On Anzac Day I had the privilege of photographing the Turnbull Family at their farm in Mandeville, Southland.
It was a rare occasion when their children, Georgia and Ben, were both home at the same time so we seized the opportunity and made the most of a rainy afternoon.
With intentions of relocating sometime in the coming years, it was important for Maree and Gerald that the photos be taken with backdrops around the property that are dear to their hearts.
When Peter and I arrived on location, Maree led us to the river. The sky was magical, a blend of storms and sunshine against mountains and autumnal foliage. Intermittent showers meant the studio lights were setup, packed away and setup on at least three occasions as we piled into out respective 4WDs to shelter from the weather. Despite the rain, the water was so still in sections that reflections and clarity made this place look enchanting, something of a movie scene.
It was easy to see why they fell in love with this place. It struck a chord with me too - I’ve already begged for them to let me come back and shoot some landscapes to which they have agreed – lucky me!
Personalities and hobbies shone through during this shoot with less formal photos incorporating horses, cameras and motorbikes before Maree’s parents arrived and joined the fun.
Ben Turnbull is a talented travel photographer in his own right so be sure to check out his website Emotive Photography.
Here’s a glimpse of what we created.