Exhibit with HBPS at Princess Alexandra

At the beginning of August, I participated in the Hawke’s Bay Photographic Society’s Exhibit held & hosted by Princess Alexandra.  It was the Club’s largest Exhibit to date.  There were over 70 images displayed from about 25 photographers.  I displayed 6 prints, 2 in custom frames & 4 matted.  I also introduced 20 Note Card designs (a new product!).

Although it was the same weekend that a major winter storm hit Napier causing a 4 hour power outage, it was well attended & a great experience.  I especially enjoyed talking with the visitors who came by to view the exhibit.

Lastly, I want to say “thank you” to each of you who purchased my work!  It is so nice to meet the new owners of my prints & hear about why you are attracted to certain images & where you plan to hang them!

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra, Napier, New Zealand.

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra.

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra, Napier, New Zealand.

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra.

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra.

I exhibited two custom framed prints, “Water Lily Magic” and “Golden Winter Waves at Sunset.”

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra.

“Summer Sailing on the Bay.” Taken at Westshore.

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra.

“God Rays over Westshore.” Taken at Westshore.

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra.

Top “Exploring the Autumn Vines on a Vintage Dutch Bicycle.” (Taken at Paritua Vineyards.) Bottom “A Little Wooden Row Boat.” (Taken at Lake Rotoiti.)

Robin Cranford Photography Note / Greeting Cards.

I have over 20 different note card designs for sale.

Robin Cranford Photography Note / Greeting Cards.

I have over 20 different note card designs for sale.

All of my local Hawke’s Bay images are available for purchase as Wall Art in print or canvas in various sizes on my website.  Please contact me if you have any questions or need advice.  I’m happy to help you.

For note card purchases, please contact me directly.

Portraits aren’t just for Young People

Recently I had the opportunity to have a Portrait Session with my aunt.  It is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.  So my last trip to San Diego, my aunt & I set a date, I scouted out a nice location & we made it happen!  Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

My aunt is 94 and is doing well.  I am so happy to now have lovely images of her.  Of how she is right now.  I know these images will only gain more importance to me as time moves forward.

Why is it, that at a certain point in our lives we seem to stop having our portrait taken?  Portraits aren’t just for children, teens & young families.  I enjoy photographing adults of all ages.  When was the last time you had your portrait taken?

There is no time like the present to have your portrait taken!

There is no time like the present to have your portrait taken!

There is no time like the present to have your portrait taken!

There is no time like the present to have your portrait taken!

There is no time like the present to have your portrait taken!

There is no time like the present to have your portrait taken!

I offer a relaxed & candid approach to portraits for adults of all ages, as well as corporate headshots & environmental portraits.  For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly and we can discuss what you are looking for.

After the Party is Over

After the party is over what to do have?  Lots of images, I hope!

I covered a great birthday celebration a couple of weekends ago that was held at the East Pier Hotel in Ahuriri.  I’m sure it took months of planning to coordinate all the event details.  Many of the guests flew in special for the event, from all around New Zealand and from overseas.

Since I was there with my camera, they could relax & enjoy the party.  Now that the party is over, they now have the images to enjoy for years to come.

Birthday party guests enjoy the event.

The party is over so fast! But images of it are there for you to enjoy for years to come!

I offer candid photography services to document special occasions & events, including: birthday parties, anniversary parties, family reunions, & corporate functions. For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly.

Ahuriri Property with a Lovely View

The Property Owner called me with a problem.  Her advertising wasn’t really showing Buyers how beautiful her views actually are.  “Could I come & provide her the images that would entice a Buyer to come out and view the property? ”  Happy to!

Lucky us, the weather for the last couple days has been stunning.  With a view like this, a sunset image is a must-have!

Hawke's Bay, New Zealand real estate with a view of Ahuriri.

Perfectly situated to take full advantage of the view of Hawke’s Bay & the Ranges.

Hawke's Bay, New Zealand real estate with a view of Ahuriri.

Balcony provides a favourite spot to enjoy the sunset over Hawke’s Bay.

Thinking of selling?  Let me help you, by providing you with images that  capture the buyers attention & make them want to come out to view your property.

For more information about my Real Estate Package, visit my website.  Contact me today.

 

5 Fun Facts About Black Swans

Swans are not something you see where I grew up in California.  Here in Hawke’s Bay they are a common sight.  I admire their elegance & really enjoy watching them.    After doing a little research, I found five fun facts about Black Swans:

  1. Before European explorers had reached Australia, it was believed that all swans were white. Dutch mariner, Antounie Caen, was the first to be amazed at the sight of Australia’s Black swans on the Shark Bay in 1636.  (per svswans.com)
  2. Black Swans mate for life and reunite every year to breed.  (per perthzoo.wa.gov.au)
  3. A nest is reused every year, restored or rebuilt as needed. Both parents share the care of the nest.   (per Wikipedia)
  4. Black swans, like many other water fowl, lose all their flight feathers at once when they moult after breeding and they are unable to fly for about a month(per Wikipedia)
  5. Their life span is up to 40 years (per svswans.com)

Two black swans at the Clive Wetlands Reserve, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

For more images of swans & the local estuaries, please visit my website.

These images are available to purchase as Wall Art printed on professional paper or as a canvas wrap (ready to hang).  For more information about my Wall Art, please visit my website.

Tremains Awards Evening at Sileni Estates

Tremains held their annual Awards Evening at Sileni Estates last week.   It was a lot of fun to cover such an elegant event.  Congratulations to all the winners!
To see the more images of the event, please visit my website.

Tremains annual awards evening for 2015 at Sileni Estates.

Tremains annual awards evening for 2015 at Sileni Estates.

Tremains annual awards evening for 2015 at Sileni Estates.

I offer candid photography services to document special occasions & events, including: birthday parties, anniversary parties, family reunions, & corporate functions. For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly.

Sunset Sunday #8

Last night’s sunset ended with an amazing pop of colour.  Plus there was an added bonus of a few nice waves coming into view & crashing into the rocks!  We haven’t had much wave action this past summer.

Orange & pink sunset over Westshore, Napier, New Zealand (NZ).

Sunset over Westshore, Napier.

Orange & pink sunset over Westshore, Napier, New Zealand (NZ).

Sunset over Westshore, Napier.

For more local Hawke’s Bay images, please see my website archive.

Art Deco Weekend in Napier Highlights from 2011-2015

Another Art Deco Weekend is upon us here in Napier.  It is an amazing spectacle.  The first time I witnessed it in 2007, I couldn’t really take it all in.  It brings people in from not only New Zealand, but from around the world.  Some vintage car enthusiasts even ship their precious automobiles over for the occasion!

The best part is how everyone is able to participate in it with just a little bit of effort put into dressing the part.  Napier’s CBD magically transforms into yesteryear, when you combine vintage cars along the streets, vintage planes overhead & everyone dressed like the 1930’s.

Needless to say, it is a photographers playground!  Most years, you will find me there with my camera along with everyone else.  If you ever thought “No one uses a camera anymore,” you haven’t been to Art Deco.  I always come home thinking the big camera companies would be thrilled to see all the gear that was out that day.

I’ve gone through my archive for the past 5 years & selected the highlights of the many images I’ve shot at Art Deco.  Most may be purchased as Wall Art.

The Art Deco Weekend Galleries include:  People & The Overall SceneAir Show – Vintage PlanesVintage Cars;  &  The Vintage Car Parade.

(Note:  If you are vintage car owner who participated, you don’t have to scroll through all the images, just put your license plate number into the Search Box.  Most car images have been labeled with a license plate number or an entry number.)

Art Deco Sunday 2014. Gatsby Picnic. License Plate BEEBAA

Art Deco Sunday 2014. Gatsby Picnic. License Plate BEEBAA

Art Deco Sunday 2015. Looking the part outside The Emporium.

Art Deco Sunday 2015. Looking the part outside The Emporium.

Art Deco Sunday 2014. Hood ornament on a 1933 Chevrolet Eagle. License Plate 33CHEV

Art Deco Sunday 2014. Hood ornament on a 1933 Chevrolet Eagle. License Plate 33CHEV

Art Deco Sunday 2013. Air show. New Zealand Airforce Red Checkers Aerobatic Team flying.

Art Deco Sunday 2013. Air show. New Zealand Airforce Red Checkers Aerobatic Team flying.

Art Deco Sunday 2012. License Plates AUBY 8 & BH2088 & 35PKRD

Art Deco Sunday 2012. License Plates AUBY 8 & BH2088 & 35PKRD

Art Deco Saturday 2014. Vintage Car Parade. License Plate ? Entry #178

Art Deco Saturday 2014. Vintage Car Parade. License Plate ? Entry #178

Are you looking for something specific?  Contact me & I will happily look through my Archive for you.

 

Sailing on Hawke’s Bay

A sunny summer’s day on Hawke’s Bay often makes the water look turquoise.  To find beautiful sailboats enjoying the day at the same time is a bonus!

Summer sailing on Hawke's Bay.

Summer sailing on Hawke’s Bay.

Summer sailing on Hawke's Bay. Boat #T-3399

Summer sailing on Hawke’s Bay. Boat #T-3399 “Shock Treatment.”

For other images in my On The Bay Gallery,  please visit my website.

These images are available to purchase as Wall Art printed on professional paper or as a canvas wrap (ready to hang).  For more information about my Wall Art , please visit my website.