Archive for Exhibitions

Iris is coming…

This is the last week to get entries submitted for the 2013 NZIPP Annual Iris Awards… always a roller-coaster of a ride as photographers submit their favourite images from the year and wait breathlessly to see if a panel of their peers love or loathe them.

Sometimes your efforts are lauded.  Sometimes you feel like you have had the rug pulled out from under you.  Sometime the judges don’t even comment on your image. (This sucks muchly). During the course of the judging you can run the gamut of emotions, feeling at times on a total high or like you just want to crawl into a quiet dark space and wallow…. maybe even disappear for a little while.  Actually some do disappear, but you find them quite easily later in the hotel bar.

In an industry that is populated by the ‘creatively curious’ the awards are a really exciting showcase of evocative and compelling work.  It’s also quite addictive and year after year professional photographers gather to try their luck and enjoy the challenge and process.  And, of course, to hang out with photography friends from all over the country who also make the annual pilgrimage to the awards and convention.

This year, the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers convention is being held in Auckland at The Pullman Hotel from the 1-5th August.  The judging is open to the public so if you are interested you can go and watch the proceedings at the following times;

2013 Iris awards approx timetable
I submitted my entries digitally last week and Lance is now frantically matting the prints for delivery this week.   This year I had my images printed by Lee-Ann at Tawa Imaging who did a spectacular job as always.  (Lee-Ann does all my canvas printing for my portrait clients but this is the first year I have got her to do my award entries).

The 2012 NZIPP Iris Awards Touring Exhibition was part of the Auckland Festival of Photography this year and a couple of my award winning images were on display (please excuse the dodgy Instagram iphone pics!  Highly professional.).  If you are interested in seeing all the winners from last years awards you can do so HERE.

nzipp 2013 taveling exhibition

Good luck to everyone who enters this year.  xx

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Lance is hard at work framing my Super Exhibition which opens this coming Thursday evening.  I quite like that… my Super Exhibition.  Bit of a laugh. ;)

super framing

It’s called Super because it is comprised of studio portraits of Waiheke Island’s 70s+ generation, who are not only eligible for a super card but quite frankly are … well… really quite SUPER!

Images are accompanied by a quote from each subject, and for me the experience of photographing and interviewing all these lovely and lively ‘oldies’ was really moving.   I can’t wait to share the images in the exhibition.

Thanks for the awesome plug D-Photo magazine xx …

D photo magazine - for Super Exhibition

All are welcome at the exhibition opening which is on Thursday 30th, 5pm at my gallery in Oneroa (1 Tui St).  Please come and say hello.

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The NZIPP Waiheke Island Wedding Photography Workshop (bit of a mouthful!)

Recently the Auckland chapter of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) came over to Waiheke Island for an afternoon workshop.  They all gathered in my (far too small for them all) Gallery on Tui St before we headed down to Little Oneroa Beach for a shoot with a gorgeous couple who had kindly agreed to pose as a bride and groom for me.  Following my workshop they were all transported up to Cable Bay to enjoy a presentation from Blair Quax of Shine Studios before attending the opening of Island Five, an exhibition of works from five award winning Waiheke Island photographers, Alice Doig, Phillipa Karn, Lauretta Quax, Blair Quax… and me. :)

I have never taken a workshop quite like this one, standing before almost fifty working professional photographers.  I was a bunch of nerves in the lead up but found that I rather enjoyed myself once I got going.  The time flew by and before I knew it, it was time for me to wrap it up.  I felt like I missed out heaps, not even covering half of what I planned!

Turns out I talk with my hands rather a lot!

Tamara, my ‘model bride’, had borrowed a stunning dress from lovely local lady Suzanne (who I found out later is the owner of the recently opened “Gorgeous Inn” in Church Bay), and looked completely stunning!  She and her partner Aaron were awesome and seemed almost completely unfazed by the number of lenses that were pointing their way.

(Obviously considering breaking into song…)

I managed to sneak a couple of photos of Vicki from Wildflower Waiheke when she dropped off Tamara’s bouquet, (which she generously provided free of charge – thanks so much Vicki). xx

The hair and make up was done by Waiheke based lovelies Charlotte from Island Beauty and Jules from Hair on Waiheke.

As  always, the support from the local media was incredible and I was pleased as punch when the Waiheke Marketplace ran a huge article about the workshop in the week that followed.  There go those hands again!

The exhibition opening itself was a great event – many thanks to Cable Bay for providing the venue and Phillipa for organising it!  The exhibition is now officially closed, but don’t let that stop you from visit Cable Bay for a lazy afternoon on the beanbags accompanied by a glass or two of their vino.  Bliss.

Thanks for Harry Janssen from Redzebra Studio and Lauretta Quax from Shine Studios for the pics of me in action.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Waiheke!!

This beautiful bouquet from Vicki at Wildflower is absolutely FREE to the first person who comes into the Emma Hughes Photography gallery (cnr Oceanview Rd and Tui St) and asks for it!  I used it in a workshop shoot yesterday down at Little Oneroa but it now needs a new home and Valentine’s day is the perfect day to give it away.  Be in QUICK!

Yesterday was a big day, as we also had the official opening on the Island Five Exhibition, showcasing the award winning work of five Waiheke Island Photographers.  They are Lauretta Quax, Blair Quax, Phillipa Karn, Alice Doig and Emma Hughes (that’s me!).  There’s quite a broad range of phtoography there from weddings work to person portraits and some amazing landscapes.  The exhibition is on at Cable Bay Vineyards until the 24th of February.

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The 2012 Kodak Gold Awards

Last week I found out that I had received both a Gold Award AND a Silver Award at this year’s Kodak Gold Awards.  Both were for my portrait work.  The Silver was a photograph of the gorgeous Mattson family down at Oneroa beach, an image which is typical of my style of relaxed family portraiture. (Book in quick for your Christmas portrait… everyone loves to receive photos of the people they cherish so photos make GREAT Christmas pressies!).

The Gold Award was for a studio portrait of beautiful local treasure Terri Woolmore Goodwin.  She is one of the many lovely “Senior Citizens” who will be featured in an up coming exhibition I am doing of the “Young at Heart” on Waiheke.  She was the first person I photographed for the exhibition and I am absolutely rapt that her image received an award.

More on the exhibition later… :)

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The NZIPP Iris Awards 2012

This year’s NZIPP Conference and Annual Iris Awards took place down in Christchurch (yes, we had a couple of earthquakes whilst down there – eeek!), and was once again a fabulous event with heaps of great speakers.  I always come away with a gazillion things to think about, and freshly inspired to create gorgeous images.

This year I was also judging again in both the Creative and Classic Wedding Categories and also the Creative and Classic Portrait Categories.  It was a great year for entries with over 1200 received and many awards given.  For my efforts I received three Silver Awards, one of which was a Silver with Distinction, and six bronzes over three categories; Wedding Creative, Classic Portrait and Illustrative.

I’m really delighted with such a great result… Thanks to Kirsten and Gary, Cam and Diana, Anna and Justin, Dione, and Pat for being such fabulous subjects! :)  You can see all the award winners on the NZIPP Iris Awards results page HERE

Getting this many awards meant that I also received another “Bar to my Masters”, a recognition of gaining an additional ten points on the awards system, so that was mighty nice too!


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