Jennifer

Faces of Street of Auckland [Jennifer]

Jennifer Elisabeth Tooley

Passing Aoetea Centre, I saw a dance group rehearsing for their routine. Offering all smile to my camera so I never hesitate to take a couple of shots. I showed them the photos and asked if who will they pick if I do a street portrait and all are in favour of Jennifer.

She's been dancing ever since she was 3 years old and her school head teacher was her biggest inspiration. After school she spent most of her time honing her singing and dancing skills as she loves performing arts. It was the day of their much anticipated talent competition after 4 months of hard work and dedication. They combine fusion of Ballet and Hip Hop into one piece and everything payed off when they placed 2nd in the raw division. 

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Pedro


Faces of Street of Auckland [Pedro]

A talented musician from Republic of Chile and plays double bass (or also called a string bass) as a profession. It was an all out performance from Pedro when I caught him busking at Downtown. You'll never missed that low pitched bass sound when you walk pass Queen Street.

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He played 6 hours straight and all the hard work are very evident on those blisters. 
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Tomomi


Faces of Street of Auckland [Tomomi]

Here's a familiar face here in Downtown Auckland, Tomomi an immigrant from Japan which started his career in Christchurch working for a Japanese company and moved here in Auckland recently. I've 1st met him a couple of months ago and got plenty of photos of him but I wasn't happy for the portrait that I shot for him. I just kept those photos on archived and get another chance later. But last night was my lucky day, I'm glad I brought my camera on my bag. He easily recognized me and I told him that I want to have another portrait of him. Everything went smoothly as I've already know on how to shoot him and it only took me probably 10 secs. If you happen to visit downtown Auckland, try to check the No.1 Queen street Cafe and he can serve you a nice cup of coffee.

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I received a couple of queries on how I choose my background. I normally look for bright details with light reflection like headlights from a car, traffic lights, or a establishment like this sample below. I do some test shots 1st until I decided to used it as my main background for my Street Portrait.

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Dave the Bouncer


Faces of Street of Auckland [Dave]

I met Dave last July 2010 when he 1st do my street portraiture project. I never used those photos as I'm having a hard time which one to choose from. Among the people that I've asked around for my project, I spent more time talking with him as if I've known him for a long time. He's a fine gentlemen and very approachable if you ask me. Not someone that you'll ask for a photograph...For sure you'll recognize him especially if you live in Auckland because his face is quite staple here in downtown Queen street.

I printed some of Dave's photos from last year and just this week I have the opportunity to visit him to  give those photos. 
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Here's another one from last year which I was planning to used for this project but decided not to go with it...
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He was so cool to posed for me here when I bumped to him again last year.
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And just typical Dave giving me the thumbs up...
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Christian

Faces of Street of Auckland [Christian]

I saw Christian with his friend doing freeline skates from the downhill street of Victoria. They started skating from Sky City Tower all the way down to Queen street. That's enough to caught my attention and grab my camera from my bag. I just tried to stay cool and approached them down at Queen street right after running to catch them. It all went well and had some quick street portrait shot of Christian which my 1st few shots was quite challenging as he don't know what to do in front of the camera. But in the end he managed to give me a straight look and got the shot that I wanted.

Freeline Skates – one two-wheeled skateboard for each foot

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Aaron

Faces of Street of Auckland [Aaron]

He was with Carey Lee when I had the chance to shoot him for my Faces of Street of Auckland. Born in Fiji and now an Aucklander. He love's to play rugby and really into hip hop music. A member of a rap group called "BMF".

Carey Lee


Faces of Street of Auckland [Carey]


I was just shooting my usual street photography at Queen street when my view finder spotted this familiar face. I've worked with her before and during that time it was also her 1st photo shoot. I chatted with her and found out that she's an international latin dancer specifically salsa...wow! She will be representing New Zealand performing @ the Sydney Latin Festival in February 2012, & competing for a world title in Hong Kong in March 2012. I noticed that she was pretty dress up so with no hesitation I asked if I can shoot her for my Faces of Street of Auckland Project.

The opportunity was already there so I asked another favor if we could do more series of shots...More photos of Carey Lee soon!