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New Zealand-Tasman Sea cows, Aroha Eco Reserve, big Kauri trees|photo travel journal

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

My memories of my time on the North Island of New Zealand are starting to fade so I need to hurry up and finish this journal!

After breaking camp at the Pueroa Forest, we headed on a hike that we had read about online. The directions were a little sketchy, so it took us a bit to find. It was billed as a short hike that went to a beach on the Tasman Sea–perfect. This is where we ended up after a fairly hot and longer than expected hike (much grumbling by the kids)–on a beautiful beach on the Tasman Sea.




As you can see we were the only people there–no resorts, no houses, just a big long beach with shallow water all to ourselves.




Somehow we didn’t bring any towels or swimsuits with us on this hike.


As we got ready to head back to our car we saw another car drive down the beach and set up camp…so parking seems pretty easy. :0


Now onto those killer cows. Our hike to the sea was almost entirely through pasture land and judging by how curious the cows seemed I’m pretty sure they don’t get many hikers on this trail. Even though I didn’t see any bulls the evil eyes the cows gave me had us all a little on edge.


Can you believe the views these cows have? I kept thinking that this would be a resort or a golf course if this spot was in the US.


Another view of our “trail” to the sea.


Feeling happy now that we have gotten past most of the killer cows.


There was a large hill at the end of the trail and I noticed some hornet nests on the way up so I warned the kids to be very careful where they stepped on the way down.

Right after this photo the hornets found me. I only got bitten once, but Jason was trapped for a bit behind me while he had to make a new trail down to avoid the angry hornets.


Another view of the stairs to the sea.


After our beach time we headed back to the forest to look for some of the biggest Kauri trees .



We also had our first taste of something truly New Zealand–hokey pokey ice cream–which is vanilla ice cream with little bits of honey toffee in it. I think it is the most popular ice cream flavor here.


This photos is just an example of a random spot on our drive. This spot isn’t in the guidebooks you just drive around a corner and bam! another little beautiful spot.


This was one of my favorite campsites of our trip- at the Aroha Eco Reserve.


The view from our tent at sunset.


Sadie found a great climbing tree that also had a tree swing.


Rainbow falls just outside the town of Kerikeri. This part of New Zealand kind of reminded me of Central New York.



We skipped most of the famous caves on the North Island, but we did stop at Waipu Cave. Sadie insisted on stopping pretty early into the exploration, but we did get to see some of the famous glow worms. Can you see them too? They are not actually worms of course, but they are insects that glow through bioluminescence. Jason and Echo traveled further into the cave and were treated to a ceiling totally aglow.


The cave entrance.


We left the very north, drove back through Auckland to the tiny town of Matamata. The town is now famous for being the location of Hobbiton from the Lord of the Rings movies. We stayed at the lovely Chestnut Lane Cottage. We stayed in the same place that Martin Freeman stayed in while filming The Hobbit. Our hosts were amazing and brought over fresh scones with cream and jam as well as a cheese plate.



The view from our cottage.


Next up–our visit to Hobbiton. storyboard060


Happy Spring| Syracuse, NY family photographer

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Hi there. I hope everyone had an awesome spring break. I had a great time celebrating my daughter’s 9th birthday,entertaining family, coloring eggs, doing a few sessions, and avoiding the computer as much as I could.  Now to play catch up.

A few of our activities were documented:

And, now onto a session that didn’t get put up right away because I was avoiding the computer.

Isn’t he adorable?

Have a super day!



nyc weekend | Travel Tuesday

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

I am going to take a break from the France photos to show off what we did this weekend on our trip to NYC.

During this trip along with seeing a few shows (Lucky Peterson, the ballet, Wicked) I got to look at lots of art and specifically got to see three photo exhibitions–the newly opened Cindy Sherman show at the MOMO, some works of Weegee at a NYC gallery, and some of the newly discovered works of the photographer Vivian Maier.

I look so often at wedding blogs, or blogs of other family/child photographers that I almost forgot how important it is to look at these masters of the genre.

I think I was inspired by them all as I was a tourist in the city this weekend. Here is what it looked like from my camera.


Merry Merry!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

I hope everyone creates lovely fun memories this holiday season.

I’ll be back in 2012 with my 2011 year in review slideshow.


boys| Syracuse, NY family photographer

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

I am just on a roll today. One session blogged this morning, 3rd and 6th grade parent visitation at noon, and now another cute session blogged.

I might even get a travel Tuesday post up later on.

Check out these two boys. They were so sweet together.


Happy Birthday

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Happy Birthday to my little Sadie who is turning 8 today.


*a classic from when she was just 3. Honestly, it seems like yesterday.


Happy 1st Day of Spring!!

Sunday, March 20th, 2011


Happy Valentine’s Day| Syracuse, NY family photographer

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The girls and I had some fun making Valentine’s Cards. Actually, Sadie likes to give them out to her friends, but Echo only does it for me. Normally I take them outside and bribe them with Valentine’s candy, but this year it was much too cold so we did some photo booth shots inside.

Click on the collage to see the outtakes larger.

Hope everyone has a fantastic day filled with lots of xxxx and ooooo.


Back to Work| Syracuse, NY family photographer

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

I hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday and made many happy memories. I had a wonderful time relaxing and eating, and playing with my girls.

*I think it is my husband’s expression here is what makes this shot one of my favorite shots of my family from this season.

Now, I am back to work—designing albums, and getting my end of year slideshow/newsletter post ready. My blog will be busy, busy and I hope you will stop by from time to time to check it out.

Merry Merry Everything.


Our new pup Lola

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Did you hear? I got a dog, our first. She was rescued from a puppy mill in St. Louis by my mom, and we call her Lola.

Isn’t she sweet?

I’ve been meaning to post about her for over a week since we got her, but a bunch of sessions to proof, and a wicked cold got in the way–ah life.