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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.

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. 

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.  

Catherine - KILT Clothing

The Pear Orchard Lodge is so contemporary and fresh, it was the perfect location for our KILT Clothing shoot featuring Catherine, who just could not stop smiling - she such a gorgeous girl! I would like to thank Timo of the Lodge for his hospitality and letting us shoot inside his european style accomodation in Richmond. It was so lovely, that I spent a night there a few weeks later testing out my vintage film cameras you can see the post here

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

Canon 5DMiii
Canon 50mm 1.4

Shannon - KILT Clothing

I would like to share with you another one of the shoots for KILT Clothing that I worked on this year as part of my final year of my Bachelor of Arts & Media.  I would like to thank Justine Robertson of Petite Fleur for letting us shoot at her beautiful bright restaurant. I would also like to thank everyone involved, you were all awesome!

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

Canon 5DMiii
Canon 50mm 1.4

Maddi

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

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!