Wellington Winter Fashion Shoot – My Second Shoot Using a Model.

This was my second shoot where I have focused on a singular person. In this case I was going for a portraiture style fashion shoot.

I met Georgie in late 2016 and saw she had a look that I could really work with and she was keen to get into modelling. Georgie had done a few shoots before but still considers herself an amateur.

Georgie agreed she was keen to shoot with me, so now 9 months later the last weekend of July the shoot finally takes place.

A lot of this came down to confidence in myself, and getting to a point where I just needed to diversify and grow as a photographer.

It is late July, mid winter for us here in the Southern Hemisphere (we are in Wellington New Zealand) and I think this played a big part in putting the shoot together as I finally had a subject. Winter.


As we weren’t working with any brands for this shoot I sourced a winter jacket a couple winter hats and a couple of scarves, from some local op shop (thrift shops) this further added to the image and direction I had in my mind for the shoot.

Our location for the shoot kicked off around the Oriental Bay area of Wellington where I was inspired by the diverse range of buildings and housing, a mix of Art Deco and Victorian era housing and apartments, we then walked on to the track the takes you to the mount Victoria lookout – This particular part of the track includes where they shot the ‘get off the road’ scene in the movie Lord of the Rings.

By choosing this track and location we were also we able to play with some of the winding hill climbing roads which lead cars around this area.

Then on our circle back we stopped to check out the iconically beautiful St Gerard’s Monastery (1908)

We were blessed with some gorgeous late sunlight and overall I was really pleased with the shoot. I kept things pretty simple. Not too many tricks or trying to many things. Georgie was an excellent model, and I was able to realise the simple concept I had in mind.

Camera stuff – For the shoot I had a simple kit of my with my Fujifilm XT1 and 18-55mm lens.

Most shots were at the 55mm focal length 4-4.5 aperture ISO between 400 – 1200 max and shutter speed between 1/500 – 1/30 sec. Processed in Adobe Lightroom.

Share your thoughts below, leave a comment would love to know what you think.

If you are in New Zealand and are interested to work with me or collaborate feel free to get in touch philip.windley@gmail.com


My First Model Shoot ft. My Thirteen Year Old Daughter

On the weekend my daughter and I enjoyed an amazing experience,

As I decided to put my fears aside and ask that she models for me for a bit of a photo shoot.

My main concern was (mostly a silly thought) that: I wasn’t sure if doing a shoot featuring my daughter who’s just turned thirteen, would fit with where I imagine going with portrait work.

But then I thought; 13 year olds get clothes and goods from somewhere right?

So on Saturday afternoon we were allotted a perfect window of time (as we dropped my wife and younger son off at another event) in local area which is a built up suburban beach access road which also contains a small selection of shops which show signs of age and plenty of character.

Before leaving the house I noticed my daughter was wearing a light pink ribbed woollen type jersey, which I decided would be a great subject to build on and it was an overcast winters day so this would work well.

My decision to focus on the jersey then lead me to seek out textures to play on in the images, we also ventured down to the beach which on this day was surreal with a lot of low cloud and almost a light rain and mist which I feel contrasted the textures and have a soft feel.

My pre reservations about doing a photo shoot with my daughter were quickly dismissed after playing around with a few locations, my daughter was very relaxed in front of camera.

I was also, and was able to give direction (at times not sure where it came from at all!) and it was a completely relaxed event, not to mention a couple of times my daughter stared down the camera like an absolute pro!


Now I look forward to my next shoot of this kind,

Do you shoot portraits? how did you practice? who did you practice with.

All shots taken using with my Fujifilm XT1 + 18-55mm and edited in Lightroom 

Are you a model, make-up artist, stylist or brand, keen to collaborate on my next shoot? contact me at philip.windley@gmail.com


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