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NZ Destination Wedding Photographer - Koh Samui.

I photographed Kylie’s brothers wedding in Australia about 5 years ago. So I was super stoked that Kylie still remembered me and wanted me to photograph her wedding in Koh Samui this year. It was such an honour! One of my favourite things about photographing overseas is time. People make time for an overseas wedding. It was such a pleasure to hangout with and spend time with Kylie, Nicko and there group of family and friends. Talking, getting to know them and soaking up the beautful atmosphere that is Koh Samui. A time that I will never forget.




Rottnest Island, W.A. Australia.

I had the amazing opportunity to photograph a wedding on Rottnest Island which is off the coast of Western Australia. A seriously unique place without comparison. The beauty of this place only emphasised by the passion the couple had for this destination. The location. The couple. I am sold on Rottnest Island.


Queenstown, NZ.

Queenstown does not ¬†disappoint. My first wedding in Queenstown and it was such an amazing experience. I wasn’t able to stay long but I left feeling inspired by the beauty of nature.


Papamoa Beach, NZ.

I co-shot a wedding with my great friend Mike from Mike Hill Photography. John and Liz’s wedding was a beautiful intimate wedding. 30 people, New Years Eve, on Papamoa Beach, at their home, family and friends. It was a super fun party with huge amounts of love and friendship.



Cambridge, NZ

A beautiful wedding on a family farm that has been past down through the generations. So much rich history that fitted perfectly with this wedding celebration.



Kumeu, NZ.

Dan and Relle’s wedding was awesome! Best friends getting married with a cool love story that just makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Dan needs dental work and at the dentist is blown away by the dental assistant. The dental assistant has a policy she won’t date patients. The photos below show that persistence pays. It was an all round great day and I love photographing two people super pumped to be getting married and starting the next chapter in their lives.



Waikato/B.O.P Photographer of the Year!!

Last year was the first time in my 15 years of doing photography that I officially started entering photographic competitions. For me its taken a lot of courage and a whole lot of pushing through fears to start entering my photography to be judged. I think its a huge fear of all photographers, to put your work in front of someone to be judged. For someone to tell you of all of the flaws your images may have.  My guess is that its probably the same in most creative fields, which is nice to know. But after getting over those initial fears I have realised that entering competitions has pushed me and made me want to better myself and my craft. Last night at the Waikato/B.O.P Christmas party and awards night I was super stoked to take out the Waikato/B.O.P Photographer of the Year! Not only that I was also awarded Waikato/B.O.P Highest Awarded Image at the NZ National Photography Awards! All a great early Christmas present!


Waihi Beach, NZ.

Due to crazy work commitments these two had to spend the year apart before their wedding day. Their love story pretty amazing! Watching these two connect on their wedding day was special and it reminded me that relationships and love is the most important thing in the world.


Hawke's Bay, NZ.

I turned up to Hawkes Bay on the Thursday. It was dark, pouring with rain and did not look like clearing. The type of weather you don’t want to get out of bed for. The forecast for Friday was blue skies and sun but I didn’t believe it! I got myself mentally prepared for a wet and windy wedding day. But I am glad the weather is not determined by my faith because Friday was amazing. The total opposite to the day before. It was so cool to photograph these two in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay and I am so stoked that it was a day that fully let us appreciate the Hawkes Bay in all its glory.

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Tauranga, NZ.

Rachel and Paul in some sweet evening light.

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