. Photos that she says are made in the cracks of her full days raising her family.

Who are we making photos for?

There’s only so many photos of them playing in the mud that they need, in terms of looking back on it. So the rest of it is for me. That’s being really brutally honest... If I just sit there and something will grab me and I’ll take a photo of that thing. That’s not what they need to remember that part of their life. That’s what I love. There’s a difference.
— Niki Boon

What is niki's favorite part of the process?

A Family Photographer Podcast listener, Pamela, asked a great question: "Her work feels on the fine art side of documentary... I am curious if she envisions the finished product ahead of time or if the vision comes while she is culling/editing." Niki talks about her process. What she's thinking about when she's making the photos, culling and editing. And how she feels about sharing them and knowing what will get likes on Instagram.

Where has photography taken Niki?

On an amazing trip to Europe and the US with her girls. She agreed to speak at photography conferences in several places. While she doesn't love speaking about herself, she does love talking about her children and how she is inspired by them. She also loves meeting photographers whose work she enjoys in person. 

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 Photo of Niki taken by one of her kids with an underwater camera.

Photo of Niki taken by one of her kids with an underwater camera.

The Family Photographer Podcast Jenny Stein Interview with Niki Boon black and white photo of serious girl
The Family Photographer Podcast Jenny Stein Interview with Niki Boon black and white photo of kids running
The Family Photographer Podcast Jenny Stein Interview with Niki Boon black and white photo of kids playing on clothesline
The Family Photographer Podcast Jenny Stein Interview with Niki Boon photo of child and bird
The Family Photographer Podcast Jenny Stein Interview with Niki Boon photo of kids in water with innertube
The Family Photographer Podcast Jenny Stein Interview with Niki Boon photo of child looking through vines
The Family Photographer Podcast Jenny Stein Interview with Niki Boon photo of kids playing on a surfboard
The Family Photographer Podcast Jenny Stein Interview with Niki Boon black and white photos of kids dumping water on their heads

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The Family Photographer Jenny Stein My Mayu Boots child walking in rain
The Family Photographer Podcast Jenny Stein My Mayu Boots Child walking in rain
Family Photographer Podcast Jenny Stein My Mayu boots child playing in mud

Thank you to my sound editor Suzanne Llewellyn for putting all the pieces together and making the show sound great for you.

And to my brother, Joe Lindsay, for taking the time to get my audio back up and running. 

The Family Photographer Podcast Jenny Stein Kids playing outside

Inspired by the conversation

I am inspired by the photographers I talk to on the show - and hope you are too. I took this photo of my kids a couple days after talking with Niki. I was thinking of how she gets her kids in a frame together and her great black and whites.