All the fun of the fair

Petone is a small centre at the northern end of Wellington harbour. When the first settler boats arrived in the 1800’s they landed here and the first settlements were established. The area has a lot of very old villas and its main street escaped most of the strip mall development of the 1970’s to retain a very old character.

Each year in February the Petone Rotary Club close off most of the main street and set up a street market. Somewhere around 400 stalls sell or promote their services to around 30,000 people. It is therefore a great place to practise a little street photography or to simply enjoy people watching.

Fairs like this bring out the crazy in people especially teenagers. Although they are also an excuse for bad t-shirts.
Fairs like this bring out the crazy in people especially teenagers. Although they are also an excuse for bad t-shirts.
To many of the kids on this ride this will be their first roller coaster. The girl in front has supreme confidence while the two behind don't look like they are enjoying themselves
To many of the kids on this ride this will be their first roller coaster. The girl in front has supreme confidence while the two behind don’t look like they are enjoying themselves
This ride is a lot more sedate than the other.
This ride is a lot more sedate than the other.
There is a wide variety of sideshows trying to relieve you of your money with the promise of prizes
There is a wide variety of sideshows trying to relieve you of your money with the promise of prizes
This little guy has found something he really likes in the used toys stall
This little guy has found something he really likes in the used toys stall
A group of older stallholders promoting tai-chi
A group of older stallholders promoting tai-chi
When I say this lady talking on the phone I could not resist the shot
When I saw this lady talking on the phone I could not resist the shot
In the middle of the shops is an old villa used as professional offices. The grapevine over the porch is probably a century old and has a very fine crop this year
In the middle of the shops is an old villa used as professional offices. The grapevine over the porch is probably a century old and has a very fine crop this year
Mother and daughter have visited the face paint stand together
Mother and daughter have visited the face paint stand together
This little guy was not all that convinced when this lady painted his hand and asked him to put it on a piece of paper
This little guy was not all that convinced when this lady painted his hand and asked him to put it on a piece of paper
Some of the stall holders really get into the festive spirit.
Some of the stall holders really get into the festive spirit.
Local band Shenanigans entertain for the balcony of the Empire hotel
Local band Shenanigans entertain for the balcony of the Empire hotel
Someone has been very busy hand knitting these items although I do wonder whether any copyright fees have been  paid to the original designers
Someone has been very busy hand knitting these items although I do wonder whether any copyright fees have been paid to the original designers

Rocks, water and a beautiful girl

Some years ago I found a very special little waterfall and pool beside a walk in Upper Hutt. I just knew that it would be great for a shoot. My vision was to shoot a model in flowing fabric where what she was wearing and the water would meld into a single image. Knowing that the water would be fairly cool I always reserved this shoot for Summer but had never been successful in finding someone willing to take part.

That changed this year when a Facebook group was set up specifically for models, makeup artists and photographers who wanted to collaborate on projects. I took a punt and posted the shot I had of the location and was absolutely blown away with the response. Something with the concept and location touched the right cord and within hours I had lots of models to choose from. That resulted in me developing the idea from a single shoot into two with the second using two models. As I had planned to extend Waitangi day holiday into the weekend I planned the first shoot for Friday (7th) and the second shoot for the Sunday.

One of the first models to approach me was Ashleigh-Jane who happened to live in Upper Hutt so she was offered the Friday shoot. She had recently done a shoot with another Wellington photographer that I know so I was given a good reference.

With my models I do try to meet up with them in a public place beforehand as I find that this removes a lot of nerves from the shoot itself. We did this and it was obvious that Ashleigh-Jane had thought about the shoot. After deciding that the original choice of material would not suit her complexion she left with a length on fabric that she was going to create a gown from. To ease her comfort I was happy for her to bring along a friend. You can image my surprize when the friend turned out to be Issy who was one of the finalist in the New Zealand Top Model contest. She had shot with some of the top photographers in the country, so you can imagine there was a certain nervousness on how I would measure up.

The day was perfect and the whole shoot went really well, apart from me slipping on a rock and coming away with a few grazes. We started on the rocks and then like a professional she moved into the water and then in the pool at the base of the falls. She was not concerned about the cold but was a little worried as to whether the stream had any eels in it. The location has really nice lighting at the top but was a little dark once we moved to the lower pool. This was easily remedied by getting Issy to use a reflector and shine it into the area. We used the gold side to create a very warm light.

The images came out exactly what I was wanting.LR-7 LR-1 LR-2 LR-3 LR-4 LR-5 LR-8