Huia Vineyards, in Marlborough, New Zealand, is where Claire and Michael Allan handcraft their certified organic wine. In partnership with Morven McAuley from Tradecraft (amazing woman, amazing company!) I spent from sunrise to sunset in a day in the life of Huia. The people, the place, the fascinating processes behind biodynamic, organic growing and the family and food at Huia made this project a highlight. Enjoy these images with a glass of Marlborough's finest!
Be Happy Food Co produce a range of flavoured and unflavoured cashew and almond milk, here in Wellington, New Zealand. To showcase their new and beautiful packaging I created a range of product images, taking cues from the soft colour palette in the products, created with all natural ingredients. Delicious to drink and look at! Styling featuring a healthy dose of Wundaire (that jug in the first image on loan from my partner in crime The Forest Cantina!!), a sprinkling of Citta linen and a dash of my favourite international brand, Muji.
The Neighbourhood Studio here in Wellington, New Zealand offers the occasional screen printing workshop for junior creative types during school holidays. Creating some imagery to promote these classes was a wonderful opportunity to make use of all the whimsical heritage craft items that owner/operator Eloise Evans uses to decorate her beautiful studio. The screens in these photographs feature the illustrations of friend and collaborator Greta Menzies, who also teaches at the studio. Keep an eye out for the next series of workshops and a big thank you to my miniature models for lending their time!
The Neighbourhood Studio here in Wellington, New Zealand is running a natural dye class with Bonnie De Gros titled Natural Dye Basics - Earth Tones in Linen & Cotton. Earth tones and linen! I was so happy to create the promotional imagery for this workshop. Eloise Evans (owner/operator of the studio) and I ran through the entire process, pausing for the moments when magic happens and then combined these process images with still life of the utensils and ingredients required for natural dye. Enlightening!
All round talented local artist Paige Jarman is gaining momentum with her beautiful signature blue patterned ceramic dishes and bowls. We worked together for the latest issue of Homestyle, documenting the very beginning of the pottery process right through to the enjoyment of the finished objects in a fully styled explosion of colour and texture. To find out more about Paige and her recent success check out the April/May issue of Homestyle and then try and stop yourself from ordering everything Paige makes! Here are the published images and a few extra...
The Queenstown & Lakes District in the South Island of New Zealand is beautiful beyond measure. I visited at the beginning of summer (it is pretty popular as a winter destination) with three of my favourite people and discovered that it is just as beautiful, especially with the stark contrast of lush gardens and parks with the geology of the area. Recommendations would be the Queenstown Botanic Gardens, fine dining at Rata, (where we celebrated my grandmother's 75th birthday) and tripping around the historic settlements in Arrowtown and Cromwell.
The Hawkes Bay is my current favourite place to holiday in New Zealand. As well as the obvious (weather, wine country, art deco) there is a concentration of creative talent in the art, design and hospitality industries there. My friend and collaborator Unna Burch and I took a trip to the Hawkes Bay last year for one of her workshops and managed to pack in the ultimate HB tour over a couple of days. Unna is originally from the Hawkes Bay and she introduced me to some of her favourite places, I was able to revisit some of mine and discover some new favourites for both of us. This included Aroha + Friends, F.G Smith, Picnic, the Donut Robot and its legendary operator Stevo, Blackbird Goods, Te Mata Peak and Redwoods, Pipi (reason enough to relocate to the HB), cocktails at Monica Loves, the greatest lunch of my life (and Unna's, massive compliment!) at Black Barn Bistro. I look forward to sharing the workshop Unna held at Opera Kitchen soon. A big thank you to Unna's parents-in-law Judy and John who hosted us at their beautiful, self sustainable home and garden in Kereru.
An unexpected engagement before a recent expected holiday to Rarotonga turned our escape into a celebration, and we spent some time at the beautiful botanic gardens making some portraits for ourselves. Being my own client meant crab legs and botanical studies made the cut...as well as many, many gratuitous photos of the black diamond Kyle surprised me with on our tenth anniversary.
Kowtow, a certified fair trade organic clothing label based here in Wellington, New Zealand forms at least 50% of my wardrobe and is especially a staple of my "on the job" wardrobe (mostly because of the pockets on pretty much everything!). It was a real pleasure to meet Gosia Piatek, founder and designer of Kowtow and to photograph the workroom and end of year celebrations with staff, stockists and friends. I was working with my usual partners in crime, Unna of The Forest Cantina who put together the brilliant grazing table, and Mindy of Twig & Arrow who created a cloud of suspended roses, the scent of which you could smell wafting down the stairwell on your way up to the workroom. Refreshments were supplied by one of my local favourites, Garage Project, as well as Antipodes, All Good Organics and Huia Vineyards, the latter of whom happen to be wonderful clients of mine.