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there is no better time to get your photo taken...

Written by Angela Penn on October 29th, 2014.      0 comments



These gorgeous kids go to my son's school, in fact Maeve is in Harry's class. Isn't it funny though, how you get to know the parents of the kids the same sex as yours, but hardly talk to the others? I don't really know the girls' parents in our class at all!  That's probably because, as we all know, girls smell.

Maeve & Otto's mum Kerry, is going through cancer treatment and although this shoot was meant about the kids, I MADE her be in these photos.  Well, I suggested strongly that it would be a good idea and I'm so so glad she did it as you will see down the bottom of this post, we have a couple of gorgeous images of Kerry and her beautiful children.

Our location was a little different - it was down a very busy part of Linwood Ave - you know, before Eastgate (or after, depending on which direction you're coming from).  I've been wanting to shoot here for YEARS so when I suggested this location to Kerry, she was all for it!



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corina & daryl's wedding - the sound of sirens

Written by Angela Penn on October 22nd, 2014.      0 comments


Corina & Daryl have been photographed by me for nearly two years, since their gorgeous wee daughter Jade, was born.  I've loved watching Jade grow and it's been my absolute pleasure to see this beautiful family evolve and bond.  So, when they asked me to shoot their wedding, it was a big HECK YES from me.  It's just so exciting to shoot someone you've met a few times before - I LOVE it!

Oh yes, you're wondering about the sirens reference?  Yeah, just me trying to be funny...  Corina & Daryl met through St John and the St John's folk and any reference to St John was prominent on their wedding day, so much so they had an ambulance meet us at Hagley Park.  I'm not sure how they got it there but I don't want to know.  "What goes on at St John... " etc etc.

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When I asked what his name was, Cooper says "big boy!". 
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This is gorgeous Jade!  Just woked up from a big nap - all ready to celebrate mummy & daddy's wedding day!
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Josie & Brian (Corina's mum and dad) start to get ready.
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There's no better time to snuggle with mum than when you have breakfast all over your hands.
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Over at the boys' place, Daryl is starting to get ready too. Big thanks to Stuart for second shooting for me!
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Back with the girls, we took the opportunity of getting some stunning portraits of Corina (complete with white couch on the lawn!).
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The girls arrive at the West Melton airfield, for the first look - exciting!!!!!
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Corina's brother Lance and dad Brian, look on. 
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Then off to Little Hagley Park (by Millbrook Reserve) to check to see if the blubells are still there - and YES, so happy to say they were!  Have to get the ambo shot!
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The boys head off to Langdales while the girls (who don't want to turn up exactly on time, right?) take a detour past the pub. 
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And then to Langdale Vineyard Restaurant where we're hoping the rain will hold off!  Beautiful setting out here.
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Love this shot of wee Stella.  (Thanks to Stu for this one!).
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Then back inside where it's nice and warm. Oh and there's wine.
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The shoe game was FUN!!!!!
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I was told I HAD to get the YMCA song as it holds some significance for the St John's guys.  They went NUTS when it was played!  So funny!
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Hey guys, thank you SO much for inviting me to capture your wedding day. It was so much fun and I think you guys are the best.  Wee Jade is just a darling.  x
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Venue: Langdale Vineyard
Celebrant: Debbie Hawker
Cake: Fantail Cakes
Cars: Family owned cars
Videography: Soul Reflections
Musician: Tor Sutton
Rings: Terry Banks Jeweller, West Melton
Suits: Sergios
Cufflinks: On the Cuff
Dress: Bought 2nd hand via Still White (2014 Cosmobella Collection)
Brides shoes: Overland
Brides hairpiece & earrings, and fur stole: Grace & Lace
Brides nails: Miss Bliss
Bridesmaids; Dress: Max, Belt: Annah Stretton, Shoes: Hannah's
Bridesmaids jewellery: Merlesque Jewellery Design (Facebook Page)
Makeup: Angela Minson
Hair: Janeen Moir
Flax Flowers (and buttonholes, cake topper, corsage): Flaxation
Photographer: Angela Penn - Ladybug Photography
 

allen & yixing's sunny engagement shoot

Written by Angela Penn on October 14th, 2014.      0 comments


Wow, what a beautiful day is was on Monday!  Absolutely stunning!  And I got to photograph a stunning couple too. They are SO sweet, and SO cute together and they are so so so in love!!!  I'm buzzing about this shoot and cannot wait until their wedding in January!

Here are a few images from their engagement session.
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hannah & yohan's love shoot at little hagley park

Written by Angela Penn on October 12th, 2014.      0 comments


We met up on a gorgeous Spring day in Canterbury, and managed to pick the perfect bluebell time!  I LOVE this time of year so to be able to shoot at this time, with a couple so obviously in love made it all the more special!love shoot hagley park 0001love shoot hagley park 0002love shoot hagley park 0003love shoot hagley park 0004love shoot hagley park 0005love shoot hagley park 0006love shoot hagley park 0007love shoot hagley park 0008love shoot hagley park 0009love shoot hagley park 0010love shoot hagley park 0011love shoot hagley park 0012love shoot hagley park 0013love shoot hagley park 0014love shoot hagley park 0015love shoot hagley park 0016love shoot hagley park 0017love shoot hagley park 0018love shoot hagley park 0019love shoot hagley park 0020love shoot hagley park 0021love shoot hagley park 0022love shoot hagley park 0023love shoot hagley park 0024love shoot hagley park 0025love shoot hagley park 0026love shoot hagley park 0027love shoot hagley park 0028

I loved this shoot with you guys, can't wait for the wedding now!  :)
 

sarah & bassam - engagement session amongst the horses

Written by Angela Penn on October 3rd, 2014.      0 comments


I think it's fair to say Sarah & Bassam and I hit it off straight away - I showed them my sample album - they gave me tea and chocolate.  And then the fun began!

The couple decided on using the Sandow Riding School in Templeton as the backdrop for their engagement shoot as this is where they met, and it couldn't have been more perfect!

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These two are just so cute and laughed and giggled their way through the whole session!
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Sefton thinks they're pretty funny...
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Sarah & Bassam, I had SO much fun at your engagement shoot and you guys are so lovely to shoot! Can't wait for your big day. x
 

nikolay's first steps - a lifestyle shoot

Written by Angela Penn on October 1st, 2014.      0 comments


I met these gorgeous guys a few weeks ago when they came up to my studio to check out my work and to make sure I wasn't a total nut-job.  I pretended I wasn't so we booked in their Lifestyle Shoot!  Grigoriy, Anna & wee Nikolay are from Ukraine and are totally gorgeous!!!

We started at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens where they fed the ducks, then wandered around together being totally in love and beautiful.  That works up an appetite so we went back to their place for cake!!!

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Aren't they just stunning? So in love - what a gorgeous family.
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We also managed to capture Nikolay's first steps!!! 
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Their house is filled with love and memories and there are photos everywhere. Anna made the wee elephants which are a symbol of good luck.

Now for cake...mmm it was delicious!  Inna from Inna's Baking made it and it not only looked good it tasted AMAZING!!! 
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Now, Anna is one very talented lady - she MADE these beautiful flowers! They are made from soft, air-dryed Japanese clay and they look so life- like!  They are perfect for a wedding bouquet or buttonhole as they last forever!
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And now for the special guest ... Nikolay!!!!
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Way better to eat them than to play with them, huh?
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Don't you just love tiny itty-bitty feet???!!!
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It's been a long day.
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These guys are the lovliest parents and it's clear to see how in love they are with each other.  That wee boy is one lucky chappy.  x

Here's their slideshow:
 

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

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