Mudbrick Vineyard Estate: Charlotte & Joseph {Auckland wedding photographers}

One of the last weddings of this season took place in Mudbrick Vineyard Estate {Waiheke Island, Auckland} in May, where Charlotte & Joseph celebrated their special day surrounded by close friends and family. It was a honour to be invited to document such magical moments as their wedding photographers.

Couple shared their story that been on the reception tables as well: “The tale of how they met is a classic modern-day romance. Charlotte and Joseph matched on tinder in 2015 over the Easter break when Joseph was down in Wellington visiting his family. They connected over similar pasts and spent the next couple of days playing 2 truths and a lie and getting to know each other. On the 6th of April 2015, a few hours before flying back to Auckland Charlotte and Joseph agreed to met up at a café in Wellington. While walking to the café Joe asked Charlotte ‘Have you ever watched friends?’ Charlotte played it cool, tried not to let her inner friends freak out and said ‘who hasn’t?’. He had mentioned to his sister that he was going on a tinder date and her response was ‘do you think she is going to walk in, see you and leave?’. It was then that she knew she would get along with his Family. From the start the relationship was long distance with Charlotte living in wellington and then moving further away to Sydney. Although the distance was hard on them both they knew that this was something different, special, and distance or not they needed to figure out just what this was…”

The proposal: “ In September 2017 Charlotte and Joseph were off on a holiday to Samoa.. Charlotte had a small hope that this trip might involve a proposal, knowing that joe had already gotten a ring and despite him telling her before the trip that it was not going to happen as he hadn’t had a chance to talk with her dad yet. The first 3 days in Samoa Charlotte and Joseph stayed in some beach front fales in a smaller village. These fales had no locks on the doors so we were advised to take anything of value with us when we were out during the day. After going out a few times the only valuables joe took with him was his phone and money so Charlotte came to the conclusion that he must not have the ring with him as surely he would not be that careless. Thinking now that the proposal was not going to happen on this trip Charlotte decided to give joe a hard time and point out all the beautiful places in Samoa that would be perfect for a proposal, little did she know that he was that careless and had the ring. After 4 days and about 6 perfect proposal opportunities pointed out by charlotte they went back to the main island in Samoa and checked into a resort. At dinner that night joe took the ring with him and was planning to propose. After dinner he asked charlotte if she wanted to go for a walk along the beach, thinking that sunset on the beach would be perfect. But charlotte’s response was “ Na, I don’t feel well, can we just go back to the room”. The next morning, with charlotte feeling a bit better they decided to go for a walk before breakfast. They walked out on this beautiful natural pier that was lined with palm trees and had a landing at the end. Charlotte was about to point out another beautiful location for a proposal when joseph shut her up by getting on his knee and asking her to spend the rest of their lives together, and of course she said YES!”

Such an amazing love story!

Great Creative Team: Dress- Stella york (from bridal brilliance); Makeup and hair- Olga Gill; DJ- Will Kapa; Acoustic singer- Alex London and Auckland wedding photographers - L & L - Olga & Matt {Levien & Lens photography}.

Enjoy highlights in photo gallery and contact me with any questions!

Learn how to capture storytelling on weddings at my upcoming workshop in October - Love, Light & Laughter at Click Photo School. It’s going to be amazing 4 weeks full of learning, inspiration, new friendships and personal feedback and growth. I would love to have you join!


Delaware Estate - St Mary's Church {North Shore wedding photographer}

Im so excited to share with you one of the beautiful events in Delaware Estate and St Mary’s Church {North Shore} - Gabrielle & Luke’s wedding that I had honour to be photographer at.

Couple shared their story: “Luke and I have been together just over 9 years. We met when I was about 14 and started dating when I was 16, we have been through a lot together. When I was in year 11 I was in a very bad accident and was in a neck brace for months, Luke was incredible. When I was 19 my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 4 and after horrible treatment she recovered. 4 years later my Dad was diagnosed with neck and nose cancer who also had to go through severe treatment. Once my Dad's treatment was coming to an end, we found out my Mums cancer had returned. 6 weeks later my mum passed away. Life hasn't been easy, but Luke has been there through it all with me and has always been there for my family, just as I am for him. We are not only partners, supporters but just best friends.”

Great Creative Team:

Wedding Planner - Becks at EnvyEvents; Band - The Pick upz; Make up Artist - Agnes; Hair - Amy; MC - Matai Rangi Smith; and Auckland wedding photographer - L & L photography {Levien & Lens}, thank you Tashina for assisting.

Enjoy highlights in photo gallery, contact me with any questions!

Best of 2018/2019 Season {Auckland wedding and engagement photography}

I want to share with you today best of 2018/2019 season - my amazing couples - in Auckland, wedding and engagement photography. Traveling to Europe, Fiji, Bali and around New Zealand.

Last season started at the end of August and finished at the beginning of May, with so many amazing romantic and real moments, such a great memories. Its so hard to choose just one picture from the session/wedding from hundreds and thousands of them, Im so in love with all couples and weddings!

Enjoy these highlights in Best of 2018/2019 season gallery!

Thank you so much my amazing couples for your support and love!

  • Learn how to capture real and emotional moments at my upcoming workshop “Love, Light & Laughter” at Click Photo School. It’s going to be amazing 4 weeks {from 21 October} full of learning, inspiration, new friendships and personal feedback and growth. I would love to have you join!

Moody Styled Shoot - HU's Art Farm {Auckland wedding photographer}

We had an exciting collaboration this winter - moody styled shoot at HU’s Art Farm {West Auckland}. Few wedding vendors come together to create an amazing atmosphere and some stunning photos: photographer - Olga Levien at L & L; make-up artist and hair stylist Olga Gill; gorgeous model - Ioana Damiani; dresses - Jessica Bridal; planner, stylist, flowers - Becks at EnvyEvents and stylish venue - HU’s Art Farm {with variety of shooting locations}.

It was a rainy day and we been happy to work under the cover in such a gorgeous location, get creative and “capture the beauty in details and harmony in moments” - my mojo!

Enjoy highlights in photo gallery!

  • Learn how refine your style at my upcoming workshop “Love, Light & Laughter” at Click Photo School. It’s going to be amazing 4 weeks full of learning, inspiration, new friendships and personal feedback and growth. I would love to have you join!

Learn - Love - Light - Laughter {Auckland wedding photographers workshop}

We had amazing time and Learn - Love - Light - Laughter at my Auckland wedding photographers live workshop. It was 2 days full of shooting, inspiration, creative discoveries, all things business and much more. We found new friendship, creative boost, mojo and there was so many heartwarming moments!

It was such a treasured time in West Auckland in The Barn, Honeysuckle cottage, Muriwai Beach and forest. SO many A-Ha moments!

Thank you so much to all incredible photographers attended the workshop and share their goals and doubts, we work on boosting the confidence and finding strength and areas of improvement through portfolio reviews and more. See their amazing photos from the workshop below {and few of mine as well, I get a chance to sneak a few in between of chatting and helping everyone to find their ways}.

Thank you amazing creative team joined us in this beautiful location:
@lipstick_and_co_team - hair/makeup
@harriettfalvey - wedding dresses designer
@envyeventsnz - planner/stylist
Jerusha & Alan - couple
Juliette @snorkelstosnow
Venue: The Barn and Honeysuckle cottage

and your Auckland wedding photographer - Olga Levien L & L

Look forward to our next run in October! Not long to go now! {also don’t miss Melbourne run in December and February}. Details at photography workshop site.

Big news: I just signed the contract for another educational project with international Click Photo School, my online workshop! I already had amazing collaboration with them last year with my Ebook “Tales of the Moment”, it was truly incredible experience. I can not wait to present new learning materials in October and connect with people, help them progress, find connection in their photographs and connect with inner voice and the subject, and find their balance in photography, business and life. Watch this space for more details!

Enjoy highlights of our amazing time on Learn-Love-Light-Laughter workshop - experience - shootout for photographers in Auckland, New Zealand.

Karyn Worthington

Karyn Worthington

Sophie Jane

Sophie Jane

Olga Levien

Olga Levien

Olga Levien

Olga Levien

Tracey

Tracey

Sophie Jane

Sophie Jane

Behind the scenes by Kirsten

Behind the scenes by Kirsten

Olga Levien

Olga Levien

Sophie Jane

Sophie Jane

Kirsten Walsh

Kirsten Walsh

Chloe Lodge

Chloe Lodge

Olga Levien

Olga Levien

Orakei Bay - Kings Garden Cafe {Auckland wedding photographers}

This was one of amazing event in Orakei Bay venue and Kings Garden Cafe {Auckland} where Danielle & Hugh get married surrounded by close friends and family. It was a honour for me, their wedding photographer, to document such a special moments on this day where even rain cant stop on the way of this celebration. We spent the couples photo shoot at Hobson Bay walkway between the ceremony and reception at cafe.

Couple shared their story: “He proposed on a Samoa trip. We were snorkelling out in the deep and he hid the ring underwater on a piece of coral... I thought I had found someone elses beautiful diamond ring by chance, I turned around and he was on one knee ! ROMANTIC” Such incredible story!

Great Creative Team:

Dress: Bariano Suit: Cerruti Flowers: Roses Mt Eden Makeup and Hair: Rouge & Scout Celebrant: Cora-Allan Wickliffe and Auckland wedding photographers - Olga at L & L, Levien & Lens photography.


Markovina Vineyard Estate {West Auckland wedding photographer}

It was an amazing day in Markovina Vineyard Estate {West Auckland} where Nicole & Juan celebrated their special day, it was a honour to be their wedding photographer. This lucky couple was a winners of my Wedding Photography Giveaway, and it was a pleasure to document their full day. Need to mention from the first meeting we became friends and i was so thrilled couple shared these warm and cosy atmosphere, love and positive moments with me.

Great Creative Team:

Dress: Kellylin Couture Suits: Hallensteins Flowers: Bloomin Krazy Make Up: Kate Manihera Celebrant: Joe Shave Mariachi: Mariachi New Zealand

and Auckland wedding photographers - L & L - Levien & Lens photography


Phlock photography conference - Manchester UK {Auckland wedding photographer}

Im so excited to be invited to a Phlock photography conference in Manchester UK, on 20-22 March 2020. Its a largest photography conference for women!

I will be sharing as an Auckland wedding photographer the ways to connect to couple and create a strong message and connection to the viewer, translating your photography voice in the photograph.

I just had the two most incredible days on my live workshop in Auckland with 10 amazing creatives {L & L: learn - love - light - laughter}. I just don’t wanted it to end, so hard to say goodbye as we had the most unforgettable experience. Watch this space for photos and details! We have another run in October this year in Auckland and in December, February in Melbourne {the spaces are very limited, please inquire early to ensure availability!}.
Hope to see you there, share the love, inspire and learn as well!

Im happy to be back in Europe to teaching and inspiration at Phlock!

Phlock photography conference - Manchester UK {Auckland wedding photographer}

Top wedding photographers on Instagram by Click Magazine {Auckland-New Zealand couples photography}

I been so excited by been announced in the row of a top 16 wedding photographers on Instagram by Click Magazine {one of the prestigious world publisher - magazine for modern photographers}. Its such a honour for me, Auckland - New Zealand couples photographer to be in the row with such talented photographers, best in their craft from all over the world! Its a couple pleasure to see my online friends there too!

Especially exciting to see that my photo with Jenny & Andrew been chosen for a front cover of the article. {congratulations to couple’s anniversary}.

Thank you so much to all my awesome clients for your love and support and especially to a Click Magazine for this choice!

Have a look at details in this publication!

{Im also very excited about my upcoming live workshop in Auckland - L & L: Learn-Love-Light-Laughter - workshop for wedding photographers}. only one week to go!}

Hedges Estate {Auckland wedding photographers}

Some venues just have an amazing atmosphere, one of them is Hedges Estate {Auckland, Waiuku} where Kathryn & Michael celebrated their wedding surrounded by close friends and family. Its been amazing day full of love, light and laughter! So great we had an opportunity as their photographers to capture these special moments, including couple’s pre-weding | engagement photo shoot in West Auckland that was just magical!

Couple shared their story: “Not a particularly exciting story but met through friends and have been together 8 years by the time of the wedding . He proposed on a beautiful picnic at Anchor Bay on Christmas eve 2016”.

Great Creative Team:

Dress - White April design, purchased at Jessica Bridal Suit - Rod & Gun Flowers - ZImzee Make up - Christina Dellar, Freckles and Blush Hair - Amelia Mowat, Botique Bride Celebrant - Caroline Burgess (sister of groom) MC - Mark Hobbs and Auckland wedding photographers - Olga & Matt L & L - Levien & Lens photography

Enjoy these highlights in the photo gallery:

Kourawhero Estate {North Auckland wedding photographers}

The location where we met Sara & Matt on their special day was just magical - open space, stunning views on hills and farm land, perfect spot for a ceremony. Couple get married at Kourawhero Estate {North Auckland, not far from Warkworth}, it was a honour for me and Matt to be their wedding photographers and document all beautiful, emotional and happy candid natural moments!

Couple shared their story: “Ours is a story of best friends accidentally falling in love. We met in 2012 on set of NZ's Got Talent and quickly became good friends. In 2016 Matt left his wife and moved to Auckland to be with Sara. One year later we got engaged. He proposed in the middle of a speedway race at Western Springs after a surprise weekend of beach picnics, seaplanes, vineyards and car racing”. This is so romantic!

Enjoy highlights of couple’s special day!

Great Creative Team: MC/Celebrant/Singer/DJ: Aaron Bloomfield Dress: Astra Bridal Jewellery/Watch: Partridge Jewellers Hair/Makeup: Paula Taylor Suit: Barkers and your Auckland wedding photographers - L & L {Levien & Lens photography}

Rainy day wedding in Mantells {weddings photography in Auckland}

It was a rainy day, but weather cant stand on the way of this beautiful celebration - Alyssa & Josh get married in Mantells surrounded by close friends and family. I shot many weddings this season, but doing photography in this rustic venue with character in Auckland is something special!

Everything been just gorgeous on this day! It was a pleasure for me to document the story of the day and capture all beautiful, emotional, real and natural moments with lots of love and laughter.

Couple shared their story: “Met at a bar in Ponsonby. Been together 10 years! Josh proposed in Vietnam while we were on holiday. After dinner at the resort we walked down to the water where he ordered 2 glasses of champagne at the outdoor bar which had been closed for a few days because of bad weather. They only had enough for one glass (which was flat and murky). We strolled down the beach with my flat champagne and Josh with his beer to a sun lounger where he proposed under the stars.” SO beautiful story!

Enjoy highlights of couple’s wedding day!

Great creative team:

Dress - Jessica Bridal Suit - Rembrandt Flowers - Twig & Twine Celebrant - Suzanne Teague DJ - Murray Sweetpants Cake - The Caker and your Auckland wedding photographers - L & L {Levien & Lens photography}