It's that time of year again! Seriously how did it go SO fast?! We've shot 18 beautiful weddings this year with 18 awesome couples! 2017 has been an epic year for Heidi Horton Photography and I know I say that every year but it just keeps getting better and each year I fall more & more in love with my job.
With all those beautiful weddings comes a fair amount of behind-the-scenes footage! We often take a few shots of one another working on a wedding day and over the course of a year it amounts to a lot of evidence of just how much fun we have as a husband & wife team and it provides a bit of an idea of what a wedding day looks like from our perspective.
This is one of our most popular blogs of the year and I just love putting this blog together! The photos bring back memories of all the beautiful wedding days we've been a part of. There's so many photos that make me laugh out loud and a fair amount of them that make me cringe when I see my unflattering posture and facial expressions - yikes! I can't believe I'm posting some of these! 😂 But more than anything these photos remind me of the love I have for what we do, the gratitude for our couples in choosing us and also how much I love working with Matt!
This year we've travelled to just about all the corners of Southland and Otago photographing awesome couples. We were even pretty lucky to do an engagement shoot on a mountain top in Queenstown! And Matt got to come along for the ride which hardly ever happens!
But most of the time on engagement shoots, Matt just carries the bags and plays with the dogs.
We both just love it when the camera gets pointed at us! We're not awkward at all, in fact we're pretty photogenic really...
We like to play this game called 'you take a photo of me, taking a photo of you'.
This year we also continued on with our game of who can take the worst photo of the other.
Sadly I feel like Matt has taken out this year yet again, with this stunner of me.
But don't worry, facial expressions aside we're pretty good at our jobs.
Not only do we take decent photos, but we're also hilarious too.
Matt's great with the blokes.
That's when he's not getting down on the candy bar!
Besides being an awesome second shooter, Matt's an expert at making sure veils and dress trains are just right for the photos.
He'll be my sun-stopper or even carry the veil when the bride gets sick of it!
And he features regularly as my lighting and test subject.
We both have a go at being test subjects for the cake-cutting photo!
And we're as bad as each other when it comes to photobombing!
In saying that though, Matt's very good at playing hide and seek.
Meanwhile my talents include an attention to detail, ensuring all parts of your day are beautifully captured.
You can often find me standing atop my trusty step (or anything from a chair to a rock) to gain a bit of height. #shortgirlproblems
But then sometimes I'll switch it up and get low.
Like right on the ground.
I've also been known to go barefoot or swap heels for jandals on location.
But most of the time I'm actually very lady-like...
Seriously though, we love what we do and the awesome locations we get to go with our couples.
"They want a third wheel in their epic mountain shot right?!"
We love the people we get to connect with and the memories we get to capture for them.
We love the awesome fellow wedding vendors we work alongside, from videographers...
...to Matt's favourite celebrant. 😂 Love ya Sharyn!
Now I don't know whether you realised but we also have a whole crew of assistants to help us capture the day. 😉
All jokes aside wedding photography is an awesome gig - it's a very social job, we get to be part of our couples' celebrations and capture so many beautiful moments. But it is a high energy, fast-paced job too and I'm incredibly proud of what we've achieved this year, how well we work together and the fun we have.
We don't feature in many behind-the-scenes photos together but I manage to sneak the odd one in.
And we do love a good photobooth!
This shot with Mel & Kieran is a definite favourite and is proof that as weird, awkward & crazy as we are (I probably speak for myself here, more than Matt), our couples still love us at the end of the day!
(Goal for 2018: get a photo with each of our couples!).
A very big thank you to Matt for being my business partner, awesome second shooter and the best friend a girl could ever wish for. And hugs of gratitude to all our amazing couples for trusting us with photographing your beautiful weddings (looking at some of these photos anyone would wonder why you do trust us! 😜). xoxo