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August 18, 2012

Due any day . . .

Just a quick note to let you all know that I am on maternity leave. Our third child is due shortly so I’m resting up (as much as one can with other children to look after). I will probably be on leave for about three months. In the meantime, email me by all means but please don’t expect a swift reply. I would prefer not to receive phone calls at this time, however.

December 10, 2011

My top question?

In any role/job that one has one can be asked a myriad of questions. Some are more interesting than most. Some are more common than most. Some are down right boring.

This is probably the question I’m asked most often:

Q. Do you offer files on disk?

A. No, I don’t. But before you dismiss me off-hand please understand that I do this for your benefit.

If I sent you home with a disk you’d have nothing to hang on your wall, nothing to leaf through. If I sent you home with a disk you would have to go to the trouble of getting the files to a printer and getting the prints home. You would also have to decide which photographs you would like in which sizes etc, without the aid of a professional to help you. A photograph that looks good in 5×7 inches may not look wonderful in 20×24 inches and vice versa. I can relieve you of the hassle and offer advice on your selections.

Secondly, I have access to printing, mounting and album options that you may not be aware of, let alone be able to take advantage of. Doesn’t it make sense to make use of the best resources available to you?

In short, I offer a better service by helping you take home a finished product and memories that are easy to enjoy.

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June 3, 2011

Perfect Pixie competition terms and conditions

Conditions of Entry

Terms & Conditions

When entering our online competition you are agreeing to sign up to receive a Luminance e-newsletter, by submitting your entry via email, you are agreeing that your personal information is collected by Luminance for the purposes of selling you our products and services and is not disclosed to anyone outside the company without prior consent.

To unsubscribe from our mailing list you are free at anytime to email us with “unsubscribe” in the subject heading.


Enter to Win Competition (Online only)

1. Instructions on “How to Enter” form part of these Conditions of Entry. The competition is open to all residents of New Zealand except employees of the Promoter, their immediate families and agencies associated with this promotion.

2. The promotion commences 7/06/11 and closes midnight 30/06/11. Entries will be examined by a panel of three judges. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

3. The winning entry as determined by the judges, will win a photographic sitting and a set of at least three, low-resolution, watermarked images. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. The promoter is neither responsible nor liable for any change in the value of a prize occurring between 1/6/09 and the date the prize is claimed. Prize values mentioned are the recommended retail value as provided by the supplier and are correct at time of printing.

5. Prizes must be taken as offered. There is no cash alternative. Prizes are not transferable. If exact products are not available, prizes of an equivalent value will be given.

6. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries. Winners will be notified by mail, phone or email. The winners will also be published on our blogsite (

7. All entries become the property of the Promoter.

8. The collection, use and disclosure of personal information provided in connection with this competition is governed by the Privacy Policy.

9. The promoter is Luminance photography, Wanganui, New Zealand, +6421490202.

10. If for any reason this promotion is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the promoter, which corrupt or affect the administration security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition, subject to any direction given by law.

11. In the case of the intervention of any outside agent or event which naturally changes the result or prevents or hinders it’s determination, including but not limited to vandalism, power failures, tempests, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strikes; the Promoter may in its absolute discretion cancel the event and recommence it from the start on the same conditions subject to state legislation.

12. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Promoter including its officers, employees, and agents, excludes all liability (including negligence), for any loss or damage or personal injury, arising in any way out of the Promotion, including, without limitation: (a) any technical difficulties; (b) entries or prize claims that are late, lost, damaged or misdirected prior to their receipt by the Promoter, or after receipt due to reasons beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (c) any variation in prize value to that stated in these conditions of entry; and (d) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant.

13. Once prizes have left Promoter’s premises, the Promoter will not be responsible for any delay in delivery, or failure of safe delivery of prizes.

14. In the event of war, terrorism, state of emergency or disaster the Promoter reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion

15. In the event that a portion of the prize is awarded to the winner in the form of a voucher / ticket / pass, redemption of that portion of the prize will be subject to the terms and conditions stipulated on the voucher / ticket / pass. The Promoter will not be liable for any voucher / ticket / pass that has been lost, stolen, forged, damaged or tampered with in any way.

  1. In the event that for any reason whatsoever a winner does not take an element of the prize at the time stipulated by the promoter then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the winner and cash will not be awarded in lieu of that element of the prize.

  2. We reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time without notification.

June 3, 2011

Do you have the most winsome wood-nymph? Our mid year competition is revealed!

How To Enter

Email us ( a photo of your wee one, aged 3-7yrs for your chance to win an outdoor creative session and a set of facebook-optimized images to show off. Don’t forget to include your name and contact details and the child’s date of birth.

Entries open June 7, 2011. Entries close June 30, 2011.

You must be 18yrs or over to enter and you must be the child’s parent or guardian. See our Terms and Conditions for more details.

May 31, 2011

Stone Cold Bottoms

Following up from my ‘Tesla Magic’ post I’ve been thinking about the art experience and children.

When we think of children and art we tend to think of finger painting in pre-school and lino cuts at primary school, but it doesn’t have to be art at their level, so to speak.

I’m quite careful not to ‘dumb down’ my language for our kids. As a speech and drama teacher I value language – its complexity, its subtlety, its nuances. I want our boys to develop an excellent command of English, and indeed, any language that they later care to learn. With this in mind, I speak to them in the language that I feel best transmits the message I have for them. I use long words, obscure words, any and all appropriate words – and sentence structures too. I do, of course, understand that they won’t always comprehend these more ‘grown up’ utterances so I’m also happy to provide a ‘little person’ translation when what I’ve said draws a blank look.

The point is, that I realize that, in the same way that we expose our children to language, we can expose them to art, including the visual arts.

We had our boys with us at the Sarjeant Gallery on the weekend. Our youngest was his usual placid self and either drank things in quietly or had enough of his own thoughts to occupy him. Our three year old, however, charged around and had a good look at everything in his quite active way. He found the wooden dogs in the Song of the Woods collection of some interest and was, I hear, quite intrigued by a manufactured tree with bits of person dangling from it. My husband was most amused, however, when our little man discovered a statue of two men wrestling. “Dey got no pants on!” he declared. Indeed they were nude. He then had to touch their marble bottoms to see what this was all about. Then their curly hair.

I’m not exactly sure what he took from the experience but I’m sure he filed a few new ideas away in his wee brain.

Take your children to an art gallery once in a while, just as you would a museum. Expose them to these things. They might have to be short trips to match short attention spans, but that’s OK. You can go back for another look later.

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