Meet my cousin Dave

Dave

Dave

Mum and I went over and caught up with him and his extended family this afternoon at Twin Waters Resort. Dave has two beautiful young boys, Oska:

Oska

Oska

and Harper:

Harper

Harper

Originally we were going over there to have a swim at the pool in Twin Waters itself and then have a bite to eat, play some poker and the like. Once we got there though we all headed down to the nearest beach for a spot of fishing, and I was keen to get photos of Dave casting the net for bait:

Dave casting for small bait fish

Dave casting for small bait fish

Eventually though we all moved back to where the kids were and the afternoon ended up becoming almost an impromptu photo shoot of Dave and his two boys. His younger son Harper was learning to snorkel for the first time, it was a beautiful afternoon, Dave and the kids were comfortable having me around and so everything just kind of lined up and I’m glad that I was there to capture some otherwise private and intimate moments between a father and his sons.

It is afternoons like today that remind me why I really love photography – for the beautiful moments that it captures and the great memories that will be brought back time and again for years to come.

If you want to see the full slideshow click here.

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From my family to yours, Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! My colleague JB got me this card for Christmas because the guy on the cover apparently bears a striking resemblance to me! I’ll let you decide if that’s what I look like but I have my doubts – at least with the hair coming out the bottom of the speedos! :p

To me, Christmas is all about family and friends and so I spent it up on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, where my Mum & Dad are based, as well as many uncles, aunties & cousins. Had a great time although I was only up there for 4 days. Below is a slideshow of some of the photos taken, or a link to the full gallery is here. I hope wherever you were at Christmas, that it was a good one! 🙂

Hello 2011!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to everyone – I hope 2011 is all that you wish it to be! Had an interesting Christmas & New Year. Flew up to Brisbane December 23rd to spend Christmas with the family on the Sunshine Coast. On the way up had an aborted takeoff (first time ever!) – quite a scary experience really when the plane goes full throttle only then to power down and the pilots jam on the brakes – and then after finally arriving in Brisbane approx 2hrs late had a great big hole in my suitcase:

Suitcase-broken

But thankfully Qantas luggage services had a new suitcase on hand which they promptly offered as a replacement and which I couldn’t knock back (i’d actually been looking for a new suitcase prior to the incident with the one above so the timing couldn’t be better) – the only problem is the new one is quite large:

Suitcase-new

Anyway – an early Christmas present from Qantas! Thankfully nothing inside the suitcase was damaged in the incident apart from the suitcase itself. Had a good Christmas with the family, my brother and his partner flying up from Melbourne, and my grandmother popping over. From Christmas day until the day we left QLD (December 30th) it was non-stop rain due to the la nina weather pattern, but it wasn’t too much of an issue as i’d come down with a cold/flu and so pretty much all my holidays (up until today) have been spent either inside resting or at the GP :(! Finally starting to feel a little bit better and hoping to get back on the bicycle soon to train for the 3 peaks challenge in March…

Happy Holidays (and yes – that is a massive Christmas cracker)!

Christmas-Cracker4