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!!
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.
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!
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.
I just looooooove this photo above…
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.
Um, wow Onetangi Beach… you are looking pretty amazing!
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!)
Love the bird!!
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