Archive for the ‘new zealand’ 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 …


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!

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.

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 😉

The house on the hill

June 9, 2012 17 comments


This is probably one of the most photographed houses in the Wairarapa area. It is located in the rural community of Ponatahi just one hour from Wellington. Some people called it the haunted house, and truly when you look at it closer it looks quite spooky. But the story of this house is that it was purchased by a farmer who had the intention of renovating it to make it the new home for his family. Unfortunately all this happened during the time of farming recession in NZ, and as a consequence, the farmer couldn’t keep up with the renovation costs, and had to cope with the sadness of getting divorced at the same time. So, he let time and weather take care of the house.

The house can be seen from many kilometres away, and to me it always looks interesting and sometimes even beautiful. The Sunday I went to Ponatahi for a drive I took another look at the property and took a step back to photograph it with its surroundings and not concentrating in its dilapidated state.

Into the woods

June 7, 2012 5 comments


In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir

Image taken in the Whitemans Valley, New Zealand.

Hooked on Instagram!

May 1, 2012 1 comment

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on WordPress. But finally the wedding season is coming to an end, and I’ll have more time to think about what images to post.

In the meantime though, I have become hooked on Instagram, because it is so quick to take, process and upload images straight from my iPhone. This is a small selection of images I’ve uploaded recently, with the whole portfolio found here.

Scenes from a Beach

February 25, 2012 9 comments



Thanks so much to everyone who liked or made such nice comments on my last few posts – I owe you all return visits, but I’m still spending most of my time at the moment processing wedding photos.

These images are a little different: from my Canon 5D to the cool Hipsta app on my iPhone; and from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East to just down the street from my home.  I’m fortunate to live less than five minutes walk away from a beach – Petone Beach.  It’s not the most beautiful beach in the world, but it’s a great place to unwind and watch the changing light …

The Tree of Memories

January 23, 2012 6 comments


Tree of Memories

Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in the best light” – Jennie J Churchill

I haven’t posted anything on my personal blog for a while because the wedding season has started up again. I’ve been busy processing wedding images and posting a selection to my wedding and commercial photography blog. However, although I took this image during a recent wedding in Featherston, north of Wellington, I thought to share it here as well.

The Old House

January 4, 2012 14 comments


Coast Road, Wainuiomata – Wellington Region