About Dawn

To make living itself an art, that is the goal

Henry Miller

I have always been an observer.  I have always sought beauty in the ordinary and noticed the unnoticed.  I love the moment when someone lets their guard down, when we truly connect with another.  As a photographer, I am compelled to put people amongst NZ’s wild landscapes and capture the result.  When a wedding or elopement is set amongst such natural beauty you unlock the full range of raw emotions.  I am inspired by love stories that throw convention to the wind and focus on what really matters. 

HONOURING THE ROMANCE + RITUAL OF
love

I am inspired by truely intimate love stories  and helping couples to plan their dream destination wedding. To make it easier for my couples I have co-founded a collective of Queenstown wedding legends to offer artistically crafted elopement packages.

DO YOU OFFER ELOPEMENT PACKAGES?

Yes I do!  After years of working very closely with a select group of local wedding artists who share a similar aesthetic and passion as me for me for intimate weddings, we have formed a collective to offer unique, all inclusive packages where we take care of all the details allowing you to relax and enjoy the best day of your life!

Our secret weapon is that we are all locals with the best knowledge of hidden locations, unique backdrops for your ceremony and endless creative ideas to create a day that is unique and holds a deeper meaning for you.  We are The Lovers Elopement Co.

CAN YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?
Yes I love to travel! I mostly capture weddings in Queenstown and Glenorchy where I am based but I have travelled throughout the South Island and North Island of New Zealand and also Australia.

For weddings away from home my additional travel expenses usually include flights, accommodation and maybe rental car.

WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I live in the country side of Glenorchy which is about 40 mins outside of Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand.  This has been my home for almost 15 years and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else
HOW DO WE SECURE OUR WEDDING DATE?
To secure your wedding date all you need to do is sign an on-line contract and a 20% deposit is required.  I work on a first come, first book basis.  My couples often book me at least one year in advance and I only take a limited amount of bookings each year so I can create the best experience.
HOW DO I RECEIVE MY IMAGES?
I hand edit each one of my images in my individual style and do not share RAW files that are unfinished.  I created a private on-line gallery that you will receive a link to download at high resolution for printing.

It will take approximately 12 weeks to receive your wedding day images in my busy season and for smaller sessions approximately 4 weeks.

I do offer beautiful fine art albums too!

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY FOR PHOTOGRAPHS?
I love taking photos when the light is softer and more diffuse and this happens in the first few hours after sun rise and the last few hours before the sun disappears behind the mountains. I will help you with your timeline to ensure we get the best use of available light for your session.  There are some really helpful apps such as Sun Seeker that can help to determine what the sun will be doing on your day.
CAN YOU HELP ME WITH LOCATION IDEAS AND OTHER LOCAL VENDORS?

I understand that planning a destination wedding or elopement can be quite challenging. We are a close knit bunch here in Queenstown in the wedding industry and we love to support each other so please ask and I will be happy to recommend.  It is important to find vendors that align with your style as much as your photographers to ensure your aesthetic and mood are nice and cohesive and I can help you with this.

I also offer Elopement Packages so please let me know if you are interested.

BASED IN QUEENSTOWN NEW ZEALAND, AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.


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