Exploring new areas from a place I have been to hundreds of times is always so exciting for me!
I got to share my latest discovery out at the rugged Muriwai beach on the west coast of Auckland, on this shoot with the lovely Rebecca and Ben. A few weeks earlier I had meet with Rebecca and we talked about doing a collaborative shoot. She was into the outdoors, fashion, food, and adventure lifestyle; that was right up my alley! When talking about how she loves picnics, I thought it would be a great chance to come up with an idea for a shoot that would showcase all our common interests and be an opportunity for herself and Ben to have a little picnic in a beautiful location.
After our coffee catch up, I starting to think of all the places that could work for this shoot. We has discussed the west coast, and I thought this would be a great chance for me to try a location I knew, but discover something I had never previously discovered there.
A sunny afternoon came up and I grabbed my camera, hiking boots, and picked up my dad for an explorative mission out to Muriwai. Knowing this place offered many great views, stunningly textured landscapes, and a large range of scenery, I was sure this would be the place to find something new.
The image above was the gem of the trip! The small stream that flowed out of the forestry land and through the sand dunes down to the beach, created this very interesting contrast between the dry and dusty scape of the sand dunes, and the lush vibrant green of the swampy reeds and grasses that grew along the streams’ banks.
As I was exploring this area, I developed the idea of capturing Rebecca and Ben going on a journey across landscapes and paths, to finding a stunning location to watch the sunset.
Having been to this end of beach before for a good friend’s wedding shoot, I knew the location had amazing views, simple compositions, and would most likely have stunning light. I was confident it would be the perfect place to set up the picnic.
Jumping forward to the day of the shoot, the locations were spot on! The breeze was a little fresh, but the sky was clear, the sun was beaming, and my subjects were having fun! The afternoon into evening light transformed what was a pretty landscape, into a pretty amazing landscape!
As the shoot started to draw to a close and the sun was nearly set, I couldn't help but feel very excited about how the shoot had gone. The light, the subjects, location, and wonderful assistant, my fiancé (Allie - Thanks so much my love!) all worked perfectly together and it made the whole experience so enjoyable!
If you ever want to find more great locations around and just outside of Auckland, Rebecca has a great blog where she shows some incredible spots that she has found. I strongly recommend heading over to her blog, by clicking on the link below, and seeing some more great picnic and walking spots!