This week is more than a little exciting… that’s assuming that ‘exciting’ is a suitable synonym for super stressful, of course. The Grand Opening of our new photography studio is happening this Friday evening from 5-7pm and as of the start of this week it looked like this;
So… um, it’s not quite finished. BUT, I have been confidently assured by the lovely Lancelot that it will be all done and dusted by the time we are ready for Party Blast-Off at 5pm (in two days time, gulp!). If you want to find out if we make the deadline I guess you will have to just come along on Friday night to 106 Oceanview Rd in Oneroa and see.
All welcome, celebratory drinks provided. (Cross your fingers for me, OK).
Happy Valentines Day! To celebrate luuurve today I thought I would share a gorgeous recent engagement shoot with these two love-birds. Matt and Ash volunteered to be models for the lovely Lavara and myself during a recent play-shoot we did. This was a session that Lavara organised one evening just for the sheer enjoyment of shooting and it was fabulous. We couldn’t have asked for a better couple, Matt and Ash had amazing chemistry and happily followed us down narrow trails to some of Waiheke’s hidden spots. Hope you enjoy!
This last shot was lit by cell-phone! Lavara’s idea that she had seen somewhere. I must admit I was a bit dubious as to how it would turn out but I love it… the perfect amount of illumination for the subject.
It’s high time to post a little update on the new studio build which is progressing beautifully and will hopefully be completed by February (you will note that I don’t say when in February!). So, here it is!
You can see the front starting to take shape now with the joinery in. The black wall to the left of the building (which has apparently been the source of discontent for a few local Waihekeians and has been described tongue in cheek as the ‘Great Wall of Oneroa’) is soon to receive it’s cedar cladding and accompanying stand out panels, which will soften it considerably.
There is a separate front gallery which will be occupied by The Artist Goldsmith (Christine Hafermalz-Wheeler), with access down to my studio and client space via a separate door (yet to be put in in the above photo but roughly where the yellow piece of scaffolding is).
Above: Looking down the corridor to my studio
Below: My studio (Squeeee…very exciting!)
ABOVE: Inside of The Artist Goldsmith’s gallery
So there you go, a little peek into the building site. We can’t wait to have it all finished… especially Lance who has come out of ‘building retirement’ to do the build! In the meantime I can be reached using the usual methods – email, website, or phone.
Hope you’re all enjoying summer! Our offices are still closed until the 13th Jan, so I will be replying to all messages received after this time. If you are keen to see a bit of what I am getting up to on my summer hols, feel free to follow my instagram feed… my handle is @waiheke_photographer
Well, I have never done one of these end of year “Faves” post before, having always been a touch daunted by the idea of trawling through a whole years worth of shooting and narrowing it down to a select few, but this year I thought, “what the heck, why not?” and so I bring you a few images that have made me happy this year…
Hope you enjoyed!! xx Have a completely fabulous NYE tonight… see you on the other side!!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope your day is filled with happiness…
I recently took part in a beautiful project to raise money for research into Cystic Fibrosis. It was the brain-child of Lucie Hastings, who was good friends with one of the families on the island who struggle daily with CF. Lucie wanted to make a difference so she approached a collective of Waiheke women to create a calendar.
Working with talented Waiheke hair and make up artists, myself and two other local photographers (Phillipa Karn and Lenka Tengblad) were asked to photograph 12 ‘ordinary’ women and create tastefully sexy portraits for the calendar.
We each had 4 women to work with and I was very lucky to work with these beauties…
(make up artist – Charlotte from Island Beauty)
(make up artist – Charlotte from Island Beauty
(hair – Express Cuts in Surfdale)
Lucie…(make up artist – Charlotte from Island Beauty
(hair – Kay Thompson)
(make up artist – Charlotte from Island Beauty
(hair – Lia)
I have selected a few of my faves from the sessions here but if you want to see which ones made it into the calendar you will have to buy one, won’t you now! You can do so at Take Note and Placemakers here on Waiheke, or online for only $20 through the website ilovewaiheke.co.nz
Go on, support a good cause!