Christchurch snapper takes wedding prize

23:51, Oct 02 2012
Kate and James Parfitt Wedding
I DO: Kate Coleman and James Parfitt married on February 4, 2011 in the garden of Kate's parent's Cheviot home. The photos were taken in the Cheviot Hills Reserve.
Kate and James Parfitt Wedding
I DO: Kate Coleman and James Parfitt married on February 4, 2011 in the garden of Kate's parent's Cheviot home. The photos were taken in the Cheviot Hills Reserve.
Kate and James Parfitt Wedding
I DO: Kate Coleman and James Parfitt married on February 4, 2011 in the garden of Kate's parent's Cheviot home. The photos were taken in the Cheviot Hills Reserve.
Kate and James Parfitt Wedding
I DO: Kate Coleman and James Parfitt married on February 4, 2011 in the garden of Kate's parent's Cheviot home. The photos were taken in the Cheviot Hills Reserve.
Miranda Scannell and Jason Armstrong Wedding
I DO: Miranda Scannell and Jason Armstrong married on October 30, 2010 at the Castle Claremont in Timaru.
Miranda Scannell and Jason Armstrong Wedding
I DO: Miranda Scannell and Jason Armstrong married on October 30, 2010 at the Castle Claremont in Timaru.
Miranda Scannell and Jason Armstrong Wedding
I DO: Miranda Scannell and Jason Armstrong married on October 30, 2010 at the Castle Claremont in Timaru.
Miranda Scannell and Jason Armstrong Wedding
I DO: Miranda Scannell and Jason Armstrong married on October 30, 2010 at the Castle Claremont in Timaru.
Rebecca Elvy and Matthew Dyer wedding
I DO: Rebecca Elvy and Matthew Dyer married on September 4, 2010 at Kaikoura Winery. Their photos were taken on the town's beach.
Rebecca Elvy and Matthew Dyer wedding
I DO: Rebecca Elvy and Matthew Dyer married on September 4, 2010 at Kaikoura Winery. Their photos were taken on the town's beach.
Rebecca Elvy and Matthew Dyer wedding
I DO: Rebecca Elvy and Matthew Dyer married on September 4, 2010 at Kaikoura Winery. Their photos were taken on the town's beach.
Rebecca Elvy and Matthew Dyer wedding
I DO: Rebecca Elvy and Matthew Dyer married on September 4, 2010 at Kaikoura Winery. Their photos were taken on the town's beach.
Rebecca Elvy and Matthew Dyer wedding
I DO: Rebecca Elvy and Matthew Dyer married on September 4, 2010 at Kaikoura Winery. Their photos were taken on the town's beach.
Michaela Macdonald and Richard Allen wedding
I DO: Michaela Macdonald and Richard Allen married at the Church of the Epiphany in Hanmer Springs on April 10, 2010.
Michaela Macdonald and Richard Allen wedding
I DO: Michaela Macdonald and Richard Allen married at the Church of the Epiphany in Hanmer Springs on April 10, 2010.
Michaela Macdonald and Richard Allen wedding
I DO: Michaela Macdonald and Richard Allen married at the Church of the Epiphany in Hanmer Springs on April 10, 2010.
Michaela Macdonald and Richard Allen wedding
I DO: Michaela Macdonald and Richard Allen married at the Church of the Epiphany in Hanmer Springs on April 10, 2010.
Tracey Cooper and David Ruddenklau wedding
I DO: Tracey Cooper and David Ruddenklau married at Trents Estate Vineyard in Templeton on June 4, 2011.
Tracey Cooper and David Ruddenklau wedding
I DO: Tracey Cooper and David Ruddenklau married at Trents Estate Vineyard in Templeton on June 4, 2011.
Tracey Cooper and David Ruddenklau wedding
I DO: Tracey Cooper and David Ruddenklau married at Trents Estate Vineyard in Templeton on June 4, 2011.
Tracey Cooper and David Ruddenklau wedding
I DO: Tracey Cooper and David Ruddenklau married at Trents Estate Vineyard in Templeton on June 4, 2011.
Tracey Cooper and David Ruddenklau wedding
I DO: Tracey Cooper and David Ruddenklau married at Trents Estate Vineyard in Templeton on June 4, 2011.
Tania Power and Marc Greenhill Wedding
I DO: Tania Power and Marc Greenhill married at Trents Estate Vineyard near Templeton on October 29, 2011. Their photos were taken at Trents and in Tai Tapu.
Tania Power and Marc Greenhill Wedding
I DO: Tania Power and Marc Greenhill married at Trents Estate Vineyard near Templeton on October 29, 2011. Their photos were taken at Trents and in Tai Tapu.
Tania Power and Marc Greenhill Wedding
I DO: Tania Power and Marc Greenhill married at Trents Estate Vineyard near Templeton on October 29, 2011. Their photos were taken at Trents and in Tai Tapu.
Tania Power and Marc Greenhill Wedding
I DO: Tania Power and Marc Greenhill married at Trents Estate Vineyard near Templeton on October 29, 2011. Their photos were taken at Trents and in Tai Tapu.
Tania Power and Marc Greenhill Wedding
I DO: Tania Power and Marc Greenhill married at Trents Estate Vineyard near Templeton on October 29, 2011. Their photos were taken at Trents and in Tai Tapu.
Chantelle Smith and Nick McCrostie Wedding
I DO: Chantelle Smith and Nick McCrostie married on November 19, 2011 on the Iris Lawn at the Mona Vale Homestead.
Chantelle Smith and Nick McCrostie Wedding
I DO: Chantelle Smith and Nick McCrostie married on November 19, 2011 on the Iris Lawn at the Mona Vale Homestead.
Chantelle Smith and Nick McCrostie Wedding
I DO: Chantelle Smith and Nick McCrostie married on November 19, 2011 on the Iris Lawn at the Mona Vale Homestead.
Chantelle Smith and Nick McCrostie Wedding
I DO: Chantelle Smith and Nick McCrostie married on November 19, 2011 on the Iris Lawn at the Mona Vale Homestead.
Sheree and James Ruri Wedding
I DO: Sheree and James Ruri married in Christchurch on February 18, 2011.
Sheree and James Ruri Wedding
I DO: Sheree and James Ruri married in Christchurch on February 18, 2011.
Sheree and James Ruri Wedding
I DO: Sheree and James Ruri married in Christchurch on February 18, 2011.
Kristy Stewart and David Melse wedding
I DO: Christchurch's Kristy Stewart and David Melse married on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico on November 30, 2010.
Kristy Stewart and David Melse wedding
I DO: Christchurch's Kristy Stewart and David Melse married on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico on November 30, 2010.
Kristy Stewart and David Melse wedding
I DO: Christchurch's Kristy Stewart and David Melse married on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico on November 30, 2010.
Kristy Stewart and David Melse wedding
I DO: Christchurch's Kristy Stewart and David Melse married on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico on November 30, 2010.
Katherine Columbus and Kelsey Mitchell wedding
I DO: Katherine Columbus and Kelsey Mitchell married at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Christchurch on November 19, 2011.
Katherine Columbus and Kelsey Mitchell wedding
I DO: Katherine Columbus and Kelsey Mitchell married at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Christchurch on November 19, 2011.
Katherine Columbus and Kelsey Mitchell wedding
I DO: Katherine Columbus and Kelsey Mitchell married at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Christchurch on November 19, 2011.
Katherine Columbus and Kelsey Mitchell wedding
I DO: Katherine Columbus and Kelsey Mitchell married at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Christchurch on November 19, 2011.
Katherine Columbus and Kelsey Mitchell wedding
I DO: Katherine Columbus and Kelsey Mitchell married at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Christchurch on November 19, 2011.
Aimee Popplewell and Donovan Connolly Wedding
I DO: Aimee Popplewell and Donovan Connolly married at Pemberton Gardens, near Prebbleton, on January 22, 2011.
Aimee Popplewell and Donovan Connolly Wedding
I DO: Aimee Popplewell and Donovan Connolly married at Pemberton Gardens, near Prebbleton, on January 22, 2011.
Aimee Popplewell and Donovan Connolly Wedding
I DO: Aimee Popplewell and Donovan Connolly married at Pemberton Gardens, near Prebbleton, on January 22, 2011.
Aimee Popplewell and Donovan Connolly Wedding
I DO: Aimee Popplewell and Donovan Connolly married at Pemberton Gardens, near Prebbleton, on January 22, 2011.
Emma Davies and Wayne Richmond Wedding
I DO: Emma Davies and Wayne Richmond married at Terrace Downs, Rakaia Gorge, on December 19, 2010.
Emma Davies and Wayne Richmond Wedding
I DO: Emma Davies and Wayne Richmond married at Terrace Downs, Rakaia Gorge, on December 19, 2010.
Emma Davies and Wayne Richmond Wedding
I DO: Emma Davies and Wayne Richmond married at Terrace Downs, Rakaia Gorge, on December 19, 2010.
Emma Davies and Wayne Richmond Wedding
I DO: Emma Davies and Wayne Richmond married at Terrace Downs, Rakaia Gorge, on December 19, 2010.
Frances MacKenzie and Samuel Toulmin Wedding
I DO: Frances MacKenzie and Samuel Toulmin, married at Clearwater Resort on November 26, 2011.
Frances MacKenzie and Samuel Toulmin Wedding
I DO: Frances MacKenzie and Samuel Toulmin, married at Clearwater Resort on November 26, 2011.
Frances MacKenzie and Samuel Toulmin Wedding
I DO: Frances MacKenzie and Samuel Toulmin, married at Clearwater Resort on November 26, 2011.
Frances MacKenzie and Samuel Toulmin Wedding
I DO: Frances MacKenzie and Samuel Toulmin, married at Clearwater Resort on November 26, 2011.
Lanie Melloy and Glen Kilpatrick Wedding
I DO: Lanie Melloy and Glen Kilpatrick married at Wither Hills winery on February 19, 2011.
Lanie Melloy and Glen Kilpatrick Wedding
I DO: Lanie Melloy and Glen Kilpatrick married at Wither Hills winery on February 19, 2011.
Lanie Melloy and Glen Kilpatrick Wedding
I DO: Lanie Melloy and Glen Kilpatrick married at Wither Hills winery on February 19, 2011.
Lanie Melloy and Glen Kilpatrick Wedding
I DO: Lanie Melloy and Glen Kilpatrick married at Wither Hills winery on February 19, 2011.
Natalie O'Carroll and Kym Townsend Wedding
I DO: Natalie O'Carroll and Kym Townsend married in the garden at her family’s farm in Hawarden on November 26, 2010.
Natalie O'Carroll and Kym Townsend Wedding
I DO: Natalie O'Carroll and Kym Townsend married in the garden at her family’s farm in Hawarden on November 26, 2010.
Natalie O'Carroll and Kym Townsend Wedding
I DO: Natalie O'Carroll and Kym Townsend married in the garden at her family’s farm in Hawarden on November 26, 2010.
Natalie O'Carroll and Kym Townsend Wedding
I DO: Natalie O'Carroll and Kym Townsend married in the garden at her family’s farm in Hawarden on November 26, 2010.
Angie Lax and Lee Fultz Wedding
I DO: Angie Lax and Lee Fultz married on Adele Island, Abel Tasman National Park on November 19, 2010.
Angie Lax and Lee Fultz Wedding
I DO: Angie Lax and Lee Fultz married on Adele Island, Abel Tasman National Park on November 19, 2010.
Angie Lax and Lee Fultz Wedding
I DO: Angie Lax and Lee Fultz married on Adele Island, Abel Tasman National Park on November 19, 2010.
Angie Lax and Lee Fultz Wedding
I DO: Angie Lax and Lee Fultz married on Adele Island, Abel Tasman National Park on November 19, 2010.
Debbie Woodhouse and Blair Hawker Wedding
I DO: Debbie Woodhouse and Blair Hawker married at Terrace Downs Resort, near Methven, on June 18, 2011.
Debbie Woodhouse and Blair Hawker Wedding
I DO: Debbie Woodhouse and Blair Hawker married at Terrace Downs Resort, near Methven, on June 18, 2011.
Debbie Woodhouse and Blair Hawker Wedding
I DO: Debbie Woodhouse and Blair Hawker married at Terrace Downs Resort, near Methven, on June 18, 2011.
Debbie Woodhouse and Blair Hawker Wedding
I DO: Debbie Woodhouse and Blair Hawker married at Terrace Downs Resort, near Methven, on June 18, 2011.
Rose Hinton and Wayne Wilson Wedding
I DO: Rose Hinton and Wayne Wilson married on November 19, 2011 at Langdales Winery, West Melton.
Rose Hinton and Wayne Wilson Wedding
I DO: Rose Hinton and Wayne Wilson married on November 19, 2011 at Langdales Winery, West Melton.
Rose Hinton and Wayne Wilson Wedding
I DO: Rose Hinton and Wayne Wilson married on November 19, 2011 at Langdales Winery, West Melton.
Rose Hinton and Wayne Wilson Wedding
I DO: Rose Hinton and Wayne Wilson married on November 19, 2011 at Langdales Winery, West Melton.
Sarah Friend And Damian Elley Wedding
I DO: Sarah Friend and Damian Elley married at Ferrymead Heritage Park on Show Day, November 11, 2011.
Sarah Friend And Damian Elley Wedding
I DO: Sarah Friend and Damian Elley married at Ferrymead Heritage Park on Show Day, November 11, 2011.
Sarah Friend And Damian Elley Wedding
I DO: Sarah Friend and Damian Elley married at Ferrymead Heritage Park on Show Day, November 11, 2011.
Sarah Friend And Damian Elley Wedding
I DO: Sarah Friend and Damian Elley married at Ferrymead Heritage Park on Show Day, November 11, 2011.
Amy Shirtliff and James Weaver Wedding
I DO: Amy Shirtliff and James Weaver married at a private homestead near Waimairi Beach on February 5, 2011.
Amy Shirtliff and James Weaver Wedding
I DO: Amy Shirtliff and James Weaver married at a private homestead near Waimairi Beach on February 5, 2011.
Amy Shirtliff and James Weaver Wedding
I DO: Amy Shirtliff and James Weaver married at a private homestead near Waimairi Beach on February 5, 2011.
Amy Shirtliff and James Weaver Wedding
I DO: Amy Shirtliff and James Weaver married at a private homestead near Waimairi Beach on February 5, 2011.
Amy Shirtliff and James Weaver Wedding
I DO: Amy Shirtliff and James Weaver married at a private homestead near Waimairi Beach on February 5, 2011.
Chelsea Muir and Courtney Sargent Wedding
I DO: Chelsea Muir and Courtney Sargent married at Seaforth Gardens, near Hokitika, on November 12, 2011.
Chelsea Muir and Courtney Sargent Wedding
I DO: Chelsea Muir and Courtney Sargent married at Seaforth Gardens, near Hokitika, on November 12, 2011.
Chelsea Muir and Courtney Sargent Wedding
I DO: Chelsea Muir and Courtney Sargent married at Seaforth Gardens, near Hokitika, on November 12, 2011.
Chelsea Muir and Courtney Sargent Wedding
I DO: Chelsea Muir and Courtney Sargent married at Seaforth Gardens, near Hokitika, on November 12, 2011.
Chelsea Muir and Courtney Sargent Wedding
I DO: Chelsea Muir and Courtney Sargent married at Seaforth Gardens, near Hokitika, on November 12, 2011.
Emma Davies and Wayne Richmond Wedding
I DO: Emma Davies and Wayne Richmond married at Terrace Downs, Rakaia Gorge, on December 19, 2010.
Hannah Robb and Andrew Powell Wedding
I DO: Hannah Robb and Andre Powell married at a private homestead at Swannanoa, North Canterbury on March 19, 2011.
Hannah Robb and Andrew Powell Wedding
I DO: Hannah Robb and Andre Powell married at a private homestead at Swannanoa, North Canterbury on March 19, 2011.
Hannah Robb and Andrew Powell Wedding
I DO: Hannah Robb and Andre Powell married at a private homestead at Swannanoa, North Canterbury on March 19, 2011.
Hannah Robb and Andrew Powell Wedding
I DO: Hannah Robb and Andre Powell married at a private homestead at Swannanoa, North Canterbury on March 19, 2011.
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WINNING PORTFOLIO: Members of the Christ Church Cathedral Choir prepare before singing at the wedding of Lucy and Michael Glausiuss in Christchurch, on November 26, 2011.
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MOMENT CAPTURED: Jessica Aitken walks up the aisle with her father Robert Aitken at St Peter's Church in Akaroa, on February 25, 2012.
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SPECIAL DAY: Kelly and Ross on their wedding day in Waipara on March 5, 2011.

A Christchurch photographer has been named classic-wedding photographer of the year.

Bryan Isbister, 50, picked up the award at the Epson-New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) 2012 awards in Christchurch last month.

Isbister's winning portfolio included images from three weddings taken in the past 18 months in Canterbury.

"I tried to pick some images which tell a bit of a story,'' he said.

''I like my images to be quite emotive, not just a smiley bride and groom. That's what I enjoy about wedding photography - capturing the emotions of the day." 

The classic-wedding category requires that the photographs have no retouching that affects the authenticity of the original image.

Reliance is on in-camera skills, so radical changes are not permitted.

Isbister, who has been a photographer in Canterbury for 20 years and owns Creative Images Photography, said he preferred this style of photography.

"The title 'classic' photography sounds like it is just a bunch of stuffy photos but it's actually just untouched photos,'' he said.

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MOMENT CAPTURED: Jessica Aitken walks up the aisle with her father Robert Aitken at St Peter's Church in Akaroa, on February 25, 2012.

''You can't just make stuff up. You really have to capture what is actually there as if it's happening through the eyes of the bride." 

The awards attract hundreds of entries from around the country and overseas each year. All the entries are judged anonymously over three days by a panel of judges.

"The awards give photographers an opportunity to push the boundaries and to see how their work is judged against the rest of the industry," NZIPP president Mike Langford said.

Winning the award could not have come at a better time for Isbister.

It had been a tough two years in Christchurch for all small business since the earthquakes, including his Ferry Rd studio, he said.

"It is a bit of a luxury market so it has fallen down the list of things people really need," he said.

"My specialties - wedding photography and natural family portraits - have been hit especially hard."

Isbister said he was thrilled with the win and hoped it would "get his name out there".

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