NZIPP Conference Part 1: The Epson Iris Awards 2015

NZIPP judge

This year was my fifth year as a judge for the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) at the Epson Iris Awards which is always both exciting and terrifying…  standing before that room of eager photographers and having to pass judgement on their art is both a personal and professional challenge for me.

People love you if you rate their photography highly, but send some pretty hefty eye-daggers and scathing under the breath comments if you don’t (I know, because I sat in the audience for some of the judging) … and more often than not, photographers (myself included I’ll happily admit) are so close to their own artistic creations that they think it should ALL receive gold awards, so either way you can’t really win!

It definitely does not make you feel like the most popular person at the party!

Add to that the fact that they are now streaming the judging process live (and available for playback) and this means that anything that you say ‘can and will be held against you’ by a facebook lynch mob!  (sigh).  Still, despite this feeling of having a bit of a target on my back, I love the process of the Iris Awards and felt really proud to be a judge again this year, sitting among some incredibly experienced and knowledgeable judges who are at the top of their fields in both Australia and NZ.  It’s always exciting to see new images that have been lovingly created by the entrants every year, and an absolute honour to be one the judging team.

Congrats to those of you who did well (*backslap!*) and to those that didn’t do as well as you hoped, be open to the potential of taking on the judges comments and improving your work, but also remember that all art is highly subjective and if you love your images regardless of the judges comments, then let that be enough for you.  Hold your awards results loosely. x


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I entered the awards myself again, as I do every year.  I was over the moon to receive a Gold Award for an image (described by one judge as ‘provocative’) of a feather frozen in ice that looked more than a little bit like something else rather feminine!  Well, you’ve got to stir the pot sometimes, aye?  Keeps it interesting.

CREATIVE CATEGORY:

Gold Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Gold Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

CREATIVE WEDDING CATEGORY:

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Silver Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Silver Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

CLASSIC PORTRAIT CATEGORY:

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Bronze Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Silver Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

Silver Award, NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

It’s always so tricky to figure out which images and categories to enter … I went a bit more arty with the creative wedding category this year and indulged in my love of slow shutter speeds and movement, and must admit that I thought the judges would rate them a bit higher than they did.  Just goes to show that judges don’t always know what they are talking about, aye..? 😉

Thanks to my lovely clients Sal and Dan, Sarah and Kieran, Miwako and Masatomo, and Natalia and Marc, also the Taiohi Exhibition subjects and my beautiful friend Willow who allows me to torture her with my lens year after year after year.

Feel free to leave a comment below!  I’d love to hear your thoughts x

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2015 NZIPP Iris Awards and Conference is almost here…

Today I am in the air on my way to the 2015 New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers Iris Awards and Conference, which this year is being held in Queenstown (and according to some other NZIPPers who are already there is rather chilly so that might be a bit of a rude shock after a quite temperate week here on beautiful Waiheke!).

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The Island is pretty well represented this year at the conference with Waiheke photographers Blair Quax, Alice Doig, Michelle Hepburn and myself all making the journey down south to kick up our heels, ahem, I mean knuckle down to furthering our photographic prowess.

But before the conference begins, the Epson Iris Awards will be taking place.  This is always an exciting and exhausting few days.  This year I am on the judging panel again and am really looking forward to seeing the amazing images that I know will come before us.  If you have entered, the very best of luck…  it takes guts to have your work judged in a public arena like this one, so you are already a champion just for having the courage to do it.

Here’s the judging calendar…

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See ya there!

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Waiheke Island “Day After” Wedding Shoot with Sarah and Nooti

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Sarah and Nooti were married in Auckland the day before our photo shoot and came over to Waiheke to celebrate their first weekend as husband and wife in style. They enjoyed an amazing degustation lunch complete with matching wines at Mudbrick Vineyard before coming to me for a fun shoot celebrating their love for each other.

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I took them on a guided tour of some of my favourite photo locations on Waiheke… always love indulging in these gorgeous “day after” shoots… it seems to me to be such a great way to get married in casual, relaxed fashion and still have amazing images to look back on and show off to the grandkids!

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These two were such a lovely couple and I really enjoyed photographing them … Sarah was a bit worried that they would be uncomfortable in front of the camera, but after a Mudbrick degustation with matching wines… well, let’s just say that this was not a problem! 😀

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2015 Auckland Festival of Photography Exhibition, Taiohi.

Well this is a bit exciting!  I love me some stop motion time-lapsey stuff …  have a look at Lance and I installing my recent Taiohi Exhibition at the studio in Oneroa.

The exhibition was part of the 2015 Auckland Festival of Photography program and received great support from the community with our biggest opening night to date!  The students performed an informal waiata and haka to open the proceedings, which went down a treat…

Waiheke High School informal haka

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Taiohi was comprised of fifteen studio portraits of the local Piringakau Performing Arts group at Waiheke High School and was a mix of traditional and artistic portraiture printed on loose canvas and pegged onto wire around the studio walls.

It was so much fun to photograph these amazing ‘kids’ (aged between 15 – 17) and I felt really proud when one of the dads called the exhibition a taonga and said I had captured the essence and vitality of my subjects.

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Taiohi Exhibition at Emma Hughes Photography Studio

The exhibition was visited by over 130 people during the course of the 10 days it was showing.  The three images below emerged as favourites and provoked the most comment from those that visited…

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Special thanks to the very lovely Te Ao Marama Hau, the students teacher in their Piringakau Performing Arts class at Waiheke High whose organisational skills and all-round positive energy was invaluable.

Waiheke Marketplace Out and About page

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1+1=3: Patricia and Chris

Another lovely addition to my 1 + 1 = 3 series…. the stunning Trish from her wedding to Chris in 2010.

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These two beautiful human beings produced this little guy!! What a cutie! x

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See more from their wedding on Onetangi Beach HERE and HERE.  (Their reception was held at The Dunes, which is now called Venue Waiheke).

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Helen and Wayne featured in My Wedding Magazine

Helen and Wayne’s lovely wedding at The Goldie Room is featured in this winters’ edition of My Wedding Mag…. a few piccies below for your viewing pleasure x

 

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My wedding magazine

Helen at The Goldie Room Waiheke Island

See some images of this beautiful wedding in Helen and Wayne’s Queensberry wedding album HERE

 

 

 

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