It’s Christmas morning here in New Zealand. James was a bit anxious about being away Christmas morning. Would Santa still find him?

The only thing we could think of was to write Santa and tell him what’s going on in advance. And wouldn’t you know, Santa came a few days before we left. Good old Santa.

It’s a bit funny being away from the cold this time of year. We do try to our best to get away from it but at the same time to hear holiday music in shorts feels so strange to me still after all these years.

Right now the clock says 7am local time. I’ve been up for hours as my body still hasn’t fully adjusted to all the time zones we crossed.

I’m going to go get some coffee (“flat whites”) for me and lauren and then tackle the kids in bed to wake them up so we can find out what this day has in store for us.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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I’ve been shooting film mostly on this trip so it will take some time before I have photos to share. I took this one of a lovely beach near the place we are staying

For as long as I can remember my dad has been making photographs. Whether they were still photographs or moving photographs, digital or film he was behind the lens.

My brother and I have the same fascination. So it was a long time coming but we decided to make a trip to New Mexico. Just the three of us. A photographic adventure.

I decided to only shoot film on this trip. My first time going on an analog vacation except for a handful of iphone snaps like the one above. I’ll share some more photos from the trip when it comes back from the lab.

We arrived on Friday and will leave this morning. In Albuquerque we flew in a hot air balloon at sunrise along with 600 other balloons. We then headed north to Sante Fe and beyond. Each morning we watched the sunrise, explored during the day and then watched the sun set each night in this amazing part of the country. We took countless photographs between the three of us.

But more than making photographs it was a special time for us. Time to connect, reflect and enjoy each other’s company. I am sorry it took so long to make a trip like this happen but we did it and I’m happy we will always have had this time together.