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

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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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.
Camilla Rutherford - BairritzBiarritz surf life
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

Mt Roy overnight photo project, Lake Wanaka

The weather has not been the most settled this summer, and when I saw a couple of fine days lining up for the end of last week, I decided to do something that has been on the list for quite some time. I managed to recruit a couple of good friends to accompany me on my mission. The mission was to climb Mt Roy, a 1580m peak, which looks over our township of Wanaka, and sleep out at the top. From this very popular tourist walk you get 360 degree views of Lake Wanaka, Mt Aspiring and the Southern Alps. I wanted to shoot photos of the sunset, the stars over Wanaka and the sunrise the next morning. The weather was still and calm, and the skies blue. Perfect.
With my rather heavy F-Stop camera bag laden with camera, lenses and tripod, as well as water and food, sleeping bag and roll mat, extra clothes and essentials, it was a fair old slog up 1300 vertical meters to the top. However the views were not to disappoint.

Looking up over West Wanaka to the Matukituki Valley and Mt Aspiring
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Central Otago summer time….

Just thought I would pop up a few shots quickly on how beautiful Central Otago is looking at the moment. The summer has been wetter than average, and things are looking more luscious and green this summer than they have in years.
Bannockburn Vineyards – Central Otago
At the weekend I headed to The Point, my boyfriends farm in Tarras. We went and spent a night in their hut they have near the top of the high country farm. The view from there is spectacular, looking back over towards Wanaka and the Southern Alps. The rain was pouring down over the mountains.

Looking over towards Wanaka and the Southern Alps
I decided to play around with doing some HDR (high dynamic range) images. This is when you take a series of images, at different exposures, and put them together in photoshop to form one image. It gives a ‘hyper real’ feel to the photo… I have to say that I dont like the effect. It is a bit of a trend at the moment, but I find the images to look to ‘photoshopped’ and … Read Full Post

The Dart River – An adventure to Middle Earth

Last week I had a commercial shoot up the Dart River, near Glenorchy, for a client that I can’t disclose at this point. It was a very specific location shoot and the only access to the area was by jet boat. Armed with my shiny new Aquatech underwater housing for my Canon 5D mk II, a thick wetsuit, and strong insect repellent, we shot off up the Dart River in search of water… I was very excited about this shoot, as I had not been up the Dart River before, this is where they filmed a lot of Lord of the Rings. Not to be disappointed by the breathtaking scenery, it was to be a good adventure.

The Dart River
With the jetboat full of the crew and gear we wound our way up the beautiful river, stopping often to shoot some photos. We were aiming for a couple of the smaller rivers that fed the Dart. After some very skilled jet boat driving we were at a stunning location where I was to put on my wetsuit and submerge my 5D for the first time.
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Melbourne – Part two of the Disney Fashion shoot

I thought I would start with a couple of snaps shots I took during my stay in Melbourne that make me smile

The Skydeck at sunset with its viewers, watching the city be put to bed…

A lady chilling out on a bench at St Kilda

For the second shoot for DYou Magazine, Valeria had some more awesome ideas. She had found another amazing location out on the Mornington Peninsula, an hour outside of Melbourne. The beach has really colourful huts along the golden sand. After a lot of organising on Valeria’s behalf, we were there, ready to do the shoot after the models had got out from school. On arrival I was disappointed that the skies had turned gray and it was starting to rain. The huts stood in their glorious colours, but the scene was dulled by the dark sky. I have to say I was pretty disappointed, as it was such a cool location for a beach/bikini shoot, but it was raining… and there was no way to re-schedule.

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