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The excitement in our household is palpable. I write this as my husband sits on a plane over the Pacific to check out property in Queenstown, New Zealand. This is something we’ve been dreaming about and planning for a long time, 4 years in fact. You see, the first time I visited New Zealand I felt a shift in myself. It’s not something I can explain easily, only to say it’s my spiritual home. I’ve never felt more at ease and filled with love than when I’m in Queenstown, or anywhere on the South Island I’ve been so far. I left a piece of myself there. It’s not something I planned, but it happened all the same. My husband loves it there too. If you know me personally you know I’m not an avid crier. This place though, makes me cry like a baby. It’s ridiculous actually, that a location has such an effect on someone emotionally. But it’s undeniable. I freaking love it.

Our first trip to Queenstown NZ, 2004

Moving on. So things started to happen. When we took our children over for a holiday in 2013 we started talking about what it would be like to move there permanently. It was more a musing at the time, but it has slowly grown into a need.

2013 with the family. This was the turning point.

So, we made the decision to move our family over to New Zealand. There is much still undecided, but that’s the beauty of it. Friends think we’re insane. I’m constantly getting questions like, “Why do you want to move over there?” “It’s too cold!”, “Where will you go?”, “Are you from there?” and the highly loaded “When are you going?”. The answers to these are:

  • Because we love it, and why not? You only live once right? Follow your dreams
  • I love the cold, I’m not coping in this heat and humidity. Overheating in 30 degree heat after 30 minutes outside is not my idea of a good time. The hot weather can EAD
  • Queenstown is my true love, but Dunedin is looking the goods for our family unit as a whole, and it’s a pretty awesome place
  • Nope, we don’t know a soul in New Zealand, but I’m looking forward to meeting new people and welcoming family and friends on holidays!
  • After this school year, and before the next. No hard and fast plans yet

2006 on our honeymoon. I didn’t want to leave.

Of course the big question is will I move my business over to NZ? YES! Absolutely! I couldn’t not shoot weddings in that place. I’m so excited I could burst! Hit me up with your crazy NZ wedding plans people!

So as this massive exciting year builds I’m going to document it in images and words. The journey towards moving over, the excitement and upheaval of leaving our home in Australia and arriving in a foreign place, and the challenges of settling into life in New Zealand. This is the first personal project I’ve embarked on since becoming a professional photographer in 2012. I guess I haven’t done one before because there was nothing that really grabbed hold of me and said ‘YOU MUST DO THIS’. Until now. So here is my pledge. I will capture the highs, the lows and everything in between. It’s not going to be perfect, but then nothing is. Not a thing. Everything will be shot on a Nikon D750 with a 35mm lens. All landscape. I promise to blog our adventures regularly, so you’re gonna find a mix of work and personal stuff here for the rest of the year and possibly into the future.

WE ARE MOVING TO NEW ZEALAND! Wooohooooooo! Welcome to our journey.

 

 

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  • Kristy - This is awesome Wendy, so excited to follow you guys on your adventure xReplyCancel

    • info@wendymaley.com.au - Yay! Thanks, we are super excited too xxReplyCancel

So, I was listening to someone on the radio yesterday morning in the car talking about clippings of photographs they have from old newspapers on a pertinent topic and my mind started to wander. How important were these photographs in the grand scheme of things? If they didn’t exist, what would be there instead, if anything? I began to think about how they impacted on history, and in that moment I came to the understand why I value my job as a photographer so much.

You see, we photographers are timekeepers. We freeze time and preserve it. Many photographers don’t even earn a decent wage from their craft. We do it for the love. It’s important to us, to be able to preserve a moment in history whether it be a political protest, a social interaction or the birth of a new life. Think about how your life would be different if you had no photographic record of yourself, your family, even the places of this world you have visited? How has looking at historical images helped you understand and appreciate the world in which you live? If they were not taken at that point in history we would never have a visual record the horrors of war; the importance of a political speech; the joys of a rescue. There are countless instances.

Check out Time Magazine’s 100 most influential photographs of all time here.

My personal favourites though, in terms of being a wedding and portrait photographer are family. Family and friends are such an integral part of how we live our lives. I have images of my grandparents from our wedding 10 years ago, and their wedding some 50 years before ours. They are no longer with us, but I treasure those photographs. Those moments in time are precious to me, and to my family, and they will take their place in history once we are gone.

Our wedding 10 years ago. Photo by Legends in Photography

It’s these moments that flit by in a matter of seconds that we need to preserve. A smile, a kiss, a knowing glance, a bout of uncontrollable laughter. It’s my pleasure to gift these moments I capture to humanity. My job is that of a documentarian, and what a momentous job it is! I am proud to be a photographer. I want to leave this world knowing I have gifted something that will be treasured for decades to come. So get those family photos done. Take your happy snaps. Print your fondest memories and look at them often, for that is all you will have left once the moment passes. Wx.

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Get excited people! The portrait packages have had a shake-up and are now ready to rumble!

You’ll find the addition of the brand new Album Apps pretty awesome. You can now take your ‘greatest hits’ with you wherever you go on your mobile device and share them with your family and friends wherever and whenever you desire. Sweeeeeeeet!

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Digital images seem to be the go for many clients, so the inclusion of those will hopefully please everybody 🙂 If not, custom packages are also available.

So there you are, for a look at the all new portrait packages, check out the page here. For more info, drop me a line on 0411177467 or hit the Contact page.

Wendy x

Portrait Photography Gold Coast
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Gorgeous baby Lola made her grand entrance in June, and despite a lot of fussing on the day of our shoot, she is an absolute treasure. This is what happens when bubby is unsettled. It may not always be what was planned, but it’s always beautiful. I think I love shooting lifestyle images just as much as I do the set-up shots. Here’s why….


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Earlier this year I had the pleasure of photographing baby Savannah and her family, including her canine big brother. Savannah was one of the sweetest little girls I have ever met. I just love her little doll-like features and mop of hair. She was just like a petite little princess, and her family loved these images, hope you do too. Here is baby Savannah.

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