As I post this, we are fast approaching the middle of August, which, honestly, is a little hard to believe. I was chatting with a good friend of mine the other night over McDonald's hot chocolates and we agreed that we both love the second of years more. Being based in New Zealand and having an annual trip to California for Thanksgiving means I do get the best of both worlds, I suppose - summer weather, fall weather, Thanksgiving and the holidays.
I've just returned from a 10-day trip to Singapore to hang out with my Grandma (who is doing great) and in that time, the sunset that I had been tracking long escaped my mind. But fast forward to last Friday and I was that girl who stepped out of the car at boxing grinning at the weather. Why? Well, because it's beginning to feel like spring. I can confidently say that the worst of winter is over and waiting for me just around the corner are longer, lighter evenings. I can't wait.
This was not, in fact, the weather when I headed out to Whenuapai to shoot with the Diekemas. Sarah is a beloved former colleague of mine and a friend (obviously). Muriwai beach (pictured) has been a special place for herself, Ken and River (the beautiful giant dog in the photos) for years now and so to get to be there with them and their new little babe (Eli) was extra special. This photography thing gets you into some pretty humbling and precious places of people's lives and it will never stop being an honour.