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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.

Throwback Thursday 2 | Kayla at the George | Christchurch | Boudoir

Welcome to Model Citizen Photography's Throwback Thursday Series.  This is number 2 in the series and you can find number 1 here.  The aim of the game, is to clear out the huge backlog of shoots I have not managed to post so here we go.

Throwback Thursday 2 | Kayla at the George | Christchurch | Boudoir

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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!

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!

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

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

The Value of Digital Files | Hayley Roberts | Bottlelake Forest | Christchurch

Today I thought I would talk to you about the value of your digital files.  One of the first questions I ask you when you call to organise a portrait session with me here at Model Citizen is “what do you plan to do with the images that get taken?”.  Now obviously the list of answers are about as long as my arm but here are a few of the more common ones...

The Value of Digital Files | Hayley Roberts | Bottlelake Forest | 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