Made in NYC, Born in NZ: Peyton's Kiwi homecoming

No, you’re not seeing double…and this isn’t a re-run of a gorgeous blog I posted a few months ago of baby Evie with her big, furry English Bulldog brother. It turns out there’s a little club of you out there who can’t think of anything more delicious than beautiful memories of your newly-minted baby with it’s older and wiser furry friend.

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Christel & Dan - Black Barn Underground Cellar & Bistro wedding

Sometimes the stars align and I find myself working with a couple who think and feel about weddings so much like I do that the buzz, for me, almost has echoes of being a bride all over again. I felt that way when I first met Christel and Dan and they told me that not only were they to be ‘Mr. & Mrs. Eva’, but that they were getting hitched at the same location as me and loved the style and feel from my own ceremony so much that they’d used a photo from it for their invitations.

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Disaster to Happy Ever After - Jenny & Neil, Valley D'Vine

Weddings are all about turning long-held dreams into reality, but for Neil and Jenny, their wedding turned to a nightmare before it even began. Having paid their venue in full, it went into receivership, taking with them thousands of dollars worth of hard-earned savings. It seemed like a saddest end to what should have been a fairytale story for this couple, until the Napier wedding industry pulled together to help give them the dream they had saved so hard for…

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How-to Guide: Making artworks from your amazing children.

I think it’s safe to say that most parents would wallpaper every wall of their home with photos of their children if it didn’t make them look a little obsessed. We only need to have a quick scroll through our camera roll to realise just how photographed our children are. But sadly, I’ve noticed that the easier it has become to take photos of our kids at EVERY moment of their lives, the harder it’s become to print and display quality family photography in our homes.

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Wee Evie - One week old and chilling out at home.

They say never work with children and animals but I have to say that (even though it’s challenging) I totally disagree. Some of my all-time favourite photos have involved children AND animals, and this first photo of Evie with Chopper is up there with them. I

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Mirize & Alistair's Black Barn Bistro wedding in Hawke's Bay

The pressure of planning what we’re all told will be the best day of our lives can all seem a bit much right at the start of the process, so I thought the way Mirize and Alistair elected three aspects that mattered most to them and focused their ideas and energy around them was a brilliant way to create a wedding with wow that was unique to them. The top billing thing for them was location. They wanted a place that was central for guests coming from across New Zealand and Australia and somewhere that was an awesome destination in its own right, not just for a wedding.

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Blair's here....Autumn sunset family session

Oh my gosh, HELLO autumn…you beautiful, delicious, honey-coloured, heart-warming season. It is the time of year when Mother Nature produces her best show and the sun is seduced into playing along. Warm winter coats come out of the cupboard and kids can play in the golden hour and not be cranky because it is past bed-time when the photographer wants to shoot.

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Authentic rustic DIY country wedding - Char & Russ at Taniwha Gardens

The first thing I ask a couple when they are considering working with us on their wedding day is ‘what elements are most important for you?’ This helps me understand who they are as a couple and how Andrew and I can work with them to create bespoke photography that reflects all their priorities. Every couple is different but the ones we enjoy working with the most talk about a sense of celebration and a focus on friends and family ahead of styling and colour schemes.

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Natalia & Andy's nod to tradition at St Matthew's Church & Sileni Winery

These days thanks to the beautiful but relatively new tradition of getting hitched in the great outdoors, we don’t get to document many church weddings. That made Natalia and Andy’s day a real treat for us, as there is a sense of ceremony, history and spiritual significance that comes from exchanging vows in a church. With a cathedral-length veil, morning suits and a long row of little attendants to lead the way, the ceremony almost had the feel of a royal wedding…and who doesn’t like a bit of that?!

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Rob & Angela's tiny wedding at The Farm, Cape Kidnappers

It is hard to imagine anywhere with more beautiful views of New Zealand’s ruggedly beautiful coastline than The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. But the exclusive nature of the luxury lodge has meant I haven’t been able to share images from a real wedding shot there before. So I’m really excited that Rob and Angela so generously have let me do so, but also that their tiny wedding was perfect in every way - not just beautiful to look at, but emotionally quite special to be part of.

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The Belle Époch - Styled Shoot with the HB Collective

A styled shoot inspired by the golden age of the 'Belle Époch', an exciting era in history when women were breaking out of the man-made moulds that had bound them for so long to embrace a new freedom that was of their own making. We have seen this same theme in wedding stying in recent years and wanted to celebrate a modern bride's freedom to do as she pleases, her way...for her day.

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Charlotte & Friends - Hawke's Bay Newborn Photographer

Bringing baby home to meet their older siblings for the very first time is always a major deal for a family, but for Charlotte’s tribe, the Big Reveal had a distinctly rural Hawke’s Bay feel to it, as she was introduced to first-born fur-babies, Deersey and ??.

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Les Misérables - Napier Operatic Society, 2019 production photos

’ll admit it…I’m a musical theatre geek. I love me a good live show and nothing gets my bum on a seat quite as quickly as Les Miserablés. I’ve seen this powerful story about the French Revolution about 10 times and every time it’s a tear-jerker. The personal stories of triumph and tragedy are heart-breaking. Add in songs I’ve been singing since I was a little choir girl and it’s a recipe for a great night out. This week, I’m especially excited as I’ll be seeing Napier Operatic Society’s production of Les Mis, directed by my clever big sister, Lisa-Jane Easter.

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Home & studio shoot for the NZIA Architecture Awards 2019

I thought I’d share these photos with you as they represent one of the biggest achievements of my life (apart from creating two little humans!). Our house in Bay View, Napier, is kind-of like my third child. The design and build process was every bit as exciting and challenging as a pregnancy and took twice as long so we were stoked when it got awarded at the 2019 Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay Architecture Awards.

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Keeping it Classic - Amy, Ryan & the kids

What sort of bride are you? It's probably the biggest question to consider after 'will you marry me' and for classic bride, Amy, planning her perfect wedding to Ryan was easy after answering that second big question.

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