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A Winter Engagement Shoot in a City Full of Hope

30 Jul

On a FABULOUSLY sunny day, at 11AM on Wednesday 24th July, GP and I headed out to New Regent St in central Christchurch to meet up with our photographers of the fabulous photography group StudioSomething. Prior to that we each had respective appointments to get all ‘done up’. GP had a professional hair trim and shave from the fabulous people at ManScape, and I had my nails done at Wonder Nails.

Observe:

SHINY! (Personal Image)

Yes guys, I’m eating a cookie. A choc-chip-macadamia cookie from Mrs Higgin’s Cookies. It was DIVINE. Also, can someone spot the rose in the apothecary jar. I got that for my 25th birthday from my awesome friends ❤

Can you also see how AWESOME the weather was!? We totally lucked out, especially when the weather was looking rather hairy previously.

Our photographers experienced the typical Cantabrian confusion of trying to get around Christchurch through the maze of road works currently choking up the streets. Luckily, GP knew the way and was able to direct them to New Regent St where we finally met up with Ellen, Phu and their ADORABLE 6-month old baby. After some cooing with Lewis and chatting about both the shoot and the city, we decided to grab a coffee. We ended up in ‘Shop Eight & Rekindle’, a café attached to a ‘pop-up’ art shop which recycles wood taken from the demolition work happening around the city.

There, we took the first photos of the day.

Now, for those of you who haven’t see StudioSomething’s work, they do ‘stop-motion’ videos. Which means they take multiple photos using a fast-shutter speed and capture photos that, when stitched together, look like a movie! This meant that, when they wanted to capture GP and I kissing, we had to do it slowly at times.

I may have been rather happy to continue kissing on my fiancé… (This girl has no shame loving on her fiancé!)

We also had to slowly stir our hot chocolates, which made me giggle a heck of a lot.

After our photographers had a bite to eat, we moved on to an Astro-Turf space-filler close by. Does anyone remember this photo?

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Space-filler Astro-Turf project! (Personal Image)

Unfortunately, there were SO MANY PEOPLE when we got there with our photographers. In the shot above, there was barely a soul around, but with our photographers, people kept flooding in and out – kids, people with dogs, families. So our photographers were able to improvise and asked us to sit in the big couch in the centre (see that Astro-Turf on the right of the image above? That was a HUGE couch). While we sat there, relatively still, they captured the movement around us.

It was an AMAZING shot and I wish I could show you guys, but we haven’t gotten the pictures back yet.

From the Astro-Turf project, we moved to Cathedral Square. These shots were a lot more sombre (considering the damage done to the Christchurch Cathedral in the earthquakes), but we were also able to use the space around us and have some fun with it. By the time we were done with the Cathedral Square we moved on to the famous “Container Mall”, otherwise known as the RE:Start Mall.

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The RE:Start Mall on a busy Sunday. (Personal Image)

That picture was taken during our tour with GP’s dad. During the e-session on Wednesday there was barely a soul! It was fabulous. We were able to get awesome pictures of us in the main square, among the colourful containers, and we even got some pictures of our disappearing Fritz’s Wiener lunches! (I recommend Fritz’s Wieners for those who like hot dogs).

At about 4:30PM, the sun started setting and our photographers got snap-happy with the lighting. We got a lot of kissy-photos during that time, and as I was saying – I was more than happy to kiss on my man!

By 5PM, we finished our shoot, giving us a whopping 6 hours with our photographers!

We enjoyed each and every single moment with them and were able to not only get fantastic photos but enjoy their company. They got a pretty good tour of the city centre as well, so I’d have to say it was a win-win! 😉

We can’t wait to get our photos back. I’ll definitely be sharing some of them on this blog!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away… No Seriously, Rain, GO AWAY!

22 Jul

Guys, I’m freaking out!

The weather forecast is looking pretty hairy for GP and I on our engagement shoot.

Lookie here:

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Weather forecast on Wednesday 24 July in Christchurch, New Zealand // Image taken from metservice.com

As you can see – it’s raining on Wednesday. “Showers. Light winds.” to be exact…

I LOVE the rain, but if it does rain on Wednesday, it means we have to find an alternative place to do our photoshoot! I don’t know if our photographers can photograph in the rain, and don’t want to push them into a situation they’re not comfortable with!

Before we checked out the weather forecast, we were fairly certain what we wanted out of our shoot. You see, on Sunday, we toured Christchurch with GP’s dad and were able to get a good feel of the place. The tour was originally to check out the progress of the city two years on from the February 22 quake, but an email from our photographers also turned the tour into a “where to go for an interesting photoshoot” day.

GP’s dad was an awesome tour guide, and took us through the residential red zone of Avonside. Last time we went through there, GP mentioned that he wouldn’t be surprised if zombies came shambling out of the dilapidated houses. It’s sort of sad to see, but the city is getting much better.

From there, we moved to the Cathedral Square, which has finally opened up, and were able to get a glimpse at the Christchurch cathedral. GP’s dad mentioned that it would probably be good to get some pictures of the cathedral, and we agreed. It is a quintessential part of Christchurch’s history, and therefore, GP’s history as well. As we continued to tour through the centre of the city, we formed a good plan for the shoot.

We would start the photoshoot in the Cathedral Square, in front of the Earthquake-ruined cathedral there – to pay remembrance to the Earthquake that shook GP’s city. From there, we wanted to move to another (happier) area – the space fillers surrounding the square. Like this:

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GP and I on the Sunday, being big kids on the space-filler armchairs and couches set up next to the Cathedral Square // Personal Image

 

From there, we’d move to a street called New Regent St which is just. so. charming. (Side note: the Rendezvous Hotel is there, where we’ll be staying for GP’s 30th birthday 🙂 ). I (unfortunately) don’t have any pictures to show you guys since all we did there was buy coffees, chat and move on. We then wanted to move on to the RE:Start Mall, which is otherwise known as the “Container mall” – a shopping district made out of shipping containers (very cool and creative place).

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A busker (‘The Mullet Man’) performing in the RE:Start Mall square. Can you see the shipping container café in the background? // Personal Image

There’s also the infamous “Cardboard Cathedral” in front of the Latimer Square. (Ironically enough, the Latimer Hotel was one such venue we were potentially thinking of having out wedding). But that’s not really ‘complete’ as such and GP isn’t too happy to be taking a picture with it!

Alas, if it rains heavily, we may not be able to do the shoot outdoors. And we’re both RACKING our brains on where to go for an indoors shoot. As you can see, our Sunday tour was absolutely GORGEOUS! The sun was out, and it was a nice, cool day. I’m just hoping the forecast is wrong…

We could potentially travel out of town to do the shoot, which may be an idea if the weather decides it hates us in Christchurch. I don’t know any places to go though, so GP will have to take charge.

Does anyone else have ideas for an indoor shoot!?