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Sally & Todd are married

Today with the cloud releasing much needed hydration to a draught stricken Nelson, I had the honour of capturing the marriage of Sally & Todd in-front of their family and friends in a super relaxed and beautiful villa in Nelson. The colours were gorgeous, the setting was perfect and there were smiles a plenty.

My days are now filled working with enthusiastic students at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology sharing my experience and passion for Lens-Based media and Critical Studies on the Bachelor of Arts and Design, therefore I haven’t been sharing as much of my own photography work. I would like to thank Sally and Todd for sharing their day with me enabling me to keep my finger on the shutter!

I always shoot with Canon, today I had the 5DM4, 24-70mm 2.8, 600EX-II RT speedlite and a CP-E4 Battery Pack.

Zarrie

Zarrie

Producer & Photographer: Jessica Shirley
Fashion Stylist: Hannah Beard
Model: Zarrie Wood
Hair: Ema Soole
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Life Prices Pharmacy 
Fashion from: Trouble & Fox
Florist: Rosie Seek of Expressions

With Special thanks to Liberty Fox

Canon 5DMiii, Canon 600 EX RT Speedlite, Canon 50mm 1.4

Maternity Shoot: Anneke

Last Sunday evening the sun was shining low and the flowers were bright and colourful, all elements alined for a perfect maternity shoot with 35wks pregnant Anneke, who was dressed like a beautiful maiden complete with a beaming smile and healthy glow. 

Special thanks to Mike & Judy for letting us shoot in their beautiful hill top garden. 

Canon 5DMiii
Canon 135mm f2L
Canon 50mm f1.4
Canon 600RX Speedlite

Admire Fashion: March 2017

"The change of season seems an apt time to also have a change here at Admire Magazine. As we welcome in autumn and all the glorious colours that come with it, we also mark a change in our fashion team. Sonya Leusink Sladen has stepped down from styling our regular fashion spreads, which are put together here in Nelson - but will continue to offer us style advice in her monthly column. Stepping up to the styling challenge is our fashion photographer Jessica Shirley, who this month has styled her first fashion spread for Admire (along with photographing it), with help from style assistant Hannah Beard." - Vanessa Phillips, Editor. 

 

Autumn Blush

Photographer & Stylist: Jessica Shirley
Assistant Stylist: Hannah Beard
Models: Jesse Stevenson, Lucy Simpson & Tegan Kelling
Hair: Ema Soole
Makeup & Nails: Indie Welsh & Lauren Domigan of Prices Pharmacy
 

Fashion from: Dotti, Portmans, Amazon, Just JeansBarkersNelson Tailors Menswear, BeeteesCruellas Natural Fibre Boutique.

With special thanks to: Christine Ross of Nostalgia Antiques and Angela Leonard of Morrison Square for access to "The Apartment" our wonderful shoot location. 

Tegan wears dress from Dotti, necklace from Just Jeans and shoes from Tango's. Jesse is dressed in Barkers clothing (including footwear). Lucy wears top and skirt from Dotti and shoes from Tango's. Stool from Nostalgia Antiques. 

Tegan wears dress from Dotti, necklace from Just Jeans and shoes from Tango's. Jesse is dressed in Barkers clothing (including footwear). Lucy wears top and skirt from Dotti and shoes from Tango's. Stool from Nostalgia Antiques. 

Tegan wears top and bracelet from Portmans and jeans from Dotti. Lucy wears dress and necklace from Portmans. 

Tegan wears top and bracelet from Portmans and jeans from Dotti. Lucy wears dress and necklace from Portmans. 

Lucy wears playsuit, clutch and earrings from Portmans with shoes from Tango's. 

Lucy wears playsuit, clutch and earrings from Portmans with shoes from Tango's. 

Jesse and Tegan are dressed in Amazon clothing (including footwear and accessories) 

Jesse and Tegan are dressed in Amazon clothing (including footwear and accessories) 

Lucy wears knit top and pants from Beetees and shoes from Tango's. Jesse is dressed in clothes from Nelson Tailors Menswear (including footwear and bag). Tegan wears Cruellas Natural Fibre Boutique wool jersey and beanie, jeans from Just Jeans and footwear from Tango's. 

Lucy wears knit top and pants from Beetees and shoes from Tango's. Jesse is dressed in clothes from Nelson Tailors Menswear (including footwear and bag). Tegan wears Cruellas Natural Fibre Boutique wool jersey and beanie, jeans from Just Jeans and footwear from Tango's. 

This month we introduce a new accessories feature concluding our fashion spread, it is a chance to showcase the detail of the shoots - accessories. 

Gabee shoes from Tango's, clutch and bracelet from Portmans, playsuit from Dotti.

Gabee shoes from Tango's, clutch and bracelet from Portmans, playsuit from Dotti.

Necklace from Portmans.

Necklace from Portmans.

Portmans playsuit and clutch, Addiction shoes from Tango's. 

Portmans playsuit and clutch, Addiction shoes from Tango's. 

Back Road satchel from Nelson Tailors Menswear. 

Back Road satchel from Nelson Tailors Menswear. 

Galloway chunky boot from Barkers.

Galloway chunky boot from Barkers.

Papucei shoes from Tango's.

Papucei shoes from Tango's.

Hurley bag from Amazon. 

Hurley bag from Amazon. 

Converse shoes, from Amazon. 

Converse shoes, from Amazon. 

Nixon watch, from Amazon. 

Nixon watch, from Amazon. 

Wow this is it, the first ever published fashion shoot that I have coordinated, this month marks the start of a new position at Admire magazine. 
Along with the photography I now coordinate the fashion spread, I am so lucky to have a fantastic assistant stylist: Hannah Beard who brings a wealth of knowledge and of-course fresh style ideas and inspiration to our work. Together we liase with retailers, hair, makeup and location contributors to bring you high quality fashion all put together in Nelson, with real Nelson product and people modelling.

To read our online full version of Nelson's Admire Magazine, full of interesting articles and stories click here.
 

Maddy

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...

Admire Fashion Dec/Jan 2017 "The Art of Elegance"

Our second fashion spread for the bumper summer edition features newly revamped Suter Art Gallery with fashion from Shine, Tango's, Eclectic, Dotti on Morrison Square and Sassy's.

Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen
Photography: Jessica Shirley
Model: Phoebe Legge
Make-up: Lauren Domigan from Prices Pharmacy
Hair: Connie Flemming from Cardells 

With special thanks to the team at The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, our inspiring shoot location. 

Dress and jewellery from Shine. Jacket from Sassy's. Vintage fascinator from Eclectic. Shoes from Tangos. 
Artworks from the collection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu

Dress from Dotti. Jewellery and clutch from Shine. Coat from Sassy's.
Artwork by Max Gimblett (New Zealand 1935-), Spine, 1984, acrylic and metallic pigments on canvas. Collection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu.

Jewellery and clutch from Shine. Dress from Sassy's. Vintage cape from Eclectic. Hosiery and hair piece, stylist's own. 
Artwork by Israel Birch (Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahungunu, 1976-), Ruku Po (3), 2007, mixed media. Collection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu. 

Dress, clutch and earrings from Shine. Vintage beads and plumes from Eclectic. Shoes from Tango's. 
Artwork by Brain Strong (New Zealand, 1945-), Lake Series 10, Rotoiti, 1974, oil on canvas. Collection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu. 

Coat from Sassy's. Dress from Dotti. Jewellery and clutch from Shine. 
Artwork by L. Budd (New Zealand), There - here, 1999, mixed media. Collection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu.

Dress, clutch and jewellery from Shine. Feathered cape from Dotti. Hosiery and hair netting, stylist's own. 
Artwork by Lisa Chandler, We often lose today, because there has been a yesterday and tomorrow is coming, 2016, acrylic on linen. Courtesy of the artist. 

Nostalgia

I have always loved to visit antique shops, they are such quirky places filled with all sorts of relics from the pasts and treasures. One such place is Nostalgia, a shop on my street specialising in antiques, collectables, retro and vintage. 
Nostalgia owner Christine Ross has a special passion for items we grew up with, things our parents and grandparents had. Her business began as a hobby, where her home was filled with collectables but now while there are a few special items she can't part with, everything she finds goes to her shop where she can enjoy them with others. 

"People will walk out with a smile on their face - having had a rush of memories triggered by visiting Nostalgia" 

Christine is always on the look out to purchase items for Nostalgia so if you have anything retro, vintage, antique or collectable pop in and see her. 

You can visit Nostalgia at 50 Vanguard Street, Nelson
Shop hours are: Mon - Fri: 10:30 - 5pm
                                    Sat: 10:30 - 4pm
Shop ph: 03 5487060
Christine Cell: 021 101 0378

Visit Nostalgia on Facebook 

Last week I took my camera into Nostalgia and immersed myself in a time gone by, capturing photographs inside this special shop. 

Admire Fashion Dec/Jan 2017 "Summer Camp"

"The Tahuna Beach Holiday Park provided the perfect setting for our fashion spread on summer camp wear" - Vanessa Phillips Editor Admire magazine

Working with model Alesha Pyers is always such a joy. Alesha is a true professional with as much of a beautiful personality as she has looks, I would like to sincerely thank her for joining us and shining like the star she is! 

Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen
Photographer: Jessica Shirley
Model: Alesha Pyers
Hair: Chloe Turner from Cardells 
Make-up: Indie Welsh from Prices Pharmacy

Fashion from: Morrison Square, The Little Boutique, Frock and Soul, Trouble and Fox, Eclectic, Cheryl Mackie, Tangos, with special thanks to Tahuna Beach Holiday Park.

Read Admire online here

Marina - KILT Clothing

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.  

Anneke - KILT Clothing

Beautiful Anneke is gorgeous inside and out. She is also so humble and down to earth it was such a pleasure to photograph her. Here is her shoot at Seifrieds winery - wow what a location! Special thanks must go to Anna Seifried for allowing us to shoot inside the enormous winery and her hospitality.

Model: Anneke Giblin
Hair: Juanita Poynter
Makeup: Michayla Addison-Saipe
With thanks to ABOKI Hairdressers 
Fashion: KILT Clothing

Canon 5DMiii
Canon 50mm 1.4

Amiee Miller - Life coaching, website photography

It was a pure pleasure working with Aimee creating photographs for her website, this mum of four is a total inspiration, I highly recommend her - she just oozes motivation!

Here is a wee bio about Aimee from her website. 

"My name is Aimee I am a Life Coach, fitness junkie, whole food enthusiast and mother to four amazing children aged 2-9. 
After having children women often need to regain the motivation to get back on track with nutrition, wellbeing and general life balance. I love supporting women to reclaim their energy and positivity for life.
Maybe it is a total life edit that you need or just help getting past one obstacle that has been impossible to overcome on your own.
I believe a happy mum is the core of a happy family. Its simple really....the happier and healthier mums are, the happier and healthier their children, partners and families become."

Visit Aimee's website here 

 

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 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 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

Vienda Maria

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!