I'm going to find it hard to write about this wedding without using lots of gushing language and exclamation marks, so I'll try and refrain from that. Even without the exclamation marks it sounds pretty DARN cool. Karina contacted me a while back and asked if I'd be interested in shooting her Wanaka wedding. She mentioned helicopters, snowy mountains and Husky dogs pulling sleds. I said I was available and that the wedding sounded pretty cool (Um... Arghhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and sat staring longingly at my computer waiting for her to reply. I may have punched the air when her and NIck decided to book me (..or not, depending on how un-cool you think that makes me). Suffice to say I've been eagerly looking forward to this wedding since then.
Karina and Nick were pretty excited too. They are NZers living on a farm near Esperance in Western Australia, so travelling back to Central Otago in winter must have been a bit of a shock to the system. Enough for most of the bridal party to have the flu the week of the wedding. When I'm that ill I lie around on the floor groaning, but not this lot. Not only are they lovely lovely people, but they were up for all the adventure and partying they'd been planning for months.
Oh yeah, I also got to ride on the back on a skidoo in the mountains whilst photographing the husky dog sledding teams.
Yey! That was a long blog post. Did you notice the bit where I was on the skidoo?!!!!!
It was over a year ago now that I photographed Belinda at home with husband Sean and baby Claudia. Claudia is now two years old (scary how that happens) and has a baby sister who is almost old enough to be cool and play games with her, but in the meantime is at that cute, cuddly giggly stage.
I tell you what, these guys make such a gorgeous family unit, I could photograph them every week. You know how it's cool to have a 'girl crush' these days? I think I have a 'family crush'! We were chatting in advance of the shoot and decided to do a two stage session - one stage at home involving jumping on the bed, and one stage in the woods with balloons and bubbles. Organised chaos!
Lush. A few more blog posts coming up. If I don't fit them all in before I leave I will be blogging from Wales!
So yesterday was my 32nd birthday, and it was SOOOO cold that any thoughts of going out somewhere and walking (I like a good walk on my birthday) went out the window. The plan instead was to sit by the fire eating chocolate and then go out for a meal.
Well, we tried. I have so much to do before I leave for the UK next week that couldn't resist finishing my tax spreadsheet. And then because Elmer didn't nap in the day he was too tired to take to a restaurant.
We did have my favourite takeaway pizza though! Successful activity!!!!!
Elmer's wearing his Welsh shirt in preparation for all the Welshness he's going to experience in a week's time. I just need to teach him to say "alright boyo!"
This time last year I turned 31 and we went for a walk with baby Elmer and I ate cake.
The year before on my 30th I was pregnant with Elmer and we ate out in a nice restaurant. The year before that when I turned 29 I was in China eating noodles after a Peking Duck disaster.
I tell you what, if we are still houseless and living in the barn next year when I turn 33, I WILL EAT MY HAT. Oops, hopefully I haven't just jinxed the build!!!!!
That's Elmer the bee watching Thomas the Tank Engine, hence the smile. I still want to dress him up as a dinosaur, but I think that should wait till he's a little older. Maybe he can be a sheep next, wouldn't that be cute??!
It was lovely to chat to Stacey about baby-rearing, and see her and Paul so content and happy as a little family unit. Makes me feel all emotional, sniff!!
Paige the terrier was also there. I'm sure she has a little inward groan when she hears me coming up the drive, poor dog.
A few from our session last week:
Love this next series I've entitled 'Crazy Baby'..
Cute! I have a few more baby related images coming up. One is Elmer dressed as a bee!