Finding the love in everyday - Week One

Week One in my March photo challenge has absolutely flown by! I'm loving the challenge of actively going out everyday and photographing something that I love, whether that be one of my pets, a hobby, or a building I find particularly cool. 

Wedding Day tips - A Bride's Emergency Kit

You've made it, it's your wedding day, and the last thing you want is a disaster. But never fear, there are 1000s of resources out there to help you prepare, and now you have one more! 

I've put together a pinterest board for you to browse and it pretty much covers everything. I'll list some essentials below and attach an image with some examples. 

View my pinterest board for a bridal emergency kit here. 

A few essentials across every list were:
Face Wipes
Bobby Pins
Cotton Buds
Pain Killers
Clear Nail Polish (For stocking runs)
Sewing Kit  

There are heaps of cool ways to package this up too. A cute little bag will usually do the trick. 
Bridesmaids and Maids of honour can win themselves huge brownie points by making an emergency kit for their brides. 

A Queensberry Wedding Album

A Queensberry album is breathtakingly beautiful in a way that I've never seen replicated by anything else. Everything is an incredibly high quality, and they help take your beautiful wedding images to the next level. This album isn't just for you, it's a family heirloom. This treasure will last long enough to show your grandchildren, and your great-grandchildren. I think it's amazing that we live in a generation where we can show our grandkids all those details we spent hours picking. 

But firstly, let me allow you to fall in love with these beauties. It comes in a beautiful keepsake box, and comes wrapped in a velvet bag. First you have your choice of album covers. My favourite is white leather, it just screams luxury. Embossing is included and it's an amazing little touch. 

The cover sheet not only helps protect the images, it looks amazing. You'll feel like a superstar seeing your name in print. 

We work together to select the images in the album, and I will always give my advice where it is needed and wanted, but ulitimately, this album is about your love story, your family, and your legacy. 

It's about telling the story of your day for not only you to relive, but to show those that weren't there. It's looking back and seeing how beautiful your nana looked at your wedding long after she leaves you. 

Queensberry have a number of pre-selected lay-outs that we can use, and I'll work on the flow and lay-out of the album - but if you want some images to be swapped around on the page so your favourite is the feature - that's fine too.

If you want to see these amazing keepsakes in person, contact me and we can arrange that. But I can't promise that you won't want one for yourself. 

The album pages are all beautifully matted, to protect your images and promote longevity. You have a choice of papers, but my favourite are the art papers. 

Invest in your own history, because you deserve to be immortalised in the most beautiful way, and so does your love story.

Exist in photos, and make sure your family does too. 

Shooting for myself and how I keep passion alive.

One thing I cannot stress enough about the creative industry, is the importance of creating for yourself. No matter what part of the creative industry you are in, it's so important to make things for yourself for no other reason than wanting too. 

Don't get me wrong, I love client work. I love creating beautiful works of art I know will be treasured for a lifetime.

But what helps keep my passion alive is shooting for myself and creating art outside of my client work. It inspires me and keeps me going. 

Some of that work is my award work. 

The tree was an illustrative piece about my family tree/history, and earned me a 'Bronze' in the Student Assistant Category in the NZIPP IRIS awards in 2012.. 

The flowers on the right were simply me wanting to create something pretty and different with the brides details, and they earned a 'silver' in the Wedding Creative Category in the NZIPP Iris awards of 2015.

Sometimes I go looking for an image, and upon exploring I am lucky enough to come across some beautiful scenery. By lucky I of course mean travelling through the countryside and 7:00am on a Sunday. The below shot earned me a 'Silver' in the Student/Assistant Category in the NZIPP Iris awards in 2012. 

Other personal work includes when I want to try out a new lighting technique or perfect one I've been thinking about for months, or create some beautiful deep character portraits of friends. 

Lucky for me I had some very willing models and I was able to bring my vision to life.

Actually I was very lucky to go to UCOL.

I was taught right from day one the importance of creating for yourself.

I was shown that it was okay to have multiple interests.

It was okay to squeeze in beautiful landscapes, falling apart buildings and cute cats in with my everyday work. 

Which is really lucky, because sometimes my client work includes pets (Not an unusal request at a wedding)

Some days, my personal work involves me wanting to update the portraits of my pets, and portray just how nuts my cat is. 

Whether you are lucky enough to be able to live your dream everyday like me and be able to create beautiful things for clients, or you work a more regular job, creating things for yourself to keep your passion alive is truly important. Whether thats knitting a cool toy, baking an awesome cake, taking photographs, painting a canvas, or making an app for a game, its going to ignite a fire inside you that nobody can extinguish. 

You can't put a price on that.