Freedom of Potato Collab

Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab

Hi there! A few weeks ago I collaborated on a photoshoot with Tamzin Buchan of Freedom of Potato Designs. Tamzin crafts adorable animal-themed accessories. You can visit Tamzin’s etsy store here.We headed into the hills late on a Friday afternoon with snacks, smiles and friends with wolf-kerchiefs tucked into their pockets.

Here are a selection of shots from the afternoon. I love Tamzin’s work with the styling, she really has a clear vision for the aesthetic of her brand and you can really see that in the photos. We didn’t have a lot of time to work with as the sinking afternoon sun was against us, but I think we squeezed a lot out of those few hours. Conclusion: collaborations are fun! It feels great to join forces artistically and end up with a pleasing result. I am super keen to do more.

Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab
Freedom of Potato Wolf-Kerchief Collab

Nai’s Graduation

My sister graduated with her Masters in Architecture the other week. I played around with shooting into the afternoon sun to create a hazy effect. I was so excited to try this effect at the time. So much of my shooting has happened at night time that it feels refreshing to shoot during the daylight hours. The abundance of natural light to play with is so fun.
 
Nai's graduation
Parchment
Graduate
Naomi

Here’s litte brother, looking very smart:
Suited up in sunlight

60 Day Photo Challenge – Highlights

The 60 day photo challenge is FINALLY over. I’ve got a few final photos to finish processing, which unfortunately I have allowed to drag out. I don’t know how people manage 365 projects because this challenge killed me – I must be really weak or something! I won’t post all 60 photos, but you can view the entire set here.

Here are some of my favourite shots from the challenge.

Self Portrait in Mirror
Brother/Sister
Handstands on the Beach
Water
Microphone
Bedtime Story
Sunset at the Beach
Dreams
Wandering in the Garden
Mercedes and Finn

60 Day Photo Challenge

A friend and I decided to embark on a 60 day photo challenge, basically a watered down, less committed version of the 365 project, as a way of pushing ourselves. We decided to start on New Year’s Day. Bad idea. Embarking on any sort of resolution on New Year’s Day must be the worst idea ever, but only because it’s the day after New Year’s Eve, when everyone is partying. So I was way too tired and wrecked on 1st Jan to remember to take a photo, I started on the 2nd instead. Blah whatever, what you gonna do?

It’s been 3 days and there are 2 main challenges that have presented themselves thus far: 1) choosing one photo for the day (it’s always so hard to pick – I’ve already changed my mind a few times for Day 2) and 2) I need to suck less at photography. Hopefully by the end of the 60 days the second challenge will have improved. Hah.

So, here’s the fruit of the first three day’s efforts.

Day 1.
Half Dreaming

Day 2.
Leap Street

Day 3.
Styx

Little Bits

Little Things

H2Go

Keep Calm and Carry On

Accessories

1. Rugging up for a Saturday night out with friends in the best way possible, with loads of colour to rebel against the tendency towards sombre-hued winter fashion.

2. It’s totally worth investing in a really good quality water bottle. I have an ice cube tray which makes long sticks of ice, they’re good for putting in the water bottle and taking to a Bikram Yoga class. I also have a metal bottle, but the water gets hot from sitting in the hot Bikram room!

3. Keep Calm and Carry On. Dave and Matt practising new material in the War Room.

4. Snuggly toes and accessories everywhere.

Popy Jane photoshoot

Popy Jane

Popy Jane

Popy Jane

I was recently asked by some mates to take some promo shots of their band, Popy Jane (formerly known as Arturo). It’s the first time I’ve been asked to take portraits – usually it’s me asking people to pose for me. It was a real learning experience. I feel lucky that I’ve had the experience of having my photo taken for my own band because I could really empathize with how it feels to be on the other side of the lens. Some words of encouragement to let your subjects know they’re doing alright can go a long way towards relaxing them. And going ahead and posing your subjects helps to alleviate awkwardness. One thing I discovered is that awkwardness comes through very easily into the photo as stiffness in the body, it can all look a bit forced.

The outing was also a great chance for me to get to know my flash. I bought a Nissin Speedlite Di622 while in Hong Kong and this was the first time I really gave it a good go. There was lots of trial and error, but I think the Speedlite and I are probably going to be firm friends.

Of the pictures above, the top one is my favourite of the lot. The second one is definitely not a “technically” good picture, but I still rather like it, and the third is a fun shot we took in a 24-hour convenience store.