Nadi Bay Photography is a Fiji based company born of the passion of local professional Photographer Laurence Beddoes. Laurence and his wife & Business Manager Elanie, have been offering a high quality boutique service since 2009 which is focused on delivering elegant and timeless images of your wedding day.
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Q&A WITH LAURENCE & ELANIE OF NADI BAY PHOTOGRAPHY
Tell us a little about your background?
Laurence is a 5th generation Fiji Islander and the husband & wife team are both from business families who have a long history of service in Fiji.
How did you begin your business?
Elanie was working in Fiji’s tourism industry after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism while Laurence travelled all over the world and it was while working for 2 years in London that he realized that his photography hobby was fast becoming a passion and something he could see himself doing as a career. After returning to Fiji, Laurence was asked by a local agent to photograph a wedding. The wedding couple were so happy with the results that he was asked to do another and he quickly became so busy that Elanie decided to join Laurence in running the company which quickly became one of the most sought after wedding photography companies in Fiji.
What do you enjoy the most about what you do?
Meeting so many new people that you would never have met otherwise and on one of the most important days in their life! I love being able to lend a helping hand, word of encouragement or a well-timed distraction if needed on the day, of course while capturing it all for posterity.
Your favourite location for a Fiji Wedding?
Anywhere unique that showcases Fiji’s raw beauty. So far have loved shooting weddings at Yasawa Island Resort, Savasi Island Resort in Savusavu, sand bars in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, Taveuni and the list goes on.
Your favourite wedding you have shot so far and why?
I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to shoot so many great, fun and love filled weddings and to meet the amazing people that I have along the way but I always go back to a wedding I shot when I was just starting out which has always stayed with me. It isn’t really the shoot but the couple and their story that will always keep this as my favourite. Anny and Mike were an elderly couple from the States that had lived never more than a few houses away from each other since they were little kids but who had never actually met or known that the other existed. Many years later they finally did find each other and just over a year later they were getting married on a beautiful beach on the other side of the world and I was there to hear their story and capture the day for them. Both were getting married for the first time and just a few weeks shy of Mike’s 80th birthday. They were so in love and happy and I just felt like their story was a fine example that everyone has the love of their life out there, and it will happen when the time is right!
Favorite place to visit in Fiji?
Taveuni! Pretty much anywhere on this amazing island is breathtaking.
All time favorite Love Song?
Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World
Three things you can’t live without?
Movies, Tea and Family Huggies!
Your favourite Cocktail?
While Laurence has nothing against cocktails, he really can’t go past a good cup of Tea!
Top tip for Bride & Grooms on their day?
Enjoy your day no matter what!