Freelance Life: New Zealand

I started to post a styled bridal shoot today, but found myself getting distracted looking through files of all the personal and travel photography work I have on my computer, and decided to post something a little different instead.  One of the things I love most about this life/job as a wedding photographer so far is that I have an on season and an off season.   Shooting my last wedding of the year feels like being a kid again and getting out on summer vacation, and I've decided to use some of this off season time for traveling wherever I can.

Last November, after finishing off my wedding season, I hopped on a plane and flew down to join my old university roommate in New Zealand.  We spend our timing driving north to south and stopping for some incredible hikes, great walks, and surfing days, camping much of the way in our hilariously tiny tent, Bernie.  Of course I took far too many photos, most of which have hardly been seen by anyone.  Although I lost a whole chip card of photos one day (I blame it on the altitude and gravol) the photos below chronicle a trip by foot, car, ferry, boat, surf board, horseback, plane, bus, and helicopter from Auckland to Te Anu.  Over the Tongariro crossing, through the Humboldt mountains, across impossibly blue ocean channels, and under night skies that made us feel so very humble and small.  The soundtrack of the trip was Lord and the Rings and Guardians of the Galaxy, so I recommend humming 'Hooked on a Feeling' to yourself while you scroll.

Not all the photographs are my own, and some were even taken on my Iphone (have you ever tried taking a selfie with a DSLR?!?) but I was feeling like it was time to put this little adventure out into the world and start planning the next. :)

- c