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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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: Robert & Ayesha at Oamaru

I had the amazing fortune to be the photographer that Rob & Ayesha chose for their beautiful wedding in Oamaru. I hadn’t been to Oamaru since a campervan holiday when I was a child (we camped overnight near the Little Blue Penguin colony – cute but SO noisy!!). I’ve driven through it plenty of times on my way south, but for some strange reason hadn’t stopped and had a look around. Well, next time I’ll be scheduling a stop for sure, because Oamaru is fantastic!

The church that Rob & Ayesha chose for their ceremony was fabulous, Oamaru stone (of course) with gorgeous natural light from loads of stained glass windows. After the ceremony we went to the Victorian Quarter (Steampunk capital of NZ, donchaknow!) where they had organised some penny farthings to have some photographs with (fabulous!) outside the Whiskey Art Gallery on Harbour St. Then on to the Oamaru public gardens where there are almost too many pretty spots for taking photographs. All in all an outstanding choice of location for wedding photographs.

It was an awesome day, and so rewarding: I think the photographs capture not only Rob & Ayesha’s love for each other, but also my newfound love of Oamaru!

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Here are my highlights from Robert & Ayesha’s wedding – click to enlarge.

Climbing in Wanaka

Climbing at The Next Best Thing, Mt Iron, Wanaka

This year’s climbing holiday destination was Wanaka. Awesome views, awesome climbing and awesome company. The 2 crags featured in the images below are The Next Best Thing at Mt Iron (B&W images), and Sunnyside, Hospital Flats (colour images).

Just remember, it’s all fun & games until someone (ahem… Greg) takes a 10 meter whipper! Unfortunately I was belaying at the time, so no photos of that one – some might say “no photos, then it didn’t happen, but we have witnesses – guess I should have set the camera up on a tripod afterall. I’ll be much more diligent next time!

Here are some highlights from the trip – click to enlarge.

Many thanks to JD, Suse, Murray and Caroline for hosting Greg & I.

Loganburn Reservoir

Over Easter weekend we drove down to Otago (for the Volkswagen National show) and stayed with some friends who took us to an amazing fishing spot. I’m so so so glad I brought my camera with me so that I could photograph this magical location: a sky so perfectly deep blue, barely the slightest puff of wind to ruffle the reservoir, and rolling tussok covered hills. It was so beautiful that I really didn’t care if we caught any fish or not.

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