New Zealand ! My second home. My bestie is a Kiwi, my husband is a Kiwi and apparently this also makes our kids partially Kiwi (when they do eventually run for the Parliament of Australia (inevitable) i'll obviously pretend to be completely unaware of this - that's how these things work, right Barnaby?).
Basically any time the kids do something weird or crazy, I blame the Kiwi within them. Wozz, on the other hand, says that the moment either of the kids show any athletic talent, we're sending them back over to NZ as he isn't prepared to risk having a child that plays for an Australian sports team (something about an cricketing underarm incident, mannnn they CAN hold a grudge those Kiwis #itwastheearly80s #moveon). But obviously I quickly remind him that both of his children will grow up with Australian accents, passports and will say things like "thongs" not "jandals" and that's usually enough to shut him up.
But in all seriousness, far out I LOVE NZ. I love the Aussie/Kiwi banter (clearly), and this usually starts in the customs hall at the airport. On our last trip, we were showing our passports and the customs officer looked at them, then looked at Wozz (with pity in his eyes), and asked him how his family feel about him being married to an Australian... I bit my tongue on account of wanting to enter the country... But I do love the passionate people and our awesome family and friends who make our trip back so memorable every.single.time ! It also helps that the scenery is pretty above-average and easy on the eyeballs - and hey, they're about 100 steps ahead of us in terms of social equality, so bonus points there !
In exciting news for us, we have just booked two weeks back to New Zealand over christmas this year and I am offering two family (or couple) sessions while we are there. I'm super excited to explore some more of Auckland's beautiful scenery and so if you have been considering updating your family photos, are based in or can get to Auckland or surrounds and want to come on an adventure with me, get in touch and lets book in a session !
Oh and speaking of awesome families, gorgeous scenery and adventures, I am finally sharing the wonderful Skellon family session that I shot during our trip to New Zealand earlier in the year. This was my first time to this particular spot in Auckland and I loved it - it certainly helped that I had the most relaxed and fun little family to hang out with for the morning ! We explored, we played and I had an absolute ball with them !