I just love this spot at our local beach, it's my favourite! Luckily it's the Obradovic's local too, so we headed there for their family session. It was a peaceful morning, and the beauty of the spot was confirmed when a little bit into our session, a group came to set up for a wedding being held there later that day. Tree climbing, rock pool exploring, chasing, rock splashing, tickles, kisses and cuddles = family perfection.
Lana and Guy got married in Rarotonga and I got to come along for the ride! I have known Lana since we went to University together, so not only was it the wedding of a close friend, but my husband and the kiddies were there attending as guests too. We made a holiday of it, and stayed for nine days at The Edgewater Resort where Lana and Guy were staying and also where the wedding was held. As one of the original resorts on the island, it was not the most modern of places, but it was still beautiful. The lagoon was picture perfect and the tropical plants all about the place were lovely and the activities the resort held were super entertaining for the kids.
I was so nervous as this was the first wedding I was to do all by myself, but so stoked that Lana had given me this opportunity! I was glad to finally get started when the girls went in for their hair and makeup. Then I got into my photo zone and felt much more relaxed. I just loved being there and hearing all the gossip while Lana was getting ready, and feeling Guy's nerves as he was getting ready, and watching their parents look at them with such pride, and seeing Lana and Guy gaze into each others eyes as they were saying their vows, and seeing the bridal party's faces wondering if the kiss would ever end, and spending time with them on their own, so they could relax and just be with each other for a while, and then hearing the speeches, and watching the first dance... it all brought back memories of my own wedding day and reminded me how important each and every moment is for them. And how amazing it is to look back at those images and remember each and every moment of the day. Not just the cake cutting and the ceremony, but every little piece.
After a few showery days, the day of their wedding was super sunny. It clouded over after the ceremony and by the time we got to go off to do photos with just Lana and Guy, there was a thick cloud cover. It went dark much quicker than I had anticipated, but we still managed to get some stunning photos of the two of them. Guy's family has friends on the island, so it was their garden where we shot the photos of Lana and Guy surrounded by beautiful plants.
Not only did we get to hang out with Lana and Guy for their wedding, but we also stayed for their honeymoon, and were there early so I was able to go to Lana's hens party too! It was awesome having the time to relax. Here are my favourite couple of hundred of photos. I hope you enjoy them!
These are the best kind of photos. When mum says "I just want random photos of us mucking around". When we get to do my favourite things - playing on mum and dad's bed and then going to the beach for a run and chase. When miss three year old Eva proudly shows me how she can hold her little sister and when she shows me her room and tells me all her toys names and when she entertains us all with a puppet show and miss three month old Annamaria watches her big sis with wide eyes. Then Eva squeezes little Annamaria too hard one time and needs to give her a kiss so it's all ok again. When Annamaria talks and talks in her baby coos and giggles at daddy's tickles and clutches at her mum's fingers. When her thumb sucking includes the cutest little chub fingers over the nose I've ever seen. This is happiness. This is real. This is love.
Seriously the most perfect clear crisp Auckland autumn morning. Plus a perfect little family. And the cheekiest little guy. And a visit to their little home. With the feline family member. She wouldn't do a photo with baby Connor but I got one of her by herself. Super pretty. Thanks for having me!
I was asked to come and help out at Ben and Tiffany's wedding by Gemma Flay Photography since she knew I was keen to get experience. Driving over the hill after passing through Omaha with all it's extreme new building to the old farm house was an amazing contrast and an adventure in itself. I was wondering if the gravel road would ever end. It did... next to an amazing little set of private beaches and two houses that were completely the opposite from each other.
I arrived early enough so I was able to go and meet the bride, and have a minute with her and her bridesmaids while they were getting ready in the big house on the hill. Then I went to photograph the Groom and groomsmen getting ready in the old house. In the tiny room with 6-8 people crammed in at any given time, the room that was about 10 degrees hotter than any of the other rooms, with the old duvet and the old mirror that was too short and had butterfly stickers on it. Funnily enough, again, these are my favourite photos of the day. I loved being a fly on the wall recording the moments between the four brothers and the close family friends. The nerves, the tension, the fiddling with bow ties and cuff-links. You get the picture. And then after the ceremony the groom twirling his new ring on his finger. The girls Facebook status update break. The Double Browns. The beach. The eyelashes. The groomsmen and bridesmaids...
The afternoon was beautiful, with the bride and her two daughters all looking gorgeous. And knowing the hard time they had all been through in recent times with their youngest daughter having gone through surgery and chemotherapy, made being there, at their place, all the more meaningful. Then I left before the reception began. I'm sure the rest of their night was full of laughter and happiness. Here are some of the photos I took... my second wedding photographing experience!
We had a lovely relaxing long stroll to the end of the beach and back. I was expecting blue skies, but it was thick with cloud... so my timing was a bit off. It got dark... fast! It was super dark by the time we got back to our cars. But was so nice to be out and about on a calm evening at the beach.
It is so awesome to have places close to us where we can have the beach almost all to ourselves. Being at the beach makes it so awesome to photograph kids doing what they love.. rock throwing, finding, exploring, climbing running! We had to hide from the rain, but I'm glad we stuck it out. Beautiful light on a quiet calm day. Thanks Jones family!