When Rachel and Dan first got in touch with me about their amazing wedding in Wanaka, I was so excited – they were planning a relaxed and rustic stylish wedding with an outdoor ceremony. There was also a huge emphasis on all their friends & family having the best day possible .
Earlier this year, I was approached by the very talented Wanaka carver Jeromy van Riel to document one of his masterpieces - a magnificent walking stick (tokotoko). This exquisite stick is carved from whalebone, complete with a greenstone (pounamu) handle, pukeko feathers, paua inlay, muka binding and kyanite touchstone.
Behind the immense work of the creation of the stick there is also so much narrative, based on Maori symbolism and nature.
For more information on Jeromy and his craft go to his Facebook page - www.facebook.com/jeromyvanriel
Thanks to Central Magazine for featuring my photo of the icicles up the Matukituki Valley near the start of the Motatapu track in Wanaka in the latest issue, out this week. Central Magazine is a great bi-monthly local publication, showcasing all things wonderful about Central Otago. Go check it out!!
Recently I did 13th photo shoot for the Wanaka Selection - a fabulous holiday home in Wanaka called Dragonfly Cottage. A gorgeous house with a large, sunny lounge, huge deck and quaint garden - all only a 2 minute walk from Lake Wanaka.
Wanaka Selection is a variety of wonderful holiday homes which are all located in the heart of Wanaka. A mix of cosy cottages, exclusive apartments and modern stylish houses, all of the accommodation choices are carefully put together to ensure they are family friendly yet luxurious homes from homes.
Check out the Wanaka Selection website to see their range of of charming homes - www.wanakaselection.co.nz . I have been working with them since the beginning, so nearly all the properties on the website have been captured by myself.
Last weekend (11th-13th November 2011) here in Wanaka, my local Camera Club had its annual exhibition. Last year I submitted five images from my trip to the Orkneys; all apart from one where black and white. This year I decided to go abstract and colourful and received a great response to the pictures.
Below are three of the five images. Which one is your favourite?
As a practicing professional photographer, I love to meet other photographers and to learn from them. A great example of this was a Tony Bridge Landscape workshop in Wanaka. From the 23rd to the 25th September 2011 a group of 11 of us from the Wanaka Camera Club had the fantastic opportunity to have professional photographer Tony come to Wanaka and lead a 3 day workshop for us.
A combination of practical photography in the realm of capturing landscapes and digital software techniques mixed together with a healthy dose of art history and philosophy.
My intention was to learn some new techniques over the weekend plus refresh my creative inspiration. All was more than achieved and I am excited to be looking at my local surrounds in a fresh light. Below are three photos from the second day; a moody early morning sunrise in Bremner Bay, Lake Wanaka.
Tony Bridge is a professional photographer based at Hamner Springs who has been running creative photography workshops for years. Every year he does Winterlight Workshops in the Maniototo, which is where he is originally from. To see more of his images go to his website www.thistonybridge.com.
Wonder Room Wanaka finally opened its doors to Wanaka locals on the 12th April 2011 and what a delight to behold all the goodies inside. "Only buy things you really love. Never leave empty handed. Wonder Room is the place to go for special finds..."
Have a look at the Wonder Room website (http://wonderroom.co.nz) for some glimpses into the treasures to find there....
'You. Me. Dancing!' was a live music event Wanaka which took place on Saturday 12th March 2011. This free community event ran from between 12pm to 2.30am and took place at Wanaka HQ (now Waterbar) followed by Mint bar after 9pm. It brought in a wide range of both visitors and locals to enjoy great music and fantastic company whilst having a good dance!
Music was broadcast live on Wanaka Beats 107.3, as well as over the internet through www.shoutcast.com.
'You. Me. Dancing!' was an idea that Wanaka Beats performers 'Pennylicks' and 'Civilian Sol' came up with, based around the concept of showcasing local musical talent live on the radio in a public place. With the success of the event, 'You. Me. Dancing!' looks to become a regular slot on the Wanaka calendar.
Electric Black (Mt Aspiring) DJ Cupboard
7.6 (Hawea) DJ Dolecheque
Elliot Steven DJ Mox
Robbie & Mikey Pennylicks
Mathias the piano man Civilian Sol
Ali & Roserio Anika & Danny
Fi & Martine
Slammerman made a guest appearance at the Wanaka Wastebusters's 10th Year Anniversary carnival to promote his fabulous tool The Slammer. An awesome tool, The Slammer is a combo of an axe, spade, crowbar and grubber all in one. It's a robust tool which makes difficult tasks easier. It's also simple to use and good for the posture, plus it's made locally in New Zealand.
Check out The Slammer (http://www.theslammer.co.nz/) website for more details.
Go, Slammerman, go!!