Hiring your wedding photographer can be such a tough decision, after all, you're spending 6-12 hours with this person following you around taking your picture on what is one of the most amazing days of your life... how awkward is that?... but that's the thing... it shouldn't be.
You want someone who is prepared. Someone who knows their gear. Someone who can achieve a great wedding collection no matter what the weather is, where the sun is, someone who can manage to capture that tiny tear on his cheek when he sees you for the first time.
Above all of that, you want someone who can bring out the smiles in you. You want someone who won't make your photos feel like work. Someone you could actually consider your friend.
You want someone who keeps umbrellas and chalkboards and ladders and sewing kits, bobby pins, after bite and even a spare cathedral length veil in their car... just in case. You want someone who will help you along every step of the way with timelines and any other questions you may have.
And on top of all of that you want someone who comes with a level of professionalism that reflects the Investment you are making in them.
But liking my work is just the first part, I want to make sure you like ME because that's even more important. If my portfolio looks like what you had in mind for your wedding collection, let's schedule a consultation to sit down over a cup of coffee or glass of wine and talk about you and what you have planned for your big day!
And if you're looking for a new family, boudoir, maternity, portrait, graduation, or engagement photographer I do all of those too!
I'M NOT JUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
I'm not naive enough to think that the only part of my job is clicking a button, and I hope you don't think that's all I do either!
For your wedding I am there with you every day up until and past your big day. I am always available to answer any questions you may have, and I make a point to help you with everything I can throughout the day. I know how stressful weddings can be, trust me, I've been to a TON of them. And I know how helpful it can be for brides just to have that extra unbiased opinion or person to fix their train or veil.
I always joke that I'm never just the photographer; I'm the planner, florist, seamstress, maid of honour, mom, stylist, driver, and everything in between... and I pride myself on my ability to be there for you throughout the entire day and beyond.
I try not to just limit that to weddings though. If you need help styling for your session, figuring out locations, or convincing that un-convincible family member of yours to smile for a few photos I'm your girl.
I'm Jade Lavallee, the owner and principle photographer of Pounamu Photography.
When I'm not behind a camera you'll find me getting on a plane to the furthest destination I can afford. Travelling is my passion, and part of the reason I love my job so much is because I can do it anywhere. Something that may surprise you though is that I don't take my camera with me everywhere I travel, I truly believe in absorbing the moments around you and taking it all in.
While I put my heart and soul into my work, I also strive to maintain a professional atmosphere for my clients and their families. I want my professionalism to reflect the investment you are making in me.
Amelia has been an integral part of Pounamu Photography since 2015.
With an incredible eye and a gift for capturing candid moments, she is an incredibly valuable asset to the Pounamu Photography team. If we're shooting your wedding, she's the one with the patience to wrangle the groom and groomsmen while Jade takes care of the ladies. She captures the most beautiful stills of genuine laughter and emotion, and manages to make it look effortless.
Between storing the cards, picking up my forgotten lenses and pulling sunglasses off of people with her amazing visual editing... she's the one I trust most to pull your wacky Aunt Edna out of the aisle so you can walk down it.
Amelia is a dedicated, talented, unbelievable photographer and dog-mama.
She was so helpful - even with questions she didn’t need to answer! I was comfortable to ask her anything which goes to show how approachable and friendly she is! - Shannon + Rob
I will definitely be hiring Jade to capture all the big moments in my life, and I recommend you do too. - Kira + Andrew
My hubby is not a picture person and he couldn't say enough by the end of our wedding how awesome they were. Fun and professional... I know they captured every moment at our reception too! - Jennifer + Dane