4 best friends + cupcakes, nibbles and champagne + pretty dresses + a make-up artist + a photographer = a perfect girls day out!Catherine, Bex, Amber and Lizzie
(& pseudo Sam - but more on that later!) all celebrated their 25th birthdays this year, so as a treat to themselves, they booked a 'Sweet Little Somethings' afternoon, to get some beautiful photos together... They all met at high school - about 12 years ago! A couple of them were in the same form classes all through school,
and they have all continued to remain really close friends since 3rd form! They were all awesome girls to hang out with and photograph - friends who know each other so well that they are real with each other, they can joke around with each other, laugh at each others quirks, and never be too serious with each other!For us, the day started with drinks, cheese, crackers, and cupcakes, while Christal Allpress Make-Up Artist did a fab job of all the girls' make-up.
They all made a full day of it, so they began getting dressed and doing hair before we arrived, and then they were heading out to birthday drinks for Lizzie later that evening... all looking hot!!
They DID present me with a bit of a challenge for making the cupcakes for them tho - Lizzie is allergic to nuts, and Catherine is allergic to both dairy AND gluten!! Phew. So on the menu was chocolate mud cupcakes, and dairy/gluten free mixed berry cupcakes...
There was a couple hours of pampering and hanging out together - doing make-up, hair, nails and choosing which dresses they should each wear!
And then we headed out to a few locations the girls had thought through! See... I told you they were fun!
Otago Girls' High School... a place full of good (and some bad!) memories. This is where they spent the bulk of their time together... so we hit it up for photo locations! They were amazed at how much had (and how much hadn't) changed in 8 years!!
This was their "spot" during their school years... I'm sure these chairs know a lot of secrets about which boys they liked and which teachers they didn't like...
I photographed Catherine's wedding back in March this year, so when they decided they wanted to book a shoot, I jumped at the chance!
There is a 5th girl, Sam, who is part of this tight-knit crew... Sam lives in Queenstown and unfortunately she couldn't make the shoot at the last minute. And she copped some serious flack over that one! The girls took great pleasure in cutting her off the edge of the paper dolls and including her in the photo shoot!! I better put a disclaimer in here and say this was definitely a JOKE ;). It would have been great to have Sam there!
The rain was threatening all day... and spots came here and there. Only just enough to give us a bit of a Mary Poppins moment tho!
"Sam" did get her own wee minature umbrella too, so she could still feel part of the shoot...
Four absolutely stunning girls! Christal did a great job of their make-up, and they all looked simply beautiful in their pretty dresses.
They actually booked this shoot quite a few months ago, but decided to wait until November to do it, so that it would be warmer! Huh... hmmmm. Never trust Dunedin weather!
So out came the matching puffa jackets and the gummies... and we headed to Signal Hill lookout - another place they used to hang out at together during high school!
Catherine, Bex, Amber and Lizzie... you were all SUCH troopers getting out there, thinking warm thoughts, and having a heap of fun! And Sam, thanks for joining us in spirit! We won't hold it against you that you couldn't make it ;). You were all awesome to work with... I have sooo many photos for you! Hope you like this blog selection! It was such a pleasure for Christal and me to hang out with you for an afternoon!