2014 NZIPP Wedding – Classic Photographer of the Year

Every year it’s the same – a frantic last minute rush, looking through an entire wedding season for the most creative, eye-catching, unique images that show something a little different.

We create these images for our clients – we’re working for you, using our vision and creativity, to create something unique and special to represent your wedding day – but it’s nice to have these recognised by our photographic peers within the NZIPP (New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography) as being award winning and some of the best in New Zealand.

This year was something special.

Jason’s images (below) won him 2 x overall titles (Wedding – Classic category – no use of Photoshop, Wedding Album category) and placed him runner-up in another (Wedding – Creative category – Photoshop allowed).

It was an honour to stand on stage amongst our peers and receive these awards, knowing that our clients also loved the memories we capture and the artwork we create for them.


Wedding – Classic Photographer of the Year

GOLD – 91 points

Wedding Photographer of the Year


GOLD – 90 points

Wedding Classic Photographer of the Year 2014


SILVER – 80 points



BRONZE – 77 points




Wedding Album of the Year

GOLD – 90 points

Wedding Album of the Year 2014



Wedding – Creative Photographer category




SILVER – 82 points



SILVER – 82 points



BRONZE – 73 points


NZIPP Iris Awards 2014

Wedding Album & Classic Photographer of the Year

And the winner of the Wedding Album Category is… Jason Naylor.

My heart skipped a beat, and I rushed to the stage to take my award and mumble some sort of acceptance speech. I’ve had my eye on the Wedding Album award for a few years now – when we usually spend 12hrs capturing a wedding day, a wedding album seems the most appropriate way to present that. It was an honour for the judges to recognise our creative album, and thanks to Rachel & Sam for the most amazing theatrical wedding.

I’d barely sat in my chair, when then came the 2nd announcement:

Wedding Classic… Jason Naylor!

This was unexpected. This left me speechless. I didn’t know what to say. Winning 2 NZIPP categories – Wedding Album and Wedding Classic – in the same year has me absolutely floored. Again, thanks to our clients for letting us try a few things and create something different.

‘Humbled’ is one word to describe it. ‘Flabbergasted’ is another. I’m also genuinely stoked, happy and excited.

My good buddy Jake Thomas Photography took out the Wedding Creative award. Top job!

Kudos to the other finalists: Jenny Siaosi Photographer; Katherine Williams @ Tandem Photography; and Clinton Lloyd @ Lovelight Wedding Cinema & Photography. Your work was creative, innovative and beautiful, and had me genuinely not expecting these awards. I’m honoured.

NZIPP Wedding Photographer of the Year 2014

NZIPP 2013 Iris Awards success

We’re big believers in the NZIPP – the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography.

Not only is Jason a fully Qualified and Accredited member, but he’s also the Chairman of the Wellington region. We believe in the aims of the NZIPP: providing a benchmark to our clients; promoting friendship and a network of photographers; and most importantly, raising our standard of photography.


This is where the annual NZIPP Iris print awards come in. Our clients are awesome enough to let us try a few things and create some amazing artwork for them, and every year we select our favourite ~8 images for selection into the Iris Awards.


It’s nerve-wracking and exhilarating at the same time.


This year was no different, and Jason had his best result ever, walking away as a Finalist in the Wedding Creative category, and receiving 4 Bronzes, 1 Silver and 2 GOLDS!

Not only were there 2 Golds, but one of the images – from our other business, Studio Hospcotch – was the highest scoring colour print of the entire awards.

It’s something to have your clients love and respect your work, but another thing altogether to have your photography peers – the best in the country – rate your work so highly.


Enough words, onto the images. Enjoy!


(Please click the images to link through to a higher resolution version on Facebook.)


Portrait Creative – GOLD – 97/100 (highest scoring image)


Kids Being Kids


Wedding Creative – GOLD – 91/100


Hand in Hand in Hand in Hand



Wedding Classic – SILVER – 81/100


Shotgun Alley



Wedding Classic – BRONZE – 72/100


Fire In The Sky


Wedding Creative – BRONZE – 77/100




Wedding Creative – BRONZE – 74/100


Giving Love - Fresco Style


Wedding Album – BRONZE


Golden Love


Thanks to our clients for letting us push our creativity on your special day. Here’s to 2014!

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