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Eight months ago, I met Rachael Michelle Brown, (you know the way modern girls meet) on facebook. We talked about a photography movement, about getting rid of the noise, about finding what it is that we are meant to be doing and running our businesses and lives ethically. Rachael had been dreaming up a big idea and after nearly one thousand messages, one get together in Nelson and one in Queenstown (and a google plus hangout or two later), we hosted a bit more soul together. I don’t think either of us truly knew what we were starting, but we knew we wanted to hold an event where creatives would connect and be inspired. We knew we wanted to invite people into a space where artistic minds come together and share ideas, where ego’s are left at the door and there is room for that special thing to happen.
The best people to join us were Andrew Hewson, Fiona Andersen, Jake Thomas Panderman, Kate MacPherson, Oli Sansom, and Mike Hill. Their photography is just the starting place for why I respect and admire each of them so much.

Fiona, Jake, Kate, Oli and Mike, Thank you. I know you all felt the fear and did it anyway. I know you all pushed yourselves because you knew what is possible when you give of yourself. Between the five of you, you truly are everything we had initially talked about. You could say you are the voltron of soul.
Highest of fives to you!

Karen, Maree, Melissa, Greta, Kelly, Danelle, Paul, Michelle, Emma, Bianca, Dan Nicola Kate, Anna Jess, Jim, Natasha, Sam, Anna, Caroline, 
Susie, Sarah, Kirsty, Isabella, Jo and Nita! Thank you so much for picking up what we were putting down! Because of you A bit More Soul met and exceeded all my hopes. What I expected was some inspiration, what I got was life changing ideas. I expected a good time, what I got are friendships that I know will be life long. What I did not do, was take many photos – like at all.. but here are a few from one evening plus some hilarious ones from The Amazing Travelling Photo Booth from our final night party. A bit more Soul was all at once the most overwhelming, comforting, scary, exhausting, fulfilling thing I have ever experienced. Can we do it all again? yes


amazingtravellingbooth at A bit More Soul

  • Kate - These pics are amazing…love it. Can’t wait to see you again x

  • Dan O'Day - hats off to you guys… so jello I wasn’t there… Hold your head high, what an amazing achievement 🙂 xx

  • Nurul Huda - Wonderful photos!!

  • Oli - Amazing stuff. Team awesome. Yous a legendface 😀

  • Maree - Beautiful post Emily, I wanna go back xxx

  • Michael Benham - I’m so happy for you the event was such a success. You are so brave to dream the dream and put that dream into action. So Good 🙂

  • bettina - Wow I love! What an amazing location too. I’d like to be there too x

  • Jack Chauvel - Looks like a WHOLE lot of fun! Great work getting it all together.

  • Nykie Grove-Eades - Love it! Looks like it was so much fun and really inspiring!
    I NEED to come next time!!

    🙂 x

  • Amanda - Bruce Loves Susie - Beautiful, Emily! This is the kind of thing I would love to attend. Pity I am in Australia?
    Inspiring, anyway! ox

  • Kate Groundwater - So so awesome Em. Great work, and thank you so much for bringing such an awesome idea to Queenstown!

  • Jake - Top Job! You guys put together such an amazing retreat! You two make a brilliant team!

The last couple of months have been busy, even as the wedding season is winding down and winter is kicking in. I have many many wedding images to share over the next few weeks (stay tuned). I have lots of families in Queenstown for holidays who have contacted me to have portraits taken – what a great time to arrange it! You are hanging out, playing in the snow all relaxed and happy.

Issue 3 of Mag Rouge went live earlier this month and it is beautiful. Any of you planning your wedding will LOVE looking through it. New to the issue is a Wedding directory and I was approached by the team at Mag rouge to be a part of it, which is a great honour seeing who the other hand picked wedding photographers are! Find me on page 288.

But my biggest news is that in May, I got my Q’s from The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography(NZIPP). I finished studying photography in 1999 and have shot many weddings and worked in many areas of the photographic industry since then, but I was still extremely nervous to have my work judged by a panel of very experienced photographers. To be Qualified by the NZIPP, you have to show that you can produce a consistent style, have control over a wedding day timeline, interact naturally with people and colour correct and design an album. Only the NZIPPP can qualify you as meeting professional standards in all areas of practice. The above image is from one of the wedding books that was put through the judging process. I had hesitated going through this process for quite a few years, but I am really glad that I did it.



  • Anonymous - You got the talent girl

  • emily - 🙂 just testing you

  • Nurul Huda - Hi Emily! I think you’re on Page 284!

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        I went on a photo walk in Arrowtown and took a few film cameras plus my new 45 mm tilt shift lens to have a play with.

  • Helen O - Cool photos Emily. I really like tilt-shift but don’t have a lens yet would love to get one.

  • Stew - Nice site, lovely images!

  • JK Blackwell - Love this post – and your new site!! x