April 2015, together with three awesome couples, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most sought after pre-wedding photography venues in the century. Notably the fourth most peaceful country in the world, New Zealand’s breath taking scenery exploding into fame with the release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Today, it has become one of the top few countries in the world for pre-wedding photography.
Overseas pre-wedding shoots are always a known risk to wedding photographers, given the unfamiliarity and high expectations of couples to deliver life-changing photos (because it is overseas). Yet, once for this trip to New Zealand, I had a luxury of time and choices for experimentation as I had three back to back wedding photo shoot session! There were so many different combinations and objects I could use for my photos, such as the abundance of natural elements. Nature was my thing, and naturally, New Zealand became my latest favourite playground.
A scenic silhouette shot of the couple basked in the orange rays of the New Zealand sun , under the frame of greenery, probably makes a great summary of our experience there. Warm with fun and probably with a fine tinge of romance.
Famous for its beautiful mountains and plains, there was also no reason why we would not make the best use of it. Combination of the mountains against a skyline with a scenic blue lake, probably just makes one of the best ingredients for a classic New Zealand wedding shot.
The tundra plains also created a whole different feel, in comparison to the usual greenery we see in Singapore. One of the best moments was when we actually came across this huge GRADER machine. Using it as a prop was totally unplanned for and created one of my favourite photos of Man, Machine & Nature.
Not forgetting another fantastic moment, when we came across a rope hanging by a branch in a forest, overseeing a chilled river. Already mesmerised by the vast opportunities the forest was providing me, this was like icing on a cake. A big thanks to Sheila for braving the stunt on the rope in her gown (Indiana Jones Style).
Perhaps one of the big challenges in New Zealand was the night photography. There was no way we would give the starry starry sky a miss, but the weather was indeed unforgiving. Cold was generally an understatement. A big clap to the couple for going through it with me.
Even though I did a couple of shoots this year at New Zealand, there are definitely many many more things we can play there (wedding photography wise). I look forward to my next visit there.
*Equipments : Nikon D750, 14-24mm F2.8, 70-200mm F2.8 & 85mm F1.8
(Special Thanks to Nikon Singapore for giving me a chance to try 14-24mm, this lens is amazing!)
Photography by Cole Kor
Make-up & Hair do by Jenny Goh from Autelier make up
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