Fresh from Wellington South Coast. Te Kopahou Reserve to be exact.
As you may have heard, there was some shaking on the North Island of New Zealand, a 6.2 quake. As Wellingtonians we are pretty used to some shaking, though this one was a bit more than usual.
As far as I'm aware, there were no injuries and no damage, so everything is fine and our Royal guests made it through the shaking without a scratch! Actually, there were no reports if they noticed it at all, up in Auckland.
Half an hour after this excitement I checked for the winds and found it might be worth having a look at the coast - And voilà, there they were, the waves.
They had nothing to do with the quake though, just normal strong southerly winds.
Here my contribution to Halloween, my photo-bounty of last weekends shootings. I had so much fun photographing all those beautiful people!
Photos by me, done for the Hospogurus
A very good friend of mine asked me if I could do a VIP photo-shooting in their offices, Tekron International Ltd.
The VIP was our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, so this was a very exciting Shooting for me to do. And this just a week after I officially got my New Zealand Citizenship!
Thank you so much for the opportunity :-)
Btw, the first shot isn't one of mine, but by the the official Parliament Photographer - It shows me right in the middle!
One hell of a shot - at least in my opinion.
This was a late night shot, exposed for 20 seconds, not a Sunset as the colors might suggest. The coloring comes from our yellow streetlights, mixing with the blueish city lights and giving the more purple tint towards the left.
This means, we had pretty strong Southerly winds - and waves. As usual, this got my attention, and I spent some miserable, cold, wet, windy, beautiful hours on the rocks of the South Coast (and I now know what the expression "on the rocks" really means...)
A few weeks ago, I did a photo-shoot with Siya and her parents. After some short warming up, we came up with quite a few amazing photos...
If you want some photos of your kids, let me know - there is no age range!
Those are some older photos I found when filing through my archives. Though early work, I found them worth finalizing.
This strong yellow/orange tint is due to the streetlights used here, long camera exposure, and the fog and clouds creeping through the hills of Brooklyn (the Brooklyn in Wellington NZ, btw).
This spot is a favorite of mine. One of the highest vantage points close to CBD, light and shadows playing in the hills, as well as fog, if one is lucky.
Yesterday I had a very emotional experience, attending my citizenship ceremony. After close to nine years, I achieved this major goal.
Now I’m a very happy New Zealander, officially.
Thanks to so many of my friends for supporting me, especially Bea and Sebastian, who were there for me pretty much from the beginning, and accompanied me to the ceremony
Some more Sunset shots, those from Miramar, Wellington. I can't seem to tire of this gorgeous lighting...
Here a few more from our photo-shooting around Wellington's Bars!
A fun day, buzzing with creativity everywhere, models, photographers, makeup artists...
The most tricky part was, not to get into each other's way. Though some "side-flashes" from other photographers caused curious effects.
Hayley Awhina Deanne Bush
Vanessa Leigh Forlong
... like a studio strobe, soft-box, steam-punk gun etc, need to be tested. The gun, btw, is the result of a paint job of mine. Still sort of a prototype, but getting there.
Unfortunately, I seem to have a lack of models right now, so I had to use myself for this. It's actually rather challenging, posing, watching the PC screen for the right position, checking the lighting and triggering the camera without mixing it up. Photography is fun though!