Monday, 6 February 2017

New Plymouth, New Zealand - Just Like Oregon, USA

New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina BeilbyAs I approach my upcoming New Zealand trip, I find myself reminiscing about our last little adventure.

Our travels led us from Cambridge on the North Island, South West to New Plymouth by way of Lake Taupo.

The imposing Mount Taranaki volcano and the quaintness of the seaside buildings, reminded us immediately of Oregon, USA

It was like having Mt Hood and Cannon Beach all in one place. Of course, just add the super friendly New Zealander's and you have the perfect little get away.

The State Hotel, an absolutely gorgeous quaint boutique hotel on Devon Street right in the heart of New Plymouth was our home for the next two nights.
New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby
The Common Sitting room in The State Hotel, Devon Street, New Plymouth


New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby
Hallway to our room, State Hotel

New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby
The entrance to The State Hotel and our bedroom.

 We found the perfect little Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant for dinner, Loving Hut, just down the street from the hotel. The food was not only fabulous but extremely reasonably priced which is my favourite kind!

New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby

Breakfast at Elixir Cafe was good but expensive. Yes, eating and drinking was somewhat a theme this trip!


New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina BeilbyWalking off our breakfast, we headed up the hill towards the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery | Len Lye Centre for some artistic inspiration. The perfect morning for a writer, an artist and a photographer!


New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby
Old Meets New The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and The Snug Lounge
New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby
Always something to admire when you walk the streets of New Plymouth, many of the buildings have fantastic art on them.



New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby
Just a little east on Devon Street, we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast at The Federal StoreOne of our favourite spots. If I were a local, I think this would be a regular fave.





Our lovely friend took us for a coast drive. We climbed a giant rock (well I got half way), slid down a giant sand dune, walked along the beach with black sand, walked through a forest with giant trees and ended at a winery with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc overlooking the ocean.


New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina BeilbyNew Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina BeilbyCan't wait to get back...

Related Posts...
You may be interested in other related posts such as a visit to Hobbiton which is very close to Sakura and a must do on your visit; Cambridge, the closest town; Sakura's yoga retreat; the glorious Blue Springs which are also close to Sakura. 

Sakura - Yoga Retreat and Health Spa

Cambridge - Not What We Expected!
Hobbiton Movie Set - A Definite New Zealand Must Do
Blue Spring - Te Waihou Walkway


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Nina Beilby is a professional photographer and photography educator based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au



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Monday, 23 January 2017

Location Headshots Give A Consistent Professional Look To Company Website



Headshots Business Portraits Sydney photographer nina beilby chatswood artarmon north sydney
Business Headshots photographed on Location in Sydney
CONSISTENT IMAGES COMMUNICATE PROFESSINALISM...
As well as getting images of the entire available staff at once, what I love about location shoots is that the client gets a consistent look across all of their images. This in turn gives their website a uniformity that communicates professionalism. When the "ABOUT" page on a website hosts a number of images which are inconsistent, it makes that company look in incohesive, or even disjointed.

TRY MAKING THE SHOOT AT THE SAME TIME AS THE BOARD MEETING...
The gear and the photographer also make a difference. We had another photographer shoot in another State with my instructions and the images were completely different. So I guess the only real way to get true consistency is to use the same photographer as best as the budget allows. Sometimes this means waiting for the next board meeting and doing the photo session then!

Nina Beilby is a professional photographer and photography educator based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au



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Friday, 2 December 2016

Rustic Australian Countryside - The small town of Rylstone

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone
One of the Dam's looking toward Kandos 
Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone
On the property, Lindoway looking back toward The Shed 

It happened. A rare weekend when I wasn't shooting for a client! So I threw the camera in the car and headed three hours out of Sydney to the Central Tablelands. 

I visited a friend's property, Lindoway, in Rylstone, a small town with a population of 615 people and at least 10 times that in sheep!

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone Sheep
View toward the town of Kandos

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone

There are 65 sheep on Lindoway and this is as close as I could get as they are quite skittish. The leader sheep lets out a massive Baa (he tried to sound scary but Baa still sounds cute to me) then they all take off. 

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone

Today is particularly warm 30 degrees celsius but it did cool considerably in the evening. 

There don't seem to be any mosquitos but the flies certainly make up for it. The great Aussie salute probably originated here! So many flies...

There are always jobs to do on a property and today one of them was to install the letterbox. A little reward to ourselves for our hard work was a little nature walk.

This little spot at the top of the property is typical Aussie scenery complete with Kanagroos. They hopped away as we got close but we did spy the spot where they had slept during the day. I'm just glad that we didn't find out where the black snakes were sleeping!

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone
Dog in car Australian landscape and countryside photography in Rylstone, NSW
Teddy on the ride back to the Shed
LINDOWAY - THE SHED
Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone
Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone
Inside the old Shearing Shed
Rustic Shed Bathroom


According to the bloke who owns the sheep, The Shed was originally a "perfectly good" shearing shed. Now, much to his dismay, it is a quaint, rustic home.

I thought it was just lovely and perfect for where we were. 

Loved the church pews for the dining table and how cool is the bathroom. 

There were lots of little perfectly placed artefacts and pieces of art that seemed to pull the whole place together. Someone clearly has some design talent.

The new room being built off the main sufficed as the perfect setting for drinking our well deserved wine and watching the sun set behind the hills.


      



 DOWNTOWN RYLSTONE


Rylstone NSW The Globe Hotel Beer Garden country landscape photography
Downtown Rylstone. 
The Globe Hotel Beer Garden is the perfect place for a refreshing drink after  a hot day on the farm!


CAPERTEE - A quick stop on the way home.
Old Petrol Station in Capertee, NSW Australian countryside
Petrol Station in Capertee, NSW
Australian Countryside Catholic Church in a shed
The Catholic Church in Capertee


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Nina Beilby is a professional photographer and photography educator based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au



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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Behind The Scenes - Ronan Keating, Mirusia, Danielle Spencer and more donate time to ACMF

Ronan Keating Don Spencer, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Ronan Keating at Fox Studios on a break during The Voice Filming

Don Spencer, portrait photography, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Don Spencer ACMF Founder and Crusader
When the producers at Hixon Films asked me to be a part of this project, I accepted without hesitation. 

Firstly, being able to work with seriously talented, award winning producers Alex and Catherine was extremely appealing. 

Then, being able to support Australian Children's Music Fund (ACMF) was an easy one for me. Such an  incredible organisation providing music to children that might not normally have access to it. 

For me, it was personal. I couldn't imagine life without music. Music saved me. Through my brothers schizophrenic beatings, my mother's attempted suicide and the other childhood stresses, I was safe because I was able to channel my emotions into piano, singing and violin. I was one of the lucky ones.

Peter Northcotte, portrait photography, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Peter Northcote muscician and producer
Shooting at Key Studio in North Sydney, the line up of support was pretty incredible and made for an amazingly fun day! I met Peter Northcote in the hall whilst we waited for the studio to open. What a fun and happy person. You can see it in the pic above. An all around great guy!
George Ellis, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
George Ellis Conductor, Composer and Arranger
Natasha Duarte, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Natasha Duarte Singer/Songwriter and
winner of UK Songwriting Contest




The incredible George Ellis, who includes conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic games as one of his career highlights, was delicate, sensitive and joyful!



Natasha Duarte, was happy to support. She was winner of UK best video song competition for Punch Me In The Heart, a catchy pop tune that you can watch here. She is a pretty great actress in the video too!



Danielle Spencer singer, songwriter and actress and supporting her dad who founded ACMF.
Danielle Spencer, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Danielle Spencer Singer Songwriter and Daughter of Don Spencer
John Waters, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
John Waters chatting with Don Spencer



John Waters, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
John Waters with Don Spencer
I grew up watching John Waters so this was a thrill. You may remember him from Play School but somehow, "Where The Rivers Run" with Singrid Thornton stands out for me.

Interestingly, he was born in London the same year my mum was and moved to Australia the same year my mum did. Hmmm. I wonder if their paths crossed.

Mirusia, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography

Mirusia, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photographyMirusia was a thrill to meet. We chatted about her concerts and how she brings her own orchestra along with her. Quite incredible.

Mirusia grew up learning English by singing to Don Spencer's songs. She happily sang one of these for us. Quite an amazing voice.


The story of how she came to perform with the fabulous Dutch violinist Andre Rieu is sweet. You can read about it on her website.
Dan Rosen, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Dan Rosen Head of ARIA - Australian Recording Industry Association
Brett Cottle, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Brett Cottle head of APRA AMCOS - Australian Music Copyright Owners Society



Dan Rosen and Catherine Weinress, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Catherine Weinress of Hixon Films readys Dan Rosen for his shoot
Alex Weinress, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Hixon Films producer Alex Weinress

The following Monday, we headed over to Fox Studios where we were to film a segment with Ronan Keating, (incidentally Ronan has the same middle names as my son, Patrick John!)

Chanel 9 kindly loaned Ronan to us on a very short break from filming The Voice Australia. We only had 15 minutes to setup lights and camera's get the room ready. Then we had only 10 minutes to shoot the segment. Ronan was extremely polite, gracious and very professional so it all went pretty well.

For more behind the scenes images, just go to my website.
Ronan Keating, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography



Nina Beilby is a professional photographer and photography educator based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au



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