Met up with the Lakeland Queen and Lakeland Princess this week. They are offering some cool new wedding ideas. The Lakeland Princess (little boat next to the Lakeland Queen) can now be used to transport the bridal party onto the Lakeland Queen while the guests are already onboard cruising Lake Rotorua.
They have 3 well thought out options to consider, all of them flexible. One includes the Ceremony and Reception, the other two are 'Ceremony Only' and 'Reception Only'.
They also do themed weddings which sounds like fun. Here is some of the photos showing off the Lakeland Princess and how easy it is to transfer over to the Lakeland Queen.
The Lakeland crew will be at the 'Hitched' wedding expo this Sunday. Go and look at their great ideas.
Want to play Swapsies?
We've had so much fun in May with our May Magnum Opus promotion. Thank you to all the families that have allowed us to play and take photos.
The cool weather seems to have arrived and things will settle down for the next couple of months. It's a time I get to rejuvenate, myself and go on some photo adventures. I'm looking forward to taking some guitar player photos. I have quite a few young guitarists ready to pose, but I would like some more of the aged variety ;) Please contact me if you can help.
Also I want to try an experiment for June / July. This may interest businesses who want to update their promotional photos, or families, even couples who are planning a winter wedding.
For June and July 2013, we would consider goods/services in exchange for our photography services.
Of course we will always except money; money works well, but lets spice it up a bit for the next couple of months.
I have a wish list, (which seems to get longer each passing month), but would like hear your offers. Hey even send me your wish lists, I may be able to put you into contact with someone who could do swapsies with you!
Here is my wish list:
My garden needs weeding.
Camera gear (this is a wish list by itself, so I won't go into details).
Books to add to my Agatha Christie collection.
A deep freezer filled with ready to heat meals, lol.
Cool and quirky things for our studio.
A giant black board.
A new set of glorious dazzling teeth. (stop laughing).
A train trip on a train that has those private carriages like in the Poirot movies.
A cruise... hey I'm just puttin it out there okay!
A motor scooter
A classic car or jeep, that's cutesy and Calico Joey.
A van that is the Calico Jo's version of the Scooby Doo van.
Signwriting and decoration of the Calico Jo's van.
Okay I'll stop now, but you get the drift.
What you got?
Youth Day Out at the Rotorua Youth Centre
Had fun photographing at the Rotorua Youth Day Out. I also got to eat a hangi and drink Red Bull!
The Rotorua Youth Centre will have all the photos I took of the day, but in this blog I'm just going to show you some photo highlights of 'The Cars', 'The Bands', and 'The Hip Hop Dancers'.
The local 'Kronik' Car Club came and displayed their cars.
The bands that played were 'Aftershock' & 'Strangely Arousing'. Jaxon has photographed 'Aftershock' before, but it's the first time I'd heard them play. They are also going to be a part of "Me and My Guitar" photo series I will be starting in June/July.
There was also a dance competition. Here are a few highlights.
There are lots of other photos from the day and the Rotorua Youth Centre (I think on their facebook page) are going to showing these photos soon. They will also be holding a 'tagging' competition with them, so keep an eye out
As I seem to be burning the midnight oil of late, and the coffee intake is at an all time high, I thought I'd share my favourite brand. I think most photographers appreciate a good coffee, but Caffe L'affare is my favourite because:
I'm reading the latest issue of "Her" magazine.
According to their source, 'Forbes',
there are "7 Habits of great small business owners".
Here they are..... and how do I rate?
Sooooo I may have a bit to work on ;)
How well did you rate?
Why have I not used this place before for wedding photos? This place is gorgeous in Autumn. I'm really digging Autumn/April weddings.
The couple is Jeremy and Angeline. The location: Centennial Gardens / Tree Trust Rotorua.
Thank You Jeremy and Angeline for letting me share your wedding day. You were so much fun!
Things I loved about this wedding:
Here are some of the photo highlights. Click on the photos to see full versions.
SOME PHOTO BOMBING AND NAUGHTINESS
And here is that cake!
Thanks Shane and Bex for letting me share your wedding day!
Jason and Michaela were an awesome couple, with a fun bridal party. With a stunning bride and a stunning location for a wedding, I knew I was going to enjoy photographing this wedding.
Photography started with the girls getting ready.
Daddy and the Flower girls were waiting on the bottom floor of the hotel.
Then the ceremony and photos at Peppers on the Point, Rotorua.
There is so many awesome locations for photos at Peppers. Your spoilt for choice. This time we used the rocks with the Mokoia Island backdrop, and because Jason is a fisherman, some fun photos on the jetty.
My day ended with some photos at the Government Gardens.
Thank you Jason and Michaela, for letting me share your day!
YAAAYYYY!!! and Kermit Flappy Hands!!!
Each day in May will have a different themed day for a photo shoot. We have got a lot of days booked with some cool families, and if they give us permission we will post some of their photos. On the days with no themed bookings we will do a photo ourselves.
Here is some photos taken today for May1st - "IN DADDY'S SHOES"
A little while ago, I stopped in for a chat with the University of the Third Age (U3A) Photography Group. U3A groups offer a range of lively and stimulating activities for members in their ‘third age’ – the age of retirement.
One of the topics discussed was how to make a photo stand out, what catches the eye; e.g. Colour, contrast, lighting, subject, evoking an emotional reaction, and how a photographer does something that's breaking the composition rules, something quirky about the way the photo is taken. So I left them with a challenge: to do a photo session where you never hold the camera straight on, they had to tilt the camera somehow for every shot.
Yesterday I got a lovely package in my mailbox of all their photos.
These are my favourite.
I had a lovely time. Thanks U3a Rotorua Camera Group for showing me your photos!\