For, what I think, is the third year our flat has avoided where the actual fireworks were happening - New Brighton beach - and have opted for more of an overview of the event. 

We carry our moon chairs and hot chocolate up to Victoria Park - wrapped up super warmly, as November is still really cold. 

We laugh as we watch the crowds of people try to drive around the summit road, with car lights motionless as the traffic backs up. 

After 10 minutes (?) it's all over for another year and the traffic is slowly turning around. 

Thrift Store Challenge!

Hattie and I have done this sort of thing before...

We go to a second hand clothing store... (we went to two this time round)

And then we come up with an idea based on whats there, except this time I had it stuck in my mind that it need to be a jumpsuit and in the second store we found one! 

Then we came home, after a small frozen yoghurt break, and tore a hole in my brand new backdrop...

And got some hilarious photos! 

And the glitter aftermath...

Family Shoot - with a difference.

This family is quirky and interesting. They pride themselves on being different and it's amazing! 

When I suggested trying something a bit different, for me, they were more than happy to be a part of it. 

There were three core ideas that revolved around things the family did normally. 

1. Being outside (this idea was a bit more vague but I wanted an outside photo)

2. Watching Movies.

3. Baking - Sarah makes the most beautiful cakes!

And this is what we got: 

There's nothing quite like animals and children to improvise and have a generally great time! 

(I couldn't decide between these two!) 

This was the last shoot of the day and man was it messy! Everyone really got into it, and there was no way I could have just picked one! 

After this the shoot dissolved into a food fight...

This is the aftermath! And I did help clean up! ;)

Beauty Shoot - Sophie

I haven't really done any beauty studio stuff since I left study. 

I had an idea and a lot of paint powder left over from a shoot we did last year, so I put two and two together, found an amazing makeup artist Grace Pearce ( and set-up our garage studio. 

Sophie is from Portfolio Models and had an incredible unique and beautiful look. 

I wanted to get something so different from what we did last time and with the help of Grace and Sophie (and of course Nick ) we got something pretty awesome! 


Experimenting: Recycling Props.

In 2011, while I was still studying photography, we had an assignment where anything goes. We had to present a proposal to our tutors and run with it. 

I had this wonderful idea to incorporate candy into a series of beauty/portrait images. 

And I did:


I got three amazing portraits using three different types of candy. 

Sherbet, sprinkles and candy floss. 

The sherbet was thrown out straight after the shoot, it was pretty gross. 

The Candy floss sort of disintegrated - we used eyelash glue to stick it on and it kept eating through it. 

The sprinkles were ok though - not for eating - so they had been kept in jars in the cupboard. 

Until the next shoot... 

I had been thinking of this idea and finally got round to it! 


Hattie, who is in the sherbet photo and also lives with us, was my willing victim. 

The bath was the only place I could think of that would be able to house all the sprinkles without making a mess. 

I constructed a kind-of platform for the sprinkles to sit on out of cardboard and tape. 

Lots of tape. 

Hattie was lying on piles of towels and there were bits of tissue around her face to keep the sprinkles from falling. 

Of course it didn't work and there were small sprinkle waterfalls onto her shoulders and ears. 

Laughter - and then we got the shot. 

A bit eerie, but a success!  

Portrait Shoot - Natalie

I have wanted to use paint powder in a shoot for so long. The idea of plumes of colourful clouds was always a happy one! And as usual my brain didn't think of the mess it was going to make until after... 

If you like our Facebook page you would have seen our awesome home studio - it's not perfect, but it really worked for this shoot! Anddd it's mostly portable! 

Taken on my iPhone. 

Taken on my iPhone. 

Natalie was our model for the day and she is a dancer! She was so much fun to work with and so enthusiastic! It was a real team effort with Nick and I working together with the photos and lighting, Hattie, our make-up artist, also helped with the throwing of the paint powder! 

I had an idea of six images going into the shoot, and to come out with images that kind of resembled what was in my head was pretty amazing! 

I like working really hard on a few images rather than trying to go through millions of photos! 


Here they are - please let us know what you think! 



And here are a few we took after... (Nick thought it was a good idea for us to know what it felt like to have paint powder thrown at us...)

Hattie, Natalie and Nick.

Hattie, Natalie and Nick.

This is me...

This is me...

This is the ground after - Taken with my iPhone. 

This is the ground after - Taken with my iPhone. 

Adventures - Mt. Cook, New Zealand

Hello all, It has been a while - but I think we are back. 

We have decided to end "Adventure Sunday" and not limit ourselves to just Sunday. 

Last Saturday we went to Mt. Cook.  

We were joined by Nick's cousin - who was visiting from Japan - and a Japanese student who was staying with his family.  

It was an early start, complete with a MacDonald's breakfast. 

It was fine all the way to Tekapo - where we stopped to show Yoko the church and the beautiful blue-green lake. 

Then it was another hour-ish to The Hermitage hotel, which doesn't look that flash until you are right there.  

Lunch outside on the balcony with a view of the snow capped mountains, before starting the trek to the lake at the base of Mt Cook.  

The walk was chilly to start with - but the sun eventually bet the cool air and it felt almost summery.  

A few stops on the way to the mountain to entice our inner children and play with huge sheets of ice.  

And then we were there.  

I had never seen Mt Cook up this close, and Nick hadn't been here since he was about eight.  

We were in awe of the mountains. 

The water was almost frozen, and there were ice bergs that had broken off the glacier at the bottom of Mt Cook floating around.  

We watched the sun sink below the snow and then decided it was time to move on.  

A Japanese restaurant for dinner - that was amazing and then off to see the stars outside the town lights. 

I didn't think they were going to be as amazing as they were.  

We had to take photos.  

Even though we didn't have a tripod and it was cooling off quite fast.  

I thought that star photos weren't that bad considering the camera was resting on the lens cap and a bunched up chocolate packet.  

The photos don't do the mountain air justice -  it was so fresh. 

It was nice to get out of the city for a bit.  



Location Scout...

Here's an unexpected blog post.

It was a normal location scout that turned into a magical light show!

The fog rolled in and the sun was bouncing off the hills and the clouds.

It was magical. Cold, but magical! 

It was also one of the more popular bike trails in Christchurch - as you can tell...

Keep your eyes peeled for the shoot in the next couple of weeks...


Experimenting: Low Light, Fast Moving Canon 5d mk3 Testing

A friend of  mine (the guy in the photos) just got himself a shiny new Canon 5d mk3 and since they have been banging on about how good the new auto focus system is I was keen to try it out. Also we discovered this track and I wanted to shoot it...So guess what happened?   

So how did the Camera go? Well I'm happy to say that the new auto focus system is much better than the old 5d and having the 61 auto focus points was rather awesome! It could track in low light much better than the old model! It did miss focus from time to time so it's not perfect or it could have been me stuffing it it must have been the camera. Even so it was rather good. So with the 22mp full frame goodness and 102800 iso I'd say it's the full package! 

Experimenting: Macro

I went through a phase of using my macro lens everyday, mostly to photography flowers. I always love the look of the tips of the stamen being in focus and most of the image just being a blur of colour. Kind of makes it look like an octopus... Kind of...