At home with Jaynie Johnson - one half of Blacklist store.
“Nature, poetry and fashion are my biggest inspirations. And my husband.”
This family is cool. They don't try to be cool. They just are. So it's fitting then that Jess and Andy created an online store for all things kiddy livin'- Knapstore
"We're for the kids flying the free spirit flag. We believe life is for living. It's for wearing your Sunday best on Monday. It's for anyone who's up for it, whatever it may be."
At home with Kelly Searl, owner and designer of Pony Rider Homewares.
"It’s a funny thing when you renovate. You scour through pages of pinterest in a blind panic hoping you see every kitchen set up layout in case you miss something that is awesome and you have to have it. When deep down you know what it is you like and all you need to do is sit down and start sketching. Trust your gut and go out and hunt objects you like and take them home. That makes it your home"
A sneak peek inside the Bondi abode of Mr Jason Grant, a Sydney based interior stylist.
"Don’t be afraid to find your own style and confidence – buy and decorate with things you love and connect to. It’s important to take time, there is no rush" Jason Grant
Eyes wide open!
A few outtakes of some of my favourite moments. A never ending story...
Georgie Watts, founder of the travel blog, The Window Seat, invites us into her incredible home in Sydney's inner west.
"For as long as I’ve known him, Mez has wanted to convert a warehouse…this one was an online furniture warehouse and a lolly factory in previous incarnations..."
The first story of a series of NZ travel stories for the Country Road blog Live With Us
Firstly, what is bach you ask? Well a bach (pronounced “batch”) is a house, a home, a crib, a hut... it’s usually a small and often very modest holiday home in New Zealand. Baches are an iconic part of New Zealand’s history and culture. They give us an opportunity to escape and to explore. An opportunity to be a part of the land.
Our first story takes us across to the West Coast of the South Island (or ‘the coast’ as locals call it). We hired a bach in Punakaiki, the gateway to the Paparoa National Park. Punakaiki is renowned for its rocky coastline, lush rainforests and deserted beaches. The famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes remind us of how beautiful mother nature can be in rain, hail or shine. The West Coast is rugged and raw. It’s an honest and untouched beauty which makes visiting all the more unique.
Our home for the weekend is an incredibly loved and quintessential kiwi bach. Hidden away off the coastal highway and built on solid rock that faces out towards the Tasman Sea, Woodpecker Bay Bach is a place where stories are made. If you’re lucky, some of the local wildlife (seals and penguins) may even pop in to say hello.
A trip to the West Coast would not complete without a whitebait sandwich. A whitebait fritter (whitebait, egg and a pinch of salt and pepper) in between a couple of slices of crunchy, fresh white bread and some freshly squeezed lemon, and you’ve got yourself a true kiwi favourite! During the spring months, you’ll often see locals out ‘whitebaiting’ in rivers trying to catch some of this renowned delicacy. If you manage to get some, park up on a deserted beach, with a locally brewed Monteiths Radler in hand and watch that famous West Coast sunset. It’ll be a moment that will stay with you forever.
One of the first campaign shoots for Australian label Cabin & Cove.
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The second NZ travel story for the Country Road blog Live With Us
In the north western corner, on top of New Zealand’s South Island is an area known as The Tasman. The Tasman has an abundance of national parks full of beautiful beaches, lakes, rivers, mountain ranges and native forests. We stayed at Honeywell Hut, a remote hideaway, tucked away in the Motueka Valley. This rustic yet cosy hut is on a private cattle and beef farm, set amongst rolling hills and lovingly placed next to a quaint area of the Baton River. A pot belly stove keeps you warm inside, and an outdoor wood stove heats all the water for the outdoor (and under the stars) bath and shower. Other than the sound of birdsong, waterfalls and a few curious sheep, you feel totally disconnected from the world, yet the township of Motueka is only a 40 minute drive away.
Motueka is home to many locally renowned artists and musicians. The eclectic and creative vibe is reflected in many of the township’s cafes and boutiques. Our favourite spot for lunch is Toad Hall, the seafood chowder never disappoints. The nearby beaches, such as Kaiteriteri and Marahau, are some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and picturesque beaches. After a day in the sun and swimming in the sea, nothing beats stopping off at one of the many orchards for a real fruit ice cream. The Motueka Valley is also home to some boutique vineyards, including Neudorf Wines…travel through hop gardens, apple orchards and berry farms to find Neudorf’s cellar door just outside the creative village of Upper Moutere. Mapua is another absolute must if visiting The Tasman…you simply cannot beat The Smokehouse for their fresh fish and tasty chips on the wharf, followed by a few jumps off the jetty. A quintessential kiwi summer moment right there! If you visit Mapua in the morning Rabbit Island Coffee Company is the perfect coffee and breakfast spot or if you’re there a little later in the day, a wine at Rimu Wine Bar is the perfect place to unwind and watch the sunset. Either way, you cannot go wrong in The Tasman.
We travelled to Cabarita Beach, the home of talented sisters Emma and Victoria, founders of The Beach People to chat work and family
"We love designing products that we feel like our personal lives need... like the ideas behind the roundie came to us sitting on the beach one afternoon and I turned to Victoria and said ‘round towels could be cool, it would give you more space than a conventional towel and we could do them in beautiful prints and patterns".
To celebrate Mothers Day, I shot a series of portraits of local Mums and their children for leather goods brand 'Claudine and Ash', which specialises in bags for the modern Mumma. I asked each Mum a series of questions and the result was a refreshingly honest and fun concept celebrating what it means to be a Mum.
"At this point in time, I am their whole world, all they need is me and my love. Eventually that love, although always there will shift, so I try and enjoy every moment with them knowing that one-day I won’t always be this needed. This wanted. Yet they will always be my babies. I cannot wait to watch them grow knowing how much love and time I have invested in them. I know they are going to have a wonderful life and be kind people. I’m so excited to watch it unfold."
Sophie Bell… stylist, blogger, digital media strategist and the woman behind the brand ‘Peppa Hart’. This girl does it all, and with a home and a super cute bub to boot.
"You can have it all, you just have to work really hard for it. Its definitely a juggle but if you love what you do, you will make it work."
A q&a with freelance Sydney based writer Felicity Bonello for the Palm Beach Collection blog.
Vintage Gardenia. Reminds me of my garden when I was growing up; my mum used to pop a stem or two in a glass next to my bed when they were in bloom. The scent takes me straight back to my 14-year-old self.
I was fortunate enough to be part of the team to escape to the 'little black shack' at Mackerel Beach for the day and snap some pics for one of Pony Rider's campaigns.
Half an hour from Timaru in New Zealand’s South Island, at the end of a lone country road there is a little piece of paradise perched up on a ridge- 3200 feet high to be precise. Surrounded by rolling tussock hills that turn into snowcapped mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it is hard to imagine a place that is more connected to the land. Despite feeling so vulnerable to the elements, the hut has been built to defy mother nature’s strongest winds and with the log fire and comfortable furnishings inside, this lodge is a welcome escape. With no electricity, the outdoor bath (heated by gas) invites you to start the day by watching the sunrise over the sea…after a day of board games, walks and cooking there is no better way to watch the sun go down behind the mountains and star gaze than back inside that tub. The road up to the hut is an adventure in itself and requires an off road, four wheel drive. Owners Gerry and Odette, who run a beef and sheep farm down below, will ensure you arrive safe and sound. This place truly is guardian of the land.
"Act like a lady. Lash like a boss."
Kimberley Coleman, owner of Christchurch based business, Lady Lash, needed some images for her website that reflect her style and studio.
Claudine and Ash, a Sydney based leather goods brand that specialises in bags for the modern Mumma, needed some new images that helped to bring their products to life.
"What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that's gone forever, impossible to reproduce." Karl Lagerfeld.
We live in a very fast paced world and it seems now, more than ever before, time is moving faster than we can keep up with. It's important to slow down and take a breath and be grateful for all that we have, including our beautiful family and friends.
My style of photography is very raw and honest, I try and capture real moments that will be forever cherished.