Monday, March 21, 2011

BLACK MAGAZINE #14: Adam Custins shoots portraits

Gregor McGregor, his wife Pura and their son George, 1910
Photo: Frank. J. Denton, Whanganui
We are shooting portraits this issue with photographer Adam Custins, based upon the legacy of Rachael's great-great grandmother Te Pura McGregor and Rachael's ancestry, or whakapapa. We have realised the story in a modern-retro style with Maori, European and Chinese models.  Rachael is also Samoan, German, Irish and Scottish in her bloodline so this shoot is all about representing the multi-cultural bloodlines that abound in Aotearoa. Adam has been shooting on large format Polaroid film and to date the models have been; Yasmine @ Clyne, Danielle @ 62, Eve @ August, Seon @ Clyne, and Henry and Grace.

Te Pura Manihera was a chieftainess of Ngā Poutama at Matahiwi pa, forty miles north of Whanganui and the daughter of  Te Manihera who married Scotsman Gregor McGregor. She was the first Maori woman to receive an O.B.E (Order of the British Empire) and often led the haka for her tribe, sometimes in battle, in the late 19th Century. Later that night she would be comfortable integrating with the new settlers in a stylish Victorian ensemble and was capable of the eloquent conversation. In one of numerous historical passages about Te Pura she is described as follows; "Pura was always beautifully dressed and never lost her grace and charm. She always walked slowly. At the same time she retained her skill in leading the haka, especially when it was one of welcome, and immediately afterwards, with all the dignity of true Maori aristocracy, she could adorn any (European) drawing-room, knowing instinctively what to do." Below is a photo of Te Pura (centre, with mere) and group at Tesla Studios, Whanganui, circa 1900...look out for the modern interpretation featuring Kiri and Jason Nathan, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme Des Garcons, Therese Rawsthorne, Wunderkammer Jewellery and more....Te Manihera, Te Pura, Maata, Te Huiakama, Hori, Rachael...arohanui..x

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I was lucky enough to be part of this wonderful portrait shoot for issue #14 doing the hair and makeup/grooming taking the models back in time when life was much more simple and elegant. Natalie x

Monday, March 14, 2011


Lili  from Red 11 & David from 62 Models

Cory from Red 11

Elena from 62 Models


A few behind the scenes photos taken by Grant Fell on yesterdays shoot on the shore.
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Photographer: David Shields
Fashion Editor: Rachael Churchward
Mens Editor: Adam Bryce
Hair: Greg Murrell and Tom at Ryder Salon
Makeup: Natalie Dent
Models: above
Assistant Stylist: Jessica Grubisa



 A fun shoot with model Eve from August, she is looking great!

Photographer: Clinton Cardozo for Renegade House
Stylist: Helle Weston
Makeup and Hair: Natalie Dent

Clothing/Accessories: Vaughan Geeson, Jimmy D, Madame Hawke, Shrie Muijs, Nyne, Twenty Seven Names, Top Shop, Jewellery by Meadowlark

Tuesday, March 8, 2011



Photographer: Clinton Cardozo for Renegade House
Stylist: Helle Weston
Makeup: Natalie Dent and Samantha Holley
Hair: Natalie Dent
Model: Sally Gordon @ 62 Models

Clothing/Accessories: Salasai, ASOS, YSL, Karen Walker, Maison Martin Margiela, Acne at Fabric, Cheap Monday, French Connection, Urban Outfitters, Top Shop, some pieces made by Helle or are stylist own.

BLACKlog Editorial #9

Seon @ Clyne

Rhiannon @ August

Kat (Kitty) @ Red 11

Anna P @ 62 Models

Yasmin @ Clyne


Photographer: Greg Novak
Makeup and Hair: Natalie Dent

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

BlackLOG: Black #14: Russ Flatt shoots Michael Whittaker

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Photographer: Russ Flatt
Mens Fashion Editor: Adam Bryce
Fashion Director: Rachael Churchward
Hair: Greg Murrell @ Ryder
Grooming: Natalie Dent