There's this great scene in Legally Blonde right after Reece Witherspoon's character gets dumped where she's watching Jerry Maguire prattle his "you complete me" speech and she throws yodels at the screen screaming "Liar!"
I stood up and clapped.
You see, as I've aged that giddy, all consuming fairy tale notion of love seems…well just that…a fairy tale confined to the pages of children's stories and hollywood scripts.
Given this, I suppose it's only fitting to begin this story with the words
Once upon a time.
Judy & Jonathan married on a day that started with rain, progressed quickly to temperatures rarely experienced outside the equator and concluded with one of the most glorious sunsets the small town of Warkworth has ever seen.
To be part of an Ingham event is to be part of family at its purest. Every aspect of their wedding was crafted from love.
Judy's father constructed the incredible archway they were married beneath, Judy's sister provided both the entree's and the cake. Judy's mother made a wedding dress fit for a princess then there was the plethora of brothers, aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents and friends who all stepped in to lend a hand. Even Mother Nature came to the party holding back the storm just long enough for the pair to marry on the bottom lawn.
All wedding's are filled with love, yet the way these two look at each other makes me feel like at that exact moment there's no one else in the world.
A huge thanks to the bridal party for maintaining both a sense of adventure and a sense of humor as I made them cross paddocks for the group shots. Also to Judy & Jonathan for allowing me to steal them away for the final pictures on the hill.
It was an absolute honor to photograph your day, seeing the two of you makes me realize that Paul wasn't so far off the mark after all…
May 5th 2014 was a big day for the Cullen clan - my younger brother celebrated both his 24th birthday and his graduation from Auckland University. While birthday's roll around with alarming regularity, James has overcome a number of personal obstacles to achieve his Bachelor's degree and we're all proud as punch!
Our day started early.
Catching the 8:30am ferry from Devonport sounded achievable after a few wines the night before, yet running down the concourse towards the ferry at 8:27am towing our 92 year old grandmother it seemed anything but. Yet we made it and so began a day filled with adventure, laughter and tea. Lots of tea…
Check out the kids sweet clothes. They lasted until I had to feed them. I held off as long as I could but the nippers were persistent.
Doesn't James look dapper in his ge-owns. Lad owns a baby pink hood.
So congratulations from all the family little bro - I'm always inspired by your persistence in the face of life's obstacles.
As in three ohhh-damn-where-did-the-last-30-years-go…or the last 30 minutes for that matter, but I'll park that chestnut for another day.
The point of my confession is that while I'm swanning around still thinking I'm about 25, the world is busy growing up around me.
It hit home last year when I received an enquiry to photograph a wedding.
Never mind the two kids and the husband I've accumulated - nothing tells you you're 'growing up' more than when your younger sister's, best friend's, younger sister (stay with me here…) says their getting married.
It was such an honor to be part of this very special day. If this is what growing up is all about then I think I'm okay with it.
Here's a very sneak-peek of the gorgeous bridal party to tide you over until the rest are ready.
After years of will-I-wont-I an executive decision was made.
A few weeks back I retired my much loved Canon 450d in favor of its well endowed cousin - the Canon 6D.
While I get acquainted with the new kid on the block here's a few snaps I took last night out at Muriwai with my photography group. After missing the sunset, I arrived to discover that my tripod was too short to see over the top of the safety barrier. Fail. A little improv and we were away.