Wairarapa wedding photographer: NZIPP Award 2020


I'm incredibly humbled to be given a Bronze award at the NZIPP, New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Iris Awards 2020!

It was my first time entering and I was incredibly nervous. The Iris Awards are an amazing opportunity to learn and grow. I was awarded for my documentary wedding photo, amongst so many outstanding photographers. What made entering truly special was the community of Wairarapa photographers providing feedback, cheering each other on and being a great support throughout.

Special thanks to Gemma and Sam who's wedding this moment was captured at.


I love this wedding photo documenting a few minutes whilst bride Gemma was getting ready with her friends and family outside Martinborough, Wairarapa.


I overheard Aunty Leigh exclaim that she didn't like her dress and perhaps shortening the lining might improve things. I followed her into the bedroom where the ladies were getting ready and watched the action unfold! It's a wedding photo that's not about the bride or groom. I really enjoy observing the goings-on during a wedding day, to tell the complete story.


Leigh said "Wow. Congratulations on your award. Who would have thought not liking the bottom of my dress could be a winner. Well captured :) ". Thanks so much Leigh, you guys were great fun to hang out with!


During the judging streaming live online, one of the judges commented about the audacity and braveness of cutting up something as important as a dress on the day of a wedding. They also mentioned the anonymity of the person doing the cutting a well as the owner of the dress. Having my work critiqued reminded me of my days at Fine Art School!


I provide outdoorsy couples who hate awkward poses, getting married in the Wairarapa and Tararua regions, with documentary-style photography by a new best friend, so you will feel relaxed, and your photos will be an authentic memory of your day. If this resonates with you, please feel free to check out my website.


Lots of love, Sarah xx






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