About

Photographer for creative, romantic and intimate weddings in the wild.

 

A bit about me.

I have always been an observer. I have always sought beauty in the ordinary and noticed the unnoticed. I delight at that moment when someone lets their guard down, when we truly connect with another.

A wedding, an engagement or an elopement is the ultimate moment of connection. And there is no better situation to see all these magical moments play out. To me, this doesn’t feel like work. I am humbled to share raw moments of love, laughter and tears.

Where

Glenorchy, at the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand has been my home since 2005. I share this place of outstanding natural beauty with my husband, our beautiful daughter and super-friendly Staffy, Quinn. As a local, I am awestruck by the majesty of the landscapes that surround me. As a photographer, I am compelled to put people amongst those wild landscapes and capture the result. When a wedding is set amongst such natural beauty, you unlock the full range of emotions. Sometimes we find stillness, sometimes we find exhilaration, but mostly we find something that words can’t describe.

What

My photographic experience covers editorial, portrait and fine art photography. But my passion is wedding photography. Especially the non-conforming kind. Destination weddings, creative weddings, small weddings, elopements and engagements allow us to throw convention to the wind and focus on what really matters.

My studies in photography and art in Australia and New Zealand have provided a formal education that shaped my informal eye. I draw on my fine art background to create your wedding story. With a stylised approach to composition, lighting and emotion, I aim to create a subtle blend of creative and documentary style photography. I am an avid consumer of books, music and art. Talk to me about the classic painters and the nostalgia and emotion of their work and we could talk all day. This genre has been a significant influence on my style.

I do adventurous wedding photography in Glenorchy, Queenstown and travel to weddings throughout New Zealand and Australia. I work with clients looking for unique destination weddings and elopements or something special like helicopters, teepees or cosy backyard weddings.

How I Work

How I Work

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If you don’t rush, if you breathe deep, connection happens. A moment that is easily missed; an unguarded moment. These are the moments I capture. When our feelings play on the surface and tell a story more divine than any staged moment could.

I like to keep my wedding and portrait sessions informal and relaxed. It’s a blend of spontaneous moments and purposeful posing. I am there to give gentle direction and helpful observation.

This is your most special of days, and I am there to enjoy the moment with you. We create a safe space that allows you to be yourself, and not be shy of the camera. I am your photographer, but I will become your friend. I may also become your hiking buddy.

In the light and shadow

This is how I create a mood. With a perfect natural landscape, nostalgic light and playful shadows, the emotions that lie just below the surface shine through. When we forget about the schedule for the day or the stress, we are left only with what’s real.

Adventure

I LOVE to go on an adventure with couples. To get off the beaten track, to lose track of time. In wild locations, we can create unique moments.

A destination wedding or elopement is an opportunity to put you amongst the landscapes. So, let’s go for an adventure!

Who

If you want to make your wedding or elopement meaningful rather than just following tradition, then we are the perfect match. If you are free-spirited, creative and don’t mind hitching up your skirt, magic moments await.

Get in touch today.

Publications

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Packages

Packages

Wedding Packages

I offer collections, including half day coverage and full day coverage.  I also love to photograph small intimate weddings and elopements and as each wedding is so unique please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs.

Half day collections begin at $3600.  Elopements for less than 10 guests begin at $1850.

You can opt to add onto your collection a beautiful hand crafted fine art album to help you remember how you felt on your wedding day in a tangible way.  For full pricing details please complete the contact form.

Lifestyle Packages

My style for portrait sessions is very organic and relaxed. I love to capture you or your family as you would interact naturally. These are the moments that are most authentic and that you will treasure forever.

Portrait collections start from $700.  Please complete my contact form to receive full lifestyle package information.

Albums

Albums

Albums provide a beautiful and tangible way to present your wedding day memories. Made by hand using archival materials and museum quality fine art cotton rag papers, these albums allow you to pass on your wedding day memories for many generations to enjoy.

The pages are thick and bound to lay flat as double page spreads.  Each album comes with name embossing and a beautiful selection of cover materials.

Please be in touch to receive a full list of options and pricing information for your wedding day album.

Testimonials

Testimonials

Having Dawn as our wedding day photographer was one of the best decisions we could have ever made. Getting dreamy romantic photos of our wedding day was high on my priority list, but for my husband, not so much. However, since the moment we met with Dawn for our consultation we just felt so at ease! Her calming gentle spirit immediately made us feel so comfortable with her and my husband actually started to become excited about the pictures! Having her there with us for one of the most special days of our lives, she really felt like an old friend and we just felt our complete selves with her. My husband and I both agree too we never felt at all awkward as there was no cheesy posing or shots. We truly couldn't have hoped for a more perfect person to be with us every step of the way of our wedding day. And then you have her skill. Dawns romantic, wild and raw style is everything we could have ever dreamed of and more. We cannot stop looking through all of our pictures over and over again. Everything we could have wanted and all our expectations have just been blown out of the water. We cannot wait for an excuse to work with her again sometime in the future!

- Libby Fensom

Dawn is fantastic to work with. She was professional and offered great service throughout the whole process – from when we first met right through to the end photos. I had only met Dawn once briefly before our wedding day, but she felt like an old friend. She has the ability to make you feel so comfortable and relaxed and welcome and because of that and her amazing talent we captured some really special moments on our wedding day. Dawn really added to the atmosphere at our wedding and in the morning, all of our guests commented on how fun and yet professional she was. I cannot imagine now having another photographer share our wedding with us.

- Melissa McCosh

In our search for a wedding photographer, we were seeking someone who could bring not just our special day together, but create a story to our photos, that didn’t just take us back to the moment itself, but helped us remember the atmosphere and the journey we had gone on. This proved incredibly difficult until we were lucky enough to stumble upon Dawn. Her photography captured the environment, the time, the people the atmosphere and we fell in love with it! Working with Dawn proved an absolute joy. She was so welcoming and engaging and she took next to no time to understand us and our desires. Most importantly though, on the day it wasn’t about her or her desires for photos. She effortlessly worked with us in a way which was unobtrusive yet engaging, gentle yet easy to understand and she managed to capture the essence of not just our wedding but our relationship. We could not recommend her highly enough! If we could fly her back to Australia we would have her photograph our lives day to day! Thanks once again for allowing us to share in your art!

- Scott Johnson

We chose Dawn because we loved her portfolio images - elegant and romantic without being over-the-top or cheesy. We wanted photos that would still look great 30 years down the track, and that also show off the beautiful Queenstown locations we'd chosen. Turns out we were right to choose Dawn because she knew how to take photos that really flattered us and our guests. She did a lot of research beforehand to find the right spots to take photos in (which we were so happy with!) And Dawn managed to photograph a million little details that we otherwise would've missed during our whirlwind wedding - they were so nice to see looking back at the photos. All of the guests raved about her too, because she captured brilliant photos of them all without being obtrusive.

- Jenny Waldron

Dawn is an absolutely incredible photographer (and person) and I am so grateful she was able to honour us by taking stunning photos of our wedding. I planned a destination wedding including 50 friends & family traveled from Hawaii to celebrate our wedding near Keri Keri. Coordinating a wedding from afar can be quite a challenge since I had to find all of my vendors online. I spent a lot of time searching for a wedding photographer because having beautiful photos was extremely important to me. When I came across Dawn's website, I knew immediately that I didn't need to look any further. Her work is stunning and speaks for itself but, beyond that, Dawn is a lovely person and she was a pure joy to spend time with. She also offered a lot of advice and help prior to the wedding and was diligent about answering questions and keeping in touch, which made this element of the wedding planning effortless. The day of the wedding, Dawn made my husband and me feel very comfortable and, although we into our couple photo session feeling a bit apprehensive, it was a lot of fun and the pictures captured the love and elation we were feeling. I truly can not recommend Dawn enough!

- Shay Goodfellow