Category Archives: Portraits

Simon and Jen had their wedding at Pravda in central Wellington recently and it was an absolute blast. The venue is a classy cafe by day and a restaurant by night, with a Russian theme to it that is beautiful. They have 2 young girls who looked so cute all dressed up and since Jen was getting ready not far away they all walked down to the venue. I looked like a bit of a stalker though hanging out on the street corner, cameras slung over both shoulders, waiting for them to come down from the hotel. The food was absolutely divine, and Simon had chosen to have a degustation menu rather than a 3 course meal which meant that dinner went for hours! Not that I’m complaining, I ate things that night I never would normally just due to the quality and flavors involved. Must remember to come back…

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I met Katherine and Tim almost a year ago and they seemed to be so laid back about their wedding that it was infectious, they made me relax. Skip forward quite a few months and their wedding day was just a pleasure, so easy to work with and such fun. She got ready at City Life Apartments, with hair did and make up do’d by Michelle Perry and Catherine Maguire,  and we then all headed down to Old Saint Pauls, which is an amazing wooden church. Very dark wood inside makes it hard to bounce light around, but some well placed spots in the roof helped. The reception was at SOI, on the waterfront in Evan’s Bay, which was really nice as the sun set and the Photo Booth seemed to rock the party!

The weather report for Jane and Andrew’s big day looked promising: Sunny with late cloud. Not the absolute perfect conditions for a photographer but pretty close. Needless to say, the boffins at the Met Service were bloody wrong. It rained. Having spent a fair amount of time in the UK, Jane and Andrew had hired a London Cab as their bridal car and it was just awesome. Luckily it was fairly spacious as we ended up all hanging out in it whilst we waited for the rain to ease! The ceremony and reception were both held in the Chaffers Dock Function Centre and it was nice to just have everything in the one place! The photo booth was an absolute hit as well, people were in and out of it all night! The band was great too and had everyone on the dance floor until the end of the night!

I’ve been a fan of The Melvins since the late 90’s when a friend introduced me to their album Stag after a gig one night. It blew me away with it’s distorted, dissident but yet highly melodic tunes and I knew I was going out the next day to buy the CD (This is before the days of iTunes! Ask your parents if you don’t know what I’m talking about.). I even got to see them play in Sydney once and it was amazing. Whilst I’m not the hugest fan of theirs, some albums I just don’t get in to, I still really appreciate the tightness and fatness of their sound considering they are a 3 piece, with Buzz’s vocals filling any gaps there might be in the sound. Fast forward over ten years and I’m now with a girl who is FANATICAL about them, would follow them around the…

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Earlier this year Pretty Pictures, a business I have with my partner Jaime Leigh specialising in Pin up and Retro Photography, were a major sponsor of the Miss Burlesque New Zealand pageant in Wellington, New Zealand. We sponsored the People’s Choice Award which was won by the effervescent Miss Busty La Belle and as such we got the pleasure of shooting with her in our studio. Miss La Belle is a well known burlesque performer in Wellington and she also teaches Burlesque classes which are described as “Classics of showing your beautiful body off whilst revealing your inner bombshell, bumps and grinds and plenty more.” As part of our process with any client, we chatted with her about ideas and styles. She mentioned that she had done a few shoots previously and wanted to do something different, something a little out of her usual style. We threw some ideas back…

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New Zealand magazine Pulp have a photography competition every year that is open to anyone and attracts some great talent, I was hoping to be one of those lucky people this year. Along with my partner Jaime Leigh, our two awesome models Lauren and Nicola, and some MASSIVE woolly socks we threw together this little shoot: Unfortunately the magazine came out this week and we were nowhere to be seen 🙁 There was some great work submitted though so it wasn’t too much of a sting. Keep Calm and Carry On! Photography: Brett Stanley Hair & Make-up: Jaime Leigh Models: Laura and Nicola

One of the main reasons I fell in love with my studio was the huge ceiling space. It was vaulted,  had exposed beams and the monkey in me just wanted to build a cubby house up there. When I had the lamps on, the rafters would throw all kinds of great shadows around and turned it into such a deep and interesting space. I often thought of how to shoot up in there. One of our last photo shoots in the studio (we moved out this past weekend) was with the lovely Nicola and Lauren for a competition we were working on, and at the end of the session Nicola spied the roof and was keen to climb up there. Who was I to say no? This shot was hard to get, me half on a ladder/half on the rafter holding a light stand and camera, but it was so…

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For the past few years of weddings I have always tried to give people the images they wanted, tried to work out what style they were after and deliver some great photographs. So it’s been awesome to have couples come to me lately and just tell me that they trust me and what I come back with will be perfect. That to me is the highest compliment and tells me that I am attracting the right kind of people to my business. Emma and Pete were one of those couples, they gave me free reign and I think together we got some kick-ass photographs! They had their ceremony at St Anthony’s Church in Martinborough, which is a really nice old church. Lots of light which makes my job so much easier. The guys and girls were great fun, and when we found a cool field they all got in to…

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Miriam and Greg (or Tigger to some) had the awesome experience of having their marriage performed by Miriam’s father. How much more personal can you get? To top it all off they had the ceremony in St Peter’s Church, which is a beautiful old wooden church on the corner of Willis and Ghuznee Streets in Wellington’s CBD. Miriam had a great dress which moved away from the traditional and was a photographer’s dream with all the colour and details. How cute are these flower girls? This is one of my favourites. Go the Wellington backyard 🙂 Greg and Miriam wanted to get some more urban shots so we headed down to the cool little alleyways just off Dixon St and found some sweet brickwork. Making use of the great graffiti in Newtown. Thanks guys for such a cool day and an amazing desert buffet! Venue: The Pines Houghten Bay Hair…

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Becoming a wedding photographer was never something I had thought of doing, it just happened to me and I’m very glad it did as it’s one of the most meaningful and enjoyable careers I’ve had to date. Just being part of this special day for people I have not met previously is a great honour and hopefully I do them justice and give them a gift worthy of their trust in me. One recent wedding made me realise how special this job is, and how much love/pain/joy/sadness is involved in the simple act of committing to someone. Whether it’s love of family and friends or the sadness due to absent loved ones, it’s all part of the day. Brendan and Judy got married this summer in Blenheim and had a great ceremony at the Hortensia House Gardens, which are just stunning and on such a beautiful summer’s day it was…

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