Live With Us – with COUNTRY ROAD.

ON THE ROAD: With COUNTRY ROAD X Live With Us // THE BLUE MOUNTAINS. I started out on this journey heading in the direction of the unknown. That’s the true freedom and beauty of the open road. You get to discover more of Australia with the windows down, hair blowing wild in the wind, nostalgic songs and good company – all of which makes heart sing. To start, we arose in the darkness and watched the sky break into a new day through my front window. We had a plan without a plan: just make it to the Blue Mountains, …

The Scenic Rim with Kathmandu Gear

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” –  Jack Kerouac, On the Road: the Original Scroll. Maintaining an active lifestyle and always dreaming my next adventure, big or small, near or far. Camping is a fantastic way to get outdoors, to escape the bustle of everyday life and find some stillness, some peace and tranquility in nature — to reset. Testing out the new summer gear and exploring the Scenic Rim with Kathmandu Gear and my beautiful, new friend Anne Carolien Köhler Sharing moments, making memories. …Leave No Trace. M. xx

Micro-Adventures with TEVA

Taking a break whenever I can back in Australia and visiting all my favourite places to just “be.” A chance to recenter and immerse myself in the beauty that is a place, which I am lucky enough to call home. Kick starting a micro-adventure series with TEVA Australia. // Please head to the full blog post here. Get out there! M. x

The Northern Rivers

We are all visitors here, in this time, in this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow and to love, and then we return home. – Australian Aboriginal proverb Spent some time with good hearts in my soul place. It’s so good to be home. M. x  

Vanuatu: I S L A N D S P I R I T •

The world is huge and we are tiny. Explore it. ✧♡• In just under two and a half hours from Brisbane you can escape to paradise.  You know those places that you instantly connect with, that pull at your heartstrings in an unfamiliar but almost comforting way? Calling you back again so much so that you spend days dreaming about your return, before you even leave? I was pleasantly surprised and completely blown away with the incredible untouched beauty of Vanuatu. Just over a year ago the devastating category 5 cyclone Pam was regarded as one of the worst natural disasters in the history …

The Pacific Coast Way – Brisbane to Cairns

Life is not about milestones, but moments • The open road, fresh air in our lungs and laughter filling our bellies: eight days on the road with Tourism Queensland and Toyota Australia.  One of my biggest photo updates this year. I’m feeling incredibly grateful to have spent time with good friends exploring all the natural wonders of my home state along The Pacific Coast Way, a 1700km stretch linking Brisbane to Cairns. When your world is full of possibilities and when you’re constantly seeking the new and different, what better way to get straight into the action than by hitting …

The Grand Pacific Drive

The stars will remind us of the beauty in our struggles and we won’t feel so lost anymore •∘∙∞ I recently spent a week on the road with some of my favourite Australian Photographers/Instagrammers and friends. We took the Grand Pacific coastal drive which starts in the Royal National Park, less than an hour south of Sydney and makes its way through the Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven regions.  Five days on the road feeling small under starry night skies, remembering how to breathe by the ocean with exploding fire-like sunsets, Sing-a-longs and many stitch-inducing laughing fits along the windy country …

City 2 Outback with ETSY Australia, featuring Hobart’s Evie & Essie.

Beautiful things don’t have to cost the Earth • I was recently a part of @etsyau’s #city2outback adventure featuring Evie and Essie, based in the picturesque foothills of Hobart’s Mt Wellington. The Children’s clothing label Evie & Essie is the joint love of best friends and lifelong crafters Suki Hopgood and Sarah Crawford. Suki and Sarah hosted myself and the Etsy team for a few days, showing us around the unique beauty of Hobart with the city and its surrounds being a constant source of both inspiration and escape. “(the) beauty of the Mountain is that it is ever changing – the …

C O L O M B I A with KATHMANDU.

“I wonder if the things that remind me of you, remind you of me.”  I recently went on a whirlwind (and I really mean whirlwind) adventure to Colombia with Kathmandu. What can I tell you about it? My itch for South America has only just been scratched and I’m left wanting more. We hit the ground running and began filming at the airport in Medellín city. I’ve never hidden that I am not much of a city girl, but I think the cute streets, botanical gardens and salsa-dancing nightlife in Medellín are attractions I’ll go back for. Despite the worst jet lag …

LAOS with Helloworld and Insider Journeys.

Recently I had the unbelievable opportunity to visit “The Land of a Million Elephants,” LAOS with Helloworld and Insider Journeys. I’m going to break this post up into two parts because I’ve travelled to SE Asia multiple times and I hadn’t yet made it to Laos, always adding it to the “I’ll-do-it-next-time-list” and I’ve, as to be expected, fallen head over heals in love with the incredibly, beautiful and untouched country. A short but very rewarding journey rich in atmosphere, stunning natural beauty and culture – I want to urge you to go and to go almost immediately! Secondly, I …

A L T H A M

It’s not very often at all that I photograph editorials, but I’ll definitely make the exception for my beautiful and incredibly talented friend Joanne; the creator of Altham. A day where everything we had planned went out the window and we found ourselves jumping fences, talking our way out of and narrowly escaping serious trouble (My fault – I’m sorry! Always ask permission first), finding rainbows, chasing fading light and waiting for little rain showers to clear. If you are interested in supporting Australian businesses with attention to fine detail, luxurious fabrics and innovative design concepts please head over to …

Smells Like S U M M E R

“I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” I get jaded by social media, constantly torn between balancing what I do for a living with the direction I want to head in.  Continuously thinking about how I’m contributing to the industry and HOW I can better use a “voice” to make a positive difference.  Sometimes I can be extremely recluse and often disappear for days without warning. I haven’t really tried to hide my ongoing battle with the highs and lows, especially most recently, it’s something I’ve suffered from my entire life and now …

New Caledonia for Helloworld AU Relay & World Tourism Day.

One day / 10 photos. One an hour from sunrise to sunset. Bourail to Nouméa, New Caledonia. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen last month I was in New Caledonia. I was invited to this beautiful part of as part of The South Pacific as a part of World Tourism Day for Helloworld AU’s Relay. A fun and challenging day, which definitely had me thinking on my feet and pushed outside my comfort-zone. The idea behind the Hello World AU Relay was to be following my day in “real time” and capture the feeling of being in New Caledonia, creating …

A r a b i a n D r e a m s •

I wanted to do this post a little different to the way I normally do, because we did a lot of seriously amazing things in Dubai and I’ll let the photographs do the talking, but I just wanted to share the personal highlights for me. So, my top things to do in Dubai:  Adventure, adventure, adventure! Dubai is one of the biggest playgrounds in the world. Take a day trip to the Hatta Hajjar Mountains. Just go and go high! The layers of the mountains and alien like landscape is unreal. Plus if you get too hot (which you will) then take …

W o l l o n g o n g.

Wollongong is one destination in Australia I’ve always wanted to visit, so when I booked this job earlier in the year I was really excited about it. It would be a working-reunion of sorts with some of my favourite travel buddies and personal mentors. Plus, my friend and ridiculously talented Photographer Will Patino has been showcasing the best of Wollongong for years now and I couldn’t wait to get down there and see it for myself.  To be completely and candidly honest, I was in a pretty bad place a few weeks ago before I left for the last three back-to-back jobs. …

Golden daze.

I’m currently in-between travel jobs and working on exciting projects, which means I’ve been taking some personal time out for myself lately.. Early mornings and sunrise walks, camping underneath the stars at Mt Barney with one of my oldest and best friends, skinny dipping in the middle of the day with Lexi, World Press photo Exhibition and sitting in the rain for hours with my favourite human on this earth, rock pools and golden afternoons in the bay with my roomie, Aimee, car camping, hours of conversation sitting underneath the moon at Bruns and watching the harvest moon rise. .. And spending any …

L A T E L Y. x

Lately I’ve been feeling kind of low. Here is a snippet of things and people in my life that make it okay. And the times I’ve felt okay to pick up my camera for me. A diary of some sort. Springbrook National park. Sunrise at Burleigh. Sundown on Mount Tambourine. Multiple drives to Byron Bay (always my favourite). A homemade jacket and time well spent with my girl Tay. A sneak peek at something I shot for Altham – Keep your eyes peeled here. SO proud of you Joanne.  Melbourne and the people that make it amazing. Glasshouse Mountains with …

Melbourne Whirlwind.

“Keep your head up, keep your heart strong.” A much needed and much overdue escape down south to my favourite city in Australia. A whirlwind visit catching up with all of my incredible friends (thank you for everything) and overloading on the best coffee / all my old local restaurants. Nostalgic road trips down to the Mornington Peninsula, car sing-alongs and the always amazing Peninsula hot springs. To top it all off, I became “Aunty” Meli as one of my best friends baby arrived a few days early – little Poppy Lou <3 Not to mention a hot air balloon ride on a …

Broadsheet Sydney Winter Spread – TASMANIA

Earlier this year I collaborated with Broadsheet Sydney & Melbourne for their Winter newspaper – The Dark Heart of Australia: Tasmania. The full photo blog post here and as seen on the Broadsheet site. Nothing like receiving the newspaper and seeing my work in tangible form, along side some of of my photography peers and personal inspirations. M. x

Life as of late.

I love my job and what I do so much, but I also LOVE coming back and spending time adventuring with good friends. What a place to call home. x   

The Dark Heart of Australia, Tasmania.

Recently Broadsheet sent me to the incredible Tasmania to discover the dark side of Australia. My hidden gem, a walk through the wild in Corinna. A few days completely off the grid (no reception or 4g) in west Tasmania’s best kept secret. I stayed in an old mining area called The Corinna, which is surrounded by ancient rain forests right on the edge of the calming Pieman River and surrounded by mountains. A few days well spent alone, walking through the rainforest, watching the sunset out to sea from the top of Mt Donaldson, the moon illuminating the sky later …

An update.

Today was a hard day. Since loosing my mother I have struggled with picking up my camera like I used to. I’m trying to get back on my feet, so in the name of that I updated my blog with the last few months of my life.. M.x

Mornington

Another adventure weekend – – sleeping under the stars, wild storms and moments of sunshine, watching the super moon rise, exploring and visiting new and familiar places with my best friend by my side. Get out. Stay Out. x

You, Me & the Sea

We packed the car and went away for an adventure. Driving around the coast of Phillip Island, seal spotting, rainbow sighting, hiking over cliff tops, sleeping under the stars and waking up to the sound of the ocean with my best friend. x

Snowy Daze

We visited Marysville last year had such a great time we couldn’t wait for the snow to fall to come back. It’s such a beautiful drive through The Black Spur and past some of our favourite locations in Melbourne. Only 90 minutes away from home and one of the cheapest and funnest ways to waste some time with my best friend. This is only the forth time I have seen snow in my life I think we were the biggest kids there; rolling around, snow angles, snow balls fights, tobogganing races (which I won and Steen didn’t fulfil his part of …

A Weekend Getaway: Pepper’s Mineral Springs

Steen and I took a trip to Pepper’s Mineral Springs over the weekend, a much needed weekend away without work (or maybe just a little bit of work) and mostly some time to relax. This was sort of a belated birthday surprise for Steen. I’ve briefly mentioned before that living and working towards your dream means a lot of sacrifice and in this case we finally had a weekend free together to celebrate his birthday.. a month or so late. And what a weekend it was! Since we moved to Victoria, we have visited The Great Ocean Road and Mornington …

Just Me and You

Living and working together so hard towards one goal and one dream.. can be really rewarding and can be really challenging. I might look glamorous from the outside in, but the fact is we haven’t had a day to spent together “just us” with no work involved in a long while. So we took a drive. A drive to no where and this is what we found. An afternoon with some time to waste, doing exactly what we have always done. x