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!
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)!
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?
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.
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.
I’ve been hunting around for some awesome mint and peach earrings for quite some time now, but I’m kind of picky. Just cannot seem to find any ones that are perfect. And then Emily Green posted some of her new stud colours on Instagram and I was instantly in love with the shape. I jumped on to her website and found that she had the exact colours I was after, and more! So now I have a bit of an earring wishlist. Right in time for my birthday. Wink wink.