The new studio is almost finished!

This week is more than a little exciting… that’s assuming that ‘exciting’ is a suitable synonym for super stressful, of course.  The Grand Opening of our new photography studio is happening this Friday evening from 5-7pm and as of the start of this week it looked like this;

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So… um, it’s not quite finished.  BUT, I have been confidently assured by the lovely Lancelot that it will be all done and dusted by the time we are ready for Party Blast-Off at 5pm (in two days time, gulp!).  If you want to find out if we make the deadline I guess you will have to just come along on Friday night to 106 Oceanview Rd in Oneroa and see.

All welcome, celebratory drinks provided. ;) (Cross your fingers for me, OK).

 

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Ash and Matt’s Engagement Shoot

Happy Valentines Day!  To celebrate luuurve today I thought I would share a gorgeous recent engagement shoot with these two love-birds.  Matt and Ash volunteered to be models for the lovely Lavara and myself during a recent play-shoot we did.  This was a session that Lavara organised one evening just for the sheer enjoyment of shooting and it was fabulous.  We couldn’t have asked for a better couple, Matt and Ash had amazing chemistry and happily followed us down narrow trails to some of Waiheke’s hidden spots.  Hope you enjoy!

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This last shot was lit by cell-phone!  Lavara’s idea that she had seen somewhere.  I must admit I was a bit dubious as to how it would turn out but I love it… the perfect amount of illumination for the subject.

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Melissa and Craig’s beautiful wedding day at Goldie Room

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Melissa and Craig were our last wedding of 2013 and we honestly could not have asked for two lovelier people to round off another year of beautiful weddings with.  Dream clients 100%, with wonderful friends, guests and family to make the day even better!

We met Craig, his groomsmen and a couple of friends (theirs, not ours) down at Onetangi Beach where beach cricket was the order of the day, along with a game of steal the cricket stick flag suggested by a mischievous groomsmen… unfortunately this made Craig rather sandy so the obvious solution was to throw Craig in the ocean.  Well obvious to me and the groomsmen, but maybe Craig wasn’t so keen on the idea!

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Meanwhile at the Onetangi Beach Apartment, right across the road from the beach, Melissa and her girls were silently preparing for the ceremony.  The atmosphere was hushed and had a very sacred feeling as they prepared… not because of any planned reverence but because Melissa (who by all accounts is never unwell), had laryngitis and was saving her voice in the hope that she could say her vows when the time came.  :-( Lemon.  Honey.  Ginger.  Repeat.  Lemon.  Honey.  Ginger.  Repeat…

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The veil going in!!

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Melissa’s hair and make up was done by Jen from Bridal Beauty and her stunning flowers were by Virginia from Flower Gallery

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The wedding ceremony itself took place at Goldie Room, a favourite venue of mine which has nailed the perfect mix of casual charm with wedding day elegance… styling by the ever stylish Sophia from My Waiheke

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Our bride arrives…

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And yes, Melissa’s voice came through and she made her vows, slightly husky, but definitely audible!

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We took a few photos around the picturesque grounds of Goldie Vineyard while Melissa and Craig’s guests played a selection of vintage games (available from the Vintage Amusement Company) and enjoyed fun antics in The Amazing Traveling Photobooth, available on Waiheke Island from My Waiheke Weddings and Events

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Melissa looking completely beautiful above, while the boys totally rock the boy band shot!

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Melissa and Craig’s cake was created by Mary Wright from Food with Flair (insider information: we stayed to photograph the reception dinner so I got to taste the cake and it was very yummy indeed!)

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Reception styling from Sophia at My Waiheke

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I can confirm that some pretty wicked dancing went down on the 21st December last year!

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And for something completely different, Melissa and Craig set up a toastie station to curb those late night munchies that can hit at the most inconvenient of times…  Utter brilliance!

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Ahhhhhhhhh, lovely lovely lovely.  Such a beautiful day.  Thank you Melissa and Craig, and all the very best for your beautiful future together.  If it’s anything like your wedding day it will be filled with lots of laughter, joy, and the sincere love of those that surround you.  xx

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Back to it!

I felt very fortunate to have some time off over the Christmas and New Year period.  We actually booked the whole of January off from shooting weddings this year to enable a total recharge of the batteries and spend some summer fun time with the kids.

Due to the ongoing building of our new studio however, our family has been short one crucial member as Lance continues tirelessly (OK, tirelessly may be overstating it…. he’s definitely tired!!) to finish the build.  He hasn’t totally missed out though and did manage to hang up his pinny for a very relaxing Christmas week in Wellington (thanks Mum and Dad).

So… here’s what we have been up to for the last few weeks…

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I am back in the office now and available for meetings etc, so if you are keen to get together for a wedding chat feel free to get in touch via email or phone.  The 2014/15 wedding season is booking up nicely, with February 2015 almost fully booked already… just one weekend date left available!

Hope you have all had nice summer breaks and are relaxed, happy and ready to smash 2014 out of the park.

A quote I enjoyed reading on a friend’s facebook feed recently: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep.  Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell.  And when you get angry, get good and angry.  Try to be alive.  You will be dead soon enough.  - Ernest Hemingway.

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New Studio UPDATE: almost there…

It’s high time to post a little update on the new studio build which is progressing beautifully and will hopefully be completed by February (you will note that I don’t say when in February!).  So, here it is!

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You can see the front starting to take shape now with the joinery in.  The black wall to the left of the building (which has apparently been the source of discontent for a few local Waihekeians and has been described tongue in cheek as the ‘Great Wall of Oneroa’) is soon to receive it’s cedar cladding and accompanying stand out panels, which will soften it considerably.

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There is a separate front gallery which will be occupied by The Artist Goldsmith (Christine Hafermalz-Wheeler), with access down to my studio and client space via a separate door (yet to be put in in the above photo but roughly where the yellow piece of scaffolding is).

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Above: Looking down the corridor to my studio
Below: My studio (Squeeee…very exciting!)

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ABOVE: Inside of The Artist Goldsmith’s gallery

So there you go, a little peek into the building site.  We can’t wait to have it all finished… especially Lance who has come out of ‘building retirement’ to do the build!  In the meantime I can be reached using the usual methods – email, website, or phone.

Hope you’re all enjoying summer!  Our offices are still closed until the 13th Jan, so I will be replying to all messages received after this time.  If you are keen to see a bit of what I am getting up to on my summer hols, feel free to follow my instagram feed… my handle is @waiheke_photographer

 

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A few faves from 2013… far from comprehensive!

Well, I have never done one of these end of year “Faves” post before, having always been a touch daunted by the idea of trawling through a whole years worth of shooting and narrowing it down to a select few, but this year I thought, “what the heck, why not?” and so I bring you a few images that have made me happy this year…

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Hope you enjoyed!! xx Have a completely fabulous NYE tonight… see you on the other side!!

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