This evening's shoot is 'the piano' shoot, accompanied by some lovely Kainui wine.
As usual, we tested the shot first, which did mean pouring a glass of yummy Kainui Syrah 2015. However, we had to reframe from drinking it as the wine and was needed for our shoot. How hard was that! ( Very). Read More
Les and I just had time to pick up some sunflowers, Christmas Hats (and coffee) as we made our way to the second shoot of the day.
We arrived at an absolutely awesome property for our Christmas shoot. A beautiful grand piano awaited us, together with a decorated Christmas Tree (many thanks to Jo Danilo for the tree, and Wendy at Puttsgreen Florest for the decoratins), and we set about a bit more furniture rearranging Read More
Diane, was our host for the first shoot of today and she was very accomodating as we shifted her furniture around and rearranged the shop for our set. We moved two sets of shelves (thankfully on wheels) in place to shelter our model from any passers-by. Read More
In-between showers and battling through a howling wind I found my way to our next shoot. I managed to get from my car to the shoot with all my gear in-between showers, so that was pretty neat. I loved this location, an absolute treasure trove, now discovered never to be forgotten - I had always walked past. Read More
Our only problem for this shoot was that the setting was in the window. I don’t think our model would appreciate being on view to Kerikeri, and an added problem was the camper van and occupant parked right outside the premises - door wide open watching the proceedings as we prepped for the shoot. Read More
1st June and the official start of winter. Nature made it known that she really meant it and the temperatures dropped. Our next shoot was in a ‘warehouse’, with two models. Seriously, it was cold, and no heaters (note to self, take a heater to winter shoots). Read More
I arrived to set up the lighting for the shoot - after the premises had closed of course! Les and Jo arrived hot on my heels. Having checked out the ‘props’ for this evening’s shoot I was really looking forward to it. Our hosts were awesome, they plied us with wine - to relax our model of course - and then made themselves scarce whilst we got on with the business of .... well you’ll need to wait for the Calendar to see what we were up to! Read More
Les, Trudie and I met at this morning’s venue to prepare for our model. Our location today is a truly beautiful space- however, the weather was a ‘bit iffy’so we were pleased to be shooting inside. Today was ‘jam’ day. Unable to locate an old-fashioned orange press, we looked for the next best thing - a large ‘pan’ and some oranges (freshly picked - thanks Les) - not quite orange yet, but they looked the part! Read More
Last shot of the day, and hot on the heels of the poster shoot came the tea room shot. Originally, we had discussed our model pouring a cup of tea with the teapot strategically placed. However, I felt it would look better with a tray and had already spotted the ideal candidate from an earlier visit to the tea rooms. Fay again came up trumps, the perfect tea set (Mad Hatter) a deep tray and off we went. Read More
This morning’s shot was gardening. The previous night was a full moon - my dogs celebrated by adopting wolf mode and howled most of the night. Not one to be left out, my darling husband joined them, snoring and snorting his way through the night. Little sleep for me and I roused this morning with a ‘not enough sleep’ headache. Arriving for the shoot (ten minutes late - everything takes longer with a headache), we had decided on a typical kiwi garden shot - on the ride-on mower. Read More
My partner in crime (Les Robinson) ‘otherwise engaged’, I enrolled the lovely Trudie Smith to come along and help with the next shoot. Nude Tai Chi!! We found a hill with a view that was ‘not overlooked,’ (almost) where we hoped our model would be happy to de-robe (and not notice the neighbours). Read More
Did you notice that this is Poster Version 2? In case you’re not following the blogs, Version 1 was awesome but Les and I decided that for the poster we would go for a slightly more ‘demure’ shot. After all, we don’t want to create any accidents when fellas driving along slap their eyes on our gorgeous ladies. Read More
A great location for this shot, the perfect tea rooms, and the perfect hostess. Fay laid tables for us, got her best crockery out and it all worked out pretty perfectly. The biggest problem was getting order amongst the ranks!! Read More
Stage Door Theatre Company is putting on the play Calendar Girls, producing a Calendar of our own fair ladies - with most of their ‘kit orf’ all tastefully done, of course. A contribution of the sale proceeds will go to NZ Child Cancer Foundation.
With each ‘month’ that we photograph I’ll be producing a blog. The months will be in the order of either the availability of the shoot location or the model. Read More