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NZIPP Infocus Conference round up

Like a lot of creatives I know, I believe strongly in ongoing education and continuing to push myself both personally and photographically – I love the quote from hip hop artist/poet Dessa, “education is the clay on which the imagination acts” and try to not let my creative mind sit idle too long.

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One way I do this is by attending the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) conference every year. This conference follows on from the annual print awards and is always well worth the price of the ticket.

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I’ve been to a few conferences now and I’ve got to admit that this year was especially good with presentations by a selection of awesome and inspiring photographers including Aussie wedding and fine art photographer Dan O’Day, International landscape photographic zen master Michael Kenna, and NZ photographers Rachel Callander, and Sara Orme plus a ‘shoot out’ involving the incredible Esther Bunning, Richard Wood and Aussie photographer Kylie Lyons.

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Dan O Day kept the laughs and the inspiration rolling

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The two highlights for me were the lovely and very inspiring Rachel Callander and the inimitable Dan-O’Day (just view his Phase Onesies videos with the equally excellent Todd Hunter McGaw to get the jist of how much of a laugh he was to have at the conference!).

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Richard Wood getting his Goldie on

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Esther creating one of her amazing double exposures

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Kylie showing us how it’s done in the editing suite

Like previous years, I came away feeling challenged on loads of things within my business and personal growth, and also with a contented sense of belonging to a beautiful, artistic, connected community.  The whole conference was excellent… next year is in Queenstown so if you are a professional photographer, book it into your calendar… you won’t regret it.

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Alice and I trying our best to teach Blair the “Waiheke Represent!” sign :D

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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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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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Fighting Spirit 2, Duan Marshall Gym, Waiheke Island

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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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New Waiheke Wedding Specialist: Wedding Websites by Charlie Brown

A few years ago I photographed the gorgeous family of Charlie Brown, self taught music producer and dubstep pioneer who goes under the moniker of Optimus Gryme. (one of my favourite pics from their shoot above)

Charlie is a seriously multi-talented individual and a helluva nice guy to boot, and has just launched a new business creating wedding websites for forward thinking brides and grooms who want an easy platform to share information about their day with their friends and family.

The websites allow people to display wedding information; accommodation details, transport, links to gift registry and even a photo gallery and are 100% updatable by the the client so if something changes it’s no sweat to update all your guests.

You can check out an example of what the functionality of the sites HERE and Charlie has an introductory offer of only $299, so if you like the sound of it, be in quick!  You can contact Charlie on info(at)myredezine(dot)com or 027 9066876

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