Your Wairarapa & Wellington Wedding Photographer
storyteller : memory maker : crazy cat lady
Hi, I'm Sam
aka August & Vine
Congrats lovers, you found each other! Now you've found me - thanks for being here! So we know we're a good fit, here's a little about me.
I'm a passionate, creative, tea-drinking, light chasing, music-loving cat mamma who loves love. I believe in the beauty of connection and I'm here to honour it through the art of visual storytelling - telling your story of your love through my photography.
My photography is my love affair with life. I put my heart and soul into my work because I can't get enough of it, and it isn't lost on me just how lucky I am that I get to do this every day. Being able to create tangible lifelong memories for people is just some kind of wonderful.
MY OTHER LOVES
my fur babies
Being the best mum to 4yr-old Toygers Mila & Louis.
tacos & tequila
Love language. I'll never say no to Mex & Margaritas.
Growing, nurturing, admiring. The plant addiction is real.
Fuels my soul. I've seen hundreds of international gigs.
I'm also partial to 80's movies,pinot noir, road trips, fur babies at your weddings, hugs, piña coladas and getting caught in the rain...
NOT HERE TO TICK BOXES
So if you're just not into the art of visual storytelling,
you just want your photos over and done with, some snap shots, or you want a photographer to turn up for
just a few hours to tick photos off a list, then we aren't a match made in heaven. That's okay!
HERE TO CREATE MEANINGFUL WORK WITH YOU
LET'S HONOUR LOVE
I'll get to know what makes you, you, support you and capture the moments you'll want to remember, the objects you love, the people you love, the food you love and the love you've found together. I'll create work that shows how it felt to be there, through my lens. It's your journey I'm stepping into, your story, your passion, so I hope you're big on romance, because love is my focus!
MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY
CAPTURE HOW YOUR DAY FELT
"She made us feel confident"
"She put us at ease with her down-to-earth & chill personality. We loved how easy it was to speak to Sam. We’ve always been self-conscious but she made us feel confident during our wedding day & she asked us to pose in a way that made us feel natural & look beautiful. The whole portrait session was really wonderful & intimate. She also delivered the photos to us quickly - they were stunning, filled with that soft, natural light."
STEVE & LIBBY
"When you do things from the soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy."
Based in Martinborough, I'm probably (definitely) a city girl living in the country.
I've lived on big oceans, in big cities, in small towns and in "big little cities," and
all that means is, that I love travel and I love getting to know people from all walks of life.
So whether your wedding is in a concrete jungle, a pasture
or on a sandy shore, count me in!
(I also do mountains, deserts, lakes and tropical islands *hint*)
What's August & Vine?
Love is everything. Your love is a big deal.
Whilst august is grand, majestic, celebrated, the vine is just a plant whose stems require support. That's marriage. The union of two people vowing to support each other in life, and a wedding is the great celebration of that. But it's also the coming together of loved ones to nurture that bond.
Wedding photography that captures the unique beauty in your story. Because you deserve images that honour that in every way possible.
…If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you.
When mountains crumble to the sea, there will
still be you and me…
beth & reid
"We had the most amazing local photographer who we couldn't recommend enough. Sam from August & Vine was so lovely to work with in the lead up and on the day. She made us feel so at ease and it felt like one of our friends were taking the photos."