The only thing better than one awesome photographer is more. Eva Bradley figured that out very early on in her love affair with the camera, and these days works in a team alongside three other fantastic shooters who each bring their own strengths and creative energy to the Hawke's Bay photography industry, spanning weddings, commercial and family portraiture.
Our main gig is weddings, which keeps us incredibly busy year-round but especially between October and May, when Hawke's Bay is one big, beautiful love-fest and we're right in the thick of it. Because we only ever want to shoot the absolute best wedding possible every single time, we work in two tight teams; Eva alongside second shooter, Andrew Caldwell, and Michelle Fey with second shooter, Rebekah Trafford. Why do we think you should have two fantastic photographers at your wedding? Find out more here...
In the business of happy ever after for 12 years, we are driven by a shared passion to replace stiff and starchy with candid wedding photography that in years to come will remind our couples what they felt like on their wedding day, not just be a record of how they looked. We want the grandkids to take the wedding album off the shelf and instantly be transported back in time to a day that knocked the socks off every other. Love, for us is about small moments with big significance, illustrated with laughter and candid creativity.
We passionately believe that awesome wedding photography is as much about the personality of the person behind the camera as it is outstanding technical and creative skill. Our role at your wedding isn't just to create beautiful family artwork and document a key moment in your history. It's to be the sort of person who makes you and and everyone around you laugh and relax so your wedding photos really do remind you how it felt to get married.
We bring the same core belief to our family sessions (shot by Eva), and feel quite passionate about the importance of investing in truly professional, beautiful images that become an emotional touch-stone for your family as little people grow, change and eventually fly the nest to one day create their own families.
Our commercial photography (shot by Andrew, and sometimes Eva) is driven by professionalism, great communication, planning and finally excellent technical and creative skill both behind the camera and in the digital darkroom developing images that communicate a strong message.
As well as creating moments that are enduring, we strongly believe in classical shooting and editing with an emphasis on true, technically perfect colours and creative situations that are timeless rather than trendy.
Eva Bradley - weddings & families.
A reformed journalist, Eva spent her early 20s as a TV reporter for One News and traversed the lower South Island and then Hawke's Bay directing shoots and helping editors stitch stories together.
This background not only firmly established her creative experience in image composition, but honed her flair for thriving under pressure.
Once upon a time, a breaking story two hours before the six o'clock news was full-on.
Experience has taught her that ain't nothing on creating awesome wedding photography in the pouring rain when the clock is ticking, or making a toddler grin when they've skipped nap time.
Being cool, creative and fun under pressure has played a big role in establishing Eva as one of Hawke's Bay's leading photographers after 12 years in the industry and being a key player at more than 600 weddings.
A winner of national awards for both her wedding and portrait photography, Eva is one of those lucky buggers who absolutely adores her job and can't ever imagine doing anything else.....although lately she's doing her best to put down the camera on occasion to make room for the other important things in life; little men Edward (2), James (6 months) and their dad, Brad.
After writing a syndicated newspaper column for half her adult life, Eva also writes a blog about life, love, photography and weddings among other things, which you can read and subscribe to here.
Eva works with second shooter, Andrew Caldwell. You can read about him down below.
Michelle Fey - weddings
Despite scientists saying it couldn't be done, Eva proved them wrong back in 2009 and produced a clone.
Michelle was hiding behind the lens at the local cop shop - a specialist forensic photographer who knew a whole lot about shooting crime scenes but not so much about cataloguing happy ever after on a wedding day.
An odd choice for a wedding photographer? Not when you know Michelle. While most people can learn the technical and creative skills to be a good wedding photographer, it takes an awesome personality and an infectious sense of fun and adventure to be a great one. Be warned - Michelle is going to be just as excited on your wedding day as you are. And that's why everyone loves her.
Over the past six years, Michelle's natural and candid style has been developed to blend seamlessly with Eva's, and her wedding work has won gold at New Zealand's most prestigious professional photography awards.
Shooting around 25 weddings each season, Michelle is a qualified NZIPP wedding photographer and she also runs her own successful newborn photography business.
Away from the camera she is usually poolside watching her two young sons Reuben (9) and Garrett (11) score another PB, training her adorable border collie Smokey up for competition or just admiring her well-trained husband Jonny as he whips up yet another perfect trim flat white.
Michelle works with second shooter, Rebekah Trafford. You can read about her down below.
Andrew Caldwell-WEDDINGS & COMMERCIAL
Andrew has so many awesome talents both behind the camera (at weddings and on commercial assignments) and at the edit suite that it's hard not to inflate his ego by talking about him. Very broadly speaking, his job description is to be where Eva is not. At weddings that means starting the day in different places, giving the preparations of the guys and girls equal attention, then for the ceremony and creative session to ensure the big moments of the day (like the bride and groom seeing each other for the very first time) are covered from two different angles. A specialist in low-light night photography and people watching, Andrew takes over when the reception begins and his favourite part of the day is sneaking you out on dusk to create something a little bit different for the wedding album.
As well as shooting most of the commercial assignments at Eva Bradley Photography, he's also responsible for the highly-skilled process of developing in-camera RAW captures into truly delicious, technically perfect images that reflect our studio values of classic, timeless photography.
We love having Andrew as a central part of our team because nothing stresses him out and he is incredibly humble about his creativity (he was a recent finalist in the international Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, but you'll never hear him talk about that, so of course we do on his behalf!). In his private time behind the lens, Andrew specialises in landscape and astroscape photography. His personal work is truly awesome - go take a squizz.
Rebekah Trafford - WEDDINGS
Rebekah is the yin to our yang, the calm to our crazy energy on a wedding day and the one looking out for the quieter little moments that often go unnoticed at a wedding. Kids doing cute things are to Rebekah like a red rag is to a bull. She's in there. Sometimes the unscripted moments happening away from the main event can provide some of the most treasured memories and this is what Rebekah is on the hunt for. In fact she's so good at that she just won a bronze medal at NZ's top professional photography awards for a blink-and-you-miss-it moment shot at one of Michelle's weddings. On the team since 2009, she is Michelle's other set of eyes and hands and works hard to make sure every special angle is covered during your wedding day.