REMEMBERING CHACE

On the 15th of June 2012 Chace Topperwien lost his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. This film remembers Chace on the day of his funeral.

Remembering Chace from Perspectives Photo + Cinema on Vimeo.

All the cutaways in the film are places Chace loved to go. He loved the colour lello (yellow), he loved food. He loved his hammer. Chace also had amazing support from his family and friends, his town and the wider community. It’s this support that has helped to carry the Topperwien’s through this tragedy.

Cancer is a horrible thing and something no one should ever have to go through, especially when it strikes children. Chace’s parents Ryan and Keri are setting up a charity so that through Chace’s tragedy they can continue to make a difference in this world. If you would like to follow and support the work being done through Chace please stay tuned. Big things are coming.
If this film has impacted you please share it around. Life is the most important thing we’ve got. It’s stories like Chace’s that need to be heard.
You can follow and “Like” Chace’s Facebook page here:

On a personal note being involved in Chace’s funeral reminded me how important and sacred life and love really are. We can so easily get sucked into the temptations of our western world. More TV channels or Facebook friends. Having more money, flasher toys or higher social status. But when it comes down to it, we have one short life. One life to fill with things that are truly meaningful. One life to live so that when it’s our turn to leave this world our legacy will continue to live through us.
It’s a challenge for me to hold perspective on these things but It’s through people like Chace, Keri and Ryan that challenge us to remember why we’re really here.

This film was filmed on the 20th of June 2012 in the towns of Whakatane and Ohope.
Music is by Marie Hines and licensed through TheMusicBed.

Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos – Emrah & Simone’s sneak peek!

Hi guys,

 

Just over a week ago, we had the pleasure of photographing Emrah & Simone’s gorgeous wedding at the Rarotongan Resort.

 

I used to find it really funny hearing locals in Raro telling me they had moved house to be closer to work… or that they never liked going over the other side of the island because it’s too far. I had always thought that the 45 minutes to completely circumnavigate the island is nothing, by Auckland driving standards. That was – until I caught myself saying to Amber that morning “man – it’s so good having a wedding right here by home, and not needing to travel far!”.

So we drove the 200m down the road to the Rarotongan, and caught up with Simone & Emrah – who were having a cruisy morning as they each got ready.

 

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Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
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Even though bare feet was the attire of choice for the ceremony, Simone had some awesome shoes for the reception!! I like how the weave in the background zooms in on the rings shot, too.

 

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Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

The guests heading from the bar down to the ceremony area was a perfect opportunity to check out what everyone was wearing!

 

Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

Just before walking up the aisle, Simone phoned her grandmother, who wasn’t able to attend the wedding. It was a really beautiful moment.

 

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Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

Their son, Hunter, had learned a beautiful reading, which he presented in the ceremony without missing a beat :)

 

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Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

These guys were such a cute couple – sneaking kisses all day, which made for so many intimate moments to capture.

 

Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

After the ceremony, they planted their own personal coconut tree on the beach – which will grow there from now on to signify their marriage.

 

Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

This was followed by a cool Cook Islands dance performance.

 

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Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

We had about 45 minutes until sunset, so we headed off for a few quick shots with Simone, Emrah, and their bridal party.

 

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Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

Down on the beach, we had a beautiful view of the sun, as it slipped down under the horizon.

 

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Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

Back at the Rarotongan, the reception was incredible – AMAZING food, great people, energetic dancing – and Justine & Andy from Tiare Films, who had been videoing all day, changed their hats and ran the super fun Island Booth for the rest of the evening. Even Amber & I got into the booth for a few pics together!

 

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Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

We headed home, uploaded the cards and backed up the photos… and then packed our bags. The next morning, we would be catching up with Emrah & Simon again for their ‘trash the dress’ session… and then flying back to NZ an hour after we finished shooting!

 

So on Thursday morning, we headed back out for a few more shots. We took the chance to venture a bit further afield – as there wasn’t time on the wedding day to go anywhere offsite really. We started off in this great little grove of coconut trees and long grass.

 

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Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

As well as starring in many of the photos, Hunter also proved awesome as our assistant – holding lights, learning to set up the gear… he’s a budding photographer for sure!

 

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Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

We slathered on plenty of insect repellant – and ventured further inland.

 

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Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

To get this next shot, Simone & Emrah needed to get on & off the road so many times… we’d just get the lights and everything set up perfectly… and then a faint call of “CAR!” would drift down… we’d all get off the road… and then do it again. We got there, though!

 

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Back down at the beach, it was time to get in the water!

The clouds had begun to drift in, and I couldn’t resist the chance to quickly set the lights up & really make the most of the epic sky.

 

Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

We finished up our shoot with some fish coming to visit… some very close calls with cameras vs bigger than usual waves, and some great shots!

 

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Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos
Rarotongan Resort Wedding Photos

 

It was very surreal, to be back in Auckland about 8 hours after we got out of the water… nowhere near as exciting!

 

If you’ve enjoyed this collection of images – make sure you also head along and ‘like’ our Perspectives Photo + Cinema Facebook Page, where you can stay updated with all our latest images & cinematic wedding films.

 

Emrah & Simone – thank you both so much for having us along to share a part in your wedding day. We had such a great time with you both, and Hunter too! Hopefully Wellington is just as tropical as Raro today. ha.

Isaac & Amber.

 

Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos – Andrew & Nathalie’s sneak peek!

Hi guys,

 

A few weeks ago, we headed back to Raro for Andrew & Nathalie’s wedding. Originally scheduled to take place at Royal Takitumu, they needed to change venues because they had so many people RSVP that they would be making the trip over!! I guess the idea of a respite from the NZ cold was appealing to everyone.

So it was Little Polynesian Resort that became their venue – and we were stoked.

We were lucky enough to fly over to photograph the property a year or so ago – (if you’re interested, those pictures are here) – and it’s one of our very favourite places in Raro. The place is stunning, and the staff are amazing.

The night before the wedding, Andrew & Nathalie had organized a get together for their guests at Coco Putt – for a BBQ and mini golf. We stay about 2 minutes walk down the road from Coco Putt – so we decided to head along, and catch a few of the goings-on.

 

All the guests were told to dress in ‘island theme’ – which looks fantastic in the photos!

 

Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

It had been unseasonably cold the last week or so, with many of the locals rugged up in long pants and jumpers. The morning of the wedding, though, was perfect. Nice and warm, sunny, and a light breeze – the kind of weather that everyone had hoped for!

We headed around to Little Poly to catch Nathalie getting ready.

 

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Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

Nathalie is an avid photographer, and photos were a really important part of their day. We had plenty of guests saying to us “ooohhh – you’re taking Nathalie’s photos – pressure!’ … but we love it! We’re always stoked to shoot weddings for fellow photographers – it’s a big honour to be the ones chosen! There were plenty of cameras around to document the day, too :)

 

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Meanwhile – Andrew had been threatening to just get dressed on the side of the road on the way to Little Poly. I don’t think it quite came down to that – but we still managed to swipe him aside for a few nice shots prior to the ceremony.

 

Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

Back in the room (I love it when we don’t need to travel 45 minutes across Auckland between the boys & girl’s getting ready. Here it’s a maximum of 20 minutes… and this day, it was 10 seconds walk!) Nathalie was ready to get into her dress. She had managed to keep it secret from Andrew (I think multiple layers of dress bags was the key!) – and it was perfect.

 

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Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

We had time for a few quick shots – and then it was onto the beach, where the guests were ready & waiting for the ceremony to begin.

 

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Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

After the ceremony, we spent a bit of time getting some cool photos around the beach at Little Poly – beginning with the awesome infinity pool. Kudos to Andrew & Nathalie for balancing themselves right up on the edge, too!

 

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It was a super high tide that afternoon, giving us only a meter or two between the lagoon and the treeline. There was still enough beach left to go for a wander, though – so we spent 10 minutes getting sand between our toes. (and in our cameras, lights, tripods, gear bags, clothing, and so on!)

 

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Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

We moved inland for a few shots along this road, lined with coconut trees. I love in the left hand shot how it shows off Nathalie’s dress.

 

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Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

Back at Little Polynesian, the guests were enjoying a tapas meal, and plenty of laughs.

 

Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

While we were photographing everyone having a great time, we also kept wandering down to the beach, keeping an eye on what the sky was doing. It’s always really hard to judge what is going to be the best colour with sunset. Sometimes, it’s 15 minutes before sunset, other days 10 minutes afterwards. Once it hits the peak of colour, there is only a few minutes window, before it begins to fade again. We lucked into it perfectly, though – and only had to sneak Nathalie & Andrew away for 5 minutes to catch the colours at their best.

 

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One darkness had fallen, we were all treated to a fantastic Cook Islands dance performance.

 

Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

The dancers also got the guests up with them – it made for some awesome shots as everyone tested out their island dancing skills.

 

Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

A few days before the wedding, Andrew & Nathalie told us they had brought a box of bubble wands over from NZ – but were unsure how they could incorporate them into the day. I mentioned that I had an idea for a photo that I was keen to try out… but prefaced it by saying ‘it might not even work at all, I have no idea’.

What we needed, once it was dark outside, was a crew of willing bubble blowers. These guys were good enough to leave their dinner & come out and play in the dark – blowing masses of bubbles on cue!

 

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And here’s the resulting image.

 

Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

Just as we were packing up our gear – Amber made the most of the full moon splashing light over the lagoon – and captured this cool shot looking over the pool, with a few stars peeking out, and the moon lighting up the clouds above.

 

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A few days later, we met up with Andrew & Nathalie again, for their ‘trash the dress’ shoot. It was a cool chance to venture a bit further afield, to locations we didn’t have time for on the wedding day.

 

The sun was again out in full force for the beach shots – which really makes the colours pop.

 

Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

We left the beach and headed inland – to get a bit more of a ‘jungle’ feel happening.

 

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Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

Our final stop was going to be the beach, where we’d get into the water for a few final photos. On the way, however, we came across this great field with backlight streaming across… so we stopped for a few quick shots.

 

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Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

Time to get wet! We always delay the water shots until the very end of a shoot – it’s pretty much the point of no return! Once everything gets wet, you don’t want to be traipsing around inland again. The upside is that by the time we arrived after shooting for a few hours, it was really refreshing to jump into the water.

 

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Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

I love the shadow on the water in the foreground of this next shot. It makes for a really cool shaped spotlight around Nathalie & Andrew.

 

Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

Amber was right down at water level for this next image. Standing in water up to her chest, with the camera held up above her head, and then gently lowered right down until the strap was brushing in the water… Nathalie decided we needed someone taking behind the scenes shots of us at work, and the crazy situations we manage to get into!

 

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Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

We were even treated to another gorgeous sunset. Not often you get that for two consecutive shoots!

 

Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos
Little Polynesian Rarotonga Wedding Photos

 

And that was a wrap!

We shared a bottle of champagne, poured out on into glasses balanced on the roof of the car, as we stood on the side of the road and watched dusk fade into night.

 

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Andrew & Nathalie – thank you both so much for having us along to share a part in your beautiful island wedding. Your love for one another just shined through, and was an absolute joy to capture. Kia Manuia.

Isaac & Amber.

AUCKLAND WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER – CALLUM + VICTORIA’S WEDDING FILM

The goal for every wedding film we capture is to deliver the most meaningful work to our couples as we can. This isn’t always the fanciest rings shot or pictures of a church building where they marry. But it’s relationships. It’s family, it’s friends. It’s where love came from and how much it means.

Callum and Victoria’s film hopefully highlights some of this. From enjoying friends company in the opening ‘milk’ and waterfall clips to the mutual respect and support Callum and Victoria have with their parents. It’s the excitement of 4 hours left on Victoria’s iPhone timer. It’s the thoughtfulness of Callum’s video message and sharing the “Seaside” song as a reminder of where their love started.

Making meaningful wedding films is a big part of our philosophy, it’s what keeps us passionate about what we do!
Music is “Your Song” by Ellie Goulding.

Auckland School Ball Photographers – Cambridge High School 2012 Ball – Sneak Peek!

Hi guys,

 

On Saturday, we headed down to Cambridge, to photograph their ball out at Lake Karapiro.

 

With the theme set as ‘Las Vegas’ – we operated two backdrop setups: a chaise lounge, and a cool photo backdrop of the Las Vegas strip. Amber & Holly ran a backdrop setting each, and Isaac floated around the room getting dancefloor shots.

 

We’ll have all the photos on our facebook page in the next day or so (more than 1000!)

 

Make sure you ‘like’ our page, so that you’ll be the first to know once they go live! Click here to open our FB page and hit the ‘like’ button. Once they’re up, feel free to tag yourselves in them & share them around.

If you want a full size, non-logo digital file that you can print – these will be available from the school in the next week or so.

 

Thanks for having us, Cambridge – your ball was awesome, and we’ll look forward to photographing it again next year!

 

Enjoy the photos :)

 

Isaac, Amber, and Holly.

 

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Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer
Auckland School Ball Photographer

 

Get over to Facebook and keep your eyes peeled for the rest, soon!

2012 Auckland Bride Parade by Perspectives Photo + Cinema

Hi guys!

 

A few weeks ago we hosted our annual ‘Bride Parade’ shoot… which is basically a fun chance for people that have already been married to don their wedding dresses again, have their hair & makeup professionally done, and then do a fun fashion shoot with us.

 

This year, we were on the hunt for a cool ‘autumn’ feel to the shoot. We found the perfect location, a great persimmon orchard with all the right colours!

 

Ashlee & Amy from Beautified gave all our brides perfect looks with some gorgeous hair & makeup artistry… and also a special thank you to Karen R. who was amazing at ferrying people to & from locations and being camp mother. She was the first to volunteer when lights needed holding, stuff needed carrying – so thank you, Karen.

 

We’ll be running another bride parade shoot in Queenstown in December – if you want to be a part in it, let us know.

 

Without further ado – here’s 5 shots that we LOVED from each of our gorgeous brides.

 

Enjoy.

 

Karen W:

 

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Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos

 

Karen R:

 

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Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos

 

Stephanie:

 

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Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos

 

Kayte:

 

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Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos

 

Jessie:

 

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Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos

 

Patsy:

 

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Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos

 

Sarah:

 

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Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos
Auckland Trash the Dress photos

 

Thanks so much to all our beautiful brides, for putting up with our crazy ideas & clambering into weird locations… it was all worth it!

 

Book your places for Queenstown :)

 

Isaac & Amber.