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January was spent in New Zealand - so basically, on holiday back home. What do you do when you're in your homeland and at your parents house for an extended period of time and don't want to get bored? Well, you go on road trips. And I went on some amazing ones with my Mum. We took time out and visited her hometown (which I had never been to) and then took another trip to the Art Deco paradise which is Napier.

Best time ever.

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Goodbye Bowie :(

Goodbye Bowie :(

All the essentials stocked up on back home...

All the essentials stocked up on back home...

 

 

Holiday over, I headed back to the UK - by way of Australia, Hong Kong, and India. On assignment with Cathay Pacific and Passion Passport, I worked on 'Passport to Asia' and got to experience some incredible moments - no doubt if you follow me, you've seen my favourite image from the trip (below). If not, here it is one more time, and some extra little images which you might not have seen...

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This is how I eat on the job.

This is how I eat on the job.

When your hotel is way fancier than you are.

When your hotel is way fancier than you are.

Camping in Hong Kong - the bright blue in the background is phosphorescent sealife in the water!

Camping in Hong Kong - the bright blue in the background is phosphorescent sealife in the water!

On to Delhi! Where our tuk tuk driver decided to try and race the cow next to us.

On to Delhi! Where our tuk tuk driver decided to try and race the cow next to us.

Team Delhi saying goodbye before we returned to our respective corners of the world.

Team Delhi saying goodbye before we returned to our respective corners of the world.

Tim and his mehndi.

Tim and his mehndi.

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March was full on editing mode with a massive load of images to get through. I was headed to Australia in early April, so left a week early to hop home to New Zealand and spend some quality time with my ridiculously amazing nieces. Look at them in the hats I knitted for them! Gah! Also started training up my new assistant, as you can see she has a few things to learn (ahem, fingers over the lens) but she shows great promise...

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Flying visit to New Zealand over, I hopped over the ditch to Lord Howe Island, Australia, to mentor two students with Adobe and Passion Passport, with the ultimate goal of creating a body of work to exhibit in LA on Earth Day. Lord Howe was an incredible place, perhaps the most unspoilt in the world - prepare for a lot of animal videos...

 

Looking towards Mount Lidgbird & Mount Gower

Looking towards Mount Lidgbird & Mount Gower

FUN STORY: Our captain told us this breed of shark is totally harmless and therefore not to worry about swimming with them. Upon my return to the UK I Googled them and apparently they are amongst the most aggressive to humans. Never swimming in the sea again (well, I will, but this did not do good things for my deep and abiding fear of sharks)

FUN STORY: Our captain told us this breed of shark is totally harmless and therefore not to worry about swimming with them. Upon my return to the UK I Googled them and apparently they are amongst the most aggressive to humans. Never swimming in the sea again (well, I will, but this did not do good things for my deep and abiding fear of sharks)

There was one day when I sent my kids to hike up that mountain and I stayed and swam on the beach...

There was one day when I sent my kids to hike up that mountain and I stayed and swam on the beach...

Let's talk about the HAPPIEST FISH IN THE WORLD.

Let's talk about the HAPPIEST FISH IN THE WORLD.

Snorkelling on Day 1 with Zach and Danielle.

Snorkelling on Day 1 with Zach and Danielle.

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Zack shooting with the drone over Balls Pyramid

Zack shooting with the drone over Balls Pyramid

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Some people held the adult Phasmid

Some people held the adult Phasmid

I was totally fine holding the baby one.

I was totally fine holding the baby one.

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Straight after LA I kept on going and headed to Mexico City with the amazing people at El Camino Travel and Richer Poorer. It was an INREDIBLE 4 days running around the city, meeting our creative counterparts and soaking up all the colour and sights and sounds and food we could. Turns out I barely shot any silly little videos whilst there, so here are a few little behind-the-scenes-y shots from those wonderful few days:

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Photo courtesy of El Camino + Richer Poorer

Photo courtesy of El Camino + Richer Poorer

 

 

I'm not actually sure if I shared any images from this trip! A few days spent in Belgium, drinking all the beer, eating all the frites, and wandering aimlessly around the city...

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Aaaaaaaand I spent a few days in Guernsey driving around the island, and photographing a bunch of fantastic locals for an editorial who are champions of the Channel Islands

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June was a big month! Along with two busy and rewarding shoots in Greece and Corsica, the cookbook I had designed was also launched to really wonderful feedback - so I thought I'd share a few littles snapshots taken during the design process of Stirring Slowly...

Settling in to design with a lot of coffee

Settling in to design with a lot of coffee

Lara was an able and eager assistant. Sadly not so helpful at taking in the copy changes, but a very happy companion to have during the design stage!

Lara was an able and eager assistant. Sadly not so helpful at taking in the copy changes, but a very happy companion to have during the design stage!

Agonising over end paper colours during the final stages of the design...

Agonising over end paper colours during the final stages of the design...

At the book launch in London with incredible cookies made to look like the front cover!

At the book launch in London with incredible cookies made to look like the front cover!

Early stages of font testing in late 2015 - I always need to see a printed page in front of me rather than making decisions based on what I'm seeing/making on the screen...

Early stages of font testing in late 2015 - I always need to see a printed page in front of me rather than making decisions based on what I'm seeing/making on the screen...

And double checking CMYK equivalents of the Pantones for each of the chapters

And double checking CMYK equivalents of the Pantones for each of the chapters

Lucky to work with a dream team on this project - author Georgina Hayden (centre) and photographer Laura Edwards (right)

Lucky to work with a dream team on this project - author Georgina Hayden (centre) and photographer Laura Edwards (right)

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I also had some fantastic shoots for P&O and Lonely Planet - some are still under client embargo, but here are the iPhone snaps I am able to share :)

Waking up for sunrise is de riguer for shoots, but it's also never a bad idea when you are in a beautiful place...

Waking up for sunrise is de riguer for shoots, but it's also never a bad idea when you are in a beautiful place...

Why yes, that is me swimming with my 5D over my head (at the back)  to get a shot. On the right is the image that resulted from it.

Testing the mineral properties of a certain clay on a Greek beach - and the resulting image I shot of a Frenchman who came along and slathered himself in the same clay

Testing the mineral properties of a certain clay on a Greek beach - and the resulting image I shot of a Frenchman who came along and slathered himself in the same clay

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Waiting for the sun to set over the Acropolis. (PS - mine was bigger than theirs)

Waiting for the sun to set over the Acropolis. (PS - mine was bigger than theirs)

It's always a good shoot day when it involves cuddling two week old bunnies...

It's always a good shoot day when it involves cuddling two week old bunnies...

My colleague Amanda took very important notes that day too.

My colleague Amanda took very important notes that day too.

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After a super busy few months, I managed to take a few days off and *finally* head over to Copenhagen to see my dear friend Christina. We drank a lot of coffee, walked a lot of places, met a lot of dogs, and binge-watched Stranger Things on Netflix. A pretty wonderful few days off...

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Oh August, you were pretty swell. From hugging (I mean, uh, hiking with) huskies to seeing bears in their natural habitat, 5 days in Finland was an absolute dream. And coming back to London I threw myself head first into the Notting Hill Carnival, and took some photographs of the people I saw there.

 

 

September was a month that I will never forget. I jumped on a plane and flew to Australia for an incredible two-day shoot for Google, and afterwards hopped the ditch to grab a week with my family. The project was top-secret so I don't really have that much to show for it apart from final images, but I did manage to find a few behind-the-scenes images from this shoot!

Hiring a dog model was one of the best things I've done. You can follow him on Instagram too!

Hiring a dog model was one of the best things I've done. You can follow him on Instagram too!

I took a little pre-shoot walk-off-the-jetlag wander around the Opera House, took some selfies with the selfie-takers

I took a little pre-shoot walk-off-the-jetlag wander around the Opera House, took some selfies with the selfie-takers

I also taught my niece the importance of Snapchat filters. Important life lessons only from *this* Aunty.

I also taught my niece the importance of Snapchat filters. Important life lessons only from *this* Aunty.

I did the journey from NZ to LHR for the 3rd time in a year (NO COMPLAINTS HERE! It's a joy to be able to go home). 4 flights and 32 hours later, I was back

I did the journey from NZ to LHR for the 3rd time in a year (NO COMPLAINTS HERE! It's a joy to be able to go home). 4 flights and 32 hours later, I was back

Aaaaaaaand I welcomed this guy to the family (and said goodby to my neck and shoulders)

Aaaaaaaand I welcomed this guy to the family (and said goodby to my neck and shoulders)

 

 
October was wonderfully busy, with shoots in Ireland, Sicily, and Bologna. Some of these are still under client embargo, so here's the stuff I can share! First up - a project in Ireland with Grana & Passion Passport. My deepest apologies to those of you who had to put up with my ramblings as I took over their Instagram stories for the day!

October was wonderfully busy, with shoots in Ireland, Sicily, and Bologna. Some of these are still under client embargo, so here's the stuff I can share! First up - a project in Ireland with Grana & Passion Passport. My deepest apologies to those of you who had to put up with my ramblings as I took over their Instagram stories for the day!

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Goodbye Belfast, Hello Salina - on location for Lonely Planet Traveller

Goodbye Belfast, Hello Salina - on location for Lonely Planet Traveller

Up for sunrise, I head out to explore the village - and made a new friend along the way who would not leave my side/get out of my shots...

Up for sunrise, I head out to explore the village - and made a new friend along the way who would not leave my side/get out of my shots...

Local fisherman Samuele and his friend Lana

Local fisherman Samuele and his friend Lana

Hanging out on volcanoes on Salina

Hanging out on volcanoes on Salina

Goodbye Salina, hellooooo Bologna! A city which has now taken the crown as my favourite place in Italy...

Goodbye Salina, hellooooo Bologna! A city which has now taken the crown as my favourite place in Italy...

Looks funny, tastes DELICIOUS - local dish Pasatelli in Brodo

Looks funny, tastes DELICIOUS - local dish Pasatelli in Brodo

 

 

Suffice to say, November did not turn out as many of us hoped. Landing on election night, I'd hoped to be celebrating with some of my dearest friends. Instead, I landed in a country which felt divided, with many feeling lost and hopeless. Through it all I took photos on my iPhone, mostly in black and white. You can see the entire Peaceful Protest series here. And these are some of my favourite images from those NYC days...

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Ahhhhh. The end of the year. This tends to be my quitest time so it was hunkering down, updating websites, sending out email newsletters, and visiting galleries. I'm looking forward to a beautiful 2017!

Ahhhhh. The end of the year. This tends to be my quitest time so it was hunkering down, updating websites, sending out email newsletters, and visiting galleries. I'm looking forward to a beautiful 2017!