Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

This year has been a fantastic year for Fino Photography. We have rebranded and redesigned our entire website. We thank everyone who has stuck by our side and continued to show their support and love.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We cannot wait for what 2014 will bring us!

Here’s a drawing of my little princess who turned 2 in December. She was in the Christmas mood already with reindeer hooves on!

We wish you all the best for this festive season.



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Fujifilm XF 10-24mm Lens announced !!

Fujifilm has announced the XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS, a premium ultra-wideangle zoom lens for the company’s X system mirrorless cameras. It offers an angle of view equivalent to 15-36mm on full frame, and incorporates optical image stabilisation to reduce blur at slow shutter speeds when shooting hand-held. It also has an aperture control ring on the barrel, and is compatible with the company’s Lens Modulation Optimizer function that promises more detailed out-of-camera JPEG images when shooting at small apertures. It’ll be available from March 2014 for $999.95 / £849.99.



Key features on the FUJINON XF10-24mm lens

  • Newly designed optical system with 4 high-precision aspherical lenses and 3 extra low dispersion glass lenses which maximize performance of the X-Trans sensor.
  • A powerful Optical Image Stabilization function which boosts the ability to work handheld when shooting in low light.
  • Ghosting is minimized by Fujifilm’s unique HT-EBC* multi-layer coating that is applied to all sides of FUJINON lenses.
  • An additional newly developed coating has been added to the reverse side of the front lens in the XF10-24mm lens composition to further reduce the ghosting that typically occurs when using deep concave lenses.
  • Enhanced resolving power at all apertures when used in-conjunction with an X-series camera** that incorporates a Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) function.
  • Seven-blade aperture diaphragm that helps to create smooth and round bokeh effects.
  • The ability to shoot at an aperture of F4.0 from the lens’ ultra-wide 15mm focal length to its longest at 36mm.
  • A minimum working distance of 24cm means that with macro photography you can capture both the small foreground detail and the wider surroundings to give your subject greater context.
  • Its high-speed AF is achieved via its inner focusing system which drives smaller lenses in the middle or rear lens groups without moving the larger lenses in the front lens groups
  • Thanks to light weight internal lenses and the addition of a stepping motor, the XF10-24mm lens is also very quiet to use.
  • With its precision-made, responsive, and finely-tuned metal aperture and focus rings, you are ensured a superb handling experience.

The fujifilm XF 10-24mm is quite pricey for a APSC sensor lens. It is in fact the most expensive XF lens on the market from fujifilm. I really hope the image quality of the lens reflect it’s price. The optical quality of the fujifilm Xf lenses have been excellent and I believe this lens won’t disappoint us. Full review to come when I get my hands on this lens.

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The Landing Wedding,Wairarapa -Darren & Kristyn

16 November 2013,

When I first spoke to Kristyn on the phone, we were trying to schedule in an engagement session. That normally, would have only taken a few minutes to pick a date. However, speaking with Kristyn, I just felt like we both had so much to say to each other. That did not change at all when we first met them for their engagement session. We spent a good hour in the sun at The Landing, talking, laughing whilst they posed for photos.

Flowers had bloomed in time for Kristyn & Darren’s big day and even the pollen at The Landing made for a perfect backdrop to this hot Spring’s day. Surrounded by close friends and family especially their two beautiful boys, Kristyn and Darren’s happiness was evident.

Kristyn and Darren, I thank you both for choosing Fino Photography, and I hope, in the future, we can enjoy a good chat again, maybe over a cup of coffee. And I will definitely be back to the beautiful Masterton again.

To finish off, I saw this quote framed up in the hallway of Kristen and Darren’s home:

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything”

I will never forget this.

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Lemon Tart Recipe

This time last year, I am ashamed to say, I could barely turn on an oven. I could not cook, I could not bake. I relied on my other half to do all that for me! So, in true nerd style, I set myself a goal. To at least get to know my oven.

A year later, I can now cook (even though my limit is chicken) and bake (using recipe books with pictures) but at least it’s more than what I knew a year ago! Looking at my lemon tree.. with an overflow of lemons, I decided to take on a challenge. To make Lemon Tarts.

The recipe required me to make my own pastry. Next time though, to save some precious time where I could be blogging, editing (or online shopping), I will buy pre made frozen pastry. But! Presenting…..Tiny Lemon Curd Tartlets (Note: I do not have tart tins so I used a standard muffin tin to make bigger tarts)

I found the recipe in the Edmonds cookbook. I swear by this recipe book. It is basic with TONS of pictures.

(From Edmonds Illustrated Collection)


Lemon Curd Filling

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 eggs, lightly beaten

50g butter

1/4 cup caster sugar



100g butter, softened

1/4 cup caster sugar

1 egg yolk

1 cup standard grade flour


To make the Lemon Curd Filling, combine lemon zest and juice, eggs, butter and sugar in the top of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl set over simmering water. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves and curd thickens. Remove from heat (I had to let it sit in room temperature for 5 minutes before it thickened) Cover and cool.

For the pastry, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk and beat well. Stir in flour. Gather pastry into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Roll pastry out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 2-3mm. Using a 7cm round biscuit butter, cut circles from pastry. Transfer to mini muffin tins (I used the standard sized muffin tins). Prick bases with a fork. Freeze for 5 minutes. Bake at 180 degrees for 10 minutes until golden. Remove pastry cases from tins and cool on a wire rack. Just before serving, fill with Lemon Curd Filling.

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The Pines Wedding – Richie & Gretchen

October 28th 2013,

I am struggling to think of the word that best describes the spark between Gretchen and Richie. Despite Richie’s tall frame, I can always, no matter where I stand, see Gretchen’s 100 mile smile when she looks at her husband. Always laughing together, joking around and teasing each other I can see they are 110% in love. Even more.

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It’s hard not to adore this couple. And I want to thank Richie for his kindness and Gretchen for her infectious smile because at the end of the day, we couldn’t help but leave happy. Elated even.












The word is Magic. That’s the word to describe the spark between these two lovebirds. “Marry someone who looks at you like you are magical.


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