SV Photograph

In Planning, Planning & Tips by Ande Tongco


Virginie and Samuel from SV Photograph are living the good life. The French Polynesian locals live half the year in Moorea and the other half in New Zealand. And if that wasn’t enough, their job is photographing destination weddings all over the world. Yep, Virginie and Samuel live in paradise and spend their lives travelling to gorgeous locations in order to capture couples celebrating one of the happiest days of their lives. Tough gig.

Virginie picked up her first camera at the age of 12, and when she met Samuel 14 years ago, she inspired him to also take up her much-loved hobby. The couple managed to turn their favourite pastime into their full-time careers, and these days you’ll find the husband-and-wife team hopping from snowcapped mountains to white sandy beaches, cameras in hand as they shoot destination weddings.

They’ve photographed some incredible weddings across the islands of French Polynesia, so they know the very best spots for truly beautiful images in Moorea, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Tikehau and beyond. They also know their second home, New Zealand, like the back of their hands, and can suggest unique and stunning locations across both islands. But Virginie and Samuel aren’t picky, they will travel with you around the world, to any country you choose.

The SV Photograph style incorporates a hint of fashion, avoids anything fake and posed, and always takes into account the glorious destination. The ‘Vahine Queen’ look is popular for brides on French Polynesian island weddings – think exotic Tahitian queen with flowers in her hair – plus they also specialise in “Trash the Dress” and boudoir-styled shoots. But whatever the chosen style, it’s all about capturing the natural moments – the funny, the emotional, the real – and showcasing the connections of newly married couples.





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