My sister visited last week and together we created these fine art maternity portraits.
LED continuous lights
Canon 600EX II RT Speedlite
Canon 50mm f1.4
Last summer I was introduced to Judith Hutchings, a doll collector who lives in Wakefield. Ever since, I have been dreaming of a "doll themed shoot" with the perfect doll-like model. With my studies now behind me and newly graduated I had the time, and then along come Maddy... my model the dream becomes a reality. With her beautiful big doll-like eyes and porcelain skin 12 year old Maddy transformed in to the prettiest doll.
Special thanks to the incredibly talented makeup artist Angela McGuire, and hair stylist Ema Soole for the gorgeous hair-up.
Extra special thanks to Judith Hutchings for her hospitality and incredible dolls. Look for a blog post detailing Judith's fabulous doll collection coming soon...
We were spoilt for choice when composing frames during our KILT clothing shoot at Nelson's Warwick House . I had so much fun combining two of my favourite things, fashion photography and historic places.
Model: Marina Kere
Fashion: KILT Clothing
Hair: Juanita Poynter
Makeup: Michayla Addison-Saipe
Special thanks to Nick Ferrier of Warwick House for your hospitality, and ABOKI Hairdressers for supporting this project.
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
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.
Today I had a really relaxed and enjoyable day collaborating with Jess, Ema & Anja, we had lots of girly fun creating these looks!
I would like to thank Jess for modelling for me and letting us get a bit creative and taking her out of her comfort zone, as well as welcoming us out to her beautiful rural home in Brightwater on such a bright sunny day.
I did what I used to be so scared of doing.. shot in harsh midday sun. Instead of avoiding it, I embrace it, work with it and don't fight it. When working in harsh sun like this I always tell the models to close their eyes until I say 'open' for a few secs then close again. This stops any headaches.
Canon 5DMiii, 50mm 1.4 and 17-40mm L
Model: Jess Prendergast
Hair: Ema Soole
MUA: Anja Katarina Valda Dzaferic
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
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!
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!
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!