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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Everybody's Flower Crown Workshop - Floral Stylist {Auckland wedding photographer - L & L}

I recently had a honour to capture a Flower Crown workshop by Sue at Floral Stylist Co organised for the giveaway winner at Auckland Weddings website. Its a pleasure to give my wedding photography coverage to lucky bride with her friends at hence night at gorgeous venue in Auckland City - Everybody's! I just love this atmosphere !

Everybody had lots of fun and positive emotions creating a flower crown. It was not an easy and fast forward process but everyone walk away with gorgeous flower crown.

Congratulations to beautiful bride! This is so awesome event!

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Everybody's wedding venue {Auckland elopement photographer}
Everybody's - Auckland City wedding venue {New Zealand wedding photographer}

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Karaka in-home Engagement Party {Auckland wedding photographer} Vanisha & Jason

Vanisha & Jason

It was a real pleasure to have met such an extraordinary couple!  Both their families and friends also, at their beautiful in-home engagement party in the couple's new house in Karaka, Auckland.  The engagement party came together with their housewarming event. 

It is always a big honour for me, as the photographer, to capture the bride and groom's story right from the beginning, following through the pre-wedding photo shoot and then to capture unique moments for them on their wedding day.

This party was just fantastic, full of warm and cozy atmosphere, laughter and special moments.

Enjoy these video highlights and peek in the event gallery.

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Bride's Dress: Hanellei

Photographer: Olga at Levien & Lens photography - New Zealand {Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty} wedding photographers

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Wild Hearts Wedding Fair highlights {Auckland weddings photographers}

It was a great pleasure to participate in Wild Hearts wedding fair {Auckland, New Zealand} and had a good chat with lovely brides and grooms and their close friends and families who come over to support. Also great networking with other wedding vendors, it was great to see familiar faces and had a good conversations about weddings and everything around.

This fair had also runway shows with wedding gowns designers and bridesmaids dresses as well as cute flower girls dresses. Also Together journal pick the panel of experts and had some interviews helping couples to plan their wedding day and choose their suppliers.

It was such amazing time! Here is some highlights including few snaps of my stand.

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30th in Highwic {Auckland event-wedding photographer}

We had such amazing time in Highwic {Auckland, NZ} where Danae celebrated her 30th birthday with close friends and family. It was unusual event to shoot for me as a wedding photogpraher, as usually Im capturing beautiful weddings around North and South Island, but this event was a real treat and gem, it was such a pleasure to capture all these special for Danae and her family moments!

This venue have such a special warm and cosy atmosphere, some traditional and rustic feel. Guests been entertained by games outdoors and indoors, snacks and drinks under the tent; and special part of the day - irish dances. There was so much fun - all people really enjoyed to learn new steps and patterns, move in the rhythm and just feel the music.

Need to mentioned we also had a following session in Cornwall park where we had opportunity to capture some extra portraits with girls :) {I been stuck in traffic before then, I had no idea it was an Adel's concert on, so been terribly late for the shoot, I been so sorry but we still manage to get beautiful and treasured pictures with Danae's close family}.

GREAT CREATIVE TEAM:

Raj tent club - {4m pavillion tent to go outside the Billiard House} 

La Lumiere - festoon lights{to hang in some of the trees}

Pop Roc Parties - miscellaneous party supplies from them

Highwic House - Venue

Little Bird Unbakery and Raw Kitchen - cakes/slices

and Auckland wedding photographer - Levien & Lens photography

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Trish Peng Christmas Bridal High Tea - Sofitel Viaduct Hotel {Auckland wedding photographer}

it was a great pleasure took part second time in amazing event organised by talented wedding dresses designer Trish Peng and Co. - Bridal High Tea in Sofitel Viaduct Hotel, which took place just before the Christmas. Brides with their grooms, friends and families had a chance to visit great venue with beautiful atmosphere, try wedding dress on, or suits for men, mingle around and   get help and advice about their weddings planning, ideas and inspiration from different wedding vendors: photographer, event planner, flowers etc., get make-up and hair done as well and much more!

Great creative team:

HareandHatter Grandeur Events Tomuri & Co. Flowers Levien & Lens Photography Jetmo Project Mildred&Co Wedding Travel OnepureMaraca MIX it DJ New Zealand Weddings Working Style Select Management Sweet Bites Cakes North Shore School of Dance Grayson Coutts Makeup Artistry

Enjoy this atmosphere through the photographs what I took around on the day between having a chat with beautiful brides to be and their grooms, friends and families. Such a great memories!

Im really excited about their upcoming weddings and look forward to document so special for them moments!

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Rainbows End 1 year birthday party {Auckland lifestyle event photographer}

Rainbows End {Auckland, NZ} is a perfect place for kids birthday party! How happy might be a child to have so special event in this magical place, thats how felt 1 year old birthday boy Daniel! 

I loved to capture lifestyle moments of the event: kids having fun at attractions, parents talking and laughing, beautiful party details around.

Congratulations to beautiful mama Katya on this big date - one year! Time goes so fast with little ones! This event was so special for me as I been capturing Daniel's pictures when he been a little baby, so its a real pleasure to see how these little babies became a big kids, walking and running around. Congratulations to happy parents!

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Butterfly Creek Minions birthday party {Auckland NZ event photographer} Nazar 1 year old

What a great place for 1 year old birthday party - Butterfly Creek {Auckland, NZ}. I been trilled invited to photograph this event by Nazar's parents - Alena and Kirill. Its so special for me as I seen this gorgeous boy one year ago when I been doing his lifestyle newborn photos and I just love this family and really appreciate they shared with me so special moments! After the photo shoot couple said I became their personal family photographer, its a great pleasure for me to capture family storytelling!

Party started from put up Minions decorations at cafe - balloons what Nazar just loved! Meeting guests - parent's best friends {and my clients / friends as well because I photograph for them special events-memories few times during last year, it was unforgettable and amazing to see them again!}. Then come time to have a Minion birthday cake with sign "Nazar is one!" and later on had a walk around Butterfly Creek watching animals, butterflies, had a ride on the train and just laughing and having fun!

How special for every parent this first year! At first we counting days from moment when baby was born, then weeks, months and finally first year coming, feels like ever, but at the same moment gone really fast!

Enjoy this video and gallery!

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Nana's 90 {Auckland-Hamilton-Morrinsville event-wedding photographer}

Some events are so special! I love to shoot weddings and travel a lot around Auckland-Hamilton areas. Last weekend I been capturing different event - 90th Nana's birthday party at the farm near Morrinsville. I been happy to see this family second time (I captured Lisa's 21st at the same location last year), with Nana, her children, grandchildren and much more :)

What a special memories for this amazing family! There was special warm atmosphere, Nana so proud of all her family! Is so great to be surrounded by so many loving family members.

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Sweet 1 year boy birthday party {Hamilton event photographer}

Lincoln just a perfect baby boy, I been happy to capture his one year birthday party in Hamilton. What a special event for his parents and their close friends.

Its always feels so special to celebrate kids first year in this world, they grow so fast (first you counting days from their birth, then weeks, month and years finally :) Its such a treasured moments!

We spent a great time at birthday boy's house on first day where family's friends joined the celebration and in "Good George" pub on another day. It was amazing atmosphere! I been happy to capture lifestyle moments on this event and some portraits with Linconl's family and their Taiwan and Kiwi friends with their babies and toddlers ;)

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My 365 Project. December {Auckland-Hamilton lifestyle photographer}

Last month of this year gone and its last month in my 365 Project - December.

It was a month full of positive lifestyle moments and emotions. I been doing photo shoots in Auckland and Hamilton, weddings and lifestyle sessions and also capture my family and kids everyday moments.

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Happy New Year! Best lifestyle-wedding photographs {Auckland-Hamilton documentary couples-family photographer}

Hello everyone!

Hope you having a great holidays!

I just want to wish you a Happy New Year and share with you our best lifestyle moments - couples-engagement , wedding-elopement , and family-kids-baby-newborn sessions what I been capture in 2014 year.

It was an amazing year with a lot of positive emotions. Thank you for share with me your special moments!

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Sweet baby girl baptism ceremony {Hamilton family-event photographer} Cathedral of the blessed Virgin Mary

What a special family moments I been captured last weekend - sweet baby girl Victoria baptism ceremony in Hamilton Cathedral of the blessed Virgin Mary. 

Victoria is a brave little girl and kept really well through the ceremony. It was such special lifestyle moments for all her family (mama Marina, papa Rowen, big brother Daniel, god parents and all relatives who joined this day our gorgeous girl.

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Elegant Formosa Golf Resort Wedding {Auckland couples-engagement photographer}

What an elegant wedding I captured last weekend at Formosa Golf Resort in South Auckland. This couple looks just stunning and photographs turned out just amazing. Meet...

Dominique & Owen

Venue: Formosa Golf Resort | Celebrant: Neena Maxwell

Makeup: Makeup by MeagsHair: Camilleri HairDesign

Decor: Lautofa Tulagalua | Bouquets: Flowers by Lisa | DJ: Andy Wilson

What a great place guys choose for their wedding - beautiful golf course in picturesque sea side location with views of Rangitoto island.

Getting ready moments started at Formosa Villas with beautiful set up, light, views, Dominique and her best friends - three bridesmaids met me while doing their makeup and hair. The atmosphere was full of fun and positive emotions. Girls been in villa 10 while boys in villa 12 had their own fun. I been heading over to get details shot with wedding rings and some creative shots with guys  :) 

Weather been rainy all morning so ceremony moved inside the lounge (planned to be an outdoor), but lucky rain eventually stopped and we had opportunity to get all main family shots done, guests had cocktail hour and we with bridal party, Dominique and Owen moved to travel around golf course on 4 seater golf cart (I been riding at the back, holding tight :) 

What a great location shoot with intimate session and some fun shots. Could be the best memories ever for stunning couple and their bridal party. Need to mentioned we had siblings from both sides in the party, what great traditions!

Reception been beautifully set up with white colours decor and light material around. What an airy feeling its created! Music been on and guests impatiently been waiting main couple to come in. What a great party just happened, amazing atmosphere!

Dominique & Owen, happy future together!

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Wedding Location {Auckland-Waikato-Bay of Plenty NZ couples | engagement photographer}

Its really important to choose a right place to your big wedding day. Each location should have a special meaning to the you and made makes celebration moments unforgettable.

It's a lot of different options in Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty areas, indoors and outdoors (could be handy to do a rain check and have a back up plan ;)

Traditional wedding ceremonies are held in a church / registry office / hotel. I always enjoy to hear stories that couple choose the church where their parents been married. Its such treasured connection between generations, what great family traditions.

Wedding Location {Auckland-Waikato-Bay of Plenty NZ couples | engagement photographer}

Outdoor locations had a lot of variety, especially in New Zealand: beach, domain, winery, gardens,  farm, park, bush, golf course, resort etc. So many different options! Summer is almost all the year around with high plus temperature so its really tempting to organise picturesque ceremony/reception in the beautiful nature side. I just love to capture these natural light beautiful moments.

Wedding Location {Auckland-Waikato-Bay of Plenty NZ couples | engagement photographer}

Other option what I often see with small family weddings - ceremony and reception at parents house with BBQ in the garden area. Thats so sweet memories as well.

So what type of wedding location close to you, where you want to celebrate your engagement and have fun with close to you people / family? It's all up to you! I'm happy to capture for you all these special moments with relax, natural style. I love to show raw emotions and connection!

Wedding Location {Auckland-Waikato-Bay of Plenty NZ couples | engagement photographer}

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My style | Lifestyle wedding photographer | Auckland-Waikato-Bay of Plenty photography

People often asking me what means lifestyle photography, Why I'm doing lifestyle pictures, is it mean Im not doing portraits at all?

So lets talk about it and bring it all out, so it will be easier for you to understand what to expect from me, my photography services, and your final pictures :)

1. Lets start from definition. Yes, I know it sounds boring, but will give us a base for our thoughts.

Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people on situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday (Wikipedia).

So I'm capturing, documenting moments and people in situations in an artistic manner, bring the art into your everyday moments.

You can ask me: Is it just documentary style and capturing all stuff around? No, its much more. I am not just capturing what I see, I am creating an art, I find the beauty in all these moments - what speaks to me and I hope what I created will speak to you, and mean a lot to you!

2. Weddings | Events. If I'm shooting your wedding or another important event I am capturing all natural moments through the day, If you laughing I will capture that, If you are crying I will capture that too.

St Matthews Church wedding

St Matthews Church wedding

I will do posed moments as well (as family portraits or intimate session for bride and groom), but I will do it natural and happy way so everyone will really enjoy it and have a positive experience with "happy family" pictures :)

Family pictures on Lisa's 21st Birthday Party

Family pictures on Lisa's 21st Birthday Party

As for moments for bride and groom they will be based on your personalities, story and naturally relaxing for you. There will be posed shots and unposed and intimate as well. If your a fun loving couple we will have a lot of fun and can create even dynamic, a little bit crazy pictures, if you prefer to have your quiet moments of happiness I will do my best to capture it in romantic editorial style. All these moments really speak to me, then I'm creating and telling your story through the art of the lens! 

Daria & Dmitry

Daria & Dmitry

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

If we're in getting ready moments and there a lot of stuff around (make-up, bags and all other items) I will do my best to create pictures that focus on the main subjects, of course will take some details shots, which form part of the story and maybe even show with wide angle lens all these mess and people around. But also I will try to use blocking and framing for get artistry shots of you and people around even in these hectic conditions! :)

I love to capture raw emotions, candid moments, details what is a part of your story and all these connection and love between two of you, its just magic moments!

3. Newborns, family and kids.

I'm a mum of two little ones, they are so active and cute and little nightmares sometimes. I realised how important and treasured every moment of their and our life together, how fast they grow, and how important for us to remember these moments.

I'm doing 365 project this year and documenting my everyday moments with kids and family. It's fun, interesting, sometimes usual moments, morning routing, play time and all other stuff. I'm planning to print a book at the end of project with all these images. 

Lifestyle everyday moments. 365 Project

Lifestyle everyday moments. 365 Project

But its not about me, its about you. About your family, about your life.

I love to capture the moments when baby appear in this world, capture everyday moments and routine of your first day with baby, your connection and emotions, everyday things that you are used to with the baby: baby on the big parents bed, baby in the cot, on the changing table, in parents arms, on dad's big shoulder, little fingers in mums hands.

Baby Nazar

Baby Nazar

What do you want to remember about these days, this period, what will be gone and only pictures will remind you about this moments? Details what making a way to your memories: babies name on the wall (or on the door), Teddy bears and other toys around, baby monitor on the shelf, cold cup of tea on the table and dummy nearby, mobile with Winnie the Pooh theme, basket with nappies and all other little things what telling your story. I will capture all world around the baby (your smile, your hair, his little fingers in it, favourite thing to play for your baby - your neckless...)

Baby Luka

Baby Luka

Kids grow up and have own interests, love to spend their time playing soccer, colouring, making sand castles and all other exciting things. What do your family love to do together? What do you want to remember from this year?

Lifestyle session at home: Baking

Lifestyle session at home: Baking

Do you want to have classical portrait of all family together? I will do it at start of our session and then we will go and have fun, do all these things what you and kids love to do, document all these happy moments, emotions, feeling and connections between you in our 1-2 hours time together. I will try to capture these live moments, trying to get individual characters of each member of your family and you all together and you will help me with this. We can do outdoor session if you love to be in the park/ beach or I can come to your place and document all these treasured for you moments what you do around the house (reading books, playing play-dooh, colouring, playing games, maybe even bath or settling and sleeping time, anything what you want to remember).

Knott family in Auckland Domain

Knott family in Auckland Domain

4. I hope I showed you what it means for me to do a lifestyle photography with capturing for you such special events or everyday moments (whats actually unique and special in their own way and never will be repeated again), how important for me the emotions and connection, how I treasure and love each single moment and every person on my sessions, how I want to help to tell your story through the art of photography.

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    21st Birthday Party-Morrinsville Lifestyle event photographer

    I was so thrilled to be invited to capture Lisa's 21st Birthday Party at her parents farm near Morrinsville last weekend. 

    What a great family, atmosphere, amazing guests and incredible surroundings.

    Lisa is a fun loving girl, talented singer and song writer as her sister Anna Hawkins. What an amazing family. Lisa's parents are such a happy couple, celebrated 30 years together this year. So many big dates!

    We start our photo shoot with taking some portraits for Lisa around her family house to have good memories about her birthday. Then was time for happy family pictures with a lot of fun and laughter. Guests start arriving and I just surfed around and captured candid natural moments with party flow. I just love to capture lifestyle moments and all these raw emotions - smiling and crying (believe me there was some at the speeches, what important and emotional moments!), fun and joy. Thats my style!

    It was a real pleasure to meet all Lisa, her family and guests - friends and relatives. Some of these friendships for a very long time, through the years, I heard just amazing stories during the evening. What open and generous people!

    I just loved every single moment of this event.

    Hope you enjoy this gallery, pictures turned out just amazing!

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    Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron | Russian Orthodox Church | Auckland wedding photographer

    DARIA & DMITRY

    What a great traditional wedding I been photographing in Russian Orthodox church in Auckland and Royal New Zealand Royal Yacht Squadron last weekend. Daria & Dmitry - amazing couple, so beautiful and crazy in love! It was such special moments to capture!

    It all started at a small Russian church where guests, parents and groom patiently been waiting for brides appearance. It was just a magic moment when the bride come to the groom on the little passageway. 

    Ceremony been in Russian orthodox traditions. Not my first time taking pictures on traditional ceremonies like this, but every time its so special. I just love this atmosphere and some moments when souls come together to start new life.

    There was not much space to move around but I tried to do my best in these conditions and capture special moments from different angles. 

    Then was congratulations, family shots, way to Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - amazing place for reception, and our small location shoot near the water, yachts, Harbour Bridge with view on Skytower from the  balcony and amazing pictures! Pity starts to rain but we manage to get through it really fast :)

    Our guests been waiting for young couple to come in and been introduced by our host Anna Moroz (wedding MC). She with her husband Andrey (DJ) done an amazing job with organised different contests, games and running all evening smoothly with fun and relax atmosphere. Well done! Highly recommend this team for your special event! :)

    Evening was full of different traditional events (karavai ceremony, prayers and speeches, different activities (magic heat, guess the bride, guess the groom, bride bouquet toss, groom bow toss), family candle ceremony) and a lot of dancing! Everyone had so much fun! Grooms friends lift him and his bride up to the air, what fun!

    It was a pity to leave this wedding but so many enjoyable moments to move through the pictures when I downloaded them to computer. Amazing moments!

    Enjoy it!

    Daria & Dmitry, wish all the best to you, your & family, happy future together, harmony and understanding!  

    Gallery:

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    Pirate and Princess Birthday Party | Event | Lifestyle photographer Auckland-Hamilton

    What a great Pirate and Princess birthday party I visited yesterday and captured some photos.

    Kids had so much fun with treasure hunt, real pirate ship, nursery from Peter Pan story, had pillow fight on the trampoline and much more. 
    Tyler turned 4 years old, what a big boy, what proud parents! They did a great job with organising a real fairy tale - Neverland at their place! So beautiful decorations, nice snacks for kids and their parents and great entertaining!

    Even rain not changed any plans, just made more fun moments for kids (with lightning and thunder). Who else want to have same full of different events party?

    Kids been so happy to be at this magic environment!
    Here is a gallery, pictures turned just amazing!

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    Fun in Chipmunks playland | Family lifestyle photoS | LEVIEN & LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

    What big fun we had this morning at Chipmunks play land and cafe

    Kids been running around, climbing, playing and sliding. What a good time for little ones without big kids around (while they at school), all zone belongs to them :) Its so nice for parents just keep eye on kids and just relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or have a chat with other parents, or take a few shots with my camera like I did :) ha-ha! 

    Camera almost every day with me and my 365 Project motivate me to find new creativity sides and angles, se beauty in everyday moments and treasure them forever. Kids will grow up but pictures will stay :) I adore it!

    Have a look at this few pics with my little ones having fun:

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