I'm a sucker for a good back up system. As a wedding photographer, I cannot tell you how important it is to have a system that protects against burglary, robbery, fire, flood, technical issues, aliens... Ghosts...
It's the one area that my paranoia provides something positive, haha. So here's how we do the do!
We shoot the wedding with:
Two photographers (in case I fall down a hole and break my leg, your cover is seamless)
Two cameras on me (if a camera breaks, it's guaranteed to be right before the first kiss, never when I'm taking a crazy selfie at home)
Two memory cards in each of my cameras (I don't take them out during the wedding in case I misplace them)
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!
Gosh. Where do I even start. When Lucinda enquired with me, I was so glad to have their day free. Their wedding sounded amazing, and as time went by, it was gorgeous seeing their plans finalise. Suddenly, the day was upon us.
It was clear to me that Lucinda and Dylan's number one priority was family. They just wanted to get married with their nearest and dearest by their sides, and that is exactly what they did.
They had stumbled across one of Taupo's gems, the tiny Oruanui Church, for their venue. At 107 years old, this church is steeped in history and meaning. Imagining all the souls that have walked in those doors was overwhelming - how amazing to get married in such...
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!