My everyday personal moments in 365 Project - October {Hamilton - Waikato family-wedding photographer}

Excited to share with you my recent photos - everyday personal candid moments with kids and family in 365 Project around Hamilton, Waikato and Auckland. Kids had lots of fun in October, such a great mont. For me as a mum and wedding photographer its such a treasured moments, they allow me to remember milestones in kids journey and development and also practice and progress with my photography, always have camera ready for moment to happen!

Also big news of the month - we done our first in 5 years!!! family photo shoot with Anne Paar {Anne Paar Photography} in Raglan beach, it was exciting experience {of course kids been running wild with a true freedom spirit, but we are expected it! Our photographer been full of patience! Thank you Anne for this sneak peek!

Anne Paar Photography

Anne Paar Photography

Enjoy these lifestyle everyday moments and let me know if you have any questions!

Follow Us on Instagram {Auckland-Waikato-Bay of Plenty New Zealand wedding photographers}

Most of you, I'm sure already follow us, Levien & Lens Photography on Instagram. Thank you for your support, we appreciate it! If not it's time to explore, follow us, Auckland-Waikato-Bay of Plenty {New Zealand} wedding photographers to see first our recent weddings and engagement sessions, everyday moments in IG Stories and much more. Just go to @levienlensphotography and you can find out everything first!

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For those who are interested in my everyday moments with family, kids and personal projects, lead to my personal account @olgalevien and enjoy all messy and beautiful moments!



Come and say Hello! Look forward to see you there!


Olga & Matt





Everyday moment - June 2017 {Hamilton Waikato wedding photographer}

Winter time is coming and we are having a blast here in Hamilton {Waikato, NZ}, more time to spend with kids and family and capture everyday moments, who else can do it as not mum-photographer {my kids probably already had enough of my camera, but they still really enjoying to see their baby images come up o Facebook, so cute to see how they grow}.

June was amazing month, we had some time off shooting weddings as its off wedding season in New Zealand, but there still so much things to do, we are heading to exciting changes, watch this space for more info.

Enjoy these documentary everyday moments in 365 Project and let me know if you have any questions!

x Warmly,


How He Asked by The Knot published engagement session - Megan and Chris {Waikato - Auckland - Bay of Plenty wedding photographers}

Exciting news coming from overseas: How he Asked by The Knot just published Megan & Chris's engagement session in Hamilton Gardens {Waikato, New Zealand}. Such a great honour to be featured in such prestigious publication for us - Waikato, Auckland and Bay of Plenty wedding photogprahers..

Megan & Chris's pre-wedding engagement session was just amazing, full of positive emotions and romantic atmosphere.

Take a look at publication and more images in our Blog highlights from couple's photo shoot.



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Roselvale - Hamilton Gardens wedding {Waikato weddings photographers} Shantelle and Kelly

Shantelle & Kelly

Amazing day with Shantelle & Kelly, their little one and close friends, families, started in their farm house outskirts of Hamilton, first look in Hamilton Gardens and wedding ceremony and reception in Rosenvale, such a beautiful Waikato venue nearby Te Awamutu {New Zealand}.

There was so many special moments!

Couple met each other "through an online dating site. We have been together since early Jan 2015 and have a son, Brayden, who will be 1yrs old in March. Kelly said from the first time he met me he knew i was going to be the mother of his future children. ", Shantelle shared their couples romantic story.

Im so excited for this couple, congratulations and happy future together! Hope you had a great honey moon in Rarotonga :)

Enjoy this video highlights and gallery!

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Great creative team:

Dresses: Thalia - Boutique. Suits: Dorset Suites. Flowers: Yvette Jackson - Petite Posy Florist. Hair: @Rebecca Hooper- Mint Hair Design. Make-up: Lillybeth: A Beautiful Education. Celebrant: Sue Collins. MC: @Warren Willmot (brother in law). Caterers: Classique Caterers.  Rosenvale wedding venue owners: Mr & Mrs Diprose. Naked cake: BJ's Cake Decor. Cake Flowers: Florabunda & Cake
and Waikato-Aukland-Bay of Plenty wedding photographers - Levien & Lens Photography with Olga Levien

Karangahake George engagement | couples photo shoot {Auckland-Waikato wedding photographer} Madeline & Barry

What a great time in Karangahake George {Waikato, New Zealand} we had with amazing couple - Madeline & Barry on their engagement photo shoot. Im as photographer never seen such a stunning location with plenty of photo opportunities! River, stones, mountains, concrete constructions {one of them even look like Jungle Book!}, mines, tunnels, wiggly bridges and much more. We been lost there forever enjoying walking on the tracks and talking, discussed couple's upcoming wedding in Leigh {up way from Auckland}, coming up really soon, just in few months time and had a great time together!

Congratulations on your engagement! Look forward to your wedding!

Hope you enjoy this video slideshow with best photographs and gallery :)

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Waikato wedding photographer - engagement photo shoot - Karangahake George
New Zealand wedding photographer - couples photo shoot - Karangahake George
Auckland wedding photographer - engagement session Karangahake George
NZ wedding photographer - engagement session - Karangahake George

Hamilton Gardens engagement photo shoot {New Zealand wedding - couple photographer} Megan and Chris

We had amazing time in Hamilton Gardens {New Zealand} with Megan & Chris, such a beautiful and romantic couple. Im really excited about their upcoming wedding in Gisborne next year, such a honour to be their wedding photographer, especially after knowing this couple and spent with them more time! This engagement photo shoot definitely helps us better know each other, understand how we are roll and feel more relaxed on the wedding day and get more natural photographs. I love to spend more time with my awesome wedding clients!

This couple have amazing story as they met each in High School and over 10 years together! What a long happy time! Their love became even stronger.

We met at Saturday evening in Hamilton Gardens {its been close to rainy weather but luckily we managed to finish our session just before pure rain starts. There was some spacial atmosphere. Love is all  around!

Enjoy this video and gallery!

intimate bride and groom moment - Hamilton Gardens {New Zealand wedding - engagement photographer}
BW romantic couple intimate moment {New Zealand engagement-wedding photographer}

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One little day in Tauranga - personal everyday moments {Hamilton NZ wedding photographer} 365 Project

I just realised I not shared any of my personal work lately. I still keep doing 365 Project (which transferred more into 52 Project, as sometimes I just don't had any ability to shoot, wedding season started :) As a photographer and mum I really enjoying to capture some special for me moments as this one with play light and shade black and white from recent photographs in September.

Sisters in cafe

Sisters in cafe

Or just sweet simple moments - portraits as this one (something special for each mum - kids smile):

Spidergirl portrait

Spidergirl portrait

Back to our subject - last weekend we had the opportunity to have a little day trip out from Hamilton to Tauranga to visit our friends with their new baby and went to the Mt Maunganui beach. It was amazing time, warm enough for kids to run in the waves (lucky we always have spare clothes in car :), play with the sand and climbing up the rocks.

Of course we had cameras with us and me with my husband captured some moments around. What a great time with kids!

Enjoy this gallery!

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Best moments of my 365 Project: August {Hamilton-Taupo lifestyle wedding photographer}

Amazing month August, keep doing my 365 Project! Last month of the winter, end of slow season and time of preparing to the new wedding season. There was a lot of great moments with my kids and family, everyday things with my little ones, few photo sessions and some moments of relax.

Yes, I tried to catch up on the rest {planned to do it during all winter, but never had time as always been doing something, inspirational shooting, preparing packaging, USBs, ordered new equipment, getting ready for the new wedding season}. So right at the end of the month I realised I need to have at least little holidays and recharge, so we went to Taupo for a few days and visited Rotorua on the back way to Hamilton, NZ. It was a lot of fun and activities for kids with DeBretts hot water pools, visit Huka Falls, walking on Craters on the Moon with steam coming out of the ground, Skyline with luge and Lake Rotorua, Honey Hive and much more. Its hard to say that I relaxed {its almost impossible with two little ones, ha-ha!}, but at least we changed environment and enjoyed beautiful New Zealand landscapes, its just magical moments!

Hope you enjoy this lifestyle gallery with everyday moments!

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Countdown days to start wedding season {Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga engagement photographer}

Winter season is finished and I countdown days till start of the new wedding season, its starting in few days time with engagement photo shoot with my awesome clients and continued with few weddings and couples photo shoots. Im fully booked for the season with my sweet number of weddings, but I always keep a few spots available just in case some epic wedding turn up ;)

This season I will have twice more destination weddings around New Zealand {not just in Auckland and Hamilton, but in Tauranga, Gisborne, Leigh, Matakana, Kerikeri, Russel, Turangi, Taupo etc.}, and also Im planning to be in Queenstown - Wanaka area in December 2016 for Two Mann's wedding workshop {they are one of the best award-winning wedding photographers in the world and its a great pleasure to get lucky spot on their education program and learn some new information and skills, we always learning and progressing in our photography journey!}. Dear brides feel free to contact me for compliment couples photo shoot in these stunning locations in South Island {early December}..

Im so excited and hoping this season will bring some amazing experience, new meetings with awesome people and some stunning photographs! Last season was full of positive emotions and great weddings and photo sessions. Its a little bit scary to continue on the same big wave, but hopefully we will get there :)

I will be happy to share with you all the excited moments of our journey as I shared best wedding photographs from last wedding season.

Lets get it started!



couple on the beach {Auckland wedding photographer}

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Photography as a career - letter to my follower {Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga lifestyle wedding photographer}

I just got an interesting inquiry - letter from 16 years old Caitlyn with question about choosing photography as a career. Im a lifestyle wedding photographer and capturing weddings for a few years now {around New Zealand - mainly Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga areas} and its good to look back and see all pros and cons about photography business.

Thats my letter to Caitlyn:

" Thank you so much for your inquiry and your kind words. Its great that you passionate about photography.

Photography definitely can be a career if you feel strongly about your passion, confident and feel ready to start this business.

photography as a career {Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga lifestyle wedding photographer}


- ability to be creative, artistic and feel the freedom;

- capture treasured memories for people {once a life events}, make them happier;

- get a positive emotions during and after the session {from people around, their connection and happiness};

- work in your own schedule; be your own boss;

- meet new people and visit new places;

- follow your passion, do what you love;

- do something for yourself.

photography as a career {Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga lifestyle wedding photographer}


- its a 24/7 job (so you constantly thinking about your business, clients, ideas, improvements, etc.);

- you need constantly to be on social media and work on your marketing - blogging, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter etc. {otherwise people never know about you};

- needs a lot of investment {equipment - expensive cameras, lenses worth thousands of dollars. When you doing a wedding photography you need to have a backup cameras, lenses, flashes etc.), also business spends, insurance, marketing, web, software, travel, packaging etc.;

- its an emotional work {as an artist you have up and down moments, feel happy or unhappy about your work and also really emotional when communicating with people - answer for inquiries, waiting for client's reply, and sometimes people never come back to you, but also those who love your work choose you and your style; so its really sensitive and personal};

- its hard to balance photography and family | personal life, as business take over and sometimes almost impossible to find time for your little ones and for yourself; spend a lot of time on the road for destination weddings;

photography as a career {Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga lifestyle wedding photographer}

- most of the time you are spending for editing pictures and managing business, which is much more then actual shooting time (proportions looks like 90% and 10 %), so you need to enjoy all aspects of the business {or found someone who you can delegate these responsibilities).

So there a lot of positive moments and some negative too. The main thing - do what you love and what make you happy! :) You need study a lot and always progress. Also note: for made photography a profitable business needs around 2-3 years of hard work.

Hope its helps!

Good luck with your passion and your chosen pass! Hope there will be people around you who will support you and make it easier!



photography as a career {Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga lifestyle wedding photographer}

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Follow me on Instagram {New Zealand: Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga wedding photographer}

Do you know that now you can find me and follow my wedding photography on Instagram? If you followed my personal account, now is a time for changes - I created a new business account @levienlensphotography, so you can find there my clients work from weddings around New Zealand: Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Northland etc.

If you still interested to see my lifestyle everyday moments with kids and family, some fun and different style of pictures welcome to visit my personal account @olgalevien. 

Im happy to see new people and ready to share my personal moments like my awesome clients sharing with me so special and treasured moments from their amazing wedding celebrations, Im so excited to see their families grow in years to come!

Thank you for your love and welcome to follow me!

See you on Instagram!

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A Classic St Margarets Cafe Karaka wedding published in Paper & Lace {Auckland - New Zealand wedding photographer}

I just loved to receive news that my photographs published in prestigious New Zealand publication - Paper & Lace. It was my last wedding of the past wedding season and it was just amazing and memorable as its could be. Surrounding by amazing people in stunning location - St Margarets Cafe {Karaka, Auckland, New Zealand}. I felt truly not like photographer on this wedding, but as part of the family.

Thank you so much Maya & Andy for sharing with me your special moments! You can check out their wedding gallery in my Blog and also enjoy featured Paper & Lace publication :)

Great Creative team:
Venue/Catering St Margarets Garden Café
Stationery & Signage Vista Print
Hair Olivia Adams, Salon St Bruno
Makeup Luci Hare and Natalie Rose, Blooming Beauty
Celebrant Darryl Parker
Brides Dress, Accessories & Shoes Secret Lace Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses Meryn Wakelin
Grooms Suit & Accessories Frank Casey
Rings Peter Minturn
Music Russell Wills

and your Photographer Levien & Lens Photography - Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga lifestyle wedding photographers

A Classic Autumn Karaka wedding published in Paper &Lace {Auckland - New Zealand wedding photographer}

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Elegant New Zealand Garden Wedding published - WeddingWire {Auckland - Hamilton - Tauranga couples-engagement photographer}

Great news come from overseas - Maria & Ben's eland New Zealand garden wedding published in WeddingWire {USA}. Its such a honour to see photographs goes live around the world. 

Im as destination wedding | engagement photographer love to capture destination weddings around Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and other areas of New Zealand, such a beautiful country with special wild atmosphere.

This wedding was hold in Landsendt Tropical Garden {Oratia, Auckland}, such a beautiful place for a special event!

You can check wedding gallery in our Blog and also enjoy this publication from WeddingWire.

Thank you Maria & Ben for sharing with me so special moments! Happy future together!

Great Creative Team - Vendors:

Venue/Caterer: Landsendt 

Event Planner: Taryn Liddy 

Dress Designer: Kellylin Couture

Shoes: Windsor Smith from Andrea Biani

Bridesmaid Dresses: Kilt 

Jeweler: Alan Woods

Hair Stylist: Charlotte Zieleman

Makeup Artist: Karina Jonassen of Face Me Makeup & Hair

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Cambridge Clothing

Officiant: Minister Fatafehi

Ceremony Music: Pat Mose

Invitations: Robin Kydd

Floral Designer: The Botanist

Cake: Trish Bonnici

Reception Music: DJ Percy Afeaki

MC: Te Arahi August

Elegant New Zealand Garden Wedding published - WeddingWire {Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga couples-engagement photographer}

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My 365 Project - July 2016 {Hamilton lifestyle wedding photographer}

Middle of the year - july come with relax atmosphere at its a quiet wedding season and I have time to reflect, prepare to next weddings season, look back at last season, so some inspiration shoots and of course continue capture my everyday moments with family. 

We had 2 big dates this month - 5 years anniversary from our first meeting with my husband {we met overseas in Brussels, Europe} - time goes really fast! and my little one princess turned 3 years old! What a big date. Kids grow so fast. Now she more independent, know what she wants and loves {as kittens, dancing and singing}.

There was a lot of beautiful and emotional moments. I been practicing in self-portrature and show my emotions. We even set up a selfie - photo shoot with my husband, it was a mess, we have no idea what we are doing and I totally understand my wedding couples who need a little bit direction {its not so easy if you cant see yourself from the side :) You can see some of our results in this gallery!

{also note: Don't be surprised with different colours! I tried to show emotions and feeling through the colour choice at editing of my personal work. Im not using a strong colours at clients work as weddings have different atmosphere and emotions, but maybe I will apply new techniques at some parts of the wedding day :) }

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How to choose wedding photographer {Auckland couples-engagement photography}

Choosing a wedding photographer one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning! Its feels so important and so right when you found a good fit. So how to choose wedding photographer for your couple?

I will talk about few steps which feels really important to me as a lifestyle wedding photographer.

1. Wedding Portfolio.

Check wedding photography portfolio - best photographs which represents photographer's style, favourite things to shoot, editing preferences {some of us love airy light images, another ones draw to moody dark atmosphere, or even do mix of both depending on session}. 

2. Check full wedding galleries.

You checked best images in photographer's portfolio, now time to see a full wedding from start to finish { getting ready, ceremony, formals, intimate bride and groom session, reception etc.}. You can find full weddings in the Blog or contact photographer via email and ask for pass online complete wedding galleries.

You can see how we capture moments, emotions, details, posed shots, unposed images etc. Its truly represent the ability to keep it up during this hectic day and produce amazing images which speaks from the heart.

3. One of the most important - Connection.

Get in touch with photographer and check the connection, communication and mobility {Im trying to answer for inquiries as soon as possible, often during first few hours}, but please allow a couple of days delay, especially on weekends, as we can be away on the road at destination wedding. :)

Sometimes really hard to get a personality via email especially if English not a mother tongue {I love to catch up with my awesome clients for cup of tea / coffee, have a chat and discuss their wedding plans}. We usually build a good trust and its make us feel comfortable during the wedding day {photographer the only one person who all the time with you without any minute of break, so its important to find the right person, feel relaxed and comfortable}.

4. Last but not least - Packages and Pricing.

Please contact photographer to find out pricing details and collections {how many hours, how many photographers, if there engagement session included, any prints | products what you would like to add}. Feel free to share your wedding plans and needs as a lot of photographers can create a custom package which best suits your needs.

For example I working in a team with my husband and have options with one or two photographers on the day, coverage from elopements with capturing just ceremony and bride and groom intimate session to full day packages including engagement - pre-wedding session and album + wall fine art print. There options for every couple!

You found your dream photographer, but can't afford your dream package? Still get in touch, tell about your wedding plans and planning date. There always a chance you can find the compromise as your wedding sounds just amazing and photographer in love with your couples personalities {you can also order prints | products when you discover your images, or make its a part of wedding registry}.

Follow your gut and go with the flow! Good luck with your wedding planning!

bride and groom under veil {Auckland wedding photographer} couples photography

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Inspiration Boho 70s styled shoot {New Zealand - North Island wedding-engagement photographer}

We, wedding photographers, artistic natures :) Each photographer need to shoot for yourself and be inspired, motivated and get fresh view in between of busy wedding seasons, travelling around New Zealand and truly be exhausted sometimes and needed a set up some styled shoot.

This inspiration Boho 70s styled shoot took place in Pirongia, Waikato, New Zealand. Its been collaboration of amazing creative team: Kimberley wright makeup artist, hair by Voluptuous Devine mobile nail & beauty services, 3 models and been organised at family batch in Pirongia, there was a beautiful old style building with deck, patio and porch. Models been ready at the morning and photo shot been in different spots around the house (at garden, near sheds or drive way with tall trees, model even sit on the branch of one amazing tree with beautiful structure). There endless opportunities for photographs, also inside the house - to get mysterious feeling at the windows, fireplace and old style chairs.

It was amazing time, full of inspiration, passion, and special moments.

Great Creative team:
Models: Hannah Ireland, Tayla Marriner, Jessie Thomson
Make-up: Kimberley Wright Makeup Artist 
Hair: Voluptuous Devine mobile nail & beauty services 
and Auckland-Waikato-Bay of Plenty lifestyle wedding photographer: Levien & Lens Photography 

Enjoy this gallery and video slideshow!

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Bride and her father {Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga wedding photographer}

Moment when father see his daughter for a first time after her getting ready moments one of most special for me on the wedding day. I travelling a lot around Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga areas and meet beautiful people. Its really special for me to see their relationships and emotions!

Maybe because of emotions involved into it, maybe those special connection, or maybe because I never had the opportunity to have these moments myself as my father died when I was 5 years old. I always cried when I seen emotional moments in movies between kids and their dads. These are so special.

But back to the wedding theme. I love when bride have a moment with mum and bridesmaids, but also spent a few minutes during her getting ready with her dad. I also love when brides specially set up a first look with dad, because its so special moment for bride and her dad. I love these moments, stories and emotions. They are so treasured!

Enjoy this gallery from my recent weddings in Auckland, Hamilton NZ and Tauranga areas. No need any words! 

I also been honoured as one of my images completed a Fathers Day gallery by Fearless Photographers, best and such a talented wedding photographers in the world!

Another special detail - one of these pictures won an NZIPP Iris Awards in Wedding Classic category, what a honour! :)

Enjoy these images!

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Fog and kids in Cambridge NZ {Hamilton - Waikato lifestyle wedding photographer}

This morning was really cold {better to say freezing!} and foggy, I loved this mystic atmosphere and used this opportunity to take a few lifestyle shots with kids. We also had a family time in Cambridge NZ, drove from Hamilton, Waikato for had a meeting with my new awesome wedding clients who are planning an elopement {have a small wedding} at spring time, so exciting!

We had a walk near Cambridge lake after the meeting, children loved to climb up to the trees and also been on the edge of the cliff above the lake {so scary!}. Cold and fun!

Enjoy this gallery showing our family time - everyday moments!

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15 random facts about me {New Zealand lifestyle wedding photographer}

I feel its really important to connect with you, know more of your story, thats why firstly I opening for you my story and my personality. I even decided to create a special page on my website with

15 random facts about me,

New Zealand and destination lifestyle wedding photographer

  • Im a peoples person and love to hug everyone (just making you aware!);
  • I was born in wild and cold Siberia and then spent my life in gorgeous historical city Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
  • If you travel in past You can find me in childhood sitting near the window and reading a lot of books especially classic novels, romances and fairy tales; but I also loved to play soccer with neighbours kids;
  • I love FOOD from different cultures, love to try something new (my favourites are any type of cheese and Italian food, pizza's smell just magical!);
  • I met my husband overseas in Europe where we spent amazing holidays (Brussels, Paris, Disneyland, Roma, Florence, Venice (with Murano, Burano, Torchino), Florence, Milano, Lake Como - oh, sweet memories!);
  • I studied a lot in my life, easy enough and even earned PhD (in pedagogical science);
  • I love sport, especially figure / ice skating {I started trainings when I was 25 and won a few international competitions medals after a few years of intensive trainings); 
  • I have two little ones (a boy and a girl) who make my life busy, very active and interesting {never knows what each day will bring to you, ha-ha};
  • I love everything with music and dance - musicals,movies, reality shows (The Voice, X-Factor etc.), I studied all types of dance - from ballet to hip-hop and found my favourite - jazz!
  • I find inspiration everywhere - art, movies, music, TV, people around, sounds and smells and love to go with the flow;
  • My husband is a real kiwi - relaxed and easy going man (I try to learn these skills from him, ha-ha) and we love to watch different series at our down time, if we have any :);
  • I love to observe and understand people, love to bring my psychology knowledge in practice; Im a peaceful person and even in risky conflict situations try to understand other persons position;
  • I love everything new and being creative; atmosphere works great to me: the wind blowing hair and clothes, rain drops around, fog etc.; also great to be at the nature and see and use in photography these stunning landscapes {lucky we are in New Zealand};
  • I love to travel {my first speciality is geography}  and I did a lot of travelling especially around Europe;
  • and last but not least I love to talk with new and unknown people and find out their stories, facts of their life and personality, and if I start to talk its hard to stop, ha-ha!

so get in touch with me and tell your story!

Fog at lake {New Zealand lifestyle wedding photographer}