Erin and Brian came to NZ on their one year anniversary for a second chance. They were married a year before in the U.S and their wedding photographer let them down in spectacular fashion. No first kiss, out of focus images, disappeared for 2 hours during the wedding, and they still don’t have the final edited photos back.

Brian is terrified of flying, so it was a big deal for them to get on the plane for their first long distance flight, and first time out of America to come to NZ for their belated honeymoon, and a second chance to get the photos they didn’t get at their wedding.

I took them into Skipper’s Canyon on a perfect Autumn evening and tried to take the best photos I could. No pressure! This was the result.

 


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I recently went to Melbourne for a 2 day course with 3 incredible photographers. Ed Peers, Gabe McClintock and Jesh De Rox. Each had their own style and process and generously shared it with us eager students.

At the end of the course we went out into a local city park and had 30 minutes with each photographer who showed us how they worked. We were then invited to jump in and take photos ourselves testing out their methods.

This post is the result.

Ed was all about finding the light and framing the couple as they were doing what they naturally wanted to do. Gabe was more about creating an intense atmosphere by posing the couple and getting really close. Jesh liked to play games with his couples to help them relax and ultimately connect with each other in a meaningful way.

I hope you can see the three styles.

It was such an amazing workshop. I would high recommend it to anyone who wants to step outside of being just a ‘photographer’ and start exploring the dynamic space between yourself and your subjects.

There is so many possibilities in each moment, so play, experiment and find new energy and delight in your work as an artist. 

Here’s a link to check out Possible Workshop

Big thank you to Amanda and James for keeping your cool while having 100 cameras trained on your every move!

 


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Erin and Richard travelled down from Hokitika on the West Coast to elope on a cold Winter’s day. Luckily they were warmed by the fire during their ceremony in the Hilton’s Pinot Pit on the lake front. Richard was a true gentleman when we braved the weather for their couple photos down on the beach at Kelvin Heights, and you could see the love and joy between them. Laughing at the weather. Laughing at life. Love is grand.


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