Helen Oakes Photographer PhotographerHi, I’m Helen a photographer, digital artist and educator. I live in the South Island of New Zealand. I’m a lover of photography, hiking, coffee, skiing and aviation.

I’ve been a professional photographer since 2007 and I predominantly shoot portraits, sportraits, gymnastics, landscapes and aviation!  It’s great being behind the camera but I love post processing photos too, it’s where all the magic happens!

I love shooting lifestyle photos and taking people outside the confines of a studio and into their favourite locations. It’s loads of fun shooting documentary style in a candid manner. My clients come alive and soon relax in front of the camera.

Gymnastics is a passion of mine and I love to shoot gymnastic competitions. Whether it is a regional competition or the Nationals, I manage to capture the essence of the sport, including the emotions and the immensely complex skills.

I also make NZ art prints which are a combination of my photographs blended with my presets or actions and textures.  Some have a retro feel and some are more vintage or pastel looking. I love making these prints. They showcase the NZ landscape and also highlight a multi-blended piece of art.

Another passion is aviation which I shoot as much as I can. You will catch me at the airport at all hours. I love everything about flight, airplanes and aviation. Even the hussle and bussle of airports fascinates me. I have done some commercial shoots in the aviation industry and I totally love it!

After many hours playing around on the computer I decided to make my own Lightroom presets, Photoshop actions and textures. I was driven to make my own presets as I wanted a unique style, synonymous to my brand. I could never quite find a style that spoke of me so I made my own.

I love using presets as they produce a different look on each photo. What works with one image may not work on another. There are so many presets to choose from to get the look you are after, so experimentation is the key. My presets will also save you time and cut your workflow time down considerably.

These presets work well on portraits and landscapes and they can be tweaked to your individual taste. Use with one click or play around a little for the look you want. The MDV presets are just a starting point to turn your photos into stunning images.

My PS actions and textures will also give your images a pop and make them stand out.  The textures work well with most photos and they add a bit of life and substance to an image.  Depending on the blending mode you choose, the choices are limitless.  You can stack the textures, erase them back and just blend them in all different ways.

I hope you like my products as much as I enjoy making them.

Please CONTACT me if you have any questions or queries, I’d be happy to help out.