Wedding Photography: Louise & Paul at Newberry Lodge

Louise & Paul had their “first look” and creative photos at the beautiful Mona Vale gardens in Merivale before the ceremony. The first look took place in the rose garden, near the little summerhouse that Louise’s parents had photographs in on their wedding day. Once the initial nerves of the first look were over we had a relaxed wander around the rest of the gardens, taking photographs along the way before heading to the wedding venue.

Their laughter-filled ceremony & reception were at Newberry Lodge in Opawa, where Louise’s father – also a Paul! – had done an amazing job of  preparing the gardens & lawn, so everything was picture perfect for their big day.

Here are some highlights from Louise & Paul’s wedding… 

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Portrait Photography: Logan, 4.5 Months

Despite an incoming Southerly, Zara, David & their gorgeous wee boy Logan were troopers and met me for a portrait shoot overlooking Lake Ellesmere, near the Little River Rail Trail at Kaituna. Zara & David are clearly very much in love with their little boy, and the bond between the three of them was wonderful to photograph.

There were way too many adorable moments to choose between, but I managed to select a few favourites as highlights from the shoot…

Wedding Photography: Rosee & Simon at Melton Estate

Winter weddings can be challenging: the weather is unpredictable (even in typically sunny Canterbury!!), the sun – if you get any – sets very early, and the light just isn’t as strong. But the awesome thing about winter weddings is that these challenges can also be a huge asset if you embrace them. “Bad” weather like rain or snow lends itself to some very cool creative photos, and if you’re lucky enough to get a fine day then the sun setting earlier means that the creative bridal photos can be scheduled during the magical golden hour before sunset.

Rosee & Simon’s winter wedding day started out drizzly and cold, but by the time the ceremony at Melton Estate winery in West Melton had finished the sun was just starting to break through the clouds – perfect timing for the outdoor family photos! For the first set of creative bridal photos we went to Rosee’s family home at West Melton for shots with a garden and farmlet background. By this stage we knew we were running a bit late and the original plan to head to Waikuku Beach for some landscape/bridal shots had to be revised so that we could get everyone back to the venue in time for the reception. Rosee & Simon were really keen to have some water in the photographs so I led the way to a spot I know of next to the Selwyn River. It’s a mix of open farmland, river, and willows which is peaceful, tranquil, and beautiful in pretty much any light. It’s particularly magical in early morning or late evening light, which makes it a perfect location for a winter wedding shoot on a day where sunset was a smidge after 6pm: I got some amazing shots perfectly timed to take advantage of the golden hour!

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Here’s some highlights from the day – click to enlarge.

Remains of an old jetty at Charleston

My winter blues were well and truly chased away by this brilliant sunset at Charleston, on the West Coast. This is a beautiful beach and was an amazing spot to spend a weekend away.

I was immediately captivated by the remains of this old jetty, which must have belonged to one of the cute little beach houses along the shore. The sand was fascinating as well, the hues of pink and grey give the illusion of water rushing in around the broken poles.

Charleston, West Coast, NZ, Sunset, Jetty

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Portrait Photography: Babies & Bubbles!!

I’ve had so much fun with my portrait sessions this winter! Last Sunday I was asked to do a 5 month old portrait session and for the shoot the kids’ mum had a bubble for the kids to play with. This was an awesome surprise for me, and definitely an idea that I’ll be using again in the future. Giving the kids something fun like this during the shoot was a perfect strategy and the result is a set of photos that are just beautiful: the kids are obviously having a great time, and the dreamy bubbles and winter sun gives the shots a magical feel.

I had a really hard time picking my favourites from this shoot, there were just too many!

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Portrait Photography: Family Celebrations

One of my brides for the upcoming wedding season asked me to do a portrait session to commemorate her parent’s wedding anniversary. Often once families spread out it can be quite a long time between gatherings where the whole family is present. Those rare occasions when the whole family can come together to celebrate are so special, definitely moments to treasure.

Portrait Photography: Newborn

This adorable bundle of loveliness is baby Coen at 2 weeks old. With newborn shoots I find it’s usually smoother sailing if the session is at the baby’s home – Mum & Dad are more relaxed, and therefore so is baby. This session went perfectly: straight after a mid-morning feed so that Coen was awake & chipper for the shoot, and ready for naptime towards the end… how cute is that tiny baby yawn!!

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