Church of the Good Shepherd

I wasn’t planning on doing any wedding photography in New Zealand but I was really looking forward to taking a photo of the Church of the Good Shepherd. I was really hoping to be able to be there on a clear night so I could do some astrophotography with the church in the background. This photo is an example of shooting what is present instead of what I want.

When I first arrived the place was crawling with tourists, in the middle of the day wish harsh sunshine. Almost the exact opposite of what I wanted. So I grumpily took some photos, got back on the bus and prepared to write off this location.

Then I noticed there was a wedding going on. And not everyone had returned to the bus. I saw the bride getting ready to walk in so I ran back out and waited for this shot. I’m so glad I did. This is one of my favorite shots from the trip so far.

This is not an HDR image and was not processed in Aurora HDR Pro. This was processed using Lightroom and Photoshop. I actually sent it to Photoshop several times to keep tweaking this image. Every time I thought I got it right I would find something else I wanted to change.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at