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NZIPP Conference Part 1: The Epson Iris Awards 2015

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This year was my fifth year as a judge for the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) at the Epson Iris Awards which is always both exciting and terrifying…  standing before that room of eager photographers and having to pass judgement on their art is both a personal and professional challenge for me.

People love you if you rate their photography highly, but send some pretty hefty eye-daggers and scathing under the breath comments if you don’t (I know, because I sat in the audience for some of the judging) … and more often than not, photographers (myself included I’ll happily admit) are so close to their own artistic creations that they think it should ALL receive gold awards, so either way you can’t really win!

It definitely does not make you feel like the most popular person at the party!

Add to that the fact that they are now streaming the judging process live (and available for playback) and this means that anything that you say ‘can and will be held against you’ by a facebook lynch mob!  (sigh).  Still, despite this feeling of having a bit of a target on my back, I love the process of the Iris Awards and felt really proud to be a judge again this year, sitting among some incredibly experienced and knowledgeable judges who are at the top of their fields in both Australia and NZ.  It’s always exciting to see new images that have been lovingly created by the entrants every year, and an absolute honour to be one the judging team.

Congrats to those of you who did well (*backslap!*) and to those that didn’t do as well as you hoped, be open to the potential of taking on the judges comments and improving your work, but also remember that all art is highly subjective and if you love your images regardless of the judges comments, then let that be enough for you.  Hold your awards results loosely. x

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I entered the awards myself again, as I do every year.  I was over the moon to receive a Gold Award for an image (described by one judge as ‘provocative’) of a feather frozen in ice that looked more than a little bit like something else rather feminine!  Well, you’ve got to stir the pot sometimes, aye?  Keeps it interesting.


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Gold Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

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Silver Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

It’s always so tricky to figure out which images and categories to enter … I went a bit more arty with the creative wedding category this year and indulged in my love of slow shutter speeds and movement, and must admit that I thought the judges would rate them a bit higher than they did.  Just goes to show that judges don’t always know what they are talking about, aye..? 😉

Thanks to my lovely clients Sal and Dan, Sarah and Kieran, Miwako and Masatomo, and Natalia and Marc, also the Taiohi Exhibition subjects and my beautiful friend Willow who allows me to torture her with my lens year after year after year.

Feel free to leave a comment below!  I’d love to hear your thoughts x

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Waiheke Island “Day After” Wedding Shoot with Sarah and Nooti

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Sarah and Nooti were married in Auckland the day before our photo shoot and came over to Waiheke to celebrate their first weekend as husband and wife in style. They enjoyed an amazing degustation lunch complete with matching wines at Mudbrick Vineyard before coming to me for a fun shoot celebrating their love for each other.

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I took them on a guided tour of some of my favourite photo locations on Waiheke… always love indulging in these gorgeous “day after” shoots… it seems to me to be such a great way to get married in casual, relaxed fashion and still have amazing images to look back on and show off to the grandkids!

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These two were such a lovely couple and I really enjoyed photographing them … Sarah was a bit worried that they would be uncomfortable in front of the camera, but after a Mudbrick degustation with matching wines… well, let’s just say that this was not a problem! 😀

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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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Helen and Wayne featured in My Wedding Magazine

Helen and Wayne’s lovely wedding at The Goldie Room is featured in this winters’ edition of My Wedding Mag…. a few piccies below for your viewing pleasure x


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See some images of this beautiful wedding in Helen and Wayne’s Queensberry wedding album HERE




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Poderi Crisci Wedding // Waiheke Island Wedding Photography

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Craig and Mary were married a few weeks ago at stylish Waiheke wedding venue, Poderi Crisci, (which by the way recently took out the Best Destination Restaurant at the 2015 Metro Awards, congrats to Antonio and the team!).

The wedding wasn’t due to start until later in the day, so we spent some time before their ceremony capturing some beautiful portraits of Craig and Mary as they got ready for the occasion together at The Loft in Onetangi.

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Mary had her hair done in Auckland by hairdresser Kerry Yaw from Exile Hair Design and make up by Charlotte Edwardes from Island Beauty.

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Mary’s beautiful flowers were from Roses Florist in Mt Eden.

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Following our photo session at The Loft, Lance and I set off for Poderi Crisci to capture some of the guests arriving and enjoying the gorgeous venue before our bride and groom arrived…

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I love Lance’s shot above of these gorgeous sisters who were the ring bearers for the occasion.  This image is taken just before the ceremony and shows the girls getting ready for business!

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One of Craig and Mary’s friends sang a song to the couple towards the end of the ceremony, which was a lovely touch.

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The wedding reception was set up in the wine cellar and it looked amazing… one long table to seat their guests, with lots of candles adding to the golden atmosphere.  Later in the evening Craig and Mary had arranged for an opera singer to come and entertain.

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Beautiful!  Such gorgeous light in the candlelit wine cellar, and a lovely environment to be photographing the happy couple in.  Wishing you much love and laughter in the years ahead Craig and Mary. x

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Mudbrick Vineyard Wedding \\ Waiheke Wedding Photographer

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Well they do say that practice makes perfect and this was certainly the case when Amy married Paul recently at the wonderful Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant right here on Waiheke Island.  They were re-affirming their wedding vows, their original ceremony having taken place 6 weeks earlier in Australia due to some family members being unable to attend the New Zealand wedding celebrations.

Their day was relaxed, easy, and so so happy.  Full of laughter and some of the cutest kids you’ve ever seen …. Amy described the day as a ‘Family Party’ which are the perfect words to capture the vibe of their day.  Turns out that twice married (to the same person) definitely doubles the fun!

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Our flowergirl got a little distracted on the way when she saw all the guests but was coaxed up the aisle by her dad … so cute!

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Amy’s dad was unable to attend the NZ celebrations so she was walked down the aisle by her two nephews, looking very dapper in waistcoats and ties.

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The ceremony was officiated by one of Waiheke’s most popular celebrants Irene Armstrong.

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Little cutie!!

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Phew! Love this expression from Amy following the conclusion of the ceremony! 😀

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The siblings photo!

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The girls’ gorgeous natural make up was the work Amy Crawford from The Beauty Spot Waiheke

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Below, the boys plan their moves on our unsuspecting bride…

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… while the girls figure out their next move!

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The beautiful hairstyles were the handiwork of Jules Arlove from Hair on Waiheke.

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A bright, fresh and beautiful bouquet from Wildflower Waiheke … Amy was such a relaxed bride that she just left the design and flower choice completely up to Vicki… I’d say she nailed it!!

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We were fortunate after a heavily overcast day to get a spectacular sunset which brought out all the iphones!

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Love these!!  Such gorgeous light.

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Thumbs up indeed!  Thanks Amy and Paul for an amazing day … we thoroughly enjoyed capturing your gorgeous wedding party celebrations and wish you a lifetime of happiness. x

Please feel free to leave a comment for the happy couple below (always nice to share your good wishes).  And head over to facebook and like my Emma Hughes Photography page to keep up with all the wedding goodness…

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