Weddings should not be stressful. Let me repeat that; weddings should not be stressful! Having been photographing weddings for over 6 years now we've seen a few stressed out couples both on the wedding day and in the lead up. Often on the day before the wedding, at the rehearsal, stress levels can be high in that last minute haze of setup!
Thankfully we seem to attract like-minded, easy going and fun couples as our clients so we haven't witnessed any full on wedding stress meltdowns! However, I totally remember the stress that came with our own wedding (before we were photographers) and how frazzled I was wanting everything to turn out just 'perfect', following wedding planning guides to the tee as if some writer for a magazine knew exactly how our wedding should be. If I could turn back time and tell myself what I know now, here's what advice I would give:
I had the privilege of photographing this beautiful baby girl a couple of weeks ago and when Hayden & Rowan brought Briar to the studio earlier this week for their viewing session I couldn't believe how much she had changed in that short time already!
Hayden & Rowan are one of our #heidihortoncouples and it's pretty darn special getting to photograph the next chapter of life for past couples! Congratulations friends, Briar is just gorgeous. Here's some of my favourites from our in-home portrait session...
Lifestyle newborn portraits are one of my favourite sessions! I'm so thankful that I pursued the lifestyle versus studio-style newborn portraits as a photographer, because it is just so cool getting to document new life and those precious moments as they happen in my client's own environment. It's easy for them to stay in the comfort of their home, not have to travel, routines don't get messed up and we can stop and start the session as much as we need to around feeding and nappy changes. It just makes sense to me and I love the natural, more laidback imagery we create as a result.
Hayden & Rowan, thank you so much for asking me to create these portraits for you. It was so good to catch up - so much can happen in a year!
And I am so excited for your framed print series!!! It's going to look incredible. x
We first met Dwayne & Brittney last year at a past couple's wedding. They were both in the bridal party and I remember they told us they'd be in touch once they started their own wedding planning...and here we are! These two get married in a few months & last weekend we shot up to Wanaka for their engagement session. Dwayne & Brittney are best friends, they've been together for 5 years now and have a beautiful 7 month old daughter - Rylee. We laughed our whole way through their engagement session and cannot wait for their winter wedding day to arrive!
It was blowing a gale up the lake on the afternoon of the session, but I managed to find a sheltered spot for these photos that still highlighted the lake, the views and the very last of that warm autumn colour. We couldn't start this session without first getting some gorgeous photos with Miss Rylee! So cute! Though it was probably a good thing Rylee hung out with her uncle while her mum & dad did the rest of their engagement session because she would have stolen the show. 😍
Can we just appreciate how awesome the colours of Britt & Dwayne's outfits work for this location and the autumn colours! Perfection. 👌
The story goes that Dwayne had this beautiful engagement ring for years (this may or may not be an exaggeration!), in fact he took it with him all round America on their OE, but it took him until early this year to finally pop the question to Brittney. I guess someone was living into the idea that good things take time hey!! It's so fun hearing couple's engagement stories. Most of the time the guys have a different take on it to the ladies!
Bring on August friends! We're so excited for your big day. xx