Everest Conquerer by Andy Chui

"I really don't care about being the first, so long as it inspires someone else to be second"

These famous words were once spoken by young Raha Moharrak when she reached the peak of Mount Everest in 2013. Well known by the world, she is one of the youngest, and the first ever Saudi woman who summited the Mount. She told me that one of the many important reasons for her to climb is for her to get away from the world boundaries, to live and enjoy the life she wants, to become the person who she wishes to be, and to embrace freedom.

Raha, who now resides in Dubai, is a brand ambassador for Nike, a role model for Arab women, and a travel blogger. She contacted me to capture part of her journey in New Zealand and these photos will be included in her new book and a magazine write up. It is an absolute honour of mine to photograph this incredible woman. 

You can follow her incredible journey from her instagram (@rahamoharrak)

Celebrity Villa by Andy Chui

Today I have had the pleasure to photograph an interesting piece of real estate. Situated in the suburbs of Sandringham. At the first glance, it was a classic 1910 villa that has had extensive makeover. It was not until I chatted to the owner to realise, it was actually one of the four villas that was in the famous NZ TV Show "The Block NZ" I have seen the hardwork that goes behind each and every one of these villas so I couldn't wait to go in to have a look myself in person.... without sounding too much like a real-estate agent, I will let the pictures speak for itself.

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