Learning the art of wedding photography

Hello friends!

Isn’t this warmer weather gorgeous (for those of you located in the southern hemisphere) – I must say it is rather warmly welcomed (see what I did there) by us flatting students who get through winter with no heater and instead opt for skiing outfits and hot water bottles. Anyway, I have been initiated into a lovely group of Auckland based wedding photographers – by my tolerance of vast volumes of coffee, love of food, laughter, great conversation about common interests and for being the token “Ponsonby kid” (without fulfilling the stigma IMO… hah hah)

Amber and Isaac De Reus of NZ’s #1 Wedding Photography company Perspectives Photo + Cinema (in competition with my other friend Zahn of Auckland Weddings) have taken me under their wing and recently I was their assistant for the day out at the beautiful Muriwai Beach where they taught me some of their favourite techniques and cool ideas. What I loved most was shooting throughout the day and being able to capture the incredible changes in light to create completely different looks without editing – some wistful and magical, others moody and dramatic.

I have also interviewed them for a studio piece surrounding their concept of Epic Storytelling – which involves day long shoots capturing every “epic” moment throughout the day. Definitely take a look at their website and you’ll see what I mean. Thanks Amber and Isaac, you guys are awesome and I’m glad to call you my friends!

Here are some of my photographs…

With love,

Liv x

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A slice of Italy

If I told you pizza could be cooked in 90 seconds, would you believe me?

I was fascinated to learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to making an authentic Neapolitan pizza. Esteemed pizzaioli Kevin Morris sat down with me to share a few secrets from the age-old tradition only a small number of chefs in the world practice. He also shares with me his personal story from being a jack of all trades, to pursuing his love of pizza making. Thanks Kevin and the wonderful team at Dante’s for your fantastic pizza, lovely warm service and for keeping the art of pizza making alive.

For more info check out: http://www.dantespizzeria.co.nz/

Livvy xx

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VEDERE Photographic Exhibition


Recently I worked on the VEDERE Photographic Exhibition – producing collateral, designing the official booklet (pics below, please note they are photos of the actual booklet, hence the shocking lighting.. the grey is actually white!) and overall event organisation. The exhibition was a charity gala event put on as a fundraiser for the building of the new Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant Ward at Auckland City Hospital. I feel so lucky to be a part of such a great cause, and it was so humbling to meet the patients and hear how much this meant to them, as well as their courageous stories. So inspiring.

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Vegan Banana and Blueberry Protein Pancakes w Choc sauce

A while ago I posted this photo on Instagram, which received quite a lot of interest and requests to post the recipe… So here it is!

The pancakes are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free and ridiculously good for you with all the vitamins, antioxidants and superfood benefits packed into the cacao, berries, protein powder and cinnamon. It tastes like an absolute dream and is fantastic served with some yummy “nice cream” or maple syrup also. All the ingredients can be bought from your local supermarket and the recipe can accurately serve 2 people, or 1 if halved (which is what I did today). So here’s the recipe – please feel free to leave any questions or comments you may have and link me a pic of your final result on Instagram 🙂  Continue reading “Vegan Banana and Blueberry Protein Pancakes w Choc sauce”

Pink with Purpose | Clinique Annual Charity Gala

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to a beautiful ‘pink’ event with a great cause. Hosted by the wonderful team at Clinique St Lukes, who put in so much time and effort into creating a seamless event, with the support of Revelry & Total Care – as well as a range of contributing sponsors (Kim Crawford, Petal Cupcakes, Ketz K, Clinique and more)

A huge congratulations to event founder, Kristelle Thomsen, who’s inspiration for the event came from her grandmother and mother in-law’s battle with cancer. This tough experience lead Kristelle to want to make a difference by raising awareness and funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, locally and doing what she does best with the help of talented friends, family and colleagues.

Attention to detail was exquisite – from flower arrangements to barmen’s ties, I kid you not, almost everything was pink! I felt like I was at one of the infamous Gossip Girl pink parties, with groovy live jazz playing on arrival and dolled up guests. There was even a fashion show where one outfit + jewellery by Ketz K was auctioned off to one lucky lady.

With majority of ticket proceeds going to the NZBCF, a lot of $$ were raised on the night by fun raffles and auctions. Here are a few photographs from the event…

Lovely goodie-bags, petal cupcakes and pink NZBCF pin
Divine Petal Cupcakes ♥
Divine Petal Cupcakes ♥
Adoring makeup artist, Thomas' gorgeous pink docs!
Adoring makeup artist, Thomas’ gorgeous pink docs!
Event founder, Kristelle Thomsen & bestie/Revelry owner/auctioneer, Ben Taylor
Lovely gift baskets from the silent auction
Lovely gift baskets from the silent auction
Auctioning Audrey!
Auctioning Audrey! w Photographer, Maggie Gould
Thomas Kirkwood (creative director/makeup artist) & Maggie Gould (vocalist, and my mum!)
Thomas Kirkwood & I (please excuse my mop hair – had just been teased for a shoot!)

So make sure you sign up early to attend next year if you missed the event last night, as it is a lot of fun and it’s great to support such a wonderful cause. Also head down to Clinique in St Luke’s mall for some friendly service and expert makeup advice.

Have a lovely week and keep a look out for my next post of some couture gowns I was given by a very dear friend.

Love & hugs,

O x

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Chanel for $18 instead of $1800

Get creative with easy to make designer tees! Follow these simple instructions:

You will need

– An A4 print out of your design

– Fabric paint

– Safety pins

– A plain white t shirt

– Small paint brushes, pen


IMG_8366Turn the shirt inside out, and begin pinning your design face down – make sure it is as straight as possible! (Please excuse the fact that I completely forgot to iron mine… let alone actually own an iron 😉 )





IMG_8367Turn the shirt back the right way and begin drawing the outline with a biro pen.

Be very careful not to go outside the painted area – especially if you’re using a bright blue pen!

Tip: use a window to see better 🙂




Then paint the design!

(Pretty self explanatory)






Leave to dry, and you’ll end up with something a little like this!

Please send me the link to your final products, would love to see how they look 🙂

Olivia x x
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Age is just a number

Here is a beautiful poem written by an elderly man in an Australian hospital which he left to the nurses:

Cranky Old Man…..
What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . … . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .’I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . … lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. …Babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future … . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. …. . ME!!

The best and most beautiful things in life can’t be seen or touched.
They must be felt with the heart


Olivia xx