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.
As the 2015/2016 wedding season approaches, I felt it was a good time to look back on some of my favourite shots from last season. Weddings are a beautiful, romantic and celebratory occasion, so any excuse to look at past wedding images is a good one!
Firstly, I want to talk about the morning. So many special moments happen in the morning that we take for granted, or that we don't think we will want captured. But when you get your images back and you look at them, you'll remember that you and your mum got a calm moment for a coffee together throughout the chaos of the day, and you won't believe the smile on her face. You might have forgotten how stressed you were over your false eyelashes, and it will be a great story for your husband. The day goes so fast that you don't often get a moment to breathe and soak in the beauty of the day. It's also an amazing way for you and your future spouse to share your 'morning of' stories.
All moments of the ceremony are beautiful. From the anticipation of the groom waiting at the top of the aisle, to the moment that you and your future spouse walk back down the aisle together as husband and wife, to the embracing of two families merging as one.
The beautiful first images of you and your future spouse are one fantastic and important part of the day. These are some of the first hugs, kisses and moments you have together as husband as wife. You still have that beautiful 'I just got married' glow. It's also a great part of the day for the both of you to relax and just be husband and wife.
Finally, the reception. The moment that your friends and family get to congratulate you, and reflect on your journey, both as individuals and a couple. A time of celebration and happiness. You might not remember everyone's entire speech, but the emotion will come flooding back to you when you look at your images.