Northland PSNZ

This year Bay of Islands Photography did it and took out first for the Northland PSNZ. I am so proud to be part of this group, they are a really great bunch with some awesome talent. The best part for me is the relationships I have made while doing something I love and seeing the different styles come together, we are all unique. Our president John Stockley has worked so hard to encourage all the crew to get out there and learn new skills and have fun.

A couple of my loved images below I thought I would share with you from our team :-)

Above - First Place Winner - Night photography - Artist © Chris Pegman

Above - First Place Winner - Night photography - Artist © Chris Pegman

Above - Image One © Cornelia Luethi - Image Two © Kathy Elliston

Above - Image One © Cornelia Luethi - Image Two © Kathy Elliston

Above - Image One © John Stockley - Image Two © Penelope Spencer - Image Three © Barbara Stewart

Above - Image One © John Stockley - Image Two © Penelope Spencer - Image Three © Barbara Stewart

Above - First Place Winner - Impressionism - Artist - © Judy Klaus

Above - First Place Winner - Impressionism - Artist - © Judy Klaus

Above - Image One © Stephanie Young - Image Two © Doug Dysart - Image Three © Coral Moller

Above - Image One © Stephanie Young - Image Two © Doug Dysart - Image Three © Coral Moller

Above - © Rebecca Potter

Above - © Rebecca Potter

Jaffas Dressing Rooms

Meeting Nalinee is a true breath of fresh air. She is one of those feel good people, full of inspiration, and passion oozes into her store. If you have not met Nalinee yet or had a chance to pop into Jaffas Dressing Rooms in Kerikeri I say pop on in. Whether you are browsing or looking for a gift, there is a bit of everything there. A calibrative effort from so many local talents and wondrerful old and new friends to Nalinee, you will find a bit of everything.

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There is loved and new and gorgeous textures everywhere!!

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Hello Sailor

It's not everyday you photograph kiwi legend musician's and it certainly was my pleasure to be photographer for Harry Lyon, original band member of Hello Sailor. 

Hello Sailor are well known for kiwi classics such as Blue Lady, Gutter Black and Lyin' in the Sand.

Harry and his gorgeous wife Maggie joined my son Java and I afterwards at the beach for a relaxing stroll while Java droned it at a beautiful Bay of Islands beach. #beautifulbayofislands #weliveinparadise #kathyellistonphotography #kathyellistonphotographyfamily #hellosailor #harrylyon #graemaebrazier #davemcartney #tonylumsden #gordonjoll #stuartpearce #kiwimusic #kiwiband #northlandphtoographer #bayofislands 

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Hitting Christchurch

Wedding Photography Hang Out - Northland Wedding Photographer hits Christchurch

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A winter wedding workshop in Christchurch with some of the most talented wedding photographers around N.Z was only goodness for the soul. Sarah and Tegan, you certainly put it on for everyone along with the incredible speakers you organised, accommodation and fantastic food - oh and ever so important tequila.

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The boys - found near cliff edges doing stuff!

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Loving Local

As we all know there is so much fantastic local talent and great new things happening here in the Bay of Islands and I thought I would from time to time fill you in what is new and pretty darn cool.

Recently while at a local Kerikeri wedding the all so ever lovely bride gifted to each of her bridesmaids a kauri necklace and bracelet each. They were a little bit different, handcrafted and absolutely beautifully made. I asked her about them and yes they are indeed from just down the road, I could almost throw a ball to their house. Love finding incredibly cool local talent to keep on my watchlist. You can see more here on their website here www.gwynethhulsedesign.co.nz

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Community - Arohanui Early Childhood Learning Centre

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Last week I spent some time at Arohanui, here in Kerikeri. This is not new to me for there are many child whispering legends there that have seen all three of my children go through both their centres. Both Harinui for our littlest friends, and Arohanui for the real big wigs, give the children so much opportunity, a sense of belonging and a wonderful extended family environment while there.

Some things that always impress me at Arohanui are the amazing works of art, the natural play environment and the totally fabulous staff that put everything into place for our children.

Thanks for having me Arohanui, thank you for all you have done for my family, and I am forever grateful to all xx Kathy

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In the gardens at Arohanui you will find native, beautiful and good for the soul !

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As well as the wonderful set up indoors there are outdoor activities everywhere, water play, bridges you name it. A few pics below of the gardens and Ngaherenui. Ngaherenui is large and a very often utilised area to the back of both the centres. In that area, there is much room for free play, games, family gatherings and an all important flying fox. It's a space that gives both centres time for different opportunities and activities. Fiona - owner, put much thought and time into developing Ngaherenui to see how it could be utilised the very best and it has really paid off - A great space!

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