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City Bride

Producer & Photographer: Jessica Shirley
Stylist: Hannah Beard
Model: Jordan Temara Smith of 62 Models
Hair: Ema Soole of Point Six Hair
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Life Prices Pharmacy
Wedding Gown: Wild & White
Fashion: Trouble & Fox
Florist: Expressions

To see more photography from this shoot visit Jessica.Shirley on Instagram.

Macro Photography - Close up in a hill top garden.

One beautiful Nelson Sunday evening I took my new Macro lens out to play at a beautiful garden belonging to family friends. The light was right, the colours were rich and the textures were sharp.  Nothing rocks my boat more than playing with my camera and light. 

Special thanks to Mike & Judy for letting me play in their pretty garden. 

Canon 5DMiii
Canon EF 100mm f2.8L

Eliana 1900's Wedding at Fairfield House

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

Ling

Today I had a fun collaboration with a great group of ladies, making over gorgeous Ling. 

A massive thank you to you all, you really are amazing. I do believe working together with a group of creatives who specialize in and love what they do can together make magic happen a total team effort, I am privileged. 

Model: Ling
Hair: Ema Soole
MUA: Angela McGuire of Beauty by Angela
Fashion: Just Costumes