"Forever Young"

Teen Portraits

I believe this is such a wonderful time of your life and I want to show every teenager they are unique in their own special way. I know at times it's a tough road out there for teens, I know that confidence can be a big issue at this time of your life, I also know that there is a false perception of what we should be – my goal is to change that.

I want to showcase the real teen, the modern teen, today's teen!

Teen portraits do just that, capturing you in that moment of youth, freezing that moment forever...showing you what the world sees in you.



What to expect...


Here is where you confirm your booking by paying your session fee, which includes your mini makeover [for the girls!]

Now is the time to start thinking about how you would like to be photographed! How you would like your hair and makeup, what to wear... accessories... I am here to help you decide all of this and answer any questions you may have about your photo shoot.


On the day we will meet at the agreed time and location and get started making memories! This should be a fun and special event and will result in keepsakes for the rest of your life. I understand how important your investment is and I ensure that we will make the most of our time together. Before your shoot, I have a professional hair and makeup artist come to work with you to create the look you want. After this, your shoot will take around 1 - 1.5 hours, with up to 3 outfit changes should you wish. The girls I have photographed are everyday teens like you, I will guide you with poses and expressions and help you feel comfortable.


There is no obligation to buy. My investment packages give you the freedom to choose how many images you would like, framed gallery walls, or purchase individual prints. 

Everything purchased comes with the matching digital file.

I will upload a private gallery available for 7 days for you to browse your images and choose your favourites. I am just an email or phone call away to answer any questions you may have regarding your images.

I understand that everyone has different budgets, therefore I have the option of paying in instalments – this is something we can chat about and arrange to suit. You will have the confidence and piece of mind knowing exactly what you are purchasing.




GIRLS $190


GUYS $100

Image collections

I offer the flexibility of purchasing individual prints or the entire collection.

Individual 11x14 inch matted prints are $180 each and you will receive the matching digital image.

The entire collection of digital images can be purchased for $750

With this, you will also receive your favourite 3 images as a matted 11x14 inch print all ready for you to select your favourite frame to pop them in.

Once payment is received these will be available to download via your client gallery and I will prepare your matted prints and get them in the post to you.

Once you have purchased your images I will create a shopping cart for your gallery where you can purchase top-quality prints at wholesale price - I do recommend if you are going to purchase prints and frames for your wall this is the place to do it as you will be getting the best quality.

Payment plans are avaliable - please as for this option.

Imagine having that confidence where you believe in yourself, that is exactly what a Teen experience will offer. Through your photos I will help build self-esteem, confidence and self-worth, creating a positive experience that will be treasured forever as part of your life story.

Every teen has a story... Every teen has their own unique personality... Every teen is worth it.


What people are saying


This is the best way to describe our experience with Stacey!! It was more inviting than what Shanice had ever expected, Shanice was apprehensive about getting her photos taken as her self confidence is not great. From the moment we arrived Stacey was relaxed, inviting and very professional! The photos that Stacey captured of Shanice left me speechless as she had brought out a confidence in Shanice that was priceless!! At the end of the day Shanice made several comments about how the day was not what she expected…..but so much more as it was a lot of fun and that Stacey was such a lovely person, so easy to listen to, and that she loved how Stacey gave her lots of advice and direction for the poses! I highly recommend this awesome experience to other teen girls out there that want to see aside of themselves they didn’t know they had!!

Thanks Stacey!! xx

Nellie Kemp & Shanice Croft-Kemp



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We have something a little different this month! I decided to feature this awesome netball team and a little of their story to becoming the first KIS netball team to be heading to the AIMS games this year! 

The cover features Tamsin - I asked her a few questions about the team!

[Me] Well done on your team making it this far! What have you enjoyed the most about this journey?

[Tamsin] I have enjoyed playing with my team, improving my skills and winning our games.

[Me] What netball position do you play?

[Tamsin] GK, GD, WD.

[Me] You girls have been lucky enough to have an awesome coach! What is one of the main things you have learnt from her?

[Tamsin] She has helped us so much to all become better team members and work together as one.

[Me] How has playing netball helped you personally?

[Tamsin] It has helped me be fitter and faster at running. Also having improved ball skills and agility.

[Me] Who are your role models? - Who do you look up to?

[Tamsin] The Silver Ferns

[Me] If you were not playing Netball, what sport do you think you would be doing?

[Tamsin] I already train for competitive swimming, so I would be doing more of that,

[Me] Where to from here for you and netball?

[Tamsin] To keep improving and do the best I can.




ONE team, ONE coach, Some amazing sponsors and a bunch of supportive parents

= a recipe for success! 

I caught up with Domino's KIS 1's coach to tell a little story of their journey.

In 2016, Kamo Intermediate held netball trials, and the top Year 7 team was named. I had volunteered to coach my daughter, and as she was selected for this team, I inherited a team of 11 eager athletes - most of whom were strangers to each other, but all with things in common : a love of netball, a competitive nature, a desire to succeed, a very supportive family. Friendships were quickly forged, and our talented team went from strength to strength on the netball court.

As the season developed, all these Yr 7 players expressed a desire to make the top Yr 8 team the following year, and we wanted that team to be allowed to compete at the 2017 AIMS Games (Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools) which are an annual sporting event held in Tauranga. This week long sporting extravaganza is attended by over 9000 11-13 year olds representing 22 different sporting codes. 120 netball teams from schools all around the country come together to compete. KIS had never sent a netball team to AIMS before - we wanted to be the first!

I met with the Principal to enquire about taking a Yr 8 team to AIMS the following year and was told we had to prove ourselves to be good enough to go! So, as a team, we set a goal to win our Whangarei netball section, and attend a Year 8 tournament (as a Year 7 team) - compete well, and force the school’s hand! We wrapped up the 2016 season having ticked all the boxes!

The 2017 KIS netball trials came and went, and there was a nervous wait for the teams to be named. It was wonderful to have the same 11 players who worked so hard the year prior in the top Year 7 team, to be named as the top Year 8 team, and I was fortunate enough to be able to coach these same girls again. All eyes on AIMS Games in September!!

AIMS is a fantastic opportunity, but there is huge cost involved in taking a travelling group of 12 away for a week. I wanted to keep the costs as low as possible for the players’ families, and created a range of sponsorship proposals for our team to sell.

Our most significant sponsorship was to NAME OUR TEAM FOR 2017, and we were thrilled to partner with Jayesh - owner of Domino’s Pizza Whangarei. Jayesh likes to champion youth sport in Whangarei, and is a huge believer in fun and families. We felt we would make a great partnership. Our financial road to AIMS was paved, and we became Domino’s KIS One.

Other very kind and generous local businesses* signed up as daily sponsors for the 6 days our team was to be on the road.

Our team was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to sell food and drink at the netball courts for an entire Saturday at the start of the season. By the time netball grading was over and our first round had started - all our AIMS Games money had been realised. This was due to each and every player’s family contributing by selling sponsorships, (some even buying sponsorships!), working at the netball shop, or donating items to be sold at the shop. To get our finances across the line so early was a team effort by all our amazing and hard working families - is it any wonder our players get on so well as a team unit!

Having our logistics for AIMS finalised early affords our team the luxury to be able to concentrate 100% on our game - to learn how to play together better, to get fitter, to develop team tactics, to recover from mistakes quicker, to read the game better, to understand each and every rule more clearly, to react to the referees quicker, to think ahead more, to have a deeper understanding of each team members’ strengths and weaknesses, to grow a larger desire to make personal improvements, to get hungrier!!

We are KIS netball pioneers at AIMS. We have no idea of the strength of the teams that will be in attendance. We will approach AIMS like we approach our weekly Whangarei competition : yes, we would love to win, but that is not our goal. Our goal is to play each and every game to the best of our ability. If we do the things we work on at practice well, play with positivity and in full support of each other, knowing that we are the fittest we can be because we have put in the work, then whatever will be will be. If we finish the game satisfied that we did the very best we could, we have no choice but to be happy with the outcome - win or lose. If we know we didn’t do ALL of these things - it’s back to the drawing board to make improvements.

Domino’s KIS One are f.r.i.e.n.d.s. We are friends who are humble yet confident, have a desire to constantly better ourselves, are content to be a team of equals. Our team exists in a bubble of fun and family support. We will never measure our success by wins or losses. We will be successful when we complete the season as a contented family unit, knowing we prepared to the best of our ability and have given it our all.

* Lots of love to the following businesses who have SPONSORED-A-DAY for our team to travel to AIMS : 

Treeline Trimming

Custom Garage Doors - 0800CGDOORS

Joe Foy Painters Ltd

HydraCo Ltd

Croft Poles Whangarei

Motel Sierra

Stacey Milich Photography for capturing our team for time and all eternity so beautifully!



Dear Jamie,

We are so grateful our girls get to spend another netball season with you. You are an enthusiastic, inspiring and skilled netball coach and your encouragement of the girls individually and as a team is unparalleled.

Thank you Jamie for setting goals that challenge the team, and for coaching the girls to achieve them.

YOU are Dominos' KIS Ones' secret weapon!

We cannot praise or thank you enough!

From the KIS ONE parents.





Netball New Zealand Believes there are four main elements that underpin a world class Silver Fern. 


  1. Hauora – Physical Wellbeing, Mental and Emotional wellbeing, Social wellbeing, Spiritual wellbeing
  2. Physical  - Netball and Specific Position Fitness
  3. Tactical –  The tactical requirements which influence the ability to deliver technical skills under pressure and to adjust to the opposition.
  4. Technical - Core netball and position specific skill requirements.


The performance pathway for any aspiring young netball player starts when players enter into Un15 representative teams or development programs at netball centres.  For any aspiring young player wanting to get a start on their netball pathway it is important that you work hard both on and off the court.  This includes helping at home with chores, doing your homework, respecting your whanau, teachers and friends. 

When you go to your school training are you 100% prepared? Do you have your drink bottle filled with water, do you have the right training gear, do you have recovery food for after training and most importantly do you have a GREAT ATTITUDE and are you willing to LEARN new things?     When you are out there playing on court are you doing the very best you can?  Do you respect your opposition, your team mates, your coach and the umpires?  I am always looking for these traits when selecting players into talent development squads, or rep teams.    These are important qualities and skills that if you can learn early will help you with your netball career.   It is also important that you develop a range of skills across a number of different positions, being able to play well in different positions shows your versatility as a player and our ability to learn new things and apply these in a game. 

THE MOST IMPORTANT thing is always make sure that YOU HAVE FUN playing netball.

Here are a couple of links that are worth checking out:















Sports Nutrition 

Food, food, food, glorious food – there are always so many questions and opinions and ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ answers when it comes to food. I am no nutritionist, or dietitian, just someone that has a passion for eating ‘healthy’.

Nutrition is only part of the living ‘healthy’ lifestyle that so many of us strive for. Exercise, lifestyle and mental health all contribute as well. In this short article, I have been asked to share my opinion of healthy eating.

The really quick answer, eat “real food”. Real food that has come from mother nature, that will provide you with minerals, vitamins and many nutrients your body needs to operate effectively.Cut out the processed foods, if you want to perform at your best and have sustained energy, the best thing to do is fill your body with great real food. Eat a well-balanced diet of good healthy fats [eggs, avocado, nuts...] moderate protein and nutrient dense carbs [veggies…]. Good healthy fats will keep you fuller for longer, protein helps with muscle repair and growth and nutrient dense carbs help sustain you for longer.

The right ‘diet’ in the media is always changing; when I was a teenager, I was in that era that fat was bad, but guess what fat was replaced with (to make the foods taste great)… sugar! So all the ‘low fat’ options I was eating, was actually just full of sugar, or it had been processed so much, to get rid of the fat. Again, in short, don’t go near the processed foods (a great rule of thumb is, if it is in a packet then don’t eat it). Keep away from them and you will be fulfilling your body’s needs, its easy as that. And good fats, are exactly that, good for you. Olive oil, avocado oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, all provide you with a great sustaining energy, and are not going to make you fat, if you stop eating when you are full that is.

Something I haven’t mentioned is the obvious, water, water is sooo good for us, and needed for our bodies to work to its full potential. Your body will lose water through sweating, breathing and digestion, so getting enough is important, especially when exercising. Remember - Water is all you need! Stay away from the Powerade and so called energy drinks, they are not needed (unless you are an elite athlete and this has been factored into your diet by your nutritionist/coach), and are full of sugar and no good for you. If your game is Saturday afternoon, having a great healthy breakfast and lunch is all that is needed, and sipping away at water throughout the morning to stay hydrated – and remember to take your full water bottle to your game and a snack for after your game is handy too.


Scrambled eggs (whisked with a dash of almond milk or cows milk), served on a bed of sautéed kale or baby spinach with a little onion and garlic (or have fresh, no need to sauté), topped with some cherry tomatoes, sprinkled with some nuts and seeds (eg, almonds, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds), dressed in a little olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

A smoothie is such a great option, for example: 1 cup of almond milk, ½ avocado, a really large handful of baby spinach, along with chia seeds, LSA, and protein powder (optional). If you aren’t adding protein powder, adding frozen blueberries or bananas is a great way to naturally sweeten it up; with both of these options adding many great nutrients to your diet. If you can, get your daily requirements of protein from real sources [meat, nuts, veggies…], not protein powders.

A dinner full of fresh green veggies/plants is an amazing option. A large salad of baby spinach, carrot, beetroot, red capsicum, red onion, roasted kumara, tossed in a little apple cider vinegar, would do your body wonders. Try and get a variety of veggies into you, as all veggies have fantastic properties to them, helping your body and mind create a strong and healthy you. If you want to add meat to your meal as well, say a steak of red meat, or a couple of legs of chicken, then that is a great option too. If you are limiting your meat, then legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas, dahl) is a great alternative here also. The earlier you eat dinner the better, as the longer your body has without food during the night, the longer it has time to restore and replenish its organs, particularly the liver.

Something worth mentioning, is you don’t have to have set meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, what I mean by that is, what is typically seen as dinner, can actually be quite normal, satisfying, and really good for you, to have a breakfast. Having leftovers for breakfast is a great way to start your day with veggies; each meal that you are eating, including snacks (if you snack), before you start, think where are my veggies, try and fit veggies into every meal, as these will keep you full, provide nutrients, and stop cravings.

How we eat is habitual, so change your habits, it will become the new ‘normal’ for you, your palette may be use to sugar rich foods, so to start off with ‘real food’ may not taste so great, but give it time, your palette will change, and you will be able to taste how amazing veggies actually taste in their natural form.

All the best of your sports journey, I hope this article is beneficial to you, if you wish to discuss anything I have mentioned feel free to hunt me down on social media through my blog “At a Pinch”, or email me at “atapinchmealplans@gmail.com”. Thanks, Nicci xx



A perfect little snack loaded with good fats, natural sugars and a little bit of dark chocolate.


You will need:

4 squares of good quality dark chocolate.

1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/2 cup of raw almonds

1 1/2 cup of pitted dates

1/2 cup of shedded coconut

1/4 teaspoon of himalayan salt



This is what you do:

In a small pot, melt the chocolate and coconut oil on a low heat. Stir to avoid burning, once melted , remove from the heat and add the vanilla essence.

In a food processor place the remaining ingredients and pulse until mixed well together.

Pour the melted mix into the processor and mix until well combined.

Line a dish with baking paper and press mix firmly into the dish.

Place in the freezer to set till its hard!

After it has set - remove and cut into bars!





Enjoy and try not to eat it all at once!

Stacey x


Fit cards are a fun way to create home workouts to keep you motivated! 

A few years ago I designed these cards to keep fit at home with a few fun games! The exercises include functional movements and body weight exercises to keep you moving and fit. 

Here is a sample game with some cards - which is included in the sets. Grab some friends and give it a go!


Make sure you warm up first.


Mark out a 3 - 5 m distance with cones.

Place the shooting star and the bear crawl card at the first cone and the push up card at the second cone.

Here is how the game goes:

At the first cone do 1 shooting star, then bear crawl to the next cone and complete 10 push ups. Bear crawl back to the first cone and complete 2 shooting starts, bear crawl to the second cone and complete 9 push ups.... and so on. So the shooting star you do 1 UP and the push ups you do 10 Down. 

Carry on until you complete the round.

Once you are finished make sure you cool down and stretch.


Fit cards are great for at home use and for sports coaches.

I have a set to give away to one lucky person. If you would like to be in the draw all you need to do is leave me a comment on this blog post.

If you would like to grab your own set Contact me 


Thank you once again for joining me here! I hope you have enjoyed reading about this amazing team and their journey! 

To wrap up this Blogazine I would like to wish KIS ONE all the best for the rest of their Netball season and go and smash it at the AIMS games this year! - Please leave a comment in the comments section wishing them all the best and I will be sure to pass them all onto the team.

If you are a teenager and you would like to feature on my blog please pop me a message!

If you are someone who has something to offer on the blog that may be helpful to this age group please pop me a message too!

Also remember to leave me a comment if you want to win yourself a set of fit cards!!!

Contact me


Stacey x



Are you ready for your school ball!?

The dress...make up...hair style...nails...shoes...spray tan...etc

Whatever you are doing to prepare yourself, this months Teen Blogazine has some helpful tips to help you along the way!

Ball season is such an exciting time of the year! My first school ball was an occasion that I looked forward to for months and it was over in an instant. I had no idea what to expect and I was a little bit nervous but I had a great time and not knowing what to anticipate made it even better. The havoc of getting ready was arguably even more enjoyable than the ball itself. I loved the months prior to the ball; the decision making… which dress? Which hairstyle? Which lip colour? Most of all, I enjoyed getting dressed up and feeling confident for the night as everything that had been planned fell into place and came together perfectly. My first ball lived up to the excitement and I just hope my second ball exceeds or at least meets the new expectancy!

Courtney Hammond



The Dress...

First up the most important part! The dress... make sure you are prepared well in advance with this one! There are lots of places you can look to find your perfect gown! Local shops, second hand shops and online a great places to start!

Bank Street Bridal has a beautiful range of stunning ball gowns!

Jocelyn from Bank Street Bridal shares some awesome tips when selecting your perfect gown!

Create a memory and standout this year in your ballgown.
Get the guarantee your dress will be unique at your school ball, eliminating the dreaded risk of turning up dressed in the same outfit as someone else.

Girls, you will go to many functions, weddings and parties throughout your lifetime, so be sure to keep these photos cringe free with a classic and timeless gown.
Make sure you are comfortable but most importantly that you are happy with your gown!!

Jocelyn x


Spray Tan...

Getting a professional spray tan is the safe way to avoid a DIY fake tan disaster!

Keri from Lets Glow recommends getting a tan a day or two before the event. 

Here is Keri's Pre and Post Tan advice:

Waxing or shaving done 24hrs prior to treatment; The evening before exfoliate entire body with either a scrub or exfoliating gloves; No deodorants, moisturisers, perfume or oils on the day of the tan - these can act as a barrier and react to the tan; Wear loose dark clothing on the day of the tan.

After Care Shower using non-abrasive loofah or body wash. A face cloth is fine; After showering use your towel to pat-dry the skin, rather than rubbing; Moisturise daily to prolong the life of the tan.

IMPORTANT: Do not exercise on the day of your tanning application. Excessive perspiration will adversely affect the development of your tan. Read more at: http://letsglowspraytanning.co.nz/pre-post-tan-advice/

Pop Keri a message to book your Spray Tan!


Make up and Hair...

Whether you decide to do this yourself or get some help from a professional it is up to you! We have alot of talented Hair stylists and Make up artists here in whangarei - some that are mobile and can travel to you BUT they can not be in several places at once! SO my advise would be to get 3-4 girlfriends together and have a bit of a girly ball prep day!

Be sure to check out Pinterest to find the look you want with your hair - there are loads of beautiful looks on there.

Keepsake Bouquets have a nice selection of gorgeous hair crowns and hair flowers if you like this look for your hair.

Here are a few Make Up Artists and Hair Stylists that you can give a call!

Kasey George MUA

Jasmine fore Urban Bliss

Jade from Oneseventhree Hair [formerly JLS Hair Design] 

Jasmin Skinner from JMS Hair at Home

IF you do decide to do your own Make Up for the Ball, Jasmine from Urban Bliss has put togehter some handy tips to help you out!

Jasmine has been doing makeup for many years, and with a 'best dressed' and 'princess of the ball' from last year she has a few tricks up her sleeve. 
If you've chosen to do your own makeup, there is a lot to consider, there are basic guides and endless Youtube tutorials, these are a great place to start. Here are a few of my tips to choosing and applying products to achieve your ball look. 
Cleanse, tone, moisturise, wait 5 mins and apply primer, wait another 5 mins.
FOUNDATION-get a colour match. The correct shade for you will almost 'disappear' into your skin while evening out your complexion. The jaw is the ideal place to test as you don't want dreaded 'tide' lines. 
CONCEALER-if using under the eyes, apply in an upside down triangle with the tip ending in line with your nose, once blended it is much more flattering. Try a shade lighter than your foundation. 
BROWS-by far my favourite feature to enhance! My go to has always been Moisture Mist brow pencils, they are waxy and stay put. When freshly sharpened you can do tiny hair strokes that look real. I always draw a faint line underneath to start and go from there, don't forget to brush through. If you haven't had your brows shaped before, go to a reputable salon, it is so worth it! 
BLUSHER-apply a small amount to the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards and outwards. Hot tip - it is easier to add a little more then remove excess. 
HIGHLIGHTER-a little goes a long way! What looks great in your mirror may look like Edward Cullen stepping out into the sun! CONTOURING-apply just under your blusher and blend well, if you are after a more defined look, find a tutorial suited to your face shape. EYESHADOW-this can make or break your look. My biggest advice here is to once again start with a small amount and blend blend blend! Applying your glitter or shimmer shadows with your finger in a patting motion works well. This is where tutorials are helpful. Hot tip - wet a small brush and use your fav shadow as an eyeliner or to enhance the colour. Also, if opting for a bold look, do your eyeshadow before foundation to avoid flecks falling onto your perfect base, and choose a nude lip to balance your look. 
POWDER-translucent and matte = perfection SETTING SPRAY-keeps everything looking fab all night. LA girl have a great mattifying one for less than $20. 
LASHES-no ball look is complete without lashes! Whether you are blessed with long dark lashes, get them tinted, lifted or choose falsies, still use mascara for extra emphasis. False lashes can be easily removed, cleaned and reused, so get practicing. Remember-you only need a little bit of glue. 
As well as being a Makeup Artist, I also work in Life Pharmacy Orrs, (in Cameron Street) we stock a variety of ranges for all budgets, and most recently, theBalm cosmetics. I've tried most of the range and here are my top picks for you all:
How 'Bout Them Apples-a lip and cheek cream palette containing 6 versatile colours that stay in place. 
Put A Lid On It-eyelid primer This is by far the best eyelid/eyeshadow primer I have tried (too many to name)you will love it, especially under the Overshadows. 
And my winner for versatility has to be: theBALM VOYAGE vol.2 palette-containing 9 shadows, 2 blushes, bronzer, highlighter and 2 lip/cheek creams all in 1 sleek palette. Perfect to pop in your clutch for top ups! As an added bonus, theBalm cosmetics are paraben and cruelty free, even offering a VEGAN eyeshadow palette. Plus, each product contains a QR code, simply scan with your smartphone/tablet and it takes you to a step by step tutorial, perfect for all you tech savvy teens!
Finally-have fun with it all, be yourself, don't do anything that you don't want to and look after each other.
xx Jas
Jasmine was the make up artist for April's Teen Photoshoot pictured below!


Perfect brows...

A nice shape and tint to your brows can give your face a nice refreshing lift.

There are loads of great places in Whangarei you can go to... Sugar Beauty, Hush Spa, Inside Out Beauty and Wellbeing to name a couple!

Be sure to book in about 1-2 days before the day! That way you can ensure the reddness has gone down after waxing.


Beautiful nails not only look great, they can be the icing on the cake to complete you whole look! Sugar Beauty also offer Acrylic nails. Two days before the ball is a perfect time to get this done!


Pre - Ball treats!

If you do decide to get some friends together for a pre - ball get together some yummy snacks are a must! I can recommend a million times over DELIGHTS!

Delights make delicious whole food treats, free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar so you can still treat yourself and feel good doing it - the perfect not so naughty sweet treat!

The best thing is you can order your delights box a few days before and pop them in the freezer and pull them out on the day!

Pop Nicci a message to order yours!


Now lets not forget some tips for the guys!!! 

Suit hire... shop local... online... opp shops! Be prepared and have a look around! 

If you have a date for the ball and want some pretty flowers for her Keepsake Bouquets and Flax Flowers can help you out, you can also get your button hole flowers to finish off your look! The best part about these flowers is that not only are they as beautiful as your date will be, but she gets to keep them forever as a momento.

Treat yourself to a facial treatment at least 2-3 days before hand too, Inside Out Beauty and Wellbeing do facial treatments! You will love it and feel re-freshed! Or if you prefer to do something from the comfort of your own home, check out Dirty Hippie for some Man Care! They also do a face mask that you could try!





Last but not least - your pre ball photoshoot! Now this is something new... professional pre-ball photos!

Plan to get yourselves ready a little eariler so you have time to get some photos before hand!

There are a number of reasons this is a great idea...

Professional photo... flattering and natural poses... NO more of those awkward mum and dad iphone photos in front of the white wall at home!... High resolution, great image quality photo... You do not have to stand in line at the ball just to get your ball photo - you will already have them taken in a relaxing, natural environment - you wont have to worry about poeple jumping the que or being rushed through your turn so the next one can have theirs!

Have an amazing momento of your school ball... one that you will truly treasure...

If you are intereseted in having some pre-ball photos... please contact me for full package details...



Your School Ball Beauty Prep Plan...

So after all of that lets summarise to make things simple!


THE DRESS! Make sure you have found the perfect dress! One that you love and feel comfortable in and that. Bank Street Bridal can help you out!

Book your appointments for getting ready!

Organise your pre-ball TEEN PHOTOSHOOT!

Also search online to find the look you want with your hair! If you are doing your hair and make up yourself and need a bit of guidance - check out some online tutorials!


Prep your skin! Book in for a little pampering facial with Inside Out Beauty and Wellbeing, or if you would rather do this yourself you could try Dirty Hippie's de-gunk the funk black face mask powder - GUYS you could use this stuff, without feeling too girly! The awesome thing is that you can order a couple of small sample packs to use before the ball, if you love it you can order more!


Brow Shape and tint Sugar BeautyInside Out Beauty and Wellbeing.


Nails! Sugar Beauty, Hush Spa

AND order your Delights for your pre-ball treats!

Wash your hair - and leave it till after the ball.


Spray Tan with Lets Glow!Inside Out Beauty adn Wellbeing.


Make Up -  Kasey George MUAUrban Bliss Beauty

Make sure you start with a fresh, exfoliated and cleansed face - you can check out the make up application process in December 2015's Blogazine 

Hair - OneSevenThree HairJMS Hair at Home

Make sure you do not put any product into your hair before hand, leave that to the stylist! Be prepared and take a photo of how you would like you hair. Check out Pinterest

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To feature in this months blogazine I got together with Kasey George MUA, Jade from OneSevenThree Hair, Georgia and Brandon to show you the look you can create for your school ball!

Both dresses for the photoshoot are from Bank Street Bridal









As with every feature teen I like to do a little interview! 

[Me] Thank you for being my model for this school ball Blogazine theme! How did you and Brandon enjoy your photoshoot?

[Georgia] We enjoyed it. It was fun as it was doing something different something we wouldn't normally do

[Me] Are you looking forward to your school ball this year [this is your last right?] 

[Georgia]  I haven't even really thought about the ball yet. But yes I'm looking forward to it, my last ball hoping its a good one.

[Me] What is the best thing you like about going to the school ball?

[Georgia] The best thing about the ball is the getting ready part.

[Me] Do you have your dress for the ball?

[Georgia] No, not yet!

[Me] and now for some not so school ball questions! What do you like to do for fun?

[Georgia] I like to ride horses and play sport for fun

[Me] Whats your favourite food!?

[Georgia] Ahh i like so many. It would have to be chocolate or sushi.

[Me] Who do you look to for inspiration? 

[Georgia] I don't really look to any one for inspiration I'm happy with who i am don't inspire to be anyone yet

[Me] What do you want to be when you leave school?

[Georgia] When I leave school I want to be a teacher hopefully a PE teacher


Thanks again for checking out Forever Young Wild and Free Teen Blogazine! I hope you found the tips for getting school ball ready helpful! 

If you are gooing to a school ball I hope you have an amazing night with your friends!

If you would like to book your pre-ball photoshoot Or a teen portrait session please contact me

Stacey x



This month I got to meet these two! Brittany had her hair and make up with Jasmine from Urban Bliss Nails and Beauty

Here is our little interview followed by the photos from our Forever Young Tenn Photoshoot.

[Me]How did you enjoy your photoshoot?

[Brittany] I quite enjoyed it. It made me feel good while having a laugh.

[Connor] It was fun because it was out of my comfort zone.

[Me] What is your favourite movie?

[Brittany] I don't really have a favourite movie but if I had to choose it would be The Last Song or The boy in the Striped pyjamas.

[Connor] Fast and Furious.

[Me] Describe yourself in 3 words...

[Brittany] Caring, kind and friendly

[Connor] Funny, Caring, Sporty.

[Me] What is your dream job?

[Brittany] Being a nanny overseas, because you get paid while exploring different countries.

[Connor] Architecture.

[Me] What is your favourite winter activity?

[Brittany] Hockey

[Connor] Hockey

[Me] If you could trade lives with anyone in the world who would it be and why?

[Brittany] I don't really have someone that I want to trade lives with. I like the life I live now.

[Connor] Paul Walker, because he is good at driving.

[Me] How long have you been playing Hockey for?

[Brittany] I have been playing since I was 6. This will be my 12th year of playing.

[Connor] 4 years

[Me] Do you get competitive with each other?

[Brittany] Not really because we are different ages.

[Connor] No.

[Me] What have you done that you are most proud of?

[Brittany] Representing Northland in hockey.

[Connor] Northland Reps.

[Me] What is the best advice you have ever heard?

[Brittany] Never give up, because if you keep believing and trying, anything can happen.

[Connor] Treat people the way you want to be treated.






To book your own Forever Young Teen Photoshoot pop me a message!




It really is a suitable form of exercise for everyone! Any age, shape and size... Tim from Yoga Fire NZ talks a little more about it!

Maybe you have seen you mom do yoga or you have seen pictures on Instagram of people doing yoga or yoga poses. How could this weird thing have relevance when I am just a teenager? It looks weird and seems only old people do it. What does it all mean?

Yoga is something your mom, your dad, your grandma and even you could do. It is a relevant form of exercise to do throughout your entire life. Why? Well, it is modifiable for anything you are looking for. You want to feel more flexible, then yoga can help with that. You need focus in life or help to focus on exams, then yoga can help by concentrating your mind and releasing stress all at the same time.

Yoga helps people is by building self-esteem. We all have imperfections and yet we are imperfectly perfect. Yoga brings us into unity with ourselves by linking the body and the mind. We don’t need to look into a mirror to find our self-worth, we get our self-worth from feeling how amazing we are; yoga amplifies these feelings in the body. Whether you can touch your toes or you can do a handstand, it will help you feel better. Unlike other sports or fitness, there is no competition, there is no getting better, there is just learning to accept where we are in the present moment. So anyone

Tied to self-esteem, Yoga helps you understand yourself and your body. As we transition through life, we change, and this can be challenging to comprehend. Yoga links us with our changing bodies because it is about feeling everything you are doing in a yoga pose, at that present moment. By reaching down and touching your toes, yoga encourages you to breathe deeply and feel the hamstrings and adjust the legs, helping you get the best stretch your body needs. The result, your hamstrings feel amazing because you have linked the breath to the posture and your awareness to your body. As we practice more, we learn to comprehend the mind/body link which amplifies the good feelings each time you do it.

Yoga helps you accept who you are but it can also be fun, and challenging at the same time. You can listen to your favourite music and just stretch and breathe. Jump around, dance, stretch and even break a sweat, these are all things encouraged in yoga. Don’t know where to find these types of classes? Fortunately, there are plenty of online classes you can try on YouTube or places like YogaGlo.com. You need to find a teacher that can make the practice come alive for you. So maybe the class your mom goes to, isn’t the right one for you. Part of what makes yoga so fun is exploring different teachers and classes and then finding one that you love. Bring along your friends, it’s a great way to try something new and different together. There is no shortage of yoga out there so start searching online or locally and find something that is the right mix of fun and challenge for you and your friends.

Yoga isn’t some archaic exercise for old people (even though it is thousands of years old), it is a lifestyle game-changer that will bring your life into focus and balance. It will help you explore and gain confidence in yourself and encourage you to search for and follow your passions. Yoga is for you, your mom, dad, grandmother, even your younger sister or brother. Get out of the ordinary boring routines and exercises and go do something extraordinary! And in the process hit up a yoga class along the way, you will love the results.

Feel free to send Tim a message to get yourself started on your Yoga journey!

[photo credit: Doug Pearson Photography]





This is seriously the easiest after school refresher after these hot muggy days!

All you need is a good blender, a tin of peaches and ice!

I have a blender that can hold 1.5 litres - I fill it up about 3/4 with ice! Then tip a tin of peaches on top of the ice!

Pop the lid on and pulse blend until it is combined and a slushy texture! You may have to take it off and give it a shake or a stir occasionally depending on how fancy your blender is!

Once its blended and all slushy - pour into you're serving glass and add your straw! [optional!] 

Sit back and enjoy!

Stacey x



Time to organise your life with Chart Boards! They have a large range of products to help you be organised in style and have a bit of fun!

Peg boards are a great way to store all sorts - create yourself a craft station, whenever you are feeling creative it is all ready to go!

Their peg boards are magnetic, so you can pair them with their magnetic wooden pegs and greate a fun photo gallery!


Create a notice board space or a drawing space in your room with their new images boards! Leave little reminders for yourself so you stay on top of everything! 


Calendars! Life is so busy! After school activities, friends, sports, family... Use chart boards to help keep track of your busy routines! Choose the magnetic finish so you can attach your important school notices and homework sheets directly to the board as well.


To get your own chart boards visit their website for more info!



I have decided to add a "dear parents" and a "dear teenager" part to the blogazine - a space where you can share a little open letter to your parents and visa versa! All letters will be anonymous. If you have something you would like to share please contact me!


Thanks for reading!

If you are interesed in being a feature teen or if you have something you would like mentioned on the blogazine or a product or service that would intereset teens then please send me a message!

Next month we have a School Ball season feature! So if you have a school ball coming up stay tuned for some helpful info when getting ready! and a list of people that can help you out!

Stacey x





Courtney is one of my Teen Reps that are helping me promote my teen photoshoots.

After Courtney had her hair and makeup with Kasey we headed up to the jungle for her Forever Young Teen Photoshoot!

Here are a few fav's from the shoot...






Here is our little interview!

[Me] What is your favourite food?

[Courtney] I really enjoy a good dessert! My favourite dessert is probably a really chocolatey and rich cheesecake! I also LOVE strawberries.

[Me] What's your number one played song at the moment?

[Courtney] Probably Shape of you by Ed Sheeran.

[Me] What is one of your favourite quotes?

[Courtney] "When you stop learning, you stop growing" I can't remember where I heard it but I think that it is truly something to live by.

[Me] What is your favourite outdoor activity.

[Courtney] Wake-boarding! Unfortunately, it is seasonal so I only really go out during summer.

[Me] What chore do you hate doing?

[Courtney] The dishes after cooking or baking!

[Me] What is your favourite form of exercise?

[Courtney] I love running or Pilates. Running is great if you want to break a sweat but Pilates is low impact and gentle on your body.

[Me] What do you want to be when you finish school?

[Courtney] I would like to be an investigative Journalist.

[Me] If you could meet anyone - who would it be and why?

[Courtney] Karlie Kloss. She just seams like such a fun person to be around and I find her really inspiring. She does a lot in her life and utilises her publicised platform as a way to help empower others.

[Me] What sound do you love?

[Courtney] I love the sound of Cicadas! It seams really strange but it reminds me of summer and going to the A & P shows when I was little where the cicadas seemed so loud they drowned out any other noise.

Courtney is a dancer and when I met her last year we got together and photographed a few dance poses.

See more photos from Forever Young Teen Photoshoot here





I caught up with my good friend Sam, who is also a personal trainer. We always have interesting conversations and one topic we have discussed often is body image. This is something Sam is really passionate about, so I asked her to put a few words together for the Blogazine!

I am Sam, a Personal Trainer. I deal with Bodies everyday. The fitness industry is tough. Body image is everything. Beauty is determined by how skinny you are or how low your body fat % is…RIGHT???


It is my mission, No wait… It is my PASSION to try and change the perception of our modern society. To build the next generation up to love themselves for being who they are, to celebrate and appreciate all that is them, and most of all to accept what they are and what they can achieve. Not how good they look on Instagram! #perfectionis…

Social media has really thrown us a curve ball! There is no escaping the public eye. Always on display, always on show and for some reason others weighing in on this; making judgments on how someone looks, their weight, their food choices and how they raise their kids, has become ‘normalised’ and everyone seems to have an opinion..

But when did this become ok? Furthermore, When did it become normal to judge ourselves so harshly, when did it become ok to pick ourselves to pieces and allow others the same opportunity???

If I could tum back the clock 18 years… I would be so kind to my 15-year-old self. My journey would be paved with self-love and appreciation. I would take such care of my body, preparing for the challenges it will face in later life! I will build an army of beautiful and confident woman to stand my side and help me through the tough times. *Because trust me there will be tough times. And, guess what; lots of these times getting out of your PJs is the least of your worries. your looks cant help you through these…

I want to stand in front that mirror and truly believe the words I am speaking from my favourite quote.

I love all these dark parts of myself not because they are wonderful and adorable and perfect and fantastic, but because they are THERE. My dark bits are with me and they will likely always be with me. Just as your dark parts are with you and will likely always be with you. All that is there needs to be loved"

And That's OK.

It's not ugly fat or gross it's a FEATURE.

Our humanity is not an ERROR. Our crazy thoughts are not MISTAKES. Our scary longings and giant failures and ongoing disasters are not ABERRATIONS.

This is merely what it is to be a person — messy, weird, inconsistent, and doubtful. This is how we ARE, and that has to be OK, or else nobody is OK.”

(Anonymous quote)

So live!

Live free and in love!

Eat and exercise to nourish, not to punish. Stand tall, smile and be kind to yourself.

Beauty is not hiding in the bottom of those size 6 skinny jeans. Or in the bottom of your compact foundation.

There is beauty in all of us; more than we could ever imagine. BUT only you can find it and let it out…

And when you do… Cherish it for the rest of your life. And share it as far and wide as you can.

Your looks will fade, your weight will fluctuate; and the media will continue to push unrealistic expectations of beauty… we will forever be dangling on the edge of what others deem “perfect”…

But trust me when I say. LOVE for yourself, RESPECT for your self and CONFIDENCE in yourself is more beautiful than anything any piece of clothing, jewellery, or make-up!

And I am CERTAIN that everything you want for your life — everything you want to feel and believe and become — is on the other side of that self-hatred and self-doubt. It is waiting to fulfil your every dream!

Sam x




These are seriously so yum! and will convert the biggest Kumara hater into a lover!!! So yum, So good for you and So easy!

Kumara is a root vegetable most commonly grown in the Northern part of the North Island of NZ. It is said to have been brought into the country abroad the Waka [maori canoes] by the early Maori settlers, it has been cultivated in NZ for hundreds of years and is far superieor to its cousin the potato!

Give these a go and tell me how much you love them!


Frying pan - I use an electric one, but any will do.

Coconut oil - enough to cover the bottom of your pan about 1.5 cm - 2 cm deep.

Kumara - now I would say ONE Kumara serves ONE - however you are going to find it so easy to eat 3 or 4!

Potato peeler.

Salt - I use Himalayn Salt.

Oven dish.

Paper towles.

Large sieve.


WARNING - make sure you are not starving when you make these, otherwise there will be no end product to serve!


Put the coconut oil into your pan and heat up! You will need it on a medium heat - you dont want it too hot or else they will burn really easily - be very careful with hot oil too!

Take your Kumara - I like to leave the skins on, but you can peel them if you prefer - all you do here is keep peeling the Kumara until you can't peel anymore because its getting too small! [I keep the last bits and save them for another meal]

Peel them all onto a paper towel.

Grab your oven dish and line it with paper towels before you start cooking.


Once the coconut oil is nice and hot [but not too hot] gently place the Kumara peelings into the oil - you will know its hot enough because they will start to lightly simmer - try to place them so they are not over lapping each other.

Don't go too far! They won't take long to cook! - once you see them starting to brown and crisp up you can turn them over.

Once they are cooked - they will look nice and crispy like a chip you can take them out.

Have your sieve ready - I take the chips out with some tongs and place them into the sieve [holding it over the pan so the coconut oil drips back into the pan]

Give them a little shake then turn out onto the oven tray lined with paper towels.

Give them a sprinkle with salt - then continue cooking the rest of the chips.

When they are all cooked - if you have any left!!! Pop them into your serving dish and serve up and enjoy! 

If you want to save them for a few days - leave them on the oven dish and place them into oven on a low heat to dry out a little more - once cooled store them in an air tight container for couple of days!





GIRLS - if you have long hair read here!!!

Jade from JLS Hair Design talks about the versitility of the braid!

The Versatility of the Humble Braid

So many options, so many different ways, whether it’s a beach day, town day, chilling with your mates or a formal occasion. You are guaranteed to find a braid or braid variation to fit the occasion.

Below are a few techniques for some of the more popular braid choices

Three Strand Braid (your regular braid or plait)- Taking three sections of hair, alternate passing one section from either side over a center strand.

French Braid- A braid that continually incorporates strands of hair into the three-strand braid. Each time you pass hair over the center strand, you are going to take sections of more hair & add it in. This particular braid can be a little tricky when you first start out, as it has the tendency to fall apart if you don’t keep the tension tight.

Dutch Braid- The Dutch Braid is basically a French Braid, but instead of passing the hair over each strand you are passing it underneath, creating the braid to sit on top of the head instead of weaving in towards the head.

Upside Down Braid – can be done with either of the above braiding techniques, starting from the nape of the neck & working your way up. It may be easier to flip your head over for this one, to help with keeping that tension.

Fishtail Braid- Is created by splitting the hair into two sections, then taking one strand from the underneath of one of the sections & passing it over to the top of the other section. Repeat taking strands from alternate sides, continuously until you reach the bottom.

All three styles featured in this month’s Forever Young Blogazine were created incorporating a braid in some form.

Why not get some friends together, with YouTube & get practising on each other?

JLS Hair Design




If you are interested in a lesson with Jade about how to braid your own hair pop me a message for more details! 



So you may have noticed that every Blogazine I have posted I have these little positive affirmations in-between each article... and if you follow my FB page you would have noticed that every morning this month I have been posting a positive affirmation.

Positive affirmations are an easy way to add a little more happiness to your life! They make you feel good when you read, write and think about them! I set a little challenge for the month to read out allowed the positive affirmation every morning you see it on my FB page then follow up with 5 things you are grateful for - Did you do it? I did! The positive affirmations were such a nice reminder every day and always set a smile on my face when I saw them.

As promised I have a little gift for someone that has read and liked the FB post all about it - there is still time to pop on and have a look and give it a big thumbs up! On the last day of the month I will pop up a video and announce the winner of the little prize! 

The prize is positive affirmation cards made by me! Complete with jute string and mini pegs so you can make your own affirmation bunting to hang on your wall... and a copy of my little book called "The Happy Book"

That brings us to the end of another Blogazine!

If you want to see some more photos from all of my Teen Photoshoots, click here

Feel free to leave a message! If you would like to contact me about your own Forever Young Teen photoshoot feel free to do so! 




February 2017 blogazine feature teen

This month is Flynn Williams as our feature teen!

I am excited to have our first ever boy as a feature teen on the blog! Flynn did a great job posing for his shoot...I must admit I can find it quite challengeing posing boys [posing girls comes naturally!] but Flynn was quick to tell me if my pose was "too girly!" and showed me a boy version of the pose! Thanks Flynn!

Here are our efforts from the Forever Young Teen Photoshoot 




Here is our mini interview!

[me] Whats your favourite song right now?

[Flynn] Trap Queen by Fetty Wap

[me] Whats your favourite animal?

[Flynn] Snow Leopard

[me] What was the last gift you got someone?

[Flynn] A hug!

[me] Whats your favourite thing to do in your spare time?

[Flynn] Going to the Gym, playing Basketball and Hockey, PS4.

[me] What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

[Flynn] Did a model shoot!

[me] What inspires you?

[Flynn] I get motivated when people say I can't do something, I try my best and prove them wrong. I am also working very hard because I would like to do an exchange to America later this year.

[me] Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

[Flynn] Batman



Attention Parents/Caregivers/Grandparents/Aunties/Uncles!!!

Teen Portrait Photography...

YES! It is a thing! A very important thing in my opinion...

And here is why...

This time of your life can be confusing... if I remember correctly [way back then when I was at this stage!] There is this urge you feel that you needed to fit in, and suddenly this once happy go lucky child with not a care in the world wants to fit in with everyone else!? WHAT!!! If I could tell my teen self what I know now is "it's okay to STAND OUT" infact, if you ask me now its even cooler to stand out then it is to fit in! 

I feel there can be quite a negative perception around this age group - well that is what I am finding anyway, when people ask me how old my kids are, when I say I have 11 year old twins, a boy and girl... I often get the pitty face - "ohhhhhh, one of each tween...I feel sorry for you!" or "the girl will be hard the boy will be easy" or "watch out for those hormones!" - ARE YOU FOR REAL! Where is the "oh you are so lucky! I really enjoyed my teens" or "they really flourish at this age and it's exciting watching them discover themselves" or "It's such a big step from primary school age, they will really grow up" - this is what we should be saying and hearing, building them up! Focus on the positives. I for one am very excited to see what the teenage years bring for our family, I know there will be ups and downs and I am looking forward to learning and teaching from the downs and praising the ups! 

So here is where Teen portrait photography fits in...

It builds confidence...It shows your teen they are perfect - just as they are...It makes your teen feel valued, that they are worth it...AND as a bonus you get a set of stunning portraits of them!

I call my Teen Portrait Photography an "experience" rather then a photoshoot - as I believe it is a whole experience in itself. From the build up...the photoshoot...seeing their amazing photos...and having this memory forever. What is even more exciting is including what they love in the experience - their sport or hobby or friends! The experience can be catered for them!

Now to be perfectly honest, if Teen Portrait Photography was around when I was a teen, I would NOT have wanted to do it! The only way I would have done it is if my Mum told me too! AND if I had done it, I would be thanking her even more right about NOW.

If I could write myself a little letter to my teenage self it would look a something like this:

Dear Teenage self:

You are worth it... showcase who YOU are...be proud to STAND OUT...be brave...speak up...love your body...smile, you look pretty when you smile...make friends...keep doing what you love...there is no right or wrong, only perception...practice gratitude EVERYDAY...make friends with yourself and learn to enjoy your own company...problems always pass...learn from your mistakes...nourish your body with good foods and exercise...JUST BE YOURSELF AND LOVE IT!

From Adult self x

Attention Teenager!!!

You are worth it... showcase who YOU are...be proud to STAND OUT...be brave...speak up...love your body...smile, you look pretty when you smile...make friends...keep doing what you love...there is no right or wrong, only perception...practice gratitude EVERYDAY...make friends with yourself and learn to enjoy your own company...problems always pass...learn from your mistakes...nourish your body with good foods and exercise...

Stacey x



Looking for the perfect part time job? The first step in the process is to create a great CV! Lauren from Lauren Roughton - HR Consultancy  can help you create a professional CV and cover letter to get you started. 

Lauren can take you through the Recruitment and Selection process to help you know what to expect when entering the workforce. It can be daunting at the best of times, but knowing what is to come can help you to be prepared.

Here are a few tips from Lauren that can get you thinking about writing your first CV:


  • Ordering from most recent down through your past history

  • Easy to read font, font size and colouring

  • Avoid including potentially prejudice information (photographs, birthdates, address, race, ethnicity, religion) – you never know who is sitting on the other end of your CV.

  • If you are applying for a role and already have an existing job, make reference to providing your referee’s at a later stage in the recruitment process to avoid a privacy breach

  • Spell check it!

Feel free to contact Lauren 022 150 5256 for further assistance! 



Do you workout at the gym or go to boot camp or circuit training? Do you play sport? Do you run? What exercise do you do? It is really important to get some form of movement in every day... whatever it is, just get your body moving, that is what it was made to do! JUST MOVE!

For a long time, this type of exercise has fasinated me..."Calisthenics" or "Bodyweight Exercises" and it got me thinking - Exercise is SO much more then going to the gym. Exercise is about functional movement and mobility, our bodies are made to move... natural, functional movements using our own bodyweight even! I mean what is the point of being able to squat 100kg's if we can not lift our own body weight over a 6 ft wall?

I caught up with an old friend who knows alot more then me on the subject and is very inspiring...

Hi I’m Waero (aka Tommo) and I am a “bodyweight training” enthusiast from Palmerston North!

I’ve been training this way for most of my adult life and have over time come to love the art of “mastering oneself through the art of bodyweight. To me Calisthenics is a branch of many other disciplines (ie: martial arts, pole fitness, hand balancing, gymnastics or ballet) and typically most people consider the “exercises/movements” as a means to define it however I hope to educate you with my personal perspective and knowledge about this topic that I am very passionate about.

Definition of Calisthenics?

“…the word calisthenics comes from the ancient Greek words kalos (κ?λλος), which means "beauty", and sthenos (σθ?νος), meaning "strength". – taken from Wikipedia source

Simply put calisthenics is a training modality that uses one’s own bodyweight to develop a physique that is strong, adaptable and resilient. This type of training involves ANY exercise performed with no weight and is commonly referred to as “bodyweight training”.

So why do body weight activity and what are the benefits?

This style of training has many benefits and some examples include:

  • Requires very little equipment or cost to get started.

  • You can train in any location, at any time, at any moment.

  • Calisthenics’ movements are incredibly efficient as the exercises work the body as an entire unit rather than in isolation.

  • Exercises can be scaled to suit ANY individual regardless of age, gender or ability. Conversely exercises can be progressed for even the most advanced practitioners.

  • Depending on the goal, bodyweight training can build muscle mass or used as a means to aid weight loss.

What are typical exercises found within body weight training?

There are many exercises and (equally as many variations) however for the purpose of this article I’ll briefly cover the more commonly well-known ones.


are a “vertical pushing” movement that focuses on the muscles of the upper body (triceps, chest, core and shoulders). This variation I’m showing is done on rings is more advanced than if using parallel bars due to the instable nature of the rings.


Pull Ups – are a “vertical pulling” movement and like the chin up, will develop incredible strength in the muscles of the entire body, but mostly with a focus on the upper body (biceps, back, forearms). This movement has been referred to as the King of upper body exercises and is often a benchmark for demonstrating true “upper body” strength. Note – many types of surfaces (other than a bar) can be used to train this movement pattern.


- a classic movement for building strength in the lower body, particularly the muscles of the thigh and glute (butt). This is a great for beginners as it helps to train the necessary pattern of moving without load.



A staple of bodyweight training and one of the best “horizontal pushing” movements in existence that not only builds the muscles of the upper body, but also that of the trunk and lower body.


Everyone will have a different start point in terms of ability and whilst a lot of other factors come into play, what is more important is to consider your reasons for doing calisthenics. Do you want to get stronger? Lose weight? Improve health and endurance for day to day living or wanting to perhaps achieve a specific skill? (ie:muscle up)

Typically most people have these 4 common goals to choose from;

  • Hypertrophy (increasing muscle size)

  • Strength (becoming as strong as possible)

  • Endurance (the ability to lots of repetitive bodyweight movements for long periods)

  • Skill Acquisition (being able to do advanced bodyweight movements)

By identifying your goal/s you can then best follow an approach that will help you achieve them.


How to get started

It is my sincere recommendation that you try to find a professional or link in with a group that can help guide and help you along the way. Whilst you can certainly “Google” and look at You Tube videos – I believe there is no substitute for one on one, face to face contact with people invested in your success.

Final Words

With the advent of social media calisthenics has become widely popular with people of all ages across the world and will continue to gain more exposure. Many youth have seen incredible physical transformations through this style of training but more than this – have gained greater self-confidence, improved health and wellbeing, stronger support and connectivity to their peers as well as a building a tough mind-set.

All of which contribute to a better way of life.

In closing, I wish all of you young readers the very best no matter what style of training that you do, and If for nothing else please remember these values for success.

Hard Work “…Because nothing happens without it…”

Consistency “…Because what you do every day matters more than what you do every once and awhile….”

Discipline “...Because this is what will keep you going when things get hard….”


Thank you for reading!

If you have anything you would like to see on the Blogazine please let me know and I will see what I can do!

If you would like to know more about booking your own Forever Young Teen Experience feel free to contact me.

Stay tuned for March [which is just around the corner!]