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Exposure | Amanda | Mona Vale

Working for exposure is a zero sum game, and this is why I so often no longer accept any requests for any work where the only payment is "exposure".  There is no way this post can come across as anything but vain and assholic, but I'm ok with that. 

Exposure | Amanda | Mona Vale

Getting back into things | The Nieces | Rowlands Wood Kerikeri

It's been awhile! First, I went home for the holidays so i could spend some time with these rascally little raggamuffins, then I came home and had to move house, I packed day and night for a week and moved at the end of it, Then I went to wellington on this amazing trip where I took some amazing photos, and very badly injured myself! I still cant walk without a limp and that was back at the start of march!  SO, after a month of being in bed (and the hospital for a spell) I am slowly getting back into things, and first things first, I think I am finally ready to get back to taking bookings.  I am going to be doing things differently this year because last year I got to about this time and everything went to shit...

Getting back into things | The Nieces | Rowlands Wood Kerikeri

Upcoming Spring Mini-sessions | Daffodil Field | Dunedin Botanic Gardens | September 23 2016

It's that time of year when we start to see the sun a bit more, the trees are starting to bloom and we are all anticipating some nice hot weather!  I for one will be glad to see the back of winter. But perhaps that is because I spent 6 weeks of it with no hot water and a broken oven.

Model Citizen Photography | Hayley Walmsley | Holy Cow I think She's Gunna Make It

Who doesn't love a good meatloaf quote right! I woke up this morning, and I had to get ready for school, something that can be quite difficult on the best of days.  School has been somewhat of a mixed blessing for me, I love going, I love creating things, and yet at the same time, time itself is a limited commodity and I fear I am rushing towards my doom without having accomplished my dreams yet.

Model Citizen Photography | Hayley Walmsley | Holy Cow I think She's Gunna Make It

Beauty at any age project update

We are now 6 months into this project and I had the most recent day was last month some time. The beauty at any age has kind of changed quite a bit in the last 4-6 months, but one thing that hasn't changed is how beautiful all the women who have come in have been!

Beauty at any age project update

Earthquakes, Epiphanies and Introversion | Kelsey | Rockbourne Gallery

Before we get into this one I have to warn you I am going come off as an egocentric, assholic, and opinionated prick. Generally I don't think I come across that way but every once and awhile it all comes spewing forth in torrents of vehement opinions, overwhelming feelings and an almost scary amount of "omg I could hurt you right now". It's been one of those days. It's actually be one of those days and then a couple more of them thrown in for good measure.

Earthquakes, Epiphanies and Introversion | Kelsey | Rockbourne Gallery

Help a girl out and get some super cool images in the process.

Hey guys so as some of you will know I don't usually do more than the one post in a week but this week I have a special favour to ask! Some of you may have seen the video on my facebook page where I very quickly stated that I had broken a lens but not to worry because it was likely under warranty and I had insurance, well no big ups to the insurance community today!

Help a girl out and get some super cool images in the process.

Random Ramblings | Kopare | Rockbourne Gallery Dunedin

Last week I wrote a blog post that was shared 107 times at this time plus another 20 direct on facebook!  It was seem by 6000 people on Facebook, and my website saw more traffic than it has seen in its entire lifetime! I had 66 emails in 3 days and they are still coming in, I guess I struck a chord with many. many people when I said women are beautiful at every age.

Random Ramblings | Kopare | Rockbourne Gallery Dunedin

Personal Project number 1: Beauty at any age | Casting Call Dunedin

It's time to kick off 2016 with a bang and talk about something that I feel quite strongly about.  Beautiful images of beautiful women. Here's the thing, I want to celebrate every woman, I am often asked what my target market is and honestly the majority of the women who hire me are between the ages of 18-25 but i don't consider them to be my target market. Don't get me wrong I dont mind at all, but the whole idea behind my business was every woman is beautiful and I really feel that my target market is quite simply: female, yup if youre female its you! Sometimes I get messages asking if I will photograph someone because "I know you don't do older people but..." rubbish I don't shoot older people. I love shooting older people, I love shooting younger people and age really isn't a factor for me! I would be lying if i didn't say that it actually hurts when I see these messages in my inbox. So, I am doing something about it!

Personal Project number 1: Beauty at any age | Casting Call Dunedin

Ahhhh Christmas, the time of year when people need to unwrap manners!

It's that time of year isn't it folks!  Everyone goes a little crazy in the lead up to christmas, personally I find myself affected by the chaos that is surrounding me. Just a couple of days ago I found myself in the warehouse, strolling along looking for christmas presents for mr T, when a random woman felt it her right

Ahhhh Christmas, the time of year when people need to unwrap manners!

F.A.Q What if I don't like my pictures

There is always some chance that when you have a photoshoot whether it is with Model Citizen Photography or anyone else that you may dislike the resulting images.  Sometimes it may have been an off day either for yourself or for me, othertimes it may just be a case of disliking yourself to the point you can't see the beauty that I did. 

F.A.Q What if I don't like my pictures

F.A.Q Comments Policy | Model Citizen Photography Policy Files

Lets keep our cool, act with dignity and respect one another.  It's how we expect others to treat us, so lets begin with the (wo)man in the mirror!

F.A.Q Comments Policy | Model Citizen Photography Policy Files

Why Photographers Should Become Models Atleast Once

Photographers! This is one thing you could be doing that you probably don't that will help you get better at your craft.

It doesn't matter if you consider yourself highly professional, an amateur, a hobbyist or some other label for someone who uses a camera; yoou need to get yourself in front of a camera at some stage.  It teaches you all sorts of crazy stuff you never knew before and can help yu hone your skills.  Over the past few years I have had the great priviledge to shoot some of my competition (don't worry it was wwith a camera I promise), as well, I have been on the other side of the camera myself despite the fact I hate being in photos.  Why would I subject myself to this?  Because it makes me a better photographer. Here are a few of the ways it does so...

Why Photographers Should Become Models Atleast Once

Do you really want to see every single image from your shoot? Hell NO!

One of the reasons I am paid to be a photographer is ofcourse my expertise, I am paid to cull your images (harsh word its true), and present the best of the best to you.  Now not only would I look like I don't do a very good job if I sent you every single bad image as well as all the good ones (dilution is a bitch), But the simple fact is there are just some pictures you don't need to see, and so it is my policy, and one that is never broken no matter how annoyed you get or how much begging ensues.

Read on to find out why...

Do you really want to see every single image from your shoot? Hell NO!

Sometimes Things Don't Go As Planned | Urban Dunedin | Mikaela Preston

Recently (last thursday night) my Grandmother died.  She was only a few years off 100, and my favorite person in the world.  It is always a disheartening blow to lose someone you love so dearly and the world wont be the same, atleast in my eyes without her.

Sometimes Things Don't Go As Planned | Urban Dunedin | Mikaela Preston

Getting older and figuring out life

Not so long ago I celebrated my 31st birthday with my amazing friends and family and it occurred to me that I have the best life! I have friends who love me, a son who is awesome, my cats; Horus and Marceline, who make life interesting (even when they crap in my room-i still love you guys) and a business I absolutely adore at least 99.9% of the time. My life is far from perfect and it is something I am actively and with intent putting some effort into. What surprises me is that even tho life can hand me the occasional shit sandwich, I have far more confidence and vive to deal with said sandwich, pick myself up, dust myself off and move on.

Getting older and figuring out life

Lacking Confidence? Maybe we can help!

It absolutely astounds me to hear how having a photoshoot and working with us has helped people. Honestly, we go out there hoping to make a difference, hoping that we may be remembered for being helpful, having good customer service, or even just providing a spectacular experience.  But the truth is one of my biggest goals for Model Citizen has always been to help people have more confidence and see themselves how I see them.

Lacking Confidence? Maybe we can help!

Dunedin Mini Sessions | August 2015 | Jackie Phelan | Dunedin Botanic Garden | Dunedins

Sometimes you just want a new facebook picture...am I right? If you dont want all the artsy fartsy stuff we usually do, if youre just after some good, honest to goodness portrait style images which leave you looking and feeling good then LISTEN UP!

Dunedin Mini Sessions | August 2015 | Jackie Phelan | Dunedin Botanic Garden | Dunedins

Attitude, Etiquette & Manners | Chontelle De La Croix | Miss De La Croix | Bottlelake Forest | Christchurch

It pains me to say this, it really does but some people are just not cut out to interact with people in public.  Whose fault that is a different matter entirely but the issue with the internet as everyone knows is that there is no visual context. There is nothing to say give you an idea of the tone of voice or subliminal meaning that we as humans can pick up on in person almost immediately. And what does this lead to? MISUNDERSTANDINGS! So todays post may be a tad rambly but let’s get on with it shall we...

Attitude, Etiquette & Manners | Chontelle De La Croix | Miss De La Croix | Bottlelake Forest | Christchurch

Why I became a Photographer and how it increased my confidence 100 fold | Kayla Bush | Miss Diamond Doll CHCH 2015 | Photographed by Christiaan for Model Citizen | Christchurch

Not so long ago I celebrated my 31st birthday with my amazing friends and family and it occurred to me that I have the best life! I have friends who love me, a son who is awesome, my cats; Horus and Marceline, who make life interesting (even when they crap in my room-i still love you guys) and a business I absolutely adore at least 99.9% of the time. My life is far from perfect and it is something I am actively and with intent putting some effort into. What surprises me is that even tho life can hand me the occasional shit sandwich, I have far more confidence and vive to deal with said sandwich, pick myself up, dust myself off and move on.

Why I became a Photographer and how it increased my confidence 100 fold | Kayla Bush | Miss Diamond Doll CHCH 2015 | Photographed by Christiaan for Model Citizen | Christchurch

Oh the Embarrasssment! | Payment and all that other stuff | Jonny Shaw - St Clair Beach | Dunedin

Not knowing the proper way to handle giving money to someone for their services is there.  Hmmm I should probably reword that LOL.  But you know what I mean!

It gets especially confusing when the company has various different pricing plans and you have no clue what applies to you.

So I thought I would explain all the difficult stuff including when and how to pay for our services, but first how about a story…

Oh the Embarrasssment! | Payment and all that other stuff | Jonny Shaw - St Clair Beach | Dunedin

Christchurch | Dunedin | Wellington Boudoir shoots with Model Citizen Photography

Model Citizen is moving around the country in an attempt to alleviate your winter blues!  Get glammed up and rock your socks off with a boudoir or glamour experience like no other.  We are travelling to Dunedin, Wellington and Christchurch In july and August and we wanna see you!

Christchurch | Dunedin | Wellington Boudoir shoots with Model Citizen Photography