Mothers Day Special Deal…

Ok all you mothers out there, are you ALWAYS the one behind the camera?  Your mission today is to go and get your family camera, hand it to someone else and have a photo with your beautiful children.  Doesn’t matter when or where … It doesn’t even matter if it’s a good photo … it only matters that you are IN it!

Better yet, get me to do it … Actually, if you book your photo session with me in this month of May  and mention this post I will waive your session fee – that’s a saving of $185 dollars. No excuses. Be present in your children’s lives and memories.

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A photo I love of me and my kids, showing off their ‘amazing’ t-shirt art skills… I love how my little boy is playing the joker (as always) while I look on indulgently and the contented look on the face of my lovely daughter.  And how my head is chopped off (ummmm, thanks for that honey…).  See I told you it didn’t have to be a good photo!

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Tanya and Scott’s Stunning Wedding at Lavender Hill

Tanya and Scott were our last wedding of the ‘summer’ of 2013/14 and I really don’t think there could have been a nicer way to end the season.  The wedding day was absolutely perfect, with a low stress vibe and relaxed happy people everywhere I looked, due in part to the superb planning and styling of Jan from Waiheke Island Weddings and Events who absolutely knocked it out of the park.

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Scott got ready for the day at a private home overlooking Oneroa Bay.  Surrounded by his groomsmen and family, Scott was chilled and excited about the day ahead… no pre-wedding nerves in sight!

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The girls got ready at Lavender Hill which was also Tanya and Scott’s wedding location.  Actually, if you are looking for an incredible venue, look no further than Lavender Hill… we have done quite a few ‘getting readys’ there but they have only in the last couple of years started doing full weddings there and man-o-man, it is just spectacular, especially on a primo blue sky day like Tanya and Scott’s had.

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Our beautiful bride, attended to by the lovely Ashlee Kellett from Beautified, who always does an amazing job of the hair and make up.

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Proud Dad moment….

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Tanya’s incredible flowers were from Lainy at Waiheke Flower Company – so beautiful.

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Following the ceremony Tanya and Scott and their guests indulged in the beautiful environment and spent time playing some of the games that had been set up on the spacious lawn… such a relaxed and chilled day.  They had thought of everything and had even enlisted the services of Cheers, a mobile bartending crew who come and create specialty cocktails on site.  Very cool!

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Ok, I admit I put them up to that! (sorry Scott) :)

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We spent some time shooting around the wonderful grounds at Lavender Hill before popping down to the ever-lovely Oneroa Beach on our way to Tanya and Scott’s reception at Mudbrick.

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Loved their bridal party – so much fun!

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We found a chair left in the bushes at the beach (as you do), so of course we had to include it in a few of our photos!

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behind the scenes…

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By the time we got to Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant, the sunset was incredible… a perfect end to an amazing wedding day.

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Thanks so much Tanya and Scott for making our job so easy and being such a pleasure…  you were a dream wedding couple and we loved capturing your beautiful day.  xx

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Waiheke Wedding Day: Chanel and Matt get married at St Peter’s Church in Little Oneroa.

Introducing Chanel and Matt, who were married on the Friday before Cyclone Lusi came a-visiting.  We were prepared for some stormy action just in case, but as it turned out, the weather was still and lovely, and we were blessed with a soft easy light that is always such a pleasure to shoot in.

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Matt and his boys got ready for the big day at a private residence in Onetangi, starting with a quick dip in the ocean for Matt…

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ABOVE: Matt’s mum making sure the boys were looking spick and span.

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We popped to Onetangi Beach for a few photos down there…

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Chanel and Matt live on Waiheke Island so she got ready with her bridesmaids and family at their home in Ostend.  Chanel’s beautiful flowers were from Virginia at Flower Gallery

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Chanel had three flower girls, who were all completely gorgeous and so lovely to photograph

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Luuurve this photo of Lance’s of two of the flower girls resting

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It’s always exciting when a bride starts to get into her dress…

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I adored Chanel’s simple and elegant Anna Campbell dress, which she wore with a matching wrist cuff… very cool.

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Chanel’s stunning make up was by Kate Smith

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The wedding was held in St Peter’s Church in Little Oneroa

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After the ceremony we spent a bit of time shooting around Little Oneroa with Chanel and Matt’s bridal party before heading to another of my favourite “off the beaten track” locations here on Waiheke…

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Like the rest of their wedding, Chanel and Matt’s reception epitomised simple elegance with the tables decorated using white lace, paper doilies and brown string.  It was held at Venue Waiheke,  which is perfectly located looking out to Onetangi beach for a true Waiheke wedding experience.

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Thanks so much for having us along to capture your wedding Chanel and Matt – it was absolutely gorgeous and such a privilege to be part of your special day. x

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New Waiheke Wedding Specialist: Wedding Websites by Charlie Brown

A few years ago I photographed the gorgeous family of Charlie Brown, self taught music producer and dubstep pioneer who goes under the moniker of Optimus Gryme. (one of my favourite pics from their shoot above)

Charlie is a seriously multi-talented individual and a helluva nice guy to boot, and has just launched a new business creating wedding websites for forward thinking brides and grooms who want an easy platform to share information about their day with their friends and family.

The websites allow people to display wedding information; accommodation details, transport, links to gift registry and even a photo gallery and are 100% updatable by the the client so if something changes it’s no sweat to update all your guests.

You can check out an example of what the functionality of the sites HERE and Charlie has an introductory offer of only $299, so if you like the sound of it, be in quick!  You can contact Charlie on info(at)myredezine(dot)com or 027 9066876

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Instagram Love

March was one of those months that really did feel like it went forever while simultaneously seeming to disappear in a snap of the fingers.  It was my first month in my new studio and this was AWESOME (and also a little challenging while we got new internet systems in place and nutted out some networking issues and all the other little things that come with ‘shifting house’).

I’m really enjoying playing with the new light sources I have in my studio and have been shooting up a storm in there, including a few ‘play shoots’ of my lovely family, portfolio shoots, portraits and shooting the promo images of eleven fighters who are preparing to jump in the ring in late May (can’t show you those yet though).  That’s not to mention the weddings… it’s been a busy month!

Some of these adventures + other random happenings of my life are on my Instagram feed… feel free to follow along if ya wanna;

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TOP ROW: Sunrise Waiheke style, Jessie in the studio, Graffiti in a Waiheke Alley
MIDDLE: Joe being crazy at the beach, Opening of Waiheke’s newest Bar/Eatery, Yellow Rose (gift from hubby)
BOTTOM: Stolen moment at sunset, The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert, My friend Selina working her magic at the Pacific Poetry All Stars

OK… a couple of real photos now:

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Frances and Richard’s Wonderful Waikopu Wedding Day…

I was pretty excited about Frances and Richard’s wedding not only because I had met Frances a few years ago when she came along to kickboxing and knew she was a fabulous, fun, beautiful girl who would without doubt be having an awesome wedding… but also because it was to be held at the amazing Waikopu, an incredible venue here on Waiheke, exclusively represented by Jan from Waiheke Island Weddings and Events.

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Now looking at the photo above and comparing it to the first image below you would be forgiven for thinking you were at a different wedding!!  The day dawned with m.i.s.e.r.a.b.l.e weather that looked to be completely set in… but luckily for us, it turned out that it wasn’t!

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Richard sorts out his brother’s tie before posing for me in front of the only sunny-paradise-island background I thought I was going to get on their wedding day.

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yep, that’s rain!

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Fran was happily ensconsed in an amazing home in Pah Road that used to be a church, appearing very philosophical about the rain and having a lovely time with her girls.  They were being expertly tended to by Charlotte from Island Beauty (always amazing) and the very lovely and talented Amanda Sands who was busy creating a beautiful selection of plaits and curls.  The girls amazing dresses were from Miss Crabb and looked so good all hanging alongside Fran’s stunning gown

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I love the excitement on Frances’ face as she puts on her beautiful dress

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Stunning flowers by Vicky from Wildflower

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Growing up on Waiheke, Fran had spent a few summers working at Stonyridge and she arranged for she and Richard to have their ‘first look’ moment there… this made me a very very happy photographer because I adore the environment, and always luurve shooting at Stonyridge.

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Following our time at Stonyridge, we did a little Waiheke Island tiki tour with photo stops along the way enroute to Waikopu

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(love this cuddle shot!)

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Wonderful Waikopu!

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The beautiful flower arrangements on the tables are the handiwork of the wonderful Vicky from Wildflower and the gold sprayed tin cans the work of Fran’s dad

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Fran was sneakily eavesdropping on the MCs as they welcomed the guests to the wedding just before the ceremony began.

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Richard’s mum was their celebrant which was a really special touch.

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I love this little moment above as Fran and Richard check out the ring!

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After the ceremony we popped up to the helipad at Waikopu for a few more photos taking in the amazing view before Lance and I left for the evening…

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Some of my favourite images from the wedding below… such a cute series of photos!

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I just adore this photo of Fran.

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Thanks so much Fran and Richard – your wedding was everything I had imagined and more… completely AWESOME!! xx

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