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.
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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.
Third Location, Porirua
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
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Last night, my son Justin participated as part of the choir for the Music and Wearable arts performance at Artsplash 2016, at the Michael Fowler centre in Wellington.
This was the first time I had attended such an event, first time at the Michael Fowler centre and one of the first indoor events I have photographed since starting to learn photography not so long ago.
As a parent I took along my camera to try and get some shots of my son, at his first performance event, it was not my intention to go in full photography mode and do my best to capture the event. But I was quickly inspired.
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
The theatre was quite full, we arrived on time (ok I admit we were almost late) and picked our seats, near the back, to settle ourselves in for the performance. I then spotted that there was no one seated in the front rows, this had me curious.
The performances starting to begin I picked my moment, camera in hand, adjusted my settings and headed to the front row of seats to see if I could get a better shot of my son and find out why no one was sitting there. Were the seats reserved? Were there important people meant to be there and they were just fashionably late? gosh I don’t know, I digress.
QUICK PHOTOGRAPHY BIT
I run a Fujifilm XT1 and I brought along the Fujinon XF 18-55mm, so with limited telephoto capability from the back rows, I needed to move closer to the action to get the tighter shots but I had just enough width to be able to get the whole stage and the full choir.
I manually adjusted my settings to a shutter speed of 1/250th – 1/60th and had my ISO between 2000 – 1600 and had my aperture between 4-5.
BACK TO THE SHOW…
So the performances started and I soon realised the front row was most likely empty as the stage was quite high, it was ok though and leant itself to some good low angle opportunities.
As I dotted around I was happily clicking my shutter to performances of musical numbers such as a star wars style composition and the theme song from James Bond.
The performance I saw included a combination of Choir, Orchestra and an awesome display of wearable arts. The students who participated came from Primary and Intermediate Schools of the wider Wellington Region including schools from Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast. Students were accompanied by Wellington’s Sinfonietta Orchestra, Chilton Amadeus Orchestra and the Artsplash Festival Band.
I was really impressed by this event, I learned that artsplash has been running for 29 years, which is super impressive (When I learn the age of events such as this I always wonder what the first ones are like) and I feel artsplash as an event showcasing young people being creative and honouring the arts it is a real fine piece of art as a whole for Wellington.
My son did a super awesome job I am a very proud Dad!
QUICK PHOTOGRAPHY BIT
As one of my first indoor events I was really happy with the outcome, I feel there was enough available light on stage to capture what I saw without having to go too far on the ISO and not have just blur and blackness.
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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.
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Since I can remember I have always had an appreciation for the architecture of churches. Living in a young country such as New Zealand, where our oldest building dates back to 1822 we don’t have super old features or designs, but I definitely appreciate the age gap and can appreciate soaking up a bit of heritage through my lens.
Here are just a few I have recently managed to photograph, these are 19th century rural churches which I absolutely adore!