Batch Winery - Waiheke Island {Auckland wedding photographers}

Excited to share with you a recent gallery at Batch Winery on Waiheke Island - such a great place to be in Auckland {all wedding photographers can only dream about such a stunning views and amazing photo opportunities}. Josh & Linda had such a beautiful wedding celebration with their close friends and families. SO treasured and beautiful moments from getting ready in cottages to the ceremony on top of the hills with breathtaking views, couples shoot on Onetangi Beach and back to the Batch.

Couple shared their story: “We met at school in the UK at 12 years old. We became boyfriend and girlfriend for a while. Josh moved to New Zealand and we both lost touch for years. Became friends on facebook and while Linda was travelling in NZ in 2009 we met up as friends and then stayed in touch as friends on facebook. Josh went over to the UK to meet Linda's family and friends and pick her up, and now we're getting married! We have now been together 4 and half years and been engaged 2 years.”

Enjoy highlights in the photo gallery!

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Engagement photo shoot - Piha: Sara and Matt {New Zealand pre-wedding photographer}

Excited to share with you highlights of this beautiful engagement photo shoot on Piha with Sara and Matt. Such amazing people in one of the most stunning beaches in New Zealand, such a perfect place for pre-wedding photos {this is my personal opinion as a wedding photographer based in Auckland}.

Engagement session is a perfect opportunity to better know each other before the wedding, feel on ease on the wedding day and feel how we roll.

We been talking about couple story, relationship and their projects {as they both working on TV, on one of the recent project - Grand Designs NZ}. So exciting to share common passion and love.

Enjoy these highlights of couple’s photo gallery:

LooksLikeFilm feature - Daily update {Auckland documentary family-wedding photographer}

Im so excited to share with you a new LooksLikeFilm feature - Daily update with my photo with Meghan Markle when she with Prince Harry been visiting Auckland. Its such a big honour for me, documentary family and wedding photographer to see this candid moment get such a huge acknowledgement {over 2k likes in this amazing community of top talented photographers from all over the world}.

I took my family with kids to see royals at Auckland Viaduct that they visited couple of weeks ago. It was such a pleasure to participate in something exciting and unforgettable. Such a great memories!

Enjoy this publication and photograph! Congratulations to all amazing photographers!

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Muriwai Beach Engagement Session {Auckland pre-wedding photographers}

We had such an amazing time with Kathryn & Michael on Muriwai Beach Engagement Session in Auckland. We are so excited to be their wedding photographers, the special date is coming soon!

We had so many wonderful, romantic and real moments, just walking and talking about couple love story and plans for their wedding day!

Enjoy these photographs in a quick sneak peek!

Piha - West Auckland Beach engagement photo shoot: Sara and Matt {pre-wedding photographers}

Im so excited to share with you a recent sneak peek at Piha {West Auckland Beach}, its a beautiful engagement photo shoot where we meet with Sara & Matt, such amazing couple! Its a honour to be their wedding photographers! Not long to go till their wedding in North Auckland.

Enjoy these highlights in sneak peek! More pictures coming soon in their photo gallery in a few weeks time!

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Auckland City Engagement Photo Shoot: Anne-Marie and Oliver {New Zealand wedding photographer}

Im so excited to share with you a recent Auckland City Engagement Photo shoot with Anne-Marie & Oliver, such amazing couple that choose to celebrate their special day away from New Zealand, in Rarotonga and asked me, Auckland wedding photographer to capture so beautiful and real moments in the heart of the city.

We walk and talk and explore around the beauty of modern and industrial feel of our city.

Enjoy this pre-wedding session highlights in photo gallery. Contact me with any questions!

Markovina Vineyard Estate: Chrissy and Craig {Auckland wedding photographer}

Im so honoured to capture this beautiful couple’s moments in Markovina Vineyard Estate, where Chrissy and Craig celebrated their special moments with friends and family {in Auckland, New Zealand}. I’m so glad to be their wedding photographer and document such beautiful, emotional, and real moments.

Couple shared their romantic story: “We met at work in the Police and were on the same frontline section together. We got along so well and our friendship turned into something more approximately 6 months later and have been together ever since. By the time we get married it will be just over 7 years of being together, we built our first house together and have so much love for our two pets, Nala (dog) and Leo (cat).”

How did he propose? “We planned a trip away to Queenstown for our 6 year anniversary and Craig told me he was going to organise our anniversary dinner. We stayed in an amazing private hotel over looking the lake and on the morning of our anniversary we got up and went skiing for the day which was so much fun. When we returned to our hotel I got dressed (as told to by Craig-without knowing what we were doing) and we walked down to Botswana Butchery where Craig had arranged for a private dinner in one of their private rooms. After our delicious dinner we walked back to the hotel and a car was waiting for us. We got into the car and were driven to Onsen Hot Pools (which are private hotpools overlooking the Shotover River). Shortly after I was told our pool was ready and that we would catch up with Craig on our way to the pool however we didn't see him so the lady said she would direct him to where I was afterwards. I was lead to our room where I opened the door and saw Craig staying there, he had gotten changed into his full suit with tie and jacket. There was a deck surrounding the pool and on one side of the deck were 6 photo frames with photos of memorable moments in our relationship (buying our first house, overseas holidays, our cat and our dog) to the other side were letters standing up saying Marry Me with red roses and some bubbles underneath. He said a little speech and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Craig had designed the engagement ring himself and it was exactly what I wanted. Everything about he proposal was prefect in every way.” This is such an amazing story!

Great Creative Team:

Dress - Alma J Bridal

Grooms suit - Rembrandt

Groomsmen suits - Hallenstins

Flowers and table set up - Susan Rogers Florist

Makeup and hair - Charlie Mclean

Celebrant - Carlie Blanchett Burton

MC - Brides brother

DJ - Beatworks Aron Hall

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Auckland Creative Photo Shoot - Traveling Dress {New Zealand wedding-elopement photographer}

I want to share with you my new project - an Auckland Creative photo shoot with Traveling Dress. 8 photographers from all over the world come together and send each other one beautiful dress. It was honour for me to join this amazing team as a New Zealand wedding-elopement photographer.

Look up this amazing artists: Summer Hughes, Brittany De Jesus, Jennifer Alsabrook-Turner, Nicki Bergeson, Steph Pate, Amanda LeAnn Canton, LeAnna Azolini, and your Auckland wedding photographer - Olga Levien at L & L {Levien & Lens photography}.

Enjoy these photo gallery highlights, we had such amazing time with gorgeous Juliette at Karekare Falls {at west coast Auckland, New Zealand}

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Mudbrick - Waiheke Island: Danielle and Jarryd {Auckland wedding photographers}

Amazing day in stunning location - Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island {Auckland} with beautiful people - Danielle & Jarryd celebrated their special day with their friends and family. Its such a honour for us to be their wedding photographers and capture so many emotional and real moments!

Couple shared their love story: “We met through mutual friends at uni. We will have been together 8 years on our wedding day. He proposed on Christmas day at home with just our daughter and his parents around. It was perfect for us as we are quite private people. “

Great Creative Team:

Dress: Pronovias Suit: Custom Working Style Flowers: Waiheke Flower Gallery Shoes: Brides - Siren Jewellery: Earrings "Stephanie Browne Australia" Bracelet "Bo Runga" Rings "Meadowlark and Walker and Hall" Grooms Scarf "Versace" Grooms shoes "Aquila" Makeup "Made-Up" Hair "Rebekah Cuthers" Celebrant "Rev. Fei Taulealeausumai-Davis" Coordinator: Mudbrick Vineyard "Karen and Beccy" MC: Lloyd Eveni Music: Playlist no DJ. Graphic Designer "Juice Design Company"

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Post-wedding photo shoot in Auckland {New Zealand wedding photographer}

You may already saw a sneak peek from this post-wedding photo shoot in Auckland {New Zealand}, it was such a pleasure for me meet Emma & Shaun again as I been a wedding photographer on their special day half year ago {time fly by so fast!}.

It’s like meeting an old friends, we already know each other, moved through amazing experience on their wedding day and know exactly how we are roll.

Emma truly surprised me bringing three dresses to this photo shoot, it’s like an eye candy, so amazing gowns! We changed three outfits {her two weddings dresses, and one amazing red dress!}.

Such a pleasure to walk and talk and capture some beautiful, natural and emotional moments, documenting such treasured memories!

Im so happy I been chosen as their wedding photographer and capture so romantic memories on Muriwai Beach {Auckland, New Zealand}.

Enjoy highlights from this beach photo shoot:

Auckland family beach | waterfall photo shoot {New Zealand kids-newborn photographers}

Its such a big honour when another photographers asking you to take pictures in Auckland with their family at the beach and waterfall. This photo shoot was a part of this couple trip to New Zealand from Dubai where they based. So amazing our passes crossed at Clickin Moms forum - a great community for kids - newborn - wedding photographers from all over the world! You can find there friends for life!

Im so excited to meet with Chloe, successful family photographer in Dubai and her family with two little ones on Karekare Falls and Piha beach.

We had such amazing and relaxed time, kids been running around and exploring amazing New Zealand nature and landscapes. Such a dream come true. Its sounds unbelievable but this family decided to move to New Zealand and want me to take another photos for them in their new home, on the farm, with all their new animals, chickens, etc.

I can’t wait to see this family again and see their kids growing!

Enjoy these highlights! Contact me with any questions!

Auckland maternity photo shoot {pregnancy-baby-newborn photographer} forest+beach

Im so excited to share with you my recent Auckland maternity photo shoot with Charlotte and Fares. Its so special experience to photograph a pregnancy, couple who expecting their little baby-newborn. Its a big honour for me as photographer to document these special moments!

Couple shared their story: “We met in Abu Dhabi (UAE) in October 2009 on a night out with friends. We've been together since, and got married in March 2016 in Hawke's Bay.” Proposal: “I was living and working back in New Zealand at the time, while Fares was still in Abu Dhabi.  Being a flight attendant, I was working on a flight to Australia and back. Having just completed the first sector we had just started boarding the flight back to Auckland when I was asked to come help at the boarding door. I get to the door and that’s when I look up and see Fares standing there (All on film – ground staff were filming). Shocked I just burst into tears with happiness to see him, little did I know that he was actually about to get down on one knee!  He had made a long journey from Abu Dhabi, to Singapore, to Brisbane and then finally caught my flight from Sydney to surprise me. Luckily I said yes….It would have been an awkward flight back if I had said no! ;)   “ Such a beautiful and emotional moments!

Enjoy these highlights from couple session in Riverhead forest and Muriwai Beach {Auckland}!

Beach pre-wedding - engagement session in New Zealand {Auckland wedding photographer}

I’m so excited to share with you my recent beach pre-wedding - engagement session with Courtney and James in New Zealand {I’m as an Auckland wedding photographer always thrilled to capture for couples so special moment at their pre-wedding photo shoots}. It allow us to know each other better, feel on ease on the wedding day and feel each other, know how we roll.

Enjoy highlights of this photo session:

Muriwai Beach post-wedding session Sneak Peek {Auckland engagement - elopement photographer}

I had such amazing experience on this Muriwai Beach post-wedding session, where I met my couple that I shoot in early February in Auckland Landscendt Garden. Its always a pleasure to meet my couple again as an old friends!

SO much positive emotions! 

Emma brought her two dresses from the wedding day and one extra red dress. You know I just love beautiful dresses and cant help myself to capture this beauty all around in such a stunning location!

Enjoy this sneak peek highlights! Cant wait to move through couple's final gallery!

Winter maternity session in Auckland {New Zealand wedding-family photographer}

I just love to shoot winter maternity session as this one with Charlotte and Farres. Couple come over to Auckland - New Zealand from Abu-Dhabi. Its such a honour for me, wedding and family photographer, to capture so special for this couple moments!

Its so exciting to create these treasured memories of expecting a little miracle. We went to Riverhead Forest and Muriwai Beach, and had such amazing time at stunning New Zealand landscapes.

Enjoy these highlights of sneak peek! Cant wait to move through their final gallery!

Winter engagement session Sneak Peek: Courtney and Jason {wedding photographers in Auckland}

I'm so excited to share with you our recent winter engagement session sneak peek with Courtney & Jason, such adventurous couple. We chose Riverhead forest and Muriwai beach, such a perfect locations to shoot for any wedding photographer in Auckland! It give us a perfect variety for incredible pictures!

This day was so amazing, couple also prepared a little surprise for their pre-wedding session - they brought a few smoke bombs! We had so much fun playing with them!

Enjoy these highlights in sneak peek, cant wait to move through their final gallery!

The Hunting Lodge: Eric and Nono {Auckland wedding photographers}

It was such a beautiful sunny winter day at The Hunting Lodge {Waimauku} where Eric & Nono celebrated their special day surrounded by close friends and family. Such amazing time for us, Auckland wedding photographers, to capture so many beautiful, emotional and real moments!

Couple shared their story: "t was July 7 2016 during a mid year getaway at Raglan. After a home cooked dinner we were relaxing and watching Chocolat starring Johnny Depp. My (Eric) heart was racing and I could barely focus (not because of Johnny Depp…). One hour in I asked Nono to grab another cider from the fridge. She was cosy and did not want to leave the sofa. Thankfully I won the most clutch round of paper scissors rock of my life and she reluctantly went. I had hidden the engagement ring in the fridge next to the drinks and coincidentally, the engagement ring box resembled a small box of chocolate. Thinking it was a welcome gift from our airbnb host she pranced around the room in excitement! She brought it over and was not keen on sharing the "chocolate". I told her that I should open it for her, got on one knee, muttered a few sentences while trying to maintain my composure and proposed to her. I picked the date July 7 so it’d be easy to remember, 07-07." Such a romantic tale!

We had such amazing time on this wedding day! Enjoy these highlights in video slideshow and photo gallery:

Top 50 Best of the Best Destination Photo Contest Winner by Junebug Weddings - L and L {Auckland - New Zealand wedding photographers}

I'm so excited to announced one on my photos with Tina & Tony at Karekare Beach made it in Top 50 Best of the Best Destination Photo Contest by Junebug Weddings. Its such a honour for me L & L {Levien & Lens photography, based in Auckland New Zealand photos by Olga Levien} to be in such talented company of wedding photographers from all over the world.

Its truly unbelievable to make this list of best wedding photographers in the world!

I appreciate this opportunity and truly grateful for this acknowledgement.

Have at look at all these amazing international destination photographers art work and enjoy this photo with Tina & Tony who made their way from Australia to have their photos taken by me, Olga Levien, Auckland based wedding photographer!

We had such a blast! 

How to book your first wedding - Click Magazine {Education for photographers | Auckland weddings photographer}

Im so excited to share with you my new article "9 Smart Ways to Book your First Wedding as a photographer" published in Click Magazine. It such a great feeling to make an input in education for photographers and share everything I know, my heart and soul with not only Auckland weddings photographers, but all over the world.

Enjoy these photography tips and inspiration and let me know if you have any questions!

I also have such amazing news - my big educational project that I've been working on almost one year!!! goes live - "Tales of the Moment: Your Secret Formula for Picture Perfect" at Click Photo School. Check it out if you want to improve your photography, find your sweet spot! I poured all my knowledge, my heart and my soul in it!

How to book your first wedding {Auckland wedding photographer}

Quick key moments {find more tips in the Click Magazine Blog}:

1. Build a wedding photography portfolio.

2. Network with other photographers to find opportunities.

How to book your first wedding {Auckland wedding photographer}

3. Give away an engagement session to get your name out there.

4. Do a styled shoot to build your portfolio and your network.

How to book your first wedding {Auckland wedding photographer}

5. Use social media to strategically reach clients.

6. Blog often to help clients find you through SEO.

How to book your first wedding {Auckland wedding photographer}

7. Be willing to pay for advertising to reach your target market.

8. Gain exposure by submitting images for publication.

9. "My best advice to help you book your first wedding is not to put all your effort into any one channel. Use all types of promotions and keep them going. Consistency is key. As soon as you take a break from your social media, blogging and promotional efforts, you will see a drop in your bookings. Keep working until you book your first wedding and beyond! Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy all those beautiful wedding days."

Hope it helps!

How to book your first wedding {Auckland wedding photographer}

Everyday Moments - Family Time {Auckland lifestyle kids - newborn photographer}

You might know very well my wedding and couples | engagement work, but do you know that I also love to shoot different personal projects and document my everyday moments - family time with my little kids and also had sessions as a newborn - baby - maternity photographer {I totally  have only limited spaces available for these lifestyle sessions, as most of my time dedicated to my wedding clients and family ;) }

I decided to put together a gallery with my everyday moments during last few months, including our Zoo trip, holidays up North and daily routine.

Enjoy this highlights with my little ones!

It was amazing year and I also have such amazing news - my big educational project that I've been working on almost one year!!! goes live - "Tales of the Moment: Your Secret Formula for Picture Perfect" at Click Photo School. Check it out if you want to improve your photography, find your sweet spot! I poured all my knowledge, my heart and my soul in it!