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Auckland Family Photographer – Auckland Botanic Gardens

Every now and then I do family shoots, and I thought I’d share this cute one with you. We went along to the Botanic Gardens in Auckland to capture some sweet moments with this beautiful bunch. I love how they all coordinated their outfits together in a natural way, not too matchy-matchy. I do provide […]

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September 22, 2021

The Best Wedding Venues in Kumeu and Northwest Auckland

A list of the top 12 wedding venues in Kumeu and wider Northwest Auckland by local photographer Lydia Rachel. As a local Auckland wedding photographer, I have shot hundreds of weddings working in the industry for over eight years. Auckland is a wonderful city with a variety of different landscapes and many hidden gems. We […]

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September 16, 2021

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Cornwall Park Engagement Photographer – Ben + Kupa

I recently shared Ben and Kupa’s wedding, it was such a beautiful day, check it out here. I wanted to jump back and share their Autumn engagement shoot at Cornwall Park. I love these Autumn tones, crunchy, cozy vibes perfect for an Auckland engagement shoot. I especially love the photos by the stone walls, this […]

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September 10, 2021

Wedding Advice – Should I have an engagement shoot?

Short answer- it’s up to you. A few quick reasons I think an engagement shoot is a good idea: Photos in normal clothes at any location/time you like. A practice-run in front of the camera. Treasured images in your current life season. Beautiful images to use for pre-wedding purposes. I’ll go into these in more […]

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September 9, 2021

Kumeu Valley Estate Wedding Photographer – Rowena + Dave

This day! The most dreamy Autumn wedding at Kumeu Valley Estate. Rowena actually used to be a flatmate of mine and I was so honoured when she asked me to capture her special day. Rowena and Dave had a real focus on spending quality time with their guests on the day, planning their timeline to […]

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August 27, 2021

Glasshouse Morningside Photographer – Ben + Kupa

Ben and Kupa celebrated their love on a gorgeous Auckland day in Devonport, with a reception at Glasshouse Morningside. It was such a personalised and meaningful day incorporating their faith, family, and cultures. We stopped in at Cornwall Park for bridal party photos, always a favourite with so many spots to shoot. We also got […]

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July 19, 2021

Jonkers Farm Wedding Photographer – Olivia + Christian

Olivia and Christian’s Jonkers Farm wedding was a beautiful and meaningful occasion. Jonkers Farm is definitely one of my favourite Auckland wedding venues, the woodlands, the rolling hills, the west coast sunset… seriously, it’s a photographer’s dream! I will let the photographs speak for themselves… Venue: Jonkers FarmPlanning/Styling: Blume and Darling

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April 14, 2021

One Year On…

Today marks a year since I returned home to New Zealand, also a year since our harshest lockdown began. A year like no other, one we probably won’t forget, ever. It’s hard, to sum up, everything that 2020 was. There are so many others that have already done it better. Even still, I thought I’d […]

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March 23, 2021

Wedding Advice – Booking a wedding photographer

Where do I start? There are a bunch of different ways to find the ideal wedding photographer. Some of the most common are: via Google, social media, or word of mouth. Getting recommendations from friends or other wedding vendors can be great. Also, there are some wonderful wedding directories out there (with all sorts of […]

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June 16, 2020

May 2020 – Monthly Favourites

Here’s some of my favourite things from the last month… a cute Etsy store, delicious recipe, amazing courses, natural beauty fave and very bingeable Youtube channel. WEDDING/PJs// Piyama Etsy Store.A cute Etsy store with pyjamas and robes perfect for brides and bridesmaids wedding prep. Or anyone just wanting a cute new set of PJs! HEALTH/BEAUTY// […]

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June 12, 2020

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