Maree's Blog / 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 inspired and motivated by the presentation but it also gave me a goal of excellence to work towards.
Fast forward 5 years and I again had the opportunity to attend a workshop featuring Steve Sharp. It was a rare occasion to go out on a shoot created specifically by Steve to share some of the methodology and direction that he puts into his own exclusive wedding packages.

It felt very unusual and somewhat liberating photographing a couple who were being directed by another photographer, who had also chosen the backdrop.


The bride was glorious in red. She had a striking bouquet and the most stunning shoes as you’ll see from my images.

What was really valuable to me was that Steve found a well hidden location in the city offering a huge range of backdrops all within a 200 metre radius. A fantastic location I have not previously come across myself and hence a new one to add to my city itinerary.


Thank you Steve for your dedication to the industry and the sharing of your skills to those of us who continue to grow every season in our own wedding photography. Check out the link to Steve’s incredible work here.