Candid, natural and relaxed wedding photography by international award-winning Wanaka wedding photographer Adam Cavanagh.

Together with the help of my lovely wife Kim, who runs the day to day business and is the main point of contact in the lead up to the wedding… we are Cavanagh Photography.

We are based in Sydney, Australia, and I shoot weddings all over Australia & New Zealand. I have not shot a wedding in Wanaka yet. But the beautiful snowcapped mountains of Wanaka is on the top of my bucket list of wedding destinations I would looove to photograph.

My philosophy and approach to photographing weddings is to document the day as naturally and candidly as possible. With heaps of laughs and jokes. A happy couple makes for beautiful photos. We want the day to be real and honest without contriving moments. I love shooing candidly as it allows you to relax and be yourselves and allows me to capture spontaneous moments throughout the day and night.

Wanaka Photography

Wanaka is a beautiful resort town located on the South Island of New Zealand. It is set on the southern side of Lake Wanaka and is surrounded by amazing snowcapped mountains, glaciers, forests and alpine lakes. And it is the perfect location for a wedding or elopement.

There are some amazing wedding venues to choose from including Corbridge, Hilton Queenstown, Dublin Bay weddings, Criffel Station Woolshed, Horseshoe Bend, NZ High Country, Glendhu Station, Peregrine Wines, The Olive Grove, Rippon, The Winehouse, Millbrook & Lake Hawea View.

Should I book a helicopter for photos?

If you are looking to get those epic mountain views, I would highly recommend booking a helicopter on your wedding day. Most of those amazing photos you see online of Wanaka & Queenstown mountains can only be accessed by helicopter. Booking one means that you can fly out of your wedding venue, do photos on a mountain top, and then return to your venue to party with your guests.

Check out these awesome suppliers. They have potential photo locations on their websites.

Aspiring Helicopters | Wanaka Helicopters | Heliworks

Why hire me? Aren’t there plenty of local photographers?

Yes, there are thousands and thousands of great photographers out there. And yes, there will probably be lots of local photographers to choose from as well. I’m a big fan of supporting the local community, small businesses and artists. So if you do find a local photographer, whose work you love and connect to, then you should hire them.

For me, I love to travel and to photograph weddings in new and different places. It is much more exciting artistically and I think it gives my photos a unique perspective. I try to incorporate the landscape, the atmosphere and vibe of the wedding.

Are there travel costs involved?

Photographing an awesome wedding in Wanaka is on the top of my bucket list. It is just a quick three-hour flight from Sydney.

So for a limited time, we are waiving any travel costs!!


The biggest thing I can offer you is my heart, my time, my energy and vision… and if you have read this far, then please have a look through our portfolio. Get in contact with us if you connect with our images and can imagine yourselves in them. I would love to be your Wanaka wedding photographer or photograph a wedding anywhere else in New Zealand. Cheers!

Wanaka wedding photographer New Zealand | Adam Cavanagh

Available for weddings and elopements