At the end of last year I had the privilege of spending a few days in a tiny town in Central Otago called St Bathans.
If you haven't been here yet you simply must. It's a town full to the brim of rich history. From the beautiful Blue Lake, to the haunted pub. Just like the rest of Central Otago, most of the town is postcard worthy.
The views kept me more than busy, but I still had an incredibly relaxing holiday. If you are holidaying through Central Otago, I highly recommend stopping here at St Bathans!
I saw an old ruins of a school, some 76 year old graffiti, and a plethora of cool old buildings.
At the beginning of December I had the absolute pleasure of capturing some portraits of my lovely husband and some close friends of mine as they celebrated their graduation.
To be entrusted with documenting such an amazing time in someones life is always a huge honour.
I also had the pleasure of capturing the graduates with their families. Undertaking study is such a huge decision, and completing studies is an accomplishment worth celebrating, and who better to celebrate it with then those who supported you through it. For once I got in front of the camera, so I could have an image of me with my incredibly talented husband.
Thank-you to all who entrusted me with this honour - and congratulations on graduating from SIT!
Today I am going to write from the heart, and I'm going to talk about doing weddings your way. One thing I can't stress enough to future couples is the importance of doing a wedding your own way.
Too often people get caught up in the commercialisation of weddings, and worried about pleasing everyone.
Well I say, don't.
A wedding is the celebration of YOUR love story. The only two people you need to please are yourselves.
If someone is pushing you to have a church wedding, but your dream is an intimate ceremony in a forest, then do it.
If someone is pushing you into traditions and formalities, but you are more 'jandals on a beach' kind of couple, then embrace it. A wedding day should be a direct representation of your inner most self.
Don't want to wear a white dress? Don't wear one!
If you are a bride, and your bestie is a guy, have him in your bridal party. The tradition of the 'identical' bridal party only started in ancient times to scare off and confuse potential kidnappers and evil spirits as they wouldn't be able to identify the bride and groom.
If you want to elope, go for it! Have a party later on.
What I want to say is that you shouldn't be scared to break tradition, you shouldn't be worried about others thoughts and feelings - this is your love story!
Some of my favourite weddings have been 'non-traditional' - one bride got married at the top of a playground and made all her guests slide down the slide in celebration. She even arrived by (kids) train!
As always, I can't leave you without an image. Here is a shot from a wedding that reperesented what it means to be family, a community, and to be full of love.
Today I wanted to write from my soul, so I thought I would chat to you guys about some of my favourite locations to shoot in in our wonderful little city!
Queens Park is a huge favourite, and with good reason. I've never had a dissapointing shoot in Queens Park. It has multiple spots for shooting and they are all equally beautiful. My absolute favourites are the blossoms, the trees behind the playground, and the little path of the main entrance!
Another favourite place to shoot at is out at Oreti Beach. The sand dunes, the long expansive shore line and the beauty of the waves makes for breathtaking photos. I can't get enough of shooting out there, I can't imagine ever tiring of it!
The water tower,, Sandy Point, The Cabbage Tree, and Hawthorne gardens are also some locations I love. There are so many other little spots in our beautiful city that I can't wait to explore too!
Remember about eight months ago when I showed you that adorable little newborn girl? Here's her updated portraits! I've put her newborn and her six month side by side, so you can see how much she has grown and changed.
I think it's a safe bet that she would no longer fit in that basket.
She has her own little personality already.
She's sitting on her own, she has teeth, and she can melt your heart with a smile. I think it's so important to capture these moments regularly, you never really realise how quickly they grow until they do, so it's amazing to be able to look back and see it.
I'm so honoured to be able to capture this little girl as she grows. I'll update again at a year, and I really cannot wait! Now I'll leave you with an image, in what was clearly a private moment I caught her in!
About two months ago now, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing a wee little newborn who was only 7 days new. He was such a lovely, relaxed little fella, as were his parents. You know a newborn shoot is going to be fun when the baby comes with his own 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' outfit. Without further ado, here is the very sleepy caterpillar!