Category Archives: Weddings

Ok, so a bit of a new section to the blog where I recount a mistake I have made and hope to learn from it πŸ™‚ Here’s Mistake #1 Always make sure your own equipment is not left in the background of a great shot: Worse still is not noticing for 6 months after the shoot!!!

As a photographer I come across many different types of people from those who hate the camera to those that can’t get enough, and with wedding photography it’s usually the former: Normal People who are camera shy. I have a very relaxed approach to my photography and prefer to make pictures around my subjects rather than trying to fit them to the shot I have in mind. I think I succeed in this as I feel my shots represent my clients quite well and I have great feedback. But then sometimes you have a couple that just play up to the camera and have some fun. Kylie and Henry were one of those couples… Kylie got ready at an awesome house up on the hills behind Whitby with her bridesmaids. And then off to the Gear Homestead for the Ceremony and Reception. Did I mention they were lots of fun?…

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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 πŸ™‚ 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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One of the most amazing wedding locations I have had the pleasure to shoot was coupled with two of the loveliest people to make an awesome wedding in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Nicole and Radford held their wedding at the Furnaux Lodge, which forms part of the Queen Charlotte Track; a 5 day walking track along the sounds just north of Picton in the South Island. Radford had made all the table decorations and designed the venue layout himself, clever lad! Such a beautiful setting down by the water and the weather totally came to the party as it was raining that morning! Traditional German wedding games πŸ™‚ This little guy was totally cracking himself up! I nearly wet myself and he had to be taken outside to settle down πŸ™‚ Speaking of wetting your pants… The band: Street Level. Amazing sunsets are my fetish, I had to drag…

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Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here and I’ve got lots of things to share but just like the Mechanic’s car, a photographer’s blog is always the last thing to be updated in a busy time. I’ll be posting a lot more over the next few weeks as things slow down for the holidays so stay tuned, but first up is some news about our Photo Booth! A photo booth is a great way to give your party guests a way to get some fun shots with out the hassle of a photographer getting in the way of the spontaneity. Guests just hit a button on the booth and after a short countdown it takes 4 shots in a row and prints out the results, which are mostly hilarious! It’s amazing how relaxed people get when no one is watching πŸ™‚ When you hire the booth you…

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I met Sarah and Jeremy last year and they asked me to photograph their wedding, I was happy to oblige. They went with a lifestyle shoot as part of the package and it was such a good idea as I got to meet the whole family and they got use to working it for the camera. Especially Jasper, that boy knows how to have fun! Jeremy is a musician… … and Sarah is a dancer and Pilates teacher, which is how we met; I was in her pilates class! They have this eclectic house with amazing windows. I just had to have them in the photos. A lovely Wellington day outside. Jasper cleaning his windows. The wedding day was wonderful. Still and sunny which is very rare in Wellington. They had the ceremony and reception at The Pines in Houghton Bay, which is a great sunny venue looking directly over…

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Avoca Beach, on the Central Coast of NSW Australia, is where I grew up pretty much. I was a Nipper there for a few years, which rather than priming me for my future as an Iron Man really just gave me a distaste for sand and speedo’s. It’s a beautiful area and thankfully Bonnie and Paul asked me to capture their wedding there, because it gave me a chance to exorcise those sandy-budgie-smuggling demons! They had the ceremony at the Avoca Beach Theatre, which was just lovely. We got some keen interest from the fishing community! I love this sequence. Paul is all like “That wave was close!” Bonnie trying to make friends with the locals. Paul actually made his own wedding cake!

Melanie and Dan were great fun to shoot, they were up for anything and even though she cut her foot and it rained on her wedding day she was determined to have a good time. We met in Brisbane, Australia for their Lifestyle/Engagement Shoot and took to the Roma St Parklands where we strolled around and played on the swings whilst DanΒ  tried to make friends with the spiders and lizards. Back inΒ  New Zealand for the wedding, it was a typical Wellington summer’s day: Cold, Rainy, Foggy. Despite all this we managed to get out and take some great shots. Isn’t that the most awesome cake?! I even got them to jump the railing on one of the best look outs in Wellington and pose on a wee cliff! Congratulations guys, and all the best!

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