One of the thing that I took for granted, as a photographer in New Zealand, was how long our sunsets are here. Much of the world only has very short sunset compared to New Zealand. Photographers shooting weddings down here have the luxury of long golden hours. Climb to the top of a mountain and it gets even better. As you head further South down the country the sunsets get later and longer too. There is a significant difference in the time the sun sets between Auckland, Wellington, and Queenstown especially in Summer.
Sunset light is not just about epic sunset photos, the light is just so much easier to work with at that time. We took this frame of Lydia and Alexandre half way up a volcano at sunset.
Wait… WTF just happened? This doesn’t quite feel real. But somehow here we are, amongst the best in the world. Wow. Weird.
Just getting nominated was a huge honour, that was enough for us. To have our work looked at alongside the most talented photographers in the world was super exciting. We were sure we wouldn’t get selected.
We were travelling for weddings when we got the news that we had been nominated. We weren’t going home before we needed to make our submission, so we did it all on the road between weddings. We didn’t have access to our full collection of images either. We were editing jpgs (gross).
And then it happened. And we don’t really know what to say.
Huge thanks to all our amazing couples. We couldn’t have done it without you trusting us, letting us be ourselves (with all the weirdness that entails), and being open to going a little outside the box with your wedding photos. You guys are so damn awesome.
So here are some of the images that got us a spot among Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of wedding photography.
Wellington city weddings are dope.