Maddox & co. 11-month-old baby portrait session with Eva Bradley.

Maddox & co. 11-month-old baby portrait session with Eva Bradley.

As a Hawke's Bay photographer who adores storytelling and emotional connections between people, it doesn't get much better than having one of my couples get in touch a few years after their wedding to ask me to spend some time with them documenting the next big milestone in their lives, the arrival of children.

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Eskdale War Memorial Church & Crab Farm wedding by Hawkes Bay photographers, Eva Bradley & Andrew Caldwell

Eskdale War Memorial Church & Crab Farm wedding by Hawkes Bay photographers, Eva Bradley & Andrew Caldwell

London locals, Katy and Andrew really wanted a proper Kiwi home-coming for their wedding, and so the lovely little locations of Eskdale and Bay View (where Katy grew up) set the scene for a gloriously simple and beautiful Hawke's Bay country wedding.

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Millar Road Wedding - Michali & Bree by Eva Bradley & Andrew Caldwell

Millar Road Wedding - Michali & Bree by Eva Bradley & Andrew Caldwell

After a long love affair, Michali and Bree made things official at Millar Road, high on the Hawke's Bay hills looking back to the coastline of Napier and in the heart of the beautiful Tukituki valley. "We picked the venue because it was somewhere different that most people hadn't herd of.

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Land of the Long White Cloud - Oreti Village Wedding, Lake Taupo

Land of the Long White Cloud - Oreti Village Wedding, Lake Taupo

 

It was a treat for us to take our creative show on the road to Oreti Village in the tiny lakeside settlement of Pukawa, on the western shores of Lake Taupo. A wilderness of native New Zealand bush and early Maori and Colonial history, the area promised us some exciting opportunities to play in a very different landscape from our normal haunts as Hawke's Bay wedding photographers.

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Kate & DK - A beautiful Oruawharo wedding in Central Hawke's Bay

Kate & DK - A beautiful Oruawharo wedding in Central Hawke's Bay

Every time I've had an email from a bride asking me to shoot their wedding at Oruawharo in Central Hawke's Bay, I've rushed to my diary in a fever of excitement and always been gutted to discover I'm already booked. When Kate got in touch almost 18 months ago, I was like a kid in a candy story to discover I was free as a bird on her date. When we met at the grand old homestead for High Tea and a planning session, my excitement levels blew out entirely...

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