Muriwai beach is one of my favourite west coast beaches in New Zealand, stunning sea-moulded cliffs back onto endless black sand. It’s a beautiful location and I’ve been dying to shoot a session there for a while now. I was thrilled when Laura and Matt agreed to drive the distance to allow their engagement shoot to take place here and I think it was well worth the petrol.
I’ve known Laura for about ten years now from high school so I was honoured when she asked me to be her photographer. Photographing friends makes it such an easy experience and these two were so laid back they’re practically horizontal. Laura & Matt have been together since I can remember and are one of those couples who just have that effortless connection between them. I really felt that through the camera as I photographed them and it shows now in their smiles and body language.
Muriwai is also home to a vast gannet colony – I digress for a moment to recall my first memory here and being dive-bombed by a protective mother gannet!
To Laura and Matt, thank you so much for not only giving me the opportunity to photograph in this beautiful place but choosing me as your photographer for such a special time of your life. See you at the Wedding!