NZIPP Iris Awards 2017

Every year the NZ Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) holds the Iris Awards. The only accredited national photography awards competition across multiple categories. This year, for the 1st time, I threw myself in the deep end and gave it a red hot go... I'd always sat on the fence as to the value an award would add to my work and as a photographer, but I put the awards aside and entered as an opportunity to grow and learn from my peers. Nevertheless, I come out a whole lot wiser and a few awards which I'm pretty chuffed about.

But, at the end of the day it's not about me. It's about the couples that book me and trust me to journey with them on their wedding day. Trust - the very thing I never take for granted as it is this that allows me to interpret and create without fear. A blessing any photographer or creative can understand.

So, here's to all the couples who have booked me over the years and who continue to book me. You guys are the real champions... Thank you!

 Liz+Moo // Silver Distinction Award

Liz+Moo // Silver Distinction Award

 Dave+Aymee // Bronze Award

Dave+Aymee // Bronze Award

 Penelope // Bronze Award

Penelope // Bronze Award

 Nathan+Hannah // Bronze Award

Nathan+Hannah // Bronze Award

Lighthouse Editorial - Feat. in The Together Journal

Having only just moved to New Zealand, this styled shoot was the 1st actual gig of mine being a local Nelsonian. I was excited as a wedding photographer to mix and mingle with all the creative talent Nelson had to offer as there is a real neat buzz of creativity in this humble little town. Styled shoots are always a great opportunity to work with some really talented wedding vendors and shoot in some really beautiful locations. This was no exception... It was an absolute delight to be a part of this styled shoot at Nelsons famous Boulder Bank Light House. The location was sweet, the light was epic and the team of vendors were absolute stars to work with!

The awesome folk at The Together Journal have also been kind enough to feature this in their 3rd Issue and it looks smokin' hot! You can grab a copy online by clicking here.

Thanks to the epic vendors below who helped make the day what it was...

Stylist: Balencia Lane
Florals: Perfect Style Floral
Veil: Bridal Boheme
Bridal Skirt: Caroline Campion
MUA: Glitter and Blush
Model@georgia_maac

Scott+Sarah || QUEENSTOWN CASUAL PORTRAITS

Back in March I touched down in Queenstown, NZ to hang with a bunch of other crazy photogs and to attended a workshop with one of my all time favourite photographers, Fer Juaristi. I was so inspired and challenged as a photographer. Hopefully from here on out you will start to see the impact his workshop had on me and my photography.

While we were there, I had the pleasure of meeting Scott+Sarah for a casual portrait session. Thanks for being such legends you 2! 

Boho Styled Shoot || BREENHOLD GARDENS

Back in November I was fortunate enough to be a part of an amazing creative team to capture this Boho shoot in the iconic Breenhold Gardens where the Great Gatsby was filmed. This Saturday just gone, it was featured on the White Magazine blog. Click here to see the full post by White Magazine...

Such a rad experience working with some other epic individuals in the industry. Thanks to the below vendors for making it such an awesome day!

FLOWERS: Floral Ink

WEDDING GOWNS: Kitsch Bitsch & Front Porch

MAKE UP: Ella Bache, Springwood

HAIR: Michelle from Mountain Angel Hair Salon 

TABLE STYLING & STATIONARY: Penny Lane Studio

MODELS:Bridie & Bianca

LOCATION: Breenhold Gardens