Sonya Leusink Sladen

Admire Fashion: Feb 2017

Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen
Model: Raina Masters of Clyne Model Management
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Fashion from: Shine, Amazon, Jellicoe, & Beetees.

With special thanks to: Angela Leonard of Morrison Square management for access to "The Apartment", our fantastic shoot location. 

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Jacket, jewellery and shoes from Shine. Dress from Amazon at Morrison Square. 

Jacket, jewellery and shoes from Shine. Dress from Amazon at Morrison Square. 

Top, jewellery and handbag from Shine. Pants from Jellicoe. 

Top, jewellery and handbag from Shine. Pants from Jellicoe. 

Trousers from Beetees, shirt, shoes and jewellery from Shine. 

Trousers from Beetees, shirt, shoes and jewellery from Shine. 

Top from Beetees, cardigan from Amazon at Morrison Square. Trousers, jewellery, handbag and shoes from Shine.

Top from Beetees, cardigan from Amazon at Morrison Square. Trousers, jewellery, handbag and shoes from Shine.

Top and trousers from Beetees. Coat from Jellicoe. Jewellery from Shine. 

Top and trousers from Beetees. Coat from Jellicoe. Jewellery from Shine. 

Sweatshirt and tee-shirt from Beetees. Trousers from Jellicoe. Shoes, bag and jewellery from Shine. 

Sweatshirt and tee-shirt from Beetees. Trousers from Jellicoe. Shoes, bag and jewellery from Shine. 

Beautiful Makeup by Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

Beautiful Makeup by Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

"Elk" bag from Shine

"Elk" bag from Shine

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! 

Behind the scenes of Dec/Jan 2016 Bumper Admire. Working with Sonya was a lot of fun, with plenty of giggling and belly laughs! Here she is modelling, "Sonya Style" 

Behind the scenes of Dec/Jan 2016 Bumper Admire. Working with Sonya was a lot of fun, with plenty of giggling and belly laughs! Here she is modelling, "Sonya Style" 

Admire Fashion - November

This month was a 'county girl' inspired fashion spread featuring the lovely Marina Kere. Special thanks to the owners of our location, a farm style cottage on Hill Street in Richmond. 

Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen
Photographer: Jessica Shirley
Model: Marina Kere
Makeup: Lauren Domigan from Prices Pharmacy

Special thanks also to my photography assistant: Karina Kusumadarma

Fashion from: Morrison SquareKimberleys, Just Jeans, Andrea Biani, Dotti, &

Canon 5DM3
Canon 50mm 1.4

Behind the scenes photography by Karina Kusumadarma

Admire Fashion October 2016

Floral spring style features in this month's fashion spread. 

Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen
Model: Michelle Taylor
Hair: Lauren Lewis from Cardells
Make-up: Indie Welsh from Prices Pharmacy

Fashion from: Jellicoe, Sassy's, Shine, Dames and Marshalls,
 

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

Admire Fashion August 2016

This month was a 'Wheels Issue' our focus for fashion was relaxed comfortable Sunday drive/road trip looks. 

We would like to give special thanks to Bill Osborne for his fabulous 1979 Ford Escort RS2000, and to Pat Clay from the Nelson Marlborough Classic Car Club for his help. 

Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen Models: Maddi Davidson and Nikki Anderson Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

Admire Fashion July 2016

It was a romantic revival this month for July Fashion, with inspiration coming from the "beautiful age" of Belle Epoque which was the name given in France for the period of history which went from roughly 1871 to the start of world war one (1914).

It themed in well with this months up-cycling issue and got creative juices flowing. Hair Stylist Lauren Lewis crafted a high fashion dramatic hair feature in model Michelle's hair, while makeup Artist Indie Welsh applied dark burgundy lips which added to the drama. 

We shot at the stunning Nelson Castle - Warwick House, which completed the theme. Hope you enjoy the spread as much as we did creating it!
With special thanks to the Advertisers and team:

Model: Michelle Taylor
Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen
Assistant Stylist: Catherine Potton
Hair: Lauren Lewis of Cardells
MUA: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Location: Warwick House

Fashion from: Liann Bellis, Shine, Jellicoe, Sassy's, Richmond Antiques, The Little Boutique, Morrison Square, Hartey's, Nostalgia, and Tango's.

 



 

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.

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 'Favourite Things' Product Photography Dec/Jan Bumper Edition

Stylist Sonya Leusink-Sladen and I have had a lot of fun re-vamping the product pages for Admire Magazine. We decided to create beautiful still life pages with them, rather than clear white cut outs of objects on pages. This we believe is more meaningful for us and the readers, creating high quality imagery which sells quality products.  We are both very proud of what we have achieved together creating what I call works of art in their own right on the pages. I hope you enjoy them too, Nelson and Richmond have a lot of quality locally sourced and produced, as well as internationally hand picked  products. We are very lucky to live in not only a little slice of paradise but also have our cake and eat it too!

Favourite Things - On Our Table

This vintage-themed composition was shot from a mezzanine roof looking down to create a birds eye view. 

Glass Server, vintage - Richmond Antiques, Apples - Fresh Choice Nelson, Candle in ceramic vase - Living Light, Wine - Fresh Choice, Serving dish, vintage - Richmond Antiques, Table cloth, vintage - Richmond Antiques, Ceramic bowl & dragonfly - Cache, Olives - Fresh Choice Nelson, Bread Loaves - Prego & Comida, Paella pan - boxed confectionary & rice - Prego & Comida, kitchen candles - Living Light, olive oil - Prego & comida

Favourite Things - Take It Outside

This image was shot from on top of Sonya's roof looking down onto her perfectly manicured bright green lush lawn!

Lantern candle - Living Light, Rattan chair - Lighthouse, Outdoor cushion (green) - TM Covers, Slides (orange) - Taylors We Love Shoes, Outdoor Table - Lighthouse, White tray - Cache, Orange pitcher - Cache, Beer, 2 Stroke - McCashins, Citronella candle - Living Light, Deck chair - TM Covers, Picnic Basket - cache, Baby-Q BBQ - Zinc, Marilyn Andrews Art Calendar - Art in the City

Admire Fashion out takes - Bumper Issue 2015/16

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 Sophistication'

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. 


Admire Fashion June 2015 - Warwick at Eight, fashion goes glam!

Admire Fashion June 2015 - Warwick at Eight, fashion goes glam with a spread styled at the historic Warwick house. 

Special thanks to: Models: Bree Robertson & Reggie Elliot, Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Hairstylist: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Kate Donaldson of Jays & Ko. The team at Warwick House for the inspiring shoot location and hospitality on the day. 

Fashion from: Jays & Ko, Shine, Eclectic, Taylors We Love Shoes, All About Flowers, Nelson Tailors Menswear, Rocs Jewellers, Trouble & Fox, Profile, Sassy's, The Little Boutique, and The Nelson Hospice Shop. 


Admire Fashion September 2015 - 'Spring Love Unfolds'

New love, romance always in fashion... Admire September issue.

Special thanks to: Models: Isabella Garwood from Monarch Model Management and Daniel Classen, Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Hair: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Kate Donaldson of Jays & Ko.  Kerry Ford and her team at Fords Restaurant & Bar and Panama Kitchen & Bar Nelson for accommodating us during the shoot.  Along with Page & Blackmore books for the classic romance novels. 

Fashion from: Jays & Ko, Beetees, Taylors We Love Shoes, Shine, Sidecar, Trouble & Fox, Craig Potton Gallery & Store, Profile, Living Light Candles, and Harringtons Eyecare.

 

Admire Fashion August 2015 - Prints & Princess

Admire Fashion August 2015 - Prints & Princess

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 

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Admire Fashion July 2015 - Donnybrook Farm

Fashion on the farm for Admire July edition.

I also did the graphic design and page layout for this edition - have posted the full page spreads here. 

Special thanks to Fergus and Beth O'Connor and handler Glenn Leys of Donnybrook Farm for the unbelievable experience of shooting at the Clydesdale Stud and Dairy Farm. Dorothy the chicken, Tyler Chamberlain and Lucy his dog, Odette, Kylie and Kristy the Clydesdale Horses. 

Model: Isabella Garwood, Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Hair: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Kate Donaldson of Jays & Ko. 

Fashion from: Jays & Ko, Trouble & Fox, Glenn James Jeweller, Shine, Beetees, Taylors We Love Shoes, and Sidecar. 


Admire Fashion May 2015 - Weekend in Wool

Fashion spread for Nelson's Admire Magazine May 2015 issue 'Weekend in Wool'

Special thanks to Model: Alesha Pyers, Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Hair: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Kate Donaldson of Jays & Ko, Location: The Grand Mecure Monaco. 

Fashion from: Jays & Ko, Cruellas, Shine, Glen James Jeweller, Beetees, and The Little Boutique.


Admire Fashion April 2015 - Monochrome Collective

This was my first time shooting for Admire Magazine - April 2015. The theme, 'Monochrome Collective'

Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Model: Anthea Shearer, Location: Bridge Street Collective, Hairstylist: Connie Fleming - Cardells, Makeup: Kate Donaldson - Jays & Ko

With thanks to the staff at Bridge Street Cafe and members of the Bridge Street Collective for accommodating us during the shoot. 

Clothing from: Trouble and Fox, Jays & Ko, Whitwells Motueka, Shine, The Little Boutique,