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Light painting at Piha beach {Auckland New Zealand photography)

Last week I was lucky enough to spend an evening enjoying a Piha beach front house with a good friend who wanted to have a play with light painting his company name for promotional images.  This is the result :)  I am pretty proud of my mad “writing with a iphone flashlight/photo taking skills” haha  Before we did this shot, I also managed to get completely soaked from the thighs down chasing a landscape sunset photo in the waves.  I’ll share that one another time, but I have to say it was definitely worth it!  Even though my tripod legs are stiff and filled with sand, and I no longer trust Jason to adhere to my request of “I tend to wind up in the water, please don’t let me do it this time”… Fail on his part lol but that’s ok, he yelled out before my filter got washed away, held my dog who just learnt how to dig in the sand, made me a super dooper dinner, and even carried our glasses of wine to the beach.  I’ll forgive him :)

Check out Jason’s website or  facebook page  to connect with him and his team for any exterior cleaning solutions needs.  Commercial or residential.

Maternity Photography – Newborn Photography – Family Photography.  Fine Art Landscape prints and Canvases New Zealand

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3:50am wake up {North Shore Auckland landscape photography}

This past Sat morning I woke up at 3:50am.  For anyone that knows me, they will know that I am NOT a morning person.  Especially considering it’s a good night when I get to bed before midnight…  So I was quite proud of myself I must say.  Now what could possibly be the reason for waking at that crazy hour of the morning?  A photography outing I had organized.  A few months ago a couple photographer friends and I met for a dawn shoot in Raglan.  We had such a great time, we decided we should start a facebook group for professional wanting to meet up, have some fun, and push one another’s creative boundaries.  And of course the cake and tea afterwards is nice too.  This group has since evolved to include members from all across NZ, and with outings happening over the same weekend in different locations with a specific theme in mind.  So far Auckland and Waikato have been the most active, but hopefully it will take off in other areas too.  I must say it’s pretty fun!  So this is the reason I could not hit snooze and roll back to bed, I had to be there.  It’s like having a workout buddy you can’t leave standing there alone…  But I’m so glad I rolled myself out of bed!  You should’ve heard us, ooohing and awwwwing over the amazingly lit sky in the wee hours of the day.  It was one of the most beautiful blue hours I’ve seen, and just an amazing sunrise to witness.  I almost wanted to put the camera down and just enjoy.  But I couldn’t resist trying to capture it in all it’s glory.  I was so consumed that I even dropped my iPhone into the ocean…. Thank goodness for insurance!  Ooops :/

These are a couple of my favourite images from the morning – I hope they allow you to enjoy just a little piece of the beauty I saw that day.  I can’t wait for our next outing!!

xx Shari

Maternity Photography – Newborn Photography – Family Photography.  Fine Art Landscape prints and Canvases New Zealand

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My first award!! {Auckland maternity photography, newborn photography, family photographer & Christchurch & Palmerston North photographer}

It’s a bronze for me!!  I’m super excited to have been awarded at this years prestigious New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography 2013 Iris Awards!  The caliber of work presented was utterly amazing, and I’m still in a bit of shock that I get to be included.  I can only begin to describe the process and the feelings that come when deciding to enter something of this level.  You go from hating all your work and feeling like nothing is good enough, to deciding – ok maybe you’ve got a little bit of a chance, to excitement and hope when you see the finished beautifully printed and mounted photo, to utter sickness when you finally send them off for judging, and finally relief when it’s over – whatever the outcome.  It is a roller coaster to say the least, one that tortures you, but that you also love and never want to end.  It was great meeting so many wonderful, well established, inspiring photographers, and see that they too feel the same way and go through a similar process.  It’s very encouraging.  I’ve learnt so much from watching the judging process and seeing what they think makes not only great daily work of a professional photographer, but award worthy work.  I’m really looking forward to getting out there and creating for next year, and seeing if I can top this year.  Bring on NZIPP Iris 2014!

I also had one entry in the landscape category which scored a high professional standard, 2 points off a bronze, and I’m so happy with that!  While it’s not an award, it’s still recognition of high professional technique and practice.  I was completely sure it was going to be trashed by the judges upon seeing the other entries, but luckily that wasn’t the case, and I’m happy where I landed.  Landscape is a new area for me, but one that I personally really love and hope to continue growing in.  I never would’ve been able to create this image without the past teaching and encouragement of a great photographer who I thank very much.

I strongly encourage anyone wishing to increase their photography skills to seek knowledge first, then to just get out there while having fun and create!  Now it’s time for me to sign off and follow my own advice! :)

Thanks everyone for all the love and support

xx Shari

My landscape gallery here

My portrait gallery  here

Check out this cool little video at how it all goes down and the gold awarded images! :)

GALA INTRO from NZIPP Honours Council on Vimeo.

Maternity Photography – Newborn Photography – Family Photography.  Fine Art Landscape prints and Canvases New Zealand

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Christchurch New Zealand landscape photography workshop {landscape photography New Zealand and Canada}

I can not tell you how excited I’ve been waiting for this workshop I organized with the amazing Todd from Sisson Photography to finally arrive!  Let me tell you he did not disappoint!  It feels like months since I first contacted Todd about the possibility of doing a private workshop in the Christchurch area (he’s from Central Otago but Chch was easier for me to get to).  I missed his 3 day Otago workshop while I was in Canada, but really wanted the chance to learn from him before we move for good.  After he said he was available I got in touch with Erin, a photographer friend who lives in the area who was keen to come along, and plans were made!  Oh exciting days!!

It was a blend of technical skills, editing techniques, and a whole lot of field work.  One of the main points I got from Todd was to make sure to enjoy your environment.  You don’t want to be so focused on one thing, or that perfect shot, that you miss out on what’s around you.  I think that’s also a great lesson for life.

Our destination goal was Totara graveyard in the Banks Peninsula, and with a few stops including the all important pee break, we finally made it!  It was incredibly cold, very windy, and even had spots of snow on the ground which Todd refused to believe because “I just photographed that tree this morning and there was no snow!”  heheh ahh ya Todd, that’s snow :)  But that wasn’t going to scare us off and after a hot cup of tea we went to work.  It was so beautiful, so remote and peaceful, and really put me in my happy place.  I think Todd thought I was a bit of a crazy because I kept smiling so much! haha  But no it really was wonderful.  We ended up not having the best of luck with the weather, clouds were really blocking us in and then the rain came, but we did get a few lucky breaks and moved fast when they came.  We stayed until after dark in the hopes of getting some stars, but no luck.  So instead we tried some light painting on a tree in the dark, and man that was fun!  It was time to go so we headed back off into the city and I was so tired and hungry that I actually was feeling quite sick and shaky until we silently devoured some McDonald’s in a matter of minutes.  I don’t think it’s ever tasted so good!

All in all it was a very worth while trip, and it really made me want to expand my landscape skills.  It’s always been an area of photography that has really captured and moved me, and I hope to find someway of working it into my business.  Hey any excuse for a camping trip right?!  And any of my landscape images are available for purchase by special order.  Please feel free to contact me regarding sizing and price options.

Erin has done a wonderful recap of the things we learned to keep in mind when shooting landscape, so have a read if you are interested here.

If you are looking for beautiful images of NZ make sure to check out Todd and his wife Sarah’s work here.  On top of fine art prints and canvases they offer a range of products featuring the beauty of New Zealand.  I’ve got the magnetic fridge note pad and LOVE it!

I’m also trying to be strong and hold back a bit more of my work, so I’m only going to post a few for now.  Must…be…strong…Shari!  Never been my strong point, but I’m walking away from the computer now before I change my mind  :)

I hope you enjoy! xx

My landscape gallery here

I love the clouds here

Here is one courtesy of Erin of me enjoying the moment…

And this is what I got when the moment came :)  I love just the natural relaxedness of this one

Last but certainly not least, the light painting at the end of the night.  How cool is that!!


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