Blog Archives: March 2011

The Heavens Opened and They Didn’t Close

The prospect of shooting my first Kawau Island wedding was one I was looking forward too. I’d gone over with the Bride and Groom earlier in the year to do a reekie. We picked out some amazing spots that were going to make beautiful backdrops (and show the Island off to its full potential) and came away with a fantastic plan for the photo shoot on the day.

As is often the case on a wedding day, plans had to be changed to suit the dismal weather. The planned garden ceremony in front of the

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The Male Body, a Fine and Beautiful Instrument that Makes a Unique Canvas

This is part of my appreciating men genre that I am enjoying this year in my Fine Art work. And as much as these shots are for the client they are part of me building up my fine art portfolio and my award work. In fact I’ve entered some of these images into an international competition. With the view of doing a New Zealand exhibition in the future.

This kind of work really allows me to be an artist with a blank canvas to create on. From this shoot I wanted to create a series to

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One of the Many Benefits of being an NZIPP Member

Being a member of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers has many advantages. One of which (in the otherwise isolated nature of our business) is being able to spend time with other like minded professionals sharing the same industry challenges.

The very first NZIPP meeting I went to years ago featured one of New Zealand’s Highly Awarded Top Wedding Photographers, Steve Sharp. Steve was doing a presentation of his work and his creative processes. I found myself not only

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Full Moon, High Tide, Reeks Havoc on Renewal of Vows

Sam and Tony didn’t have such a great day a couple of years ago at their original wedding for all kinds of reasons. They wanted to replace those memories with a whole new set, so they decided to have a renewal of vows ceremony followed by a beach PARTY!

I can’t tell you quite where we were although we were well past Muriwai we had to be driven in by four wheel drives (a pass time of the Bride, the Groom and their friends.)

Sam planned the ceremony and the photo taking meticulously

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Bride of the Year Entries

The focus for the last couple of days has been putting together the entries for the inaugural Bridal Fashion Week’s Bride of the Year Competition. The organisers asked for recent Brides which has helped me to narrow down the selection process somewhat (as I would love to enter all of my beautiful Brides.)
Bridal Fashion Week Auckland 2011 introduces a glamorous world-class Bridal Fashion and Couture event taking bridal fashion design to showcase levels never before seen in New Zealand and

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Male Models – Don’t You Just Love Them?

One of the things I love about doing model portfolios over my other genres is that you have the freedom of time (unlike weddings.) Being big people and knowing what they want also makes it easier (unlike the wee ones who you mange entirely differently.)  The fun thing about this shoot is it’s a mix of portfolio, great personal shots and Drew has kindly donated his body to me for my creative Fine Art work that we will be shooting in the upcoming weeks. Tomorrow I’m shooting him in his Hip

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Wettest Wedding I’ve Ever Done

Fresh off the plane from the UK winter in need of a spray tan Janelle & Jason had a fantastic celebration of their love and commitment to each other with a  intimate group of family and friends from here and overseas at Delamore Lodge on Waiheke Island over the weekend.

As far as weddings go this one had some fresh elements in it for me. Firstly, the rain which meant the ceremony had to be held inside; but what a beautiful venue for it. Oozing elegance and style both inside and outside.

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