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Posts tagged “Auckland

Portraits of New Zealand

So for the last month I have been in Auckland doing work for a local orchestra and taking it easy in general. Throughout my stay I got a chance to hang out with some people I knew and some people I did not know as well. I felt as though I should be doing something productive, something for my portfolio on my down time, when I wasn’t doing work for the orchestra or spending time with Alanna, so I approached a number of friends and friends of friends and asked if I could take their portraits. I wanted to take a bit of an editorial approach to them, some of them turned out that way and some of them didn’t. I was not paid for any of these photos, it was something I wanted to do for myself. Some of the people I photographed had never had their picture taken professionally and were thrilled at this. Others were nervous but after we chatted for a bit (or after I bought them a drink) we nabbed some great photos.

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Alex

Lucian

Francesca

Sasha

Sasha

Darija

Darija

Rachel

Rachel

Reece

Julia

Julia

Finn

Finn

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Working Pro-Bono

So in the last few weeks that I have been in New Zealand I have been working with a musician named Darija Andzakovic for free – usually receiving nothing but gratitude or an occasional box of chocolate. Darija is a classically trained double-bassist who gigs around Auckland and gives lectures. She’s good friends with my girlfriend and she asked me to help her out with a poster which she already had the photos for.

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The photographer she worked with initially had taken/gathered a number of photos and all I had to do was assemble them in photoshop and add text. She was very pleased with the results, and asked if I would photograph the event as well. With the time I spent working on the poster and the photos I took of the event, I could have been sitting on a nicely-paid job for some extra cash while I was on vacation.
Although monetary compensation was discussed, I decided to go for the chocolates. Why you ask? Darija has connections here that would take me quite some time to get myself. She has many friends in the creative industry as well as the music industry, and it’s always nice that when her peers check out her photos she will say “Rob Schultze took those photos.” Plus, I really like chocolate.
And then there’s the fact that I’m only here with a visitors visa, and they are quite strict about things like that.
Lou Lesko wrote an article that inspired this one, and I wanted to give my two-cents on the subject. I really like New Zealand, and so does my girlfriend. It’s always nice to have connections and word-of-mouth going around in a place that you may consider doing more work, if everything works out.

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Auckland NZ from Mt. Eden

I’ve been in Auckland New Zealand for the past week and a half on vacation with girlfriend Alanna and all has been well.
I know I’ve been promising a new article (And it’s coming, soon) but at the moment I decided to share a few photos with you instead.

We all need a break from the things we love weather it’s a hobby or a family member or a job. The last week and a half I’ve had that break, and I was starting to get photography with-drawls.
Last night around 8PM we decided to ascend Mt. Eden for a picnic. Considering the time, it was very bright due to the city lights and cloudy sky.

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I will need to be doing something much more formal soon… Lots of stuff coming, stay tuned!