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Queensberry Wedding Album \\ Waiheke Wedding Photographer

Miwako and Masatomo received their wedding album last week … this is what they said:  “We really love the album and we believe it will make us always feel happy when we look at each photo.  The wedding photos are treasure in our lives…”.  So lovely getting comments like these!

Here are a few shots of the album from their beautiful wedding at Mudbrick Vineyard, one of Waiheke Island’s finest wedding venues…




Above: Masatomo and Miwako’s first page, which had a see through title page over the top of it giving their names and the date of their wedding.
Below: Their intimate wedding meal was set up on Mudbrick’s mezzanine floor area which is the perfect size for a small gathering.

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A detail showing the gold pages


Their wedding was in June and it was one of those perfect Waiheke Island days, crisp gorgeous blue skies with just a hint of the autumn leaves still on the Mudbrick vines.





Their last page was my favourite!

ALBUM STYLE: Matted 10×7″ album
COVER: Ivory Bookbinders Linen with names blind embossed
PAGE: Gold









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NZIPP Infocus Conference round up

Like a lot of creatives I know, I believe strongly in ongoing education and continuing to push myself both personally and photographically – I love the quote from hip hop artist/poet Dessa, “education is the clay on which the imagination acts” and try to not let my creative mind sit idle too long.

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One way I do this is by attending the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) conference every year. This conference follows on from the annual print awards and is always well worth the price of the ticket.

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I’ve been to a few conferences now and I’ve got to admit that this year was especially good with presentations by a selection of awesome and inspiring photographers including Aussie wedding and fine art photographer Dan O’Day, International landscape photographic zen master Michael Kenna, and NZ photographers Rachel Callander, and Sara Orme plus a ‘shoot out’ involving the incredible Esther Bunning, Richard Wood and Aussie photographer Kylie Lyons.


Dan O Day kept the laughs and the inspiration rolling


The two highlights for me were the lovely and very inspiring Rachel Callander and the inimitable Dan-O’Day (just view his Phase Onesies videos with the equally excellent Todd Hunter McGaw to get the jist of how much of a laugh he was to have at the conference!).

Richard Wood getting his Goldie on

Esther creating one of her amazing double exposures

Kylie showing us how it’s done in the editing suite

Like previous years, I came away feeling challenged on loads of things within my business and personal growth, and also with a contented sense of belonging to a beautiful, artistic, connected community.  The whole conference was excellent… next year is in Queenstown so if you are a professional photographer, book it into your calendar… you won’t regret it.


Alice and I trying our best to teach Blair the “Waiheke Represent!” sign :D





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Finalist in the Illustrative Category at the 2014 NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

I’m just returned from this year’s New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers annual Epson Iris Awards and Conference.  I plan to do a post next week on the conference itself which was incredible, but just before Friday-itis-it’s-almost-the-weekend-time-to-leave-the-office hits me, I wanted to share the images of mine which received awards this year.

Associate, Masters and Fellowship medals

Illustrative Category – I received a Gold, Silver with Distinction, Silver and Bronze in this category and was a finalist for the whole category (very exciting!!)

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In the Landscape Category (first time I had entered this category), I received two Silvers

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And in the Travel Category I received three bronzes for my efforts, all from images taken during a family holiday in Thailand a couple of years ago.

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Below, a few of pics with my pieces as they hung on the wall…  Yippie!

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More about the Conference to follow next week…  Have a great weekend!!

PS  You can see some of the judging process and the Silver Distinction and Gold winners here… http://nzipphonours.wistia.com/medias/j6kligbp8u


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The 2014 PSNZ North Shore Salon

A few weeks ago I was part of a team of photographers who judged the Photographic Society of New Zealand‘s North Shore Salon.  The PSNZ North Shore Salon is an annual event which is now in it’s 19th year, and although it is run by an ‘amateur’ photographic society, it attracts entries from both amateur, professional and semi-professional photographers.

I was part of the ‘prints team’ who judged physical entries (as opposed to digitally submitted entries) and we had a great day looking at the images, deliberating together (i.e., arguing in the nicest possible manner) and making our selections.  This is the second time I’ve judged this particular competition, and being amongst all those very keen photographers pursuing their art for their own personal pleasure was so refreshing and enjoyable.  You can view all of this years’ winners HERE

Being in that environment made me reflect upon the first competition I entered when I worked for Photography by Woolf.  The Woolf family was always heavily involved and a firm supporter of the PSNZ and as employees we were enthusiastically encouraged to enter the various national competitions.  I still remember my boss’ stunned expression when I opened the results packet from my first ever entry and innocently asked, “What’s the Maadi Cup?”.  It turned out it was the top B&W award and it was pretty much unheard of for it to be won by a first time entrant.

I’ve kind of been hooked on competitions ever since!


I dug through my old neg files for this post and found a ‘reject’ print of my entry in the folder.  The winning image was a portrait of Rebecca, a gorgeous girl I went to school with who had agreed to model for me for my 7th form bursary portfolio.

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Melissa and Craig’s gorgeous Queensberry wedding album…

Yep, it’s pretty wintery out there so in Wedding-land that also means that it’s … ALBUM TIME!!!

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Last week I delivered this gorgeous album to my lovely clients Melissa and Craig.  The colour theme for their wedding was purple so they chose a stylish amethyst buckram linen cover with a square black and white photo on the front to compliment their images.

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They also chose to purchase a matching parent album (unfortunately replica albums are only available with plain covers which is why the smaller album doesn’t have a photo on the front).

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One of my favourite pages from the album… Melissa was such a stunning bride!

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Their beautiful wedding day was held at Goldie Room, one of Waiheke Island’s finest venues.

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You can see more from Melissa and Craig’s wedding HERE

ALBUM STYLE: 14×10″ Matted Album from Queensberry
COVER: Amethyst Buckram with square photofront


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