Friday, January 18, 2013

The Black & White Of It

I'm a huge fan of black and white photographs. I love their ability to make a subject uncomplicated allowing you to really focus on it's simplicity or the small details that seem to stand out more when only two colours (plus a few greys!) are involved. I've been delving into my photo archives and using my new photoshop skills I learned in blogshop and it's fair to say this is something I'm loving right now. I'm also a gigantic fan of Frank Habicht's black and white work from the 60s. I hope to meet him someday and pick his brain on what Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg were like in their prime...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I Heart Blogshop

Me and Mel (of Milk and Miel fame), recently took a 'business trip' to Sydney to attend Blogging and Photoshop workshop, BlogShop. The 2 day workshop was hosted by my blogging idol Bri Emery of Design Love Fest and photography genius Angela Kohler. I've always struggled with photoshop and right when I was about to throw in the mouse, the girls whipped me right back into shape. The fun and colourful workspace at Studio Neon was the perfect setting to motivate and keep us inspired in our learning (food was pretty darn good too, thanks chef). I met so many lovely, stylish and talented ladies who have all inspired me to push myself a little harder when it comes to blogging. 

(this last photo of me is by mel dixon, thanks mel!)

and here is a video re-cap by Anette Wilson, you can see how much fun it was!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

wildflowers, seashells and ocean swims

Well, it's the first post for 2013. While I've been a bit slack with posting in 2012 I thought I'd kick off the new year with a post of my summer holiday in New Zealand. Each year when I was a kid my family and I would head up from Christchurch to Kaiteriteri. Now Mum and Dad have a batch in Little Kaiteriteri and the tradition lives on. I love summer in NZ, spending my days going for bush walks, eating fresh mussels from the sea, picking wildflowers, collecting shells and swimming in the ocean...