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After the wedding day, one of the things newlyweds look forward to is the honeymoon. It’s a time to relax, wind down and recharge the batteries before returning to work.
My beautiful wife, Kate, and I decided to board a plane and travel to Samoa for our week long honeymoon. We had been there before, but this time we wanted something different… We wanted a place where we could completely relax and forget about work back home in New Zealand… a place where the tranquil waters were met by white sandy beaches and traditional Samoan fale… and boy did we find that place!
Being of Samoan descent, I have a natural love for the Samoan culture. So when the opportunity came up to photograph and document the 50th jubilee for the Pacific Island Church (PIC) in Glen Eden, Auckland, I did not hesitate to say yes.
When it comes to celebrations, Pacific Island people tend to do it in style. Pacific Island celebrations are a mix of culture, song, dance, and lots of good food. You’ll never leave a celebration hungry! The cultural aspect for this photography gig made it extra special, as I knew I’d be treated to traditional Samoan dancing and singing.
I’m not a member of PIC, Glen Eden, but I have been to a few Samoan church services before, so I had a good idea of what I’d be in for.
My journey from Auckland to Paraparaumu to see my family started on Friday evening with a 10-hour bus trip.
I decided to take some of my camera gear, in the hope I’d get some time to shoot something.
Obviously gear space was limited on the bus, so I couldn’t take my entire lighting kit, but I did take the essentials.
One light stand, 2 x SB-900′s, and a 24″ softbox.
Find out how to take professional looking photos with minimal gear, and minimal space…
Keeping an up to date photography portfolio is very important. It gives potential customers the opportunity to see your latest work, and a better idea of the quality they’re likely to get. Every now and then I review my portfolio to see what shots I have, and what shots I need.
Dan and Brit were fantastic, so too their friends and family who were all very warm and welcoming. Throughout the day I could tell a lot of careful detail and planning had gone into the wedding day, and it really added to the specialness of the occassion.
Choosing a wedding photographer can be a daunting task. I know this for a fact because my fiancé and I are in the middle of finding one ourselves. Being behind the lens as a professional wedding photographer gives me an insight into some of the things I’d like from our wedding photographer.
If you’ve been struggling to find a wedding photographer, fear not! Here are some helpful wedding tips, to ensure you don’t get a dud.
It’s finally here, albeit a little late – but to my credit it’s technically still a holiday! These images are in no particular order, just my Top 10 images from 2011. I chose these images because they instantly remind me of the couples wedding day. Good photos for me, are ones that constantly remind you of the moment, the day, the people, the occasion. Some say ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. But I think a great ‘picture paints a thousand words’. There were so many other photos I’d love to have included, but this is a Top 10, not a Top 100.
I’d like to once again thank all the couples I’ve worked with over the past year – you’ve all been brilliant and I’ve enjoyed every second working together!
Without further ado… these are Sanele Chadwick Photography’s Top 10 Wedding Images from 2011
“A new year. A new website.”
I’ve been wanting to update my website for a while now. As 2011 closed, an opportunity opened for me to make some tweaks and adjustments to my website.
A photography website should always be about the photography. It’s a chance to show prospective clients my photographic style. With my new layout, I tried to make it simple, elegant and easy for viewers to navigate.