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Amanda & Simon are having a baby!

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

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are beautiful at this time of year - actually they're beautiful ANY time of year but there is lots of awesome green and other gorgeous colours going on at the moment!
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Julia & Nick's City engagement shoot

Written by Angela Penn on September 13th, 2015.      0 comments

Julia & Nick are cafe/cycle buffs so it was only fitting we started our shoot at The Caffeine Laboratory in New Regent Street and cruise around the city for some cool spots!  It's amazing how you sometimes don't notice the blank, empty places in Christchurch until you see them from above (shot from the Rendezvous Hotel) but there sure are some wonderful things happening in our beautiful city.

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Julia & Nick - you guys were awesome! Can't wait to come back into town to shoot the wedding!  :)

Jess & Mike's First Day of "Spring" engagemement session

Written by Angela Penn on September 1st, 2015.      0 comments

You'll notice the word Spring in my title is in inverted commas.  That means it wasn't Spring weather at all. In fact it was more like middle-of-winter weather.  BUT IT WAS STILL AWESOME!  I actually really love shooting in this type of weather - I think it kind of makes you stretch yourself a little bit more creatively.  You know you've only got a limited amount of time so there's pressure to get some great shots.  Or one shot at least! 

I'd met Jess & Mike once before at Amanda & Simon's wedding where Mike was a groomsman. Jess had told me she doesn't really enjoy getting her photo taken (I get this comment a LOT) so I wasn't sure how she'd cope with a full on photo shoot and a big camera.  Wow, I had nothing to worry about - these guys are awesome in front of the camera and just so natural!

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the lovely arnott family

Written by Angela Penn on February 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

I had these gorgeous people in the studio just before Christmas!  Such a lovely family and the kids are just tooooo cute!  I just LOVE how Molly and Archie interract with each other.  x
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penny & dean's port hills engagement session

Written by Angela Penn on February 13th, 2015.      0 comments

The weather looked ominous for Penny & Dean's engagement shoot this week but the rain held off just enough to take some beautiful shots in the Port Hills.

This loved up couple are getting married in their home country of South Africa in May so they asked me to do their engagement shoot - just wish I could shoot their wedding - these two are soooo good in front of the camera (despite telling me they were a bit nervous!).

All the best for your wedding you two. I'll be looking forward to seeing photos - it's going to be amazing! x
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sarah & chris' engagement shoot in the gardens

Written by Angela Penn on January 5th, 2015.      0 comments

You'd be hard pressed to find a lovelier setting than our very own Christchurch Botanic Gardens.  It has everything you could want in a photographic backdrop and outside the museum on a beautiful afternoon, I met Sarah & Chris for the very first time and they were amazing in front of the camera!  Check them out.  :)

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Sarah & Chris - I can't wait to hang out with you both again in a couple of weeks!

vicky & mark's city engagement shoot

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

Vicky & Mark chose Christchurch's inner city as the backdrop for their engagement shoot a couple of weeks ago and it was a beautiful, beautiful night!  I very rarely go into the City and they showed me loads of new things which were so cool to be able to photograph!

I think it's fair to say they were perhaps a little hesitant about being in front of the camera but by the end of it, they were dancing up a storm to beat of their own drums.  This is why I think it's so important to do a pre-wedding shoot if you get the chance!  We knew each other just that little bit more after it and when it comes to photos on their big day, they will be so much more relaxed.

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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

victoria & sam's port hills engagement session

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

Victoria and Sam booked me to shoot their wedding before we'd met so a couple of weeks ago when we arranged to meet for their engagement session, I had NO idea what to expect.  Mind you, neither did they.  This giggly couple had JUST gotten off a flight from Samoa that morning, so what I was expecting was two bedragled, sleep deprived, dehydrated people.  Instead I got two gorgeous, funny people who make one super cute, adorable couple!  I don't think they stopped giggling the whole time and I'd like to think it was partly my influence but as Victoria put it, "we're eggs!".

The weather couldn't quite make up it's mind that day - the fog kept rolling in and then the sun would come out.  Nevertheless it's still a beautiful sight up by Sign of the Kiwi.
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(By the end of our session, you couldn't even see the top of this hill, it was so covered in cloud).
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So now we get into the good stuff!  Photos of Sam and Victoria!!!
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And keep an eye out for Victoria's cute foot pop too.  It makes an appearance quite a bit.  :)
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These guys were so easy to photograph and I know their wedding day will be full of smiles, giggles and the odd foot pop.  :)

sarah & matt's victoria park engagement session

Written by Angela Penn on June 25th, 2014.      0 comments

I have known Sarah for a long time now - our families were really close when we were kids, we all used to play netball together (Sarah's family is very talented in the sporting arena - me, not so much).  And my brother used to babysit Sarah and her sister!  So I was super honoured when they asked if they would photograph their wedding.  And or course I said big fat huge YESSSSS!!!

We met up at Victoria Park (well it's kinda behind the main park area - away from the people), so it was nice and private.

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After a few 'go stand in that long grass and frolick around' photos, they ignored me and only had eyes for each other. I LOOOOVE this photo so much.
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A bit of dancing practice never goes astray...
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At the time of writing this blog, Sarah asked if I needed any more info from her and this is what she wrote:
" Matt was on the Fortune 500 List but lost his billions in the 1987 stock market crash, got a face lift, suckered some beautiful, honest, caring, extremely modest maori girl from Christchurch to marry him and the rest is history".  This girl is seriously hilarious. Matt, you are going to be kept laughing for the rest of your life. If not with her, then definitely AT her. 

Lewis & Faye's engagement shoot - Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Written by Angela Penn on April 8th, 2014.      0 comments

I loved these two gorgeous souls from the minute I met them.  Both so happy and open and just .. well ...downright lovely!

We met up 5 days before their wedding to do their engagement shoot and the weather couldn't have behaved more!

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Keep an eye out for their wedding blog coming soon!!!

louise & stuart's lyttelton engagement session

Written by Angela Penn on March 8th, 2014.      0 comments

Louise & Stuart (or Lioux & Stioux as I like to call them) are old friends, with a very long complicated story as to how we met.  Lioux and I used to kind of be related.  Yeah, long story.  Anyway, they're getting married next month so we took the opportunity to do this engagement shoot in Lyttelton where they met.  Awwww.

You can tell Louise is an ex-ballerina, with her beautiful long legs!  Stuart is a photographer so I'm on my best behaviour!

They got engaged on a recent trip away and wowzers, look at that ring!  Stu did a great job choosing (was even so sneaky as to grab an old ring of Louise's to get the sizing right - good boy!!!).
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See you soon, guys! Can't wait till next month! x

emma & mike are engaged!

Written by Angela Penn on December 8th, 2013.      0 comments

I met up with Emma & Mike for their engagement shoot this week and we used gorgeous Taylor's Mistake as our backdrop. Fred, their fur baby came along for the ride and boy does he keep them on their toes!  Mike pretended he didn't like being in front of the camera but my camera knows better and Emma has THE most infectious giggle I've ever heard.  That giggle, is absolutely beautiful.
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No, this isn't Mike.  I just snapped this poor guy as he was riding.  :)
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Ah, here they are!
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And wherever Mike & Emma are, Fred isn't far away.
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Fred is looking for his biscuit. Hehe.
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Can't wait to shoot your wedding guys - February is just around the corner!  x

Caroline + David = love

Written by on August 11th, 2013.      0 comments

Oh my goodness. These two are just gorgeous to shoot.  They are so in love, and just so happy - I can't wait for their wedding in Feb next year.

Lawyer (and songbird) Caroline & anaesthesiologist David are a match made in heaven.  We met in Sumner for their engagement shoot and although we'd picked a cloudy, gray day, this loved-up couple were a bright spot in all the gloominess.

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Caroline keeps David on his toes... and wherever she goes, he will follow.  Or be dragged.
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Oops.  Did I say "keep looking at me" for a bit too long???
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This couple is on top of the world...
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... but are ready to catch each other when they fall.
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Caroline and David, it was my absolutely pleasure to shoot your pre-wedding photos, and I know your wedding day is going to be just as fun and just as beautiful. xxx

Heather & Doug's studio couples shoot

Written by on July 9th, 2013.      0 comments

Wowzers.  These guys are awesome.  Not only are they great to photograph, they take amazing photos too!  This is Heather & Doug of Heather Ellis Photography & DpointR Photography - both extremely talented on both sides of the camera, as it turns out! I must admit I was a tad nervous before they got here... Okay okay, I was still shaking when I made them coffee but as soon as the camera started clicking I was in the zone!  Too much fun.  x

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This is where I was trying to make them laugh, by laughing myself but apparently I ended up sounding like Santa.
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I LOOOOVE this one.  :D
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