Making Love Sparkle

Making Love Sparkle

bridal entourage with sparklers
Most wedding photographers love natural light – especially that magic time just before the sun sets, when it turns everything a little bit golden. Natural light is also great for marketing yourself as a natural light wedding photographer (it sounds so much better than saying you like to bathe your brides in electromagnetic radiation produced by nuclear fusion! Science can make some things sound so harsh).

But the secret is, all of us photographers use natural light, and most of us use some non-natural, additional light as well. In a point-and-shoot camera, this light does a brilliant job of making even the beautiful look ugly. However, properly controlled, additional light just brings out the wow. I mean, who doesn’t really love sparklers.

rim lit couple

So the secret is, mix a little romance with a bit of sparkle, and there’s almost no limit as to what photos you can create.

Wedding Photoshoot among fireworks

These shots are usually done at the end of your wedding day – a kind of photography night-cap. Because as we know, some fireworks is the perfect way to end your perfect day.

Wedding Photography’s Real Boss

Wedding Photography’s Real Boss

Wellington has the odd breeze gatecrash a wedding. Some fight it with indoor shoots or masses of hairspray. Natalia and Adam embraced it – and just as the wind made the trees, flax and grass dance, our lovely couple joined in.

bride and groom enjoying a dance

With wedding photography, the weather is the boss (followed very closely by the bride), and the best thing to do is make the most of the unique photo opportunities (and enjoy the no-sweat moments that wind and rain provide).

bride in red dress on a windy day

Now, the more observant among you might be seeing red by now. It’s pretty common amongst Indian and Chinese brides, but not so much here in New Zealand. But then again, Natalia and Adam don’t really do common, so why should their wedding be any different.

bridal couple taking a walk
bridal couple and bridesmaids
bride and groom holding each other
bride and groom amidst trees

Mind you, the biggest surprise for me wasn’t the red – and it certainly wasn’t the wind. It was what a beautiful place the SPCA is. Grand and historic, it’s nestled happily in Wellington’s town belt, making it perfect to pop across the road and get some of that wild Wellington in the wedding photos.

bride and groom share a kiss
Bride and groom photoshoot in Wellington

Some Sunset Magic – When West is Best

Some Sunset Magic – When West is Best

Bride and Groom walking into the beautiful Whanganui sunset

There’s something about sunsets. They’re a time of reflection, of taking a deep breath and appreciating the beauty of the world and the completion of an amazing day. There’s also something special about a Whanganui wedding sunset. I’ve shot a few weddings here, and each time (with a crossing of the fingers, and some nervous glances at the sky), voilà – another spectacular end to the night.

Bride and Groom walking into the beautiful Whanganui sunset

But before the end, there’s always a beginning – and a middle. You know how weddings go. Throw in some crazy, a touch of romance and everyone has a great time.

That’s the best thing about being a wedding photographer. Not only do you get to gatecrash the most important day of a couple’s life, but you get to capture it – take those special/crazy/romantic moments and make them last forever…. you know what I’m saying…..

Best men outside Church, at New Zealand

And so it went with Laura and Stephen’s stunning wedding. Right from the beginning, where the girls looked beautiful

Bride with bridesmaids, Whanganui, New Zealand
Photoshoot of Bride with bridesmaids

and the boys, well, they were boys….

Groom and best men having fun

Add in one very cute church (part of the beautiful Pukatea Estate)

Wedding Photoshoot in Church at New Zealand

and one very happy couple……

bride and groom walking down the aisle
couple walking together
bridal couple sharing a kiss
bridal couple on swing
Wedding photography in New Zealand
Wedding Photoshoot with couple, best men and bridesmaids

“Brent, thank you for the photos. They are truly fantastic. We can’t get over how beautiful it all is.” Laura & Stephen

Wedding Photoshoot against a beautiful sunset

Capturing the Spirit of México, in Hawke’s Bay

Capturing the Spirit of México, in Hawke’s Bay

Capturing the Spirit of México, in Hawke’s Bay

bridal couple posing before succulent green plants

Hawke’s Bay Wedding Photography

México always has a strong place in my heart. It’s where I first started shooting professionally, and over the three years of living there, I immersed myself into the colour and noise that created some of the world’s greatest artists.

So when Kim had a vision, based on the hypnotic Frida Kahlo, I jumped at the chance to capture a little bit of Mexico in Hawke’s Bay. Kim looked more like the Salma Hayek version of Frida (minus the famous mono-brow), so the focus was in bringing out the glamour, colour and elegance of the look.

bridal couple outside OMG bakery in Hastings, Hawkes Bay
Wedding Photoshoot at Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

With a Napier day as hot as México (well into the 30s), Kim and Keith still managed to look cool, as we targeted succulents, blue walls and and the rustic-themed OMG bakery in Hastings where the ceremony took place. Viva el amor…

bridal couple share a kiss on a sunny afternoon

“LOVE our pictures!!! I can’t stop looking at them… Thank you for just ‘listening’ to my idea/vision and producing exactly what I dreamed my wedding memories to be like xox.” Kim & Keith