I am so glad that I was asked to photograph Sue's 70th at Te Whau, it also comes at a timely last week before they close their doors forever. So it had the essence of capturing something special about this amazing restaurant run by head chef Marco Edwards and owners Tony and Moira Forsyth before it was gone into history. When talking to Tony about what they were going to do after next week he resounded with a big nothing, must be a well earned rest for someone who has put their heart and soul into something since they planted the vineyard in 1996!
Anyway back to Sue and her 70th. I got asked by her three children to come and photograph her lunch. She had no idea until I turned up, I was literally her present. I met them at Matiatia as they come off of the ferry and she looked at me in wonder trying to work out how I fitted into the whole picture. Of course I had a harness on with two cameras attached which gave her a clue. She was over the moon and I really enjoyed photographing her enjoyment as the day unfolded.
After some portraits on the wharf we headed to Te Whau where the view will always win you over. It was a beautiful Autumn day and the view was astonishing. The curved balcony gave the perfect place for some more portraits. The resident cat came to check us out too.
I happily photographed until I realised the time and had to rush off as I was due to teach my monthly teenage photography club. We were heading over to Auckland as this months theme is street photography, we were hitting the streets of Downtown Auckland and I need to get the 2.15pm ferry. It was hard to break away especially as I was invited to spend some genuine friendly time with them and share a glass of Taittinger Champagne!