Woodlands wedding photos – Jan & Mericia’s sneak peek!

Hi guys,

On Saturday, we had the pleasure of photographing Jan & Mericia’s wedding… which was at St. Andrews church, and then reception out at Woodlands in Gordonton.

It was a gorgeous blue day – perfect weather!

We started off at the boys’ place…

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Puppy! – Give Amber any excuse to take photos of animals… and she’ll take it!! :)

Woodlands wedding photos

Then it was off to Mericia’s place – where she was looking gorgeous (albeit slightly nervous as the veil went on & it all became real!)

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

We arrived at the church – which didn’t have a central aisle, but two up either side. The 4 bridesmaids split up – two walked down the left hand aisle, and two down the right… a perfect example of where having two photographers comes in handy!

Mericia’s Dad looked so proud, walking her down the aisle.

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

There weren’t many dry eyes in the church during the vows..

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

We love to shoot the congratulations part of the day – such genuine, and joyful expressions!

Woodlands wedding photos

After some group & family photos at the church, we headed out to Woodlands – where we took some photos with the bridal party.

Jan & Mericia were keen on having a few sweeping, landscape style shots.. so we got these done first, and then made tracks for the shade!
Still – even though it was super hot out in the sun, I think the results are well worth it!

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Then it was off to the shade of the trees – and a welcome picnic & bottle of champagne for the bridal party.

We finished up with some shots in the lovely backlight…

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

We finished up with a few shots inside the homestead…

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

As they rejoined their guests for a drink on the lawn before the reception, Jan’s brother played them in on his guitar – he is very talented!

Woodlands wedding photos

It was a fantastic wedding – and these are just a few of the gorgeous shots from the day – enjoy!

Isaac & Amber :)

Little Polynesian Wedding Photos – Heather & Jeff’s wedding & TTD sneak peeks!

Hey guys,

I’ve just this morning flown in from Rarotonga – where I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Heather & Jeff, at the Little Polynesian Boutique Resort.

They had flown all the way from Canada – and I was lucky enough to be able to come over as well, to share in the experience of their day.

The day before the wedding, it poured with torrential rain … so we were a little anxious as to what tomorrow would bring.
The wedding day arrived… and things looked good. A few clouds here & there – but nothing to worry about.

We kicked off the day with a few ‘getting ready’ shots…

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Heather’s dress was gorgeous, just above knee height – perfect for walking barefoot on the beach in Rarotonga!

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Her flowers were done by Victoria’s Garden – and were absolutely gorgeous!

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Heather looked stunning in her dress..

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

It was time to go. Down on the beach, Jeff was waiting – along with their 6 guests…
Heather walked down the aisle made of palm fronds… and things got underway.

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

And then… came the rain.
It started as just a shower… and then progressed into a proper downpour!

It changed nothing though (apart from how wet all our clothes were!) – the ceremony was intimate, personal, and I think the rain made it even more beautiful.

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

At the conclusion of the ceremony – Heather & Jeff took shelter outside of their beachfront Are… while the rain came down in sheets!

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

By this stage, the bridal table was set – overlooking the horizon pool & out to sea… picture perfect tropical wedding!

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It was still pouring with rain… so instead of going out for some pictures with the family, it was time for Tapas & drinks instead…

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

After some delicious food, and a few cocktails – the rain had cleared up enough to get down on the beach for family photos.

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Heather & Jeff watched the storm that had drenched their ceremony as it retreated over the horizon…

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

We had an hour or so to race around for some shots – starting off with the beach right in front of Little Poly -

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

And then a quick trip down the road to see if we could find a sunset.

On the way – a detour for some shots walking through the coconut trees…

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Considering the amount of rain we’d had – I was fairly dubious as to whether there would be any kind of sunset.
Luckily… I was proved wrong – and an amazing display of late afternoon light topped off their day perfectly.

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

As the light faded – we headed back to Little Polynesian for a fantastic dinner.
I love this reflection shot – looking back from across the pool..

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And one of the downlights in the lobby..

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Earlier in the week, they had caught (inherited) some Wahoo… and the chef was able to use this as the basis for the main meal for everyone – adding a lovely special touch, being able to provide their own food to share.
The absolute best part of this photo… this was my plate! :)

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And yes – it tasted as amazing as it looked!

The table was adorned with a fabulous centerpiece, also from Victoria’s Garden.

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The evening continued on – with cake cutting (and eating) – and a fantastic dance performance by two of the Little Poly staff.
Heather’s uncle even managed to find a flower for everyone’s hair!

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It was a perfect way to cap off a beautiful day – one that I feel very privileged to have shared a part in!

I headed back to get some sleep, charge the camera batteries, backup the photos from the day, and get ready for part two…

Day Two – Trash the Dress shoot!

The next day, Heather got back into her dress, and came up to town for some cool shots, using some of the old structures… (and showing off her new cowboy boots, which Jeff didn’t (possibly still doesn’t!) know about…

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After the first few shots, the sun came out in such full force that all the camera lenses fogged up – and so we sat & ate popsicles for half an hour until they came right!

Then, time for a few more…

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

We headed back to Little Poly to collect Jeff, and Heather changed into her second dress – which she had brought along specifically to get a little crazy with!

What better way to begin than by dragging the hem through a little mud..

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and a few shots with the thick jungle of the mountain heights in the background..

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Then… time to get a little wet.

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Down the road, the waterfall was benefiting from the recent rains – with plenty of volume coming through. Not as much as Niagara Falls… but Heather & Jeff haven’t been there before.. so we can pretend! :)

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The water in the river was so much colder than in the sea… guess who was the more eager for these photos???

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Heather was really keen to get a photo in a tree… and just as we were beginning to give up, Jeff spotted this perfect little location!

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Back down at Little Poly, we finished up on the beach – just as the last bit of light was fading in the sky.

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Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

The day turned to night, and we called it a wrap.

After a lovely dinner with the family, we said our goodbyes (after I had been totally spoiled with presents, T-shirts, a huge bottle of Maple syrup from CostCo, pearls for Amber) – and I headed back to NZ.
I feel so lucky to have spent these few days with you guys – you are a fantastic couple, and your wedding was just perfect.

Now it’s our turn to visit Canada!

Enjoy these photos – just a tiny taste of what’s to come :)

Isaac.

Hamilton wedding photos – Scott & Kerri’s sneak peek!

Hi guys!

Yesterday, we headed out on a humid Hamilton morning to photograph Scott & Kerri’s wedding.

When we arrived at the boys’ place, it was warming up… and the decisions were being made as to go with jackets / waistcoats / ties… bearing in mind that the ceremony was going to be in a greenhouse!!

The call was eventually made to go with the jackets & waistcoats, minus the ties.. very sharp indeed!

Here’s Scott… who is also a registered celebrant… and a fantastic guy.

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

Then it was off to Kerri’s place.. where she was looking fabulous – Denise from Spoilt Mobile Beauty was just finishing up the makeup, and Karen from Wedding Flowers by Karen arrived with some gorgeous bouquets.
Once Kerri was dressed, Dad was waiting expectantly at the bottom of the stairs for the first glimpse of his daughter..

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

If you follow our blog / Facebook page – you’ll know that one of our passions is lighting – it’s a great personal & artistic challenge for us to arrive on a wedding day, and at any given house to find / create some gorgeous lighting. It’s very much a part of what makes our work look the way it does. The next shot was somewhat lit by the light above Kerri, and finished off with a bit extra from one of our lights.

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We headed out into the garden, for a few shots before we left…

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

Down at the Hamilton Gardens, everyone was waiting eagerly for Kerri’s arrival.

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

And then we were underway!

Their ceremony was beautiful – heartfelt & real. While we were at Kerri’s place, I photographed a copy of their vows written on a piece of paper… only to find that Amber had already seen & shot the same image, but her’s was only focused on one little line, because she didn’t want to read the whole of the vows & spoil the surprise & experience for herself during the ceremony!

It’s one of the best parts of the job that we’re so privileged to have… being able to share such intimate moments with people.

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

After the ceremony, we raced around town for a fun photoshoot with the bridal party.

Kerri was really keen to get a dramatic shot standing on a ridgeline, with the sky in behind her.
I think we managed to achieve that.

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

The pillars & structure of the courthouse are great – one of Hamilton’s few somewhat ‘classic’ styled buildings.

Hamilton city wedding photos

Another thing that both Scott & Kerri were keen on was the idea of doing some ‘everyday things’ in their wedding gear… and visiting a cafe was a great excuse to have a quick break (at least, the bridal party got to sit down!) and most importantly, Amber & I were able to rectify the blood / caffeine balance in our systems!

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

To get this shot, we ended up waiting for a break in the traffic, and then entirely blocking the road in both directions as the bridal party walked along it.
Thanks to Hamilton’s driving public for being so understanding :)

Hamilton city wedding photos

Continuing the whirlwind tour, we made a brief stop at a cool railway junction – where we got some more grungy, grimy shots…

Hamilton city wedding photos

And then finished up with a few on the edge of Hamilton Lake, as we made our way back to their reception at the Verandah.

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

After their meal & reception – we arrived back at the Verandah to photograph a lantern release.. which they were doing as a memorial for a friend.
It was touching, and a perfect way to finish off a beautiful wedding.

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

Hamilton city wedding photos

Scott & Kerri – you guys are an amazing couple, and your wedding was fantastic.
Thanks so much for trusting us to capture your day, and help create memories that your grandchildren will cherish.

Isaac, Amber, and Holly.

An exciting announcement… Perspectives is moving to Auckland!

As of the week beginning December 20th… we will officially be Aucklanders.

Perspectives Photography is relocating from the Tron… up to the big smoke.

We’re also putting together a studio, which will be in Westgate… easy to get to, and still close to the beach! It will be the first time we’ve had a dedicated shooting space, for portraits & commercial work. It’s a super exciting step for us – as we can now shoot a range of work that previously we have needed to book studio space elsewhere.

To celebrate – we’ll be launching the new studio with some primo specials – as well as having a cool launch party once we have everything set up the way we want it.

So keep an eye on our blog & Facebook for details :)

We’ll still continue booking & shooting weddings throughout New Zealand – so nothing changes there, apart from the fact that we’re now closer to the airport!

Have a fab weekend… and anyone that knows people in these professions… we’d love to hear from you:

** Carpet layer
** Plasterer
** Cabinet maker / joinery
** Painter

If you know of anyone who works in the above fields & might be keen to swap their services for photos – send us an email & let us know.

Auckland wedding photos – Elisabeth & Jason’s sneak peek!

Hi guys,

On Saturday, we headed up to Auckland to photograph Lizzie & Jason’s wedding.

In the morning we caught up with Mat, who was coming along to assist for the day (and he did a fantastic job of it, too!).

Then it was off to the boys place in Takapuna, where we found them dressed & ready to go!

Here’s Jason…

Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos

Then it was off to the girls – we caught up with them as they finished their hair & makeup at ME Salon in Takapuna, and then on for some shots with Elisabeth looking absolutely stunning in her gown.
It was custom made – with the buttons on the back being taken from her grandmother’s wedding dress. Light & floaty – beautiful!

Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos

Lizzie & her bridesmaids had bouquets made from bunches of lavendar – they were really simple & elegant.

Auckland wedding photos

Amber took this image just as Lizzie arrived at the church for the ceremony – I love how it is framed just around her face.

Auckland wedding photos

Inside the church, Mat shot this image of the ceremony underway..

Auckland wedding photos

While at the same time, I was squeezed down by the piano to get an angle from the front without getting the in way of the guests! The window on the far left of this shot is actually the reflection in the dark wood of the piano.

Auckland wedding photos

Amber had prime position throughout the ceremony – both for shots of the proceedings up front, but also time to grab some cute shots of the kids…

Auckland wedding photos

After the ceremony, it was inside the church hall, where there were speeches, and also the cake cutting – served with some cool vintage teacups..

Auckland wedding photos

I loved the fact that they cut up their cake, and served their guests.

Auckland wedding photos

We then all bundled into cars, and everyone headed down to Cornwall Park. Here, Jason, Lizzie, and their guests enjoyed a relaxed picnic in the sunshine – complete with strawberries, parasols, rugs, and cushions.
It was a fantastic way to have a wedding reception – low key, intimate, and making the most of the glorious weather.

Auckland wedding photos

Auckland wedding photos

Bouquet toss…

Auckland wedding photos

After some lunch, some games, and plenty of sun – we headed out for a few shots with the bridal party.
A quick grab shot up the stairs on the way out of Cornwall Park..

Auckland wedding photos

Then down to one of their fav hangouts…

Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos

The sun was coming through behind the trees – perfect backlight…

Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos

Mat took this cool Abbey Road style shot..

Auckland wedding photos

And then it was indoors time – where we got to play with the light a little more…

Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos

Finally… we raced up to Bastion Point to finish up with some cool sunset images…

Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos
Auckland wedding photos

Enjoy the photos – we had a great time taking them!

Amber, Isaac, & Mat.

Cable Bay Wedding Photos – Jo & David’s Waikeke Island Wedding

Hey guys,

On the weekend, we headed across to Waiheke Island to photograph Jo & David’s wedding at Cable Bay winery & vineyard.

It was beautiful weather – gorgeous blue skies, and their ceremony in the late afternoon made for amazing light.

We kicked off our day with some shots of David & his groomsmen…

Cable Bay wedding photos
Cable Bay wedding photos

We then headed over to Lavender Hill – an amazing boutique accommodation just over from Cable Bay. A big, Tuscan styled house – nestled in a vineyard. Jo’s wore a John Zimmerman gown…

Cable Bay wedding photos

And she looked gorgeous in it.

Cable Bay wedding photos
Cable Bay wedding photos
Cable Bay wedding photos

We had Melissa along assisting us for this wedding… here’s a gorgeous shot she took during the ceremony..

Cable Bay wedding photos

Cable Bay wedding photos
Cable Bay wedding photos
Cable Bay wedding photos

We headed down for some shots with just David & Jo in the cellars…

Cable Bay wedding photos
Cable Bay wedding photos
Cable Bay wedding photos

Then it was out into the sun (and the wind – by this stage it was freezing cold, everyone did a great job of at least looking warm though!)

Cable Bay wedding photos
Cable Bay wedding photos

Cable Bay wedding photos
Cable Bay wedding photos
Cable Bay wedding photos
Cable Bay wedding photos
Cable Bay wedding photos

We finished up with a few of the bridal party mucking around a little in the lavendar bushes – awesome!!

Cable Bay wedding photos

It was a fantastic wedding – thanks for having us along to share a part in it with you!

Enjoy the photos :)

Isaac, Amber, and Melissa.

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer – Rarotonga Trash the Dress with Krissy & Luke!

Hey guys,

I recently had the pleasure of flying over to Rarotonga to photograph a trash the dress / drown the gown session with Krissy & Luke.

They were married in Auckland a few weeks before – and Luke was due in Raro for the Rugby 7s tournament there… so they decided to bring along their wedding gear… and me!

We had a fantastic time, cruising over the island on scooters, drowning the gown in the lagoons, finding cool old buildings – everything.

It was beautiful, warm sunny weather – and on the night I left, we were treated to an amazing sunset too. Just perfect.

Here’s just a few of the shots… Enjoy!

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