Georgina Skinner

Meet Georgina Skinner, the photographer behind our soon-to-be-released New Zealand cover. A rather talented lass who splits her time between Aotearoa and the UK and who has a knack for capturing light and life. Prepare for a little dose of Southern Hemisphere wanderlust … (fun fact – you can pre-order our New Zealand magazine here
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When did you start taking photographs? 
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Photography started out for me when I was a kid with my parents film cameras, but as soon as it was introduced to me as a subject I could take for school it very quickly went from a hobby to something I wanted to make a living from. 
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How would you describe your photographic style? 
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It took me a few years to find my style and to settle with one look, but it was one day in Paris – I found myself consistently shooting in a specific way. I was drawn to the lighter colours of the city and buildings and from then on I always shot this way and applied my style to all my work. I often get asked if my work is a photograph or a painting, so I suppose that would be my style!  Occasionally I will have a day and find myself shooting dark scenes and situations with a hint of colour, but rarely.
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Is there a particular New Zealand area or subject that means something special to you? 
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The whole journey from Christchurch through Arthurs Pass to the West Coast is special to me. It was the first journey I took when I moved here from England and it was a complete shock to me as to how somewhere could be that beautiful! Now it is our journey home and it will forever remain dear to me.
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Where is home for you in new Zealand? 
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My fiancé Stephen and I live on the West Coast of New Zealand. It was a massive change from working in PR in the centre of London to being thrown into dairy farming and working on my photography business Print By George from our front room, but I feel so settled here and now we are getting married. This is home for life.
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Do you have a favourite part of New Zealand? 
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When I think of all the places I have travelled [to] within New Zealand, I always get excited to get back to the West Coast and home. It is so quiet and secluded compared to what I am used to and having our two dogs waiting for us makes this the best place.
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Is shooting in New Zealand different to other parts of the world? 
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The light and the landscape is so totally different to the UK. When I lived in Melbourne the light was so warm and the landscape so vast. Going from that to London where you don’t see so much of the sky and the days are short in the winter, it was a massive adjustment. Now living in New Zealand the sky is enormous, with stunning mountains and sunsets. It is the perfect mix of English and Australian light and I love shooting in it! We truly get four seasons throughout the year and the light is so different for each one. It’s exciting to shoot at all times of the year, but when it rains it pours and that is a day to stay inside and get the computer work done!
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Do you have a favourite subject?
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The landscape is a new one. I adore shooting the landscape now that I live in a beautiful one, but my true passion which has stayed with me from day one would be interiors and homes. That is where I started out with photography and I will continue forever to shoot and love them.
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Has there been a particularly enjoyable shoot? 
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A shoot I did recently in my family’s Greek home in Corfu would be a very enjoyable one. It was shot for NZ House & Gardens magazine and it looked beautiful for the issue. It also helped that Stephen proposed to me on this trip – unforgettable!
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You’ve photographed both the North and South Islands – do you find these different in any way?
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The South Island is a lot more rural and you can drive a long way without seeing a property. It is rugged and quite untouched whereas the North is a smaller island and there is a lot more going on with bigger cities closer together. I don’t prefer shooting one over the other, however I see the South Island a lot more and so shooting opportunities come up more frequently.
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What advice do you have for someone considering a career as a photographer?
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Keep at it and believe in yourself. I had many ‘doubt’ days when I started out with my photography. I wasn’t convinced with my style and aesthetic and I didn’t believe that anyone would be interested in it either. It took me a bit of time to gain that confidence and to be able to talk about my work without feeling like I was trying to force it upon someone – once I felt I could do this, the belief and hard work started to pay off and now I can’t believe where my photography has taken me.
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