“Human connection: I worked with Emily once, once is enough to know so much about a person. I’ve always learnt to judge people not how they treat me but how they treat others around me.
Emily, your photographic eye to capture the most humane photographs from a wedding is beyond amazing but to know when to put the camera down and be there for the subject you are photographing is what separates you from the rest, whether it’s during the morning and immerse yourself in the clients culture or grabbing a chair next to the mother of the bride for five seconds to comfort her.”
Hi. I’m Emily, thank you so much for being here.
Documenting weddings has not only given me an appreciation for fine tailored clothing and a taste for bubbles, but also an insight into the passing of time, the fleeting nature of moments and the full range of emotions. The things that are universal in all walks of life. The things that I am lucky enough to witness and document for you.
As well as a photographer I am also a beekeeper and have an associate diploma in fine arts majoring in ceramics. I live on a lifestyle block an hour south of Queenstown near the small town of Garston in Aotearoa New Zealand. I love art and films and am a huge animal & nature lover.
I have family in Australia and NZ and have lived in Brisbane, Mt Isa, the Sunshine Coast, Melbourne and Queenstown. One of my favourite places is the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Just walking in the door brings back so many memories of my grandmother.
I can not master sourdough (even my chickens won’t eat it) but I am currently cooking my way through Supergood. I love learning about and experiencing different cultures. I’m always keen to try the cuisine and hear about the traditions and meanings.
My favourite weddings to photograph are the ones where people welcome me like family and I can be one of your for the day, while documenting it all.
I’d love to hear about you and your plans. Feel free to ask me anything, even if it’s about how fascinating bees are or to give me baking tips : ).
NZIPP Master with Distinction 2020
Chairperson & Co Chair (with Jackie Ranken) of NZIPP Otago Southland Region from mid 2012 till 2015.
NZIPP Wedding In Camera Artistry finalist 2019
On team A Bit More Soul, a New Zealand retreat for photographers & creatives which began in 2013. We have held retreats in Arrowtown, Wellington, Golden Bay, D’urville Island, Raglan and Auckland and we hosted our final retreat in Wanaka in November 2018.
Judge at NZIPP Iris Awards 2015.
NZIPP (New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography) Silver and Bronze awards 2012
Diploma of Photography in 1999
…real laughter, the details, meaningful traditions, memories, candid smiles, old film portraits, having a great time at weddings
…uptight posing or forced cheesy expressions