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Abby and Shaun were married in town and spent time at Island Bay, in the vicious wind, braving a summer squall, hanging out with their friends, taking in the vista and enjoying those precious few hours between having just gotten married, and being celebrated at their awesome reception at Foxglove, Wellington Waterfront. It was such a delight photographing these two, they were such an artistic couple, and we had the luxury of being able to leave the reception for 10 minutes during sunset and get really creative with dark shadows and the little nooks and crannies surrounding that old waterfront of Wellington Port Sheds we know and love. Wellington Lifestyle PhotographerWellington Lifestyle Photographer-3Wellington Lifestyle Photographer-2Wellington Lifestyle Photographer-4Wellington Lifestyle Photographer-5storyboard-1Wellington Lifestyle Photographer-8Wellington Lifestyle Photographer-10Wellington Lifestyle Photographer-9Wellington Lifestyle Photographer-13Wellington Lifestyle Photographer-12Wellington Lifestyle Photographer-11Wellington Lifestyle Photographer-18Wellington Lifestyle Photographer-14Wellington lifestyle photographer 23Wellington lifestyle photographer 21Wellington lifestyle photographer 22

  • August 18, 2015 - 10:30 pm

    Cassandra ~ Aruba - Love all the little moments you captured. Makes every photo very meaningful.

I’ve been living and working in the middle of Wellington for a loooonnng time. I love this city, and everything about it, but after driving out to all these gorgeous wedding venues each weekend, I’ve been finding myself yearning for some greenery. Being in an apartment (like many city-dwellers) we have four internal sets of walls, but only one with windows and a balcony. This means three blank walls (per room) in which to make a pretend window. Below is my step by step guide for how to make your own pretend window. Shoot, design, print, frame and enjoy! You’ll need access to Indesign, or a similar program. Disclaimer: this is definitely easier for photographers or those familiar with these programs… otherwise bribing someone might be your best bet!

Step 1 Find a landscape shot you love

  • Ideally you want a full RAW shot. You could try this with a massive Jpeg, but talk with your print shop: each one has its own requirements. We can get away with quite a bit in Lightroom, but ideally, the more data in that shot, the better.
  • This was the shot I took after shooting Kirsty and Cohen’s wedding in Te Horo. I was on my way over the Akatarawas, and I looked back to see this perfect sunset scene laid out. I kind of love pylons over a landscape; they always seem kind of lazy and sleepy, with those loopy wires slinking from hill to hill. Wall print template fake window

Step 2 Open up Indesign for your template

  • I can’t for the life of me figure out how to upload an Indesign file to WordPress, so feel free to email me and I can send you my template. If someone else knows how to upload one, tell all!
  • It’s pretty easy stuff once you have the template open. You just drag and drop your photo and arrange it to the back of the frames. Then, you move your frames around until they line up in the mosaic or ‘window frames’ that you like the look of. You can build your own easily; just create outlines and drag your shots into them until they all line up.
  • You can then either export the images, or if you’re like me, and want to add way more work to your plate, import each one into Lightroom and work on them individually.

Indesign Wall print template fake window DIY

Step 3 Open Lightroom

  • You only need to do this step if you want to work on each shot separately. This might be the case if you’re blowing the image up larger than the original photo was intended, or just to tweak the image as needed. For me, the shadows were losing their contrast at the higher sizes, so I deepened the shadows, then went to work on noise control and adding some grain (to… cover up the noise control).
  • Fact is, most people won’t investigate this collection up close: it needs to be viewed from a couple of metres away to get the whole picture, so the pixelation that might be occurring won’t be too much of a bother. It’s pretty forgiving really.

Lightroom Wall print template fake window DIY

Step 4 Send to print

  • I used Queensberry labs because I really like working with those guys. They were super lovely and sent me some test prints back and forth to experiment with upscaling, which is pretty important when you’re trying to make 14 large prints from just one single shot.
  • The last part is the fun part! Put all the shots into frames and play puzzle with it on the wall. We put ours by the entrance and over the hall table, it’s a nice way to come home each day.

Faux window using photo frames and Indesign

 

  • November 4, 2014 - 5:24 am

    nadine - wow, that is a great idea and so lovely!

  • November 4, 2014 - 8:23 pm

    Elissa - This is so cool! I don’t know if I have a photo I love enough to do this for, but I loooove your execution :)

  • November 4, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    Teresa K - What an amazing concept and design idea. Thanks for the walk-through!

  • November 4, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    Sarah - This is awesome, a totally original way to do the “gallery wall” trend right now!

  • November 5, 2014 - 6:09 am

    kong wai - Wow. it is just prefect !!

  • November 5, 2014 - 11:35 am

    /mariahedengren - cool effect!

  • November 5, 2014 - 3:21 pm

    Brian Davis - That is such a cool idea and that photo is just stunning.

  • November 5, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    Per - Great idea! And that image is so epic.

  • November 6, 2014 - 9:34 am

    Darren Gair - Genius Mary… exactly what im looking for in my lounge!

  • November 6, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    Albert Palmer - I frickin’ love this idea! Book marking it for my wife’s christmas present (sssssssshh!)

  • November 20, 2014 - 5:16 am

    Peter - Oh my, this is such a fabulous idea. I really like how you mixed up the frame sizes and designs.

  • December 28, 2014 - 11:11 pm

    Michael Domarus - Love the idea! We have one wall still waiting to be decorated. Thermostat was ruining all the conceptions, but now… :)

  • January 26, 2015 - 11:16 pm

    Marc - This is a great idea! We too have some empty walls to fill up! Will definitely try this out!

  • February 17, 2015 - 10:01 am

    David Woodcock - This is a really nice technique and very effective.

  • July 29, 2015 - 6:53 am

    Mark Dowie - Very informative. Thanks for sharing this. Its a great technique, will for sure give this a go sometime. Many thanks

Teresa and Gareth were married at Murdoch Estate vineyard. It was a perfect summer wedding day: all dreamy buttery sunlight and soft warmth.

Murdoch James has some gorgeous gardens; a river, willow trees, the whole package. And Teresa and Gareth bought the love. These two are the most awesome couple, it was such a privilege to photograph their wedding day. ”

My favorite part was during dinner, I took the chance to photograph the rings (no one loves a photographer capturing you eat), and wandered outside, the sun was setting over the vineyard, and I was thinking how fun it would be to incorporate the wine the from the vines, where the couple chose to marry, and I found this half finished bottle all forlorn by the ceremony site, and I was all: Yus.

Wine being poured over wedding rings

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Wedding Planner: Polly Devane  

 

  • September 5, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    Sarah - What an awesome ring shot! This wedding was beautiful!

  • September 5, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    Albert Palmer - Epic bridal veil portrait Mary – I’m pretty envious of that shot!

  • September 5, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Heather Kanillopoolos - That shot of the bride looking at you through the veil… WOW. Killer work!

  • September 6, 2014 - 12:47 am

    Preston - I concur. That veil shot is MONEY!

  • September 6, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Justin R - Mary, the rings shot and the portrait of the bride blew me away! Stunning shots!

  • September 6, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    Patrick - Very cool wedding… some beautiful light filled photos…

  • September 6, 2014 - 9:35 pm

    Angela - Wow! Gorgeous! That shot of the bride and the veil covering one eye… I think I died from the gorgeousness of that shot!

  • September 7, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    John - Lovely photos, especially like the avenue portrait and the last one, really intimate.

  • September 8, 2014 - 3:23 am

    Jack Chauvel - Beautiful Mary. Veil shot of the bride is my favourite, that last frame is gorgeous also.

  • September 8, 2014 - 3:29 am

    Teresa K - This: http://www.marysylvia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Murdoch-James-Vineyard-Martinborough-Wedding-Photography-191(pp_w920_h613).jpg

    WOW. I love everything about this shot. The entire wedding follows that theme too. Really well done Mary!

  • October 4, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Cassandra ~ Aruba Photographers - Beautiful pictures. Love the portraits with window light!

  • March 31, 2015 - 6:57 am

    David Woodcock - Beautiful lighting and excellent wedding photography.

Zoe and Steve were married in Martinborough on a beautiful day, at Zoe’s parent’s house. Clients often ask me what my favorite venue is to photograph, and by a country mile, it’s your backyard. I love the story and history, the beautiful touches that represent family life, just everything about photographing a wedding that takes place at home.

Zoe and Steve were no exception, their day was filled with love, laughter and a whole of happiness. Their backyard may or may not have included a pond with a row boat and Zoe may or may not have been kick ass and gotten into it in her wedding dress for some photos.

This wedding was first featured on Style Me Pretty.

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Hair and Makeup: www.rebeccaconnor.co.nz

Flowers and reception details: www.thepiccadillyflowercompany.co.nz

Dress: Tina De Bes

This post first appeared on Style Me Pretty: www.stylemepretty.com/new-zealand-weddings/2014/07/03/romantic-backyard-wedding

  • August 29, 2014 - 5:05 am

    T Lake - Hi Mary! Your pictures are wonderful and I love love love your mysterious website – where the posts pop up and disappear – clever! – TL

  • August 29, 2014 - 11:48 am

    Albert Palmer - Love those sunny happy ceremony photos – beautiful work Mary!

  • August 29, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Johnboy Wilson - Gorgrous portraits and perfect moments! Great work

  • August 29, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Johnboy Wilson - Gorgeous portraits and perfect moments! Great work

  • August 29, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    Taylor Roades - Wow the confetti shot and the portraits. great coverage.

  • August 30, 2014 - 1:02 am

    Mitch Arnett - Absolutly Beutiful Work!!!

    I had to look a couple of times at the dry pond, though it was rough water at first. How fun :-)

  • August 30, 2014 - 6:39 am

    Yolande Marx - Beautiful coverage!

  • August 30, 2014 - 9:19 am

    naomi - Great work, Mary, love how much warmth and joy you’ve captured.

  • August 30, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    Anton Chia - Love the ceremony exit frame!

  • August 30, 2014 - 11:35 pm

    Teresa K - Wow, what an incredibly gorgeous set Mary. I love every single frame!!

  • September 1, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Luke Hayden - Absolutely wonderful coverage.

  • September 1, 2014 - 10:53 pm

    Johanna - Ahhhh! This is sooooo pretty, Mary!

  • September 3, 2014 - 12:21 am

    Nadine - Soooo gorgeous!

  • September 4, 2014 - 3:55 am

    Heather Kanillopoolos - Those shots on the lake… absolutely MAGICAL!

  • September 5, 2014 - 1:51 am

    Darin Collison - Super lovely. Love the portraits – this one in particular: http://www.marysylvia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/026(pp_w920_h613).jpg

  • October 4, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    Cassandra ~ Aruba Photographers - Love how you captured all the happy moments!

  • November 13, 2014 - 6:47 am

    Bec Essery - Mary, this is divine.

  • November 20, 2014 - 5:18 am

    Peter - I love your black and white photos so much ! My favourite ones are when Zoe & Steve are in the boat and the last one where they are holding each other.

  • December 28, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    Michael Domarus - Congrats! Fully deserved. I’ll be watching you :)