I confess I drink way more tea than what is good for the colour of my teeth!
My day begins with a cup of tea, followed shortly by another cup of tea. Next is breakfast, and a cup of tea. Tea for morning tea and so my day continues . . .
Each year I pay a visit to Diana of Sparklewhite Teeth New Plymouth. I get to relax in her red chair, put on the rose coloured glasses, browse a magazine, nap and voila!
I have a brighter smile.
Never have I been very happy with the appearance of my teeth, but I can smile with more confidence now knowing that that first thing that people notice about me wont be the tea stains on my teeth!
Yes this is an advertisement for Sparklewhite Teeth New Plymouth, yes this is my sister and I am a happy customer.
For those of you who haven’t met Diana yet, be assured she is pleasant, professional and jolly good company too!
For more information about Sparklewhite Teeth NZ click the following link
Or telephone Diana directly with any questions you may have on 06 753 3333
Anyone who knows me knows that I love FOOD. I truly believe it is one of life's great pleasures!
Towards the end of 2014 I found myself surrounded by the most delicious local fresh produce as I undertook to photograph a huge array of products for the SAGE Farmers Market who are in the process of developing an online purchasing option to go hand in hand with their Tuesday market day.
I was part of the test group of shoppers for their trial period and I have to say I was surprised at how much I liked shopping that way. Ordering online and paying in advance then collecting on the market day and not having to worry about having cash on hand, also knowing that what ever time I rocked up to the stalls, that what I had ordered would be ready for me to take home. Easy peasy!
For more details of how it works check out http://www.sagefarmersmarket.org.au
I also had the opportunity to visit a number of the producers at their properties and to see first hand behind the scenes of the production of their food.
Passionate people, lovingly tended gardens, well cared for animals and just plain old fashion wholesomeness were some of the things I noted. Not to mention the picturesque countryside which is a fabulous feature of the South Coast of NSW.
While I think that all the food available at the SAGE Tuesday Market is wonderful, I confess to having a few personal favourites.
Thankfully I have well and truly got over my childhood dislike for anything to do with seafood (stemming from not having access to good, fresh fish) and now I find the local oysters delicious. While photographing the different products I had the opportunity to taste samples, as you do, (yes a definite perk of the job) and the salted olives are now my new favourite snack, plus I find it difficult to take a trip to the Tuesday market and not buy a french pastry from Isabelle. Vive la France!
While the SAGE Farmers Market at Moruya may be miles from you, in a different state or even different country - I encourage you if you haven't already to find out about and check out your own local Farmers Market. The food is definitely fresher (often picked that day), lasts longer, plus it is also fun to chat with the farmers themselves and find out just a little bit more as to where your food comes from.
Go do it!
I'm now getting back to the business of shooting portraits - but I never mind the odd detour, especially one that involves Food Glorious Food!
Up Up and Away
The new season’s crop of Up River Garlic is now sown and in a very short space of time it is up up and away!
I joined the crew to help with the sowing then returned a couple of weeks later to document the progress in photographs - wow, it looks great and is powering on.
Up River Garlic is a family owned business run from the Summerhayes’ picturesque property on the Deua River, up the Araluen Valley, southern NSW.
Lovely thick braids of fresh garlic will be available in time for Christmas from the Moruya markets!
A few weeks ago I photographed Belinda Hunt, the designer behind the label
I documented the goings on in her studio, the fabrics, the trims, the quirky embroidery designs etc.
Today came the really fun part when we teamed up with model, wigs, props, the whole circus nearly.
7 outfits, 6 hours, 4 locations, 3 wigs - with the end result being some rather . . .
Bravo Belinda and Samantha - Beautiful!
What a fun afternoon I spent documenting the goings on inside the studio workroom of the very clever Belinda Hunt, the woman behind the label
Her jackets are a fun combination of classic tailoring mixed with quirky details and beautiful finish. More pictures to follow . . .
Soon to be available for purchase online!
This afternoon was a busy one in the studio shooting the beautiful award winning olive oil from Weston Farm at Brighton.
I had to give myself a firm talking to not to eat all the props before I had finished shooting - olives, tomatoes, creamy cheese and crusty bread, all drizzled with the luscious olive oil, mmmmmm
Pop on over to my business Facebook page to see further images from the shoot!
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