- Sam Keen

Welcome to Sarah Kirkpatrick Photography – a Gisborne Tairawhiti, East Coast wedding photographer specialising in photography that is fun, relaxed & authentic. Have a look around if you are looking for a wedding photographer that captures all the silly smiles and outlandish shenanigans of your big day as well as those tender romantic moments.

We are quite an informal lot here on the East Coast of New Zealand. Your wedding day should be unique to the two of you and not based on what you should be doing. So even though my photography is all about storytelling, I don’t follow a script either. You and your partner are individuals, and the story I tell for you reflects you as a couple.

You’re looking forward to a day of heartfelt emotion, laugh-till-you-cry moments, and those little details that mean so much to you both.

And because it’s so special to you, it is incredibly important to me too. You get my full attention, from the first sip of fizz in the morning, to the sparkling moves on the dance floor later at night. Your friends REALLY know how to celebrate and there’s nowhere in the world they would rather be than with you both on your wedding day. I’ll be right there, in amongst them, capturing the fun from the inside out.

I want to know all about your plans. Not just because I want to be fully prepared on the day, but because I’m interested in what lights you up and makes you both smile. I LOVE the details too, the personal touches, what you’ll both be wearing, the flowers you have or haven’t chosen yet. And when your guests hear the first few bars of your first dance song, I’ll already know why you chose it and what it means to you. Not just the what, but the why. When I know you better, I will do a better job.

Whatever makes your life easier, whether in person or over the phone, we’ll have a good chat before the wedding to make sure we’re telling your story from the same page.

Because we hopefully know each other better by now, the photographs I take will get behind the surface of your wedding day to show the emotion beneath it. Your friends will feel like there’s just another member of the gang there with you on the day – so they’ll trust me to capture in a relaxed and authentic way. Guests relax around me. No stiff smiles and awkward glances – it’s all big laughs and huge hugs. I’m there when parents see you for the first time, when you both finally set eyes on each other, dressed up to the nines and feeling fabulous, walking up the aisle, whispering hellos, saying “I do” loud and proud. I’m there all the way, for each part of the celebration and all the laughter that follows.

While you’re still smiling at the newness of being someone’s wife or husband, I’ll be busy backing up your photographs and creating your much anticipated ‘preview’ post - a taster of what’s to come and something you can show people whilst you await the full monty! You don’t get all of the photos straight away, the editing really does take time and is done with a tremendous amount of care and attention. I’m a perfectionist!

So within 12 weeks of your wedding, your photographs will be ready and waiting in your password protected online gallery - it’s usually much sooner but very much depends on the time of year. There will be a guest gallery for you to share with friends and family, where you can access and download all of your images in high resolution for print and low for digital.

My goal is to ensure that when you are looking through your images, you feel everything all over again. Completely reliving the day, but this time better. Because I caught the glances you didn’t see, the dance floor moves you missed, and the kisses and hugs between friends and family who got together, all together, for the first time in forever. All for you two.

Sarah Kirkpatrick Photgraphy


02 04 138 7000
Gisborne, 4010
Wed - Sun 8.00 - 22.00

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