Carl and Dierdre

This blog post is something a little special for me. I don’t shoot weddings, they’re not my thing, but the people you see here are dear, dear friends and when they said they didn’t want normal wedding photos and were getting married in The Opera House, Wellington, I could never have said no! So here’s the teaser, there’ll be more to come later.

Carl and Dee

For those wanting a little more info on the photography end of things, this is shot at ISO 3200, f/4.5 and 1/30th and from the camera’s point of view the easiest shot all day. Some group shots got as low as 1/8th, some ceremony shots as rough as ISO6400, f/1.4 and 1/20th. It’s without a doubt the most difficult thing I’ve ever shot, not helped by the fact I spent all weekend fighting off the effects of a migraine with blurry vision and spots everywhere. I confess to having spent most of the last few days terrified I’d missed shots as I couldn’t see to focus or just not firing on enough cylinders, but as I type I sit back bathing in the glow of two things: 1) I can admit the ailments now as the shots are spot on. 2) It makes me bloody proud to have spent the weekend with these guys and their family and friends, to have shot in this place, probably the only time I’ll ever have chance to shoot somewhere like this, and it couldn’t be this significant if it wasn’t for the truly amazing couple you see here.

Carl and Dee, you are front and centre when it comes to things that have made New Zealand home to me. You are my whānau. Congratulations!


Huge thanks must go to the team who helped me shoot these shots and the wedding as a whole; Sam and Jane, dear friends from Photography by Jane, my good buddy and quiet photographer extraordinaire Stefan, and lastly but by no means least, my wonderful partner Adele.