About Us

 

Hello!

Our team here at Alpine Image Company are a close-knit and friendly bunch. Our different personalities complement each other and keep the creative process’ humming along smoothly. We’re active and social, and love hanging out with each other regardless of whether it’s for work or not. Get to know us and we’re sure you will too!

Our vibe is fun but professional. It’s important to us that you feel comfortable in front of the camera. You’ll find no overbearing personalities here, the day is yours and we are always honoured to be a part of it.

We would love to meet you for a coffee or a glass of wine to hear all about you – how you met, what you love, and most importantly, your dream wedding and how we can help to capture it all and turn it into beautiful everlasting memories. It’s pretty obvious from what we do that we really love photography, so here is some ‘non photography’ related info about us to give you an idea of what we are like as individuals.

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Jen

Photographer

Jen travelled over from her native U.K to do a season of snowboard instructing and ended up staying a little longer after the season. It’s been ten years now and counting. Along the way she has met and married a kiwi bloke with her exact same enthusiasm for the great outdoors and traveling and they have a 3 year old son who already seems to have embraced a pretty awesome life of travel and adventures.

Jen is very much a do-er of cool stuff. You’ll mostly find her firmly on the seat of her trusty mountain bike, or hanging out in the surf. Be it here in Central Otago or whooping the butts of mountain lions in her other favourite outdoorsy destination of British Columbia in Canada.

Having grown up around cameras with two photographer parents, Jen learned the ropes of the darkroom early on. Although she shoots digital for work and fast paced adventures, film photography is definitely still king in her personal work.

Nat

Photographer

Nat’s British upbringing bestowed upon her a well developed and mostly politically incorrect sense of humour. Her wit is so dry and sharp it could easily be mistaken for an aged cheddar, especially as it only tends to improve in the presence of wine.

A long time lover of sea and surf, Nat grew up believing she would become a surf photographer but quietly hampered that particular dream after re-watching ‘Jaws’ and realising her mild aversion to deep water and all of its sharp-dentured inhabitants. She set her sight upon New Zealand and was quickly lured to Wanaka with its promises of a casual dress code (rarely required to wear heels), healthy dog ratio and relatively short distances to either coastline.

When Nat’s not hanging out with assorted medium sized dogs, when she can borrow them, and her fun loving friends she is out and about shooting some hoops, on a casual run (not uphill), bush bashing up some mountains, or taking beautiful photos in her surrounds. You will also often find her demonstrating her sponge-like qualities for absorbing well brewed cups of tea several times a day.

Yaeh

Photographer & Studio Manager

Yaeh is not your average Kiwi… New Zealand born and bred but programmed with Japanese engineering and efficiency. You pronounce her name ‘Yay’ (not the technical pronunciation!) and when said aloud makes almost everyone feel instantly happier. She is the super stylish queen of organising and perfection which keeps the Alpine studio running like the well oiled machine that it is.

‘Yaeh’ – We’re pretty sure it’s Japanese for lovely, and if it isn’t then it should be. Her super caring nature is evident in both her work and home life. Out of the office she doubles as Dr Dolittle looking after her four beautiful fur babies (two feline, two canine), and in August 2019 Yaeh & her husband Henry became proud parents to their insanely beautiful new (human!!) baby Theo.

When Yaeh isn’t running around after her babies she can be found sliding around any of Wanaka’s ski fields, hitting the gym or practicing her namaste at the local yoga studio.

Luisa

Photographer

Originally from Germany, Luisa lives in Wanaka with her fiance Api (he’s a Tandem Master for a skydiving company, pretty cool huh!).

This lovely lady is just as sweet behind the lens as she is in front of it, and her calming presence and happy vibes are just the perfect addition to any wedding day!

Anna

Photographer

Anna is an ex punk-rocker from London who has traded in anarchy for a slightly more conventional Wanaka lifestyle. Way cooler than your average mum, she pays homage to her punk roots by worshipping the late Alexander McQueen, loving skull accessories and occasionally participating in lift line riots for fresh tracks up the ski field. Friendly ones though.

Although she can be activated by coffee in the morning if she is required, Anna is definitely a night owl by choice and the wee hours is when her finest magic happens.

Always up for a laugh, Anna loves great food, great wine and great company all of which are readily available within a short distance of her home. She is a highly decorated passionate photographer who possesses an extraordinary talent for capturing the moment.

Sera

Assistant Studio Manager

Sera is the chief wedding planner for our sister company, Boutique Weddings New Zealand! Although Cornish by blood/birth and by heart Sera hails true to her roots, albeit now living slightly further away from the sea than she initially anticipated. Being a national minority in the UK, Sera throws an extra hyphen into her already eclectic ethnicity by being Cornish first, British second and Kiwi third.  It wouldn’t be right to adopt another Brit into our already English strong team unless they pride themselves on their tea making abilities.  With a background in teaching she’s always quick to pull you up on any spelling mistakes, but with a smile of course, as she might just be one of the happiest people we’ve ever met.

Sera is an avid lover of the outdoors and in her spare time can be found hiking, on the local bike trails, snowboarding and having an alfresco vino.

Siobhain

Studio Manager

Whilst the lovely Yaeh is away on maternity leave after becoming a proud Mumma to baby Theo (woohoo!), Siobhain is in charge of running the studio and is the go-to lady for all things wedding!

Siobhain is Irish (just to add another country to into our mix!), and is loving life in Wanaka after having spent the last few years working up in Auckland. We’re super glad she’s made the move down this way, and are counting ourselves pretty lucky to have found someone with such incredible organisation skills to keep everything running smoothly here at HQ!