• Dawn Chapman

Twelve Frames With Dawn Chapman

Welcome to Twelve Frames with Dawn Chapman. A sunny layover in Auckland, North Island New Zealand.

Dawn Chapman   |   AUCKLAND


Dawn Chapman is a photograph-making explorer from the Aotearoa. A purveyor of all things analogue, Dawn shoots 35mm, 120 and instant format film. Surrounded by the mysterious rolling lands of New Zealand has kept Dawn’s desire to explore well fed and her photographs are oozing with the natural beauty of her home. Photography is woven into Dawn’s character and like many other documentary and travel photographers, it serves as a reminder and tool to stay mindful, travel consciously and question the important things, like “Am I too comfortable right now?”.

Thanks for taking the time to show us 12 moments from a day in your life. Enjoy 12 Frames with Dawn Chapman.



Full Name:

Dawn Chapman

Home-town: Auckland, New Zealand

Website: dawnchapmanphotography.com

Instagram: @dawnchapmanphoto


In your own words, what do you do?

I take photos, I write, I manage and create content for a few different companies.


What are you working on right now?

Planning some big changes in my personal life that I hope will inspire me in new ways. Saying yes to fewer things so that I can spend more time pursuing what I’m passionate about.


When did you shoot the roll?

November 2018


Where did you shoot the roll?

Auckland and the Coromandel, New Zealand



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Take a frame at first light

Sunrise from the Pinnacles summit on the Kauaeranga Kauri Trail in the Coromandel. Always a magical moment seeing first light over the mountains.



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Shoot your favourite tree

I love tree ferns! Walking through a fern forest makes me feel like I’ve stepped back in time.



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Take a self-portrait outside

Looking west from the top of Mount Eden, one of the many volcanoes in the middle of Auckland City.



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Shoot a space you feel creative in

Anywhere outdoors. I always have my best ideas when I’m out walking. The sand under my feet and the sound of the ocean calm my mind and help me think.



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Shoot the weather

Warm enough to have an iceblock after a hike.



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Photograph someone you love

I often wonder how I got lucky enough to have so many amazing friends. Here are just a few of them.



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Shoot a stranger

Felt a little creepy taking this. I don’t normally photograph strangers but I liked this mystery couple.



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Shoot your backyard

View of the city from the top of Mt Eden. Technically not my backyard, but I can easily walk here from my house.



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Shoot the contents of your bag

What I take when I’m out hiking. Oats for breakfast!



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Shoot something that makes you happy

Coming home to this wonderful cat, her name is Chickpea.



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Shoot the last light

Sunset from the Pinnacles.



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Shoot yourself before bed

Oh baby it’s a wide world.




Thank you for reading. Twelve Frames with Dawn Chapman. You can find the other frames here.