Jessica Shirley Photography

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.

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 

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

Robyn Reynolds Clothing Look Book

Robyn Reynolds - Look Book

Model: Anneke Giblin
Produced & Photographed by: Jessica Shirley 
Assistant Stylist: Hannah Beard
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Fashion from: Robyn Reynolds
Jewellery: Stella Chrysostomou
Footwear: Taylors We Love Shoes
Location: Volume
With Special thanks to Stella Chrysostomou and Thomas Koed

Visit Stores:
Robyn Reynolds store online HERE  
Taylors We Love Shoes online HERE
Volume HERE

Jocelyn Dress

Jocelyn Dress

Jocelyn Top & Mellie Rose Jeans

Jocelyn Top & Mellie Rose Jeans

Jocelyn Top with sleeves & Lounger 3/4 Denim 

Jocelyn Top with sleeves & Lounger 3/4 Denim 

Mika Wrap Top in Denim & Loungers 3/4 in Denim

Mika Wrap Top in Denim & Loungers 3/4 in Denim

Alison Cow Neck Top & Eva Skirt 

Alison Cow Neck Top & Eva Skirt 

Jilly Tunic 

Jilly Tunic 

Alison Merino Dress

Alison Merino Dress

Forrest Top & May Trousers 

Forrest Top & May Trousers 

Alice Top & Cecil Skirt in Denim

Alice Top & Cecil Skirt in Denim

Mika 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Dress in Denim 

Mika 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Dress in Denim 

Alice Dress 

Alice Dress 

Bella 3/4 Sleeve Dress

Bella 3/4 Sleeve Dress

Jocelyn Top & Rebecca Tunic in Denim

Jocelyn Top & Rebecca Tunic in Denim

Alison Top in Merino & Cecil Skirt in Linen

Alison Top in Merino & Cecil Skirt in Linen

Admire Fashion: April 2017

"Gorgeous autumn wear features in this month's fashion spread" - Admire Magazine

For over a year I have been waiting for the right opportunity to shoot gorgeous models Kristen Burton and Shannon Cassidy together. With their strong and striking features and beautiful eyes they grace this months fashion spread in a shoot that was funky and fun. 

Stylists: Jessica Shirley & Hannah Beard
Photography: Jessica Shirley
Hair: Ema Soole
Makeup & Nails: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Fashion from: Shine, Trouble & Fox, Kimberley's, Andrea Biani, Jellicoe, Sassy's, Little Boutique & Matthews Eyewear.

With special thanks to: Angela Leonard of Morrison Square for access to 'The Apartment' of wonderful shoot location. Deeanne Hobbs for use of her amazing fabric, including her locally designed prints. 

To read the full online edition of Admire Magazine click HERE.

On the cover: Shannon Cassidy wearing hat and top from Trouble & Fox.

On the cover: Shannon Cassidy wearing hat and top from Trouble & Fox.

Kristen and Shannon wear clothing, footwear and accessories from Trouble & Fox. Kristen wears frames from Matthews Eyewear Eyecare. 

Kristen and Shannon wear clothing, footwear and accessories from Trouble & Fox. Kristen wears frames from Matthews Eyewear Eyecare. 

Shannon wears dress from Kimberley's and shoes from Andrea Biani, with earrings, necklace and bracelet from Jellicoe. 

Shannon wears dress from Kimberley's and shoes from Andrea Biani, with earrings, necklace and bracelet from Jellicoe. 

Kristen wears dress from Sassy's and bracelets and earrings from Jellicoe. 

Kristen wears dress from Sassy's and bracelets and earrings from Jellicoe. 

Kristen wears clothing and footwear from Shine, and ring from Jellicoe. Shannon wears top from Little Boutique, pants from Jellicoe, shoes from Andrea Biani, watch from Jellicoe and bag from Trouble & Fox. 

Kristen wears clothing and footwear from Shine, and ring from Jellicoe. Shannon wears top from Little Boutique, pants from Jellicoe, shoes from Andrea Biani, watch from Jellicoe and bag from Trouble & Fox. 

Kristen wears  Liann Bellis  suit and Shannon wears  Julian Danger  dress and footwear.  Clothing, footwear and accessories all from Shine.

Kristen wears Liann Bellis suit and Shannon wears Julian Danger dress and footwear. 
Clothing, footwear and accessories all from Shine.

Brooch from Jellicoe

Brooch from Jellicoe

Dyrberg/Kern watch from Shine 

Dyrberg/Kern watch from Shine 

Dyrberg/Kern ring from Shine

Dyrberg/Kern ring from Shine

Earrings, necklace and bracelet from Jellicoe

Earrings, necklace and bracelet from Jellicoe

Stolen ring and Status Anxiety 'Maud' wallet from Trouble & Fox

Stolen ring and Status Anxiety 'Maud' wallet from Trouble & Fox

Pia Rossini gloves and Cat Baloo scarf from Little Boutique

Pia Rossini gloves and Cat Baloo scarf from Little Boutique

AGE 'Eager' frames from Matthews Eyewear Eyecare

AGE 'Eager' frames from Matthews Eyewear Eyecare

Jeffrey Campbell 'Rossdale' shoes from Andrea Biani

Jeffrey Campbell 'Rossdale' shoes from Andrea Biani

Rocco frames from Matthews Eyewear Eyecare. Necklace from Jellicoe. 

Rocco frames from Matthews Eyewear Eyecare. Necklace from Jellicoe. 

Behind the Scenes

Shannon looking gorgeous in this beautiful Arianne top from Little Boutique

Shannon looking gorgeous in this beautiful Arianne top from Little Boutique

Kristen in  Wanoa Four  from Shine

Kristen in Wanoa Four from Shine

Shannon wearing Julian Danger from Shine

Shannon wearing Julian Danger from Shine

Admire Fashion: March 2017

"The change of season seems an apt time to also have a change here at Admire Magazine. As we welcome in autumn and all the glorious colours that come with it, we also mark a change in our fashion team. Sonya Leusink Sladen has stepped down from styling our regular fashion spreads, which are put together here in Nelson - but will continue to offer us style advice in her monthly column. Stepping up to the styling challenge is our fashion photographer Jessica Shirley, who this month has styled her first fashion spread for Admire (along with photographing it), with help from style assistant Hannah Beard." - Vanessa Phillips, Editor. 

 

Autumn Blush

Photographer & Stylist: Jessica Shirley
Assistant Stylist: Hannah Beard
Models: Jesse Stevenson, Lucy Simpson & Tegan Kelling
Hair: Ema Soole
Makeup & Nails: Indie Welsh & Lauren Domigan of Prices Pharmacy
 

Fashion from: Dotti, Portmans, Amazon, Just JeansBarkersNelson Tailors Menswear, BeeteesCruellas Natural Fibre Boutique.

With special thanks to: Christine Ross of Nostalgia Antiques and Angela Leonard of Morrison Square for access to "The Apartment" our wonderful shoot location. 

Tegan wears dress from Dotti, necklace from Just Jeans and shoes from Tango's. Jesse is dressed in Barkers clothing (including footwear). Lucy wears top and skirt from Dotti and shoes from Tango's. Stool from Nostalgia Antiques. 

Tegan wears dress from Dotti, necklace from Just Jeans and shoes from Tango's. Jesse is dressed in Barkers clothing (including footwear). Lucy wears top and skirt from Dotti and shoes from Tango's. Stool from Nostalgia Antiques. 

Tegan wears top and bracelet from Portmans and jeans from Dotti. Lucy wears dress and necklace from Portmans. 

Tegan wears top and bracelet from Portmans and jeans from Dotti. Lucy wears dress and necklace from Portmans. 

Lucy wears playsuit, clutch and earrings from Portmans with shoes from Tango's. 

Lucy wears playsuit, clutch and earrings from Portmans with shoes from Tango's. 

Jesse and Tegan are dressed in Amazon clothing (including footwear and accessories) 

Jesse and Tegan are dressed in Amazon clothing (including footwear and accessories) 

Lucy wears knit top and pants from Beetees and shoes from Tango's. Jesse is dressed in clothes from Nelson Tailors Menswear (including footwear and bag). Tegan wears Cruellas Natural Fibre Boutique wool jersey and beanie, jeans from Just Jeans and footwear from Tango's. 

Lucy wears knit top and pants from Beetees and shoes from Tango's. Jesse is dressed in clothes from Nelson Tailors Menswear (including footwear and bag). Tegan wears Cruellas Natural Fibre Boutique wool jersey and beanie, jeans from Just Jeans and footwear from Tango's. 

This month we introduce a new accessories feature concluding our fashion spread, it is a chance to showcase the detail of the shoots - accessories. 

Gabee shoes from Tango's, clutch and bracelet from Portmans, playsuit from Dotti.

Gabee shoes from Tango's, clutch and bracelet from Portmans, playsuit from Dotti.

Necklace from Portmans.

Necklace from Portmans.

Portmans playsuit and clutch, Addiction shoes from Tango's. 

Portmans playsuit and clutch, Addiction shoes from Tango's. 

Back Road satchel from Nelson Tailors Menswear. 

Back Road satchel from Nelson Tailors Menswear. 

Galloway chunky boot from Barkers.

Galloway chunky boot from Barkers.

Papucei shoes from Tango's.

Papucei shoes from Tango's.

Hurley bag from Amazon. 

Hurley bag from Amazon. 

Converse shoes, from Amazon. 

Converse shoes, from Amazon. 

Nixon watch, from Amazon. 

Nixon watch, from Amazon. 

Wow this is it, the first ever published fashion shoot that I have coordinated, this month marks the start of a new position at Admire magazine. 
Along with the photography I now coordinate the fashion spread, I am so lucky to have a fantastic assistant stylist: Hannah Beard who brings a wealth of knowledge and of-course fresh style ideas and inspiration to our work. Together we liase with retailers, hair, makeup and location contributors to bring you high quality fashion all put together in Nelson, with real Nelson product and people modelling.

To read our online full version of Nelson's Admire Magazine, full of interesting articles and stories click here.
 

Nostalgia

I have always loved to visit antique shops, they are such quirky places filled with all sorts of relics from the pasts and treasures. One such place is Nostalgia, a shop on my street specialising in antiques, collectables, retro and vintage. 
Nostalgia owner Christine Ross has a special passion for items we grew up with, things our parents and grandparents had. Her business began as a hobby, where her home was filled with collectables but now while there are a few special items she can't part with, everything she finds goes to her shop where she can enjoy them with others. 

"People will walk out with a smile on their face - having had a rush of memories triggered by visiting Nostalgia" 

Christine is always on the look out to purchase items for Nostalgia so if you have anything retro, vintage, antique or collectable pop in and see her. 

You can visit Nostalgia at 50 Vanguard Street, Nelson
Shop hours are: Mon - Fri: 10:30 - 5pm
                                    Sat: 10:30 - 4pm
Shop ph: 03 5487060
Christine Cell: 021 101 0378

Visit Nostalgia on Facebook 

Last week I took my camera into Nostalgia and immersed myself in a time gone by, capturing photographs inside this special shop. 

Back to film: Shooting with vintage cameras

Back to film: Shooting with vintage cameras

I have been slowly building up a small collection of film cameras and have been waiting for time to experiment with them. Finally in August I brought some film so I could test them out.

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Admire Fashion September 2016

This month Tasman Makos players Vils Lolohea and Josh Tafili join model Anneke Giblin for our fashion spread showcasing smart casual clothing. 

Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen
Models: Anneke Giblin, and Tasman Mako's Players Josh Tafili & Vils Lolohea
Hair: Connie Fleming of Cardells
MUA: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

Fashion from: Nelson Tailors Menswear, Whitwells, Barkers at Morrison Square, Trouble & Fox, Shine, and Tango's

Georgia

I really enjoyed this studio shoot with an awesome team, including some new creatives I had not worked with before, but will certainly be again! Angela of Beauty by Angela worked her magic creating my vision for this series which was muted and pale,  the makeup blew me away! Ema did a great job on Georgias hair - but then I ruined it experimenting with a leaf blower (note: blowing hair for a shoot is not as simple as you would think - about 100 shots attempted not one worked!) I decided to ditch the blowing hair idea, unfortunately the hair was a bit of a mess after that, so Georgia and I had to do our best without a hairdresser or even a brush/comb!

I have experimented with editing out the movable wall and leaving it in the composition, with this being the third mock-up experimentation for my studio project (Fashion Photography for a NZ label)

The amazing wall artworks are actually vintage tourism posters from Nostalgia Antiques 

Model: Georgia MacMillan
Hair: Ema Soole
MUA: Beauty by Angela
Wall art: Nostalgia Antiques
Fashion: Just Costumes




 

Admire Fashion June 2016

'By The Boathouse'

This month we are looking swell by the sea!

I was so excited to work with a fresh new model called Charm Williams, I loved shooting her - it was impossible to take a bad photograph. Her humble warm kiwi attitude was just awesome!

Model: Charm Williams
Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Location: The Boathouse Nelson

I would like to give special thanks to The Boathouse for the use of their warm rooms at 6:30am and beautiful location.

Fashion from: Trouble & Fox, Shine, Cruellas, Jellicoe, Sidecar, Jackie E

Maddi

On Sunday I had the opportunity to photograph Maddi, a beautiful confident women who is full of inspiration and happy in her own skin. She is a women not afraid to bare some skin and create art with me, I was in my element (a bit of a chilly one - although I had my feather jacket on - massive props to Maddi who froze but took it like a champ - we decided to skip the water for fear of lost limbs!) 

A big thank you to my newest collaborator, the up and coming talent with hair and makeup: Anja Katarina Valda Dzaferic 

Location: Cable Bay
Canon 5DMiii, 50mm 1.4, 17-40 L

Vienda Maria

I recently met inspiring writer, and mentor Vienda Maria who I  had the pleasure of photographing on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon in Nelson. 
 

A little about Vienda as spoken from her heart...


"I teach women who want to do great things in the world, how to choose freedom in life and work. This isn’t about the fantasy — it’s about the beauty in the freedom to design our own reality.

We all have a story to tell. But instead of getting wrapped up in the story, what is truly breath-taking and inspiring is what we do as a result of our story. My story led me to have a profound fascination with freedom.

Growing up, all I ever wanted was freedom. Freedom to be, say, think, do, feel and choose. And so I spent my entire adult life dedicated to creating a life of freedom.

And as I have looked for freedom in my work, in my lifestyle, in my relationships, in myself, I have discovered one vital thing.

Freedom, true freedom, comes from within."

- Vienda Maria - as quoted from her 'About' page at her site

We started our shoot inside and then headed out side for the sunset, I was on a natural high photographing Vienda - her free spirit is contagious! 

Admire Fashion May 2016

Model Mothers!
To celebrate Mothers Day we photographed a beautiful group of Nelson mums. We had one mother in her 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. The mothers were styled by Nelson retailers Trouble and Fox, Cheryl Mackie, Sassy's, Shine and Beetees. Hair by the team at Cardells, Frankies hair by Fay at Aboki, make-up by the team at Prices Pharmacy. 

Coordinated by Sonya Leusink-Sladen.

Marvelous Mothers - Mothers Day Fashion 

To see the full magazine visit here

Aimee Parkyn, 20s

 "I discovered joy and happiness that surpassed everything I've ever known before" 

Aimee is a full time mother to children aged 4,3 and 1.

Dressed by Trouble & Fox, Nelson. 

Sharron Wetere, 30s

"It is a love that you just can't explain or put into words"

Sharron is a sales associate and mother to children aged 20 years and 5 months. 

Dressed by Cheryl Mackie, shoes and jewellery are her own.

Cheryl Gillooly, 40s

"No one prepared me for the absolute unconditional love" 

Cheryl is a chef and mother to children aged 20 and 17, and a stepchild aged 18.

Dressed by Beetees with shoes and accessories from Shine

Helen Gilchrist, 50s

"It really is a lifetime commitment to always be there for them, but you cannot lose yourself"

Helen is a clinical pyschologist and mother to chldren aged 30 and 31, and stepchildren aged 27, 24, 21 and 16.

Dressed by Marshalls with shoes and jewellery from Shine, glasses frames from Kuske.

Chrissy Randall, 60s

I have discovered a special love for my mokos (grandchildren) that is most pure and truly joyful."

Chrissy Randall is Te Korowai Trust Manager, matriarch and mother to children aged 41, 34, 29 and grandchildren aged 9, 8 and 6.

Dressed by Sassy's with shoes from Tango's.

Frankie Morgan-Stock, 70s

"There is now a strong reciprocal love with my children, as they bestow constant love and care for me in my older years."

Frankie is a retired occupational therapist and mother to children aged 52, 47 and grandchildren aged 18, 16, 15 and 14.

We also had a special visit from Sharron's baby daughter,  don't they look beautiful together. 

Happy Mothers Day from Aimee, Sharron, Cheryl, Helen, Chrissy and Frankie! our beautiful models for May Admire Fashion Spread. 

 

 

 

 

 

Admire Fashion April 2016

Admire autumn April fashion spread, was a pleasure to shoot with our two gorgeous models:
Lauren Aickin and Sheena Thomas.

Styling: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Hair: Connie Flemming of Cardells, Make-up: Indie Welsh from Prices Pharmacy, Thank you team!

To see full magazine http://www.admiremagazine.co.nz/#folio=1

Fashion from: Sassy's, Beetees, Shine, and Rugs from Guthrie Bowron Nelson.

Julien Peron

On Anzac Day I had the pleasure to collaborate with Canadian model Julien Peron, a real professional who is dedicated to getting the perfect shot - baring the freezing cold late April sea at sunset.  He and his partner Vienda,  a writer are on a working holiday in New Zealand and have been lucky enough to capture them both here is my shoot with Julien. 

To see more of Julien visit: https://www.facebook.com/jewelscatchew/

Alex

Alex is from Germany, he is a vegetarian who practices yoga and running. He is enjoying a working holiday in Nelson and has been staying in a large quirky old house along with seven other travelers since January. He was the first of three of the flatmates I was lucky to capture with my camera last week. Nothing excites me more than photographing new people and old houses - here two of my favorite things combined and I think you will agree, Alex is quite smoldering!

Admire Fashion March 2016 - Undercover Style

'Autumn fashion is under the spotlight in our gorgeous James Bond-inspired fashion spread featuring models Shannon Cassidy and Reggie Elliot-Jones' Admire

This has got to be one of my favourite shoots yet, I'm so proud of how it all turned out. The team was amazing and it all worked together like magic.

Fashion Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Models: Shannon Cassidy and Reggie Elliot-Jones of RPD Models, Hair: Connie Flemming of Cardells, Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy.

Special thanks to the team at Nelson's Rutherford Hotel for our inspiring shoot location. 


How I spent my Valentines Evening Feb 14th 2016

My new Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 50mm 1.4 prime lens and I had a date at The Glen, Nelson on Valentines Day to capture the water, rocks and sunset. It was so beautiful, except when I was knee deep in the water with my tripod and camera and slipped on slimy rocks and nearly smashed everything, lucky save thanks to my left leg which is bruised and scratched up, the risks we take for that shot! 
 

Sunday Sunset Shenanigans

On Sunday I took my new canon 135mm F2 lens out to a family pot luck dinner in Richmond to have a play. The kiddies and aunties loved posing for the camera and we all had a good laugh. Its just magic when I get a gorgeous sunset, a lovely location and eager models!