I know what you're thinking. You've rushed here to be wowed by examples of the campaigns I've worked on. Sadly, you'll have to wait a while longer to be wowed. I'll be populating this page with some of my favourite and most successful content over the next few weeks. However I worked on John Key's and Bill English's social media pages between May 2014 and June 2017, so if you swing by their pages you can check out some of my work, and likewise for the National Party prior to February 2017.
In the meantime, we enjoy doing a bit of scenic photography, so hope you like it too. I own the copyright on all the below images and designs, so please respect that.
My wife's Nana and Granddad used to have a fantastic property up the Gladstone Valley out the back of Levin. Over 20 odd years they built it up to be a paradise for native bird life, including digging out two lakes that were fed by a stream that ran beneath their house. Whenever we visited them we'd go for a walk around the lakes to spy on the bird life, and be followed by cheeky robins and very plump wood pidgeons.
Being a history nut, I loved spending New Year's at Russell in the Bay of Islands. Our accommodation had the most amazing view across towards Paihia and Waitangi. An amazing part of the world that needs to be made more accessible to New Zealanders.
I first went to Queenstown when I was about 14. It was a flying visit with Air Cadets. We stayed at a local campground and were literally there one night, gone the next. We made spaghetti bolognese with two minute noodles. A few years ago I decided to make a more contemporary memory here, and surprised my then girlfriend with a mystery weekend down here, where I proposed to her. Thankfully she said yes!
Salt and pepper cafe
If you're passing through Levin, just past Ohau (or before Ohau if you're southbound) is a great little cafe called Salt and Pepper. It's run by our in-laws, and we couldn't be prouder of their little venture. They're both hugely passionate about tasty food, great service, and a warm atmosphere, and helping them get their cafe off the ground a couple of years back was an awesome experience. Given my experience was in FMCG retail rather than hospitality, I was the dishy for the opening weekend, I also got to sample and photograph their menu. The open chicken sandwich is to die for.
I love New Zealand's coastline. It amazes me how we go from having pristine beaches that wouldn't be out of place in a tropical island resort brochure, to having places like Cape Palliser. At the mercy of the wind, rain, waves, and tectonic plates, hardy Kiwis still make a living out here in one of the most starkly beautiful locations in the world.
A year ago I set myself a challenge of learning how to use Adobe Illustrator. I was a bit of a Photoshop junkie, but was falling victim to the tyranny of pixel based images rather than vectors. The above was the result of my first decent play around with Illustrator. I'm still a long way off from calling myself a true graphic designer, but I'm not completely lost anymore either.
Mika and friends
Off the back of a work project, I somehow ended up with a collection of pets and farm animals as designs on Photoshop. I still need to turn them into Illustrator vectors, but in the meantime the cat, sheep, cow and dog feature on the wall of my son's nursery. The pig is a recent addition, and I'll be looking to add a few more farmyard critters to the designs when I get a chance.