Chris & Anna met in a bar, and as they jokingly told me how unromantic that was, I could see that actually these two shared a beautiful kind of love. I could see the kind of love that is so big it radiates around them. The kind of love where their eyes light up as they laugh playfully at one another. The kind of love when holding hands is such a simple, comfortable gesture but means the world.
We met one Friday evening in Te Anau for their engagement session But first we shared a wine as we chatted about wedding plans and life in general. Chris told me their beautiful proposal story which included Chris driving around most of Christchurch one day to find the perfect ring, the ring he knew Anna loved. Chris retold how he organised a proposal on the end of the wharf one evening. And how Anna got the surprise of her life! She said yes obviously ;)
Anna contacted me just days after getting engaged. She sat down to have coffee with her friend Annabel who excitedly proclaimed that Anna NEEDED to contact me to be her wedding photographer! Special ups to Annabel - you're a gem! I feel beyond privileged to have been contacted by Anna on the recommendation of her friend. There's nothing in my business that I am more grateful for than the people that trust me and want me to document their special moments in life!
We organised the engagement session for sunset and I hope you can see why I love shooting at this time of day. The light at sunset is just glorious!
Like most of my couples, Chris & Anna were adamant they weren't good at having their photo taken. And not so secretly I love when couples say this. It means they have no pre-conceived ideas of how they should pose, act or be for their shoot. It means they're open to suggestions and prefer being given the permission to do something that creates movement rather than having to stand awkwardly still. It means my job as photographer is just to ensure they are comfortable and that they have fun! In my opinion the best photos are created when you're comfortable and having fun, often forgetting about the photographer completely :)
Oh you two!
Chris & Anna, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this engagement session with us! It was the perfect opportunity to get to know you both better & we cannot wait for your wedding day. I hope you love these photos as much as I do.xx