This month marks a milestone for me. It is my 23rd and final shoot with mentor, friend and stylist Sonya Leusink Sladen. It has been a privilege to work and learn from Sonya and I wish her well for the future and look forward to seeing what she creates next!
I am excited to share with you the second of my studio experiments for my 3rd year studio project - 'Fashion Photography for a New Zealand Label'
The label I am going to photograph has a strong 'Kiwi' theme, supporting New Zealand in a wide variety of ways. It is important that I promote the NZ aspect of the label, so I have experimented with different ways in which I can approach this. With the first shoot, I played with props - nostalgic kiwiana icons such as souvenir tea towels, apple crates & Nelson Photo News magazines. This time I have taken New Zealand paintings, prints & photography, placing the model beside them. With each composition I have chosen a dress which 'speaks' to the image, creating unity.
Marina, looks stunning in these dresses, she is a fabulous talent with a beautiful grace to her,
I always welcome feedback, so please comment any thoughts.
With thanks my amazing team of contributors:
Model: Marina Kere
Hair & Makeup: Anja Katarina Valda Dzaferic
Dresses: Just Costumes
Artwork: Nostalgia Antiques
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
What a fun filled time we had shooting for the Christmas Bumper Issue of Admire this month. Double the photography! We had two themes the first, Jewellery out at the beautiful Grand Mercure Monaco and the second a race's theme shot in studio at The Nelson Mail.
We had a lot of fun with the race theme, contacting Grey Hounds as Pets NZ we were able to find a lovely Grey hound and to join us for the shoot.
Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Model: Emily-Rae Madsen , Hair: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy.
Our second shoot was a a race's theme for which we had amazing flowers a grey hound and beautiful fashion.
Special thanks to the team:
Model: Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Anthea Shearer, Hair: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy.
Look for the Christmas Bumper Issue of Admire Magazine which comes out tomorrow!
Admire Fashion October 2015 - Seventies inspired shoot, fashion goes retro.
Special thanks to model: Holly Parkes, Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Hairstylist: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Kate Donaldson of Jays & Ko, Pam and Brain Meadows for allowing us to use their fabulous Richmond home for our 1970's inspired shoot.
Fashion from: Jays & Ko, Trouble & Fox, Shine, Edito, Richmond Antiques, The Little Boutique, Portmans, Fock & Soul, and Taylors We Love Shoes.
A princess finds her prints, in Admire Magazines August 2015 fashion spread. - Photography by Jessica Shirley and Stylist Sonya Leusink Sladen.
Model: Phoebe Fulton of Clyne Model Management
I am very excited to share with you a photo shoot I did this Tuesday at Warwick House . It is an amazing venue to shoot in, originally called "Sunnyvale" it was built in 1854 and is one of a few beautifully restored historic homes in nelson. I have always been interested in history from a young age, researching historic homes and places around the Nelson area. You can see some of my photographs of the places I have been privileged to visit and talk to historians and home owners about here at my History in Toe website.
The model Sheena Thomas a fresh new face, this was her first time modeling and I think she nailed it! Tina of Just Costumes supplied all the clothing and helped me to come up with a style - 1940s inspired to suit the venue.
I had the expert talent of Michelle Longman on hair and Emillie MacRitchie doing Make-up. This is our fifth time working together we work so well together they are brilliant at what they do and enable me to create magical photographs.
I would like to thank EVERYONE involved with this shoot, I am so happy with the results which include some of my favourite works to date!