Meet Candice and Robbie! They are young and in love, and so beautiful together!!
I was soooo looking forward to this shoot with them. Candice got in touch with me wanting gorgeous, romantic photos of them together to put up in their new place! They are both studying at Otago Uni, but this will potentially be the last year in Dunedin for both of them. The university campus has become their home over the past few years, and they both totally adore the architecture there. The 1800s style of buildings really just tickles their fancy, so naturally, they wanted a bit of a focus on that.
I shoot around the campus heeeaps, considering most people want their graduation photos taken there. I couldn't wait to take a fresh perspective, and shoot in different areas... combining their love for each other, and their love for architecture.
Candice studies art history, so she knew heaps of interesting stories about different buildings, and kept pointing out things I had never even seen before... like cute little gargoyles around the top of the archway, which each represent a different course you could take at the university when it first opened in 1869. Even one with one of those hilarious Lawyer's wigs on it! You learn something new every day.
The other thing they wanted was "photos of them trying to be cute". I tell you what, there was nothing forced about Candice and Robbie's cute-factor... it came so naturally and easily. I could have photographed them all day!
After much deliberation about what to wear for the shoot, Candice and Robbie looked super stylish in their 'grape plant' outfit... (to use Candice's description!!)... instead of the 'strawberry milkshake' look they were originally going to go for! Ha, love it.
When we were planning the shoot, I asked for them to tell me some things that they love doing together, to spark some ideas for what we could do to make the shoot personal to them. I got the cutest email back from Candice, outlining their 'daily routine'... which basically revolves around about 6 cups of tea each! They like to think they are a little old-fashioned, and that they will keep up their cute little tea routine for years to come. I like to think so too...
It begins with Robbie making Candice's tea and breakfast in the morning, followed by a packed lunch made by Candice and a couple of rounds of tea at uni. After uni, they have dinner and watch an episode of Glee, followed by some more tea, some study, and then a final round of sleepy-making tea before bed. I love it!
They also love their rugby and were pretty excited about the World Cup!
After a somewhat grey and gloomy day, the sun decided to make a final stretch, and out came the gorgeous golden rays signalling the end of its day. Just as the photographer ordered.
You are so stunning Candice!
You two are toooo gorgeous for words.
At the beginning, Robbie wasn't convinced about this whole idea of getting professional photos. I got an email afterwards saying he had had so much fun and had been converted... and he booked another shoot for later in the year. That's my kind of guy.
Candice and Robbie, you guys were amazing! Thank you sooo much for a fun afternoon in the sun! You are both so naturally good-looking and so easy with each other in front of the camera...
I love that you can now deck out your house with wonderful prints that capture your love for each other and remind you of your time at Otago Uni together XO