Hello and welcome to Herstory's brand new website...!
I've been working away this year with some friends on this rebuild and am really excited to finally reveal it to you. I thoroughly enjoyed building Herstory Mk1 from scratch, however, as time has gone on I've realised that it needed a bit of pepping up. The new site is designed to be more interactive with social media sharing buttons, 'pinning' buttons, and comments. Go ahead and get these stories out there, a.k.a help me spread the word! I also asked my talented friend Lauren Taylor to create illustrations of women doing different activities and wearing different 'hats', so to speak. She also added some fun bits of colour which I've brought through the whole website. The site is designed to be fun and uplifting, and I have front-end developer Andrew Nicholas to thank for helping that vision become a reality. And finally, a big thank you to Kim Pflaum who designed the new logo.
After a wee hiatus post-university, I'm gaining more confidence and excitement for this project, and I have recently started interviewing and photographing an Intellectual Property Lawyer to feature on the site. I got in touch with her recently as I was after some help with my commercial business. I'd met her a year earlier at a Ministry of Awesome event in Christchurch and had found her incredibly approachable. As we were talking on the phone, she opened up about her working and family life, and I thought wow, here's a story! A week or two later we met for coffee and decided yes, we needed her story on Herstory.
Here's an image I love from our first photoshoot:
In the mean time I have been working at a Graphic Design studio which has enabled me to get a feel for the real world after spending 5 years studying. I also launched my own commercial photography business and have since experienced the highs and lows associated with running a biz. My hope for the commercial side is to weave through my passion for Herstory and women. In other words, I would love to photograph women to help them promote their businesses, or to photograph them in a Herstory style to document other aspects of their lives. I still feel like it's a big jump for women to feel OK about promoting themselves, and I would like to make that process easier (and more fun!). So anyway, I've got four clients coming up who fit the bill, so here goes!
You will have noticed that I've added a Paypal button to the site. After much consideration and thought, I've decided this is the best way to potentially create a little income so I can pay for website hosting and other costs. At the moment, Herstory's costs come out of my personal account, so it would be wonderful to make it self-sufficient. I am asking the people who love and gain from Herstory's content to contribute a little (or a lot) to keep this ship sailing.
That's it from me for now! It's lovely to be back, and lovely to have you visit. If you're in Christchurch and you want to catch up, flick us a line on the contact page. If there's any specific content or stories you want to see on here, again, just get in touch.