Seasons change.

Waipu | Danelle Bourgeois

Waipu | Danelle Bourgeois

 

Time moves so damn fast. Summer has passed… although it could still pass for Summer. It’s pretty darn hot still and our apartment really holds it’s heat (almost too well *dies from heat exhaustion from just sitting at my desk*). Wedding season is nearly at it’s end for me. Just a few more weddings to go this month and then I’ll have a few months off. I’m looking forward to spending some time with the family in Tauranga. Actual time. Not just one day here or there amongst the wedding chaos.

 

I’ll be on the hunt for some freelance design jobs, as well as some portrait, engagement and family shoots over Winter, so holla at me if you want to collaborate or have something for me to do! Will also be focussing a lot on nailing down our Night Owls workflows, updating packaging, and maybe even a website overhaul (I’m looking forward to that one the most!!).

 

Hook is heading over to Australia for a few months to work on a project as soon as the weddings finish, so I’ll be bored out of my brain at home by myself haha. Although I will use this chance to visit as many friends and family as I possibly can and constantly keep myself busy. Or else I might just fall into the sleep-all-day-nerd-all-night hole, and that will be a tough one to come back out of. Haha.

 

Do any of you guys have seasonal based jobs? What do you do to keep yourself busy in the down time?

 

P.S. Those images above were taken on a location scouting mission around Waipu, New Zealand. That place is gorgeous and I’m so keen to get a kayak and head out there next Summer. They also have tamarillo gelato!!!

Get outside.

Auckland Outings | Danelle Bourgeois

Auckland Outings | Danelle Bourgeois

Auckland Outings | Danelle Bourgeois

Auckland Outings | Danelle Bourgeois

 

I can get a little stir crazy now that I work from home. Sometimes I just need to get out of the house. Get some fresh air. There’s always something new to find around the area we live in (basically in the city), so I figured I should start taking my camera out for some exploring. Gotta do this more often!

Keep learning.

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

 

I’m slowly making my way through images that I had taken during the end of 2013. It’s taking me a while, because I have more pressing client work to do than blogging. But I figure at 1am at night, I’m probably not at my best to be doing client work, so here I am!

 

I got the opportunity to head along to a workshop with the amazing photographer Brooke Holm in November of last year. It was a short photography 101 class put on by The School, and although I wasn’t sure I’d learn anything new, I wanted to go purely because it was with Brooke Holm. This woman’s photography is really perfection. It was her work with interiors that I found first and I was totally smitten. I’ve never really done any interior or architecture photography myself before, but her work alone made me want to get into it. She’s also an amazing landscape, portrait and wedding photographer! I just adore her work all round.

 

I was correct in thinking that I already knew everything that we went over in the class, but that was okay because I still got to pick Brooke’s brain a little, met some other lovely ladies who attended the class, got to speak with the awesome Megan Morton, and also got to enjoy looking around the lovely store Mildred & Co where the class was held. So it was still a win!

 

I think it’s really important to head along to things like this, keep learning and taking in as much as you can. Are you heading along to any events or workshops that you’re hoping to learn something from? Would love to hear about them (especially if they’re Auckland/NZ based)!

It’s our hearts that make the beat.

Waipu Sunshine | Danelle Bourgeois

 

Birthdays are strange. I always feel like there’s some kind of pressure to have a really awesome stand-out day. But that doesn’t really ever happen for me. I usually just try to relax a little, and maybe eat a lot of food that I love. :P

 

Yesterday I turned 28 years old. The day was no different to any other day. We did some location scouting for this week’s wedding. I somehow got another chest virus, so the car trip wasn’t that much fun for me. I ate pizza. And frozen yoghurt (new york cheesecake flavoured!!). And lay around in bed watching TV shows with Hook, whilst thinking about all of the work that I needed to be doing.

 

I did get a few lovely gifts though. A ticket to Semi-Permanent from Hook (if you’re heading along to the Auckland one I’d love to meet up with some fellow bloggers and designers!). A beautiful ring from my BFF. It’s my birthstone. Super pretty. And I’ve got a gift on it’s way from my brother and his girlfriend too.

 

I’m feeling much better today than yesterday thankfully. Hook is on day one of a three day video shoot, so I’m at home trying to get through as much work as I possibly can. Whilst blasting some Childish Gambino while I’m at it. Thanks to Vanessa for unknowingly introducing me to this! Haha.

 

What do you usually do for your birthday? Any fun traditions? Or is it just another day for you like it is for me?

Proud.

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

 

In December of last year, my dad and two of his mates stand up paddleboarded (SUP) the entire length of the Waikato River – from one side of Lake Taupo, all the way to Port Waikato (for those of you who have no idea how far that is, it’s over 350km). It took them a little less than 5 days, battling a lot of wind, and camping each night on the river side.

 

This journey was a fundraiser for a brave little 11 year old boy named Harrison, who had a rare bone cancer. Sadly, Harrison lost his battle with cancer on the 16th of February 2014. He was a real fighter, and always wore a smile on his face. Although I never met Harrison, his life and journey has made a huge impact on my family and today they will be honouring his memory at his funeral. Rest in peace, sweet Harrison.

 

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I am so proud of my dad and his friends for the massive accomplishment of completing their Lake To Port SUP adventure. It was awesome getting to see them make it to the finish line with massive smiles on their faces. Rosie clearly missed dad a lot during his trip! She was very excited to see him once they were back on dry land. I’m so glad that I got to capture these moments.