The Landing at Homebush wedding - Marie & Matt

Everything about Marie and Matt’s day was the ultimate photography dream! It was also really special having my sister and her partner as guests at the wedding, as well as my talented partner Karl who was shooting video. Marie looked stunning and The Landing at Homebush was the perfect location for photos.

Dress by Maggie Sottero
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Grooms suits by Barkers Menswear
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Dress: Maggie Sottero
Make up: Charlotte Wilson Beauty
Hair: Kirsty Macrae
Catering: Blue Carrot 
Groom Suits: Barkers Menswear 

Family Photos at Home - Wellington NZ

If you’re thinking about updating your family photos, have you considered using your home as the location? I always feel extremely grateful that I get to meet so many families and take their pictures. Being invited into their personal space brings another element into the session. If you have children who are a little camera shy and reluctant, being in their own environment could be an opportunity for them to feel confident and enjoy having their photo taken.

When Candice invited me into their home, everywhere I looked was something out of a magazine. I love the way they have styled the rooms! Absolute goals. Willis thought it was great because he could show me all of his toys and jump on the bed with Mum.

If you have a park or a playground near your home, this is another great location for photos with children. We all jumped in the car and headed to the park where we could run around with their dog.

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Self Empowerment and Stepping out of your Comfort Zone - Zsofi Portraits

When Zsofi contacted me a couple of months back I felt connected to her ideas straight away. I love meeting other women who live by similar beliefs as myself. I’m also a strong believer in feeling inspired by other woman and their courage. It feels great lifting one another up, in a world full of competition and comparison, let’s be stronger together.

I caught up with Zsofi again after our shoot to find out how she felt about the experience and what she learnt from it. I hope this resonates with my followers in some way or form. I’d love to inspire you to feel more confident when it comes to having your photo taken because the process can be more than just a pretty picture!

What made you interested in having a photo shoot with Jaymee?

I've been playing with the idea for a while. It came from me recently shifting my perspective from the external world to inward. I have recognised an ultimate power inside of myself and as a result stepped into my own authority, leading a life from this space - The Source.

I wanted a visual representation of this, something to cherish from an aesthetic point of view. I am also prepping to launch my own business soon, which will be based on woman empowerment and connecting back to this Source, through some mentorship, coaching and doula work. I needed nice pictures of me that I can use for my branding.

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Did it teach you anything?

OMG yes! As per my above thoughts, it is clear that my recent recognition of my self as a powerful Source and authority of my life is a deeply spiritual experience. It is also fairly new, which means that my life is not fully drenched in its juiciness yet. It's not yet dripping off my chin.

I need to connect the spiritual aspect of it to the physical, embodying ALL OF IT, ALL OF THE TIME. This photoshoot experience shone light to the gap. That even though I know this truth in my mind and heart, I need to bring it into my body.

During the photoshoot I was able to practice this. I was more uncomfortable at the start than I thought I would be, and this recognition was very humbling. Throughout the session I was able to practice what I potentially preach - embodiment of the true self. I have been practising radically ever since and want to make these photo sessions a regular occurrence.

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Self love and acceptance photo shoot
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What did you gain from this experience?

I gained a new perspective for embodied self-love. I gained a stronger connection to my body. I gained more access to my inner power and was reminded that it's crucial that we remain humble and always always open to the process to allow for growth to happen. I gained new appreciation for my visual appearance, and an ultimate acceptance of my own beauty.

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Planning your Wedding - Preparing for your family photos

When it comes to family photos I understand how tedious this part of the day can feel for the Bride and Groom, as well as their guests. If you have a big family and a short period of time to do these photos it can become overwhelming. Here are a few tips that always work really well for my couples.

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WRITE A LIST

Make a list of the different groups you want photographed, including which members of the family are involved (it can be a good idea to write individual names so we don’t miss anybody). Reading from a list will be much faster and easier than winging it on the day.

Think about the order in which you do the groups. It can be a good idea to take photos with grandparents first so they can then relax.

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GET YOUR MC INVOLVED

If you have an MC (or any family member) ask if they can help by gathering people from your list and keeping them near so when their name is called they can be ready.

ALLOW TIME

Family photos can take longer than expected, sometimes 5 minutes per group. Taking the photograph is really quick, but finding guests and getting everyone into place is where time slips away on us.

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CHILDREN

If you have younger children involved with your family photos I think the biggest piece of advice is to just go with the flow. They may not want to do it, I have a few tricks up my sleeve but sometimes it’s a matter of waiting for a different moment to get photos with them.

Martinborough Tree Church Wedding - Rachel and Edward

Rachel and Edward travelled from Auckland to Martinborough to tie the knot. I spent the morning with the girls at Rachel’s family farm. I always love being out in the country since I grew up on a farm and instantly felt inspired by my surroundings.

Rach and her bridesmaid’s looked amazing! The forest green bridesmaid dresses were a great colour, earthy tones are always good. Another detail which caught my eye were the flowers used for the reception decor. Rachel hand picked these from Holbrook forest Garden in Carterton. This added a personal touch!

While I was with the girls, my second shooter Ana from Moonflower Photography caught up with the guys before heading off to Martinborough Tree Church for their ceremony. Thanks for spending the day with us Ana!

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mother of the groom helping with his tie
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Groom and Groomsmen saying cheers
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Martinborough Tree Chruch ceremony
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Bride signing the register
Bride and Groom walking down the wedding aisle
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Bride and Groom holding hands
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Bride and Groom cutting their wedding cake

Thanks to all the wonderful vendors involved, it is always a pleasure working with you and bringing the day together.

Flowers: Beverly from Tree Top Flowers Martinborough 
Flowers on the tables were picked by Rachel from Holbrook forest Garden in Carterton 
Make up: Emily Bertram from Masterton 
Dress: The Kate Moss designed and made by Jane Yeh Auckland 
Mens Suits: Barkers 
Food: Salt street food
Celebrant: Reverend Steve Thomson
Band: The Relatives and Uncle Monkey Wellington 
Ceremony venue: Tree church Martinborough 
Reception: Ata rangi vineyard