Mmmmm …. Chocolates ….

A week and two years ago (September 2013), the photography club I’m a member of was asked to cover a 3-day Chocolate Festival at the Hotel Intercontinental in Wellington – and my goodness, it was such a delectable event! I don’t know how I managed to get through that weekend without stuffing my face silly with chocolates!

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My Two Previous Weddings

The lovely wedding I attended in early August was not actually the 1st wedding I “covered”. In 2012, a good friend of mine asked if I could be the official unofficial photographer on her special day and, after reminding her that I haven’t done this before and asking her to swear that she won’t kill me if the photos weren’t amazing, I said yes. Mum (she was my 2nd photographer) and I drove up and documented the lovely beach wedding somewhere up at Northland. Here are some of the photos I took during the day.

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Babies … Lots of Babies!

I can still remember my very first “photography project”. I was still living in Hamilton then, and I was asked to take photos of a friend’s son. I obliged – so that I could practice and I think I managed to churn out a few good images. Nathan was a wee little darling and now, he’s nearly seven, enrolled in Kindergarten and is a big brother to Nykko. How time flies!

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To Have and To Hold …

On the weekend of 07 August, I flew up to Auckland to attend the wedding of a couple of close friends … erm … in the interest of privacy, let’s just call them A & P, and my photographic skills were put to the ultimate test. I wasn’t just a guest, I was also their official unofficial wedding photographer. CRIKEY!

I haven’t really taken my camera out, except for the odd occasion when I’d snap pictures of the moon or something, so I really felt so much pressure to perform well. I haven’t practiced in months and all of a sudden – boom! I’m thrust right smack in a maelstrom of events where every little detail, every smirk, twitch, smile – are important. All I can say is … HOMAYGAS!!! But, thankfully, I survived and have finished editing the photos I’ve taken. From almost a thousand digital files, I’ve managed to bring the numbers down to a little over 400, and in the end, 212 made the cut. Whew …

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A Happy 60th Birthday

On Saturday, 18th January, I was asked to silently document the goings on at a 60th birthday celebration. Whew – first photographic activity for the year and it’s a significant birthday – of a friend’s dad! Yeah, no pressure at all – NOT!

Anyway, here are some of the photos I took at the event. No, no people pics. That’s just for the birthday celebrant and his family alone.

I wonder what images I’ll share next.

And I’m Published!

well, not really … but after almost 4 years, I’ve finally managed to sort organise all my photos (and memories) of my trip to China into one 80-page photo book.

Voila! My very first photobook!

I ordered it on the 20th and it arrived on the 29th! The service is not bad at all. I was quite worried about the quality of the book because I’ve heard some horror stories from other friends but I was pleasantly surprised with how it all turned out. The images were clear and the colours were spot on. It’s really nice and I am quite proud of it. 🙂 Unfortunately, it has a few typographical errors (bugger) and two captions were on the wrong images but … I forgive myself for that because it was my first attempt. My next ones will be better!

Here’s the link to the order page (if anyone wants to order): Click Me!