women

Celebrating Beautiful Women of Nelson

It has been a dream of mine to take portraits of women from different cultures wearing their traditional dress. That dream became a reality upon meeting the vivacious Jacqui Holmes, who I meet as a potential model for a fashion shoot I was organising. We began chatting - as with Jacqui that is something she is extremely good at, I could talk to her for hours! I told her about my dream and she said lets make it happen "I have a church full of beautiful women from different countries" 

Together Jacqui and I organised a morning of pampering, hair, makeup, food and photography for the women of Victory Church. Our intention for it -  a time of blending, pampering, cultures mixing, yummy food and togetherness. 

Many of the women from Victory church are refugees from Myanmar - Burma, they have been persecuted for their beliefs and have fled to New Zealand making Nelson their home. Jacqui say's at Victory Church everyone in the congregation still has their individual cultural values and customs and this morning is a wonderful example of that. The women came with their traditional dress and were so brave in front of the camera - some even playing up for it! 

Ema and Janaya gave the women beautiful hair styles while Indie did an amazing job doing makeup for them. Karina a photography student at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology covered the event capturing behind the scenes images as well as beautiful group and individual portraits around the venue. 

It was a wonderful morning with smiles all around, lots of laughter and togetherness. I want to extend my thanks firstly to all the ladies who were brave enough to participate and let us make you feel special and capture your photographs. I want to thank the businesses and individual stylists who took time out of their day to come and donate their services and finally Jacqui who opened her home to us all.

Photography: Jessica Shirley 
Photography Assistant: Karina Kusumadarma
Hair: Ema Soole and Janaya Te Tomo of Elise Hair & Beauty
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

With special thanks to:
Sarah of Elise Hair & Beauty
Jacqui Holmes of Victory Church for hosting this wonderful event and giving these special women something they will never forget. 

Chido - Zimbabwe

Chido - Zimbabwe

Rudo - Zimbabwe

Rudo - Zimbabwe

Sharnene - New Zealand

Sharnene - New Zealand

Fay - New Zealand 

Fay - New Zealand 

Karen - New Zealand 

Karen - New Zealand 

Amelia, Elise and Yvonne - New Zealand 

Amelia, Elise and Yvonne - New Zealand 

Elise

Elise

Elise and Amelia 

Elise and Amelia 

Amelia 

Amelia 

Jacqui - New Zealand 

Jacqui - New Zealand 

Nunu - Myanmar

Nunu - Myanmar

Nunu - Myanmar

Nunu - Myanmar

Elizabeth - New Zealand 

Elizabeth - New Zealand 

Roslyn - New Zealand 

Roslyn - New Zealand 

Ruth - Myanmar

Ruth - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary and John - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary and John - Myanmar

Ruth and John - Myanmar

Ruth and John - Myanmar

Sepiuta - Tonga Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

Sepiuta - Tonga
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing and Jacqui - Myanmar and New Zealand 

Blessing and Jacqui - Myanmar and New Zealand 

Blessing - Myanmar, Amelia and Elise - New Zealand 

Blessing - Myanmar, Amelia and Elise - New Zealand 

Blessing - Myanmar and Amelia - New Zealand 

Blessing - Myanmar and Amelia - New Zealand 

Dilruski - Sri Lanka

Dilruski - Sri Lanka

Amy - New Zealand 

Amy - New Zealand 

Lister - Zambia

Lister - Zambia

Lister - Zambia

Lister - Zambia

Nora - Cameroon, Africa  Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy Hair: Ema Soole

Nora - Cameroon, Africa
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Hair: Ema Soole

Nora - Cameroon, Africa Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy  Hair: Ema Soole

Nora - Cameroon, Africa
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Hair: Ema Soole

Nora - Cameroon, Africa and Lister - Zambia

Nora - Cameroon, Africa and Lister - Zambia

Julie-San and Blessing - Myanmar Hair: Ema Soole

Julie-San and Blessing - Myanmar
Hair: Ema Soole

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing - Myanmar

Julie-San - Myanmar Hair: Ema Soole

Julie-San - Myanmar
Hair: Ema Soole

Mimi - Myanmar

Mimi - Myanmar

Lily - Myanmar

Lily - Myanmar

Lily - Myanmar 

Lily - Myanmar 

Sangi - Myanmar

Sangi - Myanmar

Nunu - Myanmar Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy Hair: Ema Soole

Nunu - Myanmar
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Hair: Ema Soole

Julie-San - Myanmar and Jacqui - New Zealand 

Julie-San - Myanmar and Jacqui - New Zealand 

Sangi and Mimi - Myanmar

Sangi and Mimi - Myanmar

Julie-San and Sangi - Myanmar

Julie-San and Sangi - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary - Myanmar

Sangi and Nunu - Myanmar

Sangi and Nunu - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary and Lily - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary and Lily - Myanmar

Behind the Scenes

Photographer: Karina Kusumadarma

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

Georgia

I really enjoyed this studio shoot with an awesome team, including some new creatives I had not worked with before, but will certainly be again! Angela of Beauty by Angela worked her magic creating my vision for this series which was muted and pale,  the makeup blew me away! Ema did a great job on Georgias hair - but then I ruined it experimenting with a leaf blower (note: blowing hair for a shoot is not as simple as you would think - about 100 shots attempted not one worked!) I decided to ditch the blowing hair idea, unfortunately the hair was a bit of a mess after that, so Georgia and I had to do our best without a hairdresser or even a brush/comb!

I have experimented with editing out the movable wall and leaving it in the composition, with this being the third mock-up experimentation for my studio project (Fashion Photography for a NZ label)

The amazing wall artworks are actually vintage tourism posters from Nostalgia Antiques 

Model: Georgia MacMillan
Hair: Ema Soole
MUA: Beauty by Angela
Wall art: Nostalgia Antiques
Fashion: Just Costumes




 

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 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.