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.

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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

 

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Taitomo Island, Piha, New Zealand

An 85 second exposure of Taitomo Island, Piha, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Piha, Auckland, Fine Art, Landscape, Photography
Taitomo Island, Piha, New Zealand

Photos from: My adventure into the abandoned Kimberley Centre Facility

My wife and I had a small holiday break recently, the first time in quite a while!

So we decided to do a roadtrip, the roadtrip was a perfect way to spend some time together, explore and of course do some photography.

My wife did most of the driving and I was to tell her to stop when I saw something to photograph. (I tread pretty lightly with this privilege because it works really well…)

For this part of the trip we were traveling in the middle of the day, not the most ideal time for photography but I wanted to make the most of the opportunity.

The most common things I like to stop and shoot while traveling in the day are physical man made things so; architecture, old cottages and things with texture, as more often than not if I have to shoot in the day I’m likely to go black and white for the edit.

The Kimberley Centre was perfect for this occasion.

The Kimberley Centre is based just outside of Levin in the North Island of New Zealand and is a closed facility for the disabled which in it’s time was one of the best in the world and made up for a large part of the local community.

The facility has been closed since 2006. The land has since recently been purchased and is being completely re-developed into a retirement village.

After looking in from the perimeter of the facility (which did have fences and no trespassing signs) we soon discovered a driveway in, this is where the development is starting to take place.

The Kimberley Centre Facility was actually huge! Way bigger than I expected so we just got around to a couple of the buildings that caught our attention.

From what I understand some groups use a few of the buildings so some of the buildings weren’t in too horrendous of a condition, The chapel on the grounds has been renovated restored by the new developers

For me this was my first adventure into something like this, it was great to be able to take a look around and not have concern for being arrested or so which I’m sure my wife wouldn’t have enjoyed on our holiday.

 

 

Thanks for reading! Enjoy the pics, feel free to leave a comment! 🙂

Have you been into the Kimberley Centre?
When it was open?
Since it’s been closed?
Do you have memories of the place?

 

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