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Lisa & Dylan's wedding

Written by Angela Penn on February 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

You should always have a plan B if it's wet and it helps if you have two cool customers who don't mind changing things around at the last minute!  Instead of the ceremony at the gardens, Lisa & Dylan just met before their ceremony to have a few sneaky photos.  Just them. Oh and me.  :)arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0008arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0009arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0010arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0011arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0012arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0013arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0014arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0015arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0016arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0017arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0018arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0019arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0020arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0021arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0022arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0023arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0024arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0025arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0026arts centre wedding photographer christchurch 0027

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Photographer - Angela Penn, Ladybug Photography
Flowers - Febella flowers http://www.febellaflowers.co.nz/
Celebrant - Chris Jones  https://iwedu.co.nz/
Dresses (bride's and bridesmaids') - Christine Reeves  www.christinereeves.co.nz/
Suits - Sergios
Boys/ haircuts and beard trims from Frederick Woodwards barber shop  https://www.woodwards.co.nz/
Girls' hair was by Monique Woods (bridesmaids) and Alex hopkins at Dinh Collective https://www.dinhcollective.com @moniquewoodshairstyling and @alexhopkinshairstyling 
Makeup done by Lisa's friend, Marcella (amazing!)
Cake - alana smith cakes  www.alanasmithcakes.co.nz/
Shoes - Overland (bridesmaids') and Mi Piaci (bride's) 

Newborn baby Nate

Written by Angela Penn on January 16th, 2018.      0 comments

"And she loved a little boy very very much, even more than she loved herself" - Shel Silverstein

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The fun Finn family! (Including Rosie the dog)

Written by Angela Penn on December 12th, 2017.      0 comments

These guys were so much fun to shoot! We had grand hopes for the dog to be in lots more photos but hey, we were at a park and Rosie wanted none of that 'sitting down with the family' business!  
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Baby Kyla - Cambridge Lifestyle shoot

Written by Angela Penn on December 8th, 2017.      0 comments

I headed up to Hamilton & Cambridge recently for a couple of photo shoots - mum Brenda had an awesome helper in big sister Kaylee and her wee sister simply adores her!
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Written by Angela Penn on November 24th, 2017.      0 comments

This gorgeous wee dot came to visit a while back and I'm so happy to be able to show you her beautiful photos!

If you're thinking of getting professional photos taken of your baby, don't wait until they're walking (coz it's way too hard to try and shoot them when all they want to do it run away!).  Sitter sessions are my absolute favourite age as they stay (reasonably) still, they usually are quite happy to sit and give me gorgeous smiles and they haven't normally reached that 9 month old I-NEED-TO-SEE-MUM-EVERY-WAKING-MINUTE stage where mum inevitably ends up in every single photo (or her hand at least!).  Anyway any age is great to get photos taken but sitters are THE BEST!!!

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Newborn Baby Mila

Written by angela penn on October 24th, 2017.      0 comments

This gorgeous wee poppet is part of my Baby Grow Programme and had her first session a couple of weeks ago. I'm so looking forward to seeing her growing and getting to know her lovely family a bit better! I've already had Mila's two cousins through for their Baby Grow sessions so we're certainly keeping it in the family!

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I've said this in my previous blog post, but I love wrapping up a baby then letting them stretch and wake up naturally as they unwrap themselves. I find it so much more natural looking than all the posed, wrapped shots. Love them. 
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Baby Jett

Written by angela penn on October 20th, 2017.      0 comments

What a cutie-pie! Jett arrived with his mum and dad, dog Hendrix, grandma and great auntie! It was a packed studio but wee Jett was a superstar and slept most of the time and we got some absolutely awesome shots.  I don't know about you, but I love the more natural shots, where mum and dad can't stop smiling at each other, and the wonder of what they've just created is so evident on their faces. I also love the more natural baby shots too - I don't like anything too contrived and posed - I prefer to wrap baby up, take a few shots then unwrap him and capture all those beautiful stretches and yawns as they unfold. x

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Harper's newborn session

Written by Angela Penn on September 1st, 2017.      0 comments

Beautiful wee Harper was in the studio recently for her newborn shoot - 5 days old! I love when babies have loads of hair!  Harper is booked in for the Baby Grow programme so keep an eye out on my Facebook page for more adorable images. 

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The Thelnings

Written by Angela Penn on July 7th, 2017.      0 comments

Andrea took advantage of a beautiful Autumn afternoon to get some updated images of her children, as a gift for her husband.  We shot up at Old School Reserve in Mt Pleasant and it was just that - very pleasant! These children would have to be some of the best behaved children ever and I LOVE shooting them!  <3

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Billie - newborn

Written by Angela Penn on June 9th, 2017.      0 comments

Billie!!! You gorgeous wee thing!
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The NZ Woman (Andrea Roberts)

Written by Angela Penn on June 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

This week in the studio I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful and very lovely Andrea from The NZ Woman. I have a feeling we could have chatted all day but the school pickup was calling and we had to go our separate ways. Andrea is a wealth of social media information and has an awesome blog where she's recently interviewed The Bachelor's Matilda Rice.  Here are a few images from our shoot! Click here to read Matilda's interview. x

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Sam & Nathan's wet and wonderful Melton Estate wedding

Written by Angela Penn on April 7th, 2017.      0 comments

I know most couples pray for big blue sunshine filled skies on their wedding day but rain can make for some awesome, epic photos so as long as the couple are up for getting a bit soaked, then I'm in rain-drenched heaven! I'm talking about the creative shots after the ceremony, of course!  Ideally, it would be dry for the ceremony and the group photos but once everyone is nicely tucked up inside the venue, drink in hand, you really want the skies to open up and for some serious drizzle to happen.  Well, as you will see from these images, the skies did not disappoint!

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There's always a bit of Youtubing when it's time to put the buttonholes on
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And then it was time to go to Sam's mum's place to shoot the beautiful bride!
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Aargh - so beautiful, Sam! x
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And now off to the venue where Tracy from Melton Estate always does an amazing job!
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See what I mean about epic rain shot??!!! I'm still squealing like a little girl at these shots!!!!!
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Ok so here's the difference some lighting can make.  The top image was where my speedlight didn't fire. I was click WAY too fast for it to keep up!  And you can SO see the difference a bit of backlighting makes - it picks up every wee rain drop.  I LOVES ME SOME BACKLIGHTING!
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Photographer - Angela Penn
Celebrant – Julie Lasson

Cake – Just Desserts

Flowers – Ilam Florists

Dress – Wilkins Bridal

Suits – Sergios

Make up – Angela Minson

Hair – Michele Robertson (Balayage Hair) (My pick for vendors this wedding - Sam's hair looked AMAZING!)

Decorations – Something Borrowed Something New & Little Hire Company


Azalea's dance session

Written by Angela Penn on February 19th, 2017.      0 comments

You know what? I'm sick of dancing photos where the girl sticks her leg in the air to show how supple she is.  And it's usually accompanied by a big cheesy grin. Dancers are WAY more than cheesy grins and high kicks. A dancer has beautiful arms and hands. A dancer knows how to hold herself. A dancer knows how to be posed and they do EXACTLY what you ask them to do.  Dancers. Are. Awesome.

Here is the extremely awesome Azalea at our shoot on Friday. I love this girl!!!
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Me: now go en pointe and grab your ankles and turn your head towards me
Azalea: umm haha my hamstrings won't let me
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This shot is completely impromptu - it was between shots (well, obviously not if I shot it!).
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If you're wanting a session with your aspiring dancer, please contact me angela@ladybugphotography.co.nz
I will bring out the best in your dancer - not all dancers are blessed with fantastic turn our and gorgeous feet. We will find what you're best at and showcase that. xxx

Maxine & Andrew's Rossendale wedding

Written by Angela Penn on February 11th, 2017.      0 comments

It was a beautifully hot summer's day when Maxine and Andrew said "I do" at St Michael's church.  This church is absolutely beautiful and so was the bride, who was flanked by her two sons as they walked her down the aisle.  Andrew's brother and daughters were his attendants and it was just perfect.
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Photographer - Angela Penn
Wedding dress - House of Chantilly - Lace & Grace
Jewellery - Grace & Lace
Rings - Michael Hill
Hair - David Palaamo, Greta Brennan, Rana Thomas
Makeup - Greer Mason, Kieran Growcott, Greta Brennan
Bridal car - Air Park Limousines
Bridal shoes & Bridesmaids dresses -  JJ Bridal
Suits - Munns
Kapahaka - Nga Manu a Tane (these guys were AWESOME!)
Bridal & reception flowers - Moffatt's
Church flowers - Andrea's
Cake - Vic's Kitchen
Invitation cards - Love Blossoms
Service booklet - Copy Print
Ceremony venue - St Michael's
Reception venue - Rossendale
DJ - Will Tafua
Reception table setting - Something Borrowed
Music equipment - Party Warehouse
Wedding night accommodation - The Elms Hotel

Maria & Julien's beautiful Cossars wedding

Written by Angela Penn on December 23rd, 2016.      0 comments

Maria & Julien got married on a beautiful, sunny day in November. I'd met them both before when I shot their engagement photos and you could tell straight away these two are perfect for each other.  Maria's giggly personality completely matches Julien's quiet nature and it was an absolute pleasure to shoot their wedding as well.

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During the speeches, it was mentioned that Maria likes to write "Maria is cool" everywhere so I was really glad I noticed this at Maria's mum's house earlier that day!
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And over at the church the boys had just arrived.
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At Cossars, it looked amazing.
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Meet Mac - 10 weeks old!

Written by Angela Penn on November 3rd, 2016.      0 comments

Everyone loves a baby but especially a lovely smiley baby!

Libby & Lachie came to see me last week for some photos of their gorgeous wee boy, Mac.  Check out his eyelashes!
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Alyssa & Madelyn

Written by Angela Penn on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

I had these cuties in the studio a few weeks ago - they were fantastic! Alyssa has those beautiful big brown eyes and wee Madelyn slept like a star!
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Amy & Lachie get married!

Written by Angela Penn on October 16th, 2016.      0 comments

Amy is the queen of organisation and spreadsheets so you can imagine how difficult it must have been trying to arrange a wedding from Australia! This is where sister Meagan comes in, as well as lots of other friends and family! These guys are big on family and I lost count of the number of cousins at Amy & Lachie's wedding!  It was just awesome.

So last Saturday, on a beautiful Spring day, Amy and Lachlan said "I do" in the garden of their friends' property in front of their loved ones.

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There was a willing helper wherever you looked... especially willing was Amy's dad who was on the ride-on mower most of the morning!
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At the girls' camp...
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And over at the boys' cottage, Lachie had just given Best Man JP, and Groomsman Jake, watches as gifts.
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Lachie's sister makes sure he's looking sharp.
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So then we went into a neighbouring field where the bride decided to climb over the gate (we couldn't open it).  And she did it so elegantly!
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Lachie and his nieces.
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It's always good fun taking photos of people being photographed!
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Just before the reception started, the sun came out again and we got some gorgeous light!
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I heard that the guests partied way into the night!
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Venue & onsite accommodation: Sean Dixon
Photographer: Angela Penn - Ladybug Photography
Hair: Nicole Wright - nicolejwright@yahoo.co.nz
Makeup: Melissa Jolly - Art & Soul Makeup by Melissa
Marquee hire: Party Warehouse
Reception supplies & setup: The Little Hire Company
Catering: Country Feasts
Flowers: Aromaunga Baxters Flowers


Kelly & Andrew's boys

Written by Angela Penn on October 5th, 2016.      0 comments

I have been shooting this beautiful family since Hadley was a baby and although these guys live a long way away from my studio in Mt Pleasant, they have been so loyal and lovely that they travel all the way to see me for photos every time they have a baby.  I am so grateful and this is why I love my job so much - my clients are SO lovely.

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Baby Crew
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Andrew and the big boys.
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And now the whole family! Aren't they gorgeous?!
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Written by Angela Penn on October 1st, 2016.      0 comments

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Meet Angela

Angela Penn is a member of the NZIPP & qualified portrait photographer in Christchurch, New Zealand and is absolutely passionate about photographing people.



Contact Angela

Mob:   0274 887 544

Email:   hi@ladybug.nz

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