I've been studying towards a Diploma in Photography (finished it, nailed it!) and for part of it we needed to make a website and pick a theme. I'm not one to make things easy on myself so I chose to create images that drew inspiration from NZ music lyrics (of course!). It was crazy fun, and a massive job, I may have cried, ok, I did. Lots. It was overwhelming with such a tight deadline, but I got there, yussss! Now I'm newly qualified, very exciting!
Well, if there is one thing I've decided to do this year, it's learn like a mofo. I've NEVER been quite so obsessed with my job as I am right now, because really, who even gets to go to work and see the magic that is true love?!
So... I've been a little crazy in love with learning new things in photography. Which is how I found myself tucked in the the magnificent Chateau Tongariro with a rad bunch of hip and talented photographers from around the country to learn from the sorcery of Chris Turner from christurnerphotographer.com . He's a dude that is a dynamo behind the camera and a very open book, you ask him something and he's just transparent. It's a super cool attitude and one that I'm so...
I've been having LOTS of fun making night images this past week as part of my Diploma in Photography work. Night photography has never really been a huge interest to me, but having made a few images now, I can see a whole lot of magical things I can do. I know this isn't new knowledge to most of the world, haha, but I got there in the end.
Anyway, I wanted to share a few images with your from around Kinloch, Taupo. Hopefully I will be out a bit more now that nighttime isn't 1am anymore. 😂
First up, we have the luxurious Kinloch Club. So stunning, and an amazing wedding venue AND just down the road from me.
Gosh, what a beautiful day it turned out to be when Annaliese and Ray got married at Huka Falls Resort, right here in Taupo. I woke in the morning to drizzle, but it had cleared to reveal a most wonderful clear, blue sky.
Here are a few sneak previews from Anna and Ray's special day. It was so full of love and laughter ❤️ I can't wait to share more.
Man, this was SO MUCH FUN! This year I entered the Shoot and Share contest for the first time. It's such a rad photography competition - everything is anonymous and votes are cast by the public (you are presented with 4 images, you vote for your favourite - over and over for as long as you like, until your eyes are filled up with too much incredibleness, haha).
You don't get to know how you are going until the competition has ended. It's so much fun and I'll DEFINITELY be entering next year.
Anyway, out of nearly half a MILLION entries, I had one 10 10% and top 20%. I only entered a few this year, so I was very happy.
Here's to growing and making more great art this year!
Taupō is just a little town in New Zealand. We have a population of about 24,000. We have a massive amount of natural wonders, and they are so beautiful that it can be hard to see beyond that. We have Lake Taupō, Huka Falls, forests, mountains, rivers, meadows, rolling hills, everything we could dream of.
And, we have just had the carnival come to visit! I only thought about shooting there near the end of their visit, but once I thought about it, I became obsessed, haha. So off we went.
Here are some of my favourite photos from the carnival.
I thought I'd take a moment to show you one of our new Presentation Boxes for weddings. We've been experimenting for a while with different ways of presenting images to our gorgeous and loved clients who have chosen the deluxe full day package... It didn't feel right to just shoot off a link into cyber space when we've worked so closely together, and I'm a lover of giving gifties. Sooooo after lots of different styles, we're working with these lovely boxes.
These boxes come complete with an engraved wooden USB with your images loaded on to it in high resolution. These are in both colour, and in black and white. There is space for your lush 6x4" prints (which is wonderf...
I had the delight of dressing my baby up today and making some fun photos of her in an outfit I wore as a baby. She's at such a wonderful age, all smiley and she just melts me. I'm making an effort this coming year to reach out and try new things so I'll be blogging a little more.... because one of the things I'd like to try is not being awful at blogging regularly! While I'm primarily a wedding photographer, I do photograph other things as well so I should really show you some of them, hah!
I would love to take this moment to thank everyone for their very appreciated support through this massive year. 2017 has seen Connect Photography begin to branch out into Taupo weddings, we've rebranded, we've upped our Presentation Box game, created a spanky new website, met a cascade of wonderful couples and people AND this is all just the beginning. On a personal level, we've planned a wedding, had a baby and flat out adored every moment we've had so far in Taupo.
Last year, on Christmas Day, my gorgeous partner proposed to me and we are getting married in March '18. It's definitely given me a new perspective and understanding for the couples I work with!