The 2014 PSNZ North Shore Salon

A few weeks ago I was part of a team of photographers who judged the Photographic Society of New Zealand‘s North Shore Salon.  The PSNZ North Shore Salon is an annual event which is now in it’s 19th year, and although it is run by an ‘amateur’ photographic society, it attracts entries from both amateur, professional and semi-professional photographers.

I was part of the ‘prints team’ who judged physical entries (as opposed to digitally submitted entries) and we had a great day looking at the images, deliberating together (i.e., arguing in the nicest possible manner) and making our selections.  This is the second time I’ve judged this particular competition, and being amongst all those very keen photographers pursuing their art for their own personal pleasure was so refreshing and enjoyable.  You can view all of this years’ winners HERE

Being in that environment made me reflect upon the first competition I entered when I worked for Photography by Woolf.  The Woolf family was always heavily involved and a firm supporter of the PSNZ and as employees we were enthusiastically encouraged to enter the various national competitions.  I still remember my boss’ stunned expression when I opened the results packet from my first ever entry and innocently asked, “What’s the Maadi Cup?”.  It turned out it was the top B&W award and it was pretty much unheard of for it to be won by a first time entrant.

I’ve kind of been hooked on competitions ever since!

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I dug through my old neg files for this post and found a ‘reject’ print of my entry in the folder.  The winning image was a portrait of Rebecca, a gorgeous girl I went to school with who had agreed to model for me for my 7th form bursary portfolio.

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Melissa and Craig’s gorgeous Queensberry wedding album…

Yep, it’s pretty wintery out there so in Wedding-land that also means that it’s … ALBUM TIME!!!

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Last week I delivered this gorgeous album to my lovely clients Melissa and Craig.  The colour theme for their wedding was purple so they chose a stylish amethyst buckram linen cover with a square black and white photo on the front to compliment their images.

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They also chose to purchase a matching parent album (unfortunately replica albums are only available with plain covers which is why the smaller album doesn’t have a photo on the front).

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One of my favourite pages from the album… Melissa was such a stunning bride!

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Their beautiful wedding day was held at Goldie Room, one of Waiheke Island’s finest venues.

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You can see more from Melissa and Craig’s wedding HERE

ALBUM STYLE: 14×10″ Matted Album from Queensberry
COVER: Amethyst Buckram with square photofront
PAGE COLOUR: Grey
MAT COLOUR: White

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Miwako and Masatomo’s Wedding Celebration at Mudbrick Vineyard

On a perfect winters day here on Waiheke Island, the very lovely Miwako and Masatomo celebrated their wedding with their family who had traveled from Japan for the occasion.

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It was a gorgeous day and Mudbrick Vineyard looked incredible as always…

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The menfolk sat on the upstairs balcony enjoying the views back to Auckland while they waited for Miwako to emerge.

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After some family photographs and a re-enactment of the ‘lifting of the veil’ from Masatomo, we went exploring around Mudbrick Vineyard’s beautiful grounds to capture some portraits of the bride and groom.

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So beautiful!

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I love these ‘lensbaby’ photos, such a gorgeous lens to play with and it really suited M + M’s romantic wedding style.

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Miwako’s flowers were from Vicky at Wildflower Waiheke and they smelled as amazing as they looked!  Her hair and make up was created by Mika Styles in Auckland

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love this one of Masatomo, who is the perfect picture of elegance and style.

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Miwako’s stunning dress was a Stella York number form Felicitys Bridal in Auckland.

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What a beautiful day!  Thank you Miwako and Masatomo for inviting me to capture your love and happiness.  All the very best for your wonderful future together. x

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Coming soon…

… the stunning Mudbrick Vineyard wedding of Masatomo and Miwako.  Stay tuned!

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Fight Exhibition … Auckland Festival of Photography 2014

Well it’s officially winter now and I am meant to be in my ‘quiet’ season but so far I’m yet to get there!  This is due in large part to my inclusion in this years’ Auckland Festival of Photography with an exhibition comprised of portraits of some pretty tough Waiheke locals!

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The exhibition came about because the kickboxing gym that I train at decided to do a “Fight Night” as a fundraiser for the local schools.  Being a longtime lover of the art of the studio portrait, I jumped at the chance to capture the promo shots of the fighters and was so excited by the images that I decided to turn it into an exhibition while I was at it!  A couple of the promo photos…

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Called “Fight” (I know, soooo imaginative aren’t I?), the exhibition was selected by D-Photo magazine as one of the photography festivals picks to visit, which I was pretty chuffed about.

The images are a collection of strongly lit, dramatic studio portraits, complemented by audio interviews and a poem selected by my wonderful friend Selina Tusitala Marsh from her poetry collection, Dark Sparring.

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Laying out the prints on the floor while I decided on which pieces would go where…

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The opening night of the exhibition was amazing, with a great turnout of the fighters, other Waiheke photographers, friends and members of the general public.  Of course I was so busy having a good time being a good host that I didn’t take any photos, although I was very lucky that Julianne from the Waiheke Weekender took a few snaps for the ‘Scene on Waiheke” section of the paper and sent me through this one…

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Anyhooo… the exhibition finishes on Monday 9th so this is the last weekend to come and visit (I know, I only just told you about it!!).  So please come and have a look at these spunky and courageous Waiheke Islanders who are gracing my studio walls… I’ve got to admit it has been a bit hard to concentrate on the computer work this week! :-D

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Library workshop on Waiheke

A couple of months ago I was approached by Waiheke Libraries to run an after school workshop for kids, with an eye to creating an exhibition which would run alongside the Auckland Festival of Photography.

Article in the Gulf News about the Emma Hughes Photography kid's workshop

Article in the Gulf News about the Emma Hughes Photography kid’s workshop on Waiheke Island

The workshop itself was so much fun.  Our main focus was on composition and looking for new and interesting angles, and I was really impressed by both the enthusiasm and the abilities of the participants.

The results are now up on the wall at the library and will be there for the next few weeks …. go and check out our young talented Waiheke photographers!

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