You've heard us say this before, but the absolute best, most fun part of Norte is the amazing people we get to work with along the way. This week, we're going behind the scenes with one of Norte's resident adventure families and one of the very talented ladies behind some of the amazing imagery you get to see across the world of Norte.
When we first came across Luca we were mind blown by her talent behind the lens and put simply, we just had to work with her. This was all the more exciting because Luca is mum to 3 wild little adventurers who live the way we do! Outdoors, non-stop action, non-stop play. Luca talks to team Norte about using the camera to remember not just what it looked like, but what it felt like to be there on the day. And she really does! Happy reading team!
So, what's the lowdown on Life with Luca?
We live a rural lifestyle in the beautiful island state of Tasmania, I’m mum to 3 amazing children and wife to the most wonderful husband I could ever ask for.
Apart from being Mum and Wife my other passion is photography, my ever changing children and all the enchanting wilderness that we are surrounded by has inspired me to record as many of those fleeting moments as I can. I want myself, my children, and my children's children to be able to summon back the days long gone and remember not just what it looked like, but what it felt like, so that those foregone moments can be relived again. I use photography as a tool to try and make the mundane moments meaningful and to make the ordinary extraordinary.
At Norte we're all about outdoor play and adventure, what are your go-to favourites? We absolutely adore exploring in the Heritage Forest just down the road from us, as well as the beach - far too cold for swimming, but so beautiful to explore!
You know we're all big kids, so we wondered what your best childhood memory is?
We lived on acreage that backed onto a huge forest and mountain range and I used to spending hours upon hours exploring the caves, climbing the rocks and trees - sometimes I wish I could go back in time for a day or 2!
We love having your 3 gorgeous kids as the faces of Norte! What's the funniest thing they've done lately?
Our little ones have us in stitches all day everyday, its more what they say, Alex said the other day “Wouldn’t it be great if chickens had arms, then they could lay an egg and bring it to us?”. Elise is a little clown as well, she’s been a nightmare to put to bed lately, and she’ll ask for cuddles, only to start squeezing our noses saying ‘honk honk’ - she thinks its hilarious! As for Andreas has his dads dry English sense of humour and wit so he sure keeps us entertained with his commentary during TV shows.
Who do you admire and why?
The person that invented coffee (let's pause for a moment and all thank the coffee gods!)….No, seriously I would have to say my mother. She taught me so much and has instilled in me values that I try to live by each and every day to be a better person. To always choose kindness, to never give up, and to always forgive.
What's your fave gear in the Norte range?
All of them! But if you are going to make me chose just one then I will say the jackets, because they are as good, if not better quality and warmth as high end brands like Kathmandu and MacPac, but at a fraction of the price. They are soft and comfortable without being bulky which means kids actually want to wear them.
As you know, a huge part of our mission at Norte is to be able to support the charities and community causes that are close to our hearts. Any favourite causes you want to give a shout out to?
I’ve been an animal lover for as long as I can remember, and I always try and give support to animal rescues organisations and animal rehab centres. Animal abuse is so rampant, and they are creatures without a voice that often meet such intolerable cruelty. I’ve worked with rescue organisation in the past and we’ve adopted and fostered everything from guinea pigs to horses over the years.
Describe Norte using 3 words. Quality, comfortable, fun.
And there you go folks, a little insight into what makes this snap-happy mumma tick! We hope you enjoying scrolling through some of Luca's amazing captures! When we see Luca's photography, we always feel like we're right there with them, on every adventure, and isn't that the whole point of the perfect picture?
A huge thank you to Luca and her wonderful family for their amazing support of the Norte Adventure!