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A Photographic Year in Review 2014

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Happy New Year everyone… Welcome 2015! Wishing you all a bright and rewarding year to come. By means of review, here is Photographic Year in Review; a selection of my favourite images from 2014... 2014 has been an interesting and fabulous year for Fluidphoto….I have to pinch myself sometimes how many wonderful people I’m attracting to capture their wedding, portrait or commercial project.

To all my friends and family… thank you all so much. Truly I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of your advice, belief and support in what I’m doing.

I’m grateful for how much local support I have with other vendors and acquaintances too…. There’s so much talent in Wanaka it blows me away on a constant basis.

A personal highlight for me this year have been capturing photos for a book on a subject I love to be published this year (more to come on this when its released!). I’ve also got to collaborate with some fabulous individuals on one of my favourite styled shoots ever too and participate in a couple of photography workshops which has developed my professional & creative outlook plus introduced me to some amazing photographers.

 

A Photographic Year in Review 2014

The Secret Forest - a vintage inspired photo shoot

Here's some visual beauty to enjoy... the result of an amazing collaboration with the super talented Jen from Studio 24 florist, Clare from Cakes of Wanaka and myself. Our bride has taken a moment aside from her wedding and chanced upon an abundance of delights in the forest... Gorgeous cakes and beautiful flowers are everywhere, plus a whole array of vintage objects to browse.

Follow her adventure as the discovers a variety of treasures...

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A tale of love and loss - a vintage steampunk wedding photo shoot

I'm so excited to be launching this fabulous story of love & loss in fabulous vintage Steampunk wedding style. Taking place at The Rippon Hall in Wanaka one Spring afternoon, two ladies prepare for their wedding day to as yet unseen suitors. Little do they know their suitors is one and same for both of them. Watch what happens as the ladies are are torn between their friendship and the lone gentleman who has arrived on the scene.

Getting involved in projects such as this are essential for me to keep my personal creativity challenged and focused. Even a month down the track I'm still buzzing from the whole experience of the shoot.

This sumptuous story was the collaboration of a super talented Wanaka team orchestrated by Tracey from The Vintage Hire Co., Deirdre from Road to Beauty on make-up, Shannon van Walt van Praag on hair and our wonderful models Ashleigh, Miriam and Jamie.. you are all well and truly amazing!

Thanks again to Laura at The Rippon Hall for loan of such a fabulous venue.

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Props - The Vintage Hire Co. Flowers -

Crimson - Wedding Flowers by Tracey Morrow

Make up - Road to Beauty

Hair - Shannon van Walt van Praag

Models - Ashleigh, Miriam and Jamie

Venue - The Rippon Hall

Vintage wedding photo shoot at The Rippon Hall Wanaka

Here's a wee taster of a photo shoot I was involved with last Sunday… a story of love & loss, lust & betrayal. Orchestrated by the fabulous Tracey from the The Vintage Hire Co. and Crimson - Wedding Flowers by Tracey Morrow and using the amazing talents of Deirdre from Road to Beauty for make up, Shannon Vanwalt van Praag for hair and our 3 wonderful models Ashleigh, Miriam & Jamie, this was an afternoon I'm still buzzing from even a week later.

Watch this space for the remainder of the photos to find out the whole story.

Thanks to Laura at the The Rippon Hall for the loan of their stunning venue.

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The beauty of letterpress printing

With a new logo comes new business cards.... I wanted a simple yet classy look for my cards and I chose letterpress. An older form of printing, every letterpress job is unique and therefore made-to-order. Letterpress printing takes some time as the design needs to be sent out to be made into plate before the printing process can occur. Often the colour of a print job can take a long time and each page is fed by hand.

Printed on 600gsm white super thick card, my beautiful new cards have a deep impression or 'deboss' into the paper and look beautifully textured.

Utterly beautiful and simply gorgeous...

Thanks to Karl from Evilfish Design and all those involved for such a great job.

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Jeromy van Riel, New Zealand carver

Earlier this year, I was approached by the very talented Wanaka carver Jeromy van Riel to document one of his masterpieces - a magnificent walking stick (tokotoko). This exquisite stick is carved from whalebone, complete with a greenstone (pounamu) handle, pukeko feathers, paua inlay, muka binding and kyanite touchstone.

Behind the immense work of the creation of the stick there is also so much narrative, based on Maori symbolism and nature.

For more information on Jeromy and his craft go to his Facebook page - www.facebook.com/jeromyvanriel

 

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Bubbles...

A colourful and creative start to Monday this week... who can guess what or where these bubbles are?

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The world famous artist and architect Frederick Hundertwasser made New Zealand his second home 25 years ago.  Chosing the little town of Kawakawa as his place to live, he was commissioned to work on a public toilet there. The whole of the insides of both male and female toilets are a  work of art which draws bus loads of tourists on a daily basis.