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Loran & Steve in Auckland, NZ

I don’t really want to get this morbid on my blog, but I really need to share with the world that I’ve been dead for a while. My life has gone through a whirlwind of change in the past month.  This is my new beginning. And there is no place better to start fresh than to visit my roots. I recently flew across the ditch back to my homeland. It’s been a while since I’ve been back to the land of the long white clouds. And goody-goody-gumdrops things have changed!

Faces have aged. People have come and gone since I was last on this soil. I miss Hokey-Pokey. I miss my family. I miss seeing wild daisies grow from cartoon-green pastures. Things were familiar, yet so foreign. I felt like a tourist, and I had to capture everything old and new just to feel alive again. One of my favourite places in Auckland is Cornwall Park. It’s more beautiful than I remembered. Or maybe I regret that I had probably taken it for granted when I was driving past it every morning eight years ago.

I met Loran & Steve who have recently moved to Auckland from Hawkes Bay, the land of really good wine and cool stuff like that. It was their first time to Cornwall Park, and I felt kind of chuffed to be able to show them around.  I did this shoot using one lens. It was a challenge and certainly had its limitations, but I wanted to prove to myself that having awesome gear isn’t everything. I wanted to go back to the basics and to really feel it. I wanted to breathe and let go. Thank you Loran & Steve…you’ve brought me back to life.

 

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If you’re at all familiar with Auckland, you’ll know that the weather isn’t too kind during Winter. And it was darn cold too. But you can hardly tell from these pictures because Loran & Steve are just so in love.

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And a million hugs of gratitude to my best friend Michelle who took me under her wing and drove us everywhere.

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