09.08.2017

At Home & Work with: Naomi Haussman


 

Everyone, meet Naomi Haussman. Naomi, this is everyone.

Naomi is a Christchurch-based photographer who captures light and mood and meaning for a living. Lucky. Actually not lucky – relentless. She picked up a camera in high school, and now, over 10 years later (including 3 years travelling the world with an Aid Organisation as a documentary photographer), she’s built her own freelance business and honed her craft through the sheer passion she has for it. One of her largest clients is Neat Places, who have sent her all over the country in recent years to shoot some of New Zealand’s best destinations for shopping, dining and arts and culture. Along the way, she’s also capturing people, products and places for other clients, and fitting in her own photographic ‘experiments’, side projects and a few weddings, too.


Morning coffee with flattiesWinston the Persian. Such a regal name, Winston.

Corners of Nay’s home

 

My morning routine looks a little like this:
Mornings are usually pretty mellow unless I have a shoot early. Get up around 7/8am – I’m someone who likes to wake up and lie in bed for at least 30mins to gather thoughts and do a run through of the day before facing the world. Normally will have a coffee with the flatmates, we are all self employed so we usually have breakfast around the same time which is nice.

We have recently moved into a beautiful new build, its amazingly warm over winter and also is predominantly made of untreated wood and aesthetically is a bit of dream so I have been able to double up using this as a studio, if I am doing product shoots I will stay home and do that first. 

If I don’t have a shoot on in the morning, I will head to a cafe and down a couple more long blacks then check emails before heading into the office for a day of editing.

Morning musts at Supreme Supreme

Naomi works from The Collect – Christchurch’s shared creative office space

For work this week, I….
I am working on a creative project for a magazine and am fighting a creative block so spending a lot of time mulling over photos and trying to pick which ones I want and what I need to reshoot/discard.

I have a day of shooting out in Waipara at one of my favourite wineries, Black Estate, its truffle season and a company I work for – Neat Places – are doing a guide to the best places for truffles.


Product shot for new healing oil skincare brand, Tahi

Truffle honey

For work this week, I….
I am working on a creative project for a magazine and am fighting a creative block so spending a lot of time mulling over photos and trying to pick which ones I want and what I need to reshoot/discard.

 I have a day of shooting out in Waipara at one of my favourite wineries, Black Estate, its truffle season and a company I work for – Neat Places – are doing a guide to the best places for truffles.

For the rest of the week I’ll spend time in the office editing and planning for next week’s shoots…and of course attempting to get all my admin done….the Never Ending Admin.

The highlight of the past week was…
Probably spending time shooting in the Port Hills. During winter they are all misty and magical and having a good reason to get out amongst the beauty on a chilly day is really awesome.

Those misty Port Hills

Portrait shot for NZ musician Nick Dow

A challenge/frustration I’ve been dealing with is:
The aforementioned creative block and the never ending battle of time management. I think one of the hardest things for me is translating my vision well, especially when there is a time restraint and when it’s being produced for someone else. It’s easier to capture what someone else has created than it is to communicate your own vision. For me it’s a very vulnerable thing to do and so I end up questioning my choices a lot.

Something I’ve learned recently is…
How much people around me believe in what I’m doing and how much they want to support me.

Part of an editorial Naomi is working on for Flint & Steel magazine


Recently, I’ve been…

Listening to:
A lot of Solange with a hint of D’Angelo, Aldous Harding and a rediscovery of Kimbra

Reading:
I’m the classic multiple book reader, currently getting through Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography and also mulling over a book called ‘First we make the Beast Beautiful’. It’s about anxiety and rethinking it. Its cover is beautifully done.

Looking forward to:
A trip I am doing in August with a bunch of ladies to Milford Sounds. I always need good trip away to refresh / rethink / gain perspective and read a lot of books and have a lot of laughs. Especially in beautiful places that I can take snaps in with zero agenda.

Visiting:
Going to Kaikoura for the day to check out some of the awesome places that have opened there. Kaiks is one of those places that has a special place in my heart, probably because it delivers mountains and ocean all in one backdrop.

Wanting to Buy:
A new camera body and a new lens. New glass is always exciting to shoot through and currently I have a very small selection. Whilst I am a big believer in becoming good at your craft with whatever you have, I am due for a wee upgrade.

Eating:
Its pretty hard to go past the truffles at Black Estate, I’m also a sucker for gnocchi and they do a damn good job of it – not to mention their wines – I just tried their chardonnay and for someone who is not normally a fan of white wine , this was a treat.

Black Estate organic winery – shot by Naomi for her Neat Places

If you’d like to hire Naomi to shoot your product or place (or person),
you can check out her portfolio here

Follow Naomi on Instagram here

 

 

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