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Gracehill Wedding Photos – Josh & Sonya’s sneak peek!

Hi guys :)

 

A few weeks ago, we headed out to Gracehill Vineyard in Kumeu, to photograph Josh & Sonya’s gorgeous wedding day.

 

They decided to do the majority of their photos before the ceremony, which meant they had free reign of location options for the photos… and had the chance for a special “first look” with just the two of them in the morning.

 

We kicked off around at the boys place… which was an amazing property set up on the clifftops at Muriwai. You get a feel for the views in this rings shot… (which I was SO cautious about taking… since there was a 2 story drop underneath this tiny balcony railing)

 

Gracehill Wedding Photos
Gracehill Wedding Photos

 

To see more of Josh & Sonya’s wedding day – click the ‘keep reading’ link below :)

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Mantells Mt Eden Wedding Photos – Stu & Tiffany’s sneak peek!

Hi guys :)

Just over a week ago, our Perspectives crew headed out to photograph / film Stu & Tiffany’s wedding day, at St Georges Anglican church in Epsom, and their reception at Mantells.

 

In the morning, Mat & I headed around to catch up with Stu and his groomsmen.
They all had these custom cufflinks, which was really cool. Stu’s were the ‘Star Wars’ ones… which actually ties perfectly into the theme for the wedding… fairies & robots :)

 

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Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos

 

Stu & two of his groomsmen played in bands together… and the house had plenty of Stu’s guitars around… which made for a cool rings photo :)

 

Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos

 

Stu & Tiffany have affectionately nicknamed their house ‘The Mauve Abode’ … in homage to the striking purple paint (which was already there when they bought it!). So it was only fair to get a few cool outdoor shots. I liked the way the light was falling through the roof overhead and the shadows it cast.

 

Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos

 

Meanwhile – around at the girls place – Amber, Jared, and Holly were busy with filming & photographing the preparations. Tiffany’s parents have a gorgeous big villa, filled with perfect light in abundance!

 

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Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos

 

We headed down to the church, where Stu & his groomsmen saw to the final arrangements & waited for the guests to begin arriving. Rob – one of the groomsmen – looked very pious sitting all alone in the pews. I showed him this shot on the back of the screen – and he admitted he was actually looking for Samuel L. Jackson’s famous lines from “Pulp Fiction” in Ezekiel.

 

Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos

 

Just after signing the register, Stu & Tiff were standing over by this window, making for some cool contrasty light. Holly captured this image.

 

Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos

 

After a few shots outside the church, we headed down to the Winter Gardens by the Auckland Museum – where we raced around trying to beat the 5.30pm gate lockup!

 

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Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos

 

These next two shots were taken in exactly the same place, just from different angles. The first going with the sun (it’s all natural light), and the second directly backlit (again, all natural light). It’s cool that you can achieve two totally different looks without needing to move!

 

Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos

 

Once the gardens closed, we spent 10 minutes down in this gorgeous little piece of bush – who would have thought this is in the centre of Auckland city!

 

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Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos

 

Back at Mantells in Mount Eden, we floated around and captured the evening as it unfolded.

 

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Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos

 

After the first dance, I don’t think we saw Tiffany off the dancefloor… this is the perfect picture of a bride just rocking out & loving her wedding day!!

 
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos
Mantells & Winter Gardens Wedding Photos

 

Keep an eye out on our Perspectives Photo + Cinema Facebook Page over the next few weeks… for the release of Stu & Tiffany’s cinematic wedding film :)

 

Stu & Tiff – thanks so much for having us along to share a part in your amazing wedding day! We had such a great time with you all – and there are plenty more pics to follow :)

 

Isaac, Amber, Jared, Mat, and Holly.

Bringing back the Romance – A Canon 5DmkIII Wedding Film

This film was captured on the new Canon 5DmkIII DSLR camera.  I had the opportunity to try out two of them out for the weekend so I gave it a whirl and this is what I came up with.

Bringing back the Romance – A Canon 5DmkIII Film. from Perspectives Photo + Cinema on Vimeo.

Part of the philosophy behind our wedding films is to genuinely capture a couples love for each other. In the years to come I want couples to watch their wedding film and be able to not just relive the events of their day but to remember the love and romance they felt for each other too.  

Using the power of spoken word really helps to capture this. Both the letters that Jen read and the thought Scott and Jen put into their vows really made the film come alive and have soul.  I also think that giving cards and gifts in the morning helps the couple to digest what is about to happen at the ceremony. It allows them to have a deeper/richer experience during their wedding day and not have it pass them by in a blur.

I kinda dig the Celebrants accent too! Makes the film more cinematic!

Using the 5D mk III

We used 4 cameras for the ceremony.  His and her’s vows were shot on the 5D3′s.  The shot down the isle was a 5D2 and the wide shot down low at the first kiss was a 60D.  Other than that the rest of the film was shot on the 5D3′s.

The experience of filming on the 5D3 is pretty much the same as the 5D2′s.  It’s the same manual controls.  The focus check button is moved but can be programed into the ‘set’ button.  I didn’t use the manual audio as I didn’t need to.  And the 12min record limit was never an issue with me anyway.  The new screen is pretty awesome though!

I got a little bit of moire on a guest’s suit but as you can see on the groom and celebrant it’s pretty good! And there is still a bit of aliasing in places but its not too obvious.  Shooting clean at 3200ISO is awesome!  And I’m finding that if it gets any darker than 1/30sec f1.4 3200ISO then the light’s too muddy anyway so I use off camera lights to make things more dramatic and pop out (like the first dance).

It’s coming to the end of my wedding season so I’m going to wait to see what the Cinema 4K EOS brings. Focus assist while recording, zebra’s, a tilt screen and a better co-dec would be nice!

Glass used:

EF 24f1.4L

EF 35f2.0

EF 50f1.4

EF 135f2.0L

EF 70-200f2.8L IS II

I used the Kessler Pocket Dolly for shots like the bride walking down the staircase and the Glidecam HD2000 for shots like the bridal entrance, and first dance.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos – Luke & Tracey’s sneak peek!

Last year, we met up with this awesome couple from the Waikato… who came up (with their beautiful dog, Diesel) for an engagement session.

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Here’s a couple more photos from that shoot

 

Fast forward a few months… and the whole Perspectives crew was heading back down to the Waikato, where we photographed & filmed their wedding.

The film will be up on our blog in a while.. but we do have a few photos to share with you now :)

 

Mat and Isaac headed around to the boys in the morning – where a bit of clay bird shooting was going down. We kitted up in our earmuffs and tested out the focus capabilities of the cameras, trying to capture fast moving objects exploding!

 

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Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer

 

It was pretty competitive – I don’t think the boys were giving Luke any ‘It’s your wedding day” concessions!!

 

We followed the boys back up to the house, where, after a dip in the pool – it was time to get ready & head out to Sarnia Park in Cambridge.

 

Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer

 

I noticed this cool canvas of one of the engagement photos up on the wall… so I popped it down & it became a cool backdrop for the rings photo.

 

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Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer

 

Meanwhile… around at the girls place… Amber, Holly & Jared were filming / photographing the process of getting ready. Luke scored himself some bonus points by sending Tracey a gift & card.. and even managed to match her wedding jewelry!

 

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Emily – one of Tracey’s bridesmaids – was just married a few weeks beforehand & all the girls were bridesmaids… so they were pros!

 

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Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer

 

It was out to Sarnia Park – where we all reunited & took our positions to capture the ceremony as it unfolded.

 

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Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer

 

We headed out to a few nearby locations for photos – and Diesel came along for a few too!

 

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Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer

 

One of the jobs Luke had for the wedding was to organize the cars. So… he went out & bought this silver Cadillac! I don’t know if that’s quite what Tracey had in mind!!

 

Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer

 

Back at the reception, there were plenty of laughs…

 

Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer

 

We were staying around to catch the sunset… but, it was such a lovely blue day that it never eventuated! So instead, we headed outdoors at twilight to play with the fading evening light & the lighting around Sarnia Park.

 

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Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer
Sarnia Park Wedding Photographer

 

It was a beautiful end to a stunning wedding day. We had such a great time with you guys!

 

One of the coolest things is that… even though most of the wedding stuff is all done & dusted… here are the fun things on the way you can look forward to… the release of the film … the rest of  the photos… finalizing the design of your Queensberry album… and actually getting the finished album back!

 

If you’ve enjoyed these photos – make sure you head along and ‘like’ our Perspectives Photo + Cinema Facebook Page – where you can stay updated with all our latest creations.

 

Until next time :)

Amber, Jared, Mat, Holly, and Isaac.

 

Canon 5Dmk3 – Dancing in the Rain.

 

Dancing in the Rain – with the Canon 5Dmk3 from Perspectives Photo + Cinema on Vimeo.

It’s amazing what can happen in 24 hours and how so many people can drop tools in an instant to make something cool happen.  So there’s a few people to thank.

Firstly Stuart and Olivia Buchanan.  (Our bride and groom). You guys are insane.  Thanks so much for believing in our crazy ideas and traveling up from Hamilton just for the shoot.

Chris Lam Sam and Jeremy Mayall from Scorelocks Collective for writing the music track.  They are freakin amazing composers and I’m so stoked with what they came up with.

If you’ve got any music needs, THESE ARE YOUR GUYS!

Michael, Joe and Lin for bringing your Kessler Crane down.  It made it in there for one shot!

And thanks to Melissa, Bradley and Anupam who came armed with umbrellas to keep our lights and cameras dry!  Turns out the rain didn’t play its part. But we made the most of it anyway.

 

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The 5Dmk3 is a pretty awesome camera to film with.  To be honest it’s still a bit of a blur (not the camera, my memory!).  Yesterday was just a crazy rush so I didn’t get much time to familiarize myself with it.  It was pretty much turn it on and start shooting.

6400ISO looked mint.  Most of the footage was actually shot at about 3200ISO.  The wide shot of the silo with the long grass was shot at 8000ISO if I remember correctly.  I had a wow moment when I first turned it on last night.  The screen is amazing to say the least.  Some of the buttons aren’t where they used to be which was a bit frustrating.  But all in all, its got me sold!

The film was shot at 1280×720 at 60fps using the new AIl-I codec.  It was converted to ProRes 422 before editing it.  I got my colour temperature how I wanted it in camera so the grade was pretty light. Just tweaked the contrast a bit and gave the blacks a blue tinge.  Thats it.  Oh and slowed down of course.  It was rendered out at 25fps.

The film was shot on the Canon Primes.

EF 24 1.4L

EF35 1.4L

EF 50 1.2L

EF 85 1.2L

EF 135 2.0L  (this lens was used for about 80% of the shots and used wide open).

 

Manfrotto Tripods and Monopods.

Glidecam HD2000

Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly

 

I think thats it!  I hope you enjoy it.  :-)
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The Photos…

 

Last night’s shoot was predominantly to construct the film – but we had the chance to fire off a few frames too. Here’s my (Isaac’s) initial impressions…

 

Ergonomics: The 5DmkIII is a sweet camera to hold. The body is built more like the 1 Series – with the bit by your thumb on the back extending out further than the 5DmkII – making for a really firm & snug grip. The feel of the compound is really nice too – it feels more ‘grippy’ than my mkII does (although it is also brand new which makes a nice difference).

 

Menus / Layout: The 5DmkIII has so many options!! By expanding many of the existing menus & grouping them together, it makes it quite easy to find what you’re looking for without needing to go into as many sub-menus. The button layout has changed a bit – the biggest plus for me is the the on/off switch is now up by the mode dial, which means I won’t bump it off / into AE lock like I sometimes do with the MkII.

 

AutoFocus: Wow. This alone will make me buy these cameras. It feels like shooting a 1 series body. Quick, responsive, accurate. I have more keeper shots than usual in these kind of light conditions.

 

High ISO: A predictable improvement. 6400 is now totally usable, whereas on my mkII it’s more of a last resort. I would be comfortable shooting at weddings right up into the 12000 range – the files are really clean. I’ve done a side-by-side comparison shooting each ISO stop on the 5DmkII, and then again on the new 5DmkIII. I’ll make a separate blog post for that in the next few days once I’ve had the chance to match them up.

 

Overall impressions… last night turned out to be an expensive exercise. I was on the fence as to whether it would be worth springing to upgrade our four 5DmkII bodies up to the new mkIIIs. After shooting with it – particularly the autofocus differences – it’s moved from ‘possible’ to ‘inevitable’. Both Amber & I were really impressed with how slick it was to use. Win.

 

Here’s a few shots we managed to sneak in too… enjoy.

 

Canon 5DmkIII photos

Canon 5D mkIII, 50mm f 1.2, ISO 2500, 1/200, f 2.2

 

 

Canon 5DmkIII photos

Canon 5D mkIII, 50mm f 1.2, ISO 2500, 1/200, f 2.2

 

 

Canon 5DmkIII photos

Canon 5D mkIII, 50mm f 1.2, ISO 2500, 1/200, f 2.5

 

 

Canon 5DmkIII photos

Canon 5D mkIII, 85mm f 1.2, ISO 1000, 1/160, f 2.0

 

 

To keep up to date with our latest work, be sure to head along and ‘like’ our Perspectives Photo + Cinema Facebook Page. On our page, feel free to ask any questions / comment about the camera, too!

 

Thanks again to everyone that made this shoot possible.

 

Jared, Isaac, Amber, Mat. :)

 

Pay it forward – help someone else out.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi

 

The concept of ‘pay it forward’ is about all people, from all walks of life giving to someone else and making a positive difference

 

We love helping people out. It’s something all of us here at Perspectives strongly value.

 

So we’re going to give away a ‘day in the life’ shoot for a family valued at $2500. Scroll down for a bit more about what this is, and why your family should have one!

The only catch? You need to then do something nice for someone else, within a week of the session. Rather than ‘paying us back’ the favour… you ‘pay it forward’ to someone else.

 

We want people to think big! Make it something that will really make a difference to someone. It doesn’t need to be worth a lot of money. Maybe you have a skill, something that can fill a need in someone’s life right now. Your time, your expertise, your friendship. Again – the only catch is, you need to get the people who you help out… to pay it forward. They do the same, then the next people… you get the idea.

 

To keep the story alive here on the blog – we also ask that when you ‘pay it forward’ to someone else – whatever that ends up being – you take a couple of photos, and email them through to us, along with the story of who you helped out… so that we can collect a chain of beautiful stories of people helping one another.

 

To get the ball rolling… we are going to give a family one of our ‘day in the life’ sessions. These are valued at $2500 – and basically include a day of our photo + cinema team coming out & capturing your family… just being you.

 

At the bottom of this post are two clips … one is the film of Natalie & Taryn, who are mother & daughter – and share the love of horses as a special bond. We filmed & photographed a beautiful day with them. You can see the photos from this session on our website.

Also – the photo slideshow from the Inglis family day at the beach. We headed out to Raglan with the family & just chilled out with them for the day – getting some fun shots that aren’t the usual ‘line up’ family portrait style.

 

If you’re interested in being the first family to kick start our ‘Pay it Forward’ blog feature… just send us an email at admin@perspectives.co.nz – with ‘Pay it Forward’ in the subject line – Tell us a little bit about your family and how you’d like to pass the favour along to someone else. We’ll pick what we think is the coolest idea and that family gets a free “day in the life” shoot.  The session would likely be in April – and you’ll need to be free to ‘pay it forward’ to someone else within a week from them. While we’d love to build this around the country – this shoot is in Auckland… so either an Auckland family, or someone willing to come up for a day.

 

Lastly – if you think this is a cool idea – please hit the ‘share’ button on Facebook and pass it on. You never know which family might be needing exactly this helping hand at this stage in their lives… or it may inspire someone else to do something similar. Whatever the outcome – if more people start helping one another – it has to be a good thing.

 

Natalie & Taryn: The Film

 

Inglis Family Day at the Beach: The Photos

 

Elise & Sharni – Auckland model portfolio photos

Hey guys,

A few weeks back, Holly and Amber caught up with Elise and Sharni, to get some images for their modelling portfolios. We started out with a few shots in the studio, before heading out to a cool location we’d scoped out.








Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos
Auckland model portfolio photos

 

We can do portfolio shoots for models, musicians / bands, actors… or even if you just want to make the most of today & capture some beautiful fashion images of yourself. Get in touch with us & we can chat further about your ideas for a shoot!

 

 

Cassels wedding photos – Genna & Gavin’s sneak peek!

The “weather bomb”.

 

It’s pretty much all the country was talking about. Saturday was going to be a day of rain, wind, and general craziness. And – Gavin & Genna’s wedding day.

 

Now – not to make light of the weather, which, to be fair, did make a big mess of Taranaki… but in Auckland, we woke up to sun! The wind was another story – very blustery – but all in all, it was nowhere near as bad as expected.

 

In the morning, we headed around to the boys – who were getting ready at Gen & Gav’s newly purchased house. Because wedding planning isn’t enough by itself.. a month out, they added a new list of jobs to their lives! But – when we saw the gorgeous little property tucked out in the Waitakere bush – we could tell it must have been an opportunity too good to pass up.

 

Around the house was evidence of this mixture of wedding DIY plus being new homeowners…

 

Cassels Wedding Photos

 

The boys liked this shot of the backs of their singlets… it meant that they could keep watching the cricket!

 

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Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos

 

We headed around to catch up with the girls – where it was lovely to also see Leigh – Gen’s bridesmaid who was one of our brides just over a year ago :)

 

Cassels Wedding Photos

 

Gen had been telling us about her fairytale princess wedding dress… and we were excited to get in & check it out. I loved that inside, it actually has the ‘Disney’ logo – the official Snow White wedding gown.

 

Cassels Wedding Photos

 

Gen’s excitement was evident as soon as we arrived. From the minute we walked in the door (and 2 hours before we needed to leave for the ceremony!) – Gen was asking us …. “should I put my dress on now??” … “how about now?”…. we figured it would be mean to keep her waiting! And she looked stunning.

 

Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos

 

Genna is a teacher… and she was awesome to watch with the kids. From reading stories to being fed nutrigrain.

 

Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos

 

A quick demo on how to scatter petals … and then their gorgeous flowergirl picked them all up gently & put them back in – ready to practice again! Too cute.

 

Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos

 

This patch of sun streaming through the window was great to play with…

 

Cassels Wedding Photos

 

And we saw the chance to play with our lights and get this stunning shot while Gen danced & spun around the room – just stoked to be in her dress & about to head off and get married!

 

Cassels Wedding Photos

 

Out at Cassels, the guests had gathered together – and the ceremony was under way. Gavin & Genna wrote their own ceremony, vows, and everything – it was so personal & intimate.

 

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Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos

 

When we write our wedding blog posts… we often choose to share the ‘wow’ shots – the ones where we’ve identified a cool location, carefully set up our lighting, and created something awesome. Many of those to come soon. But – for much of the day, we’re also shooting in a more candid style… capturing shots like these ones below. I love the little moments, and expressions on people’s faces.

 

Cassels Wedding Photos

 

Gavin & Genna had found a cool spot nearby that really captured the feeling of being out in the bush. Since they had just moved out into the area, having some photos in the bush was quite a special thing for them. As we left Cassels, it was pouring with rain … luckily it eased just in time!

 

Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos

 

We figured that this road was going to be pretty quiet – especially on a cold, windy day.

A few squeezes right onto the edges to let cars past was enough to let us know that were, in fact, wrong.

 

Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos

 

^^ We saw that, Gen!

 

Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos

 

It was SO windy up on top of the hill here, but the dramatic clouds, and view in the background, made it totally worthwhile!

 

Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos

 

While out location scouting locations – we happened across this awesome, Jurassic Park feeling, grove. It was perfect, and totally sheltered from the elements!

 

Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos

 

Back at Cassels for the reception, we managed to sneak them back outside after the meal – peeking through the ivy…

 

Cassels Wedding Photos

 

And a classic ‘Cassels’ photo… with our Perspectives twist.

 

Cassels Wedding Photos

 

The story doesn’t end there, though.

 

Cassels Wedding Photos

 

Gavin & Genna had made these cool wedding favours, involving a jar of baking ingredients, and a recipe (essentially, add butter to the contents of the jar, and bake!). We were lucky enough to get one each, too.

So just before writing up this sneak peek post… I put my baking skills (or lack thereof) into play.

 

Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos
Cassels Wedding Photos

 

They were delicious.

 

If you’ve enjoyed looking at these images – make sure you head along and ‘like’ our Perspectives Photo + Cinema Facebook Page – where you can stay updated with all of our latest creations.

 

Thanks so much, Gavin & Gena, for having us along to share a part in your special day. There are many more images to follow!

 

Isaac, Amber, and Holly.

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos – Josh & Amber’s sneak peek!

Hi guys :)

 

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of photographing Josh & Amber’s gorgeous wedding at Cornwall Park.

 

When we shot their engagement session, it was pouring with rain… so they were due for some nicer weather… and that’s just what they had! Having done an engagement shoot also meant that once it came time to do the location photos at the wedding, they were already pros!

 

In the morning… one of the cravats wasn’t quite square in the knot. So they decided.. “maybe, if we carefully untie it & memorize the steps, we can straighten it up”. When that failed… “OK – well… if we half untie this one, we can see how to put the other one back together”…. nope!

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Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

So while the groomsmen figured out how to retie two undone cravats – Josh (who was smart enough to leave his tie well alone!) got ready :)

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

Meanwhile – around at the girls… who were getting ready at Waipuna Lodge, where the wedding reception later took place….

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

Because the entire floor of the hotel was taken up by their guests – and it was around hotel breakfast time – we would have been spotted if we ventured outside the room! So we utilized every corner & angle of the suite…

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

If we designed hotel rooms… they’d probably be full of lighting like this! Lucky for most guests that use hotels for things other than wedding photos – we don’t! Instead, we bring our own lights along :)

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

Just before we headed downstairs – Amber’s dad came in and saw her…

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

Josh & Amber decided to do their bridal party photos before the ceremony, to make timelines afterwards work better. But – they didn’t want their parents to miss out on the moment when they see each other for the first time. So – rather than doing a ‘first look’ with just the two of them… Josh was waiting with his parents, and Amber’s mum – as Amber & her dad walked in to meet them. It was a really sweet & beautiful moment.

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

After Josh & Amber had their own little private moment together, we had a few shots with the bridal party around Waipuna…

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

Then – it was off to Cornwall Park – which was where the ceremony would take place later on. We made sure to choose spots where they wouldn’t be too ‘on display’ to any guests arriving early!

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

I love that right in the middle of downtown Auckland – you can still look like you’re lost in a field, in the middle of nowhere.

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

I love the roots of this tree – how it just encapsulates them! Josh & Amber do a fantastic job of making it look comfortable, too :)

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

We headed up to check out the view back across Auckland…

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

It hadn’t really seemed hot yet (even though we’d been in the sun right through the middle of the day) – but once we got down to the memorial steps, it was really melting!

 

Luckily, Josh & Amber were thoughtful enough to provide parasols for their guests – and they had some shade from umbrellas.

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

Looking back towards the little sea of parasols!

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

One really cool thing that they did was provide a little ‘tea party’ for the grandparents – under the ceremony umbrellas – complete with bikkies, cups of tea, etc. Unfortunately, the combination of dark shade + bright sunshine in behind meant a total re-arrange to get this ‘tea party’ photo – but everyone was more than gracious!

 

Cornwall Park Wedding Photos
Cornwall Park Wedding Photos

 

Josh, Amber, and their guests headed back to Waipuna to enjoy the reception… and we headed home to nurse our sunburn and upload their beautiful images… of which these ones are only a tiny taster :)

 

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Josh & Amber – thanks so much for inviting us along to share a part in your beautiful wedding day – we had a great time with you all!

 

Isaac & (the other) Amber :)

 

Auckland Wedding Photographers – Pearce & Waione’s sneak peek!

Hi guys!

A couple of weeks back, we had the pleasure of photographing Pearce & Waione’s beautiful wedding ceremony at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Khyber Pass… followed by their reception at Okahu.

When we arrived in the morning, there was barely a cloud in the sky – it was an amazing day. Which is all the more stunning, considering that the day before… the backyard at the boys’ place was completely underwater with a crazy storm!

 

Pearce admitted that there were definitely some nervous moments as they crossed their fingers for good weather tomorrow. Prayers answered!

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

Around at SkyCity hotel, we caught up with Waione & her bridesmaids… who each had these cool different coloured ribbons to fasten their shoes…

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

^ but more on that, later.

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

I love this next shot. Is that not the cutest, most genuine smile ever!

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

The church was pretty spectacular inside! We weren’t quite the first ones in there – but near enough :)

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

The boys made their way nervously to the front… the guests filed in…. and we were ready to roll. At this stage, I’m tucked away up the front of the aisle, ready to catch Waione and her Dad as they walk in… while Amber is outside – capturing the side of things the guests don’t see while they wait…

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

I love how stoked both Pearce & Waione are as they look at each other.

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

Our first photo location was literally right across the road. But before heading across… we had to quickly get this shot on the left:

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

Spot the difference from the earlier shots shot… Waione has a ‘something blue’ ribbon addition to her shoes, too :)

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

We couldn’t resist the temptation to bring the lights out here… I love the shadow that is cast on the wall, too.

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

For our next stop, we headed up Mount Eden. The day before, when we did our final location scout – we couldn’t see anything from the summit – just rain clouds everywhere. Lightning, thunder – the works. Fast forward 24 hours… and we were blessed with this.

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

I like the view back down to the harbour bridge at the bottom of this one:

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

Super wide:

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

As we walked back across to the cars.. we were approached by some tourists that wanted to get a photo. Pearce & Waione were so gracious, and even put on a pose & smile for them! World famous in… somewhere?

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

As the reception was at Okahu, we figured we’d finish up with a few shots down on the beach at Kohimarama. As we crawled through endless stop-start traffic, and saw how packed the beaches were.. we tried to figure out if there was some event or concert on the beach that day. In the end – I think the conclusion was that it was the first sunny weekend day in the last month, and people were just making the most of it!

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

This is the setting for the reception at Okahu – perfectly perched over the water…

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

As they entered the reception room, they were called in with a karanga.. and welcomed with a haka. As wedding photographers, it isn’t something we see every day – but it makes us super proud to call Aotearoa our home.

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

Everyone took their seats, and looked out the windows to this:

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

As the sun dipped behind the city, the speeches began…

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

Pearce was given a childhood bike back from his dad… and the room was treated to a spine-tingling ‘a cappella’ performance.

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

Having seen some awesome cultural elements already – we were also treated to a Cook Islands performance group, to honour Pearce’s Cook Island heritage.
Having spent a good amount of time in Raro over the last few years.. seeing this gave Amber & I such a longing to be back on the Rock! Looking forward to April :)

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

It was funny that, after having been up on the dancefloor participating in the cultural group’s performance for the last 15 minutes, that the next event was the ‘first’ dance!

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

We had been scoping out these fairy lights all night… and there was no way we could go home without convincing Pearce & Waione to come over for one last shot!

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

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Pearce & Waione – thank you both so much for inviting us to share a part in your special day, and for welcoming us along as your guests for the evening. We had such a good time with you all :)

 

Enjoy the photos!

 

Isaac + Amber.