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Documenting beauty

ClairObscur is an independent and collaborative creative company based in Auckland, New Zealand. Led by photographer and videographer Jen Raoult.

We work with a diverse range of companies, brands and partners across multiple platforms, specialising in brand identity, creative direction, movie stills, portraits and documentaries.

Through her work she explores and documents beauty, capturing visions and intimate moments.


Jen raoult is a french documentary photographer and videographer. Based in Paris for 10 years where she studied photojournalism after completing her university degree in Arts Plastiques at the University in Aix-en-Provence.  She worked as a documentary photographer and journalist which lead her to spend time in numerous countries around the globe. She now has made New Zealand her home base since 2009  and created ClairObscur in 2011.


Aria Newton is an American photographer and retoucher. She lived and worked in New York City for 10 years before relocating to Auckland in 2015. She has worked in high end photography and retouching studios, with clients that have ranged from photojournalists to fashion and advertising photographers, including Lynsey Addario, the late Tim Hetherington, Loreal and Vogue Magazine. Aria received a BFA with a focus in photography from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston in 2003.


From concepts to publishing, our work includes photo and video documentaries, portraits, movie stills, branding video, online promo content…. We provide post-production for stills and moving images.

We want to create work that communicates, moves and inspires.

To work with people, not for people.

To be part of change. To Look differently.

“Researching and filling myself up with inspirations through other peoples work; poets, writers, photographers, cinematographers, teachers… but also from nature, landscape, sailing and adventures and my yoga practise is very essential. I constantly look at what is happening in the art scene around the world.”

” I enjoy working closely with clients and collaborators to develop ideas and concepts together. This is the learning part where you get to understand each other and to find ideas that powerfully represent, illustrate or support their work. To enhance the meaning and beauty of their product or project. This is the very stimulating part of the creative process,  setting the flavour up for the rest of the journey.”

Conversation, consideration and collaboration are keys…