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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.

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Taiohi, Auckland Festival of Photography Exhibition.

One week to go until my new exhibition Taiohi opens here at the Emma Hughes Photography Gallery/Studio/Workspace!  I’m pretty excited and even more so because the wonderful subjects of my exhibition, school kids aged between 15 – 17, will be giving a short performance on the Opening Night… rumour has it there will be both a waiata and a haka to kick things off which is going to be AWESOME!!!!

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There’s a wee article with some details about the shoots in the Waiheke Weekender this week … you can check it out here

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Exhibition opens at 5pm on Thursday the 4th June (performance planned for 5.30pm).  Come one, come all…  actually not too many or we won’t all fit!!  (Ahem).  Nah, just kidding… let’s see how many people we can squeeze in! :)

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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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Thanks 2014… you’ve been a blast!

What a year that was!  Big changes for us with the new studio in Oneroa and settling into a new pattern of family and work balance … lots of laughs…  a few tears…  both my beautiful children hit double digits (eeeeek!) … a new family member (puppy).  Here are just a few of the many images that have made me happy over the past 12 months.  #feelingblessed

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Thanks to all my wonderful clients and those that made 2014 fabulous. :)  See ya in 2015!!

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Merry Christmas!

Hope you are all having a fabulous Christmas day and that Santa has been good to you… x

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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.

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“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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