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.






A Photographic Year in Review 2014


Happy New Year everyone… Welcome 2015! Wishing you all a bright and rewarding year to come. By means of review, here is Photographic Year in Review; a selection of my favourite images from 2014... 2014 has been an interesting and fabulous year for Fluidphoto….I have to pinch myself sometimes how many wonderful people I’m attracting to capture their wedding, portrait or commercial project.

To all my friends and family… thank you all so much. Truly I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of your advice, belief and support in what I’m doing.

I’m grateful for how much local support I have with other vendors and acquaintances too…. There’s so much talent in Wanaka it blows me away on a constant basis.

A personal highlight for me this year have been capturing photos for a book on a subject I love to be published this year (more to come on this when its released!). I’ve also got to collaborate with some fabulous individuals on one of my favourite styled shoots ever too and participate in a couple of photography workshops which has developed my professional & creative outlook plus introduced me to some amazing photographers.


A Photographic Year in Review 2014

LookLoveWed - the perfect wedding planning tool


LookLoveWed is the perfect place to do all your wedding planning and find all your inspiration. It's a visual site that works by you selecting images from different categories such as photographers, venues or even by location or colour and saving them into albums.

Fluidphoto is proud to be listed with LookLoveWed; look for us under the Photographer's section or by clicking on the link below:




Award winning wedding photographer


This year was the first year I entered the prestigious national competition Iris Awards run by New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) . After months of planning, my images were printed, matted and sent up to Auckland to await the judging in early August.

Waiting for the results was both exciting & nerve-wracking at the same time! I was elated to find that two of the four images I entered won awards - both Bronze in the Wedding Classic section.

Here are the two images, both from weddings here in Wanaka last Spring… I absolutely love both of them, so am delighted they have done so well.

Thanks to all the wonderful couples I have had the pleasure of sharing their wedding days with, especially Rachael & Leo and Roz & Chris whom helped create these award winning photos.

Iris Award winning wedding photo Anticipation 2013 Iris Award winning wedding photo Sky Dance 2013

Winter icicles showcased in Central Magazine

Thanks to Central Magazine for featuring my photo of the icicles up the Matukituki Valley near the start of the Motatapu track in Wanaka in the latest issue, out this week. Central Magazine is a great bi-monthly local publication, showcasing all things wonderful about Central Otago. Go check it out!!

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