Northland Wedding Photographer – John & Karen’s sneak peek!

Hi guys!

On Friday, we headed North. Waaaayyy north.
Up past Kerikeri, just about to Mangonui… and then down to John & Karen’s gorgeous property in the bush.

90-odd acres, which they affectionately title ‘camp run-a-muck’… because that’s what the kids do there!

This beautiful Northland bush backdrop was the setting for their relaxed, intimate wedding on Saturday.

In the morning, we headed down to the campsite – where we found Karen & the girls preparing the daisies they had gathered. Apparently, the daisies are a bit late this year… and what should have been a simple snatch & grab from any given paddock turned into a huge mission, with much trekking, until enough flowers were found!

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Throughout the whole day, it was awesome to see everyone pitching in & helping set things up. From blowing up balloons, to pouring huge amounts of lollies into the lolly bar…. (I don’t think that proved too difficult for the girs!)

Northland wedding photographer

Eventually, John had to resign to the fact that it was time to change from steelcaps & work clothes into his wedding attire… and we were waiting to pounce!!

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

John is also quite fond of his bulldozer – they had a custom cake topper fashioned in the USA, which arrived just in time for the wedding!

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Meanwhile… the finer details were falling into place…

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

And the girls were getting ready – I love the makeup chair, just out in the trees!

Northland wedding photographer

Karen had John’s 2 daughters, and her daughter, as bridesmaids – and they all looked beautiful!

Northland wedding photographer

Karen looked amazing in her beautiful dress, custom made by Nicola Dawson. The pastel colours & the weave pattern just looked stunning against the green of the bush backdrop.

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

A proud father :)

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

It was a short walk from the campsite, down to the grove of pine trees where they had the ceremony.
To the sound of ukelele being played by a nephew, Karen came down through the trees…

Northland wedding photographer

And John saw her for the first time.

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

They were surprised with some unexpected confetti at the end of the ceremony…

Northland wedding photographer

After which, we took a few photos of them with their kids…

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

And then we went bush – Karen donned her pink gumboots – although luckily the ground was fairly dry, due to the beautiful weather over the last few days.

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Up near the camp, we took a few shots using the farm gate, and the side of John’s workshed…

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Nearby, is the waterhole where (in the summer) there is great swimming – one of their favourite spots on the property.
I love the way the light naturally vignettes them in a little ‘spotlight’ – just the perfect amount of sun coming through the trees :)

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

I did test the water… COLD!

Our final spot was the ford on the driveway, where the stream feeding the waterhole runs through. That piece of driveway now wears a little bit of silver Mazda Atenza, courtesy of us scraping the bottom as we drove up… plus a few other makes & models, I’ll wager!

There were some beautiful rocks on the far side of the stream, complete with ferns & moss… but as it meant crossing over, we hadn’t really considered it as an option.
Lucky for us, Karen got down to the waterside & waded straight over!

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Back at the reception – which was in the digger shed, and looked amazing – people were relaxing with a few drinks & a bonfire… games of touch rugby were happening on the grass… and marshmallows being toasted over the fire.

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Northland wedding photographer

Just before sitting down to their dinner, there were a few speeches – I just love this little moment, captured as John talked about how amazing Karen is.

Northland wedding photographer

It was such a beautiful wedding to capture. So much love. So personal & intimate. So relaxed. Just an expression of two people’s love, and two families coming together. About all the right things. Sigh.

John & Karen – thank you both so much for sharing your day with us. We are privileged to have been a part of it.

Enjoy this little sneak peek of photos – there are many more to follow. Head along and ‘like’ our Perspectives Facebook Page to stay up to date with our latest creations.

Isaac & Amber.

Hamilton Engagement Photos – Daniel & Renee’s sunny afternoon photo shoot!

Hi guys,

Belatedly, we’re sharing a few more of our recent engagement shoots :)

A while back, we caught up with Daniel & Renee down in our old stomping ground – Hamilton.

We headed out for some cool shots in the late afternoon light, and then caught sunset as well.

Daniel & Renee are also in the running to win a $5200 wedding photography package in our engagement shoot competition – you can vote for them here!

Hamilton Engagement Photos

Hamilton Engagement Photos

Hamilton Engagement Photos

Hamilton Engagement Photos

Hamilton Engagement Photos

Hamilton Engagement Photos

Hamilton Engagement Photos

Hamilton Engagement Photos

Hamilton Engagement Photos

Hamilton Engagement Photos

Hamilton Engagement Photos

Hamilton Engagement Photos

Rarotonga Wedding Photos – Michael & Chanelle’s sneak peek!

Hi guys!

A couple of weeks ago, we flew over to Rarotonga to photograph Michael & Chanelle’s beautiful wedding at the Rarotongan Resort.

They were there with plenty of their whanau, and their gorgeous little daughter Omaio.

We floated around in the morning, as we captured each of their separate preparations…

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

The same moment… captured almost exactly… and two totally different angles. This is why we love shooting together!

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

This image was captured just moments before Chanelle walked out the door, across the sand, and up the aisle.

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

The ceremony was beautiful – very intimate & personal. There weren’t many dry eyes at this wedding!

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

After the ceremony, they planted their very own coconut tree on the beach – to forever grow & mark the spot where they were married.

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

At this stage, the plan was to head down for some photos on the beach.
After about 5 minutes, the gale force winds put an end to that!!

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Instead, we headed for some shelter in the trees..

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

We then headed a bit further inland – Rarotonga is an amazing place, and off the beaten track you can discover some really beautiful spots… like this little orchard!

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

A back country road…

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

And a coconut grove…

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Back at the Rarotongan, the reception was getting underway – followed by some heartfelt speeches…

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Many of the guests were also members of a kapa haka group – which made the waiata after each speech even more beautiful – getting into the actions too!

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Even the little ones got into the haka..

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

Michael & Chanelle surprised their guests with a first dance – for which they had secretly been receiving dancing lessons. Very cool!

Rarotonga Wedding Photographer

If you’ve enjoyed these images, head along and ‘like’ our Perspectives Facebook page – where you can stay up to date with all our latest creations.

Michael & Chanelle – thank you both so much for having us along to share a part in your special day – we had such a good time with you all :)

Enjoy this little taster of what’s to come!

Kia Manuia,
Isaac & Amber.

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos – John & Kristina’s Coptic Wedding – Sneak Peek!

Hi guys!

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of photographing John & Kristina’s wedding, in Auckland.

Our day began with the getting ready photos – John looked very suave in his diamond studded bow tie, and Kristina’s dress was amazing – so much train!!

Based in Melbourne, John & Kristina got in touch with us and said they were having a Coptic wedding ceremony.. which we’d never experienced before, but were totally keen to find out!
It was an amazing day, and the ceremony was fantastic – a real joy to photograph.

We headed out in the blustery wind & rain after that, getting some shots down by the harbourside with the Auckland skyline in the distance… and then up to Matakana, where they had decorated Ascension vineyard beautifully with fairy lights!

We had time for a few shots in the vineyard, and the wine cellar… and then it was into the reception, the dancing, and partying on for the night!!

John & Kristina – thank you both so much for inviting us along to share a part in your special day. We had so much fun documenting it for you.

And this is what we saw.

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Ascension Vineyard Matakana wedding photos

Enjoy the photos – there are many more to come!

Isaac & Amber :)

Auckland Engagement Photos – Gavin & Genna’s sneak peek :)

Hi guys,

A few weeks ago, we headed out on a rainy evening to the city center – where we photographed Gavin & Genna’s engagement session.
We made the most of the rain on the day – playing with umbrellas, and the lovely atmospheric evening lights.

They came into the studio the other day to select their favs – here are some of them.

Auckland engagement photos

Auckland engagement photos

Auckland engagement photos

Auckland engagement photos

Auckland engagement photos

Auckland engagement photos

Auckland engagement photos

Auckland engagement photos

Auckland engagement photos

And – just this afternoon – we had their beautiful frame arrive back to us – which is how they chose to display the images… it looks amazing!

Auckland engagement photos

Gavin & Genna are into our competition to win a $5200 wedding photography package – you’ll be able to vote for them on our Perspectives Facebook page very soon :)

Isaac & Amber.

Auckland Engagement Photographer – Chris & Kristie’s Cornwall Park engagement session

Hi guys,

A week or so ago, we caught up with the lovely Chris & Kristie, on a rainy day at Cornwall Park.

We had a couple of cool ideas involving the rain & some lighting, that we wanted to try out… but as soon as we arrived, the rain cleared up!

Never mind – the wet roads made for some cool reflections as they walked along…

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

And the kowhai trees were looking very ‘spring’ … we even had a little burst of backlight sunshine to make these ones feel really lovely & warm…

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

The rain finally returned – so we made the most of it & were stoked that the images we had pictured in our minds actually translated into reality!!

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

We finished up our shoot on top of the hill… looking out across a stormy Auckland.

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

Coming out & doing their engagement shoot also get’s Chris & Kristie into our competition to win a $5200 wedding photography package – once the competition goes live on October 10, you can head along to our Perspectives Facebook Page to keep an eye on who’s winning!

Isaac & Amber :)

Hamilton School Ball photographer – St. Paul’s Collegiate 2011 Ball – Sneak Peek

Hi guys,

On Friday afternoon, we traveled down from Auckland to photograph the St. Paul’s Collegiate Ball in Hamilton. It was an awesome setup, in the theme of ‘Carnival’.

The space was centered around a huge carnival like pavilion – covered in fairy lights…

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

The fairy lights also made for an awesome alternate backdrop for casual photos…

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

While for the formal shots… we had a really cool carousel backdrop to play with…

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

For the purpose of this post… we wanted to share a few of the ‘out there’ shots :) We have hundreds of gorgeous photos of gorgeous people… which will be up on our Perspectives Facebook Page in the next couple of days. But until then… here’s a little something to keep you going.

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

This was one of the only balls we’ve photographed to include a sit-down meal. Which was awesome! (A: Because food is good, and B: It meant there were a few more props to play with…)

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

Note that the food ties in with the carnival theme too… like… candyfloss…

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

At one stage in the evening, the dancfloor filled up… and the dancing instructor took the stage. They had been learning various dance steps over the last few months, and over the thump of the DJ, the instructor helped to orchestrate some amazing dancing! It was really cool to see everyone getting into it, and also made for some great shots.

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

Later in the evening, the dancefloor was packed again – and this time, we got out the fisheye lens to catch a more unique angle of everything going on…

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

Back on the formal photo backdrop, things were as crazy as ever…

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

The end of the evening came all too fast… and the dancing carried on right up until the music stopped & the lights came on.

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

Hamilton School Ball Photographer

We were so impressed with the whole event – the students were so polite & gracious – and just made working with you a pleasure.

While you’re waiting for the rest of the ball photos to hit Facebook, check out our ball dress fashion shoot – which we call our ‘afterball’ sessions. If you & a few mates are keen to rock your ball dresses again (rather than just leave them in the wardrobe for ever) – let us know :)

Until next time,

Isaac & Amber :)

Auckland engagement photos – Paul & Kelly – a different kind of picnic.

A few weeks ago, we caught up with Paul & Kelly – who wanted to get their entry into our engagement shoot competition – and be in to win a $5200 wedding photography package.

They were really keen to get some shots up somewhere ‘high’ … so we began at Mt. Eden…

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

It was really windy & cold – so we headed to a more sheltered spot, for a picnic.

In the rain.

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

The picnic then deteriorated somewhat… into a full-on food fight! Super awesome :)

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

Auckland Engagement Photos

It was a fun, messy, and totally enjoyable shoot – good luck in the competition guys!

Isaac & Amber.