Sunday, December 11, 2011

Reupholstering Chairs 101

1) Find a bunch of old chairs - preferably free. The inorganic street collections are perfect for this, it may take a bit of slow drive bys on streets in wealthy Auckland neighborhoods but it will happen.
2) Sand, stain and varnish your chairs.
3) 6 months later, realise that you will never find the perfect ginormous piece of 50's floral upholstery fabric that will cover all six of your chairs.
4) Start buying pieces of mismatched prints.
5) Have a first Sunday off in a month and go crazy with a staple gun.
6) And Bob's ya uncle...for two chairs anyway - I'm off to ebay for more fabric.

Monday, December 5, 2011

treespotting

Tono, Taart and I spent much of today looking for the perfect set of trees for Tono's new album cover. They had to be perfectly spaced and sized - ready for an extraordinary photo shoot full of many fun things. This was a difficult yet pleasant task.

Watch this space...!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Frida visits the North

Sorry about the lack of posts lately - things have been busy, busy but in a great way. I've been learning about photoshop processes, business tax, album covers and time balance.

Today I had an afternoon off and went up North to hang out with Rose aka Frida for her birthday. It was lovely.

Also, my dear friend Jenna-Lee has just launched her new website. I went all through photography at art school with Jenna (yes, we were "the Jennas") and I am so stoked to see all of her amazing work in one place. You may also catch my face on there...!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Joys of Commercial Photography

And real joys they are!
Today was a very good day because I got to go and visit a Dog Grooming business as a part of one of my latest photography jobs. If this photography/book selling thing goes topsy turvy, I think I have found my new career.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Shelly and Stephen's Fabulous Wedding

I wanted to share some shots that I took of Shelly and Stephen at their wonderful wedding on Friday.
They are such a lovely and creative couple and I had such a fantastic day with them - I couldn't help but take a thousand pictures of the amazing styling and I had such a great day with this beautiful family.

Shelly and Stephen looked incredible!



They had the best dressed children out...


A darling ceremony venue...


And there are no words for the amazing flowers, cakes and reception venue...


This is only a sneak peek!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Being Local

November is one week in - the sun is starting to come and stay out and photography things are getting busy. I'm really excited about a lovely vintage style wedding I am shooting at Cornwall Park this weekend and I've just got a contract taking pictures for Localist. The Localist is a website and yellow pages type book that is all about being local in Auckland - so...that's what I've been taking pictures of.
Here is an outtake of gorgeous Poppy on Mount Eden today - she and her Dad Josh regularly grab cardboard and zip down the side of the mountain.

We also saw naughty people walking into the crater. What dicks.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Nothing is better than Harroween...



















Feargal sleeping on a discarded costume post-party...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Korean Stereotypes

This is my friend Kerri:

and this is a delicious breakfast we ate one day.

...and here is a video she made with her students in Korea.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

DUCK/CAKES/CAT

There's nothing I like better than a peking duck fest and this is what we ate for my good friend Alex's birthday. Nom nom nom.


Alex is most lucky to be attached to Tina (cake maker extraordinaire) and here is his "HOT LAVA" cake, complete with dry ice and a white mousse filling (with red food colouring.)
It was also extremely delicious.

It was also my boss Wendy's birthday recently. I made her a cake that fulfilled her lemon dreams as it contained a milk cake soaked in lemon syrup, lemon curd and lemon buttercream. It was just delicious and veryyyy sweet.

I'll end with pictures of Lucinda checking out the new releases and hugging the Hungry Caterpillar. Just because.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Glue/HAKAPeepshow/Molars

While in Dunedin, I was so happy to have amazing Kate give me a late night, private tour of the recently opened Glue Gallery.
Here is a little bit of the venue, a blurry shot of the back garden and Kate's caravan covered in Bachelorette photographs.
Unfortunately my camera battery died and I didn't take photos of the 'zine library, the shop, the gallery or some of the studio spaces. But trust me, it's an amazing space and so great for the Dunedin art and music community.

I also saw Rachel Rakena's sculpture Haka Peepshow plonked in the Octogon. I love it!

There has been many a letter to the editor complaining about the "$50,000 big, black penis" but these people need to get over it. Actually, people suddenly being offended by a penis after being completely obsessed by the penis fest that is otherwise known as the Rugby World Cup, gives me a giggle.
Rakena says that Haka Peepshow should be considered in the "broader context of the sexualisation and commodification of Maori sportsmen and the representation of their masculinity and culture in the media." There is nothing better than looking into the peepholes and being eyeballed by Tama Iti doing the haka - it gave me chills.
I'm a bit behind on the discussion on this work but I've only just seen it and it's great to see just a tiny percentage of what has been spent on the Dunedin Stadium, going towards a very important work by a very exciting Ngai Tahu artist. Read more at the Haka Peepshow website. I also found this article in the Critic magazine pretty awesome.

Another work that got its fair share of ODT complaint letters, Harbour Mouth Molars by Regan Gentry were defaced by some extremely original taggers over the weekend. Luckily I got these pictures before they were cleaned the next time I was driving past again...hehe!