Life’s greatest adventure

Welcome to my shiny new re-jigged website! A lot has changed in the past year, so with that I thought so should my website with a fresh new look and an announcement that I’m officially back into doing multi day shoots!!
 
So you may, or may not, have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet of late. It turns out that I’ve embarked on life’s greatest adventure. Becoming a parent… I managed to do photoshoots up until I was just over 8 months pregnant, which proved pretty challenging toward the end, I think I took for granted how much I move when shooting photos. I had to turn down a bunch of fun shoots which I found extremely hard, both when being way too pregnant, and having a new born bubba. But my priorities began to change as I transitioned into the worlds hardest job, being a mum.
Big Mumma
Big Mumma… 38 weeks pregnant.
 
On the 14th January 2016, our son Alfie was born and changed everything. They say that anything worth doing is never easy and that is certainly true of my … Read Full Post

4 days in China

I recently did something extravagant. I went on holiday. My mother, who lives in Scotland, (who I miss terribly) was to be in Hong Kong for business, and she suggested that I should come and meet her and we could go on holiday together. My mind raced, where could we go on an adventure near Hong Kong?? Vietnam? Thailand? China?? Ive always had a little fascination with China, mainly as Ive never been and done a lot of shoots with the Chinese in NZ, so I did a bit of research into where was cool to see in China near Hong Kong. To my delight Google came up with Guilin and the town of Yangshuo. This place looked insane, soaring limestone mountains, huge rivers and rice paddies as far as the eye could see. I was sold, rural China and Yangshuo it was to be. We had 4 days and no idea where to start. Lucky for us we had a guide, Andy (who I cant recommend more if you go to this area! a guide is a must to get the most out of a short trip). I won’t bore you with the details of our girls trip, but what … Read Full Post

Milford Sound paddle board photography adventure

Summer has seemed to slip past me, with so much exciting work on that I didn’t have time to fulfill some of my personal projects I had stashed in the back corner of my brain. When I saw an empty few days in my calendar, along with some beautiful weather I decided to make one of these adventures happen; stand up paddle boarding in Milford Sound… How serene would that be??? Personal projects keep me inspired, and allow me to keep growing as an artist. With nobody to tell you where to be and what to shoot, its up to you to shoot what you want, how you want. This time Milford was my canvas, and my great friend Roo Stanford on her paddle board, my model. Kitted out with some awesome new Mons Royale threads to keep us warm in the cold April air, we were on the 5hr drive to this incredible part of the world deep in Fiordland National Park.
The Road to Milford SoundThe road to Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
If you have not driven the road to Milford Sound, do it. And do it in the day … Read Full Post

Off the beaten path: a new partnership with Huckberry

The wonderful guys Huckberry have invited me to become ambassador! They have just published the story of my bike trip on their site and let me even curate my own shop with BEAUTIFUL and awesome goodies from their website, some of which I used on my trip. If you have not come across these guys before, be warned your wallet may suffer. They stock redicoulously cool bits and pieces for anyone who loves the outdoors but still admires class and cool things. Who said outdoor gear had to be geeky!? They ship world wide and all the pieces in my shop are on SALE! Get in quick as this stuff sells out super fast.

I realise its been a painfully long time since I posted a story here, and Im super sorry. But I guess that is a result of an extremely busy summer! So have to be pleased with that one. After I got back from Japan it was all systems go putting the final touches to the planning for my 2nd mountain bike road trip in NZ. Same formula as my last trip; 4 mountain bikers, 2 1970’s VW Kombi Campers, 5 bikes, a tent, … Read Full Post

A French ski trip to Japan…

Some time ago French free skier Sarah Martinias contacted me to ask a few questions about skiing in Japan. I have been on 4 ski trips to the land of the rising sun and every time I go back I swear its not my last. Even though we hadn’t met, Sarah and I cooked up a plan to go shoot a story for French media in the Nagano region, as this is my favourite place to ski in Japan. With any trip comes months of planning, organising, emails going back and forth. I was to meet Sarah along with free skiers Fabrice Dompnier, Frank Bigourdan and snowboarder Marion Gouwy at Tokyo Airport, all ready to start a two week ski adventure deep in the Japanese Alps. I arrived in Tokyo the night before my new French friends so took it upon myself to visit Tsukiji Fish market. This is the worlds biggest fish market and it happens in Tokyo every morning, you have to get there early and I was there to watch the organised chaos unfold from 5am. Unfortunately the tuna auction was closed the morning I went but there was still plenty to look at. I find it pretty sad … Read Full Post

Hiking the holidays in New Zealand’s Southern Alps

With silly season comes visitors a plenty to our wonderful town of Wanaka. Us locals welcome the holiday makers with open arms, but chose to take this time away from our town to let the visitors enjoy where we are lucky to live in year round. This year me my husband and some friends headed into the hills on a couple of different treks. Firstly an overnighter to the amazing Brewster Hut on the Mt Brewster Track. This is a pretty steep 3 hour climb straight up from the car park at Fantail Falls off the Haast Pass. It climbs steeply through the amazing native beach forest until you pop out of the bush line and spend another hour or so wandering up to the Brewster Hut. The hut overlooks the Brewster Glacier which is one of the most studied glaciers in NZ due to its easy access.
Brewster Track above the Haast Pass, Southern Alps of New ZealandThe Brewster track is just stunning!
Hiking in Mt Aspiring National parkAbove the bush line you are rewarded with the most spectacular views over the Haast Pass and surrounding mountains
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A Paddle Board adventure on Lake Wanaka

Wanaka seems to breed talent. This tiny South Island town may appear like a quaint holiday destination to many, but under the service you will find a pool of talent that rivals any big city; from photographers, film makers, entrepreneurs, chefs, artists and athletes…. So when I met Stand Up Paddle Board World Champion Annabel Anderson recently, who is from Wanaka, I was fascinated to hear her story and take her out and shoot some photos. After all why not? The best in the world in her home town of Wanaka, whats not to love about that story?
So with some epic weather coming our way we cooked up a plan to journey on our boards to a beach in Lake Wanaka where you can only get to by foot or water. Packing up my dry bag with a tent, sleeping bag and some grub we set off to Damper Bay, one of my favourite spots in Wanaka. I was a little nervous as I’m very new to this sport and we had a hefty 10km to paddle, with gear, up the lake into a what turned into a white cap head wind! this was hard work!
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A very Kiwi Christmas – Air New Zealand

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I was asked to shoot stills on another Air New Zealand campaign, this time a summer film shot by the talented boys at Wanaka’s production house Two Bearded Men. The clever guys at Host advertising agency in Sydney had cooked up quite the concept for this shoot. It involved some cute children from the local town of Portobello near Dunedin, Santa Claus, the worlds biggest Christmas tree, a giant eatable candy cane and some presents given out by Air NZ’s own cabin crew. What could be better than this in the life of a 6 year old excited for Christmas?? Their reactions as the magic unfolds…
 
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I thought I would share some behind the scenes snaps with you which help illustrate what a mammoth effort was put in by all. It was very cool to have a heap of Wanaka talent involved in the shoot. Tim Pierce & Toby Crawford of Two Bearded men directing, filming and producing the shoot, Jase Hancox and Will Lascelles from Colab 2nd cameras, Piers Harding camera assist, Loz Ferguison of Pop Creative and Casey Teat on art department, In Light Wanaka on lighting, Tony Young … Read Full Post

From nature to your plate, foraging for food…

 
At the weekend me and my husband Tim, Flo our dog and my sister and brother in law headed to the hills in search of a mini adventure, a bit of escape and to forage for some food to fill our freezer in time for Christmas. Equipped with our tents and sleeping bags, some grub and a stove, a gun and some bullets, we ventured out into the hills not knowing what we’d find or where we would lay our heads that night. This is one of my favourite things to do, head out into the unknown, well prepared for any adventure that may come your way. The weather was questionable but armed with waterproofs and warm clothing we were ready for anything.
 
Adventuring in nature near WanakaTim and Flo ready for anything…
 
Deer are an introduced species to New Zealand and have become quite a pest over the years. There are huge deer recovery programs with mass pest control happening all over the country. Left alone the deer pose a huge threat to NZ’s native bush, destroying plants and disrupting our native bird wild life. To find out more on how deer are damaging … Read Full Post

A little French adventure with the Sony A7

The ski industry has generously given me the most fabulous friends over the years and I am extremely grateful for it. I have some truly inspirational lady friends all over the world and I was able to meet with many of them in France a few weeks back for a French mini break! 7 of us congregated in Capbreton at my great friend Beanie Milne Home (marketing manager for Faction Skis) and her man Xavier De La Rue’s summer pad (thanks SO much for the hospitality guys..) for a blissful 4 days of beach & surf, biking & long boarding, oysters & wine, gelato & shopping. It was as glorious as it sounds.
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I took along my Sony A7 with Zeizz 24-70mm lens for some fun snaps of my great pals in the sun. Im new to this camera and purchased it recently for this such occasion, for when I would love to have my DSLR with me but don’t want to carry it around as Im on holiday (but still can’t stop myself taking snaps). The Sony A7 is the lightest full frame camera on the market and fits neatly into my hand bag (yes I do own … Read Full Post