A little French adventure with the Sony A7

The ski industry has generously given me the most fabulous friends over the years and I am extremely grateful for it. I have some truly inspirational lady friends all over the world and I was able to meet with many of them in France a few weeks back for a French mini break! 7 of us congregated in Capbreton at my great friend Beanie Milne Home (marketing manager for Faction Skis) and her man Xavier De La Rue’s summer pad (thanks SO much for the hospitality guys..) for a blissful 4 days of beach & surf, biking & long boarding, oysters & wine, gelato & shopping. It was as glorious as it sounds.
Camilla Rutherford - BairritzBiarritz surf life
I took along my Sony A7 with Zeizz 24-70mm lens for some fun snaps of my great pals in the sun. Im new to this camera and purchased it recently for this such occasion, for when I would love to have my DSLR with me but don’t want to carry it around as Im on holiday (but still can’t stop myself taking snaps). The Sony A7 is the lightest full frame camera on the market and fits neatly into my hand bag (yes I do … Read Full Post

My home of Scotland :: A travel adventure

I grew up in Scotland, far far away from my now home of Wanaka, New Zealand. I ended up in Wanaka for the skiing when I was 18 and somehow, over the years, I decided to stay. This doesnt mean that Scotland isn’t my home, its just that I choose to have two. Call me selfish but I love these two countries and call them both home. So every year I make the pilgrimage to my Scotland home, visit my family and go exploring in the Highlands.
Edinburgh Royal MileThe Royal Mile, Edinburgh
I grew up near Edinburgh and went to school in the city. These quaint and character filled streets were all so familiar, I would walk by without really noting how wonderful they are. On this trip home I decided to walk the length of the Royal Mile from Hollyrood Palace to Edinburgh Castle, being a tourist in my own city. It was fun noticing all the quirky bits that make Edinburgh such a fun and vibrant city.
Royal Mile, EdinburghThe Royal Mile, looking down towards Hollyrood Palace
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Behind the scenes with Canon’s new 7D Mark II

I recently had the pleasure of producing as well as shooting behind the scenes stills on a film shoot for Canon Australia by Untitled Films. The film is all about the release of Canon’s new 7D Mark II and its amazing new features many of which are great for shooting sports. They asked legendary motorsports photographer and Canon Master Mark Horsburgh to test this awesome new camera. It was all filmed by Canon Master Abraham Joffe, who is an outstanding DSLR cinematographer. It was an honour to work with him and his team for their shoot in Queenstown. They flew in from Australia so needed me to produce the shoot, in both location scouting and talent. The video was released today and its already going pretty viral! Check it out:

It was a three day shoot, with the first day at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell.
Highlands Motorsport Park CromwellMark shooting what he does best at Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell
Camilla_Rutherford-2425The team
Day two was a sunrise shoot at Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka with skiers Harry Pettit and Nick Rapley.
Cardrona Alpine ResortHarry Pettit getting some early morning … Read Full Post

The story behind Merino wool

I am very lucky to live on a high country Merino sheep station here in Tarras, New Zealand. This farm belongs to my husbands family and they have farmed here for over 100 years, which is a long time in NZ! Every year in the first week of September a big muster happens and the sheep are brought down off the hill and into the woolshed to get their yearly hair cut in time for the hot Central Otago summer. This wool is very carefully removed by highly skilled shearers, who have the very tricky task of removing the precious fibres without harming the wrinkly sheep.
Walking into the woolshed can be a little intimidating, with drum and bass blasting over the sound of the clippers, and a multitude of men and women working tirelessly, each with their own roll making the operation of shearing a sheep like a well oiled machine. This precious wool is sent to Merino New Zealand which is spun and made into Icebreaker clothing, which we all know and love. Merino wool is an incredible fibre; sustainable, warm when wet, cooling when you are too hot and keeps the stink off you. What better fibre to wear … Read Full Post

Back country ski course

I was very privileged to be invited by my friends at Adventure Consultants to shoot and participate in their back country ski course, which specializes in ski mountaineering and glacier travel. I took Australian free-skier Nat Segal with me to join in the learning as well as shooting photos of her experience on the course. I am always a fan of improving my knowledge and skills on the mountain, especially when it comes to snow safety and glacier travel. You can never know enough! With Nat’s chosen ski career of climbing and skiing high peaks it was a great way for her to learn too, as well as us both hang out in one of the most beautiful and remarkable places in New Zealand.
Its a bit of a magical mystery tour with Adventure Consultants as they let you know where you are headed the morning the course starts, there are so many amazing options in NZ for incredible big mountain and glacier skiing. Much to my delight they decided to take us to the West Coast and Franz Joseph Glacier. This is such a remarkable place as you fly from the ocean to the glaciers in moments, soaring above native rain forest … Read Full Post

Air New Zealand – behind the scenes photo-shoot at Treble Cone, Wanaka

Last week I was asked to shoot some behind the scenes photos for Air New Zealand on a film project they were shooting. Over the winter months in New Zealand they have been releasing short films about how good the skiing is here, with the campaign being called ‘Meanwhile in New Zealand…’ with the aim of getting Austrailians over the ditch to ski and snowboard our fantastic mountains. This film was shot at Treble Cone in Wanaka and was released this week.  It is such a clever take on two of New Zealand’s favourite sports, skiing and rugby! The film was shot by the team at Diaries Down Under and drone footage by Heli Optics at Colab Creative.

Meanwhile in New Zealand… 
It was so fun to shoot behind the scenes photos on this shoot. As with most commercial shoots we were up at sparrows fart to start the long days shooting.
The sunrise view from Treble Cone looking over Lake WanakaThe sunrise view from Treble Cone looking over Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka at first light from Treble ConeLake Wanaka at first light from Treble Cone
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A little trip to Fiji

I had the extreme pleasure of hopping over to Fiji for a 2 day shoot with sports model and stunt woman Catherine Peck from Undercover Glamor. She and her husband had decided to do their nuptials a little differently, on a golden sandy beach far away from anywhere in Fiji. I was to shoot and witness their ceremony in the sun on the stunning island of Malolo and the Likuliku Resort.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort – Island of Malolo, Fiji
Fishy fishy in the shallows. Glorious water in Fiji…
I stuck around for an extra day to shoot some photos of Catherine stand up paddle boarding, swimming and some bikini shots for her portfolio. I also took a few snaps of her husband David spear fishing in the deep blue Pacific Ocean. It was great fun and good practice for me to shoot some underwater stuff, and play with my Outex Waterhousing. Here are some results of our shoot! The water wasn’t as clear as it can be due to spring tide and windy days. Still lovely though! It makes me want to shoot more underwater stuff, very … Read Full Post

The way back home – Upper Mustang, Nepal

This is part two of my photo story on our adventure in Nepal. To start at the beginning (highly recommended) check out the first post: Exploring the Upper Mustang 
The roof of Nepal. This wee dude was so excited to see us in his town of Choser (3916m). This is the last town before Tibet. 
A slow trickle of luke warm water ran over my dust encrusted hair. I was having my first shower (of sorts) in 7 days. I was surprised how little I missed showering, and how it actually felt good to go a bit feral for a while. We weren’t totally scanky as each morning and evening we would be brought a bowl of warm water to wash the essentials in. I got quite used to this and it became something of a ritual.
Tim washing in the morning before breakfast at our camp spot (with grass!!) in Lo Manthang
We were to have a ‘rest day’ in Lo Manthang, and this consisted of riding horses 2 hrs up to the village of Choser, the last village before reaching the border of Tibet (China). … Read Full Post

Exploring the Upper Mustang, Nepal

Getting married is great in many ways… Aside from the whole marriage thing, you get to throw a sweet party, invite all your favourite people, get some lovely presents and take one hell of a holiday after it all! Whats not to love about a wedding!? I was pretty darn excited about the prospect of taking a ‘dream’ holiday; to do something that we’ve always wanted to do but never set aside the time or money. With no kiddies in tow yet, it was our chance to go explore. Ever since I visited Kashmir back in 2007 I’ve had a burning desire to go back to the Himalayas and to visit a country top of my to go to list. Nepal. As it was our honeymoon and we were supposed to be ‘relaxing’ we decided to do it the easy way. We booked a trek with my good friends at Adventure Consultants in Wanaka. It says it all in their name really. They were going to be our adventure planners. And boy did they do a 5 star job! From landing in Kathmandu, to taking off again 19days later, we didn’t have to worry about a thing, apart from enjoying every experience & soaking … Read Full Post

Camilla Rutherford Photography – Change is good…

Some of you may know, some may not, but I have got married! On a blissful autumn afternoon I became a farmers wife to my wonderful hard working husband, Tim Rutherford. We were blessed with the most amazing wedding with family & great friends traveling from around the world to be here for our nuptials on our farm in Tarras, New Zealand. Along with this life long commitment, I’ve also inherited a new name. Camilla Rutherford.
Ive uummed and aaaahed, sighed and pondered over if I should be changing the name of my photography business, and after much deliberation I decided that you are all so clever, that it won’t take you long at all to get used to my new name, as this is for the rest of my life!  It may take a couple of years, but Stoddart is gone! Bring on Camilla Rutherford Photography and new and exciting adventures… Thank you all for understanding!
Please note that my website and email has changed, so do save them into your contacts, and delete the old!
Huge thanks to Mickey Ross of MicImage , my super patient & talented web designer  and wedding photographer (he did our wedding photos, not an easy feat … Read Full Post