Christchurch snapper takes wedding prize

'I enjoy capturing the emotions of the day'

Last updated 12:14 03/10/2012
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Bryan Isbister

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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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.

''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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