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22.6.16  POST CATEGORY  :  Personal | Celebration | Portrait | Beauty

The NZIPP IRIS Awards seem to come around each year very fast. I've always wanted to enter but always been too nervous so two years ago I had work ready to go and then chickened out at the last minute. Last year I actually entered and came away with a Silver and a Bronze award so this year I thought I'd try again...

I entered 8 images and came away with 6 Bronzes and 2 High Professionals, so I am one happy camper! A big thank you to all my lovely clients throughout the year that made it all possible and to my dear friend Lynn who is a whispering ear of encouragement!!

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  • Sandy Laursen on 11 Oct 7:34 p.m.

    Fantastic Viv. Absolutely beautiful photography. Congratulations.

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The soul behind the face...

4.11.15  POST CATEGORY  :  Children | Portrait | Portrait Couture | Beauty

I don't think I see things how other people see them. I like old things. I like things that other people think are junk...

Yesterday the Chorus guys installed fibre to our house. I wasn't particularly interested in getting it but Marc thought that while the install is happening for free we'd be silly not to get it. What I saw is that the guys moaned about having to do a 'proper' job (aka up the interior of the wall instead of a cable running up the face of the wall where you could see it) and that they stood all over my garden squashing baby plants about to flower and breaking rose buds off that were about to bloom - don't they realise that it takes all year to get the flowers to this point with lots of loving care?... 

During this time my Dad popped in with an old metal reel for Marc to put his air hose on in the garage but when Dad saw the Chorus guys he exclaimed, "Marc should ask them for a 'new' plastic one that they've finished with, that would be much better". Of course, I said "Na, na Dad, your old one will be heaps better. For starters it's metal and it's old, and it was yours". To me there's no comparison, but it does show how we all see things so differently from each other.

This is what I like about portrait photography... that I get to photograph the soul behind the face, the you I see. Just maybe, the you, you never knew existed... feelings and thoughts captured... 

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Pink Parisian Walls

21.10.15  POST CATEGORY  :  Before & Afters | Portrait | Portrait Couture | Beauty
Our house is in a constant state of renovation. It's a big old edwardian villa and as my Mum always said "Rome wasn't built in a day" and neither is the renovation of this pretty (and getting prettier) home. Uncovering the walls in our bedroom revealed the original plaster that once I had sealed with special paint for just this sort of thing  I couldn't believe how Parisian they looked. I even managed to tip paint out on the carpet in the process because I got so excited and wasn't watching what I was doing!! - Whoops!!

I knew that before they got plastered over I wanted to do at least one photoshoot in front of them, so it had to be a very special person who I didn't mind letting into the building site of our bedroom. My lovely friend Tina, had just had her birthday and as it turned out was the lucky recipient of my pre-wall makeover backdrop. I'm pretty sure she thinks I'm out of my mind for wanting to keep such walls, but I just love them, and well the results speak for themselves!!!

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