31st May – Steven & Jess’ Rotorua Wedding Photographs – Sneak Peek!

Hey guys,

Yesterday we headed across to Rotorua to photograph Steven & Jess’ wedding – which was held at St. Faith’s church.

This was without a doubt the coolest church we’ve photographed in to date – every row of seats was intricately carved with Maori designs – and the whole interior of the church was part cathedral, part Wharenui. Awesome!!

After their ceremony, we headed down to the Government Gardens for some photos with them & their bridal party.

We found a cool grove of trees in lovely autumn colours, and then after a few shots here headed across to Sulphur Point, where we got some fantastic shots with steam rising all around them.

Jess was so willing & relaxed about traversing some slightly less-than-traditional ground to reach some of the spots, and is totally the reason we were able to get such striking shots! Well done :)

We finished up with a few shots outside the Blue Baths (funny story… there was another wedding reception taking place here, and the guests were quite confused to see another bride! When we looked across to the Runanga Tearooms where Jess & Steven’s reception was being held, there was the other bride & groom getting shots on the verandah – with their guests looking just as perplexed!)

It was a really fun & laid back wedding – and you guys were a pleasure to photograph.

Enjoy the photos, and we’ll have more up soon!


29th May – Richard & Bailey’s wedding reshoot

A while ago, we ran a competition on our website where we decided to give a deserving couple their wedding photography for free.

The winning couple were Richard & Bailey – but there was a twist…. they were already married!

Their wedding was in summer up in Northland, on a gorgeous day, on a beautiful beach. Unfortunately, when they received the photos back from their photographer, they were really disappointed with the results.

They really wanted to do a reshoot of their photos, but having just been through the expensive exercise that is a wedding, they couldn’t afford to have their photos redone.

So it was really special for us to be able to help them out. We also had some fantastic colleagues from the industry jump on board the karma train to pay it forward – which was fantastic.

On Sunday, the day for the reshoot arrived. So did the rain. It was pouring down in the morning when we met up with Bailey at Belle-zza Salon in Hamilton.

Belle-zza had kindly volunteered to do Bailey’s hair completely free, and the stylist was none other than Tracey – one of our brides from over a year ago!

Next stop was makeup, so we headed around to meet up with the bridesmaids.

Denise from Spoilt makeup kindly volunteered her services, and did makeup for Bailey, her two bridesmaids, and her mum!!

We have worked at quite a few weddings with Denise now, and she does a fantastic job!

We grabbed some shots around the house with Bailey and her bridesmaids…

and then it was off to Raglan to meet up with Richard & his groomsmen.

We caught up with them at the Orca cafe, and the rain (which had been steadily pouring down all day) looked like it might ease up.

We hid in corners & sniped away as the boys got dressed (in the cafe!) and then had time for a few quick shots before Bailey & bridesmaids arrived.

Once everyone was together, we went across the road for a few family photos – as their families had also made the trip out, to get some nice shots with Bailey & Richard.

It’s at this point I must sincerely thank my friend & fellow photographer Nicola Inglis for the loan of her white umbrellas for the day – I know everyone appreciated staying dry!!

While everyone was trekking back up the hill from this little wharf, we snuck a few quick shots with just Richard & Bailey…

and then it was off to the beach!! Perfect day for it!! (and I’m not even joking).

By this stage, the rain had actually stopped – great timing! The cloudy, dramatic skies remained – and our regular blog stalkers will know that we like clouds!!

It was still cold though – well done to the bridesmaids for surviving it!

I believe that “huddling for warmth” may have played a role though…

Meanwhile, Richard & groomsmen were unaffected by the cold – they were to engrossed in the complications of the 3-way game of “peaknuckle war” …

We got our gear out of the car & dragged the lights, batteries, and various photography related gadgets down on to the sand, and had a bit of a play. Here’s what we came up with…

Darkness was falling now, and we wanted to try squeeze in one last location – the rocks down at Whale Bay.

We decided that we’d just take Bailey & Richard down by themselves – as we’d only have 10 minutes of light left. It was at this point that things went downhill – literally.

As I was negotiating the slippery rocks, my feet suddenly shot out from under me – and I went flat on my back. I was holding my lights in one hand, a big battery pack in the other, and had a camera round my neck. End result = lots of bruises, a smashed light, and a bent lens. Bummer!

All was well though, as everything still actually works – so that was a relief!

As I had broken the bulb for the light, Amber had to shoot this last image in near total darkness – and it’s amazing!

The story doesn’t end here though – our initial blog post about wanting to “pay it forward” was read by Mike, our canvas supplier at Giclee Print – and he has kindly offered to donate a free canvas, for Richard & Bailey to get an enlargement of their favourite image.

Fantastic stuff!!

We were really humbled to see so many people pull together to give Richard & Bailey a special gift – and stoked that their bridal party & families were happy to make the effort to get dressed up and travel to Raglan in the terrible weather.

Enjoy the photos – and we’ll have some more up soon!

Thanks again to Belle-zza for the hair, Denise @ Spoilt for the makeup, and Mike @ Giclee Print for the canvas – you guys rock!!! (and Nic for the umbrellas!!).

Have a great week – and why not pay it forward – donate one of your skills to someone, just coz you can!


27th May – Nathan & Jess’ Wedding – Sneak Preview!

On Saturday we photographed Nathan & Jess’ wedding at Port Waikato.

Nathan & I went to school together, and have remained good friends ever since – so it was really cool to be able to be involved in their day both as guests & photographers!

We were heading back from Fiji, so Alysse & Holly traveled up in the morning to begin the getting ready shots – and to be there in case we were delayed.

Everything went according to plan though, and our plane touched down at 1.00pm. It was then a mad rush through customs & baggage claim, then straight into the car & racing down to Port Waikato.

We arrived half an hour before the ceremony – so even had the time for a few quick shots of Jess at home before she left.

After their ceremony, we headed down to the beach for a few shots – it was bitterly cold, well done to the bridal party for managing not to show in the photos how cold they actually were!!

We were blessed with another incredible sunset, so we made the most of the gorgeous afternoon light – I love the way that it shines through Jess’ dress.

Enjoy the photos guys, and stay tuned for more soon.


26th May – Clint & Bridget’s Fiji Wedding – Sneak Preview!

Last Friday we were lucky enough to be able to photograph Clint & Bridget’s wedding at the Outrigger on the Lagoon resort, Fiji.

Their ceremony took place in a beachfront “bure” – or small hut, and was shared by their close friends & family, who had made the trip over to Fiji to join in the celebrations.

With a 5 day holiday in Fiji leading up to the wedding, we had plenty of time to explore & find the best spots – like this rocky outcrop on the beach.

The beach at the resort didn’t face the right direction to see the sunset, so we walked about 500m up the beach, where it curved around the corner & had some great looking (but very sharp) rocks.

We arrived there just in time to catch some stunning sunset images – with the remnants of the afternoon sun shimmering across the water – just perfect!

Dark fell super quickly – so we finished up the photos with a few shots in the covered walkways around the resort, and the candlelit bridge outside the restaurant where they had their reception.

We had a fantastic time – and with the cold NZ weather at the moment we’re definitely missing the sunshine and 30 degrees!

More pics to come soon – enjoy!


21st May – Fiji wedding photographers!


Things have been a bit quiet on the blog front this week – because we’re currently in Fiji!!

We’re over here to shoot Bridget & Clint’s wedding (which is happening tomorrow – very exciting!) but we’ve turned it into a bit of an extended holiday, have been here since Monday.

We’re really sorry to hear about the latest cold snap back home – we’ve been chilling by the pool in 29 degree heat, reading books and sipping cocktails. Awesome!

We’re staying at a place called “Outrigger on the Lagoon” – it’s a resort on the Coral Coast, and is pretty amazing – especially for lil old us that have travelled as far as Australia prior to this.

We were a bit worried about the prospect of arriving in Fiji with a whole bunch of professional camera gear, looking just like journalists – but there were no issues (touch wood) and it all went smoothly.

It’s all go from now though – we’re shooting Bridget & Clint’s wedding tomorrow, then we fly out first thing Saturday morning. We get off the plane & race straight down to Port Waikato to shoot Nathan & Jess’ wedding on Saturday afternoon, and then on Sunday we’re shooting our free “wedding reshoot” for Richard & Bailey out at Raglan.

Will have some holiday pics up on the blog soon – as well as sneak peeks from each of the upcoming weddings.

Next post soon!


17th May – Paul & Michelle’s wedding – Sneak Preview

Today we had the pleasure of photographing Paul & Michelle’s wedding at Gracehill in Kumeu.

It was actually the first time we have had the chance to shoot with Peta (Amber’s mum) who was their celebrant – so a family affair!

The rain threatened all day, and by the time of their ceremony it had well and truly kicked in – so the call was made to have the ceremony indoors.

The rain cleared up, however, just in time for some photos with the bridal party, so it was perfect timing!

The autumn colours really shine through in the shots, and give them a warm, soft feel – complimented by the lovely soft light!

It was a really fun day – thanks guys for being such willing models!

Enjoy this little taster of photos, and stay tuned for more!


10th May – Nathan & Danielle’s wedding – Sneak Preview!

Hi again,

Yesterday, Amber and I headed out to Sarnia Park in Cambridge to photograph Nathan & Danielle’s wedding.

Nathan & Dan are good friends of ours – and it was an honour to be entrusted with the role of documenting their day!

The rain from Friday had cleared up – and the ground had dried enough that they were able to proceed with their original plan of having the wedding outdoors, which was great.

Their ceremony was officiated by one of their friends, for whom it was a first time – and he did a fantastic job! After the ceremony, we headed around the grounds at Sarnia Park for some bridal party photos.

The afternoon light came to the party, and we were spoiled for choice in terms of locations – we ended up shooting at the lake, some beautiful autumn trees, and finishing up inside the house for some cool dancing shots.

We also stayed for the reception (which we don’t usually do – so it was very exciting to shoot things like the dancing!!) and got some fantastic shots as the evening progressed – finishing up with some dancefloor photos that were a combination of experimental lighting and pure luck (when people stepped right in front of my light as I took the shot & perfectly silhouetted themselves)!

We had a fantastic time – and now that I have recovered, I am writing this blog post!

Enjoy this little taster of what’s ahead.


10th May – Colin & Nicky’s wedding – Sneak Preview!

Wow – it seems like it has been ages since I’ve posted a wedding up here – in actual fact it’s only 2 weeks! However, these have been the first 2 weeks we’ve had off since Christmas, so it has definitely seemed a long time since I’ve shared a wedding with you.

The wait is over! On Friday, Holly & I headed up to Auckland to photograph Colin & Nicky’s wedding. The day was a family affair – with the bridal party consisting of Colin’s three daughters, and Nicky’s sister and brother.

It was a dark, rainy day – with brooding clouds and rain threatening for much of the time, which ensured some fantastically dramatic skies, overlooking Rangitoto Island.

Since the photo shoot was before the ceremony, we decided in the interest of dryness & warmth to move to an alternate, indoor location – the underground train station at Britomart.

Unfortunately, the security guards didn’t quite see things in the same light – and within minutes we had been kicked out. Not to be defeated, the persuasive Colin somehow managed to get the guard to change his mind – I still have no idea how (after 5 minutes of fruitless argument on my part!)

Anyway – once we had been cleared to shoot there, it was all go – and we got some fantastic images!

We then headed along to Mantells, where their ceremony was held. This gorgeous venue is one I’ve been looking forward to shooting for ages (and one Amber was super-jealous of missing out on!) – and we weren’t disappointed!

The beautiful light & intimate atmosphere ensured a fantastic end to the day in photographic terms.

Enjoy this little taster of what’s to come!