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Starting the year with a bang!

One of my images which scored a Gold at last year’s New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) Iris Awards and helped place me as a finalist in the Illustrative Category has been selected as part of the submission to represent New Zealand in the 2015 World Photographic Cup!

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Yippie! My image will stand alongside the work of some amazing New Zealand photographers including last year’s NZIPP Photographer of the Year Richard Wood, media darling Holly Spring, fellow Waiheke photographer Blair Quax and awesome wedding shooters Jake Thomas and Jason Naylor (and that’s just to name a few!).

This year there are 27 countries vying for the title so it’s pretty exciting! Cross your fingers for our NZ submission x

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Gaia Rowntree Exhibition…

Next Sunday evening, on the 14th of December, I am excited to be hosting a one night only exhibition of the paintings and photography of local teen Gaia Rowntree at the Emma Hughes Photography Studio space in Oneroa. (106 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa.)

Gaia is fundraising to attend ACG Senior College in Auckland for her final year of school… the school was so impressed with her that she has received a half scholarship but still needs to find several thousands of dollars in order to attend so she and her family are working towards making her dream a reality through several different events including this exhibition.

Gaia Rountree exhibiton, hosted at the Emma Hughes Photography gallery

I’ve been really impressed by Gaia’s photography and think she has a fabulous future ahead of her.

Please come along for a glass of wine & nibbles, and to support this talented artist.  Sunday 14th, starts at 7pm.

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The Jassy Dean Garden Safari Art Auction

This morning I dropped off my contribution to the Waiheke Art in the Garden Art Auction, which is part of a HUGELY popular annual event here called the Waiheke Island Garden Safari.  This year it is being held from the 7th – 9th November (this weekend!!) and is the major fundraiser for the Jassy Dean Trust, a charity that distributes financial support for sick kids here on the island.

Jassy Dean Art Auction piece
“Forgotten” : 16×16″ image printed on archival canvas

The Art Auction is being MC’ed this year by John Hawkesby and will be held at Pie Melon Bay, which is breathtakingly gorgeous.

Pie Melon Bay (Rorohara) on Waiheke Island

(And just as a side note, if any of my future brides are looking for a spectacular venue, Pie Melon Bay is available through Jan at Waiheke Island Weddings and Events… so … you know… just putting it out there Universe!)

This year will be the 14th Annual Garden Safari, and there are some amazing gardens to come and wander through – tickets available online at iticket – $35 each for a whole weekend’s worth of Garden Goodness! (kids are free).  Come and support a great cause!

PS  Get the full details HERE

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Rain rain, go away…

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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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