Friday, 30 December 2011

The remainder of our Christmas Road Trip

So between looking after a pretty sick child (he has a chest infection poor little man!), road tripping to Ngaruawahia, Thames, then Mangawhai, time to edit has been scarce.  However, here are the rest of my photos from Christmas!

Opening presents on Christmas morning at home

Playing down at Aunty Vicki's School (Thames)

Coles Family Shots



Me and my monkey!



Dadda and Ash feeding the ducks


Family photo in Thames



Sunset at Thames, Boxing Day




Rapaura Gardens

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Experimenting with Story Boards...

Today I've been experimenting with storyboards - thought I would use Ash's Christmas day as the subject :)

Daily Photo Challenge

So I've decided to embark on a new challenge for 2012. I have no idea how I'm going to do this considering I work 40 hours a week in my day job, then another countless hours on our business, but I figure it will help me improve my photography so I'm up for it!

I will take a photo every day, and upload to this blog as often as I can. Most of the photos will probably centre around Mr A, just because he is my main focus in life so its only natural that translates to my lens. I welcome your comments and feedback, and please if your partaking in this challenge let me know so I have more inspiration!

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Finally nailed it!

This afternoon we got back from our mini Xmas road trip.  My parents live down in the Waikato, and my wonderful sister in law lives in Thames so this year we decided to spend two nights seeing family and eating as much as we could handle.

The trip was great, we had full tummies and lots of laughs with both sets of families.  However, I had one mishap - I managed to break my 50mm lens.  I was absoloutely devastated (still am!).  However, looking on the bright side, at least it was the cheapest lens I have and not my camera, but it does mean the long awaited upgrade I have been wanting for my 75-300mm will just have to wait...

Today, we drove up to Rapaura Water Gardens which is just north of Thames by Tapu.  Its $15 to do a 45 minutes walk and visit various gardens and lilly ponds.  Its not really worth the money, but I wanted to try and get a shot of their waterfall.  I've been trying to get that silky effect for months, but never had the settings right, or the weather has been too sunny, or hubby has been rushing me.  But today I went in knowing exactly what to do - and I was very happy with the result!!

Settings: F 32, Shutter 0.8", Iso 100

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Xmas everyone!!

Its been a busy week and more busy days to come, so here is just one from this morning.  Wishing everyone a merry xmas, hope you all eat and drink to your hearts content and stay safe!!!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Another Christmas Party!!!

My poor little monkey is all christmas'd out tonight after having two parties in two days.

Today's party was with our Coffee Group - a fantastic group of ladies who i don't think I could have got through those early days without.  Ash is the youngest of the group so it was great having these guys as their babies would do things, then within weeks Ash would start doing it as well - it helped keep me on my toes for the next 'stage'. We pretty much all work full time now so its great when we do get together and catch up.

Thanks Mel & Brian for hosting it today, we had lots of fun as always xxx

Here are a few goodies from the day...













Saturday, 10 December 2011

TVNZ Xmas Party...

Lots of fun to be had at the TVNZ Xmas party.  So many kidlets having so much fun - I have a whole new view on Xmas since becoming a mum that's for sure!!

Drive that car baby! (Lucky one of these are under our Xmas tree!)

Sophia making her way down the slide

Princess Chloe

Isn't she just a little cutie?

Za Za doing her thing

Brmmmmm!!!

Gorgeous wee dot

Baby Zoe

Princess Stella

Can't you see why Mr A is so in love with her?

Check out Ash's expression!