Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
I have just discovered Pinterest, well that's a lie, I have known about it pretty much since it started, but tonight decided I will start a page, I will add any Food and Wedding Inspirations I find, so please check it out: http://pinterest.com/melissathorburn/
Lovely and Good Night!
Sunday, 22 July 2012
I really hate it when I loose touch with friends, family and "blogging", I do apologise it has been a couple of months now since my last blog! Confessions to make, I have been busy with my number one LOVE; my family! then my full time work as a Product Development Technologist, studying, photographic portrait and wedding assignments and a wee holiday to my favourite place Mt Ruapehu and Tongariro National Park.
Life gets awesomely busy, I like it this way. If I'm not busy, I'm not alive.
I'm no "supermum", many people a lot more than I do.
Yes I work Full time as well and it's in a non photographic role too! I work in the food industry and have done for 20 years! I love food and I love my work! I know I am one of those lucky young photographers that has the security of a day job, but the thing is I want to do both and try to do them both well!
On the side I been studying towards a Diploma in Digital Photography since early 2011. I am studying part time, hence why it is not completed yet. Watch this space, hopefully in 4 months time I will be sporting an official diploma! What an achievement that will be. Although I class myself as professional (part time) photographer, completely the diploma just formalises the fact that I'm serious about this passion and I'm no "fly by nighter" and I'm training to serve my clients in the best way I can.
I also have been involved in the Hawke's Bay Photographic Society (HBPS) for many years. A previous role as committee member and secretary for several years helped me immensely. the people I have met and assisted in my previous roles with the society have been amazing. HBPS is an affiliate of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. I am also a student member of New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP), I owe a lot to this institute and their amazing team of volunteers and supporters. If you are a young photographer, just starting out or even an experience photographer, I recommend that you do get in touch with NZIPP/PSNZ and find out about your local area branch and go along to some meetings to see what the national photographic institutes can do for you.
Well, this seems to be a long over due introduction and thanks for reading. Many of you know what I do and are very supportive and I thank you for that.
I have a major project to complete this year for my final paper and I have decided to write and photograph a cookbook. Some of you may remember me mentioning a book earlier when I started this blog. I have several ideas on a subject earlier on, some of them I will have to park until I have sufficient time for them. But a big dream I do have is to write a vegetarian cookbook. I always thought my first cookbook would be vegetarian, so now I have the opportunity, lets see if I can! I have very limited time for this and I might have to call on some of my friends and family to help me in the process, borrowing equipment, kitchens and the "willing" use of your taste buds and stomachs!
Today I actually need to do some test shots for my book proposal. Time wise I am on the wire, so I will finish up this blog to go and feed my camera and tummy!
However before I go as a reward for reading my blog today, I would like to share some photo's from the past couple of months. Firstly a Burlesque shoot, this is my gorgeous sister Marie whom was helping me out for an assignment. A few holiday snaps and a sneak peek from a wonderful wedding I shot last weekend. My next blog will be about the couple - Michael and Michelle from Perth, who chose to come to Hawke's Bay to get married!
Talk again soon.
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Sunday, 6 May 2012
Saturday, 28 April 2012
|Used by||New Zealand|
|Variants||Electrolux SMLE Model|
|Weight||16 lb (7.3 kg), unloaded|
|Length||44.5 in (1150 mm)|
|Calibre||0.303 inch (7.7 mm)|
|Rate of fire||600 rounds/minute|
|Muzzle velocity||2,440 ft/s (744 m/s)|
|Effective range||1,000 yards (910 m)|
|Maximum range||2,000 yards (1830 m)|
|Feed system||10-round magazine or 30-round Bren gun magazine|
|Sights||Sliding ramp rear sights, fixed post front sights (sourced from Wikipedia)|
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
A great website for you to learn more about ANZAC is http://www.anzac.govt.nz/significance/index.html
I think it is awesome that the younger generations are embracing ANZAC, paying their respects and keeping it alive. It is nearly 100 years since World War One. My children will be nearly 12 and 8 years old then, it would be a worthy trip to Gallipoli if my hubby and I can save enough for it.
Friday, 6 April 2012
Once a upon a time there was a Manifesto of a Picture Maker
- Photographers are picture makers. Picture makers are story tellers.
- Take your time, observe and record.
- A picture needs to speak to the observer, capture the emotional.
- The world is your canvas. Start with your little corner of the world first.
- There should always be a fire inside of you and if it goes dim change what you are doing.
- Explore the unknown to keep the fire alive.
- The camera is not only your eyes, it is the paint and the picture is your voice.
- Rules are like tools, and tools can be broken. But if you break them without reason or thought, then you are best to throw them out.
- You can never stage a missed event; it would be a lie if you did.
- A picture lacking technical skill is like ironing starch on your flannelette pj’s.
- A picture that is too technically correct is also like ironing starch on your flannelette pj’s.
- You may only have one shot at it, paint it carefully in your mind and perform with your eyes through the camera.
- Treat every moment like you are getting paid. Be professional, but have fun too.
- Perform like you are getting paid top dollar even if you are not, dream a little, and pretend you are on a top model set.
- There may not always be a happy ending, not everyone will get your story. Don’t let this discourage you, only you can create a happy ending for yourself! Believe in yourself!
Friday, 30 March 2012
Well, today is my 10th year Wedding Anniversary, so Hubby and I had to stop off the see the church where our beautiful ceremony was held.
Well 10yrs on, it is standing proud as ever. We have since our big day there, attended many weddings and I have photographed many two. Each time with tears of joy in my eyes.
So, to family and friends that have shared our day and been in our lives since, Thank you for being here. Here's to another 10 years xxxxxxxxxx
Sunday, 4 March 2012
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Friday, 3 February 2012
Saturday, 21 January 2012
Saturday, 14 January 2012
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Day 12-366 Silvo and Supper Time