Alice Sarginson grew up in Allandale, in a large white house in the middle of a paddock overlooking Lyttelton harbour, New Zealand. 

Her family home planted the creative seed; she was surrounded by a strong design aesthetic, social tradition, a house trained Kunekune pig called Winston and a (far less successfully house trained) donkey, named Chico. 

Alice’s father Euan Sarginson was a professional photographer and while hiding from the front of his ubiquitous lens, Alice naturally gravitated to behind one. 

It became clear early in Alice’s life that she had inherited a creative eye and photographic passion as well.

Alice’s OE was spent in the UK, getting experience as a photographer’s assistant in London, paying her way working in her other passion and that great Kiwi rite of passage, hospitality. 

She was part of the team to set up and manage wildly successful restaurant  The Providores for kiwi chefs Peter Gordon and Anna Hansen. 

Before long, Alice relocated to Sydney and focussed solely on the photographic arts, studying and furthering her skills in the lighting department of Sun Studios.  She spent 6 years sharpening her eye assisting, working as a freelance photographer and improving her technical knowledge with Sun Studios’ impressive equipment catalogue.

In 2012 she was called home to New Zealand by earthquakes and family and a passion to set up her own photographic business while being a part of the regeneration and creative future of her home town.  Alice then also committed to renovating her father’s old studio which largely survived the earthquakes and reviving the Sarginson photographic spirit in Christchurch.

In 2018 after the birth of her son Mica and with her partner Nic, she moved to Makarora, a small township at the top of  beautiful Lake Wanaka, Otago.

Nestled at the foot of beautiful mountains and the lake, on the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park and a stones throw from the rugged beauty of the West Coast Alice is living in her photographic element. Alice and her little family live off grid on a 2 acre section of fruit trees and garden along with Luna the much loved mongrel, 4 sheep and 6 chickens.

She still loves the thrill of no 2 work days being the same, and is pursuing portraiture, weddings, and commercial work in her new home and surrounding areas.

She still has loved and loyal clients in Christchurch for whom she periodically travels to Christchurch.


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