Words of wisdom - photographer Brett Lees

As a qualified associate of the NZ Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP), renowned photographer Brett Lees is at the top of his game. Uncover his secrets to making striking wedding photos.

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As a qualified associate of the NZ Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP), renowned photographer Brett Lees is at the top of his game. Uncover his secrets to making striking wedding photos.  

‘The first question you should ask a potential photographer is how much experience they have. Ask to see a range of their work, and although it seems obvious, be sure to check the photos were taken by them, not a senior colleague. Look to see how well the images tell a story – do the subjects look relaxed and natural? Are the shots creative and timeless? How much time and effort has been spent on post-production; are the images expertly cropped with flawless exposure? 

‘Once all these boxes are ticked, explain the specific look and feel you’re going for. Do you want documentary-style shots or are romantic, posed set-ups more your style? Be specific and show examples. Finally, ask what their back-up plan is if the weather turns bad or extreme circumstances should prevent them shooting your wedding – if their answer makes you break out in a nervous sweat, it might be better to look elsewhere. 

‘Before the big day, seek out picturesque portrait locations. The best spots are those that provide a range of looks, because the fewer locations there are to travel between, the better. I’d rather have a range of fun, relaxed images from one location than staged, wooden shots made in five different spots.’


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