Thanks for stopping by, my name's Lauretta and I'm a Waiheke Wedding Photographer...
Waiheke Island is an incredibly special place to get married, with magnificent vistas around every corner, picturesque vineyards, bush and beach locations, and its own micro-climate - so if it's raining in Auckland, chances are we'll be bathed in sunshine - that's just how it is on Waiheke.
I've been lucky enough to have captured many weddings here - so I know my way around - and local knowledge is key if you want to make the most of the scenery on offer.
If you're the kind of couple who is after a truly relaxed Waiheke Island wedding and you like my wedding photographer style, then I'd love to chat to you about capturing your day. Please drop me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org - or fill in the enquiry form on the Contact page... I look forward to hearing from you.
Lauretta completed a Bachelor of Media Arts, majoring in Photography, at WINTEC in 2001. During her time studying she worked for several photographic labs, honing her skills in developing and printing. Her first full time job was with the Waikato Times Newspaper as one of 7 staff photographers. Thrown in at the deep end she was given a full kit consisting of one of the first Canon DSLR cameras costing around $50,000, which produced a 'huge' 1 Mega Pixel image! They now serve as expensive paperweights these days...
After leaving the paper in 2003 at the age of 23, she began her wedding photographer business - Shine Studios - with former partner Blair Quax.
Having lived on Waiheke Island for the last 4 years she is now offering wedding photographer services on the island under her own brand - "XOX Waiheke Wedding Photographer".
She is a Master of Photography with the NZIPP, past Chairman for the Auckland region and has won over 40 awards for her work.
"Waiheke offers that rare slice of heaven in which it's possible to work close to home at some of the most amazing wedding locations, while still enjoying the amazing beaches, bush, walks and abundance of exciting activities the island has to offer."
Former Principal Photographer of Shine Studios
Bachelor of Media Arts (Photography Major)
Master of Photography - NZ Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP)
NZ Wedding Photographer of the Year - Finalist 2011
Past Chairman Auckland region NZIPP
Past Judge and Panel Chair for NZIPP national awards
Canon EYEcon competition judge and mentor
National and International awards for photography including Kodak Gold Awards, NZIPP Silver with Distinction, Silver and Bronze awards