Ariana + Mike Lion Rock, Piha, Auckland, New Zealand anniversary session- COLORADO ELOPEMENT AND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Piha, New Zealand
Ariana and Mike live in Auckland, and were kind enough to let us carpool with them out to Lion Rock. Driving on the left side of the road turned out to be a total piece of cake, but it was nice to ease into it as a passenger!
This is the first time I’ve gotten off a 12hr flight and headed right into a photoshoot (after a quick nap!) It was exhilarating and I would do it again in a heartbeat. We were SO excited to start out New Zealand journey, and the country did not disappoint. Every place we went was stunning, and within hours I was ready to move in!
I researched Lion Rock in Piha (about an hour’s drive from Auckland) and I knew this was the spot where I wanted to photograph them. It’s gorgeous, and there is even a hiking path up Lion Rock. I loved the Cannon Beach vibe of this spot, but as it was 80 degrees F, it was much warmer! As a Colorado elopement photographer whose used to shooting in freezing temperatures, it was so much fun to photograph on a real beach!
Piha Beach is in fact a black sand beach as you can see in some of the photos we made near the cliffs.
Ariana and Mike, you were a pleasure to meet and to photograph, and we loved all of your sightseeing recommendations!