Two Little Starfish is a professional wedding photography studio based in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, founded by fine-art photographer Rachel Jordan (5X Master of Photography).
New Zealand + International Remote Destinations
FINE ART & DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER AND DIGITAL ARTIST
International and national award-winner, with 22 years of photography experience
Hello, I’m Rachel – I’m an artist who loves capturing people’s stories.
I have been photographing people for 22 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.
When I’m not taking photos, you can find me out in the garden with my son, as I am passionate about being connected to nature.
My journey as a professional photographer has not been without its challenges. A few years ago, I was involved in a helicopter crash during a wedding which left me with a serious spinal chord injury that made headline news in New Zealand. Through sheer hard work and dedication, I have been able to regain much of my mobility, but there are still some limitations I must work around. I know that some potential clients may be hesitant to work with me because of my partial handicap, but I want to assure you that I pour my heart and soul into every shoot I do. I am committed to capturing every special moment of your wedding day, no matter what it takes. I only take on a limited amount of weddings for each year and so I am able to put more care and effort into each one for those couples that are understanding and appreciative of my journey. Weddings became the driving force behind my recovery, and so I am forever grateful to be doing what I love doing – capturing beautiful moments for my couples. Thank you for considering me as your photographer. I can’t wait to meet you and help you capture your special day.
Balancing fine-art creative portraiture with in-the-moment documentary capture
EMOTIONAL + EVOCATIVE + PAINTERLY + REAL + DOCUMENTARY
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.
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.
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 and make some beautiful memories together!
LET’S HAVE COFFEE
I’d love to chat with you about your day, lets grab coffee. I’d love to meet you both.