Archive for the ‘travel’ Category


May 3, 2015 2 comments


This is one of those images I took as an experiment – almost 3 years ago to the day – and then promptly forgot about. Ideally these shots are supposed to have landmarks in the foreground to give a sense of scale, but unfortunately the moon did not cooperate and decided to rise over a largely unpopulated part of Wellington Harbour, and I think I chose the wrong location to shoot it from! I’ll be better prepared the next time one comes around …


NZIPP Awards 2014 – Travel Category

April 12, 2015 1 comment

Domino (Web) Cats of the Old City (Web)

It has been ages since I have posted anything on this site – I have been far too busy with the photography day job!

I thought I’d start again with a bit of a catch up. Toward the end of last year, I was thrilled to receive five Bronze Awards, one Silver Award, and a Silver with Distinction, at the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography’s 2014 awards. The first two (above) were in the Travel Category: Cats of the Old City (Silver with Distinction), and Domino (Bronze). I have previously posted Domino on this blog before, as well as a variation on Cats of the Old City. Both were taken during travels to Croatia.

I will post my winning images from the Portrait (Classic) Category, and the Illustrative Category, in my next two posts.

The lake

May 31, 2014 14 comments


I just so love my iPhone! I took this image of Lake Ohau on my phone while I was in New Zealand’s South Island recently covering a wedding held at this beautiful spot – not, of course, using my iPhone for that!

The camel drivers

March 22, 2014 9 comments

The camel drivers

These “ships of the desert” are still ridden in Jordan, with this image taken at the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra. This earlier post shows some of the traditional cave homes of the Bedouin at Petra.

Lawrence of Arabia’s tree

March 8, 2014 11 comments

Lawrence of Arabia

This lonely tree is in the spectacular Wadi Rum, Jordan: location for much of the filming of the 1962 classic, Lawrence of Arabia, and the real T.E. Lawrence passed through Wadi Rum many times. Our Bedouin guide – pictured in this earlier post, photographing the desert sunset – was happy, for a small fee, to show us ‘special’ filming spots!

Down at the seashore

February 22, 2014 1 comment

Petone Beach

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an iPhone image. I took this shot earlier this week using the cool Polamatic app, on the warmest evening of summer so far, down at my local beach. The beach is only five minutes walk away from where we live, and featured in this earlier blog post.

The church on the island

February 8, 2014 15 comments

Lake Bled

Like the Church of the Good Shepherd in New Zealand, the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church on the tiny island in Lake Bled, Slovenia, has had countless photos taken of it. But there is nothing quite like being at some of these iconic places yourself and capturing your own version. The typical images of this magical spot are in bright saturated colour, so I decided to give this grainy monochrome treatment a try instead. I hope you like it.

My Day Job …

January 18, 2014 13 comments

Owen and Rachel

Happy 2014 and thanks so much to all my wonderful followers! I simply cannot believe that I have just passed 1500 followers! So if any of you are wondering why I haven’t been as good at liking and commenting on all of your amazing blogs and posts, then that’s my feeble excuse! I simply can’t keep up! 🙂

I’ve had a few commenters ask me what images I like to take for my professional work. I’m mainly a wedding photographer, but also love doing pet portraits (as you can probably guess from some of the images on this site), and I do some commercial work as well. So I thought I’d post here on my personal blog one of my more popular wedding images: popular enough that it was pointed out to me a number of other wedding photographers around the world had downloaded it and posted it on their own websites, implying it was their own work! Which was a lesson to me to make sure I always put a copyright watermark on my posted images after that …

If you are interested, you can find my professional blog link here, and I’m always happy to have more likes on my business’s facebook page too 😉

Zadar sunset

December 28, 2013 8 comments

Zadar Sunset

If you spend any time in Zadar, on Croatia‘s Dalmatian coast, locals will proudly tell you that, when staying there in 1964, Alfred Hitchcock claimed that Zadar’s sunset was the world’s most beautiful. Well, I don’t know if he was much of an authority on sunsets, but certainly there were hundreds of sun worshippers taking photos of it every night – including me!

Two earlier blog posts are of sunsets in: Istanbul, and Wadi Rum, Jordan.


December 28, 2013 10 comments


The roofs of beautiful Dubrovnik (Croatia) …