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.
It gets busy in December, doesn’t it! We are currently scrambling to complete all our weddings before we close for the year, and of course finish all our lovely framed xmas portraits plus a few other projects, amid the normal family end-of-year mayhem.
Walking to work last week I saw one of my photos on the poster for Pat Urlich’s new album, which is available at some of the local shops (Island Designs is where I saw this poster). I had the pleasure of photographing Pat a few months ago for his CD. It was such a fun shoot, and I loved the images we got.
I’ve been in this industry for almost 20 years now (!!) and it’s still a total thrill to see my images in use – sometimes it’s on the street like Pat’s poster, or sometimes it’s when I go into one of my lovely client’s homes and see a portrait of their gorgeous children on the wall. I love that I am capturing these moments of people’s lives, and I feel a little glow of satisfaction to see their images in pride of place in their homes. Warm and Fuzzy.
OK, back to the
Last week I found out that I had received both a Gold Award AND a Silver Award at this year’s Kodak Gold Awards. Both were for my portrait work. The Silver was a photograph of the gorgeous Mattson family down at Oneroa beach, an image which is typical of my style of relaxed family portraiture. (Book in quick for your Christmas portrait… everyone loves to receive photos of the people they cherish so photos make GREAT Christmas pressies!).
The Gold Award was for a studio portrait of beautiful local treasure Terri Woolmore Goodwin. She is one of the many lovely “Senior Citizens” who will be featured in an up coming exhibition I am doing of the “Young at Heart” on Waiheke. She was the first person I photographed for the exhibition and I am absolutely rapt that her image received an award.
More on the exhibition later…
This year’s NZIPP Conference and Annual Iris Awards took place down in Christchurch (yes, we had a couple of earthquakes whilst down there – eeek!), and was once again a fabulous event with heaps of great speakers. I always come away with a gazillion things to think about, and freshly inspired to create gorgeous images.
This year I was also judging again in both the Creative and Classic Wedding Categories and also the Creative and Classic Portrait Categories. It was a great year for entries with over 1200 received and many awards given. For my efforts I received three Silver Awards, one of which was a Silver with Distinction, and six bronzes over three categories; Wedding Creative, Classic Portrait and Illustrative.
I’m really delighted with such a great result… Thanks to Kirsten and Gary, Cam and Diana, Anna and Justin, Dione, and Pat for being such fabulous subjects! :) You can see all the award winners on the NZIPP Iris Awards results page HERE
Getting this many awards meant that I also received another “Bar to my Masters”, a recognition of gaining an additional ten points on the awards system, so that was mighty nice too!