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BREE

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I was working with Amanda Bransgrove and Amanda Betts and saw this amazing girl of theirs, Bree. Scouted at a pageant, she's with 62 Models and I can see why she already has an overseas agency interested in her. Thanks, Kingsize Studios, for the garden studio. 

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TERUMI

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Although video stores are sadly on the decline, the need for fresh faces isn't. 

I first caught a glimpse of Terumi on an Instagram post. By the time I enquired about him, he was already signed with Unique Model Management. 

This half-Japanese, half-Kiwi was scouted while he was working at Video Ezy days before he left the company to ‘try something different’.  John Lennon once said “There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.” 

More images coming soon. 

Ryan

COURAGE

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Welcome to RyanMeta.com and my very first post as an Auckland-based fashion photographer. 

When I hear the word ‘Courage’, I immediately think of the powerful connotations such a word creates. It has some fun connotations, too. Like in the case of one of my favourite cartoon characters, ‘Courage the Cowardly Dog’. I’m not sure if you know about Courage and his antics, but in each episode, Courage finds himself in situations where he has to overcome his anxiety in order to save himself and family from various monsters. After spending half the episode running around in circles, avoiding and crying, he figures out a way to overcome his fear and saves the day. 

I’d been running around in quite a few circles myself. But instead of chasing my tail, I was chasing people, albeit with my camera. It was fun, though, because I was doing it in my hometown of Palmerston North. Admittedly, I definitely avoided the ‘big move' for as long as I could get away with. Of course I did. It was safe in Palmy. 

Auckland City, 2014

Auckland City, 2014

Like ‘Courage the Cowardly Dog’, though, there was a trigger for me that felt a bit like a whopping great slap across the face with my own tail. Long tale short, it came in the form of being hand picked for the Kingsize Studios Photography Scholarship Award. Being selected was one thing, but then what? So I took the lesson from Courage: Face my fears. 

“Woah! WaitWHAT!?” my friends challenged me when I bravely told them of my idea to be an Auckland-based fashion photographer. “Are you CRAZY?!” "But..it’s so busy…” “You’ve only been there once…you don’t even know the place…” “…the driving…all those people…”

My favourite: "What about all the broken indicators in Auckland?"

My head was telling me, ‘Maybe this leap is beyond you?’ while my heart was pushing me to go after my fashion photography dreams. 

Auckland City, 2014

Auckland City, 2014

I found the answer when I stumbled upon a beautiful portrait of my family. 

You see, I come from a family who packed up their history and moved across the world (not just the North Island) to both fulfil the dream of living a better life and to be with their loved one. My Great Grandmother moved from Ireland to be with my Great Grandfather, who lived in Jersey (next to France, not ‘Snooki and the situation’ New Jersey). They had three kids and decided to ‘hit the road’ (or rather, the three week boat ride) and headed to New Zealand. They settled in Wanganui and moved to Auckland soon after, Point Chev to be exact (a few streets over from where I'm staying. How coincidental is that?). 

With a population of around 85,000 in Palmerston North, ‘all those people’ were exactly what I needed because with more people comes more opportunity (and more people to photograph!). 

Shifting has been way more then simply changing my mail address and temporarily disabling my website and blog while I work it all out. 

Auckland City, 2014

Auckland City, 2014

Starting again in a new city has meant I’ve had to grow up, put myself out there. Always a bit scary, right? 

And although I haven't been screaming or crying (yet), and have only run around in a few circles, there’s something to be said about a part of me, no matter how ‘grown up’ I am, drawing inspiration from fictional cartoon/characters. ‘Courage’ has helped me feel the fear and do it anyway, for example. 

So before I sign off and speaking of drawing inspiration from fictional cartoon/characters, I wanted to share this quote from Dr. Seuss: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” 

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

 

See you soon! 

Ryan