NZIPP 2016 Iris Awards Winning Photographer

I'm absolutely delighted that I won two awards in the NZIPP Iris Awards 2016 last month in Wellington.

These were a Silver award for the Illustrative category for ‘Ophelia’ and Bronze award for the Portrait Classic category for ‘Runaway Bride’. 

This was the first time I’ve entered prints and also watched the judging live. An extremely nerve-wracking but immensely valuable experience!

My other three images were in Wedding Classic and were all awarded Professional Standard, which I’m pretty pleased with.

Both of my two award-winning images are from styled shoots done in collaboration with other Wanaka individuals. There are so many talented people here that doing such shoots keeps me creative, allows me to input fresh ideas into my professional practice and also tell stories. Tracey Morrow (Flowers / styling - Crimson Flowers) and Deirdre Read (Hair / Make-up - Road to Beauty) were involved with both shoots. Ashleigh McLean was our Ophelia and Pri Shartener was our Runaway Bride.



About the awards:

The annual Iris Awards is New Zealand's only professional photography print competition and organised by NZIPP (New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography).

The Awards attract hundreds of entries from around the country and overseas each year. There are 12 categories judged over 3 days including Wedding Classic, Portrait Classic, Illustrative, Travel, Landscape and Commercial.

The best of the images are given Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards.

See more of this year’s winning entries at the NZIPP Iris Award website here.






Hayley & Sam's Beautiful Summer Wanaka Wedding At The Lookout Lodge

Hayley and Sam’s beautiful summer wedding is vivid in my heart & mind and one I’d been looking forwards to for months beforehand.

I first met Hayley and Sam when I captured Sam’s family portrait back in autumn 2014. I loved the relaxed & fun photo session and hanging out with the family for the afternoon. When Hayley got in touch a few months later to say her and Sam were engaged I was absolutely delighted!

When the big day came it was a perfect summers day. The boys got ready at Sam’s family home in Lake Hawea whilst the girls were all at The Lookout Lodge. After their mid-afternoon ceremony and congratulations we were lucky enough to visit a neighbour’s house to access some stunning location spots overlooking my favourite Mount Gold. We then headed to Lake Hawea by vintage cars for Hayley & Sam to enjoy a bit of quiet time to themselves.

I loved every minutes I spent with Hayley, Sam and all their guests.. I truly felt like part of the family throughout the day.


Thanks to the Wanaka team helping to make the whole wedding day experience feel so easy:

Make up - Gemma Makeup
Hair - Debz for Hair
Flowers - Flowers by Design
Celebrant -Gwen Hendry
Catering - Flying Trestles
Cake - Special Occasions Cake Decorating Denice Laird
Venue - The Lookout Lodge Wanaka

Emily & Chris' intimate wedding at Limetree Lodge Wanaka

Emily & Chris had a very magical intimate wedding on a hot summer afternoon. With just their immediate family in attendance, Lake Hawea was just divine for their beautiful ceremony. Super special was Emily's Nan being her Maid of Honour. 11 people then flew up to Coromandel Peak to continue the celebrations with world class views. 

Back at Limetree Lodge the guests were entertained by Anna & I and fed exceeding well by Raspberry Creek for the rest of the day. Highlights of the rest of the afternoon was Emily & Chris' impromptu 'shake out' dance and the magnificent Harry Potter cake by Cakes of Wanaka.


Thank you again Emily & Chris for inviting me to capture and be part of your gorgeous wedding. Thanks also the fabulous team behind the day:

Make up - Sanctuary Day Spa
Hair - Alice Hair
Flowers - Crimson Wedding Flowers
Celebrant - Jools MacKnight
Musicians - Anna & Me
Catering - Raspberry Creek
Cake - Cakes of Wanaka
Venue - Limetree Lodge
Helicopters - Wanaka Helicopters