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New Zealand Documentary Wedding Photographer
Let’s dive into this beautiful story from New Zealand, narrated with a candid approach from the perspective of a documentary wedding photographer.
A necessary prologue
I clearly remember the day I received a message of congratulations from Madoka, for being named a finalist in Lens Culture Exposure Award. She fell in love with my photographic style and wanted me to photograph her wedding. I thought it was going to happen in Japan, but when she told me that they chose New Zealand, I was more than happy.
Indeed, you should know that Greg, who is the Chief Photographer of AFP in Beijing, is originally from Auckland, therefore they decided to tie the knot in his native land.
A street and documentary approach
When a couple hires me for a Destination Wedding, I like to shoot even during the trip. In this case, we had a 9-hour layover in Taipei, so we decided to have a quick tour of the city, shooting in the street market and the Temple area. You can find some pictures in the intro.
Plus, we spent a few weeks in New Zealand, moving from North to South Island, visiting Rotorua, Wellington, Abel Tasman National Park, Wanaka, Queenstown, and the breathtaking Milford Sound. Some pictures from those places are below as well
As a Photographer, I felt so lucky to be in New Zealand for Madoka and Greg’s wedding, and the fact that they wanted a documentary and street style was definitely my cup of tea!
I felt honored and a little bit scared, to be honest, since lots of the guests were professional photojournalists from the biggest agencies in the world, like Associated Press, Reuters, AFP. In short, a bit of anxiety is understandable, don’t you think?
They chose the stunning Mudbrick Vineyard in Waiheke Island to celebrate their wedding day. Places like that are perfect for intimate weddings. The view over the Auckland skyline is simply amazing, and when the sun goes down you enjoy an unforgettable set.
I would like to close this article with the words that Madoka wrote after receiving the wedding pictures and film:
“Everything you have seen, smelled, sensed, every ups and downs,
hurt and joy you have experienced since you were born
every color that touched you and all the love you have for the world and people..
You have given all to us in your work.
Thank you truly.
I will never forget this feeling.
With unending passion and appreciation for you”