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About

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Two Little Starfish is a professional photography & videography studio
founded by award-winning photographer Rachel Jordan and cinematographer Eric Jordan.

Specialties:
Weddings & Fine-Art Portraiture

Other Services:
Motherhood, Bridal Editorial, Boudoir, and Commercial

Locations:
Northland, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Kerikeri, Paihia, Russell, Whangarei, Omapere, Waiuku, Tutukaka, Waiheke Island, Thailand, Cook Islands, Fiji 

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Rachel Jordan
Award-Winning Fine Art Photographer
NZIPP Master/Fellow of Photography

Rachel Jordan is an NZIPP-accredited professional photographer with a ‘Master/Fellow of Photography’’ granted by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography. Rachel has 18+ years of photography experience and specializes in weddings & fine art portraiture. Her photography work has been featured in magazines and popular online publications, and has received over 31 professional photography awards.

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Eric Jordan
Award Winning Motion Graphics Artist & Cinematographer
Top 20 International Designer [.NET Magazine]

Eric Jordan is a professional motion graphics artist, cinematographer and video editor with over 18+ years of industry experience. Recognized by .Net Magazine as one of the world’s top 20 international designers, Eric’s work has been featured in numerous design-related books and magazines around the world, from the United States to China.

About Rachel Jordan

Hello, I’m Rachel – I’m an artist who loves capturing people’s stories. I have been photographing people for 20 years and it’s a passion that is the driving force in my life. I am driven to constantly create and grow as an artist, and to capture the most important moments of peoples lives – to tell their stories through photographs.

I am accredited with the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) and have the honour of being one of the few awarded Fellow’s within the professional organisation. As a dedicated artist, I feel it’s important to strive for mastery of my craft, and professional photography awards have served to help me grow and elevate the work I create for my clients. I’m honoured to have received professional awards for wedding photography, fine art portraiture, illustrative, and documentary within both the NZIPP and APPA print awards in New Zealand & Australia.

When I’m not capturing weddings, you can find me photographing bridal editorials, fine art portraits and creating photoshop artwork.

My Style

My style has been described as emotional, whimsical and elegant. I adore painterly-feeling portraits, gorgeous rich tones and imagery that evokes deep emotions every time you look at your photos. It is always my aim to strike the perfect balance between fine-art portraiture and documentary of your wedding day.

My Approach

On the wedding day my approach is simple: emotional story telling, capturing the happiness, the love, and the little moments that take your breath away. It is my wish to capture memories that take you right back to the special times of your wedding day – precious photographs that allow you to relive the best day of your life – to make you cry, laugh, and feel the love for many years to come.

For the most part, I have a mostly hands-off approach on the day, outside of the creative session. I do my best to blend in with your friends and family in order to capture the most authentic moments possible – the genuine moments that unfold when you are at your most natural, in-the-moment, and enjoying your special day. For this reason, I focus on documenting the real candid interactions with loved ones, versus overly staged ones. Authenticity is what I love, the moments that will alway bring you back to the best day of your life. The little details of grandma’s hands holding yours, Mom looking at you with love as she puts the veil on, Dad seeing you for the first time in the dress, seeing your partner for the first time as you walk down the isle, and laughing with your guests on the dance floor. These moments are what your wedding day is all about, and I am there to anticipate and document them as they unfold, told through my eyes as an artist.

The Creative Session

My passion is creating unique works of art for my couples that they are proud to hang on the walls of the their home.  During each creative session and individual bride and groom portraits, I use subtle professional posing techniques to create visually pleasing compositions and to achieve the most evocative results.  It is a craft that I have honed over many years and fine-tuned to an art form – in order to make the bride and groom look effortlessly stunning. Most of all I want us to all to have a ton of fun!


A Special Offer

Wedding days are often fleeting, with the time racing by, and some clients prefer to spend more time with family and friends.  As a special token, we offer all our couples the option to photograph their creative session in full wedding attire on a subsequent day after the wedding.  With this option, the entire wedding may be captured in 100% documentary format, and we can devote special focused time after the wedding to capture the creative session.

Let's Have Coffee

I’m super excited to chat with you about your day, lets grab coffee. I’d love to meet you both.

About Our Name: Two Little Starfish


We’re often asked about how we became known as “Two Little Starfish”.  It’s a beautifully memorable name that represents the creative team we form as husband and wife, and has a simple story.

We were happily married years ago on a beautiful sandy beach in the islands of Hawaii, with an intimate gathering of close friends and family. As two people with a spiritual connection to the ocean, we had decided to marry on the beach and to create a central theme for the ceremony: two small starfish in an embrace. The starfishes represented the special union between us both on the edge of the shore under the sunset. Each element of wedding was decorated with a special image of two little starfish: the invitations, the cake, the candles, and every other small detail. Our wedding day was such an incredible experience, that it served as a spark of inspiration to capture the wedding day for others. Rachel had been a photographer for many years prior to the wedding, but the wedding day gave her the focus for her craft. And so the name ‘Two Little Starfish’ has come to symbolise both our own love for each other, as well as the work we create together for others. It is a reminder to us both about our commitment to capturing those special moments for our couples, in hopes that the images will bring back the tears, the laughter and the feeling of pure love all over again. Together, we put our hearts and souls into the union of fine-art wedding photography and film-like cinematic video that perfectly tells the story of the most important day of our couple’s lives.

Awards

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNER

2019 NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards

Achievement – 5X Master of Photography
NZIPP 2019 Finalist – Wedding Out of Camera Category
Wedding Out of Camera – Gold Award
Wedding Out of Camera – 2 Silver Awards
Wedding Creative – Silver Distinction Award
Wedding Creative – Bronze Award

2018 NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards

Documentary – Silver Award
Portrait Out of Camera – Silver Distinction Award
Creative Portrait – 3 Silver Awards
Creative Portrait – 1 Bronze Award
Wedding Creative – Silver Award
Wedding Creative – Bronze Award
Wedding Classic – 2 Bronze Awards

2017 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA)

Illustrative – GOLD Award
Illustrative – Silver Award
Illustrative – Silver Distinction Award
Portrait – Silver Distinction Award

2017 NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards

Illustrative – GOLD Award
Illustrative – Silver Award
Wedding Creative – Silver Award
Wedding Creative – Bronze Award
Wedding Creative – Bronze Award
Illustrative – Bronze Award
Illustrative – Silver Award
Portrait Creative – Silver Award
Portrait Creative – Bronze Award

2016 NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards

Classic Portrait – GOLD Award
Illustrative – GOLD Award
Illustrative – Silver Award
Wedding Classic – Silver Award
Wedding Creative – Silver Award
Creative Portrait- Bronze Award
Awarded “Fellow of Photography”

2015 NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards

Illustrative – GOLD Award
Illustrative – Silver Award
Classic Wedding – Silver Award
Classic Portrait – Silver Award
Creative Wedding – Bronze Award
Classic Wedding – Bronze Award
Illustrative – 2 Bronze Awards
Finalist – Auckland Photographer of the Year
Awarded “Master of Photography”

2014 NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards

Creative Portrait – Silver Award with Distinction
Creative Portrait – Silver Award
Classic Portrait – Silver Award
Classic Portrait – Silver Award
Classic Portrait – Silver Award
Classic Portrait – Bronze Award
Creative – Bronze Award
Creative – Bronze Award

Publications

Feature Spreads, Magazines, Books

LooksLikeFilm: The Best Bridal Portraits in 2018 That Will Last Forever
Auckland Weddings: Elizabeth May Bridal, Feature – January 2019
FashionNZ: Elizabeth May Bridal Shoot, 2019
Premier Bride, December 2018
Junebug Weddings, October 2018
Savvy Magazine – Wedding Guide, Cover & Spread, 2018
LookLikeFilm, 1000 Club, November 2018
Cover Feature, My Wedding Mag, April 2018
My Kiwi Wedding: “Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer”
My Wedding Magazine, Angela & Derick Wedding, 20 Page Spread, Feb 2018
Eye Magazine, Issue 72, 2016
Paper & Lace, Sam & Jess Wedding, April 2016
Paper & Lace, Mel & Sam Wedding, April 2015
Paper & Lace, Whimsical Day with Susi Liddington, January 2015
Love 24fps, Video Feature, 2015
Dark Beauty Magazine, November 2014

Dark Beauty Magazine, September 2014
Dark Beauty Magazine, September 2015
New Zealand Camera Book, 2014
Bride & Groom Magazine, Bridal Editorial Spread, September 2013
Engaged Magazine, 5 page Feature Spread, 2012
Organic Gardening Magazine
New Zealand Weddings Magazine, Whimsical Day Editorial Spread – Susi Liddington Gardens, 2015
Modern Wedding Magazine (Australia),  Spread, 2016
F11 Photography Magazine, Feature Spread, 2014
F11 Photography Magazine, Feature Spread, 2015
Look Love Wed, Alice & Nick Weddings, September 2015
New Idea Magazine, Spread, June 2015
New Idea Magazine, Spread, December 2014
New Idea Magazine, Spread, November 2014
New Idea Magazine, Spread, July 2014
New Idea Magazine, Spread, April 2014

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Commercial Clients

Testimonials

JADE & CHRIS
JADE & CHRIS Wedding Photography Client
From the time we met Rachel we loved her, her spark and positive outlook. She was excited as we were at times and so receptive to any ideas we had for photos. We could not recommend her more highly. The photos are stunning and we are blessed to have these as beautiful memories in years to come.
LAURA & DAVID
LAURA & DAVID Wedding Photography Client
You’ve done such an amazing job though - David and I were sitting there going “oh yes, I’d forgotten we did that!” and it just brought back more memories, which was really cool. It’s funny, because on the day of the wedding, I almost felt like I was missing out a bit, whilst I was getting ready and doing all the things that brides and bridal parties do, and you managed to get in and capture what the lads were doing, what the guests were doing… so looking through the photos, I got to re-experience how it felt for me on the day, but also be a guest at my own wedding and see the parts that I didn’t get to see 🙂
MEL & SAM
MEL & SAM Wedding Photography Client
We looked at the images over a few nights and they are the most amazing things i have ever seen. There is not one thing I would have changed. You have captured the most beautiful shots. I love all the ones of my grandma, she does not often smile but you managed to capture numerous smiling images of her.
KELLIE & BRANDON
KELLIE & BRANDON Wedding Photography Client
It was fantastic to have such an amazing Photographer that captured so many special moments without becoming intrusive and interfering, and our two on one time with you was exactly what we needed after our ceremony….lots of love, some laughs and some quiet time to enjoy the moment together. You also managed to take some beautiful family shots and candid shots that will be treasured for a lifetime. The end result was stunning, we have some of the most wonderful photo's I have seen and within the quickest time frame I have ever heard of for a wedding shoot.
KYLE & REBECCA
KYLE & REBECCA Wedding Photography Client
We are still in shock & draw-dropping awe over the spectacular "teaser" photos you sent us so quickly after the big day. Your creative eye, fun personality, professionalism & passion to find the perfect shot encompassing what endless love & marriage is all about, allows us to remember our most special day forever!
HALEY & SCOTT
HALEY & SCOTT Wedding Videography Client
Wow Eric!!!! We absolutely love it!!! Thank you so so much for capturing this for us!! All your hard work has certainly paid off. Its just amazing! Thank you so so so much for being there! We were so happy with the way it all came together.