Miwako and Masatomo’s Wedding Celebration at Mudbrick Vineyard

On a perfect winters day here on Waiheke Island, the very lovely Miwako and Masatomo celebrated their wedding with their family who had traveled from Japan for the occasion.

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It was a gorgeous day and Mudbrick Vineyard looked incredible as always…

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The menfolk sat on the upstairs balcony enjoying the views back to Auckland while they waited for Miwako to emerge.

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After some family photographs and a re-enactment of the ‘lifting of the veil’ from Masatomo, we went exploring around Mudbrick Vineyard’s beautiful grounds to capture some portraits of the bride and groom.

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So beautiful!

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I love these ‘lensbaby’ photos, such a gorgeous lens to play with and it really suited M + M’s romantic wedding style.

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Miwako’s flowers were from Vicky at Wildflower Waiheke and they smelled as amazing as they looked!  Her hair and make up was created by Mika Styles in Auckland

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love this one of Masatomo, who is the perfect picture of elegance and style.

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Miwako’s stunning dress was a Stella York number form Felicitys Bridal in Auckland.

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What a beautiful day!  Thank you Miwako and Masatomo for inviting me to capture your love and happiness.  All the very best for your wonderful future together. x

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Coming soon…

… the stunning Mudbrick Vineyard wedding of Masatomo and Miwako.  Stay tuned!

Mudbrick Vineyard Wedding

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Fight Exhibition … Auckland Festival of Photography 2014

Well it’s officially winter now and I am meant to be in my ‘quiet’ season but so far I’m yet to get there!  This is due in large part to my inclusion in this years’ Auckland Festival of Photography with an exhibition comprised of portraits of some pretty tough Waiheke locals!

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The exhibition came about because the kickboxing gym that I train at decided to do a “Fight Night” as a fundraiser for the local schools.  Being a longtime lover of the art of the studio portrait, I jumped at the chance to capture the promo shots of the fighters and was so excited by the images that I decided to turn it into an exhibition while I was at it!  A couple of the promo photos…

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Called “Fight” (I know, soooo imaginative aren’t I?), the exhibition was selected by D-Photo magazine as one of the photography festivals picks to visit, which I was pretty chuffed about.

The images are a collection of strongly lit, dramatic studio portraits, complemented by audio interviews and a poem selected by my wonderful friend Selina Tusitala Marsh from her poetry collection, Dark Sparring.

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Laying out the prints on the floor while I decided on which pieces would go where…

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The opening night of the exhibition was amazing, with a great turnout of the fighters, other Waiheke photographers, friends and members of the general public.  Of course I was so busy having a good time being a good host that I didn’t take any photos, although I was very lucky that Julianne from the Waiheke Weekender took a few snaps for the ‘Scene on Waiheke” section of the paper and sent me through this one…

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Anyhooo… the exhibition finishes on Monday 9th so this is the last weekend to come and visit (I know, I only just told you about it!!).  So please come and have a look at these spunky and courageous Waiheke Islanders who are gracing my studio walls… I’ve got to admit it has been a bit hard to concentrate on the computer work this week! :-D

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Library workshop on Waiheke

A couple of months ago I was approached by Waiheke Libraries to run an after school workshop for kids, with an eye to creating an exhibition which would run alongside the Auckland Festival of Photography.

Article in the Gulf News about the Emma Hughes Photography kid's workshop

Article in the Gulf News about the Emma Hughes Photography kid’s workshop on Waiheke Island

The workshop itself was so much fun.  Our main focus was on composition and looking for new and interesting angles, and I was really impressed by both the enthusiasm and the abilities of the participants.

The results are now up on the wall at the library and will be there for the next few weeks …. go and check out our young talented Waiheke photographers!

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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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