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Good morning! I'm not going to do a long post today because it is ANZAC day in Australia and it's a poignant day for many. So here are some beautiful flowers I found fallen here in Jakarta. πŸŒΌπŸ’› @shangrilajkt #shangrilajkt
I am interrupting my Western Australia shots to share exactly what I am doing right now but don't worry, I have photos for days right now and it will all get posted. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'm in Jakarta! Well, specifically at the Shangri-La Jakarta because I haven't left the hotel literally at all, this was a really unique and random trip. If you missed my story the other day it goes a little like this ... I decided to do a 'status run' because I'm really close to upgrading to Platinum as a Qantas frequent flyer. If you're not an aviation geek you probably don't know the extents that we go to for this stuff. lol. Anyway I wanted to go somewhere that would enable me to upgrade and I wanted to spend four days holed away in a hotel room writing content for my online photography course. I got a great recommendation for the Shangri-La and an introduction and they agreed to look after me in Jakarta. At the last minute Dreamboat decided to join me so I really haven't gotten any work done at all but at least I am well rested and feeling fabulous for the weekend ahead. Yay! Oh and here's maybe the only couple shot I've ever posted on Instagram. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ @shangrilajkt #shangrilajkt
My last post for @TheTravelBootcamp because we are closing ticket sales TODAY! If you've been sitting on the fence then time to jump off because it is going to be an epic, epic day! We've got at least a dozen people coming from really far away. (think USA, Switzerland, Hawaii and New Zealand) We have a dual Olympian coming! We have amazing writers and traditional media who would be great to network with. Olympus is there with all their gear and have actually ended up sponsoring a handful of our past delegates. We have a second brand so close to confirming their attendance and there's even a chance of a major show coming to film some snippets. Basically this is going to be our biggest and best event so far! Finally, Olympus have very, very generously offered 15% off for anyone booking today off social (a deal we have only shared with our email database). Just use 'OLYMPUS15' at checkout and get in quick because there's only a handful of tickets left and if we sell too fast I will close sales. See you on the weekend in Melbourne! Xx #TheTravelBootcamp
I really had to share this photo of Turquoise Bay, even though shooting conditions weren't great when I shot it. (Hence the people in the water aren't totally sharp) I was in a small plane at 500 feet, i.e. very, very low for a plane, and we were doing super fast pass overs. I was also shooting through perspex to boot. Despite all of that I was really stoked with how the image came up and it it definitely shows how gorgeous this bay is, the most famous in Exmouth. Thanks Ningaloo Aviation. I hope you're all somewhere cool. πŸ’™πŸ’¦βœˆοΈπŸŒŠπŸ³ @WesternAustralia #JustAnotherDayInWA
Good morning! This is Mandu Mandu Gorge at sunrise, one of the very popular activities on offer at Sal Salis. We had a 5:30 start to ascend to the top of the trail in time for sunrise and it was worth it. I didn't love it that Jayde, Jewels and I were totally beaten on the trail by a seven year old, he must have been half a km away from us at all times. Right, time to start exercising again. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ @WesternAustralia #JustAnotherDayInWA
I promised aerials didn't I? Here's the first! So one of the coolest things about swimming with whale sharks in Ningaloo is that every single boat on the water has a plane up in the air doing all the hard work of locating the animals. (Not a plane per boat, usually one for every 3-4 boats.) These 'spotter' planes are piloted by amazing pilots such as Tiffany and Jacob from Ningaloo Aviation. Not only do they spot whale sharks but they also offer scenic flights and this would be a huge recommendation from me! Jewels and I were incredibly fortunate to go up for two flights, one during the day to see whale sharks and one for sunset. If you look closely at this shot you can actually see the eco tents of Sal Salis and how well they blend into their surroundings, nice location hey? Thanks @NingalooAviation #JustAnotherDayInWA
Good morning!!! I'm sure a few people by now are wondering what Sal Salis actually looks like and I do have a few shots of the place and some aerials too. This is from inside one of the eco-tents, isn't it so cute?! The entire place has only 15 tents so the maximum number of guests is usually 30 but there's always some kids kicking around too, they get to sleep in swags inside or outside. 😱 When you check in you are thoroughly briefed on how it all works, i.e. There is a nature toilet (no flush) and the water allocation for showers is 20L per guest per day. Of course Jewels and I had to have a photo shoot, the #JewLau creativity came out big time. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I loved this sunset session. πŸ”₯πŸ˜³πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸŒž @WesternAustralia #JustAnotherDayInWA
Before I tell you anything else about this photo I just want to mention that we had "bad" conditions in Ningaloo! That's right, this is what bad, windy, choppy conditions look like! πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚πŸ  As you know I was staying at Sal Salis and all activities are included when you stay, with the exception of swimming with the whale sharks. The team all get together every afternoon to decide what activities best suit the conditions for the next day and then they write a handful of options up on the chalkboard for you to put your name down for. So, on day two we chose to snorkel at Lake Side and Jewels and I found a turtle and basically stayed by its side for an hour and a half. I seriously couldn't love turtles more, they're like the grumpy old men of the sea. The funniest thing was that Jewels and I found this guy independently of each other and when I stuck my head out to tell Jewels I noticed she was right next to me, she did the same thing. Awww πŸ˜„πŸ˜πŸ€— @SalSalisNingaloo #JustAnotherDayInWA
Omg, yesterday's whale shark post made me so happy and I promise I'm still catching up on comments. I wrote until my hands were sore and I was falling asleep! As I mentioned I've been at Sal Salis, @salsalisningaloo if you want to check them out, and it's been an amazing stay. Sal Salis has just been accepted into Luxury Lodges of Australia and it has to be one of the most incredible places I've stayed. Not only is the property beautiful but you can feel great for staying there because the entire camp is an ecotourism development camp. You'll sleep in a wilderness tent with an eco toilet, no air conditioning and limited daily water but I swear I've never been more comfortable. Also, don't even get me started on the food and wine and activities. This is a shot from my last night after quite a few wines over dinner. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I always seem to do star shots better that way. πŸ™ˆπŸ· @WesternAustralia #JustAnotherDayInWA
I'm back and OMFG OMFG! Jewels and I teased that we were going offline for a few days and this is why! Bucket list dream has been ticked off ... swimming with whale sharks in Ningaloo. Although there is obviously service in the area we have just spent three incredible nights at Sal Salis (digital detox!) and also did a full day out on their own boat, "Live Ningaloo", the only boat operating in the area that takes just ten guests at a time. I have an incredible amount of images to share from the whale sharks and the last few days here on Australia's largest fringing reef. All underwater images have been shot on Olympus. This image is an incredibly rare shot, whale sharks are solitary animals and only interact with other whale sharks when they literally collide in the water. I died, literal death! You can imagine how Jewels was. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ³πŸ’™ @WesternAustralia #JustAnotherDayInWA
Happy Easter from Western Australia! That's right, I'm over on the West Coast to do a very, very cool project. Jewels and I have just had three nights in Perth to check out all the new development and tourism operators and are currently en route to our final destination, and it's a surprise so don't ask us where we're going. 😜😜😜 In the meantime I will be offline for FOUR DAYS from tomorrow so if you don't see me around it's because of secret, special project. (There is a hint on my Insta-story tho ... πŸ’™πŸ’™) This was just our first afternoon, we wandered over to the new Elizabeth Quay development from the Como before grabbing a bite at my fave restaurant, Long Chim Perth. So many recommendations, this place is changing so rapidly at the moment and you all know I love Perth. @WesternAustralia #JustAnotherDayInWA
Good morning! This is my last little thank you post to Travel Insurance Direct for a great job. The secret is well and truly out of the bag that I'm working in Western Australia this week and I can't wait to start sharing some shots. But thank you @TIDAustralia and I hope to work with you again soon. Xxx #JustATID
This is my favorite shot that I've taken from the Gold Coast recently and I also shot this when I was out on the Travel Insurance Direct 'winner' weekend. I'm always amazed by how often I can shoot a place and still go back and find new compositions every time. The light coming through the jetty was just gorgeous and I consciously blew out my highlights to catch that warm glow. This is the Spit Main Beach, a few kilometers from my house. @TIDAustralia #JustATID
Good morning! I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend, I'm working of course but my 'work' is kind of awesome. I've got a couple more Gold Coast shots to share from my Travel Insurance Direct job and I thought it would be interesting to share that when I was approached to help with their competition and to host the winner I was already in discussions with another travel insurance agency to do some work. The reason that I chose Travel Insurance Direct is because they actually are my Insurance agency, as in I actually buy travel insurance from them every year. Haha. I always work with people that I believe in and use anyway. Please guys, if you travel get insurance every single time, even if it's domestic. I personally get an annual policy because it works out cheaper but when my partner travels with me I grab him a four or whatever day policy. πŸ‘ŠπŸ» @TIDAustralia #JustATID
Goodnight all! Geez, I can't remember the last time I posted this late because I'm a nanna and always go to bed before 9:00. I must admit I am cheating tonight though because I'm on the west coast and there's a two hour time difference. Lol. Before I share my latest adventures, here's more of my Gold Coast adventures with Travel Insurance Direct. Snapper Rocks is always a fave. @TIDAustralia #JustATID
For my adventures around the Gold Coast with @leximphoto and Travel Insurance Direct we visited the Natural Bridge to see the glow worms and that was my first time EVER! I was literally born on the Gold Coast and I've lived there for 28 of my 36 years and it's the first time I've seen this. I was so inspired to shoot with Sandra and see the destination with fresh eyes, she's a wonderful photographer and person. And yeah, if you've ever wondered what glow worms look like ... you're welcome. Haha. @TIDAustralia #JustATID
I don't know if anyone remembers this but last year I was involved in a competition/ campaign with Travel Insurance Direct which gave the winner a weekend mentorship with me on the Gold Coast. Well I just got to meet the prize winner Sandra and spend the weekend with her and we had an amazing time! First of all, it always feels crazy to me that my time is worthy to be a prize but I do appreciate that I can tour guide on the GC really well and I can definitely teach a thing or too about Instagram. Lol. This was our first shoot together at Snapper Rocks, one of my favorite places on the Gold Coast. @TIDAustralia #JustATID
Omg!! I am legitimately excited because today I am giving away TWO tickets to my Travel Bootcamp conference in Melbourne on the 29th. I've done this with past events and it's always fun and easy! Firstly you have to get yourself to the event so if you're not in Melbourne or close enough to fly (at your own expense) then you won't be eligible to win. To enter all you have to do it tag in the person you would take with you, on this post, and tell me why you want to come to the Travel Bootcamp and why you deserve to win. There is no limit on words. I will be commenting back throughout the day and enlisting my mum and Dreamboat to help with judging. This is a competition of skill, the best answer will win. If you still don't know what the event is about the link to the site is in my bio or you can also check out @thetravelbootcamp I'll also be awarding some runner up prizes. ;)