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

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. 

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Fresh Faces Wanted!

Fresh Faces Wanted!

Hi all,

I am currently working on a new portfolio and need some fresh faces to photograph!

If you like my style and have been thinking about working with me for a while but couldn't afford the session fee, or if you've never heard of me (Hi I'm Hayley) but some kind person pointed you in my direction please please apply!  Just choose the role you are applying for and read on below!

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Getting back into things | The Nieces | Rowlands Wood Kerikeri

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...

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Throwback Thursday Series | 1 | Julia Hope | The George

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.

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

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!).

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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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Earthquakes, Epiphanies and Introversion | Kelsey | Rockbourne Gallery

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.

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

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!

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Part 2: Exercises for finding inspiration | Shyana

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.

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Finding Inspiration: The myth of motivation | Christiaan

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.

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Make your move before you're ready | Jasmine M | Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Make your move before you're ready | Jasmine M | Christchurch Botanic Gardens

I dont know about you guys but I have always been one of those people who will have the tiniest idea of a concept that will work for me and leap into it, growing my wings on the way down.  It's how I ended up moving to Dunedin on a whim in 2004 and look how that has turned out! I love it here.  It's also how I ended up with this business that I put so much efffort into day in and day out.  I am fortunate to have had quite an amazing life, having had the opportunity to work in and on my business, and help so many people get amazing pictures of themselves and boost their confidence in the process.

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