Ever dreamt of owning your own slice of beach house heaven? Well I can't help you with purchasing one but I can recommend somewhere to stay for holidays. And you will never want to leave. This beautiful property on Sydney's northern beaches in available via Airbnb. Featuring four bedrooms, an enormous deck for entertaining and an interior that consists of a stylish 'beachy' design and neutral colour palette, this home in Avalon is the place to be for summer.
Home owner Zoe runs an online bridal registry and the good news is, most of what you see in these images including the furniture, art and soft furnishings etc can be purchased from her at www.theweddingnest.com.au Eek! Look out credit card, I think you are going to take a hit!
Another day, another beautiful home to photograph. Rarely do I have the absolute pleasure of walking into a home and not have to touch or change a single detail before I photograph it. On this day however, I was blessed to arrive at the home of a lovely family of four to find the place perfectly styled and incredibly warm and inviting. It was a pleasure to photograph. So much so, I wanted to move in!
As we all know, it is the little things that make a house a home. A child's artwork framed, board games, shells collected on holidays and sealed in jars, all lovingly on display. Precious things that create lasting memories.
Bold use of colour doesn't have to overwhelm a room. Black and white can be stark, but with pops of red or yellow, these rooms felt instantly more inviting.
Check out this fantastic studio in Bondi. Colourful, bright, fully equipped and a brilliant location just two minutes from the beach. Some people have such an incredible ability to bring colour and texture together. When can I check in?
Welcome to the Dry Ridge Estate Homestead - a brand new offering in accommodation in the Megalong Valley, NSW Blue Mountains. About a year ago I had the pleasure of photographing the Lodge situated on the same property at Dry Ridge Estate.
Now the Homestead is available for holiday letting and the owner Barbara generously invited me in to capture its beauty and homeliness. I could easily picture myself curled up on the couch in front of the fire wasting the day away but alas, I was there to work.
If 'doing nothing' is not your style, then there is horse riding, bush walking, waterfalls, a vineyard and plenty more to explore. You even have a cellar door metres from the back door so you don't have too far to go for a fantastic drop of the good stuff (red or white) - try the Lady Barbara Riesling. Delicious.
I've stayed on the property twice now. It's incredible. And with the Homestead now available you have the choice of a romantic weekend in the Lodge or take a bunch of friends and chill out at the Homestead. My tip - book early and just as the weather begins to cool so you make the most of the fire and the spectacular Autumn sunsets over the escarpment.
The property has plenty of space for the whole family, including three generous sized bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Last week I had the enviable task of photographing one of the most incredible Sydney properties I have ever seen. I recall at one stage just staring out at the harbour view from the lounge room and reflecting on how fortunate I was to be standing there soaking it all in. I consider it an honour to be invited into someone's home and capture it in it's best possible light and clearly, that wasn't hard with this property! Just check out that view - visible from almost every one of the six bedrooms and four bathrooms!
The home was originally two separate apartments but they have now been converted into one sprawling dual level 510 sqm home, joined simply and beautifully by the marble staircase. Once again that incredible city skyline and harbour can be soaked up from all casual and formal living areas - an entertainer's dream.
Frankly, I'm not sure that I would ever be able to live here though. I would never want to leave and therefore might struggle to pay that mortgage that would be sitting somewhere upwards of $5.5M (ouch!) But you know what? For the few hours I was there, I could imagine the place was mine, and while they say money doesn't buy happiness, for that fleeting moment it felt amazing to dream.
If you however, think you CAN afford this breathtaking property, head to McGrath's website and make your dream a reality (oh and please do not hesitate to ask me to house mind anytime!)
With the weather turning cooler, have you been, like me, day dreaming about the chance to put your feet up in front of a beautiful fire in your own cozy, well equipped, private lodge with a spectacular vista of ever changing hues over the mountain ranges before you? Found it! Photographed it! Loved it!
I've just had the honour of photographing Dry Ridge Estate. The owners, Bob and Barbara invited me to capture (for their new website which is coming soon) their stunning slice of heaven in the Megalong Valley complete with rolling hills, dramatic escarpment, plentiful vineyards, a very inviting Cellar Door and the sensational Sunrise Lodge - which we stayed in for two nights. Oh I do love my job...!
My partner and I had access to explore the whole property, including the Six Foot Track - a 44.3 kilometre walking trail - which passes right through the middle of the property. The walk (whether you do all of it or just a part) and the property of Dry Ridge Estate itself, offer some of the most incredible scenery I have ever witnessed including waterfalls, a swimming hole, sheer cliffs and plenty of wildlife. We really do live in the best country in the world.
A local company provides horse riding tours that meander through the adjoining rainforest and valley floor, before stopping for a tasting at the Dry Ridge Estate cellar door. You can sit and contemplate the gorgeous view while sampling some of Bob and Barbara's specialty wines and share a cheese plate. It was so difficult not put my camera down and join them in a glass (the people of course, not the horses!)
Having been up since before dawn and shooting all day, I called it quits just before sunset. I'm really glad I did. When I was finally able to put my feet up with a glass of Riesling in hand, I simply couldn't be drawn away from the captivating view. Oh, except to pour myself into the incredible hot tub complete with mood lighting and wine glass holders, which conveniently also has a view of the valley. Nice design feature...
Two days simply was not long enough, especially since I was working for one of them. I'll definitely be returning to Dry Ridge Estate, if for no other reason than to experience it in a different season. The colours change before your eyes and there is so much to see and do. Or not. Actually we didn't get to use the fireplace. Hmm...what am I am doing next weekend?
Occasionally I question (sometimes more than I would like!) why I chose to become a photographer. I mean, I just take pictures of architecture, interiors, landscapes and people... right? I can be plagued with self doubt and lack of confidence at times. Yesterday I was reminded why I chose this path, by an incredibly inspirational young woman with a very touching story.
I was fortunate enough to photograph this house yesterday. Now owned by Atlanta.
Last year Atlanta lost both her parents to illness and she inherited this magnificent cottage on Sydney's Northern Beaches - which she now rents out as holiday accommodation - designed, built and owned by her mum, an amazing artist, photographer and student of life. (Check out her mother's beautiful creations, some of which you will see on the walls of this cottage, here)
Atlanta, an only child, is now herself a mum of two girls and is a creative, talented, beautiful soul. Check out her amazing jewellery range here and here.
As I was listening to her story, a very personal and heart wrenching one, I couldn't help but think...never judge a book by its cover. We never really know what someone is going through do we? Here is this incredible young lady just doing the best she can with the cards she has been dealt. She described her circumstances as a gift. She has been reminded of just how special life is and that it can all change in the blink of an eye, so make the most of it.
It was then I remembered why I became a photographer. I am pursuing my dream. And along the way, I meet people who change my life. Life is too important and too short not to do what you love.
Thank you Atlanta for sharing your story with me and reminding me of my purpose.