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What the hell are “Getting Ready” photos any way? Do you really need them?

Getting Ready photos. If you’re planning your wedding right now, you will have heard the term. Especially if you’ve been in contact with one or more wedding photographers. But many couples have no idea what Getting Ready Photos really are and why they might want them. So, I’m going to try to break it down for you. Getting Ready Photos …

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Queenstown Helicopter Photo Flights

Squirrels versus EC120bs, time on the ground, civil twilight, what the hell does all this gobbledegook even mean? I get a lot of couples asking me questions about helicopters for their Wedding, Heli-wedding, Pre/Post-Wedding Shoot or Surprise Proposal Shoot. So, I thought I would make life easier for all you couples out there if I put all my knowledge and …

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Jade & Teeps’ Awesome & EXTREME Snowy Cecil Peak Heli Wedding

Jade & Teeps (aka Steven) tied the knot in front of their 5 kids in what was a totally awesome but also sub-arctic and super snowy Cecil Peak Winter Heli Wedding. Despite being up to their ankles in snow and buffeted by strong winds this crazy/beautiful family was all smiles and laughter (and slightly frozen fingers). Here’s how the day …

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Best Of The Best Recommended Queenstown Wedding Vendors

I think it’s about time that I share my Recommended Queenstown Wedding Vendors (and Venues). Hopefully this blog post helps you find some awesome Vendors for your wedding day. So, without further ado, here are the Queenstown Wedding Vendors and Venues that (a) do an awesome job and (b) I love to work with. My Top Recommended Queenstown Wedding Vendors …

How to Create Your Own Wedding Day Timeline in 3 Easy Steps

Boooooooooooooring…..Why do you even need a Wedding Day Timeline anyway? In this blog post I’m going to walk you through the 3 simple steps to help you Create Your Own Wedding Day Timeline. “But why do I even need a Wedding Day Timeline?” you ask… Your wedding is going to be small and relaxed, why worry about a Timeline, am …

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The Ultimate Queenstown Wedding Vendor Booking Checklist & Guide

So, you’re planning a Queenstown Wedding and you know you need to book a Venue and a bunch of Vendors. But there are just so many things on your to-do list, it’s hard to know where (and when) to start and which vendors to book first. No sweat, here comes the cavalry! Below is a complete run-down of which Vendors …

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Top 3 Queenstown Proposal Locations for Totally Epic Photos!

GET YOUR EPIC QUEENSTOWN PROPOSAL LOCATIONS GUIDE HERE! Planning to Pop The Big Question to the love of your life while you’re in Queenstown? Overwhelmed by all the Queenstown Proposal Locations options? Then this blog post is for you… Apart from shooting surprise engagements and weddings for 17 years, I’ve also been a Location Scout in the Film Industry for …

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Coronet Peak Surprise Proposal – Andy & Tejas

Coronet Peak Surprise Proposal – Andy & Tejas / Fallon Photography I wrote this Coronet Peak Surprise Proposal Blog Post to help walk you through the steps it takes to plan, book and pull-off your own Surprise Queenstown Proposal.  Hopefully you find it helpful! If you are planning your vey own Queenstown Surprise Proposal and have any questions, please comment …

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Elaine & Richard’s Queenstown Back Yard Elopement

Elaine & Richard’s Queenstown Backyard Elopement Star-crossed lovers Elaine & Richard’s Queenstown Backyard Elopement really was a dream come true for them.  These two really are star-crossed lovers in every sense of the word. The fact that it took them 27 years to get to this day, the day they married the one true love of their lives, seems to …

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Relaxed Queenstown Bathhouse Wedding – Leanne & Steve / Fallon Photography

Queenstown Bathhouse Wedding – Leanne & Steve / Fallon Photography Leanne & Steve really wanted their Queenstown Bathhouse Wedding to be relaxed, fun & elegant.  And, as it happens,  that was exactly how it turned out! Relaxed, fun & elegant Steve & Leanne are from New South Wales, Ozstralia  They love Queenstown and decided when it was time decided that …

Akarua Wines Wedding Reception + Thurlby Domain Elopement – Sam & Kirk

Sam and Kirk’s Akarua Wines Wedding Reception and Thurlby Domain Elopement was relaxed, fun and casual. And stunningly beautiful! (And bloody cold once the sun dipped – I think the roaring fires, toasted marshmallows and mulled wine at Akarua Wines & Kitchen By Artisan may just have saved a few lives that day!).

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How to find your Dream Queenstown Wedding Venue in 5 Easy Steps

How To Find Your Dream Queenstown Wedding Venue In 5 Easy Steps Still searching for your Dream Venue out of the hundreds of Queenstown Wedding Venues out there?  Until you lock in your Dream Venue and a date, it’s almost impossible to book any of your vendors.  This is why finding your Dream Wedding Venue (and a Date) should be …

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Relaxed Winehouse Wedding – Dayna & Nathan

Relaxed Winehouse Wedding – Dayna & Nathan Relaxed, fun & Kiwi-style! Dayna & Nathan’s relaxed Winehouse Wedding could not have been any more perfect or any more perfect for them. It was “relaxed, fun and kiwi-style” – which was just what Dayna and Nathan wanted from their big day.  The weather was amazing, Dayna & Nathan were surrounded by friends …

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Queenstown Heli Wedding Photography – The Complete Guide

Queenstown Heli Wedding Photography – The Complete Guide No idea where to start? So, you are planning to make your big day extra special with some Queenstown Heli Wedding Photography.  But… You have no idea… What a helicopter flight costs How to book it Which heli locations are the best How a heli flight works when it comes to photography …

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Nick & Nina’s Unconventional Thurlby Domain Elopement

Nick & Nina’s Unconventional Thurlby Domain Elopement Natural, simple & passionate Nick & Nina’s Unconventional Thurlby Domain Elopement was natural, simple & passionate – just the way a wedding should be I reckon! (Scroll down to read more). The back-story Nick & Nina Nick, of Italian ancestry, is a head chef working in Melbourne.  Nina is a Kiwi.  They met …

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Rustam & Harustat’s Surprise Glenorchy Heli Proposal

Rustam & Harustat’s Surprise Glenorchy Heli Proposal Weather or not… Even as we were minutes away from jumping in the helicopter, to be honest it was hard for me to believe that Rustam & Harustat’s Surprise Glenorchy Heli Proposal was actually going to happen!  Rustam and I had been planning this day together for months.  However,  in the final few …

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Surprise Queenstown Heli Proposal WITH PHOTOS – How To Pull It Off

PLANNING A SURPRISE QUEENSTOWN HELI PROPOSAL?  THEN READ ON… Recently I have been shooting quite a few Surprise Queenstown Heli Proposals.  I always get asked how it is possible to shoot a Surprise Queenstown Heli Proposal without giving the game away.  So, I thought I would write a quick Blog Post walking you through the process.  Particularly, how I photograph …

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Megan & Simon’s Stunning & 110% fun Backyard Southland Wedding

Stunning Backyard Southland Wedding – Megan & Simon / Fallon Photography Megan & Simon tied the knot on the 30th of December with an absolutely stunning Backyard Southland Wedding. Their wedding was simple, natural and beautiful – and one-hell-of-a-lot-of-fun.  (I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard in my life!). TOTALLY DIY AND TOTALLY STUNNING! Megan, Simon and friends …

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Dramatic Mount Nicholas Wedding – Evanna & Liam | Fallon Photography

EVANNA & LIAM’S MOUNT NICHOLAS WEDDING FOR THE WIN! RESPECT FOR PRIVACY Evanna & Liam’s Mount Nicholas Wedding was absolutely stunning.  Not only is it one of my favourite weddings ever, it was also my first ever wedding at the stunning Mount Nicholas Station here in Queenstown.  So, needless to say I was super keen to share this wedding here …

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Harshal & Rajvi’s Surprise Cecil Peak Heli Proposal

Harshal & Rajvi’s Surprise Cecil Peak Heli Proposal Ok, I admit it.  I love shooting Surprise Queenstown Heli Proposals.  So when Harshal called me up and told me he wanted to enlist me to shoot his Surprise Cecil Peak Heli Proposal to Rajvi I was in straight away.  And the fact that it was winter and Cecil Peak was covered …

Professional Queenstown Family Photos with Fallon Photography and Shootvenirs

Professional Queenstown Family Photos with Shootvenirs

Recently I have been doing quite a few Queenstown Family Photos & Couples Shoots for a professional holiday photo booking company called Shootvenirs.  Services like this and companies like Shootvenirs are quite well known in some countries.  However, many people (like us Kiwis!) may not even realise that such a service exists.  So I thought I’d share some Professional Family …

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Luke & Sarah’s St Johns Church Wedding Arrowtown

LUKE & SARAH’S ST JOHNS CHURCH WEDDING ARROWTOWN (With a Snap-On Tools & Dairy Milking Theme!) THE WHY & THE WHEN Luke & Sarah’s St Johns Church Wedding Arrowtown was a pretty freakin’ amazing mix of traditional and quirky. (With a theme they described as “Snap-On Tools & Dairy Milking”, I knew right from the start that their wedding was going …

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Edu & Paulo’s Intimate Azur Luxury Lodge Queenstown Elopement

Edu & Paulo’s Intimate Azur Luxury Lodge Queenstown Elopement is living proof… All you really need for a beautiful Queenstown Wedding is the person you love most in the world, a celebrant and two witnesses! Brazilian couple Edu & Paulo, with a tonne of planning help from the super-lovely Eva Hooper Celebrant, planned to get married on a mountain-top somewhere in …

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April & Nick’s DIY Thurlby Domain Wedding – Autumn 2018, Queenstown

APRIL & NICK’S DIY THURLBY DOMAIN WEDDING April & Nick’s Big Day April & Nick tied the knot on the 21st of April surrounded by their closest friends and family in a very DIY Thurlby Domain Wedding.  The weather was perfect for a Queenstown Autumn Wedding.  There was not a breath of wind and the skies were a brilliant clear …

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Mindshift Backlight 36L Camera Backpack Review

MINDSHIFT BACKLIGHT 36L REVIEW I don’t normally do product reviews.  So why do I now find myself writing this Mindshift Backlight 36L Review?  Well, it took me sooooooooo looooooooong to find a Camera Backpack that met my specific requirements.  In fact, the Mindshift Backlight 36L was the only Camera Backpack (with one exception) that ticked all the boxes in terms of …

Lauren & Andy’s Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful Thurlby Domain Autumn Wedding

What a day Lauren & Andy’s Thurlby Domain Autumn Wedding turned out to be!  Now, I had been looking forward to Lauren & Andy’s Thurlby Domain Autumn Wedding for a loooooong time and for a number of reasons.  But in the end, Lauren & Andy’s Wedding was even more fun and even more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.  …

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7 Easy Steps To Find Your Dream Queenstown Wedding Photographer

WHY FINDING YOUR DREAM QUEENSTOWN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IS A LOT LIKE ONLINE DATING (Updated 29/3/19). You may think I’m crazy but I reckon finding your Dream Queenstown Wedding Photographer is a lot like online dating.  With online dating, unless both parties share the same goals and desires and are committed to the relationship it is probably doomed to fail.  The same …

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How Your Queenstown Wedding Formals Can Make Or Break Your Wedding Day

HOW YOUR QUEENSTOWN WEDDING FORMALS CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR WEDDING DAY. As a Queenstown Wedding Photographer with 16 years experience, I firmly believe that your Queenstown Wedding Formals can literally make or break your Wedding Day.  In this Blog Post, I’m going to explain exactly what the Wedding Formals are and how they can make or break your Wedding …

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Perfect Autumn Cecil Peak Heli Wedding – Kaia & Blake | Fallon Photography

This autumn I had the privilege of being asked to photograph the lovely Kaia & Blake’s Perfect Queenstown Autumn Heli Wedding. THE LEDGE, CECIL PEAK, QUEENSTOWN Kaia & Blake live in Seattle in the U.S. but decided to tie the knot in a romantic Queenstown Autumn Heli Wedding.  Their chosen Heli Location was The Ledge on Cecil Peak. The Ledge is …

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Everything You Need To Know About Queenstown Wedding Photography

THE ULTIMATE QUEENSTOWN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE – BY PATRICK FALLON / QUEENSTOWN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER This Ultimate Queenstown Wedding Photography Guide contains a heap of great info and advice to help you plan your Queenstown Wedding Photography.  It is written by yours truly, Patrick Fallon of Fallon Photography.  I am a full-time Queenstown Wedding Photographer with over 16 years shooting Queenstown …

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How to Nail the Most Epic Queenstown Engagement Photography EVER

QUEENSTOWN ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY 101 Are you trying to plan the Most Romantic Queenstown Engagement Photography EVER?  And you want to capture the moment with some Professional Photos?  AND you want it all to be a total surprise?  (Don’t ask for much do you?).  If you want some free tips from a Queenstown Engagement Photography specialist then read on.  Yours truly …

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7 Tips to Help You Pull Off Awesome Queenstown Wedding Snow Photos

7 AWESOME TIPS TO HELP YOU PULL OFF STUNNING QUEENSTOWN WEDDING SNOW PHOTOS I often get couples planning a Queenstown Winter Wedding asking me how to pull off awesome Queenstown Wedding Snow Photos.  So, I thought I would share my knowledge on the subject with a blog post.  That way other readers can hopefully benefit  from my experience. So, without …

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7 Queenstown Wedding Trends for 2018

QUEENSTOWN WEDDING TRENDS Queenstown Wedding Trends, like wedding trends anywhere, are constantly changing.  Now, just because something wedding-y becomes “a thing” doesn’t mean you have to do it at your wedding too.  But often there is a good reason these Wedding Trends become trends in the first place.  They are often minor details that cost little to nothing extra but …

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I’m in love with these photos from Sachiko & Ryan’s Sunrise Coronet Peak Pre-Wedding Shoot

Sachiko & Ryan’s Sunrise Coronet Peak Pre Wedding Photos are epic in every way – perfect weather, jaw droppingly beautiful light, stunning locations and a gorgeous couple. It almost felt like I was cheating!!  But enough words from me, I’ll let the photos do the talking.  If you want to see more samples of my Queenstown Wedding Photography, check out my …

RAW files and why your Wedding Photographer won’t give them to you.

Every now and again I get an inquiry about Wedding Photography or Engagement Photography and this question pops up; “Do we get the RAW files from our shoot?” The short answer to the question of RAW files is “No” – at least for me and my Photography business. But in this post I’m going to explain more than just why …

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How to make sure that your Queenstown Wedding Videography doesn’t suck!!

I’m a Wedding Photographer and I don’t shoot video so why should I even care about your Queenstown Wedding Video? In today’s blog post I am going to tell you some simple things you can do to make sure that your Queenstown Wedding Video doesn’t suck.  (I’m probably going to get a lot of grief from my fellow wedding photographers for this …

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A 2 year review of the Profoto B1 500 AirTTL

Two years ago now I wrote a wee blog post on the Profoto B1 500 AirTTL portable battery-powered strobe that I had just ordered.  (You can read the original post here).  Well, I have used this little strobe a LOT in the 2 years since then and a “proper” review is long overdue.  So here it is, keeping things as simple …

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Jessie & Buck’s Totally Off-The-Cuff Queenstown Gardens Elopement

BREE & TIM’S OFF-THE-CUFF QUEENSTOWN GARDENS ELOPEMENT In September I had the pleasure of photographing Jessie & Buck’s totally off-the-cuff Queenstown Gardens Elopement.  The weather was perfect, blue skies with clouds and soft light.  So the conditions were perfect for gorgeous Wedding Photos.  This is because soft light like this is perfect for a Garden or Park Wedding as it brings …

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The Ultimate Social Media Management App (Part 2)

A while back I published this blog post on how to handle social media like a pro.  (If you didn’t read it, it outlines my search for the ultimate Social Media Management or SMM app to make managing all my various Social Media profiles, messages, posts etc in a simple stress-free way).  Well, in this post my search for The …

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Jess & Tain’s Intimate & Romantic Chapel By The Lake Elopement

INTIMATE & ROMANTIC CHAPEL BY THE LAKE ELOPEMENT – STONERIDGE ESTATE / JESS & TAIN   Jess & Tain’s Stoneridge Estate Chapel By The Lake Elopement was intimate, romantic & incredibly beautiful.  It was also the most short-notice booking I have ever done.  (And I have been shooting weddings as a Queenstown Wedding Photographer for over 16 years). TALK ABOUT A …

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Jade & Lucas’s Stunning Moke Lake Wedding

On the 19th of September Jade & Lucas tied the knot in front of 33 of their closest friends & family in a stunning Moke Lake Wedding in Queenstown.  (Moke Lake is a dramatic alpine lake set high in the mountains but just 15 minutes drive from Queenstown.  It is surrounded on all sides by spectacular mountain backdrops, the occasional …

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How to handle Social Media like a pro (stress-free)

Do you use Social Media for your work and (like me) struggle to keep on top of all your Facebook and Twitter mentions, Likes and messages and other Social Media activity?  Following on from my blog post “Think less enjoy more” this is the first in a series of posts sharing the technology and approaches I use to try and …

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7 Queenstown Winter Wedding Tips for an Amazing Wedding

7 Queenstown Winter Wedding Tips for an Amazing Wedding This winter I have been lucky enough to photograph some amazing couples getting married in some amazing locations.  (Like Shae & Richie’s snowboarding wedding in a snowstorm on top of Coronet Peak).  Here are 7 Queenstown Winter Wedding Tips to help you have an amazing Queenstown Winter Wedding too. If you …