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MAMAN WOMEN || Olivia Kirkpatrick

Blazing the path for Maman Women in 2021 is close friend and inspiration to our co-founders Kate and Emma, Olivia Kirkpatrick.  Her name is synonymous with photography here in New Zealand, counting Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, and International songstress, Lorde, as clients.

At Maman, to say we are big fans of Olivia is an understatement.  From our inception, we have always weaved her work into the Maman brand.  Our very first staff portraits were shot by her, over the years she has been at the helm of several of our lookbooks, and for 2021 Olivia will be the lady behind the lens for our first Maman Campaign Shoot.

As a mother of three young children (Maggie, Florence and Jimmy), Olivia seamlessly juggles motherhood with a photography career and her business venture BamBam Kids.  Launched in 2017 with her business partner Rachel, BamBam are contemporary, cool and individually styled portraits of children and we are obsessed.  

Fashionable both behind and in front of the camera, a walk in her wardrobe was a dream come true for the Maman Team when we visited Olivia at home.  We loved how she self-styled all her favourite Maman pieces, old and new, so perfectly together for the shoot.

Forever a Maman Woman, even before our boutique doors first opened, we have loved having Olivia along for the ride.  Stay tuned for our next collaboration with Olivia coming later this year.


 Introducing Olivia Kirkpatrick


Olivia Kirkpatrick.

Mum, Freelance Photographer and part owner of Bam Bam Portraits.

How did you get in to photography:
I studied it at school and knew some industry people so was lucky to start assisting some photographers when I left school. I then went on to study a Bachelor of Design and majored in photography.

What inspires you:
IOther women! My sisters, Mum and friends all inspire me to be better and do better. I'm lucky to have such a strong group of women around me.

Favourite Local Designers:
Juliette Hogan, LA Tribe, Maggie Marilyn and Paris Georgia.

Favourite International Designers:
Isabel Marant, Aje, Ulla Johnson, Toteme, Anine Bing and Zimmerman.

Go to outfit:
Zimmerman wide leg pants with a basic tee and Blazer or Denim Jacket

Fashion Mantra:
Comfort first.

Style Inspiration/Fashion Icon:
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Last thing you googled:
1st Dibs - I'm obsessed with this website.

Last book you read:
I'm currently reading A Promised Land by Barack Obama.

A day in the life of Liv looks like:
I wish I could say I get up and meditate or go for a walk but it is straight into breakfast for our three children and getting them ready for school and kindergarten. Then I'm on to kid drop offs and if I'm shooting straight to the location or our Bam Bam studio I share with Rachel Morton. If I'm not shooting then I'll try to get to a pilates class. Then there is always editing and processing with my work and I'll try to get on top of that and any household chores before the school pick up and after school activities!

Favourite Instagram Accounts to follow:
@archdigest, @kellywearstler, @interiahysteria_

What’s in your handbag right now:
I'm currently rocking my Maman Holstere phone cover which has my keys attached to it and my card in the little pocket so no need for a handbag.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without:
My Family. And Gin.

What is the most precious thing in your wardrobe:
My Mother in Law who has since passed away gave me a beautiful Aquamarine ring which is very special.

Most coveted fashion item right now:
My suede Isabel Marant knee high boots.

What's the biggest fashion mistake you've ever made:
At Emma's 'day after party' for their wedding I rocked a long skirt that resembled a curtain fro the 60's... haven't lived that one down...

What are you doing for the rest of the day:
Today we are down at our bach with friends and about to tuck into some fresh kingfish, yum!.

Current song on rotate:
The Eagles, Hotel California.

Are you a ‘wish list’ or and ‘add to cart’ kind of girl:
Add to cart...

Last picture you took on your phone:
A holiday snap with friends.

Who would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with:
Brad Pitt

Favourite quote or saying:
Teamwork makes the dream work.

Best advice anyone has ever given you:
Don't sweat the small stuff.

Perfect Holiday Destination:
Four Seasons, Ko Olina Hawaii.

Last Words:
Emma and Kate began Maman with a beautiful genuine task in mind, to pay homage to their darling Mum Deb. It's so heart warming to see their success carry on, their Mumma would be so proud of them, as we all are!

Location: Maman Boutique and Remuera Precinct

Photographer: Jono Parker

Styling: Olivia Kirkpatrick

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