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Home is where your family is.

That’s something I do my best to teach my kids. We are a good team, and a lot has happened over the past year for us. In October last year, we gave away or sold pretty much all our stuff and moved to a small rural town in Myanmar. We were chasing our dream of starting a business to help some of the most vulnerable and poor people in the world. Then COVID hit and the world changed. We were in Bangkok trying to renew our visa, and it became practically impossible for us to get back to our house in rural Myanmar. So we returned to Newcastle Australia. The constant moving has been challenging, but our home has remained constant.

Sometimes in life you need to pivot, to take a different track. So I have returned. Returned to what taught me the value of creativity, discipline and passion. The dream is still alive, but for now I am back, based in Newcastle and officially taking wedding bookings. Please feel free to touch base, I would love to hear about your wedding day!












The Truth Project.

I think I could almost put a book together on the craziness of being part of a team, that puts a book together!

I really love hearing peoples stories. So I was amped to be part of the team that came together to interview a bunch of real cool Kiwis and hear their stories. There were plenty that inspired me and helped me to see things in a whole different perspective – not always in a good way.

It was one of those epic adventures, made all the better, by the fact that I was able to do it with one of my best mates Mike Hill.  We spent many hours cruising around the country meeting and photographing these Kiwis. Discussing the good and the bad of what we saw and heard. Its something that I will draw back on many times in my life!

Below are a couple of photos from this huge task. Some of my favourites that made the book and some that didn’t.


Aimee & Paul, Morrinsville Waikato.

That old saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ sure applied to Aimee and Paul’s wedding in Morrinsville. It started with hanging out with the boys at Pauls parents’ farm then zipping over to Aimee’s parents’ place. I love it when people decide to get ready at family homes. There is always so much character and it feels warm and homely. After the ceremony we headed to what fully felt like an enchanted forest for photos and before we knew it we were back at the reception eating some awesome pork belly, hearing hilarious speeches, seeing glowing lanterns and busting out some sweet moves on the d-floor to a wicked band.

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Auckland Wedding Photographer - Jesse & Victoria Mulligan

Who is not up for a Monday long lunch wedding?! Jesse and Victoria’s wedding was awesome and super fun. Sometimes I feel part of my role as a photographer is that I need to have a repertoire of jokes to get people laughing. It was just that much easier photographing a professional comedians wedding, Jesse kept everyone in stitches and I just reaped the benefits on the camera. It was also really cool to see that even though Jesse and Victoria have been together so long they were still super pumped to be getting marrried and start that new chapter of their lives.




Dansey's Pass - NZ Desintation Wedding Photography.

Man this job takes me to some of the coolest places. Did you know that Nasby has the biggest curling rink in the Southern Hemisphere? Naseby also pretty much has no mobile signal or 3G which was bizarre. So being in Nasby gave me a real good chance to chill out and to soak in the heritage of an area that once thrived on gold fever. Richard and Kate married at Danseys Pass, it was good times to the max and these people partied. It was so cool to photograph at this place! My brain was at creative brain explosion at the amount of cool landscapes and photography opportunities that Danseys Pass and Naseby had to offer. I cant wait to get back there sometime!




Auckland Wedding Photographer.

David and Julie married in the Waitakere Ranges on a beautful Autumns day. The couple were high school sweethearts. It was real special to see and hear how their love for each other has blossomed over the years.



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.