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NZ I’m coming back so I’m sharing the positive juju and having a giveaway!! {Auckland photographer – Christchurch photographer – Palmerston North photographer}

NEW ZEALAND I’M COMING BACK AND THIS IS FOR YOU!  Win over $1300 worth of photographic memories!  It’s all about sharing the positive juju and following the sun!

Think of where you’re going not where you’ve come from - Just lift your eyes and follow the sun” – Evermore

This is something I’ve been trying to live by since I first heard this line of lyrics.  It helped keep me from going batty (more than usual hehe) during a mental time with so much change and emotion that I felt a bit lost  - I’m not lost anymore, I’m know where I’m headed and it’s NZ :)  But the lesson is – There is always a light to make the shadows fade, choose to follow it :) So the fun part! 1st prize wins a custom session, high res digital collection, a 11×14” fine art wall print, and 10% off if you’d like any further purchases during the personal ordering session. Value of $1355!  2 runners up will receive a custom session, 2 high res digital files, and 10% off if you’d like any further purchases during the personal ordering session. Value of $355!

Heres all you need to do

  • Show me something sweet
  • Show me something fun
  • Show me something or someone that inspires YOU to follow the sun.
  • Email me a photo of what the above means to you, along with a little blurb and what type of shoot you’d like (eg maternity, newborn, family ect)  Also include what city you are in if outside the Auckland area.  A travel fee of approx $150 will be the responsibility of the winner/s to cover travel costs to Palmerston North or Christchurch as well as flexibility on dates.  Contact me for details

I’ll post it to the Cherry On Top facebook page*

Tag it if you want!!**

Get your friends to like it as well if you want!**

Get your friends to enter too if you want!**

At the end of the month I will draw the winners

I’ll notify you by email, followed by an announcement on the facebook page.

Come on people, lets share the positive juju!! 
* Understand that your photo will be published via me on fb, so you are agreeing to their usual photo upload/sharing copyright terms and conditions that apply to all uploads.
** Not a condition of entry
*** Sessions to be booked within 4 weeks of contest close.  Flexibility on this may be considered for a newborn shoot dependant on due dates.  No cash value on prizes.  No further purchase necessary unless so desired.  Valid within the Auckland area, travel fees may be charged for areas outside of this.  A travel fee of approx $150 will be the responsibility of the winner/s to cover travel costs to Palmerston North or Christchurch
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Turn a purse into the perfect padded camera bag for under $30!

I should start this by saying that I am not the first by a long shot to do this, and I’m glad I’m not, because I don’t think I would have come up with it on my own.  Google is your friend :)

As a photographer and a woman who happens to love bags, it’s always been hard to figure out the best way to carry all the goodies in your regular purse, plus carry a camera around.  Yes you could use a traditional camera bag, or wrap your camera in a big scarf and chance it in your purse, which is what I’m guilty of.  Silly I know, but it’s actually ooh so common.  But both options left something to be desired.  I didn’t want to carry a second bag that screamed “Hey I’ve got a camera in here!”, and because it’s nice to stick to your style of dress right down to the bag you carry.  Also as a mother of two young boys, a second bag for me to try and not loose is just asking to much!  I found that I wasn’t taking my camera out for everyday stuff as much as I wanted to because of these reasons.

I started looking into purses that double as camera bags and there are some fantastic ones out there like Kelly Moore and Epiphaine, especially if you aren’t a DIY type.  But personally for the price of $160 and up I’d like to have a leather bag that I can use with or without the padding for many years to come.  Thanks to a few fellow lady photogs I found my way.  And remember, you can use a bag that you already have, just make sure it’s big enough for the amount of gear you want to carry.

I started with finding the perfect leather bag (thank you mom and dad for the birthday present!) which I got for a wicked sale price.  Then I measured a couple existing purses and decided to make the padded insert a size that could fit multiple bags for more flexibility.  Next I hit up the foam shop for high density foam, and the fabric store for fabric and Velcro.  Total for all the supplies was only $26 not including the cost of my new purse, and I have tons of fabric left over!  I’m going to make a couple little pouches with the leftovers to carry cords, batteries ect.  I chose two different fabrics, a soft flannel for the inside, and a fun pattern for the outside.  This ended up making it slightly harder because I had to wing it with the instructions a bit, but in the end it turned out great!  If you do decide to give it a try, my tips would be to make the base piece with two layers of foam for extra protection, and to make sure you measure around your bottom piece of foam well.  I measured short and ended up having to add in another section.  I think this was a result of me trying to sew at midnight!  Also I had forgot what size Velcro to buy and mine ended up being a bit thin, so I’m going to add in another row of peel and stick for more grip for the dividing panels.

After 2 weeks of using it, I couldn’t be happier!  I’m no longer worried about my camera getting banged around in my purse, or having to keep track of a second bag.  I will still use a couple traditional camera bags when I need to carry all my gear for work, but day to day this is perfect.

It really was pretty easy and so worth it for the savings, so I hope this will inspire a few of you to give it a try.  I’m not going to post a step by step because make it and love it already do such a good job, but here is a snap of the finished product.  Note how the tin of beans acts as what could be another lens.  hahaha  Hey, I had to work with what I had on hand since all my extra gear is not with me.  The open hole is where my body with attached lens fits in multiple ways, and the wallet and sunglasses case section could easily hold a flash.  This particular bag even allows me to carry all this plus my iPad, wallet, and sunglasses in the non padded area without looking or feeling to huge to carry out and about.  Super flexible!

Happy sewing and I’d love to hear if anyone gives it a go :)



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Mihia and Damian are married! {Palmerston North photographer}

Congratulations to Mihia and Damian!  Wow I had so much fun with you guys at your wedding!  It was a totally unique day and your personalities really shone through in every detail, right down to your shoes :)

I love your story, how your friend had tried to set you up years before but the timing wasn’t right, and yet you still found your way to each other on your own.  It just shows that some things are meant to be.  A big congrats again, and I wish you many happy years together.  Thank you for letting me be part of your special day.

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Out at the family farm {child photographer Palmerston North}

The other weekend I had a great time with Nikki and her boys out at her parents farm.  It was just a beautiful spot to shoot with all the long grass, fences and just space in general!  I’ve never met boys that were so blonde, and man they make just a gorgeous family!  Especially with the choice of the white, denim, and gummies :)  So nice to get to meet you!

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Holiday contest!! {Palmerston North photographer}

Ooooh this is so exciting!  In celebration of the holidays, and as a way to say thanks for a great year, I’m happy to announce a holiday contest that is my biggest yet!  It’s huge!

The grand prize has a value of $660!  It includes a custom session, a print collection of 2 5×7′s and 2 8×10′s, an amazing slideshow, and a CD of your best shots from the day, web resolution ready and perfect for facebook and email!

Also, in time for Christmas for you to keep or give as a super duper gift, yes I said super duper :), I’m also going to have a early bird prize valued at $390!  It includes a custom session, a CD of your best shots from the day, web resolution ready and perfect for facebook and email, and a 8×10 print!

To enter, all you need to do is email one of your favorite photos to, I’ll add it to the contest album as soon as I can, then on my facebook page hit “like” if you haven’t already.  That simple!  You’ll need to spread the word to your friends, because the Grand Prize winner will be decided by the photo with the most number of “likes”.   They need to first “like” my page to then “like” the photo on MY page, not yours, otherwise I can’t tell how many votes you have, even if the photo has “likes”.   I suggest that after you add the photo, add a comment to it telling your friends how to do it.  The winner of my Early Bird Prize will be decided by a random draw of all entrants.

The contest is open to everyone, sessions must take place in or around the Palmerston North area, and can be booked from January on.  Prizes have no monetary value, and Cherry On Top Photography reserves the right to any final say on rules and contestants.   The winner of the Early bird draw will still be eligible for the grand prize.

Good luck, and I look forward to seeing some of your photos!

Early bird closes on Dec 23rd at 8pm

Grand prize closes Dec 30th at 8pm

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