The first time I met Nicole it was at another wedding – I recall a smiley face in the dark amongst a group of people celebrating outside as I was leaving. I also recall that she was super-nice and sounded really really fun. Needless to say I was pretty stoked when Nicole and Tim contacted me a few months later to photograph their wedding.
After getting hair and makeup done at Hair at 81 in Rangiora, the girls headed back to Nicole’s parent’s place to finish getting ready.
While I was with girls, Erin hung out with the guys out in Leithfield.
Here’s Tim looking pretty suave.
Not only does Tim love hunting – but he’s also pretty keen on helicopters! How rock-star are these guys?? And what a way to arrive to a wedding!
After the ceremony we headed up the road to a beautiful farm – which is right next door to where Nicole’s grandparents used to live.
Riley looked adorable in his mini-suit!
This cart actually belonged to Nicole’s grandparents so it was pretty cool to incorporate it in the photos.
Now – these guys LOVE choppers so it was pretty amazing to be able to head out to some spectacular scenery for photos.
Erin got a great shot of the Waimakariri River as we headed for the snowy peaks beyond.
Oh and here’s Erin!! Looking pretty excited don’t you think!! I swear that she had this grin on ALL afternoon!
Our amazing pilot from Way to Go Heli Services landed us on a teeny tiny wee saddle (bear in mind that I am terrified of heights to to me it was a needle-point precipice!!) and we had some fun in the snow capturing these images for Tim and Nicole. Tim was definitely in his element.
Here’s a wider angle shot that Erin captured. Tim and Nicole – you guys look spectacular amongst that scenery!
And yep, while its not my best angle, I do think I have a pretty cool job!
Erin also captured this gorgeous image of Nicole – how happy does this girl look!
Then it was back to Melton Estate for the reception
Tim and Nicole – thank you so much for sharing your amazing day with us!! We had a blast and loved capturing your wedding for you.
A huge thank you to Erin of Inspire Images for second shooting for the day as well!
If you’ve ever wanted to know how to get better photos of the kids, or what all those OTHER settings on your camera actually do, then this workshop is sure to help you. On the 17th August I am holding a 3 hour fun and informative workshop on the beginners basics of amazing photo-taking.
For more information on what will be covered, head over to my website: www.kimhamblin.co.nz for the low down. Spaces are limited so if this all sounds great – call me on 080 300 850 to book your place.
One of the most enjoyable and fun parts of what I do for a living is working with children. They can be funny, cute, sweet, charming, and yes at times they can also be challenging and slightly uncooperative but I always love the results and the experience. Many of the parents I meet often say “Oh I love that photo! I wish I knew how to do that!”
So I thought that for all the mum-tographers out there I’d share a couple of wee tips that really do make a difference and will hopefully make a help you when photographing the kids.
1) With kids I always use a super-fast shutter speed. Children move really really quickly, and no sooner have you got them just where you want them, than they are gone, or they swing a leg or wave an arm and with a slower shutter speed, you can be left with a blur and then nothing.
2) Keep them in one place ( I hear you gasp at this one and ask “How??!!”). Try sitting them on a chair, wedging them between older siblings, or sit them on the ground). Then move quickly to compose the photo and snap the shot before they cotton onto you and disappear in a puff of dust and giggles.
3) Don’t. Say. Cheese!!!! How often do I hear parents tell little Tommy to “smile nicely at the camera, no, not that silly face Tommy, the NICE smile!” This can be frustrating for parents as much as poor little Tommy who for all his photographed life has been cued to grimace out the clenched- teeth and silly-faced “Cheeeeeeeeseeeee” whenever a camera is in sight. Please just don’t do it. ( Unless of course this is the look you are going for in which case go for gold).
4) Make them laugh naturally. Pull a funny face. Offer them broccoli ice cream. Make a silly noise when they don’t expect it – and have the camera ready! They will flash you the most delighted grin and you will snap their beautiful natural smile without having to actually get them to DO anything.
And finally, 5) Get down to their level. Crouch, lay, squat or kneel so your camera is eye-level to them – this will make it easier to interact with them and your photos will be better-composed for the effort. It’s also a great way to have a thigh work out as well as no doubt you will have to jump up and chase them, squat back down, leap up again and so on to keep up with them!!
Hopefully this will be helpful to you – stay tuned for information on my new workshop happening in August!
Its Sunday night so I though I’d share some yummy photos from little Piper’s session. I don’t even need to tell you how delightful this wee poppet is as I’m sure you can see that yourself – seriously gorgeous.
Nicola and Jeff, lovey to see you and to meet little Piper – and a big huge massive congratulations on your adorable wee girl.
Olivia and Sophie are two of the cutest, most adorable children ever. I was super-lucky to have them in the studio the other day with their Au Pair Sofia. When they turned up armed with suitcases of beautiful dresses – I knew we were going to have fun! The hardest part was deciding which dresses to pop the girls in!!
Both of them study ballet and they are really really good! Here are just a couple of my favorite images from the day.
Ok – I know – its been a while since I’ve blogged and so over the next few days or so I’ll be sharing some of my favorite images from recent shoots. Its certainly been busy with weddings winding down for the season, portraits and more specifically plenty of little babies to meet and photograph. I really do love my job!
Emma and Ryan are getting married later this year, so we caught up for a pre-wedding engagement shoot a couple of weeks ago. A pre-wedding session works well for several reasons – you get to see that really, being in front of a camera isn’t too scary at all (these two were actually dreading it and later said that it was easy AND they had fun too!), we get to know a little more about each other so that on the big day, we’re actually meeting up as friends – and I’m not some scary person with a camera! And of course, you get some beautiful photos of the two of you. These photos are great for using on invitations too.
So without further ado, meet Emma and Ryan, a gorgeous sporty and fun couple! (I think they did really well with their photos – whatdya reckon?)
Saturday was yet another hot, sunny day and perfect for a garden wedding at Tipapa Woolshed in Greta Valley. I met up with the boys as they got ready in Rangiora – a bit of a team effort as they swapped shorts and jandals for suits and shoes.
Greta Valley’s historic Tipapa Woolshed was the beautiful venue for Dan and Priscilla’s wedding.
The girls got ready at the homestead.
Cute flower girl Keisha was fitted into her dress which was made by Priscilla and her mum.
Evie was flower girl number two and just as adorable!
As Priscilla made her way down the stairs, she kept an eye out for her dad who was picking her up before the boys arrived.
Girls – you all looked stunning!
The boys arrived looking pretty swish and remarkably relaxed!
Its official now guys! Whoo hoo!!
And there was this little dude. The kind of dude who melts your heart with one blink of big blue eyes and cheeky little grin. Heart melt – right there!
We ducked away for a few minutes and some photos in the garden – how gorgeous are these two?!
And of course we HAD to make use of the old pens out the back of the wool shed.
After dinner Brendon from Boogie Beats got the party started for the smaller groovers in the house….
…..and then busted out some pretty impressive and entertaining moves himself!
But of course the best moves on the dance floor had to belong to the happy couple – with a choreographed dance to Elvis they swooped and dipped their way into married life with spectacular style.
Priscilla and Dan – what a wonderful wedding and sooooo much fun! Thank you so much for sharing your day with me, I just loved being a part of it. Have a wonderful time in Fiji and see you when you return. 🙂
Venue: Tipapa Woolshed
Hair: KM Hair
Makeup: Stacey Banfield
Music: Boogie Beats
Caterers: Canterbury Country Spitroast
Dress: Avon Bridal