New Zealand

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

Elia - KILT Clothing

I would like to share with you the second shoot that I did for KILT Clothing as part of my final year of the Bachelor of Arts & Media. The location was one of my favourites, I have always wanted to shoot at a car wreckers! Special thanks must go to Graham Boland and Ian Sexton of Nelson Auto Parts. Our model Elia was amazing, she came to the rescue at the final hour after the original model was unable to attend on the day... Elia was made for this role! her hair and makeup was also amazing thanks to the girls at ABOKI Hairdressers. 

Model: Elia Levy
Hair: Libby Ferguson
Makeup: Michayla Addison-Saipe
With thanks to ABOKI Hairdressers 
Fashion: KILT Clothing  

Canon 5DMiii
Canon 50mm 1.4
 



 

 

 

 

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




 

Marina

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

Kristen - 1960s & 1970s Kiwiana

This year, the final one of my BA in Arts & Media at NMIT I have created my own brief, 

"Create a Fashion Campaign for an New Zealand Designer"

I sent out over 30 emails to different NZ designers and received a great response.  The label I have chosen to work with (under wraps until the end of year reveal) is awesome, I am so exited to be able to photograph their fashion. 

As part of my experimentation process I have mocked up different styles of Fashion Spread. I am excited to reveal the first of many... for my 703 brief. 

A studio shoot with 1960s/70s Kiwiana theme. I'm sure many of you will remember some of these golden oldie props, the old dial phone, Nelson Photo News et :)

With special thanks to:

Model: Kristen Burton
Hair: Anja Katarina Valda Dzaferic
Makeup: Emilie MacRitchie
Props: 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

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.

Exploring Cable Bay

This afternoon while his sister was having a play date with her best friend, Archie asked me if we could go exploring. I hadn't been to Cable Bay for a few years so we set of with the camera in the late afternoon sun. Archie is a real photographer, at 7 yrs old he is enjoying using the tripod and taking some shots with my help.

We really are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world standing onto of the hill over looking Cable Bay truly brings life to your soul!

I took along my Canon 5DMiii, 17-40mm L and 50mm 1.4 prime.  

 

 

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. 


Admire Fashion February 2016 - Corporate Classics

Welcome back and into 2016,  this months Admire fashion focus on a return to work with sophisticated, yet comfortable styles. 

The fashion team - Stylist Sonya Leusink Sladen, Connie Flemming of Cardells Hair, Indie Welsh, makeup artist of Prices Pharmacy

Model - Georgia McMillan

Retailers- Cheryl Mackie, Marshalls Fashions, Shine, Matthews Eyewear, Taylors We Love Shoes, Edito, Sassys, and Portmans.

If you would like to read the whole magazine check out the link here


1940's Inspired Photo Shoot at Warwick House

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!


School Holiday walk up the Brook Dam - Nelson.

During the school holidays I had a chance to take a break from study and relax with the kids. I spent the time taking lots of photographs. Here is a visual snap shot of one of our many adventures together. 

You can get some really interesting images shooting up through the tree canopy.