September has been a beautiful month - it's crazy to think tomorrow is October! But that's the way this year has been right?! An absolute blur!
This spring marks a change in blogging for me here. After 7 years solid of blogging individual shoots I'm changing things up. Each month I'm going to do a highlights blog post of portraits (my wedding blog posts won't change) with my favourite images I've created for my beautiful clients each month. I've umm'd and aah'd about this change for a while because it's a little daunting to change up something that has worked so well for so long, but this year has certainly been about change for us and that includes our business. (You can read about that here if you want). I so want to be spending my time & energy serving my clients and creating beautiful imagery, rather than making sure I blog twice a week.
I recently had the privilege of capturing family portraits for Justin and Philippa's beautiful family in Gore - complete with the family pets in a few shots! This was a lovely session and their prints are currently sitting in my office looking amazing - I can't wait for Justin and Philippa to see them.
A few weeks ago I spent a warm spring afternoon with the gorgeous Weir family at their Gore home overlooking the Mataura River & Hokonui Hills. What a relaxed portrait session this was - just some good quality family time hanging out. We took a short stroll down to the riverbank and then back up to their balcony to enjoy a glass of bubbles in the sun. Perfection.
There's a bit of a theme going on here with dogs this month! I encourage families to include the family pets in even just a few of their portraits because they're a part of the family dynamic too after all. Recently though I had the opportunity to create something different to my usual family portraits. Laura asked me to create a piece of artwork for the wall of their home with a portrait of their dog, Sika. This was great fun and we had a hoot of a time trying to get Sika to sit still and give me the right expressions! I loved the challenge and I love the end result - a 30x45 inch canvas!
Not going to lie - rapid fire & a fast shutter was definitely used to create this cool series of frisbee shots! If only you could bottle and sell the energy that this pooch has for play!
Yesterday I did my first day of Spring Mini Sessions and what fun it was! The blossom was looking stunning and the weather was beautiful.
(There's still a couple of spaces left for next weekend's Mini Sessions in Invercargill if you don't want to miss out on the chance to get some fresh portraits at an amazing price! bitly.com/minisessions2019).
October is set to be lots of fun with portrait sessions and our first spring wedding too! If you've been planning to get some portraits done before the end of the year get in touch ASAP as my calendar is reaching capacity fast. I still have weekday and weeknight spaces available for October and November, but weekends are now full until December!
It's been a long time since I wrote a blog post that wasn't purely photographic work. In fact the last blog post I wrote makes it feel like this post today is purely a continuation or Part 2. As we came into winter I talked openly about how 2019 was going to be a year of change in our business - from busy to balance - a fresh, calmer pace. In reality winter didn't feel that calm or balanced as we put our all into building our forever home. We both took a full month off work at the end of winter to put in 12 hour days, 7 days a week on the building site! But now that we're in our new home and the long days of building chaos are over we've taken a big deep breathe and realised that our new season of life has now begun.
My spring calendar is set to be beautifully balanced with portrait shoots, a couple of weddings and some fun social events & trips! I finally have a home office situation again which is great because I pretty much never want to leave our beautiful new home, so it's brilliant being able to blend office work in with domestic bliss. (Don't worry, my studio in Gore is still fully operational and where I have all my meetings, do printing and consults etc, but now I have the option to work from my home office on days that suit as well!). Although it will be much better once we have internet connected here!
This winter has been a necessary blur and it's only just now that I've realised that things like my blog and social media platforms have been somewhat neglected, other than for client work. I used to blog every week on topics ranging from business, photographic advice, personal insights, inspiration and more. I love blogging and my active blog has been a huge contributor to my online presence and business consistency. I've continued to share a good mix of work & personal day-to-day stuff on my Instagram, but Facebook has been less consistent and needs some love. But like all things should I feel this part of my business evolving and I know a new season of how I blog and share is beginning.
I love that with springtime comes the annual deep clean and this spring I'm taking the opportunity to do just that in my business. Working out how my blog, social pages and day-to-day routines will look going forward. Realising that I don't have to do all the things & be all the things. Re-structuring my work days to better suit me. Making fresh routines and encouraging new habits.
We literally couldn't have asked for a more FUN wedding to kick off a fresh wedding season!!! On Sunday Dwayne and Brittney married each other at Criffel Station in Wanaka, surrounded by their loved ones.
We've known these two gorgeous humans for a while now. They were in the bridal party of one of our previous wedding couples and then Brittney got in touch with me again earlier this year, emailing me with excitement to tell me that Dwayne had got his knee dirty and they were planning a winter wedding!
The styling of Brittney and Dwayne's big day was on point; from the wedding attire to the hues of the bouquets. Criffel Station was the perfect setting for a winter wedding with crackling braziers keeping guests warm. But I won't remember Dwayne and Brittney's wedding for how beautiful it was. I will remember the people; the laughter, the celebration, the love that filled the day. Brittney's proud Mum. Little Rylee in her cute navy dress and fur cape. The couples young and old who took to the dance floor to share Dwayne & Brittney's first dance. The bridal party who made me laugh so much during portrait time that I swear I had sore stomach muscles the next day!
Brittney and Dwayne both got ready at the Oakridge Resort in Wanaka with their families. The morning was chilled out - as I knew it would be with these two. Brittney had organised the day wonderfully and thought of everything.
It had rained most of the morning but the weather gods played their part so Brittney & Dwayne could have the outdoor ceremony they dreamed of.
Brittney and her Mum, Shelley, made a spectacular entrance to the ceremony - arriving by helicopter!
It was lovely to work with Janine Byars again. She ensured Brittney & Dwayne's ceremony was short, sweet and had the perfect amount of laughs.
After spending some time celebrating with their guests Dwayne & Brittney along with their bridal party jumped into a van (with the heater blasting) and headed away for their very own 'portrait party'. We didn't have to go far to get some great locations at Criffel Station! And we were so lucky with the weather, while it was a cold wintery day there was no wind which made all the difference.
We had SO MUCH FUN with Dwayne & Brittney's awesome crew! The afternoon was filled with constant laughter.
You made a gorgeous bride my friend.
Winter weddings mean epic light during portrait time because sunset is earlier in the afternoon. You just can't beat that amazing glow!
Thank you so much for this shot Stacey! Haha man I felt even shorter than usual next to Dwayne & Brittney!
This was our first time shooting a wedding at Criffel Station in Wanaka and I think it's now one of my favourite venues! I'm a sucker for a woolshed setup and this one is done fabulously. Management were incredible and so friendly. Brittney and Dwayne put their personalised touches on the decorations to make it their own. It was a beautiful, warm space to party the night away. We can't wait to come back here again!
The speeches were great and the evening flowed like clockwork thanks to Brittney's good planning and Ewan's awesome MC'ing.
Congratulations Dwayne & Brittney! What a journey it has been! From the first time we met you at Cory & Ashleigh's wedding and you telling us then that one day we'd be your wedding photographers (when you weren't even engaged)! It has been such a pleasure getting to know you both and an honour to be a part of your incredible first day of marriage.
I hope you love your highlights blog - there's so many more photos to come.xx