"Utterly reliable and professional, they always come through, with well-researched, well-written stories and top quality photographs."
Kath Webster, Editor, AA Directions magazine
"Tim's a hugely versatile, experienced and creative photographer, never cheesy or cliched in his approach."
Jenny Nicholls, North & South
"A classic example of one plus one equalling more than two - I would unreservedly recommend them to anyone using storytelling as a tool."
Doug Paulin, CEO, Sealord
"I would highly recommend this dynamic duo to anyone looking to tell their story and make it a memorable one." Jennie Harrison, Port Nelson
"Fiona has a particular strength in telling "people stories", reflecting her sense of curiosity and engagement with what's happening in the world around her."
Jo Wane, North & South
New name but familiar faces...
After nearly 30 years of working under our own names we're tweaking things slightly and re-branding as...
It enables us to showcase the writing, photography and video that as a husband and wife team we've been producing for many years for magazines and businesses around the world. Our clients like the way that working together gives us greater scope to capture the wider picture.
WHO WE ARE
FIONA's been a creative feature writer and magazine editor for over 30 years. She's relished freelancing for some top titles in Aotearoa and the UK, including The Sunday Times, AA Directions magazine, North & South, New Zealand Geographic, and The Independent on Sunday. She's also worked with some stellar corporates on internal and external comms, helping them shine just a little bit brighter, including for several years as editor and writer of Sealord's in-house magazine.
She takes great pride in finding the magic in things that others might miss, getting the stories out there that deserve to be told, and telling them in an engaging way.
TIM established himself in the UK as a freelance photographer for daily national newspapers including The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, the Independent and the Guardian, shooting everything from hard news to feature pictures. In New Zealand he's recognised more for his creative magazine work with titles such as North & South, AA Directions, and New Zealand Geographic, for which he's won awards along the way. Corporate clients relying on him for innovative and eye-catching content include Sealord, Consumer NZ, Port Nelson and Nelson City Council.
His foray into film stems back to his work on set as a stills photographer for the BBC, which gave him a fresh insight into shooting portraits and video under very strict time pressure. Meeting Fiona opened up a whole new world of collaborative opportunities.
Working as a husband and wife team has been a highly rewarding journey that in more recent years has also involved producing appealing and effective video content. Bouncing ideas off each other often adds value for clients, who say they appreciate the benefit of working with the two creatives simultaneously.
Travel stories have long been a passion too, and the pair have been lucky enough to explore the globe far and wide to hunt out some gems.
WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU
Business - portraits, annual reports, school prospectus
Events - arts festivals, conferences, graduations, awards
Features - magazines, travel, business, property
Drone - can be used for all of the above and more...
Corporate publications, including annual reports
Magazines - business, lifestyle and personalities
Design, editing, ghost-writing
VIDEO & TIMELAPSE
Business - corporate communication, website content
Arts - shows, exhibitions, events, festivals
Features - news events, interviews
Timelapse - construction, maritime, nature, art installations
WHAT SOME OF OUR CLIENTS SAY
Jo Wane, Deputy Editor
North & South
"Fiona and Tim were my dream freelancing team in the South Island during my time as deputy editor at North & South magazine (2008-2020), either for the full package of words and photos, or independently as was needed. Their work was always to a high standard of professionalism, delivered on deadline and to brief.
Fiona has a particular strength in telling "people stories", reflecting her sense of curiosity and engagement with what's happening in the world around her.
Tim's photography (and video-making) is pure quality, from more intimate profile shots to his news coverage of the Nelson wildfires.
Above all, they were both an absolute pleasure to deal with, and I often had positive feedback from the people they'd interviewed or photographed for the magazine."
North & South
“As Art Director at North & South magazine, I was always on the lookout for photographers outside of Auckland. We were lucky to have Tim Cuff in Nelson – he covered a wide range of stories in the top half of the South Island for us, from portraits to landscapes and reportage.
Tim is a hugely versatile, experienced and creative photographer, never cheesy or cliched in his approach.
I really appreciated Tim's reliable cheeriness and professionalism. He is active too – no track or hut was too remote!”
Kath Webster, Editor
AA Directions Magazine
"Fiona and Tim have delivered many memorable stories for AA Directions over the years. Utterly reliable and professional, they always come through, with well-researched, well-written stories and top quality photographs.
I have found real advantage to commissioning words and images together; the collaborative approach to projects somehow translates to highly authentic, insightful pieces. I also appreciate their collective strength as generators of ideas!
They're responsive, creative, interested and inspired by life around them, qualities that shine through in their work."
Doug Paulin, CEO
“I have had the pleasure of working with both Fiona and Tim over my ten years at Sealord, both individually and as a team. Whilst they are both technical experts in their respective fields, which in itself is an asset to any business, I have found they are even more powerful as a team.
The benefit of having them collaborate on projects where they bounce ideas and concepts off each other inevitably means that you get a much better result than you would otherwise. A classic example of one plus one equalling more than two.
I would unreservedly recommend them to anyone using storytelling as a tool to influence or communicate within their business or undertaking.”
Port Nelson, Marketing
"l worked with Tim and Fiona on a multitude of projects on varying topics while at Port Nelson. The process for writing stories and capturing the right images was always smooth, they nailed the brief, delivered on time and most of all it was an enjoyable experience.
Tim and Fiona are truly a dynamic duo! Fiona's superpower is making all interviewees feel comfortable in the research process and finding that thread that sews a story together, making what to some would be a mundane topic into a fascinating piece of writing.
I've worked with Tim on land and at sea, from shipping yards and corporate offices to mega cruises and pilot boats. Tim has an impeccable skill of capturing action and emotion and bringing a story to life in all his photos. His working style leaves everyone at ease, and he blends into the environment, allowing him to capture natural photos of people doing what they do best."
James Frankham, Editor
“Together Tim and Fiona have contributed to five
feature stories in New Zealand Geographic, each of
which are demanding undertakings.
They take pride in their work, are creative and bring a lot to the table. A pleasure to work with."