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On a cool, rainy weekend in August, I attended the most inspirational workshop with wedding photographer James Day and his team of generous people for Daylight Learn. James was one of the most amazingly generous, warm &  friendly people I have ever met. His workshop was full to the brim with information to help make stronger connections with you – the people who want beautiful emotive images of your special day.

Covering many different aspects of a photography business including branding, albums, packaging and health, the workshop provided me with all the tools to improve my business and in turn allow me to continue to create beautiful images that will provoke emotional memories in years to come. I also met some of the most wonderful and inspiring people on the day. It’s so great when you met people who are as passionate about their craft as you are. I’m sure we could have all quite easily spent a week or more together just talking and creating!

There were also a handful of amazing people who generously used their skills to create gorgeous hairstyles, makeup, bouquets, floral arches and THAT cake. And did I mention the food? I think Michael of Como Kitchen was trying to keep us warm and cozy with his delectable home style cooking that tasted as amazing as it looked. Thank you to those of you behind the scenes too who made us feel at home.

I’m so excited to put some of this information into practice. Something that we will all be proud of. We photographed some loved up couples who so graciously gave up their time over the two days so that we could use our new found techniques on them. Here are a few of my images from Sunday’s styled shoot.

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Brad & Kylie’s wedding was like a dream come true. To be asked to travel to one of my favourite places in the world and capture this beautiful wedding was a very special. I still can’t believe that people ask me to take photographs at their wedding.

I loved that Brad & Kylie spent the lead up to their wedding and the few days afterwards with their family and friends who had travelled from Australia and around New Zealand to be a part of their special day. They went jet boating, tobogganing, golf and a few great nights out at the local pubs.

The best man gave me a little more information about how Brad had captured Kylie’s attention. Apparently the key to Kylie’s heart was ‘biscuits’. While Kylie was living in Sydney she missed a few things from home in New Zealand other than family and friends. So at the time Brad was trying to win her heart, he travelled with some mates around New Zealand and at each stop he purchased these biscuits to take back to Sydney with him. They kept asking him why until he crumbled and admitted they were for a girl he liked. From that point forward, his friends and family affectionately called her ‘biscuits’.

Brad & Kylie’s wedding was so romantic. Beautifully put together by One Fine Day Weddings in Queenstown, NZ with floral arrangements to die for and a gorgeous location at The Winehouse by the famous AJ Hackett Bungy bridge. The beautiful turquoise water, the mountain backdrop and two people in love, surrounded by family and friends. Perfect.
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Continued learning is such an important part of my life. I love to learn more about photography and improve my skills. Finding inspiration amongst other photographers, the beauty in nature and the emotions of the people around me.

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A collection of images from Jaxon’s newborn session. It is not until you have a baby that you realise how precious life can be and how much joy a little person can bring to the ordinary every day. Couldn’t you just endlessly stare at them? Like, all day? Read More

This wedding was oh so amazing. Not just because of the picturesque venue or the attention to detail but because the bride & groom were just phenomenally fun-loving people. Their vows were some of the most sincere, honest & humorous vows I have heard at any wedding I’ve ever been to. And I do hope Emma holds Jarrod to his promises! Read More

When I walk into someone’s home I never quite know what to expect but one thing is guaranteed – the love of new parents for their newborn. That is what I’m trying to capture. Together with some beautiful smiles, I’m trying to capture those other quirky faces – the ones you see all the time. And the natural things you do with your baby; cuddling in your rocking chair, your bed, the lounge, changing nappies, feeding and gazing into those eyes. Read More

Is there anything more heart-warming than seeing two people in love?

Watching these two during our session made me all nostalgic. It reminded me of a time before my kids entered my life, when it was all about us – my husband and I. When we were so consumed by our love for each other that nothing else mattered. Read More

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