Today my family left Australia for a new life in New Zealand.
My brother in law Peter has a new job with a casino in New Zealand, having left behind Star in Sydney.
I trust it will be a good change for Peter, Jennifer and their two girls. They are also taking my mum along with them. She’s been assured she isn’t to become the live-in babysitter, but they are letting her join them as a way of retirement.
Mum has worked pretty much her entire life and she’s been living for others for all that time. I hope she finds a lot more time for herself and she has a lot of new adventures in New Zealand.
I know Alek, my 17-year-old nephew, might say this isn’t quite ready for primetime, because he has a couple more edits to do, but, I have to say it is an amazing job, especially given it’s his first time using mixed resolution source video and he’s still getting to know the editing application.
What makes it work is his choice of cuts and the footage he chose to capture on the day.
They say that as a photographer you either have the eye for it or you don’t, where video is concerned I think it is about 10x harder to get in there amongst the action and make the shots you need.
Alek has achieved that 100% and he’s made something, even in a not-yet-complete edit, the he should be very proud of. It looks great.
David’s cousin Micheal* was married yesterday. We went along as guests but of course we couldn’t help but take our cameras along.
Originally I was a little weirded out by the New Year’s Day wedding giving it meant we couldn’t have a big one on new years night, but then I guess we probably wouldn’t have anyway, but turns out that New Year’s Day is the anniversary of their meeting, 10 years ago yesterday.
The ceremony was held in their backyard, Owen was their gorgeous ring bearer and he did an admirable job. I was grateful that while their celebrant HAS to read the definition of marriage under Australian law as being between one man and one woman, the couple opted to include an additional statement about their support for marriage equality.
We ended up getting home about 1:40am, it was in Sale after all, so 3 hours there, 3 back.
Here are a few of the many photos I took on the day, you can see them all on my Flickr account.
*Not a misspelling, that’s how you spell Micheal’s name