I'm getting married in 257 days argh!

Gosh its been too long since I've been here on my wee blog... sorrry!! its because stress is starting to set in argh!!

Wedding dress shopping tonight and tomorrow.. lets hope I find something that will WOW.. wooo!

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Getting sharp / in focus photos

It's been a long time (long time)
I shouldn'a left you (left you)
Without a dope beat to step to (step to)

LOL yes..... its been a loooong time since I've blogged.. anyhoo I do really want to blog more but I've been so busy lately with Xmas coming up, shooting a friends wedding and another's engagement its just been so crazy! leaving for Sydney next friday and am SOOOOOO looking forward to some good quality R&R. Not sure if that will be possible with my friend Rata haha.

Anyway I came across this video about getting sharp images.. some of it I already knew but I just thought it was soooo helpful and wanted to share with all of you! It's in simple, plain english so if you are familiar with most photography terminology you will find it easy to understand. I just thought it was great to get tips like these which are really hard to figure out yourself starting out in photography.  So here you go. Watch and learn like I did! =)

How to get sharp images (My top 10) from James Beltz on Vimeo.

Photowalk #18 - Rotorua

So we had our photoclub photowalk last week in Rotorua and it was sooo much fun! We all went down just for the day and visited 3 sites down there.  Wow it was soooo much fun to finally go on a roadtrip.  I just love roadtrips and going down with friends makes it 10x MORE fun.  I definately wouldn't have had such a great time if I wasn't down there with my photog mates :)  I really enjoyed the redwood forest, boy those trees are huuuuge!! It was a damn shame I didn't have a lens with me that could shoot wide angle.. but I made do anyways ;) here's a shot I took just stitching the pix together :) If you are wanting to do the same, just make sure you are shooting manual so your settings don't change from picture to picture ;) I just use photoshop to stitch it together.. its really easy using photomerge. Click on the photo to see it a little larger ;)

I loved Hangarua Spring too.  It's just amazing!! The water of the spring remains sooo clear because it's contantly releasing so much water the dirt just doesn't get a chance to settle. It pumps out approx 4.5 million litres of water every hour.. amazing right?? Here's Doug looking down on it haha >>

On the way from this 2nd location to the 3rd, Steph (our leader person :) ) stopped her car and we were like huh is something wrong?? nah she just wanted to stop and take pix of the railway hehe. Which was cool with us :) I took some funny pix of Doug at this spot.. it still cracks me up :D

This is why I love him, he constantly makes me smile. <3

And just to make the post complete, here's a few shots from the 3rd location.  All locations were free how choice is that? :P I especially liked the larger mud pool.. there was heaps of steam there.. made some nice shots :) 

Doug again with his craziness lol

Till next time, happy weekend guys! :D

Photo's from Justin & Julie's Wedding

So I wanted to share a few of my favourite shots from my first wedding shoot that I did back in July :) It was very last minute and was done as a favour to a friend :) They did end up giving me a koha which I didn't expect at all! But was very nice of them :)  Thanks guys!!

Overall the experience was great!! I was SOOOO nervous though.  Even though it was a cool day I was sweating bullets!! I just really wanted to do a great job for these guys :) This day was a long time coming too.  They have been together for 15 years before they finally decided to get married ! :)  It was awesome to see Justin wear his cultural attire too :)   Enjoy!

Next wedding is coming up in November!!! Am really looking forward to tackling another big challenge, and a longer shooting time too.  I was only able to stay for the ceremony for Justin & Julie but for the next I will be there from the bride getting ready through to the reception!! So will see how I go !!!  If any of you out there have some tips for a novice wedding photog please do leave us a comment :D

The bride gets ready :)

So my lovely friend Lily got married in Wellington a few weeks ago (15th May 2011 to be exact). Boy was it fun to go down and be part of it!! I was not only chosen to be the maid of honour but also to take pictures as she got ready on the wedding day too. So I was a little nervous as I had ALOT to do! haha. But it all turned out perfectly in the end. It was just so great to see two families come together and have a great time. The emotion felt on the day was soo great. It was awesome to see my friend walk down the aisle in her dress. It was certainly dramatic!  And what an entrance she made. It was my privilege and pleasure to be apart of it!   Here's just a few of the shots I was able to get :P

Isn't the tiara pretty!

check out this dress! (and there's me in the mirror haha)

So happy for you my friend.  :)

First engagement shoot - Cornwall Park

I'm always kinda nervous just before a shoot but once I get going it's all fine!! These two were great in front of the camera and made it very easy for me. They seemed very natural and I am really happy how the photos came out! here's one of my favourites!  Meet my friends Poko & Pearl :D

On top of the World

WOW., what a day.  Just finished watching the Royal Wedding in London and I really didn't think I would get all caught up in the hype but I totally did!!!   Just watching all the programs before hand re-telling of Royal weddings in the past and the history behind all the buildings etc etc, wow it was just awe-inspiring.  Now more than ever I am looking forward to Doug and my wedding Day ! So exciting !! The dress was simply amazing.  It was traditional but I think Kate pulled it off brilliantly.  She looked amazing and she had the amazing body to do it.  Her sister was a knock out as well.  Kate just looked stunningly natural and beautiful.

The whole thing was just amazing, the venue, and I especially loved the trees lining the red carpet in Westminster Abbey. That was amazing, the bright fresh green contrasting with the red carpet made for some amazing video shots.

Anyway this is another short post because I totally can't sleep because I'm still buzzing over it all! I also thought it was super cute how Will and Kate kissed twice on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.  I totally missed the first one anyways haha it was too quick.  And then another one!! Just shows how in love they truely are.. Real love.  <3 aww warm fuzzies all round ... 

oh ok, so this photo totally doesn't relate.  hmm what can i say to make it relate lol.  I suppose these people are having a blast feeling on top of the world just like Will and Kate felt today.  The look on their faces was pure happiness.  Wishing them all of God's blessings in their marriage.  :) 

I can't wait till I get to have my turn to be on top of the world :D

Oh and please, if you haven't already, don't forgot to vote on my photo here.  The instructions are on the description of the photo.  Doug and I are in a competition to win a photographer for our wedding.  We are still in the lead!! Thank you so much to everyone who has voted and are continuing to spread the word for us.  It means so much to us!! 

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