How Letting Go of Perfectionism Infused My Life with Joy

Lifestyle, Personal

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Hi friends,

Have you ever read a book that enriched your life more deeply than you ever expected – even inspiring you to change your life? Well, I have. Let me share with you one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite books, and how it empowered and led me to live a life filled with more joy.

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Portrait | Jess

Photography, Portrait / Headshot

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Hello friends, I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend! Mine has been fun, productive and enjoyable. After spending a lovely Friday night sipping cocktails at The Lula Inn, I took my friend Jess out to Takapuna today for a portrait photoshoot. Takapuna is such a beautiful, diverse place to be – and to shoot. I love the variety we managed to get just by exploring the shops on Hurstmere Road, the restaurants by the beach, the trendy fairy-lit food alley, and more. My favourite photo is the very first one on this blog – we were walking along Hurstmere when this bright, radiant store caught my eye, and I just had to take a few shots. The peachy hues, gold floral decal, and Jess’s big smile made for the perfect photo!

We got hungry and ended the afternoon with delicious prosciutto & mushroom pizza and mixed berry & red wine sangria at The Commons. It is a cozy garden bar, and noticing a couch with cute cushions, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take some naturally sunkissed portraits. Warm and vibrant, they’re an interesting contrast to some of the light and airy photos earlier in the day.

Overall, I’m thrilled with these headshots and portraits, and it is one of those days where I feel so lucky to have made my passion my vocation. I’ve added Headshots & Portrait Photography to the services I offer, so that I can help those of you who are looking for fresh new pictures to use for your personal social media, business/corporate profiles.. Or just because!

Have an amazing rest of the weekend – and, in this freezing cold winter, stay warm & well! x

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21st Birthday | Mary

Party, Photography

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Last night, I had the honour of capturing special memories for Mary’s 21st birthday. As I walked into the lofty, open space that is the upstairs bar of Little Easy, Ponsonby, I thought to myself, “Wow, what a beautiful venue!”. The decor was bright and colourful, the light warm and ambient, and I LOVED the birthday girl’s sparkly outfit (pink and red with hearts, it matched her cake)! It was lovely to document this special occasion for Mary, one where all the guests evidently had a great time. Here’s some of the photos from what was a fun and enjoyable evening of celebration!

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Food | Honey Cafe

Food, Lifestyle

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Delicious brunch and sunshine is definitely my favourite way to spend a Sunday morning. Last Sunday, my partner, future sister-in-law and I had a psychic moment when we all decided on the same cafe at the same time: Honey Cafe in Takapuna! The gorgeous beachside suburb is one of my favourite places in the world, so today I’d love to share with you my thoughts on just one of their amazing eateries.

Being Happy & Grateful in the Here and Now

Books, Lifestyle, Personal, Spirituality

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Last week, I learned something profound: how to be immensely happy & grateful; right here, right now. For someone who is prone to beating themself up for past mistakes or worrying about the future, this was life changing.

My NZ Spirit Festival Experience | Manifesting Money, African Dance, Delicious Food, Crystals & Cacao

Lifestyle, Personal, Spirituality

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Hello friends,

Today I’m excited to share with you my experience at the NZ Spirit Festival. What an incredible weekend! The festival was full of inspiring workshops and knowledge sharing, cultural dance classes, absolutely delicious food, soulful music & healing sound journeys, and much more.