Wedding Photography: Queenstown lakeside wedding

Sammi & Micah’s wedding in December was on a gloriously hot day in Queenstown. From the picture perfect church, to the stunning mountain scenery this was one truly Remarkable wedding (see what I did there?!).

They are such a gorgeous couple, so in love and were just a delight to photograph!

Queenstown Lake Wedding by Otago wedding photographer Astrid Erasmuson


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Art Photography: Foggy morning along Otago Harbour

Otago Harbour was blanketed in fog this morning, we’re currently having a taste of summer-to-come with a heatwave so once the fog burns off we’ll be in for blue skies and balmy temperatures once more. At Deborah Bay the tuis and bellbirds were echoing eerily through the fog, while the water was calm and still. I love the reflections of the moored boats at Deborah Bay when the water is still like this, the fog gives it something extra though by eliminating the horizon so that the boats and their refelctions appear weightless:

Boats & Reflections in fog, Deborah Bay - Dunedin wedding, art and portrait photography

While along the saltmarsh boardwalk at Aramoana the sun was just starting to break through the fog (see the spotlight effect in the grasses in the foreground) while the Otago Peninsula was still hidden from view:

Fog, Aramoana Boardwalk - Dunedin wedding, art and portrait photography


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New Zealand Sea Lion

Living in Dunedin we’re now treated to some amazing wildlife viewing opportunities, just this morning we went for a walk along Aramoana beach and came across several snoozing sea lions! Judging by the tracks in the sand if we’d been there a bit earlier then we’d have seen many more as well.


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Wedding Photography: Alyssa & Nate at The Iris Garden

Here are some of my favourite shots from Alyssa & Nate’s whimsical wedding at The Iris Garden in Motukarara.

Alyssa told me that their wedding would be anything but typical, and she was so right. Their day was a perfect expression of the two of them: quirky, elegant, joyful, and so full of love. I’m still not sure how, but Alyssa even managed to look effortlessly elegant lounging on the bouncy castle!

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2012 Volkswagen Nationals

Over Easter we drove down to Dunedin in my 1970 VW Beetle to go to the 2012 New Zealand Volkswagen Nationals. It’s the first time I’ve been to one, so I was really excited – so many VW’s in one place, what could be better?!

On the Saturday we gathered for a cruise out on to the Otago Peninsula, then out along State Highway 1 to Waihola, across to the Taieri River Mouth and back up along a lovely scenic coastal drive to the rendezvous point in Dunedin. It was a lovely drive, and great on some of the long hills to look in the rear view mirror and see so many other VW’s stretched out behind me as far as the eye could see. The only pity was that there wasn’t a scheduled stop along the way to get out, natter, and take yet more photos – there were so many scenic spots that would have been just perfect!

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Show & Shine

On the Sunday we did a quick tour of the Show & Shine. It was held at Forsyth Barr stadium – a good venue in many ways as it was covered, but the event organisers had clearly been told not to put the vehicles on the sports pitch in the centre (and not to let viewers walk on the pitch either), so the vehicles (and viewers) were all crammed up in a line around the perimeter of the pitch, making it really difficult to take good photos.

Seeing so many Volkswagens in one spot was great though, it gave me some really good inspiration for tarting up my Beetle when the time comes, not to mention the eye candy of the Karmann Ghias and Kombis!

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Round the Clock! 
On the way to the Show & Shine my Beetle went round the clock (it’s first time, I think). Obviously we had to stop and record this momentous occasion with a few photos!

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