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!
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…
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.
Laying out the prints on the floor while I decided on which pieces would go where…
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…
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!
Ok all you mothers out there, are you ALWAYS the one behind the camera? Your mission today is to go and get your family camera, hand it to someone else and have a photo with your beautiful children. Doesn’t matter when or where … It doesn’t even matter if it’s a good photo … it only matters that you are IN it!
Better yet, get me to do it … Actually, if you book your photo session with me in this month of May and mention this post I will waive your session fee – that’s a saving of $185 dollars. No excuses. Be present in your children’s lives and memories.
A photo I love of me and my kids, showing off their ‘amazing’ t-shirt art skills… I love how my little boy is playing the joker (as always) while I look on indulgently and the contented look on the face of my lovely daughter. And how my head is chopped off (ummmm, thanks for that honey…). See I told you it didn’t have to be a good photo!
March was one of those months that really did feel like it went forever while simultaneously seeming to disappear in a snap of the fingers. It was my first month in my new studio and this was AWESOME (and also a little challenging while we got new internet systems in place and nutted out some networking issues and all the other little things that come with ‘shifting house’).
I’m really enjoying playing with the new light sources I have in my studio and have been shooting up a storm in there, including a few ‘play shoots’ of my lovely family, portfolio shoots, portraits and shooting the promo images of eleven fighters who are preparing to jump in the ring in late May (can’t show you those yet though). That’s not to mention the weddings… it’s been a busy month!
Some of these adventures + other random happenings of my life are on my Instagram feed… feel free to follow along if ya wanna;
TOP ROW: Sunrise Waiheke style, Jessie in the studio, Graffiti in a Waiheke Alley
MIDDLE: Joe being crazy at the beach, Opening of Waiheke’s newest Bar/Eatery, Yellow Rose (gift from hubby)
BOTTOM: Stolen moment at sunset, The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert, My friend Selina working her magic at the Pacific Poetry All Stars
OK… a couple of real photos now:
make up by the Amy Crawford from The Beauty Spot
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.
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!!
Lance is hard at work framing my Super Exhibition which opens this coming Thursday evening. I quite like that… my Super Exhibition. Bit of a laugh.
It’s called Super because it is comprised of studio portraits of Waiheke Island’s 70s+ generation, who are not only eligible for a super card but quite frankly are … well… really quite SUPER!
Images are accompanied by a quote from each subject, and for me the experience of photographing and interviewing all these lovely and lively ‘oldies’ was really moving. I can’t wait to share the images in the exhibition.
Thanks for the awesome plug D-Photo magazine xx …
All are welcome at the exhibition opening which is on Thursday 30th, 5pm at my gallery in Oneroa (1 Tui St). Please come and say hello.