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1+1=3: Patricia and Chris

Another lovely addition to my 1 + 1 = 3 series…. the stunning Trish from her wedding to Chris in 2010.



These two beautiful human beings produced this little guy!! What a cutie! x


See more from their wedding on Onetangi Beach HERE and HERE.  (Their reception was held at The Dunes, which is now called Venue Waiheke).

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Taiohi: new exhibition opens tomorrow night!

There is an article in this weeks’ Waiheke Marketplace about my new exhibition, Taiohi, which opens at my studio tomorrow night (Thursday), 5pm – 7pm… come along if you can! x


I know it’s a bit tricky to read, so feel free to click HERE to read the article online…

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Taiohi, Auckland Festival of Photography Exhibition.

One week to go until my new exhibition Taiohi opens here at the Emma Hughes Photography Gallery/Studio/Workspace!  I’m pretty excited and even more so because the wonderful subjects of my exhibition, school kids aged between 15 – 17, will be giving a short performance on the Opening Night… rumour has it there will be both a waiata and a haka to kick things off which is going to be AWESOME!!!!

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There’s a wee article with some details about the shoots in the Waiheke Weekender this week … you can check it out here

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Exhibition opens at 5pm on Thursday the 4th June (performance planned for 5.30pm).  Come one, come all…  actually not too many or we won’t all fit!!  (Ahem).  Nah, just kidding… let’s see how many people we can squeeze in! :)

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1 + 1 = 3

I thought I would interrupt all these gorgeous 2015 summer weddings on Waiheke by introducing a new blog segment I have been planning for ages: 1 + 1 = 3?  What?!  That’s right, you heard correctly; one plus one really does equal three when two beautiful people meet, fall in love, get married and … make babies!!!

Quite often my brides and grooms come back to me a year or two (or three or four) after their wedding day to capture portraits of their growing family and I LOVE seeing what my couples have ‘made’!  And now you can too…

The beautiful Renu…


combined with the handsome Vinay


equals… the scrumptious Shaan!!


I hope you enjoy this new blog segment as much as I do!!  You can see more photos from Renu and Vinay’s 2012 Cable Bay wedding HERE

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Starting the year with a bang!

One of my images which scored a Gold at last year’s New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) Iris Awards and helped place me as a finalist in the Illustrative Category has been selected as part of the submission to represent New Zealand in the 2015 World Photographic Cup!

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Yippie! My image will stand alongside the work of some amazing New Zealand photographers including last year’s NZIPP Photographer of the Year Richard Wood, media darling Holly Spring, fellow Waiheke photographer Blair Quax and awesome wedding shooters Jake Thomas and Jason Naylor (and that’s just to name a few!).

This year there are 27 countries vying for the title so it’s pretty exciting! Cross your fingers for our NZ submission x

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Pre-wedding / engagement / ‘cherish the dress’ photography shoot!

Well as you can tell, I wasn’t quite sure what to call this shoot!  My business is a happy mix of Wedding and Portrait Photography … always has been … “Anything People” is what I tell anyone who asks what I love to shoot (and thus I manage to avoid the regular requests to shoot the spectacular houses and holiday homes that are so plentiful over here on Waiheke Island!).  For me there is just not the same level of satisfaction in shooting something I can’t make smile!!

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Occasionally these two worlds of portraiture and wedding photography collide like it did when I photographed Thanh and Tao recently for their pre-wedding Waiheke Island photos which will be shown at their wedding over in Vietnam next year.  In between now and then they are also having a pre-wedding day shoot in Vietnam so are bound to have an awesome array of images to celebrate their love together.

It’s not very common in New Zealand to shoot your photos on a completely different day to your wedding BEFORE the actual date, although I do get several enquiries each year from couples looking to do a “Wedding Shoot” separate of their wedding day for one reason or another;  sometimes they haven’t been happy with the images they had received from their photographer on their actual wedding or had run out of time on the day… or they just want to play dress up again! (a most excellent reason if you ask me!).

Whatever the reason, it’s such a lot of fun to travel this beautiful island with a couple of lovebirds and no time constraints. OK, enough of my talking, let me share some images with you from Tao and Thanh’s shoot… we started with a few engagement portraits in regular clothes at one of my favourite quick-stop spots.

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Tao and Thanh were so wonderful to photograph and seemed to really enjoy the shoot.  They had a very relaxed and loving connection with each other which always makes my job easy!

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We popped into the my studio in Oneroa and I did a few quick shots in there before we headed out to explore the island again.

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I just looooooove this photo above…

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It’s so nice to have the time to go to different locations and get such a range of images that you don’t normally have the time to capture on a wedding day.

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Onetangi Beach Wedding Photo on Waiheke Island

Um, wow Onetangi Beach… you are looking pretty amazing!

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We were fortunate to have a brief golden sunset to end the day.   (A little too brief actually, but I’ll take what I can get!)

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Love the bird!!

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And then it was home again on the next ferry to Auckland… thanks Thanh and Tao for sharing a really enjoyable afternoon with me here on the Island of Weddings (as I heard someone recently refer to Waiheke as!).  Enjoy your beautiful life together x

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