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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Who would I choose to shoot me? | Western Lights Blog entry

Ok, I know its been ages since I posted an entry in Project 100 but....

I have an excuse, well lots of them actually but you're not really interested in those so lets get onto why you're reading this post....
Angela Scott PhotographyOne of the dilemas we face as photographers is, "If I was to get married, or have a family portrait done - who would I use?"
The photographer I'm highlighting today is one of those I would rank at the top of my list. Angela Scott is a local professional here in Auckland. Her website has one of the most beautiful home pages I've come across in the industry and the breadth of her work throughout her portfolio is amazing to review.
It's kinda strange writing about a competitor, but then again its great to aspire to that level of talent and experience.
What appeals to me about Angela is her natural candid style, and the apparent low level of post shoot editing. She has a great command over the lighting conditions at each location and uses it to her advantage every time.
Its rare to see such consistency across such a wide range of categories, taking into account her range covers weddings through to commercial and some great corporate profiles. I think you'll agree that what seems to come through in Angela's work is her obvious afinitiy with people.
Without wanting you to rush off and book Angela for your next family portrait...... she is worth a look and since we're not a big wedding photography outfit here, Angela Scott is certainly someone I'd recommend.
Keep it up Ange.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Quote of the week "This car gets it's tail out more often than George Michael" - Jeremy Clarkson

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Piha, Auckland, New Zealand

A few photos from an awesome day tootling about with the kids, a camera and an iphone at Piha

[Northern Piha, Auckland New Zealand]

[Near Lion Rock - Piha, Auckland NZ]

[Ella pulling me down the Sand Dunes]

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Deus Ex Machina - Auckland

Fantastic discovery in Auckland today wandering around the city. If you find yourself in the central city, pop on down to Deus Ex Machina in
Fantastic discovery in Auckland today wandering around the city. If you find yourself in the central city, pop on down to Deus Ex Machina in Wellesley St. A shed / Cafe full of classic motorcycles, apparel and great coffee.

Friday, July 29, 2011

New Family Portraits Gallery added

Just added the new Family Photos gallery to the website. Do you know anybody there?
New Family Photos Gallery

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Where to get Family Photos in Auckland

With us of course!

Western Lights Studio specialise in a fresh modern approach to family portraits and family photos.
Your place or ours?

We know how hard it is to get the whole family together for that long overdue family photo so we've made it super easy.

You can come to us or we'll come to you! - Anywhere in the greater Auckland area - if you get the team together we'll meet you at a location of your choice or our suggestion.

Check out the link for more info
Where to get family photos in Auckland

Friday, July 22, 2011

Auckland Domain on a winters day

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Monday, July 18, 2011

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When people find out I'm a photographer I often hear "I've always wanted to do a photography course" or "I'm terrible when it comes to photos" and more often than not it leads into my mantra ... "just take more and you'll get better."

I'm not sure who said it but I love the quote "The best camera is the one you have with you" and the huge explosion of reasonable quality camera's we now have on our mobile phones..... means we are well equipped to keep snapping.

A client recently had some portraits taken of her gorgeous little girl and we got to talking about photographing children. Now lets face it - You will never take more photographs in your life than when your kids are growing up. My two at 4 & 5 years old are now so used to being photographed - I get the "not again Dad" look in virtually every frame.

She asked me what was the best way to take pics with her iphone and my answer was simple..... "Often!"

On a more practical note I said natural light is your best friend and today's tip is about capturing a natural light portrait of your little one.

One of the most important and emotive parts of portrait photography is lighting. It will set the mood of the photograph and make or break it in most cases.

Try this: Find a window your little one can get close to and position them comfortably either standing or sitting. For the little ones, throw a few cushions around them so they stay comfortable and even a toy or two will help. (You want them there for at least a minute or two)

Now from the side - frame the shot nice and close to the face from an angle slightly above the child so they will be inclined to look up at you and simply keep shooting as you interact.

You'll achieve two things - the single source natural light from the window will fill one side of the subjects face with bright light and the other will be slightly darker giving that 'portrait' look and secondly - but positioning your self slightly above your subject, your going to get those gorgeous puppy dog eyes looking up at you.

Go on - try it today and let me know how you got on.

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taken on Devonport wharf


Porthole at Devonport wharf

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Amber Rewards at the end of the day

Amber rewards at the end of the day iphoneography Auckland devonport

Winter Palms


Friday, July 15, 2011

Western Lights Studio

Portrait photography is all about capturing moments. Conveying emotion and personality and telling a story. If there is one thing we enjoy as professional photographers its being a part of those moments.

Amazing baby photos, family portraits and childrens portrait work is our area of expertise and quite simply.... we love it. Able to come to you anywhere in Auckland or shoot at our West Auckland based studio we have packages designed to suit all budgets. If you need wedding photos or portrait photographers for family portraits and kids photos, give us a call. Engagement photos, studio portraits, modelling and kids portfolios, baby and pregnancy portraits - we do it all!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Table Perspective

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"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst." - Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait Photographers Auckland | Western Lights Studio

Portrait Photographers Auckland | Western Lights Studio