the tale of two wolves

one evening an elderly cherokee indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

he said, "my son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all.

one is evil. it is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

the other is good. it is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:
"which wolf wins?"

the old cherokee simply replied, "the one you feed."

labour day

labour day. monday the twenty-seventh.
the skies were grey.
the rain was falling.

dunedin is known for its crazy weather... we get the whole 'four seasons in one day' thing more than we would like. yesterday was no exception, with sun and storm fighting together in a constant battle all day.

despite the weather, we didn't want to waste tim's day off, so we decided to jump in the car and drive out the peninsula - one of our favourite things to do together. i'm so glad we did, because the sights we saw were incredible. we took a right turn down a random gravel road that looked interesting and followed it until the very end. it took us about 30 minutes, and this is where we ended up. the sky turned from grey to blue, our phones lost reception, and the only sounds to be heard were the bleating of new lambs and the distant lull of waves hitting the shore.

hundreds of sheep, rolling green hills, clear skies, and untouched beaches.
we were standing in a postcard.

those that inspire - 03

01 // samantha from samanthaheather - this girl! gosh!  words can't begin to explain how precious i find this lady. my long lost twin from across the ditch - i'm so happy i stumbled across this beautiful lady's instagram a couple of months ago. sam is such a gifted writer whose words transport you to another place, and her photography talent can only be explained by looking at the evidence itself. from chats about our dream photography kits to conversations about our other halves, this girl is a dream of a friend. please, please, please follow the links and have a look at her work for yourselves. you won't be disappointed.
sam, you inspire me more with every single post.

photos sourced from @sambam and samanthaheatherblog

02 // mr & mrs globe trot - a husband and wife photography team, who spent the first six months of their marriage travelling the world and documenting it through their blog. these two have lived/are living out my dream - exploring as many corners of this world as possible, capturing what they see through their lens, and waking up to a new adventure every morning. their recent posts about banff, alberta (where my family live) have me itching to drop everything and go back there immediately!

photos sourced from mr&mrsglobetrot

03 // @thetessafrench and her husband @thejoefrench - a true and beautiful modern day love story, tessa and joe actually met through instagram! years later, they're now married and are rockin' the instagram world like no other! they are always taking photos of one another and make the rest of the world jealous with all the fun things they get up to together in little rock, arkansas. they've recently started their own business - the french adventures - and are now videoing weddings, which are truly i n c r e d i b l e.
i can only dream of having them fly to new zealand and videoing my wedding one day!

make sure to follow @thefrenchadventures to keep up to date with all their latest videos!

photos sourced from @thetessafrench

i'm going to try and post three new "inspirations" a week, in the hopes of sharing all the warm fuzzies that these creatives give me on a daily basis, and all the motivation that they provide me with to continue striving for the best in my photography.

if you feel like joining in, please let me know! 
i would love to follow along with you and see who inspires you!

to see my previous posts, click here

this country we live in

new zealand.
oh, how i take you for granted.
you and your shores of blue, your sands of white, your mountains of green.
i promise to never overlook your beauty again.

tim picked me up after work on sunday afternoon and within seconds of me jumping in the car, he told me our afternoon was sorted - we were going to go and buy milkshakes and go on an adventure. he truly knows how to make my heart happy.

music on the mind

Matt Corby (via)
01 // The Golden State - City & Colour
02 // Farther Along - Josh Garrels
03 // Miss America - James Blunt
04 // Resolution - Matt Corby
05 // Latch - Kodaline

this week has been all about old favourites for me. i'm in the middle of exam period, so the music that has been filling my days have been tunes that are easy-listeners, and ones that are effortless and relaxing - enough to keep my mind satisfied, but simple enough to blend into the background whilst i'm reading and studying things from land degradation to the cycling infrastructure surrounding the north east valley of dunedin (its as dry as it sounds, trust me!). sometimes it feels like my brain literally can not take in any more information, but after a quick hot drink break and a wee escape outside, i'm renewed and ready for yet another two hours stuck in the books.
the combination of coffee + fresh air have continuously been my saving grace.

what have you been listening to this week?
(all listed above have links attached)

little one

on monday evening, my brother and his wife became parents and brought the most beautiful baby girl into this world. she is perfect in every way, and as my brother said when he told me "she is the most beautiful thing this world could have ever created". 

our hearts are so overwhelmingly full. 
welcome to the family, little one.

those that inspire - 02

01 // @_kirstydawn - a fellow kiwi, and one heck of a talented photographer. i have only recently started following kirsty on instagram, but already her clean edits and minimalistic style have me in awe! she has a true gift for capturing landscapes, and her use of white space makes for dreamy images. if you don't already have new zealand at the top of your "must-see" list, then her photos will most definitely change that!

Photos sourced from @_kirstydawn

02 // @lindsey_e and @coreypruitt - these two! all the heart eyes, seriously! whenever i see a new post from either lindsey or corey, its the best thing ever. their photography is a constant inspiration, as is their love for one another. they just got engaged (today!!!) so i had to include their announcement photo - bottom right - which they posted on instagram.. cutest EVER!

photos sourced from @lindsey_e and @coreypruitt

03 // ella from nakedorange - serious style inspiration right here! ella writes one of my absolute favourite fashion blogs that i've ever stumbled across.. not only is she ridiculously beautiful, but the majority of the clothes she styles are thrifted pieces, or affordable items, and every single outfit post she blogs is right down my alley. her photos are always on point, and i just find her little corner of the internet to be such a hub of inspiration!
photos sourced from nakedorange

i'm going to try and post three new "inspirations" a week, in the hopes of sharing all the warm fuzzies that these creatives give me on a daily basis, and all the motivation that they provide me with to continue striving for the best in my photography.

if you feel like joining in, please let me know! 
i would love to follow along with you and see who inspires you!

to see my previous posts, click here


not gonna lie, seals and sea lions terrify me. when i was younger, i accidentally got too close to one at stewart island and it chased me down the beach. the memory is still crystal clear and haunts me to this day as i've had a fear of them ever since. living in dunedin means that seals and sea lions are a common sight, but i still don't feel any more comfortable around them. this afternoon, olivia and i went on a little friday escape to sandfly bay, one of the most common spots around dunedin for sea lions. there were so many of them... basking in the sunlight... lazing on the beach... cuddled up against one another. we ran up and down the sand dunes, catching up on life and ate multiple fruju tropical snows between us (thumbs up for you if you know what they are!).

whilst i was photographing these creatures, their beauty started to reveal itself to me through my lens. they really don't want to harm us, and like most animals, will only react if they feel threatened. olivia is pretty much a mermaid and swims with them all the time (she is a diver and is always in the water), and seeing her fearlessness around these creatures gave me a sense of bravery myself. 

something in me changed this afternoon.
it was so peaceful standing there, beside the ocean. 
i felt my fear slip away with the outgoing tide. 
it was the most exhilarating feeling.

morning musings

this was exactly what i needed to watch this morning, as i woke from an unsatisfying slumber, without energy for the oncoming day.

"don't forget to smile. to love. to be young before you are old..."

happy tuesday, lovelies.

music on the mind

Chad Valley (via)

01 // A Pocketfull of Shells - Matt Mchugh
02 // Mexico - Luke Morris
03 // The River - Nhlanhla Majozi
04 // Vapour - Vancouver Sleep Clinic
05 // Halo - Ane Brun
06 // Shell Suite - Chad Valley

the sweet tunes that have been on repeat over the past week, as i have been attached to my computer, typing up the last round of my internal assignments for the semester.

what have you been listening to this week?
(all listed above have links attached)

long beach, dunedin

its not often that tim gets week days off these days, but monday was a sweet exception. it was one of the most beautiful days we've had in a long time, so there really was no question as to how we were going to spend our afternoon. my wee car, who we've named piper, had just passed her warrant!! and since it was the first test since i've had her, i was a little bit nervous about how she'd do. when she got the big green tick i couldn't wait to take her for a wee 'congratulation's you've done well' spin as soon as possible. as soon as i had finished my morning classes, we grabbed lunch, grabbed coffee (very important), jumped in the car and began the drive out to long beach.

i know i say it all the time, but i seriously do love doing life with this man. he knows how to make me laugh, he is patient, he is thoughtful, and adventuring with him is by far one of my all time favourite things to do. i wouldn't have this life any other way. 

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