Life

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

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

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

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