Originally based in Southern California, Kassandra has called Dunedin home since 2012 to which she has immersed herself into the arts community both with her photography and her creative endeavors. Kassandra is also one of the founding members of Glorybox arts trust and has been involved in several large scale performance events as well as The Dunedin Fringe Festival, OUSA and the Vogel St Party. Kassandra was previously the owner of Benessere Studios, a wellness and creative community center which had staged various art events both with Glorybox and independent musicians, designers, and artists around the Dunedin community. Kassandra developed her skills with photography in the dark room, and only a few years ago changed over to digital photography. Her inspiration and passion of film photography has been with her since she was a child. Working both behind and in front of the camera she has played the role of the “muse” for many visual and performance artists. This exchange between artist and muse is something Kassandra continues to explore with her craft basing previous exhibitions and ongoing series around this concept. She has shown work locally and internationally exhibiting in San Diego, Los Angeles, and in Dunedin. She has also traveled extensively documenting her surroundings, which have been reproduced online, through commissioned pieces and independently produced exhibitions. Her work has been commissioned both privately and publicly working in both commercial and high art realms, as well as dabbling in the fashion arena working with several local designers shooting collections and fashion spreads. Kassandra draws inspiration from Helmut Newton, Ellen Von Unwerth and similar artists in this realm. She is drawn to images that push the boundaries of the status quo, from erotic, dark and surreal to ethereal and dreamy. She aims to capture images that capture the lightness and darkness in each moment and individual and moment. Not a photographer that focuses on posing clients but rather capturing the essence of a moment, the raw beauty of an individual, the personality and love between to souls. She now specialises in Wedding photography, Event photography, Elopements, Engagements and Adventure Portrait Sessions. Her main focus to not only leave you with beautiful photos but also, once in a lifetime memories... a chance to reconnect with nature and your loved ones in some of our most beautiful forests, beaches, mountains, lakes and rivers... Because New Zealand is an amazing place to explore and rediscover and we shouldn't take that for granted.
Tel: 022 071 0946