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Matt Barnes  New Zealand-based photographer. Wellington/Palmerston North DM to book.

I've found in portrait photography that people generally have individual good angles and bad angles. .
Australia's finest unicorn, Kellie Panther, though, just has ALL good angles!
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Model: Kellie Panther @panther_4
Photo Assist: June Moon @littlemissmoon

Just in the planning stages of another shoot with this star, Nakita Fox.
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Last time, we spooked a drunk farmer with her nakedness. What will happen this time??
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Model: Nakita Fox @nakitabox @nakitafoxmodel

I've got a ridiculous number of shoots lined up over the next few weeks that mean my Christmas will probably be spent in front of an editing monitor, but the shoots themselves should be super-cool.
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They include my fourth (? Is that right, Alexia?) with this absolute bombshell, Alexia Rose. Among our plans include some beach stuff so I'm going to need the weather to play ball. Naturally today it is 25 degrees and perfect, so will probably be shithouse on the day. BUT HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL. .
Model: Alexia Rose @barbiedollheart

The always awesome, always disciplined, always beautiful, Amy Lee Summers. She's launching her new fitness app, so check that oouuutt!
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Model: Amy Lee Summers @amyleesummers

There are a series of panels on next weekend in Wellington on cosplay photography and I'm giving one of them on directing.
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I would say come along, but it has already sold out weeks back. "Why are you mentioning it, then, douchebag?" you may be thinking. Well, because the organisers include this absolute legend, cosplayer and photographer Sylvie Kirkman.
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It's part of a cosplay photography event @wellingtoncpf her and others have been putting together, culminating in a mass weekend of shoots in February. It's an awesome thing and I hope you Wellington folk appreciate their selfless efforts!
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Model: Sylvie Kirkman @staticmakesstuff

Because there's always more in the darkness...
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Model: Brooke West @brookewestxx
Makeup: Aya Jade @ayajade

One of my favourite shots of Sophia Stace as Kratos that I took on our way back from @armageddonexponz two weeks back.
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It's a simple two-light setup, but then shot with a wide angle lens (20mm) to give that dramatic foreshortening. Then it was just down to Sophia's acting and the epic costume she made herself from scratch.
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Model: Sophia Stace @sophiastace
Axe: Louis Williamson-Nicholls @nightlightworkshop

I was totally against a sequel to Blade Runner. It's one of my all-time favorite films and I thought the story and theme was told in its entirety.
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But BLADE RUNNER 2049 turned out to be a masterpiece about oppression, responsibility and ego. I utterly loved it.
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So here's the ode to it that Sky Leigh and I did - the moment Ryan Gosling's character comes face-to-giant-face with an ad for his hologram girlfriend Joi and first realises he maybe ain't that special after all...
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Model: Skylar Leigh @_skylar_leigh_

I'm doing a talk in a couple of weeks on directing models and I really need to get my presentation together!
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I do believe communication is the #1 skill for a portrait photographer and yet you it's rare to find videos or workshops on it. Helping your model depict an emotion or a vibe is what can really elevate a photo beyond being just a well-lit snapshot.
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Some of my most rewarding moments as a photographer have been in helping a model express something beyond what they thought they could do.
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Model: Lacey Luxe

I have books of sketches and descriptions of photo ideas. Most I'll never do because they require a location or a costume or a prop that I'll never find. Or it's an idea I know a model won't be up for.
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But then occasionally I meet a model like Nakita Fox who just dives straight in. Even when told to take a step to a precise distance, make the same exact pose, take another step... she gives it 100%. On top of the technical aspects, I needed the 'look at camera' to be just the right expression, which is a LOT tougher than it seems. Again, Nakita nailed that, too.
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Model: Nakita Fox @nakitafoxmodel @nakitabox

I really like this chair. You're all just appreciating the chair, right? #chair .
Model: Alexia Rose @barbiedollheart

When you've got a model of the calibre of Sarah Harris, a one- light setup is all you need.
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Model: Sarah Harris @iamsarahharris

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