Sally & Todd are married

Today with the cloud releasing much needed hydration to a draught stricken Nelson, I had the honour of capturing the marriage of Sally & Todd in-front of their family and friends in a super relaxed and beautiful villa in Nelson. The colours were gorgeous, the setting was perfect and there were smiles a plenty.

My days are now filled working with enthusiastic students at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology sharing my experience and passion for Lens-Based media and Critical Studies on the Bachelor of Arts and Design, therefore I haven’t been sharing as much of my own photography work. I would like to thank Sally and Todd for sharing their day with me enabling me to keep my finger on the shutter!

I always shoot with Canon, today I had the 5DM4, 24-70mm 2.8, 600EX-II RT speedlite and a CP-E4 Battery Pack.

Chloe Carrington

It has been far too long since my last shoot! I will post a blog about that change of hat soon and what I have been up to while I have been so quite on here… but for now I would like to share with you the beautiful and up-and-coming Chloe Carrington who is branching out into the wonderful world of modelling. She was a natural behind the camera.

Hair, make-up and fashion all styled by Chloe Carrington

Canon 5DM4  Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens f3.5, 1/125, ISO 100 Studio  X2 LED barn door lights  Photoshop & Lightroom Savage backdrop: Ultramarine

Canon 5DM4
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
f3.5, 1/125, ISO 100
Studio
X2 LED barn door lights
Photoshop & Lightroom
Savage backdrop: Ultramarine

Canon 5DM4  Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens f3.5, 1/160, ISO 100 Studio  X2 LED barn door lights  Photoshop & Lightroom Savage backdrop: Bone  In this image I adjusted colour profiles in Lightroom then I used Photoshop to give a cut out look using the refine edge tool and adding a colour fill to give a solid backdrop.

Canon 5DM4
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
f3.5, 1/160, ISO 100
Studio
X2 LED barn door lights
Photoshop & Lightroom
Savage backdrop: Bone

In this image I adjusted colour profiles in Lightroom then I used Photoshop to give a cut out look using the refine edge tool and adding a colour fill to give a solid backdrop.

Canon 5DM4  Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens f2.8, 1/160, ISO 100 Studio  X2 LED barn door lights  Photoshop & Lightroom Savage backdrop: Bone  In this photo I used creative filters in camera, not post! I held a piece of fabric in-front of the lens to shoot through and create gorgeous haze.

Canon 5DM4
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
f2.8, 1/160, ISO 100
Studio
X2 LED barn door lights
Photoshop & Lightroom
Savage backdrop: Bone

In this photo I used creative filters in camera, not post! I held a piece of fabric in-front of the lens to shoot through and create gorgeous haze.

Canon 5DM4  Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens f2.8, 1/125, ISO 100 Studio  X2 LED barn door lights  Photoshop & Lightroom Savage backdrop: Evergreen

Canon 5DM4
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
f2.8, 1/125, ISO 100
Studio
X2 LED barn door lights
Photoshop & Lightroom
Savage backdrop: Evergreen

Canon 5DM4  Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens f6.3, 1/500, ISO 100  After the studio we moved outdoors into the heat of the Nelson January 2019 heatwave! I played with shadow and interesting shapes within the composition. The image is processed in Photoshop with some noise added and a solid colour fill with fill opacity lowered to create a film aesthetic which I like at the moment.

Canon 5DM4
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
f6.3, 1/500, ISO 100

After the studio we moved outdoors into the heat of the Nelson January 2019 heatwave!
I played with shadow and interesting shapes within the composition. The image is processed in Photoshop with some noise added and a solid colour fill with fill opacity lowered to create a film aesthetic which I like at the moment.

Canon 5DM4  Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens f3.2, 1/1000, ISO 100  I just love Chloe, innocent yet moody look!  This image has been processed in Photoshop again to create a film aesthetic, it has noise added and two solid adjustment colour fills, one yellow and one cyan.

Canon 5DM4
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
f3.2, 1/1000, ISO 100

I just love Chloe, innocent yet moody look!

This image has been processed in Photoshop again to create a film aesthetic, it has noise added and two solid adjustment colour fills, one yellow and one cyan.

Canon 5DM4  Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens f3.2, 1/2000, ISO 100  Power pose!   Photoshop - noise added and a very light cream solid colour fill with blend mode set to soft light.

Canon 5DM4
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
f3.2, 1/2000, ISO 100

Power pose!

Photoshop - noise added and a very light cream solid colour fill with blend mode set to soft light.

Canon 5DM4  Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens f2.8, 1/800, ISO 100  Keeping it darker for this image the processing only involves some noise and a smart sharpen.

Canon 5DM4
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
f2.8, 1/800, ISO 100

Keeping it darker for this image the processing only involves some noise and a smart sharpen.

Canon 5DM4  Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens f3.2, 1/400, ISO 100  Processed in Lightroom - camera calibration changed to Camera Portrait and finished in Photoshop with some noise added.   I always export rather than save as as it retains the colour profiles applied in processing this is important when clients are viewing on different screens and for printing.

Canon 5DM4
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
f3.2, 1/400, ISO 100

Processed in Lightroom - camera calibration changed to Camera Portrait and finished in Photoshop with some noise added.

I always export rather than save as as it retains the colour profiles applied in processing this is important when clients are viewing on different screens and for printing.

Canon 5DM4  Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens f3.2, 1/640, ISO 100  Last but by no means least… this gorgeous portrait shot where I played shooting through leaves and incorporated the harsh suns interesting shadows.   Noise and a solid white colour fill added in Photoshop.

Canon 5DM4
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
f3.2, 1/640, ISO 100

Last but by no means least… this gorgeous portrait shot where I played shooting through leaves and incorporated the harsh suns interesting shadows.

Noise and a solid white colour fill added in Photoshop.

Light Nelson 2018

Creatives join forces to bring us a world class event in Nelson on a dark winters night. Light, music, mystery and fun, I was there to capture some of it with the camera. 

In a collaboration of art, science and technology, many artists have let their creativity loose through a range of innovative media including laser technology, digital imagery, performance and music with high levels of interaction and surprise for the viewer. - Light Nelson

Angelique’s Journey through Depression, Self-harm & Teen Pregnancy.

 

As I drove past the church steps on the way home from work this week and saw the 606 empty pairs of shoes representing the people who during 2016-17 had taken their own lives in New Zealand I felt a deep sadness, each pair of shoes represents not only a precious life but many more lives affected by their loss.

 

The Facts:

Every year approximately 500 people in New Zealand take their own lives [1]

There were 7267 intentional self-harm hospitalisations in New Zealand in 2013

New Zealand has the highest rate of teen suicide in the developed world [2]

New Zealand continuously ranked among the worst in the world for our levels of teen suicide.

In a normal week two teenagers or two children kill themselves, Youthline director Stephen Bell says. About 20 young people will be hospitalised for self-harm each week, he estimated.

I felt it fitting that this week – ‘World Suicide Awareness Week’ I sat down and talked openly with an incredibly brave and beautiful young girl, Angelique and her loving mum Stacey.

 

[1] http://wakahourua.co.nz/suicide-facts

[2] http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/85305366/The-highest-rate-of-teen-suicide-in-the-developed-world

 

I met Stacey and her daughter Angelique early this year after I put out a photography model call. When we met we began talking, the subject moved to Angelique’s journey through self-harm, depression and teenage pregnancy. Stacey and Angelique spoke to me of wanting to share their experiences as a way to bring awareness and gave me the privilege of interviewing and photographing them.

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This is their story.

Angelique is 36 weeks pregnant. She is a beautiful girl with soulful eyes and maturity beyond her 15yrs.

I sit down with Angelique and her mum Stacey this morning at their home in Nelson and wonder how on earth I am going to start talking about such a sensitive and often very closed issue, but the warmth and openness of Stacey and her daughter quickly make me feel at ease.

I asked Angelique to tell me when it all began, to start at the beginning.

 

Year 8 a young Angelique began experiencing the first stages of depression, she said she didn’t know what was happening and didn’t know how cope with it. She started to self-harm as a way to deal with what was going on. Angelique tells me that she regrets it a lot, and wishes that she could take it back. She is very self-conscious of the scarring.

“people stare at me and give me dirty looks when I walk by, I try not let it stop me from wearing what I want but it is hard sometimes” says Angelique.

As the years went on the self-harming gradually got worse.

Her mum Stacey tells me “I didn’t know what to do because I had not experienced any self-harming behaviour before, I talked to health professionals, and got some advice but it didn’t help because Angelique still had depression, and I was extremely stressed about this”,

Things started to really get worse for her when she was in year 9, her first year of college at age 13.

“A lot of home stuff was going on and I guess I could say I was getting bullied”

Angelique was actually getting terribly bullied online and in person.

She told me that she’s the type of person who would block it out.

Angelique was so closed off, and didn’t really open up says her mum who noticed something was wrong with her daughter. Her moods were erratic, she was not wanting to go to school and would come up with lots of excuses’ which didn’t make sense so she could stay home.

Angelique didn’t notice herself how bad things were getting but her mum did, she had lost her appetite and a lot of weight.

Stacey worried about her daughter and took her to their GP who suggested anti-depressants and counselling, but Angelique was not ready.

The bullying continued, and Angelique started isolating herself.

Mum talked to the school, googled and saw a counsellor trying to find answers as to what could help her daughter.

“We would be together as a family and text messages would come through on her phone and her whole demeanour would change, I tried to take her phone off her, but that didn’t help”

There were meetings with the school counsellor and mediation with the people who were bullying Angelique but it only made things worse, the bullies just thought it was a joke, they laughed and did not take it seriously.

Life was getting worse for Angelique, she was skipping school almost every day which lead her to be given red slips, green slips and lots of detentions. Angelique told me that she would be so anxious about going to school that she’d end up in the sick bay vomiting rather than attending class anyway.

Angelique feels that the deans didn’t handle the situation in the right way and It made her not want to come to school even more. “I’d get to school in the morning and go straight to their office where they would then check my phone to see if there were any messages from the bully, if there were they would take my phone from me for the whole day.” she felt like she was the one being blamed for the bullying.

Tired of no changes Stacey moved her daughter to another school and was immediately impressed with the new school and the way in which they embraced Angelique.

Angelique tells me after she moved schools she felt more comfortable attending class and actually stared to enjoy her time at school with different people but was still dealing with her mental health which had not gotten much better. she said that the bullying continued, but only on social media. She started to hang out with a new group of friends who were nice and more mature. 

 “A bit after that I started drinking”

Mum said she was pretty good though and stuck to her curfew.

Her drinking started to become another pain release, and it eventually became her weekend like a lot of other teenagers her age.

One night Angelique tried to take her own life.

“I can’t remember if someone said something, it was more just this moment, and headspace like I can’t take it anymore. I just grabbed whatever pills I could find, I didn’t care anymore, it was an in the moment thing”

Mum found out about half an hour later and took her daughter to the hospital. She stayed in the hospital hooked up to monitors vomiting. During the night Child and Adolescent Mental Health Support Services came up to see her.

“I was hooked up to lots of monitors to check everything was okay, I was up that whole night. I was in a lot of pain and could not stop vomiting”

Angelique was eventually discharged. The following day she tried to go on as normal, but people found out – she doesn’t know how, they said she was attention seeking and that if she was going to do that, to do it properly.  “It made me feel so much worse, I thought it would’ve been better if I had just gone”

After the suicide attempt Angelique saw a counsellor but she didn’t connect so stopped going.

The bullying calmed down as she had moved schools and blocked the bullies on every form of social media as they would try to get in contact with her in any way possible.

In the 2017 New Year she started a new relationship with a guy two years older than her. Not long after they had started seeing each other Angelique became pregnant.

“We had this feeling I was pregnant, he paid for a test. I said to him even if I am there are options. When we got home I took the test and it came up positive. My first word was fuck, but I didn’t have any emotions, I was normal. He was the same, I was oh, okay. It was a really weird, unreal feeling.”

I asked Angelique if she was on birth control, she said she had seen the doctor a month earlier and had started a new anti-depressant. Rather than starting birth control pills at the same time, the doctor had said to come back a month later as if there was anything wrong with either medication they wanted to know which one it was. “so that’s how that [pregnancy] happened” she says.

Straight away Angelique told her mum.

Stacey tells me “my first thought was that it was a joke, that they’d drawn a second line on the test, I tried to rub it out.”

“Well it’s alright, I’d been praying since Angelique became unwell that something would happen to break her out of the depression. I wasn’t upset about the pregnancy I felt there is a reason for this, and I would support any choice my daughter made, I wasn’t upset but I was still scared.”

Angelique decided to keep the baby and after a few months she shared the news with their family, friends and school.

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The college was pretty good about it, they were understanding and let Angelique come to classes when she could, they told her about the young parent’s school.

Almost nobody judged Angelique, everyone was so good. The pregnancy has brought everyone together and given the family hope.

Stacey tells me “the baby is a wee miracle”

 

But things have not been smooth sailing through Angelique’s pregnancy. At about six months pregnant she started to go down hill again, both her and her partner got stressed and overwhelmed which is understandable in their situation. The prospect of becoming parents at such a young age would scare anyone regardless of mental health issues.

“I was really downhill I didn’t want to be here anymore, I chose not to take medication as the risk it might have to the baby.”

Angelique was admitted to the Mental Health Unit under 24hr supervision, but the unit is not set up in Nelson for teenagers and she had to share a bathroom with the adult patients which she didn’t feel comfortable doing. Although the staff were very nice it was an isolating time, for safety reasons Angelique was in her room all day, she couldn’t go out in the main area with the adult patients. 

There was talk of sending her to the specialist Christchurch Teenage Mental Health Unit, but as she was seven months pregnant she didn’t feel comfortable going so far from home.

Angelique said she had lots of visitors, family came every day and her boyfriend. “I was okay when I had visitors but basically sat in the room and looked at the wall, very lonely when they had gone, I had to fake to get out”

Even though she felt the same, Angelique had to pretend she was okay so she could go home. After leaving the unit, she went with her mum to visit her family in Dunedin which helped, being around loved ones gaining support and talking was what she needed.

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Angelique tells me apart from her family, her boyfriend the baby’s father has been her biggest support.

After she became pregnant she stopped self-harming, drinking and smoking “it was really hard for me to quit smoking just like that but It was my goal to get there, It wasn’t just about me anymore” she says.

Angelique has really bonded with her unborn baby boy and is in a good head space at this moment In time.

Angelique tells me that this isn’t her whole story, that she has chosen parts of it in the hope that other people who may have experienced similar situations will gain some comfort knowing they are not the only ones going through this. She has never mentioned some of these experiences to anyone before and feels that this has been a healing process enabling her to move on and focus on the next step of her journey.

 

I ask her what advice she would give to another person in her situation:

 

Bullying

Even though it can be hard to block the person bullying you on social media – especially if it is someone you have been very close to, it is the best option and will save you a lot of stress.

If you are in any of the same classes, ask to be moved.

Seeing a counsellor can sound scary, but if you give it a go, it might really help you, it’s not for everyone but it’s worth trying.  You might need to try a few different counsellors until you find the one that you connect best with.

 

Teen Pregnancy

If you do happen to be in this situation, don’t be scared it’s really not as bad as they make it sound. There are so many support places.

It’s not as bad as what TV shows make it out to be.

If you don’t have a supportive family, there’s always people, such as young parents school and Family Start.  People have surprisingly been really happy for me.

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Stacey supports her daughter in sharing her story and hopes that it will bring more awareness to an issue which is tragically such a huge problem in New Zealand.

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WHERE TO GET HELP

• Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)

• Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)

• Youth services: (06) 3555 906 (Palmerston North and Levin)

• Youthline: 0800 376 633

• Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)

• Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)

• Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)

• Samaritans: 0800 726 666 (available 24/7)

If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City Bride

Producer & Photographer: Jessica Shirley
Stylist: Hannah Beard
Model: Jordan Temara Smith of 62 Models
Hair: Ema Soole of Point Six Hair
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Life Prices Pharmacy
Wedding Gown: Wild & White
Fashion: Trouble & Fox
Florist: Expressions

To see more photography from this shoot visit Jessica.Shirley on Instagram.

Wild & White Collaboration

Producer & Photographer: Jessica Shirley
Stylist: Hannah Beard
Models: Scarlett & Poppi Burke
Hair: Ema Soole of Point Six Hair
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Life Prices Pharmacy
Fashion Designer: Wild & White
Florist: Expressions

With Special thanks to Lara Goodall & her lovely Nana for access to the beautiful shoot location.

To see more photography from this shoot visit Jessica.Shirley on Instagram.

Inspired By: Sia's Chandelier featuring - Maddie Ziegler

Taking influence from one of our favourite singers and music videos, Eliana and I re-created Sia's Chandelier which features famous international 12yr old dancer Maddie Ziegler.

Special thanks to Indie Welsh of Life Prices Pharmacy for recreating the body art and makeup of Maddie Ziegler. I would also like to thank Pat O'Connor for giving us access to the perfect location.

Please watch the video below if you have not heard of Sia.

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Elastic Heart music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Elastic Heart music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier music video

Fine Art Nude: Elia

Recently I put out a model call for Fine Art Nude models. Beautiful Elia replied to my call and modelled like a pro. Its so refreshing to see a young woman comfortable in her own beautiful skin.

If you are interested in modelled for Fine Art Nude Photography email me, Im always looking for all ages over 18-100! and all genders and sizes.

I would like to thank the following amazingly talented team:

Makeup: Angela McIntosh of Beauty by Angela
Hair: Michelle Longman of Hair Heart & Soul

With special thanks to my model Elia and Christopher, for his hospitality - kindly letting us get creative in his incredible home. 

Butterfly Collection

I had the pleasure of using my new Canon Macro 100mm lens to take photographs of butterfly collector Geoff Proctor's specimens. For all you butterfly and macro photography lovers out there - hope you enjoy!

Canon 5DM3
Canon Macro 100mm

With special thanks to Geoff Proctor of Real Wings & Things

Idea Leuconoe Clara -  Paper Kite Butterfly   Commonly known as the Paper Kite,  Idea leuconoe  are native to densely forested regions in South China, South Japan, Malaya, Java, Borneo, and the Philippines. These butterflies have weak, fluttery flight interspersed with gliding due to the high ratio of their wing-size to body-size.  Ref: http://eol.org/pages/137237/overview

Idea Leuconoe Clara - Paper Kite Butterfly
Commonly known as the Paper Kite, Idea leuconoe are native to densely forested regions in South China, South Japan, Malaya, Java, Borneo, and the Philippines. These butterflies have weak, fluttery flight interspersed with gliding due to the high ratio of their wing-size to body-size. 
Ref: http://eol.org/pages/137237/overview

Papilio maackii -  Alpine Black Swallowtail butterfly   Found in Asia, Japan, China and South Korea.

Papilio maackii - Alpine Black Swallowtail butterfly
Found in Asia, Japan, China and South Korea.

Trogonoptera brookiana  -   Rajah Brooke's birdwing   This is a male birdwing butterfly from the rainforests of the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Natuna.  The magnificent Rajah Brooke's Birdwing was discovered on Borneo in 1855 by the legendary explorer and naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace. It is widely distributed throughout Borneo, Sumatra, Palawan and the central states of West Malaysia, and in a few areas is very abundant, but populations are quite localised. It also occurs as a scarce species in Thailand.  Sadly the butterflies are killed in vast numbers, mainly by Orang Asli children, paid a pittance for the dead specimens by dealers who sell them on to gift shops. The majority are badly damaged because the children are unskilled with butterfly nets, and often use crude methods of killing - sometimes the butterflies are attracted to a sticky "bait" which glues their wings to the ground, or sometimes they are killed by throwing small stones at them.  Ref: http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Malaysia%20-%20Trogonoptera%20brookiana.htm   

Trogonoptera brookiana - Rajah Brooke's birdwing
This is a male birdwing butterfly from the rainforests of the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Natuna.

The magnificent Rajah Brooke's Birdwing was discovered on Borneo in 1855 by the legendary explorer and naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace. It is widely distributed throughout Borneo, Sumatra, Palawan and the central states of West Malaysia, and in a few areas is very abundant, but populations are quite localised. It also occurs as a scarce species in Thailand.

Sadly the butterflies are killed in vast numbers, mainly by Orang Asli children, paid a pittance for the dead specimens by dealers who sell them on to gift shops. The majority are badly damaged because the children are unskilled with butterfly nets, and often use crude methods of killing - sometimes the butterflies are attracted to a sticky "bait" which glues their wings to the ground, or sometimes they are killed by throwing small stones at them.

Ref: http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Malaysia%20-%20Trogonoptera%20brookiana.htm

 

Trogonoptera brookiana -    Rajah Brooke's birdwing   Female

Trogonoptera brookiana - Rajah Brooke's birdwing
Female

Ornothoptera   U  rvillianus  - Birdwing Butterfly  New Guinea

Ornothoptera Urvillianus - Birdwing Butterfly

New Guinea

Morpho polyphemus  -  W hite Morpho    A white  butterfly  of  Mexico  and  Central America , ranging as far south as  Costa Rica . As suggested by its name, this is one of the relatively few  morphos  that is white rather than blue. 

Morpho polyphemus - White Morpho 
A white butterfly of Mexico and Central America, ranging as far south as Costa Rica. As suggested by its name, this is one of the relatively few morphos that is white rather than blue. 

Morpho cisseis gahua  Dorsal (top) View

Morpho cisseis gahua
Dorsal (top) View

Morpho cisseis gahua     Ventral (underside) view

Morpho cisseis gahua
Ventral (underside) view

Papilio zalmoxis  -   G   i ant Blue Swallowtail    Dorsal (top) view    Found in Africa.

Papilio zalmoxis - Giant Blue Swallowtail
Dorsal (top) view 
Found in Africa.

Papilio zalmoxis  -   G   i ant Blue Swallowtail    Ventral (underside) view   

Papilio zalmoxis - Giant Blue Swallowtail
Ventral (underside) view 

Morpho Sulkowsyi  From: Cusco Peru Morpho first discovered in 1850. With a wingspan of 9.0 – 11.0 cm Morpho sulkowskyi is a big member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is predominantly white, but it has an iridescence blue on wings. This iridescence blue depends on the phenomenal microscopic structure of the scales.  Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpho_sulkowskyi

Morpho Sulkowsyi
From: Cusco Peru
Morpho first discovered in 1850. With a wingspan of 9.0 – 11.0 cm Morpho sulkowskyi is a big member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is predominantly white, but it has an iridescence blue on wings. This iridescence blue depends on the phenomenal microscopic structure of the scales.

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpho_sulkowskyi

Ulysses Butterfly    It is found in most tropical areas like Northern Queensland, Northern islands of Australia and Papua New Guinea.   Ref: https://shoalhaven.net.au/~michelle/butterfly.html

Ulysses Butterfly

It is found in most tropical areas like Northern Queensland, Northern islands of Australia and Papua New Guinea. 

Ref: https://shoalhaven.net.au/~michelle/butterfly.html

Morpho Helenor -  Common Blue Morpho    As its common name implies, the blue morpho butterfly’s wings are bright blue, edged with black. The blue morpho is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches. Their vivid, iridescent blue colouring is a result of the microscopic scales on the backs of their wings, which reflect light. The underside of the morpho’s wings, on the other hand, is a dull brown colour with many eyespots, providing camouflage against predators such as birds and insects when its wings are closed. When the blue Morpho flies, the contrasting bright blue and dull brown colours flash, making it look like the Morpho is appearing and disappearing.   Blue Morphos live in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia. Adults spend most of their time on the forest floor and in the lower shrubs and trees of the understory with their wings folded.  Ref: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/species/blue-butterfly

Morpho Helenor - Common Blue Morpho

As its common name implies, the blue morpho butterfly’s wings are bright blue, edged with black. The blue morpho is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches. Their vivid, iridescent blue colouring is a result of the microscopic scales on the backs of their wings, which reflect light. The underside of the morpho’s wings, on the other hand, is a dull brown colour with many eyespots, providing camouflage against predators such as birds and insects when its wings are closed. When the blue Morpho flies, the contrasting bright blue and dull brown colours flash, making it look like the Morpho is appearing and disappearing. 

Blue Morphos live in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia. Adults spend most of their time on the forest floor and in the lower shrubs and trees of the understory with their wings folded.

Ref: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/species/blue-butterfly

Chrysiridia rhipheus   ( Madagascan sunset moth )   Dorsal (top) view     Is a day-flying  moth  and is considered one of the most impressive and appealing-looking moths in the world. It is famous and sort after by many collectors. Dru Drury, who described the moth in 1773, placed it in the genus  Papilio , considering it a butterfly. Jacob Hübner placed it in the moth genus  Chrysiridia  in 1823.   At first the moth was thought to be from China or Bengal, but was later found to be endemic to Madagascar.  Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysiridia_rhipheus

Chrysiridia rhipheus (Madagascan sunset moth)
Dorsal (top) view 

Is a day-flying moth and is considered one of the most impressive and appealing-looking moths in the world. It is famous and sort after by many collectors.
Dru Drury, who described the moth in 1773, placed it in the genus Papilio, considering it a butterfly. Jacob Hübner placed it in the moth genus Chrysiridia in 1823. 

At first the moth was thought to be from China or Bengal, but was later found to be endemic to Madagascar.

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysiridia_rhipheus

Chrysiridia rhipheus   ( Madagascan sunset moth )   Ventral (underside) view      

Chrysiridia rhipheus (Madagascan sunset moth)
Ventral (underside) view 

 

Graphium Weiskei  - P    urple Spotted Swallowtail     Dorsal (top) view    Found only in the highlands of  New Guinea , is a butterfly of the  swallowtail  family. These swallowtails live in elevations of 4,500 to 8,000 feet (1,400 to 2,400 m).  Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphium_weiskei

Graphium Weiskei - Purple Spotted Swallowtail
Dorsal (top) view 
Found only in the highlands of New Guinea, is a butterfly of the swallowtail family. These swallowtails live in elevations of 4,500 to 8,000 feet (1,400 to 2,400 m).

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphium_weiskei

Graphium Weiskei  - P    urple Spotted Swallowtail     Ventral (underside) view   

Graphium Weiskei - Purple Spotted Swallowtail
Ventral (underside) view 

Papilio Demoleus     A common and widespread swallowtail butterfly. The butterfly is also known as the common lime butterfly, lemon butterfly, lime swallowtail, small citrus butterfly, chequered swallowtail, dingy swallowtail and citrus swallowtail. These common names refer to their host plants, which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime. The butterfly is a pest   and invasive species from Asia and Australia which has spread to the Caribbean and Central America.  Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_demoleus   

Papilio Demoleus 

A common and widespread swallowtail butterfly. The butterfly is also known as the common lime butterfly, lemon butterfly, lime swallowtail, small citrus butterfly, chequered swallowtail, dingy swallowtail and citrus swallowtail. These common names refer to their host plants, which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime. The butterfly is a pest and invasive species from Asia and Australia which has spread to the Caribbean and Central America.

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_demoleus

 

Malaysian Moon Moth  

Malaysian Moon Moth 

Nudaurelia Moth

Nudaurelia Moth

Graphium Antiphates -  Fivebar Swordtail    Found in South-east Asia .

Graphium Antiphates - Fivebar Swordtail

Found in South-east Asia.

Scarlett & Poppi

Scarlett & Poppi

"When you create a black and white photograph, you create something that is abstract and strikingly real at the same time. Black and white photography is strange that way. It is perhaps this abstractness that makes black and white images so intriguing and timeless." - Ritsh Saint

Its not often if ever, that I process my photographs in black and white.  This shoot was different, it was planned to be black and white right from the start. I wanted to try something other than my usual style and Im really pleased with how it turned out. It is simple and beautiful. Twins Scarlett & Poppi are simply gorgeous and working with them is a pure pleasure. Hope you all enjoy this shoot as much as I did. 

Models: Scarlett & Poppi Burke
Producer & Photographer: Jessica Shirley
Fashion Stylist: Hannah Beard
Hair: Ema Soole
Fashion: Trouble & Fox