New Studio UPDATE: almost there…

It’s high time to post a little update on the new studio build which is progressing beautifully and will hopefully be completed by February (you will note that I don’t say when in February!).  So, here it is!


You can see the front starting to take shape now with the joinery in.  The black wall to the left of the building (which has apparently been the source of discontent for a few local Waihekeians and has been described tongue in cheek as the ‘Great Wall of Oneroa’) is soon to receive it’s cedar cladding and accompanying stand out panels, which will soften it considerably.

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There is a separate front gallery which will be occupied by The Artist Goldsmith (Christine Hafermalz-Wheeler), with access down to my studio and client space via a separate door (yet to be put in in the above photo but roughly where the yellow piece of scaffolding is).

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Above: Looking down the corridor to my studio
Below: My studio (Squeeee…very exciting!)

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ABOVE: Inside of The Artist Goldsmith’s gallery

So there you go, a little peek into the building site.  We can’t wait to have it all finished… especially Lance who has come out of ‘building retirement’ to do the build!  In the meantime I can be reached using the usual methods – email, website, or phone.

Hope you’re all enjoying summer!  Our offices are still closed until the 13th Jan, so I will be replying to all messages received after this time.  If you are keen to see a bit of what I am getting up to on my summer hols, feel free to follow my instagram feed… my handle is @waiheke_photographer


Fathers Day

We had such a lovely day spoiling Lance on Fathers Day this year; just hanging out and relaxing, making him breakie in bed, brunch in the sun, wine and cheese in the arvo and a specially requested Roast Lamb for dinner.  Yep, you heard right – breakie AND brunch, cos that’s just how we do Fathers Day in our house.  Sticky sweet pastries, bagels, cream cheese, salmon… you get the idea I am sure!

Actually, it sounds like we pretty much just ate all day which is kind of true, although he also squeezed in some recreational gardening as well (total mystery to me how gardening can be considered anything but a complete chore but then I am a non-gardener, which I imagine you would have gathered from the comment!).

To save you from being subjected to photos of our gluttonous eating spree (or Lance’s gardening for that matter), I have unearthed one of my favourite shots from soon after our daughter Jessie was born, a gorgeous moment which always reminds me how delicate and yummy those first few months are with a newborn.

Happy belated Fathers Day everyone.

Holy roof iron, Batman! It’s the weather bomb!

The weather bomb has been lashing most of the country, and Waiheke Island is no exception.  Last weekend we watched from our window as the roof blew off one our neighbouring houses!  !!!  Can’t say I’ve ever seen that before!  Most of their roof peeled back and lifted off in one almighty sheet.  Luckily, the roofing iron got tangled between a bushy tree and another neighbours’ house so it didn’t go sailing off on the wind like a kite!  A couple of times we all held our breath as it looked like it would catch the wind and go flying, but it managed to stay put until the fire dept arrived to deal with it!  :0

My brave hubby Lance (who as some of you know is also my esteemed and brilliant assistant) faced the raging winds to get the below pic, which was front page of The Waiheke Marketplace this week. 

Good on ya, luv. :)