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The problem with being a photographer, is that when you travel, you end up with copious amounts of pretty pictures.
Enough pictures worthy of a book.
617 images, 414 pages worth.
Here is my book from my 2015 USA Adventure.






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Our flight from Las Vegas to New York had been delayed 1.5 hours due to a Delta airplane sliding off the runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport due to icy conditions. We were suppose to land in the city that never sleeps around 1.30am, it turned out that we didn’t get to the Tryp hotel until around 3am. We were conveniently located next door to the NYPD, just down the block from Madison Square Garden and around the corner from B&H Photo Video {the largest photography warehouse store I think that has ever existed}.

We had a late start that first day in New York, starting with a much needed coffee and biscotti. We started walking around the city stopping for lunch before ending up in Central Park. The sun is shining but it’s -5 degrees and has been snowing on and off for weeks. There was snow covering the ground everywhere, quite the magical winter wonderland. We saw squirrels in the park and stopped for a hot cider at The Boathouse in Central Park.

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As we wandered Central Park, we stumbled upon Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans of New York, filming an interview. After moving to New York, Brandon decided to take portraits of strangers on the street. He has taken around 5,000 portraits and written 50 human interest stories. There is even a Humans of New York book which is a #1 New York Times BestsellerHumans of New York has over 12 million followers on Facebook. Brandon has over 158k followers on Twitter and Humans of New York 33k followers on Twitter.  Lets just say he is a well known personality on social media platforms for a good cause with heart. It was definitely a highlight of my American adventure!

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We walked some more before jumping in the subway at 5th Avenue back to 34th Street to come back to the hotel to warm our bones before heading out for dinner.

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We headed out to Johns Pizzeria for dinner, a place we discovered on our 2013 trip, and it certainly was as good as I remembered. Me and the girls shared two pasta dishes, Ravioli Alla Vodka and Spagetti & Meatballs, and a Margherita Pizza, finishing of with Tiramisu for dessert. We then wandered down to Time Square to take some night photos before walking back to Tryp.

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This NY trip I wanted to have the “live like a local experience”, so after a late night at the lobby bar chatting and my head cold taking a turn for the worst, I headed out after the other girls and had a wander through the streets of NY on my own. I love the girls, but this time on my own to be quietly walking around taking in all that is wonderful about this vibrant city was pure bliss. You can’t get more local than that, well you could, but as close as I will get on a week holiday and apart from not taking happy snap photos like a tourist, so my NY photos are a bit skimp this time around but I did feel more like a local. If I was 15 or so years younger, I would definitely have a year living in NYC. #I❤️NY

I rejoined the girls at the Museum of Modern Art { MOMA } to mainly see the Bjork exhibition, but the tickets for that days show had already sold out, so we wandered the gallery for a dose of culture and inspiration.

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Basically the next 5 days were consumed with wandering the streets and exploring New York. We caught the subway a fair bit because it was cheap and the easiest way to get around and cover street blocks more quickly, and great for people watching and finding interesting characters! I love the vibe of Brooklyn, because it feels more like the real side of Manhattan, locals just going about their daily business. NYC is the capital of food trucks.

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We walked along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to Dumbo, which was covered in white snow, and along the way found some cool street art.  We then walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset.

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We then made our way to the Rockefeller Centre to go up ot the Top of the Rock which has what I believe to be the best 360 degrees view of New York City. There is an amazing chandelier in the foyer of the Rockefeller Centre.

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Dinner time! We found this cool community style kitchen, basically an upmarket food court. On one of the menus I found a beef burger with peanut butter and some other yummy ingredients, which was similar to a burger I had tried in Las Vegas, and I remember making the statement to the girls ‘this is the best burger I have ever eaten’. I decided to try this version of the peanut butter burger. It was pretty darn good, but I have to admit the Vegas burger trumped the NYC burger.

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Another day surfing the subway to explore the East Village, China Town, Little Italy, Soho and Noho districts. After spending an hour over breakfast at Irving Farm Coffee Roasters cafe { and hipster hangout – as they put it … haha } on the Lower East Side, I discovered what was one of my favourite parts of Manhattan.

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Somewhere along the way we landed at Grand Central Station. Ive been there before and photographed the shit out of it, but I couldn’t resist taking this first photo – Apple has its name basically everywhere, even perfectly positioned smack bang in the middle under the grand windows of Grand Central Station!

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I couldn’t resist taking this photo – the New York police department’s blue paper sign stapled to the pole ?! haha


Inside the New York library.


When I was in New York in 2013 they were still completing the 911 Memorial so I didn’t go there. In 2015 I did. It was strange seeing some people happily taking selfies of themselves at a memorial for a world altering tragedy. I chose to use my time there to think about those unfortunate soles that lost their lives there that day and their surviving families, and reflect on that day hearing the news and where I was at the time, and the changes that happened over the following weeks. I remember that day very clearly and happy to report I am still in touch with the work colleague, who I now still call a friend, that I endured that day with.

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Yes Australian coffee roasters in America! Make sure you try Bluestone Lane Coffee next time you are in NYC. Yes to Jaffels and a Flat White.

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My addiction with street art continues.

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On my adventure I walked past this dog park and found this guy having a hoot playing with his ball. The snow is finally starting to melt as the weather is warming up slightly, leaving the streets and parks quite messy with mud and puddles. Sure is a dogs life. I mainly took this particular photo as one of my couples has just got an Old English Sheepdog puppy.


Our time in New York is coming to an end and when you think nothing would surprise you in a city that never sleeps and full of interesting characters, I let out a huge laugh when I saw this pimped up car pull up at the intersection next to us. The music was so loud it was like a nightclub and you would have heard them even if you had on earplugs at the end of the block. They weren’t young chickens by any means. Check the number plate too BRKNG BD … well they got the attention they so desired. haha


The last morning in NYC was spent packing, checking out, getting to JFK airport, checking baggage, eating and waiting and waiting … We are on a 6 hour flight at 3.25pm to LA arriving at 7pm, the flight was held back 1.5 hours from leaving as they hadn’t allowed sufficent time to load a car into the hull on our flight, yes you read that correctly a car, we had a sports car in the hull on our flight. Miraculously we still arrived at LA on time. We then made our way to the international departures terminal at LAX to kill time on our 4 hour lay over before boarding our 14 hour flight home to Brisbane.

Saturday morning and we arrive home to a nice barmy 31 degrees, coming from 5 degrees, was the best welcome home. Oh apart from Virgin losing one of my bags.





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My entire 2015 American Adventure was planned around the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) photography conference held annually in Las Vegas, after I went for the first time in 2013.  Okay I confess, it was more the allure of the photography conference that made it easier for me to want to go back to the USA for a holiday.

I loved New York last time around and wanted to go back to spend more time pretending I was a local New Yorker vs being a tourist.  And when you go to the expense and fly 14+ hours across the world to get somewhere, you sure damn are going to make the most of it.

One city in the USA I had always wanted to travel too was San Francisco, so that was a must for this trip – now I can tick that off the list, but I loved San Fran and it has made me want to return! Then somehow in the planning, we turned part of the holiday into a road trip – no doubt the best part of the entire holiday.

It was an overcast day, and after 7 days on the road, I must admit I arrived a bit tired and feeling very flat, and in a few days I would realised I was coming down with a head cold. We dropped the van back and then a taxi ride to our hotel, the MGM Grand, which is also where the conference is being held.  It was absolute chaos in the lobby with photographers arriving from all parts of the USA and the world wanting to check in. The conference attracts something like 15,000 photographers. Thankfully we got an early check in for an extra $20, but quite frankly I would have paid $50.

Our room looked over Las Vegas as we are right on the Las Vegas Strip, and also the big Cirque Du Soleil sign billboard was right out our window.

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Pretty much from Sunday afternoon to Thursday was a whirlwind of seminars, meeting people, checking out products at the trade show and parties. The first night was the WPPI party at Hakkasan, a multi-story nightclub in the MGM Grand Hotel.  The second night there was a pool party at the MGM Grand pool, followed by drinks in the bar. The third night was the Fearless party at Diablos on the Vegas strip.

Okay it wasn’t all about partying, I did spend the days in seminars and some good ones at that, where I actually did learn something and was inspired, which is what WPPI is all about for me. One of my favourite parts is the trade show, where I got to check out what’s new in the land of wedding albums and wall art.  Now I am back, I will be looking back through the flyers I collected and most likely will have some new products to offer my couples down the track.

Because I had been to Las Vegas in 2013, I had done all the touristy things I wanted to do, so I could focus on the conference this time around … and the parties of course, there are always parties, its Vegas and we are photographers!  So there aren’t too many photos to blog for Las Vegas.

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Well the conference and trade show had pretty much wrapped but we still had a day and a half in Vegas before flying to New York.  We used that time to get our last dose of all things crazy any uniquely Vegas. And one of the nights we even went for a walk down the strip to photograph the pretty signs and lights.

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Next stop and final leg of our holiday, New York City!





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