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).
I felt very fortunate to have some time off over the Christmas and New Year period. We actually booked the whole of January off from shooting weddings this year to enable a total recharge of the batteries and spend some summer fun time with the kids.
Due to the ongoing building of our new studio however, our family has been short one crucial member as Lance continues tirelessly (OK, tirelessly may be overstating it…. he’s definitely tired!!) to finish the build. He hasn’t totally missed out though and did manage to hang up his pinny for a very relaxing Christmas week in Wellington (thanks Mum and Dad).
So… here’s what we have been up to for the last few weeks…
I am back in the office now and available for meetings etc, so if you are keen to get together for a wedding chat feel free to get in touch via email or phone. The 2014/15 wedding season is booking up nicely, with February 2015 almost fully booked already… just one weekend date left available!
Hope you have all had nice summer breaks and are relaxed, happy and ready to smash 2014 out of the park.
A quote I enjoyed reading on a friend’s facebook feed recently: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. - Ernest Hemingway.
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!!
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!
I began my career in photography as a fresh faced, enthusiastic junior member of the team at Photography by Woolf in Wellington in the early 90′s (ahem). Woolf has a proud history in photography going back many decades, and at the time were the studio commissioned to capture all the official portraits of visiting dignitaries and heads of state.
As such, when the Queen came to NZ for her royal visit in 1995 I assisted my boss, Simon Woolf in capturing the historic signing of the Waikato–Tainui treaty settlement (see the clip HERE). The Queen was a very poised lady (as one would expect) but let slip the very slightest hint of a smile for me during the official photos.
This here is my official Media Pass… (I know, hilarious!! No wonder the queen smiled I look like I’m about twelve years old!).
It was a busy visit for the her Royal Highness, who also attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Auckland that year. This meeting brought other leaders to NZ, one of whom was Nelson Mandela who passed away last week. I had the pleasure of ‘second shooting’ this lovely man with Simon for his official portrait at Government House.
We weren’t allowed to use flash due to him having very sensitive eyes following years of working in the lime quarries when he was a political prisoner. I remember him exuding gentility and a very graceful, understated charm.
He happy posed for a candid photo with Simon and myself (actually Simon kind of threw me in there and said ‘Emma, stand here!’ – I never would have had the guts to have a photo with him if not… thanks Simon x).
Simon spent a bit of time with Mandela during his New Zealand visit and had a few observations that he shared in an interview with Stuff… you can read it HERE.
PS And in case you are wondering I do not have a photo of myself with the Queen, alas… that really would have been pushing it!