Monthly Archives: June 2011

Having a client who knows what they want makes my job so much easier, and Jamie and Scott had a pretty good idea. Scott’s a good photographer himself and he had hired me because my style matched what he was picturing in his head. After our initial chat he went off and rounded up some reference shots for me, shots that he really liked and wanted something similar. Not that I was going to copy them, but it’s great to have a starting point. I must admit, some of the shots he found we stunning and I had a little performance anxiety going on.. The reception was at the wonderful Silverstream Retreat and the day was a scorcher. After the ceremony we headed off to the Train Museum and had some fun. Thanks Jamie and Scott for letting me be part of your day and, although Scott set the bar…

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I’ve always wanted to shoot in the majestic theatres around Wellington, they are just full of awesome nooks and crannies. So when I met up with Jonathan Crehan to chat about his portrait session and he mentioned the St James Theatre I got rather excited. I may have squealed a little. Jonathan is a rather gifted musician, composer and he’s even got his own music school. Cheeky bugger’s still in his twenties! Along with Jonathan’s partner Jennifer, who was helping style the shoot, we had a lot of fun. One of the reasons I love shooting portraits outside the studio is finding different angles and set ups to use. Just when you think the location has shown it’s best assets, we head backstage and BAAAM! More fun stuff!

Having a backup weather plan is a must in a city like Wellington. The climate can change within hours and the forecast is pretty much educated wild guessing. Priya and Sunil were planning on an outdoor ceremony and some light-and-airy formal shots but as it was crapping down sideways that morning we had to break out the Wet Weather Plan. Formal shots were taken at the Massey Memorial where, even though we were outside, there was a great deal of shelter. The ceremony was held at The Pines in Houghton Bay, and compared to the Indian traditions of the day before it was very modern. Despite the weather it was a great day and even though Priya’s wish of some beautiful South Coast shots didn’t come true, I did manage to capture some of the crazy climate.

Photographing a two day Indian Wedding was not something I’d thought about before meeting Sunil and Priya in the Aro St Cafe late last year but after chatting to them about it for a few minutes I was keen as mustard. It sounded great and the promise of an awesome Indian Meal afterwards was certainly not lost on me. They both looked amazing in their traditional clothes, I just loved all the detail that had gone in to them. As the weather was fine, we took off in to the Wellington bushlands and got some great shots of the bride and groom to be. Back at the Kilbirnie Indian Cultural Centre it was all getting a little too exciting for some… The ceremony was full of traditional rituals that made for great photographs. More to come from the second day’s celebrations soon…