Portraiture

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.

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.

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 

Mary

What an amazing team of creatives I have been able to have the privilege to bring together for creative photographic productions. Here is our latest work, from todays amazing butterfly shoot. 

Producer & Photographer: Jessica Shirley
Fashion Stylist: Hannah Beard
Model: Mary Howley
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Life Prices Pharmacy
Hair: Ema Soole
Fashion from: Trouble & Fox
Butterflies: Geoff Procter of Real Wings & Things
Antique Chair: Christine Ross of Nostalgia Antiques 

With special thanks to Geoff for his hospitality and use of his precious butterflies and Christine Ross for always being so generous lending her Antiques for our collaborations. 

Celebrating Beautiful Women of Nelson

It has been a dream of mine to take portraits of women from different cultures wearing their traditional dress. That dream became a reality upon meeting the vivacious Jacqui Holmes, who I meet as a potential model for a fashion shoot I was organising. We began chatting - as with Jacqui that is something she is extremely good at, I could talk to her for hours! I told her about my dream and she said lets make it happen "I have a church full of beautiful women from different countries" 

Together Jacqui and I organised a morning of pampering, hair, makeup, food and photography for the women of Victory Church. Our intention for it -  a time of blending, pampering, cultures mixing, yummy food and togetherness. 

Many of the women from Victory church are refugees from Myanmar - Burma, they have been persecuted for their beliefs and have fled to New Zealand making Nelson their home. Jacqui say's at Victory Church everyone in the congregation still has their individual cultural values and customs and this morning is a wonderful example of that. The women came with their traditional dress and were so brave in front of the camera - some even playing up for it! 

Ema and Janaya gave the women beautiful hair styles while Indie did an amazing job doing makeup for them. Karina a photography student at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology covered the event capturing behind the scenes images as well as beautiful group and individual portraits around the venue. 

It was a wonderful morning with smiles all around, lots of laughter and togetherness. I want to extend my thanks firstly to all the ladies who were brave enough to participate and let us make you feel special and capture your photographs. I want to thank the businesses and individual stylists who took time out of their day to come and donate their services and finally Jacqui who opened her home to us all.

Photography: Jessica Shirley 
Photography Assistant: Karina Kusumadarma
Hair: Ema Soole and Janaya Te Tomo of Elise Hair & Beauty
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

With special thanks to:
Sarah of Elise Hair & Beauty
Jacqui Holmes of Victory Church for hosting this wonderful event and giving these special women something they will never forget. 

Chido - Zimbabwe

Chido - Zimbabwe

Rudo - Zimbabwe

Rudo - Zimbabwe

Sharnene - New Zealand

Sharnene - New Zealand

Fay - New Zealand 

Fay - New Zealand 

Karen - New Zealand 

Karen - New Zealand 

Amelia, Elise and Yvonne - New Zealand 

Amelia, Elise and Yvonne - New Zealand 

Elise

Elise

Elise and Amelia 

Elise and Amelia 

Amelia 

Amelia 

Jacqui - New Zealand 

Jacqui - New Zealand 

Nunu - Myanmar

Nunu - Myanmar

Nunu - Myanmar

Nunu - Myanmar

Elizabeth - New Zealand 

Elizabeth - New Zealand 

Roslyn - New Zealand 

Roslyn - New Zealand 

Ruth - Myanmar

Ruth - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary and John - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary and John - Myanmar

Ruth and John - Myanmar

Ruth and John - Myanmar

Sepiuta - Tonga Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

Sepiuta - Tonga
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing and Jacqui - Myanmar and New Zealand 

Blessing and Jacqui - Myanmar and New Zealand 

Blessing - Myanmar, Amelia and Elise - New Zealand 

Blessing - Myanmar, Amelia and Elise - New Zealand 

Blessing - Myanmar and Amelia - New Zealand 

Blessing - Myanmar and Amelia - New Zealand 

Dilruski - Sri Lanka

Dilruski - Sri Lanka

Amy - New Zealand 

Amy - New Zealand 

Lister - Zambia

Lister - Zambia

Lister - Zambia

Lister - Zambia

Nora - Cameroon, Africa  Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy Hair: Ema Soole

Nora - Cameroon, Africa
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Hair: Ema Soole

Nora - Cameroon, Africa Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy  Hair: Ema Soole

Nora - Cameroon, Africa
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Hair: Ema Soole

Nora - Cameroon, Africa and Lister - Zambia

Nora - Cameroon, Africa and Lister - Zambia

Julie-San and Blessing - Myanmar Hair: Ema Soole

Julie-San and Blessing - Myanmar
Hair: Ema Soole

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing - Myanmar

Julie-San - Myanmar Hair: Ema Soole

Julie-San - Myanmar
Hair: Ema Soole

Mimi - Myanmar

Mimi - Myanmar

Lily - Myanmar

Lily - Myanmar

Lily - Myanmar 

Lily - Myanmar 

Sangi - Myanmar

Sangi - Myanmar

Nunu - Myanmar Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy Hair: Ema Soole

Nunu - Myanmar
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Hair: Ema Soole

Julie-San - Myanmar and Jacqui - New Zealand 

Julie-San - Myanmar and Jacqui - New Zealand 

Sangi and Mimi - Myanmar

Sangi and Mimi - Myanmar

Julie-San and Sangi - Myanmar

Julie-San and Sangi - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary - Myanmar

Sangi and Nunu - Myanmar

Sangi and Nunu - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary and Lily - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary and Lily - Myanmar

Behind the Scenes

Photographer: Karina Kusumadarma

Jeanie

Editorial Shoot 


Producer & Photographer: Jessica Shirley
Fashion Stylist: Hannah Beard 
Model: Jeanie Robertson
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Hair: Ema Soole
Fashion: Lonely Lingerie, Jacket and Cathy Pope Jewellery all from Trouble & Fox
Bugs: Wings & Things

With Special thanks to Geoff Proctor of 'Wings & Things' and Liberty Fox of Trouble & Fox

Maternity Shoot: Anneke

Last Sunday evening the sun was shining low and the flowers were bright and colourful, all elements alined for a perfect maternity shoot with 35wks pregnant Anneke, who was dressed like a beautiful maiden complete with a beaming smile and healthy glow. 

Special thanks to Mike & Judy for letting us shoot in their beautiful hill top garden. 

Canon 5DMiii
Canon 135mm f2L
Canon 50mm f1.4
Canon 600RX Speedlite

Family shoot - Sarah & Hana for their mum

Choosing presents can be difficult especially for parents, you want to give them something meaningful and special, not generic. So often gift sets and empty photo frames gather dust or are re-gifted. This Christmas sister's Sarah and Hana had a lovely idea for a special present for their mum, they surprised her with family photos. This was a thoughtful gift that she absolutely loved, and will enjoy for years to come.  

On a lovely December evening at sunset Sarah, Hana, their families and I met at The Boulder Bank in Nelson where we had a relaxed and fun family portrait session. I would like to thank them for sharing their precious photographs with us. 

 

Sarah, Georgie, Arjun & Tom

Wherever I go I'm always looking at the world through photographers eyes, everyone and everything is a potential photograph, its a wonderful feeling. A few weeks back I was in the Rockshop with my son and couldn't stop staring at a beautiful group of teenage friends playing the guitars.  I was thinking how wonderful they would be to photograph and hoping they wouldn't think I was a weirdo for staring! I went up to them as I do, introduced myself and asked if they would let me take their photographs one evening over summer. 
Come Tuesday 13th Dec it happened, they all met at my place, four teens, my two kids and I loaded in to my van and went for a cruise up Wakapuaka Cemetery and the Boulder Bank. The teens were so natural their misfit style and carefree nature was a joy to capture - I was in my element on a windy summers evening.