Michael Farr @mifarr

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Film fulltime @ Xero & Freelance Videographer/Photographer at Mifarr Productions😎 Check out the latest work I've been involved with below👇

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Got ma hair did by this dope ass barber yesterday @just_tui...he knows whts up! 
Also took this pic of him for the #Huawei 100 portraits campaign the other day...hes always keen on smashing a pose for the @cubabarbers crew! he's now on the fulltime roster on cuba so hit him up for ya next cut! 
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Here's his story: "It’s actually really bad over in Flaxmere. There’s always cop raids. I caught up with one of my mates a couple of weeks ago and she was telling me nothing’s really changed in Hawke’s Bay other than a lot of really young people prospecting for gangs. Heaps of my old friends, real good rugby players, have dreams but can’t live up to them – there’s just not many options there.

I’m only 17, but I had a really rough upbringing there. I moved here (Wellington) in 2010 when mum and dad separated. The thing is, I’m one of seven so I got seven siblings. Massive family brought up in a three room house. As soon as my parents split up, my mum took us for two years until 2012. That shit was going really bad, my mum had no job, nobody had a job. I remember this one week we had to go without any food other than wheat – we just had porridge every day. My dad didn’t give a damn about us. Me and my older brother came up with this initiative of making sure everything’s square, making sure my brothers and sisters were fed and all. I guess older siblings come last.

Now, I know I’m doing something great. I didn’t wag school just to come to this barber shop for nothing. When a client that I’ve just cut leaves the shop with a big smile on his face. Knowing that I’ve done something without relying on my parents. Doing stuff that most people can’t do. I’m not prepared to give this all away. My brothers and sisters keep me going. My younger siblings were brought up in a mess. Just seeing them happy now – that’s something to be proud of.” #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10 #freshcuts
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Got ma hair did by this dope ass barber yesterday @just_tui...he knows whts up! Also took this pic of him for the #Huawei 100 portraits campaign the other day...hes always keen on smashing a pose for the @cubabarbers crew! he's now on the fulltime roster on cuba so hit him up for ya next cut! __ Here's his story: "It’s actually really bad over in Flaxmere. There’s always cop raids. I caught up with one of my mates a couple of weeks ago and she was telling me nothing’s really changed in Hawke’s Bay other than a lot of really young people prospecting for gangs. Heaps of my old friends, real good rugby players, have dreams but can’t live up to them – there’s just not many options there. I’m only 17, but I had a really rough upbringing there. I moved here (Wellington) in 2010 when mum and dad separated. The thing is, I’m one of seven so I got seven siblings. Massive family brought up in a three room house. As soon as my parents split up, my mum took us for two years until 2012. That shit was going really bad, my mum had no job, nobody had a job. I remember this one week we had to go without any food other than wheat – we just had porridge every day. My dad didn’t give a damn about us. Me and my older brother came up with this initiative of making sure everything’s square, making sure my brothers and sisters were fed and all. I guess older siblings come last. Now, I know I’m doing something great. I didn’t wag school just to come to this barber shop for nothing. When a client that I’ve just cut leaves the shop with a big smile on his face. Knowing that I’ve done something without relying on my parents. Doing stuff that most people can’t do. I’m not prepared to give this all away. My brothers and sisters keep me going. My younger siblings were brought up in a mess. Just seeing them happy now – that’s something to be proud of.” #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10 #freshcuts

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@chefdiamonds247 is seriously someone u think of in Wellington when your needing quality food!...this mans work ethics and comitment showcase heavily in his  @egmontst.eatery and @sterlingwoodfireeatery resteraunts and also his @thecateringstudio empire! Such a great familyman and dope snowboarder to add to his many tallents! 
Here's his story: "I'm not actually from anywhere in particular. I’ve lived everywhere in New Zealand apart from Christchurch. I now manage, own and run three different businesses in Wellington – Egmont Street Eatery, The Catering Studio, and Stirling Woodfire Studio and Bar. It doesn’t feel like a job to me. I’ve been doing this for 10 years now, it’s just life, it is what it is.

Seeing people happy who have had our food or our service makes me proud. When we’ve done an event and it’s gone really well, when you’ve catered a wedding and they send an awesome email afterwards and you’ve made their special day, that’s pretty cool.

I have quite a large commitment in the fact that we employ almost 70 staff, we provide them with their means to live. When you own businesses you can’t just resign. I guess you can always learn, always do better, there’s always opportunities coming up. The restaurant industry is different every day, we could be doing a wedding for 100, or a music festival for 500, I get bored quite easily, so having a good variety keeps me going.  When you’re in service, you get an adrenaline rush. That’s what I got when I was younger, and that’s what drives you, makes you able to sustain the really shit job it can be. It’s not glamorous, like it is on Table or your Masterchef’s – that’s all a crock.” #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10 #egmontsteatery #egmontst #alleyway #bokeh #chef
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@chefdiamonds247 is seriously someone u think of in Wellington when your needing quality food!...this mans work ethics and comitment showcase heavily in his @egmontst.eatery and @sterlingwoodfireeatery resteraunts and also his @thecateringstudio empire! Such a great familyman and dope snowboarder to add to his many tallents! Here's his story: "I'm not actually from anywhere in particular. I’ve lived everywhere in New Zealand apart from Christchurch. I now manage, own and run three different businesses in Wellington – Egmont Street Eatery, The Catering Studio, and Stirling Woodfire Studio and Bar. It doesn’t feel like a job to me. I’ve been doing this for 10 years now, it’s just life, it is what it is. Seeing people happy who have had our food or our service makes me proud. When we’ve done an event and it’s gone really well, when you’ve catered a wedding and they send an awesome email afterwards and you’ve made their special day, that’s pretty cool. I have quite a large commitment in the fact that we employ almost 70 staff, we provide them with their means to live. When you own businesses you can’t just resign. I guess you can always learn, always do better, there’s always opportunities coming up. The restaurant industry is different every day, we could be doing a wedding for 100, or a music festival for 500, I get bored quite easily, so having a good variety keeps me going.  When you’re in service, you get an adrenaline rush. That’s what I got when I was younger, and that’s what drives you, makes you able to sustain the really shit job it can be. It’s not glamorous, like it is on Table or your Masterchef’s – that’s all a crock.” #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10 #egmontsteatery #egmontst #alleyway #bokeh #chef

I work with Dan on a weekly basis and he's one of the coolest cats i know! We do a monthly show together at @xero called DevTV, he's a super funny dude! 
Here's his story: 
I'd just moved into a senior role at the bank, I was 29 years old, and I had a heart attack. It was a sobering experience. It was a wet, rainy day. I walked out of our apartment and it was raining so I ran, ran across pigeon park and got onto Ghuznee St under cover. I started to get this real cold feeling in my chest, a real hard ache, like a sumo wrestler was sitting on me. It was really intense, but I just thought I was really cold, and I was on my way to my mate’s café so I thought, ‘sweet, it’s warm in there, I’m just cold, so I’ll just keep rolling, it’s all good.’ And then all of a sudden I felt this numbness down my arm and I was like ‘whatever, it’s something random’. I tried to keep going, but collapsed on the pavement, so I tried to ring my partner at the time but she didn’t answer, so I crawled home, got home, and they took me to the hospital. I only got halfway to the coffee spot.

When I had the heart attack, I kind of had to start from square one. It’s only until recently that I’ve been fully able to get back into things. I wasn’t able to get my heart rate up too high. I felt like that was a massive fail for me because I’ve always been really active. When I couldn’t do that, that felt really shit for me. 
One thing I realised after I got sick, not in a cliché way like life’s too short and all of that stuff, but it kind of is. If people are not having a positive influence on you and your life, then why would you bother? The stability I have now makes me happy. I don’t want to have to worry about shit. It’s very stressful at work and I don’t want that when I get home. At work feel like it’s on the money and it so easy for me to resonate with the vision of the company. I’d say I’m a fighter with the shit that I’ve gone through and fighting back. Most people wouldn’t want to sink themselves into the stress that comes with my job. I’m lucky that I love what I do. Being busy at work doesn’t matter, because it’s awesome.
#capturedonp10
#huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #lieca
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I work with Dan on a weekly basis and he's one of the coolest cats i know! We do a monthly show together at @xero called DevTV, he's a super funny dude! Here's his story: I'd just moved into a senior role at the bank, I was 29 years old, and I had a heart attack. It was a sobering experience. It was a wet, rainy day. I walked out of our apartment and it was raining so I ran, ran across pigeon park and got onto Ghuznee St under cover. I started to get this real cold feeling in my chest, a real hard ache, like a sumo wrestler was sitting on me. It was really intense, but I just thought I was really cold, and I was on my way to my mate’s café so I thought, ‘sweet, it’s warm in there, I’m just cold, so I’ll just keep rolling, it’s all good.’ And then all of a sudden I felt this numbness down my arm and I was like ‘whatever, it’s something random’. I tried to keep going, but collapsed on the pavement, so I tried to ring my partner at the time but she didn’t answer, so I crawled home, got home, and they took me to the hospital. I only got halfway to the coffee spot. When I had the heart attack, I kind of had to start from square one. It’s only until recently that I’ve been fully able to get back into things. I wasn’t able to get my heart rate up too high. I felt like that was a massive fail for me because I’ve always been really active. When I couldn’t do that, that felt really shit for me. One thing I realised after I got sick, not in a cliché way like life’s too short and all of that stuff, but it kind of is. If people are not having a positive influence on you and your life, then why would you bother? The stability I have now makes me happy. I don’t want to have to worry about shit. It’s very stressful at work and I don’t want that when I get home. At work feel like it’s on the money and it so easy for me to resonate with the vision of the company. I’d say I’m a fighter with the shit that I’ve gone through and fighting back. Most people wouldn’t want to sink themselves into the stress that comes with my job. I’m lucky that I love what I do. Being busy at work doesn’t matter, because it’s awesome. #capturedonp10 #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #lieca

I had the change to meet this amazing human the day i arived into his house of bliss!! His team were just so positive and happy to see me! Its the little things that you always remember in this line of work! Comming back from his 3rd Welly on a Plate Cocktail comp WIN this King of the bar retains being so humble...Very inspiring! 
Here's his story: 
I've worked in places where, while they were a cool place, it was still a franchise. We were dictated to about how to be creative, which just doesn’t work for me. But here at @cocoattheroxy, we get to really embrace our creativity and express ourselves through our work. 
I love to look at us as a bunch of misfits with the same passion. Were a cinema that has a restaurant, two really good bars and a café. The business swings around, it never stops. But we had to be creative when it came to creating an offering that caters to people’s needs all year round. From cinema season to school holidays, to corporate events, to Christmas parties and everything in between.
So that’s when we decided to just do what we love. We’re a different breed of people and it works because we all share the same vision and no one’s here trying to be a millionaire – because the reality is, you won’t ever be one. We’re all here purely for people and for looking after that. Shit, that’s all we want to do. Giving the best service possible is natural, good hospitality is human nature. It’s not that we’re trained to do it, we just love people. We love our family, we love our friends and that’s how we look at each other – like, nah. You’re not my co-worker, you’re my boy. That’s why we aren’t afraid to fail, because we have that support system.
You spend the majority of your life at work. And if you hate your job, you hate your life, I’ve got a degree in computer science and a minor in chemistry. I was going to be a pen pusher, you know! 
Two bits of advice for aspiring business owners: Always listen to the little guy. And if you can’t back yourself, why would anyone else back you? If you support yourself first, people will see that and get onboard. Everyone always says ‘I wish someone would believe in my vision’. Believe in it yourself!

#respect
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I had the change to meet this amazing human the day i arived into his house of bliss!! His team were just so positive and happy to see me! Its the little things that you always remember in this line of work! Comming back from his 3rd Welly on a Plate Cocktail comp WIN this King of the bar retains being so humble...Very inspiring! Here's his story: I've worked in places where, while they were a cool place, it was still a franchise. We were dictated to about how to be creative, which just doesn’t work for me. But here at @cocoattheroxy, we get to really embrace our creativity and express ourselves through our work. I love to look at us as a bunch of misfits with the same passion. Were a cinema that has a restaurant, two really good bars and a café. The business swings around, it never stops. But we had to be creative when it came to creating an offering that caters to people’s needs all year round. From cinema season to school holidays, to corporate events, to Christmas parties and everything in between. So that’s when we decided to just do what we love. We’re a different breed of people and it works because we all share the same vision and no one’s here trying to be a millionaire – because the reality is, you won’t ever be one. We’re all here purely for people and for looking after that. Shit, that’s all we want to do. Giving the best service possible is natural, good hospitality is human nature. It’s not that we’re trained to do it, we just love people. We love our family, we love our friends and that’s how we look at each other – like, nah. You’re not my co-worker, you’re my boy. That’s why we aren’t afraid to fail, because we have that support system. You spend the majority of your life at work. And if you hate your job, you hate your life, I’ve got a degree in computer science and a minor in chemistry. I was going to be a pen pusher, you know! Two bits of advice for aspiring business owners: Always listen to the little guy. And if you can’t back yourself, why would anyone else back you? If you support yourself first, people will see that and get onboard. Everyone always says ‘I wish someone would believe in my vision’. Believe in it yourself! #respect

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Here's my bro @patmacfie who has been the best boss ive had! Such a don in the industry! With more street cred than alot of us put together! always rocking the steeze with a hell of a lot of wisdom thrown in the mix which makes this man an unstoppable force! 
Here's his story: 
Im from Aotearoa. A little place in the middle of nowhere called Whatawhata. Across the road from a Marae on a road with heaps of Maori called Maori Point Road. I’m a creative and global director of media at Xero.
I got here by trial and error, good luck and bad luck, and a lifetime full of experiences. I love the creative process. I don’t get to be on the tools much these days but love being around people and providing the little extra snare drum in the beat of their creative output.
I reckon if you’re not committed to creativity being the centre of your life – don’t do it for a career. There’s shit you do and there is stuff you believe. For me, it’s the love of the creative process. My advice: maintain, be resilient, stick with it, learn from the best and cultivate your craft. You have to be unwilling to compromise on the easy shit. Nothing creative came out of compromise. Coming to an agreement moves everything to the middle and everything in the middle turns grey. Nothing looks brilliant when everything is grey.
In life, I’m proud of my kids. When they are young they are unadulterated and not fucked up by life. When you’re a kid you’re just living out of your essence, every single minute of every single day. By the time you get to adulthood every move you make is put through so many filters of experience and you care whether the sun is shining or not. Kids get up, if it’s rainy? Yeah! Let’s play in the rain. If it’s hot? Yeah! Let’s go to the beach. They don’t care. That’s what I love about my kids.
The most valuable experience in my life is the different people I’ve met, being able to understand someone, who they are. That’s the greatest lesson I’ve learnt. Everybody you encounter is not as different as they think they are – myself included!" #shotonaphone #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #Leica #capturedonp10
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Here's my bro @patmacfie who has been the best boss ive had! Such a don in the industry! With more street cred than alot of us put together! always rocking the steeze with a hell of a lot of wisdom thrown in the mix which makes this man an unstoppable force! Here's his story: Im from Aotearoa. A little place in the middle of nowhere called Whatawhata. Across the road from a Marae on a road with heaps of Maori called Maori Point Road. I’m a creative and global director of media at Xero. I got here by trial and error, good luck and bad luck, and a lifetime full of experiences. I love the creative process. I don’t get to be on the tools much these days but love being around people and providing the little extra snare drum in the beat of their creative output. I reckon if you’re not committed to creativity being the centre of your life – don’t do it for a career. There’s shit you do and there is stuff you believe. For me, it’s the love of the creative process. My advice: maintain, be resilient, stick with it, learn from the best and cultivate your craft. You have to be unwilling to compromise on the easy shit. Nothing creative came out of compromise. Coming to an agreement moves everything to the middle and everything in the middle turns grey. Nothing looks brilliant when everything is grey. In life, I’m proud of my kids. When they are young they are unadulterated and not fucked up by life. When you’re a kid you’re just living out of your essence, every single minute of every single day. By the time you get to adulthood every move you make is put through so many filters of experience and you care whether the sun is shining or not. Kids get up, if it’s rainy? Yeah! Let’s play in the rain. If it’s hot? Yeah! Let’s go to the beach. They don’t care. That’s what I love about my kids. The most valuable experience in my life is the different people I’ve met, being able to understand someone, who they are. That’s the greatest lesson I’ve learnt. Everybody you encounter is not as different as they think they are – myself included!" #shotonaphone #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #Leica #capturedonp10

Now here's a cool pic of a koolcat gettin ready again for another trip of world domination!...i took a few pics of @scenicroutesam for @huaweimobilenz portrait campaign last month. Sam runs his own lifestyle angled Instagram spaces called @instaboss.co + @instaboss.mens hit them up for some dope kit and to get amped on the next trip wherever it maybe!! Here's his story: 
I'm a banker by profession, but I prefer to call myself a traveller. I absolutely love travelling and exploring new places and trying to capture it creatively. Banking doesn’t fit that profile, which is why I’m trying to find ways to make money in different ways so I can do what excites me the most. In my banking career, I found the high pressure difficult. Getting into travel, the pressure was gone, the stress was off, everyone was carefree. You get back into that corporate life and it’s timeframes, deadlines and demands. It’s difficult.

A handful of my closest friends have spent years building million dollar businesses and even though I spent 10 years building a banking career and spent the best part of the last two years travelling the world full time, I couldn’t help feel that I was getting left behind. We shouldn't compare ourselves to others. We’re all on our own individual jagged journeys. But I think it’s natural to do so.

However I returned to NZ more passionate than ever about travel. After the biggest adventure of my life, I said there was only one way forward. Top up the travel account and do it all again even bigger and better and I meant every word. I’m never going to tell my children stories of all the epic times I spent in the office nor does anyone reflect on life wishing they spent more time at work! 
Wifi is available almost everywhere now. I had it on the trek to Everest and deep in the Amazon jungle! So with some creativity and hard work. It's now possible to turn the beaches of the world into your office. Travel the world full time while getting paid? That's my definition of success." #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10.
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Now here's a cool pic of a koolcat gettin ready again for another trip of world domination!...i took a few pics of @scenicroutesam for @huaweimobilenz portrait campaign last month. Sam runs his own lifestyle angled Instagram spaces called @instaboss.co + @instaboss.mens hit them up for some dope kit and to get amped on the next trip wherever it maybe!! Here's his story: I'm a banker by profession, but I prefer to call myself a traveller. I absolutely love travelling and exploring new places and trying to capture it creatively. Banking doesn’t fit that profile, which is why I’m trying to find ways to make money in different ways so I can do what excites me the most. In my banking career, I found the high pressure difficult. Getting into travel, the pressure was gone, the stress was off, everyone was carefree. You get back into that corporate life and it’s timeframes, deadlines and demands. It’s difficult. A handful of my closest friends have spent years building million dollar businesses and even though I spent 10 years building a banking career and spent the best part of the last two years travelling the world full time, I couldn’t help feel that I was getting left behind. We shouldn't compare ourselves to others. We’re all on our own individual jagged journeys. But I think it’s natural to do so. However I returned to NZ more passionate than ever about travel. After the biggest adventure of my life, I said there was only one way forward. Top up the travel account and do it all again even bigger and better and I meant every word. I’m never going to tell my children stories of all the epic times I spent in the office nor does anyone reflect on life wishing they spent more time at work! Wifi is available almost everywhere now. I had it on the trek to Everest and deep in the Amazon jungle! So with some creativity and hard work. It's now possible to turn the beaches of the world into your office. Travel the world full time while getting paid? That's my definition of success." #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10.

Here is @laurasaxonjones photoset from the @huaweimobilenz 100 portrait campaign...such an inspiring story and a person who's got some great advice for up and coming dancers of all categories. 
Laura's story: 
My mum loved music and led me into ballet when I was six years old. I got to where I am today because my ballet teacher at the time said this was my vocation – and I guess I just never stopped.

I’m so lucky to be an artist, to blend the worlds of a physical work job – with the effort we put in – with our own personal experiences of art. And that’s what’s so beautiful about ballet – it’s this beautiful collaboration between sport and art.

You have highs and lows, just like anything. Sometimes you love it and sometimes you have foggy days where you just don’t want to be in the studio – or at least I’ve experienced those. But when you’re at those low points it opens up this variety of other possible avenues. It lets you explore what you enjoy as a person, rather than as a ballet dancer.

My proudest moments are when my family is proud of me, which is really funny – if they’re proud, I’m proud. I don’t think I have a defining proud moment. Career wise, when I got through my first big role which was Myrtha from Giselle – there’s a moment when she steps into this really epic, stoic pose and you’ve just completed this really crazy solo.

And you’re dying inside, but you have to look like a boss. I was proud of that moment, to just make it through. In the audience, I saw this little girl jump up and it was this nice moment of remembering what it was like to be that little child who wanted to be exactly where I was in that moment.

Motivation is such a fickle and a hard to describe thing because part of me wants to say I have no idea. But if I strip back everything, I want to make my family proud. I want to be better than I was yesterday - achieving the unachievable.

#phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10#HuaweiP10NZ #UntoldStoriesNZ
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Here is @laurasaxonjones photoset from the @huaweimobilenz 100 portrait campaign...such an inspiring story and a person who's got some great advice for up and coming dancers of all categories. Laura's story: My mum loved music and led me into ballet when I was six years old. I got to where I am today because my ballet teacher at the time said this was my vocation – and I guess I just never stopped. I’m so lucky to be an artist, to blend the worlds of a physical work job – with the effort we put in – with our own personal experiences of art. And that’s what’s so beautiful about ballet – it’s this beautiful collaboration between sport and art. You have highs and lows, just like anything. Sometimes you love it and sometimes you have foggy days where you just don’t want to be in the studio – or at least I’ve experienced those. But when you’re at those low points it opens up this variety of other possible avenues. It lets you explore what you enjoy as a person, rather than as a ballet dancer. My proudest moments are when my family is proud of me, which is really funny – if they’re proud, I’m proud. I don’t think I have a defining proud moment. Career wise, when I got through my first big role which was Myrtha from Giselle – there’s a moment when she steps into this really epic, stoic pose and you’ve just completed this really crazy solo. And you’re dying inside, but you have to look like a boss. I was proud of that moment, to just make it through. In the audience, I saw this little girl jump up and it was this nice moment of remembering what it was like to be that little child who wanted to be exactly where I was in that moment. Motivation is such a fickle and a hard to describe thing because part of me wants to say I have no idea. But if I strip back everything, I want to make my family proud. I want to be better than I was yesterday - achieving the unachievable. #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10#HuaweiP10NZ #UntoldStoriesNZ

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Here is @laurasaxonjones photoset from the @huaweimobilenz 100 portrait campaign...such an inspiring story and a person who's got some great advice for up and coming dancers of all categories. 
Laura's story: 
My mum loved music and led me into ballet when I was six years old. I got to where I am today because my ballet teacher at the time said this was my vocation – and I guess I just never stopped.

I’m so lucky to be an artist, to blend the worlds of a physical work job – with the effort we put in – with our own personal experiences of art. And that’s what’s so beautiful about ballet – it’s this beautiful collaboration between sport and art.

You have highs and lows, just like anything. Sometimes you love it and sometimes you have foggy days where you just don’t want to be in the studio – or at least I’ve experienced those. But when you’re at those low points it opens up this variety of other possible avenues. It lets you explore what you enjoy as a person, rather than as a ballet dancer.

My proudest moments are when my family is proud of me, which is really funny – if they’re proud, I’m proud. I don’t think I have a defining proud moment. Career wise, when I got through my first big role which was Myrtha from Giselle – there’s a moment when she steps into this really epic, stoic pose and you’ve just completed this really crazy solo.

And you’re dying inside, but you have to look like a boss. I was proud of that moment, to just make it through. In the audience, I saw this little girl jump up and it was this nice moment of remembering what it was like to be that little child who wanted to be exactly where I was in that moment.

Motivation is such a fickle and a hard to describe thing because part of me wants to say I have no idea. But if I strip back everything, I want to make my family proud. I want to be better than I was yesterday - achieving the unachievable.

#phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10#HuaweiP10NZ #UntoldStoriesNZ
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Here is @laurasaxonjones photoset from the @huaweimobilenz 100 portrait campaign...such an inspiring story and a person who's got some great advice for up and coming dancers of all categories. Laura's story: My mum loved music and led me into ballet when I was six years old. I got to where I am today because my ballet teacher at the time said this was my vocation – and I guess I just never stopped. I’m so lucky to be an artist, to blend the worlds of a physical work job – with the effort we put in – with our own personal experiences of art. And that’s what’s so beautiful about ballet – it’s this beautiful collaboration between sport and art. You have highs and lows, just like anything. Sometimes you love it and sometimes you have foggy days where you just don’t want to be in the studio – or at least I’ve experienced those. But when you’re at those low points it opens up this variety of other possible avenues. It lets you explore what you enjoy as a person, rather than as a ballet dancer. My proudest moments are when my family is proud of me, which is really funny – if they’re proud, I’m proud. I don’t think I have a defining proud moment. Career wise, when I got through my first big role which was Myrtha from Giselle – there’s a moment when she steps into this really epic, stoic pose and you’ve just completed this really crazy solo. And you’re dying inside, but you have to look like a boss. I was proud of that moment, to just make it through. In the audience, I saw this little girl jump up and it was this nice moment of remembering what it was like to be that little child who wanted to be exactly where I was in that moment. Motivation is such a fickle and a hard to describe thing because part of me wants to say I have no idea. But if I strip back everything, I want to make my family proud. I want to be better than I was yesterday - achieving the unachievable. #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10#HuaweiP10NZ #UntoldStoriesNZ

Here is @laurasaxonjones photoset from the @huaweimobilenz 100 portrait campaign...such an inspiring story and a person who's got some great advice for up and coming dancers of all categories. 
Laura's story: 
My mum loved music and led me into ballet when I was six years old. I got to where I am today because my ballet teacher at the time said this was my vocation – and I guess I just never stopped.

I’m so lucky to be an artist, to blend the worlds of a physical work job – with the effort we put in – with our own personal experiences of art. And that’s what’s so beautiful about ballet – it’s this beautiful collaboration between sport and art.

You have highs and lows, just like anything. Sometimes you love it and sometimes you have foggy days where you just don’t want to be in the studio – or at least I’ve experienced those. But when you’re at those low points it opens up this variety of other possible avenues. It lets you explore what you enjoy as a person, rather than as a ballet dancer.

My proudest moments are when my family is proud of me, which is really funny – if they’re proud, I’m proud. I don’t think I have a defining proud moment. Career wise, when I got through my first big role which was Myrtha from Giselle – there’s a moment when she steps into this really epic, stoic pose and you’ve just completed this really crazy solo.

And you’re dying inside, but you have to look like a boss. I was proud of that moment, to just make it through. In the audience, I saw this little girl jump up and it was this nice moment of remembering what it was like to be that little child who wanted to be exactly where I was in that moment.

Motivation is such a fickle and a hard to describe thing because part of me wants to say I have no idea. But if I strip back everything, I want to make my family proud. I want to be better than I was yesterday - achieving the unachievable.

#phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10#HuaweiP10NZ #UntoldStoriesNZ
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Here is @laurasaxonjones photoset from the @huaweimobilenz 100 portrait campaign...such an inspiring story and a person who's got some great advice for up and coming dancers of all categories. Laura's story: My mum loved music and led me into ballet when I was six years old. I got to where I am today because my ballet teacher at the time said this was my vocation – and I guess I just never stopped. I’m so lucky to be an artist, to blend the worlds of a physical work job – with the effort we put in – with our own personal experiences of art. And that’s what’s so beautiful about ballet – it’s this beautiful collaboration between sport and art. You have highs and lows, just like anything. Sometimes you love it and sometimes you have foggy days where you just don’t want to be in the studio – or at least I’ve experienced those. But when you’re at those low points it opens up this variety of other possible avenues. It lets you explore what you enjoy as a person, rather than as a ballet dancer. My proudest moments are when my family is proud of me, which is really funny – if they’re proud, I’m proud. I don’t think I have a defining proud moment. Career wise, when I got through my first big role which was Myrtha from Giselle – there’s a moment when she steps into this really epic, stoic pose and you’ve just completed this really crazy solo. And you’re dying inside, but you have to look like a boss. I was proud of that moment, to just make it through. In the audience, I saw this little girl jump up and it was this nice moment of remembering what it was like to be that little child who wanted to be exactly where I was in that moment. Motivation is such a fickle and a hard to describe thing because part of me wants to say I have no idea. But if I strip back everything, I want to make my family proud. I want to be better than I was yesterday - achieving the unachievable. #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10#HuaweiP10NZ #UntoldStoriesNZ

Pretty amped for Matty from @cubabarbers to be in the top 10 chosen by @huaweimobilenz and @peadpr for their latest phone competition on FB...go comment for a chance to win the P10👌 
#phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10 #cubabarbers #wellington #barber #barbershop #barbers #barberlife #barbergang #barbering #hairstyle #hairstyles #mensstyle #menshair #haircut #haircuts #hair #cubastreet  #HuaweiP10NZ #UntoldStoriesNZ 
Here's his story: “I’m originally from Levin, but I’ve been living in Wellington for the last three years working as a barber. I love what I do. There’s nothing I would rather do, I love to cut hair. Nothing gets me out of bed like making life my shit. Just doing the best I can to make the world a better place.

I’ve failed way too many times. The same people seeing you fail and people doubting you has always motivated me more. People think I’m not going anywhere but I find my own little niche and kick ass with it. People’s doubts make me more motivated.

In my last year of school, my principal came up to my group of friends, quite candidly, and asked everyone what they were thinking about doing next year ‘cause it was our last year of school and then said “But you’ll still be here, you’ll still be doing school, won’t you?” and I said, “G get f*cked, you won’t see me back in this shit hole”, pretty much. It was a bit of a pinnacle of a moment. Your last year of school and your principal tells you that. School’s not for everyone, aye.

In my own measure of success and what age I’m at at the moment, I’ve achieved so much and looking at what I’m doing, I’m trying my hardest to make people feel good about themselves in my job. I try to sell confidence. I hopefully make them feel great in my work. I try to be generous and selfless outside of work as well.  There’s always room to improve and more to learn. I don’t feel completely satisfied, but I feel like I’m on the way.”
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Pretty amped for Matty from @cubabarbers to be in the top 10 chosen by @huaweimobilenz and @peadpr for their latest phone competition on FB...go comment for a chance to win the P10👌 #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10 #cubabarbers #wellington #barber #barbershop #barbers #barberlife #barbergang #barbering #hairstyle #hairstyles #mensstyle #menshair #haircut #haircuts #hair #cubastreet #HuaweiP10NZ #UntoldStoriesNZ Here's his story: “I’m originally from Levin, but I’ve been living in Wellington for the last three years working as a barber. I love what I do. There’s nothing I would rather do, I love to cut hair. Nothing gets me out of bed like making life my shit. Just doing the best I can to make the world a better place. I’ve failed way too many times. The same people seeing you fail and people doubting you has always motivated me more. People think I’m not going anywhere but I find my own little niche and kick ass with it. People’s doubts make me more motivated. In my last year of school, my principal came up to my group of friends, quite candidly, and asked everyone what they were thinking about doing next year ‘cause it was our last year of school and then said “But you’ll still be here, you’ll still be doing school, won’t you?” and I said, “G get f*cked, you won’t see me back in this shit hole”, pretty much. It was a bit of a pinnacle of a moment. Your last year of school and your principal tells you that. School’s not for everyone, aye. In my own measure of success and what age I’m at at the moment, I’ve achieved so much and looking at what I’m doing, I’m trying my hardest to make people feel good about themselves in my job. I try to sell confidence. I hopefully make them feel great in my work. I try to be generous and selfless outside of work as well.  There’s always room to improve and more to learn. I don’t feel completely satisfied, but I feel like I’m on the way.”

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Pretty amped for Matty from @cubabarbers to be in the top 10 chosen by @huaweimobilenz and @peadpr for their latest phone competition on FB...go comment for a chance to win the P10👌 
#phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10#HuaweiP10NZ #UntoldStoriesNZ #cubabarbers #wellington #barber #barbershop #barbers #barberlife #barbergang #barbering #hairstyle #hairstyles #mensstyle #menshair #haircut #haircuts #hair #cubastreet 
Here's his story: “I’m originally from Levin, but I’ve been living in Wellington for the last three years working as a barber. I love what I do. There’s nothing I would rather do, I love to cut hair. Nothing gets me out of bed like making life my shit. Just doing the best I can to make the world a better place.

I’ve failed way too many times. The same people seeing you fail and people doubting you has always motivated me more. People think I’m not going anywhere but I find my own little niche and kick ass with it. People’s doubts make me more motivated.

In my last year of school, my principal came up to my group of friends, quite candidly, and asked everyone what they were thinking about doing next year ‘cause it was our last year of school and then said “But you’ll still be here, you’ll still be doing school, won’t you?” and I said, “G get f*cked, you won’t see me back in this shit hole”, pretty much. It was a bit of a pinnacle of a moment. Your last year of school and your principal tells you that. School’s not for everyone, aye.

In my own measure of success and what age I’m at at the moment, I’ve achieved so much and looking at what I’m doing, I’m trying my hardest to make people feel good about themselves in my job. I try to sell confidence. I hopefully make them feel great in my work. I try to be generous and selfless outside of work as well.  There’s always room to improve and more to learn. I don’t feel completely satisfied, but I feel like I’m on the way.”
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Pretty amped for Matty from @cubabarbers to be in the top 10 chosen by @huaweimobilenz and @peadpr for their latest phone competition on FB...go comment for a chance to win the P10👌 #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10#HuaweiP10NZ #UntoldStoriesNZ #cubabarbers #wellington #barber #barbershop #barbers #barberlife #barbergang #barbering #hairstyle #hairstyles #mensstyle #menshair #haircut #haircuts #hair #cubastreet Here's his story: “I’m originally from Levin, but I’ve been living in Wellington for the last three years working as a barber. I love what I do. There’s nothing I would rather do, I love to cut hair. Nothing gets me out of bed like making life my shit. Just doing the best I can to make the world a better place. I’ve failed way too many times. The same people seeing you fail and people doubting you has always motivated me more. People think I’m not going anywhere but I find my own little niche and kick ass with it. People’s doubts make me more motivated. In my last year of school, my principal came up to my group of friends, quite candidly, and asked everyone what they were thinking about doing next year ‘cause it was our last year of school and then said “But you’ll still be here, you’ll still be doing school, won’t you?” and I said, “G get f*cked, you won’t see me back in this shit hole”, pretty much. It was a bit of a pinnacle of a moment. Your last year of school and your principal tells you that. School’s not for everyone, aye. In my own measure of success and what age I’m at at the moment, I’ve achieved so much and looking at what I’m doing, I’m trying my hardest to make people feel good about themselves in my job. I try to sell confidence. I hopefully make them feel great in my work. I try to be generous and selfless outside of work as well.  There’s always room to improve and more to learn. I don’t feel completely satisfied, but I feel like I’m on the way.”

Pretty amped for Matty from @cubabarbers to be in the top 10 chosen by @huaweimobilenz and @peadpr for their latest phone competition on FB...go comment for a chance to win the P10👌 
#phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10 #cubabarbers #wellington #barber #barbershop #barbers #barberlife #barbergang #barbering #hairstyle #hairstyles #mensstyle #menshair #haircut #haircuts #hair #cubastreet  #HuaweiP10NZ #UntoldStoriesNZ 
Here's his story: “I’m originally from Levin, but I’ve been living in Wellington for the last three years working as a barber. I love what I do. There’s nothing I would rather do, I love to cut hair. Nothing gets me out of bed like making life my shit. Just doing the best I can to make the world a better place.

I’ve failed way too many times. The same people seeing you fail and people doubting you has always motivated me more. People think I’m not going anywhere but I find my own little niche and kick ass with it. People’s doubts make me more motivated.

In my last year of school, my principal came up to my group of friends, quite candidly, and asked everyone what they were thinking about doing next year ‘cause it was our last year of school and then said “But you’ll still be here, you’ll still be doing school, won’t you?” and I said, “G get f*cked, you won’t see me back in this shit hole”, pretty much. It was a bit of a pinnacle of a moment. Your last year of school and your principal tells you that. School’s not for everyone, aye.

In my own measure of success and what age I’m at at the moment, I’ve achieved so much and looking at what I’m doing, I’m trying my hardest to make people feel good about themselves in my job. I try to sell confidence. I hopefully make them feel great in my work. I try to be generous and selfless outside of work as well.  There’s always room to improve and more to learn. I don’t feel completely satisfied, but I feel like I’m on the way.”
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Pretty amped for Matty from @cubabarbers to be in the top 10 chosen by @huaweimobilenz and @peadpr for their latest phone competition on FB...go comment for a chance to win the P10👌 #phoneography #huwaweinzP10 #portrait #campaign #p10 #leica #capturedonp10 #cubabarbers #wellington #barber #barbershop #barbers #barberlife #barbergang #barbering #hairstyle #hairstyles #mensstyle #menshair #haircut #haircuts #hair #cubastreet #HuaweiP10NZ #UntoldStoriesNZ Here's his story: “I’m originally from Levin, but I’ve been living in Wellington for the last three years working as a barber. I love what I do. There’s nothing I would rather do, I love to cut hair. Nothing gets me out of bed like making life my shit. Just doing the best I can to make the world a better place. I’ve failed way too many times. The same people seeing you fail and people doubting you has always motivated me more. People think I’m not going anywhere but I find my own little niche and kick ass with it. People’s doubts make me more motivated. In my last year of school, my principal came up to my group of friends, quite candidly, and asked everyone what they were thinking about doing next year ‘cause it was our last year of school and then said “But you’ll still be here, you’ll still be doing school, won’t you?” and I said, “G get f*cked, you won’t see me back in this shit hole”, pretty much. It was a bit of a pinnacle of a moment. Your last year of school and your principal tells you that. School’s not for everyone, aye. In my own measure of success and what age I’m at at the moment, I’ve achieved so much and looking at what I’m doing, I’m trying my hardest to make people feel good about themselves in my job. I try to sell confidence. I hopefully make them feel great in my work. I try to be generous and selfless outside of work as well.  There’s always room to improve and more to learn. I don’t feel completely satisfied, but I feel like I’m on the way.”

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