I met Troy & Christine last year while I was studying in Australia, and had the honour taking some photos for their wedding in Melbourne. It was so neat to experience an Australian wedding, and take photos at some stunning places around Melbourne with this lovely couple and their bridal party. We lucked out with some GREAT light and weather before and during the ceremony!
Hannah and I connected a few years back over our love for acai bowls, Jesus, and surfing which soon was shared with Kyle, her “special friend” at the time. Now, my two favourite surf buddies are married and I was thankful to be the one to photograph their special day. They had a lovely family-style wedding at Sea Life Park in Oahu with great company, fun times … and delicious local food.
Welcome to Yanuca Island! Home to a quaint strip of shell-ridden beach line, lofty palm trees, and crystal clear water. Alison and I spent about two weeks soaking in some sun, exploring the island, meeting the villagers of the other side, filming a short piece on a day in the life of one of the firewalkers, and of course, surfing a sweet left-hander on the outskirts of the lagoon.
Amazing to see this place in its different facets over two weeks – dead flat, softly shoulder-high, peaky and blown out, an offshore 8ft at 16 seconds, glassy and perfect 8-10ft stand-up barrels, and maxing out at 15ft+. Any of those days could have given you a thrashing one way or another, whether the reef wanted to greet you, the sea lice wanted a taste test, or the waves wanted to put you through a heavy loaded wash cycle. Regardless, it wasn’t too difficult to score, though maybe it seemed that way because 90% of the crowd was pro’s.
Below is a mix of water shots and a few from the boat, before, during, and after the comp days. There was SO much coverage of this event, I figure it would be more interesting to show a few highlights and sense of place, than dive into the department of redundancy.
The reef is SO alive! The second day out here, Alison took a wipeout on the reef nearing lowtide and got a lovely staph infection in her feet. Unhappily taking antibiotics, it kept her off her board for a few days … but it couldn’t keep her out of the water for long.
Photos below were taken before, during, and after the comp at Restaurants and nearby breaks.
It was a full-on spectator fest. They made it look too easy.
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I don’t think that I’ll ever be able to go back to photographing anything in the water again unless it tops this morning. Another dreamy session with some local Byron talent in the most quality beach break and conditions I’ve ever experienced. Too many tubes! Check out more magic from the morning via water photographer, Alex Frings.
I thought I was going to go crazy when we first arrived at the most landlocked location on the north island of New Zealand – Blue Duck Station. 10 days away from the ocean!? Sounds great! I don’t think I have ever had a better landlocked experience. No sarcasm intended.
The first morning, Alison and I got up for a new kind of dawn patrol: a 2 hour horse trek up the highest mountain on the station. Imagine inhaling some of the cleanest air in the world, sharing Clif bars and apples with a cowboy (and his horse) for breakfast, and watching the fog dissipate over 5,000 acres of pristine native bush and ranch land as the sun rose to heat up the day. This one will rank high in my list of top 10 sunrises for a long time.
After that first morning, we were hooked … dawnies just about every morning. It was amazing to wake up (usually before 5am) and not feel sleepy or groggy … at all! Could be the lack of air pollution, or because we were so excited for the new adventures every morning, or because maybe this place is just way too magical.
It was absolutely revitalising, not only to be surrounded by bush and ranch land, but also by spending a concentrated amount time around a highly passionate person, who was so tuned in with the present moment and making the most out of what was at hand. Chad is the man. He was someone you couldn’t help but get inspired by being around, as he so passionately (and patiently) shared so much of himself and his “job” with Alison and I. Chasing cattle down steep hills, mustering stray shrek sheep, breaking in horses … none of these experiences (or photos!) would have been possible without him.
The last night, our dawn patrol craze nearly got out of hand. It was someone’s crazy idea to shoot a night scene at “The Depot,” a 200+ year old structure with a fire pit, cobblestone flooring, and hand-hewn walls, AND get up before sunrise to shoot one last interview on the top of the mountain. (The Depot was used back then as a storage house where settlers of the land would come to collect their supplies and mail that were boated in from a river connected to the sea). Exhausted, we ended up stoking the fire as high as we could and sleeping all spooned up together (it was freeeezing!), beneath layers of plastic bags, jackets, and a deer hide. Tempur-Pedic cobblestone mattress, anyone? It felt like such a luxury, finding a spare life jacket to use as a pillow. 3 hours later, it was raining. I was ready to call it quits and head back to a comfy warm bed and steamy shower but Alison, persistent as ever, wouldn’t give this this last dawn patrol up. We made it to the top, the rain cleared, and the sunrise was brilliant. Such a unreal morning.
Blue Duck Station is amazing. The owner, Dan, and his employees, are doing a fantastic job at preserving the native bush land and keeping their operations green and sustainable in a practical manner. Definitely a place that seems to be leading by example. Check out Alison’s blog on our experience at Blue Duck Station here: www.alisonsadventures.com
Hopped off to New Zealand for 3 weeks, for some more projects with Alison’s Adventures. Some of the highlights included digging holes and basking in the heat pools at Hot Water Beach in Hahei, after a chilly sunset kayak, staying at Karioi Lodge in Raglan, and shooting with Daniel Kereopa, a New Zealand surf legend and extraordinary waterman. For a more detailed overview, check out Alison’s blogs at www.alisonsadventures.com.
Out and about with Alison from Alison’s Adventures. Check out some of her blogs from our adventures here: http://alisonsadventures.com/blog/welcome-to-the-arts-factory/
Cockatoo Paul is your ultimate Australian bushman. He’s a one man band that can do anything and everything. You wouldn’t be able to walk 1 meter with him through the “weeds” in your backyard, before he would be stopped dead in his tracks, turning over some leaves, which he would then tell you the scientific name of, and what they could be used for, whether medicinal, poisonous, or edible.
I wasn’t too into the idea of teaming up with a learn to surf school, but after spending some time with the team at Mojo Surf Australia, getting to know their story, and basking in their constant state of stoke … I’ve changed my mind! Had a blast shooting some of Alison’s Adventures at their camp!
I flew back to California with the expectation that I would at least be here for the next year, living at my dream spot steps from Blackies and the Newport Pier, then the opportunity to shoot content for Alison’s Adventures came along, so I dropped it all and deferred my last semester of uni, to literally work on project that’s in line with what I’ve been dreaming about doing for the past year … so the 1 month I was in California, I spent literally on the computer half the time, packing up, setting up Alison’s Adventures blog and getting some of the social media pages up and running … as well as a few surf sessions here and there, a wedding, portrait shoots, and drinking way too many Lavender Latte’s at MilkandHoney.
Ashley & Matt literally ‘showed me the town’ as we went around SD for their save-the-date photosession. Engagement sessions are always fun, but this one was especially because it felt more like an “adventure” rather than a typical 1-location 1-hour sessions. I feel that by spending real time with people/”clients” and getting to know them through making their photosession an “experience,” always lends to making better photographs that better present who they are and the essence of the relationship they share.
I wasn’t even supposed to be staying in Hawai’i this month, and I still can’t believe how this time last year, I was in Singapore and Bali, shooting photos and working on a short documentary. That experience gave me the travel bug and kick-started off into a great 2011, and this first month of 2012 is definitely going to be leading into some exciting times ahead.
An early morning adventure down to Waipio Valley. Wave size, glassy conditions and swell direction were a sweet, pre-sunrise surprise, but absolutely impractical to shoot in the water with the ripping currents and overhead, picture-perfect barrels breaking over 5ft of water and sand.
A week on Oahu … spent eating delicious poke bowls, sleeping on multiple floors, avocado toast, bbq’s, polo, meeting new people, trespassing in a sunflower field, encounters with Wahaiwa’s finest on THEBUS, hiking Koko Head barefoot, eating Costco samples for dinner, 2 hours in traffic from town for 30 minutes of north shore sunset, hot tub hopping in Waikiki, and being a tourist at the new Aulani resort. Of course, none of those activities were photographed but the less-exciting ‘meantime’s were:
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