Weddings

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.

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.

Eliana 1900's Wedding at Fairfield House

On Sunday I had a very special photo shoot, it was special for a few reasons:
1 - The model was my own daughter Eliana, who has been asking me for a long time now if she can be a model for me for a proper shoot. 
2 - I am a huge history enthusiast, and this shoot was based on a very early 1900's (pre 1920s) wedding dress that my friend had lent me. 
3 - We were lucky to be able to shoot inside the Ballroom at Nelson's Fairfield house, a grand old home which I have spent a lot of my childhood inside and out, in the hills and gardens surrounding. My Aunt Nancy's ashes were also scattered in the gardens with a special remembrance seat and tree planted, along with a dear friend Graham. 

This shoot also excited me as I was lucky to collaborate with Florist Adrienne Matthews of All About Flowers. Adrienne is very talented, she had well researched the era and created an amazing work of art - bouquet which was the cherry on top, and completed the look. 

Ema and Angela also worked hard and created an authentic early 1900s bridal look for Eliana who at nine years only just fitted the dress - just goes to show how much smaller we were 100 years ago! 

I have processed the photos with a vintage look to try and recreate them as if they were taken 100 years ago. It was so much fun creating this shoot, look out for a 1980s themed one coming up in the next month...

Model: Eliana Taylor
Dress: Tina Bishop of Just Costumes
Flower Bouqet: Adrienne Matthews of All About Flowers
Hair: Ema Soole 
MUA: Angela McGuire of Beauty by Angela
Location: Fairfield House