Dunedin

The World IS Your Oyster | Moving to Wellington | Model: Tristan Allison

I'm sitting here listening to Cat Stevens (is it ok to call him that again- I can't remember), and I am planning out the next 6ish months of my life.  As I come to the end of my degree, it's interesting to note that my whole attitude has changed towards the whole thing.  Last year I think I probably came across as quite bitter. You wouldn't know it by looking at me but everything I did was to try to do something that the lecturers would think was good, something that would get me a good grade.  Because while I am not all about the grades, and I know in the long run they do not matter, there was also this thing called grad school looming that I was worried my grades wouldn't be good enough for. As a result of this focus on grades, I did some things that I would usually not do at all, and it showed in my work. 

The World IS Your Oyster | Moving to Wellington | Model: Tristan Allison

What to do when it rains on the day of your photoshoot!

Let's set the scene!

You booked the photo-shoot months ago but had to keep putting it off due to illness and bad weather, so after the third or so reschedule you think; NO! This can't be put off again, what the heck can I do about this. In Dunedin, much like the rest of New Zealand, we are used to having 4 seasons in one day.  There have been times I have called off a shoot due to weather only to find 10 minutes later it is bright and sunny and we could have gone ahead.  On the contrast, I have had times where I show up, do a tonne of shoots, and 2 minutes after the last one the heavens flood over, and I am left trudging home, cold, wet and with dampened spirits.

What to do when it rains on the day of your photoshoot!

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

Why are photographers so expensive | Prices, Prices and y'know...prices

I get it, we live in Dunedin, this tiny, cold and damp place where a huge portion of our population doesn't make all that much money. On top of that Dunedin has to have more photographers per capita than anywhere else I have ever lived.  Portrait and wedding photographers galore, commercial and fashion perhaps not so much but hey, maybe the clientelle doesn't really exist for that here (except it does!).

Why are photographers so expensive | Prices, Prices and y'know...prices

Giving up the things that are bad for you | caffeine withdrawls are killer

I knew I was ready to do this awhile ago, but with school and work, I just couldn't find the time and bad habits slipped back in.  Have you ever had that happen? Is it just me? I know it's not just me. Tell me it's not just me, haha, yup slightly neurotic today.

Giving up the things that are bad for you | caffeine withdrawls are killer

Fostering a sense of social conscience | Dunedin | Olivia and Hayden

Maybe I am being a tad overly sensitive, But it always seems as though America ramping up into an election campaign brings the worst out in people.  To a certain extent we can usually see this mirrored in the Kiwi elections as well and it always leaves me...well, to put it mildly- baffled!

Fostering a sense of social conscience | Dunedin | Olivia and Hayden

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

Change your reality in 2016 | It's Butt Kicking Time! 3 step process

Now that's a scary thought, 2015 went by so fast I can barely remember jan 2nd through to christmas, it's true our perception of time seeems to speed up as we get older. What are you going to do to improve on this last year gone? It's the time of year when people start thinking about resolutions and while I am not particularly one for "resolutions" I totally believe in setting goals and working towards them.  I know many people who have had incredibly bad years, and to be honest my year has had a few ups and downs itself.  But this isn't about goals or resolutions it's a butt kicking (that happens to involve choosing a new destination!)!

Change your reality in 2016 | It's Butt Kicking Time! 3 step process

Will the real Model Citizen Please stand up! Why I do, that thing I do

Why do I do what I do?  One of my greatest beliefs is that there is beauty and perfection in everything.  Even when the world seems broken and sad we can find perfection in the smallest of things! I love working with people who do not seem to think they should be in front of the camera, want to know why? It's because I know withuot a doubt that every single person has something about them that should be explored and celebrated.

Will the real Model Citizen Please stand up! Why I do, that thing I do

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!

Scouts Motto: Be Prepared and how I learned this the hard way | Wallis Brothers | Dunedin

There is nothing more embarrassing that rocking up to a photoshoot assuming you are prepared and then it turns out you are not.  Ok, maybe that one time I was on a photoshoot walking across a bridge and my pantyhose rolled all the way down to my ankles, but that verged on mortifying rather than professionally embarrassing.  But these things happen to all of us at some stageannd if we don't learn from them and move on then what good are we to annyone, including ourselves!

Scouts Motto: Be Prepared and how I learned this the hard way | Wallis Brothers | Dunedin

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

Why Being Confident Is So Sexy

Being a photographer I see a lot of things and one I love to see is confidence. Easily captured with my camera, clients whose pores ooze confidence during a photoshoot display one of life’s most desired characteristics – sex appeal.

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!

How Glamour Shoots Boost Confidence | Amanda Marshall | 200 Riccarton

Those of us in the industry are still fighting against those scarily bad glamour images of the 80s!

Honestly, I couldn't fault anyone for not wanting one of those.  But if the internet has anything to teach us about glamour photos it is that they are probably the most misunderstood genres today.  Definitely not helped by those bad photos from the 80s, glamour photography doesnt have to be that way, trust me when I say that glamour can be some of the greatest images for helping you to boost your confidence.

How Glamour Shoots Boost Confidence | Amanda Marshall | 200 Riccarton

Why I started Model Citizen | Nancy- Miss B Blonde Ambition | Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Sometimes I find it tough.  I love photography, but the truth is; it is not a business for the faint-hearted.

Why I started Model Citizen | Nancy- Miss B Blonde Ambition | Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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

Prancing around in your underwear| 10 tips to own your boudoir shoot | Jacinda Boocock

Keeping those nerves at bay while prancing around in your undies is more difficult than I would ever have imagined!

Which is why I have the utmost respect for anyone like Jacinda here who manages to do it so naturally!  If you have been considering a boudoir shoot here are a few tips for you to help you ease into it!

Prancing around in your underwear| 10 tips to own your boudoir shoot | Jacinda Boocock

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!