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 Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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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
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.
The Brewster track is just stunning!
Above the bush line you are rewarded with the most spectacular views over the Haast Pass and surrounding mountains
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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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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…
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
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.
Tim 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
I recently had the pleasure of producing as well as shooting behind the scenes stills on a film shoot for Canon Australia by Untitled Films. The film is all about the release of Canon’s new 7D Mark II and its amazing new features many of which are great for shooting sports. They asked legendary motorsports photographer and Canon Master Mark Horsburgh to test this awesome new camera. It was all filmed by Canon Master Abraham Joffe, who is an outstanding DSLR cinematographer. It was an honour to work with him and his team for their shoot in Queenstown. They flew in from Australia so needed me to produce the shoot, in both location scouting and talent. The video was released today and its already going pretty viral! Check it out:
It was a three day shoot, with the first day at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell.
Mark shooting what he does best at Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell
Day two was a sunrise shoot at Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka with skiers Harry Pettit and Nick Rapley.
Harry Pettit getting some early morning rays at Cardrona
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I am very lucky to live on a high country Merino sheep station here in Tarras, New Zealand. This farm belongs to my husbands family and they have farmed here for over 100 years, which is a long time in NZ! Every year in the first week of September a big muster happens and the sheep are brought down off the hill and into the woolshed to get their yearly hair cut in time for the hot Central Otago summer. This wool is very carefully removed by highly skilled shearers, who have the very tricky task of removing the precious fibres without harming the wrinkly sheep.
Walking into the woolshed can be a little intimidating, with drum and bass blasting over the sound of the clippers, and a multitude of men and women working tirelessly, each with their own roll making the operation of shearing a sheep like a well oiled machine. This precious wool is sent to Merino New Zealand which is spun and made into Icebreaker clothing, which we all know and love. Merino wool is an incredible fibre; sustainable, warm when wet, cooling when you are too hot and keeps the stink off you. What better fibre to wear … Read Full Post
I was very privileged to be invited by my friends at Adventure Consultants to shoot and participate in their back country ski course, which specializes in ski mountaineering and glacier travel. I took Australian free-skier Nat Segal with me to join in the learning as well as shooting photos of her experience on the course. I am always a fan of improving my knowledge and skills on the mountain, especially when it comes to snow safety and glacier travel. You can never know enough! With Nat’s chosen ski career of climbing and skiing high peaks it was a great way for her to learn too, as well as us both hang out in one of the most beautiful and remarkable places in New Zealand.
Its a bit of a magical mystery tour with Adventure Consultants as they let you know where you are headed the morning the course starts, there are so many amazing options in NZ for incredible big mountain and glacier skiing. Much to my delight they decided to take us to the West Coast and Franz Joseph Glacier. This is such a remarkable place as you fly from the ocean to the glaciers in moments, soaring above native rain forest … Read Full Post
Last week I was asked to shoot some behind the scenes photos for Air New Zealand on a film project they were shooting. Over the winter months in New Zealand they have been releasing short films about how good the skiing is here, with the campaign being called ‘Meanwhile in New Zealand…’ with the aim of getting Austrailians over the ditch to ski and snowboard our fantastic mountains. This film was shot at Treble Cone in Wanaka and was released this week. It is such a clever take on two of New Zealand’s favourite sports, skiing and rugby! The film was shot by the team at Diaries Down Under and drone footage by Heli Optics at Colab Creative.
Meanwhile in New Zealand…
It was so fun to shoot behind the scenes photos on this shoot. As with most commercial shoots we were up at sparrows fart to start the long days shooting.
The sunrise view from Treble Cone looking over Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka at first light from Treble Cone
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