Every wedding is a unique story worth telling. Great characters who share deep connections and an engaging story that twists and turns its way through every emotion. I love every little bit of that. That’s what drew me to capturing weddings in the first place. I see weddings as big collections of special moments that add up to much more than any single image ever could be on its own. My entire approach is centred around telling your unique wedding story, showing the real spirit of the people present and capturing the energy of the day itself.
There's nothing more powerful and engaging than a good story told with passion and heart. The way I capture a wedding will always be centred around the unique story of you and your day. The people, the places and the interactions always form the narrative that I put together in a natural and heartfelt style from beginning to end. Wedding photography is much more meaningful when it takes us on a journey from one chapter to another, stitched together with the moments that matter from a strong storytelling perspective.
The best photos always happen when you least expect it and it's usually because somebody was laughing their head off at something funny. That kind of natural positive energy is something that I always try to project because I believe weddings are meant to be fun above all else. There will always be time for some intimate moments along the way and I will be all over that stuff as you would expect. That said, if your goal is to simply have a big party with your nearest and dearest and say "I do" at some point along the way, we're definitely already on the same page.
I think the pictures of your day need to be genuine moments captured as they actually happen so you see your day just as it was. Even when there is time to make some creative portraits together, I’ll be looking for natural expressions and genuine moments that show who you really are. Hopefully you can see this approach reflected in the stories on my blog.
I’m pretty sneaky for most of the day. I hate the idea of getting in the way but I will always be there for you when you need me. I’m not into posing people in silly, awkward positions that were cool in 1982. Let’s just allow the day to take it’s natural course, knowing that I’ll be there to point a camera at all the important moments whenever they happen. The best stuff always goes down when you least expect it.
When all is said and done, no matter how sneaky and unobtrusive I am, great wedding photography is always a result of a fantastic photographer & couple collaboration. The trust that results from connecting quickly with couples and guests allows me to see and feel what’s really going on from a relaxed and natural perspective. The more we connect, the more comfortable everyone feels and the more accurately the pictures reflect the ‘real you’ and everything else that makes a day like this so special. My aim is that every single person I spend a wedding day with simply sees me as a friend who happens to have a camera.
Endearing. Honest. Expressive.
Although it’s hard to describe my style with words, I think it would be fair to say that it’s mostly creative documentary storytelling with a dash of fine art and a huge amount of heart. Endearing, Honest & Expressive. I’m always focused on making images that really mean something.
What can I say about Haydyn & Julia that the pictures don’t say by themselves? I could say that they love each-other like crazy and they want everyone to know it. That they didn’t hold back in any way. That they are kind, gentle, welcoming and hilarious. That their day was a perfect reflection of themselves against the perfect backdrop of rolling hills, golden light and people who love them so, so much. I think I will just gently send you down the page and hopefully the spirit of these two top-shelf humans will wash over you the same way it did me.
Meeting Zinny & Pet and getting to know them is definitely one of the major highlights of 2016, actually it’s probably one of the major highlights of my working life. They’re such warm and welcoming people… and that goes for everyone else we met during our time on the north island. We were hugged and kissed by everyone we met and there wasn't a single minute where we didn't feel completely at home. And as a side note, any couple who jumps into a pool fully clothed at the end of their wedding day is a solid 10 out of 10 in my book!
If you like what you see, send me an enquiry and we can start a conversation about your special day. I'll get back to you pronto. It's never too early to get the ball rolling as my calendar tends to fill up pretty quickly and I take on a limited number of weddings each year.