Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rainbows and wind...

Every wedding is different, as is the weather. One day it is brilliant sunshine and the next it is raining. However all is not lost, with rain comes rainbows and clear haze free skies. These images were taken during light rain, gusty winds and failing light but still the results are great!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tying the knot

Yesterday saw us at Gear Homestead in Porirua photographing the marriage of Hannah and Carl. We had a really enjoyable time with this couple and their family and friends. The weather was perfect (if a little bright) and everything went to plan. Here is a few of the images from their special day.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Up Close and Personal

The pelicans at the zoo are always in the same places and the photographs always look the same. So this time I thought I would try for a different angle on a pelican shot. I hope you enjoy them :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Peek a boo

You may have noticed that I have enlarged the size of the images on my blog. I have done this because sometimes it is hard to see the detail in a small picture, and I want you to be able to see it all! Today's images are more from the trip to the zoo last Saturday. The chimp enclosure is rather good for photography when the chimps co-operate - however they do like to hide their young. Note the little hand and foot to the side of the chimp in most of the images.


Monday, March 21, 2011


Had some time to spare on the weekend and a garden full of dahlias caught my attention.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


As a photographer I often find the bird exhibits at the zoo very frustrating. I understand why they can't have glass for the viewing area of the birds(they would fly into it and hurt themselves), but that doesn't make it any easier to photograph them. Walk in avairies are so much better! However I have found a way to shoot through the wire netting and still get an acceptable image. I might look a bit silly when I am doing it but the result isn't bad.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


It was a beautiful day in Wellington today and after a few meetings in the morning I decided it was time to get out the camera, so we headed off to the zoo. Wellington Zoo is constantly changing and even though we go there often there is always something different to photograph.

 These photos are from one enclosure - the baboons. Usually I shoot then through the glass viewing window but today they weren't co-operating and were no where to be seen. Well not close enough to photograph well anyway. I was just about to give up when I noticed a couple of feet up against the wire netting further down the enclosure. 
While I was busy focusing on the old pair of feet and hands, my ever patient husband pointed out that just a few feet to the right there was a cute little baby baboon imitating the bigger one. Normally I would go out of my way to avoid having the cage or netting visible in the image but today it worked. I have entitled this post "Captive" because it is what they are.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


As a photographer I like to get that perfect image in camera, however that is not always realistic. The lighting, weather, surroundings, people, any number of different variables can affect how the shot turns out, which is why we often need to do some post processing on the images. Now I am working on taking some of my images just that little step further and changing them from photos to artwork. I had a bit of a play this afternoon using some images from past weddings, the results are below. Firstly there will be the original and then the after effects.

After take one
After take two

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hot Stuff - Fetish Shoot

In stark contrast to the photoshoot with Claire, these photos of Chrissi were from Saturday's fetish shoot. Many of the images are not suitable for this blog but I will share a few. Props for this shoot were a roll of black pallet wrap and a roll of danger tape. What more does one need?  Enjoy!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Forever friends

During our lifetime we make a lot of friends, some stay a little while, others longer. But there is always one or two that are 'forever friends'. Claire, the lovely lady in these images is one of my forever friends and it was a pleasure to photograph her this weekend. She has been working in Christchurch this last week and called in to see us on her way back to Hamilton. Amazingly she said she didn't feel many of the shakes down there during her stay. I guess some people just aren't tuned into to them.

Claire's hair was in a style that she particularly wanted for this photoshoot. She has a 'big' birthday coming up soon and wanted a photo of how her hair might have looked if she was this age in the year she was born. She asked me late Saturday afternoon if I could find a hairdresser willing to work on Sunday morning - a long shot but she thought she would ask. As it happened she was extremely lucky and her hair was done by Fiona Knapman. Not only did Fiona say yes to our request but she was on our doorstep at 9am and this after being up all night with a sick child! Now thats service!

So the photos got taken and Claire has caught yet another plane home to Hamilton. We might not see each other for another six months or so but we remain (and always will do) forever friends.