So far 2017 has been a bit of a whirlwind!! I have been busy setting up my natural light portrait studio, and it is now open and ready for some exciting projects coming up - more about these in the coming weeks! Weddings are booking up and it looks like its going to be an exciting year ahead!
With all this going on, I can't believe it's February already, and Valentines day is just around the corner! I was so excited to work with Junction magazine last week, for some local love stories from Matakana, Warkworth and beyond, in the February edition.
I absolutely loved inviting these couples into my new studio, hearing their stories and learning a little more about their thoughts on a successful relationship. Some of these couples hadn't had a professional photo taken since their wedding day, so it was amazing to work with them and watch them relax and enjoy their time with each other in front of my camera.
Junction magazine is available locally in many cafes, bars, vineyards and shops... But for those that don't manage to pick up a copy, I thought I would share some of their stories here.
If you would like to book a shoot for a loved one for Valentines day (or any day!!) give me a call and we can chat about how you would like to be photographed :)
**Sue has now relocated back to the UK and is available for beautiful portrait photography around Gloucestershire, South West England and beyond**
Melissa & Jason - Together for 8 years
"We met at a bar in Browns Bay and had an immediate connection. On the anniversary of our first month togetherI dropped a card in Melissa's mailbox on my way to work - she loved it! From that day till now, I have given her a card on the same day every month. " - Jason
Luisa & Tomasso - Married 16 years
"We met in Italy through a mutual friend, as soon as I saw Tommy I know I was in love and we had out first kiss on New Years Eve 2000. The key to a happy relationship is passion, patience and laughter, speak you mind and talk things through. " - Luisa
Fiona & John - Married 23 years
"We met at a party, six months later we married with just a three month engagement. We both knew we needed to be together. The key to a happy relationship is patience, tolerance and sticking together in the tough times. It helps to have similar values, morals and interests." - John
Iris & Eddie - Married 60 years
"We first met working for the same company in 1955. We both agree that the secret to a happy relationship is sharing each others laughter and tears." - Iris
Steph & Damian - Just married, together 2 1/2 years
"We became friends a realised it was more pretty quickly. In fact five weeks after we met, Damian tattooed an 'S' on his ring finger. The rest is history! We both vowed to be each others boyfriend and girlfriend forever, to keep the magic and honeymoon in every day. And we do! When you don't agree, breathe, walk away and re-approach it when you're calm" - Steph
Noelene & Kevin - Married 35 years
We met in our early teens through attending church and youth group together. We were teenage sweethearts from the age of 12 and 13! We have a selfless love for each other; a love that endeavours to put the others need first and a commitment to encourage and support each other in all areas of our lives. As a couple we have fun and enjoy lots of adventures together.