While this was a destination wedding - halfway between Auckland and Christchurch - for many of the guests, the Blenheim location held a special place in the bride's heart from her childhood.
The scenery was superb - damn I am lucky to live in this stunning country - as was the wine and food. All of which was thoroughly enjoyed over the weekend. The bride and groom organised so many details for the occasion - logistics of travel, accommodation, entertainment - but everyone enjoyed themselves and many (me included) did not want to get back to reality! Blenheim is beautiful!
This olive grove backyard wedding was pretty special. This young couple shared their day with their young son along with less than 80 people - friends and family - some who had travelled from UK for the day. The smiles flowed, the devotion was evident, the months of organisation paid off and the bubbles kept on flowing. xx
A family photo session doesn't need to be formal and posed. It can be a simple Monday afternoon at the beach. That is what this was. We splashed, we explored caves, we jumped, we cuddled.
This was this family, on Pt Chev beach, in November. Love them.
Photography is a lovely little community. There are some fantastically supportive people that I liaise with and at least once a year we hang out for a few hours without clients to snap at our pace and
have a few chats.
The objective of ClickinWalk is go spend a period of time simply walking and capturing the
environment around you. Last year we chose Auckland CBD which provided structures, 'hard'
surfaces and plenty of people. This year, we chose the landscape route and went to Muriwai beach
in the late afternoon. With time to watch the environment around you and not worry about time
pressures, we all snapped away and got a range of shots.
Below is my selection from the day.
This family were all into having their photos taken! It wasn't a new experience for them which did
make it easier as they were comfortable with a camera around them and happily let me lead them
around the park as we found gorgeous pockets of light, had some cuddles and laughs and most
importantly exercised the furry family member :)
Meet little (hungry) Samantha.
She was an alert two-week old at this shoot and slept for a brief 10mins of our time together.
Her parents adore her and are adjusting to life with a new family member and they are doing great!
Check out those dimples!
I have been on a bit of a self discovery journey lately. It wasn't a New Year resolution. It started back in August I suppose. It hasn't been dramatic or crazy, it has been a slow build each month, each
week, each day. Learning to be kinder to myself, my family, my friends, others. Sure some days
aren't perfect and some days some Auckland driver will really piss me off but I'm learning to let it go, remember that sometimes "done" is better than striving for "perfect".
Our new house motto is 'appreciation, not expectation' and while some days this is easier to
mentally enforce than others, it does make you think more, consider more, worry less and live more.
Why has this come about? Who knows and really, who cares? I've gotten here and I like it.
I know that I'm happier, feel lighter, my husband and kids are happier. They are very important
things for me. It feels good, so I'm thinking of staying here for a while.
Why not have an afternoon at the park on a Friday?
Why not have a run around with friends?
Why not build a fort from random sticks an branches you find together?
Why not stay just that little bit longer than you wanted?
Why not smile more?
Sometimes it is good as a parent to say "yes" more. The kids are happier and, often that means that
so is mum.
Try it sometime.
So this little guy turned one.
He was so calm on his birthday party, surrounded by so many of his family and loved ones.
Like most one-year-olds, opening presents was not something that he quite understood what to do, so needed some help from dad - but this guy was spoilt! A fabulous range of gifts - toys, ride on
cars, new threads, paddling pool, even his own giraffe couch!
His parents had organised a cake smash for him and it all prepared. We had a huge sheet of white
tarp on the carpet and his own special cake that he could rip in to. Mum had even found him an
awesome little outfit just for the "smashing". But of course for about the past 6 months, Mr B has
been told not to make a mess of food, and with about 15+ grown ups watching, he obeyed what
mum and dad has taught him and calmly observed his own cake. Inspecting with his eyes first, and
then very gently, very slowly with his fingers (and toes!). It took a solid 30 minutes (and some
persuasion from mum and dad) to get into the cake.
While it wasn't an annihilation, this guy did the smash his way. Why?
Because he could.
It was HIS birthday.
It's his rules.
Happy birthday little man xx