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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

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

Throwback Thursday Series | 1 | Julia Hope | The George

You know, over the last couple of years there have been so many shoots I havent shared on the blog specifically because each shoot is meant to be accompianied by a blog post and there is only so much writing someone who is not a writer can do lmao. So! Welcome to the Throwback Thursday series where I will choose an old shoot to share and just write a few sentences to back it up instead of an in depth article.

Throwback Thursday  Series | 1 | Julia Hope | The George

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

Planning for variety in a single space | Studio Shoot | Kopare Williams

Model Citizen does a lot of location shoots, but recently I found a studio space that I love and Kopare was the very first person I shot in it. Today I wanted to talk about how you can get variety in a single room while not resorting to changing your clothes every 5 minutes.

Planning for variety in a single space | Studio Shoot | Kopare Williams

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

Part 2: Exercises for finding inspiration | Shyana

You know, the best thing about inspiration is that it doesn't have to be a big deal.  In this second part blog post that is following on from yesterdays (you can find that here) if you havent read it) Im going to let you know a few of the specific exercises I use to come up with bountiful ideas for photoshoots and creative thinking.

Part 2: Exercises for finding inspiration | Shyana

Finding Inspiration: The myth of motivation | Christiaan

In Brooke Shaden's book Inspiration in Photography she states that “…there are two types of inspiration. There is internal inspiration, which comes to us from our own experiences and perceptions of the world, and there is external inspiration, which comes from other people”[1].  Many artists choose to believe that the only, or best time to work are those very rare times when inspiration hits them, like a light bulb turning on in a dark room- artists who choose to believe this are limiting themselves. Waiting for inspiration as if it comes only from outside of ourselves limits artists to working only when it does come around; when if we know how to find it, inspiration can be found anywhere. Inspiration is not an all elusive concept that dangles like a prize just out of reach, artists are not Tantalus, perpetually reaching and never grasping the golden apple that is inspiration.

Finding Inspiration: The myth of motivation | Christiaan

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

Why you need a special mentality to be a model | Jasmine | The George Hotel | Christchurch

So you've decided you want to be a model, you've had a few shoots and everyone tells you how awesome you're doing and how amazing you look.  This is great for a short pick-me-up confidence boost isn't it!  And it's great if you only want to be doing it cos you have fun and know people with cameras who can take photos for you.  But thats not what being a model is all about.  We work with a tonne of aspiring models here at Model Citizen so I have a unique perspective on this whole thing.

Why you need a special mentality to be a model | Jasmine | The George Hotel | Christchurch