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Family Travels // Brisbane and Sunshine Coast

We had an awesome little getaway to Aussie in March this year. We’d been to Brisbane in 2007 which was my first ever overseas trip with my then-girlfriend (now my lovely wife!). Its amazing how much Brisbane has changed since then. I remember our initial impression was of a rather bleak and bland inner city (when comparing it with Melbourne) with not much to do. Its fair to say our impression has now changed dramatically since then – an abundance of cafes and active public spaces line the city streets. You can’t help but enjoy it.READ MORE

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Nelson Mountain Biking Trip // New Zealand Travel

This past week I was lucky to have four amazing days in Nelson, riding some incredible (and tough) mountain bike trails with my friend, Mark. He also happens to be my former manager so that worked out quite nicely didn’t it?! Thank you lovely wife for looking after the princess, I love you xo

On the first day we drove to Kaiteriteri Bike Park from Nelson. There are some amazing trails there the just seem to ‘flow’ around the various valleys that dissect the park. After bombing down a few runs and loosing it briefly (battle scars now on my arm), we took the bikes to Kaiteriteri Beach and cooled ourselves off in the blue waters that are the beginning of the Abel Tasman National Park. Very cool waters indeed, but what a beach.

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Our Trip to California // Travel Photography

In August we traveled to California to sample the USA for the first time. We saw it as a great chance to make the most of the cheap airfare on account of Sienna’s age (you pay next to nothing for an under 2 year old) and who doesn’t want to travel?!  We saw driving the iconic Pacific Coast Highway as a great thing to do for our first big trip away, and a great way of mixing things up and seeing different cities/towns and landscapes. It worked.

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Adam + Anita // Auckland Engagement Photographer

I was very lucky to spend an afternoon at Muriwai with Adam and Anita, who are one very happily engaged couple 🙂 Luckily for them we had a stunner of a weekend – I can’t quite remember the last time I have seen a perfectly cloudless day like that. Magnificent you two. I hope you like these photos as much as I do. I can’t wait to bust out the camera on your wedding day!

 

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Winter Portraits in St Heliers // Auckland Lifestyle Portrait Photography

The weather of late has been less than ideal to be honest. Wind, rain and some pretty cool temperatures have made for a ‘lovely’ start to winter so far! So when a day like this comes along and we have some time to take a walk along the waterfront it is not to be passed up.

As always, if you rather see yourself in photos like this then you need to get in touch with me now!

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A weekend in Russell

We have been to Russell (located in the Bay of Islands) a number of times over the years. We usually take up residence in the Top 10 motor camp with a tent. This time was a little different given my wife was due to give birth in about 1 month – needless to say an air bed on the ground in a tent was not an option!

What to do in Russell? Walk around, look at the history, then site at one of the bars along the waterfront and enjoy the sea breeze. There is a certain nautical ‘air’ about the place that I really dig.

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Waiheke Sculpture Trail

If you live in Auckland you will have no doubt heard of this iconic piece of creative artistry – many pieces to be precise! This is a great way to spend a day. Grab a coffee in Devonport and ride the ferry to Waiheke. Sample some local food and then proceed to do the walk. It takes about 40 mins. We took a little longer as the shutter kept going ‘click’!

I hear they have recently updated some of the art works, so I think come next summer we will pay the lovely little island another visit.

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