Archive for the ‘ Portrait Photography ’ Category
Well, lets be honest, sneak peek for Hunter is true but this is really a sneak peek for Kate & Craig (aka Mum & Dad) because it is what they asked for and basically when others are excited about their photographs so am I (if I am not already of course). So here are a dozen or so sneaky glimpses of the hour the four of us spent roaming the grounds of Fagan Park – twas a pretty cool way to spend the afternoon really.
Goodness gracious, perfectly timed (and perfectly behaved) is the understatement of the decade! That is to say having known Molly & Peter for as long as I have I figured they were always going to behave themselves but you always wonder how the little ones will go and in short Charlotte was amazing! She could teach the photographer’s sons (ie: my boys) a thing or seven I can tell you! And on two occasions we postponed this portrait sitting due to weather that was less than ideal in that sure we could have gone ahead but the goal was to always capture these family images on a blue skied day in a natural setting – hence perfectly timed portraits doesn’t quite cover it really! Check out this hour or so we were blessed with on the edges of the Hawkesbury River – loved it, loved it, loved it!
I needed a little break from staring blankly into the computers/photographic retouching never, never and beyond so ‘You Tubed’ some classic kiwi lyrical masterpieces to get me back into the swing of things. Basically here is what I came across today in this lazy half-hour of my life that I will never get back! And goodness gracious, just realised these are all from twenty plus years ago, showing my age a tad me thinks.
– take one – from 1998 ‘Venus’ by The Feelers
Kiora from kiwi land people. Having photographed Anna & Stephen’s wedding the day before I found myself hanging around with three of my nephews in Auckland when we discovered a blue wall and an old farmers market sign – queue the invitation for a few sneaky photographs.
Captured in September 2012 I have finally found the time to showcase this little project.
I have two boys (now four and six) that love riding their bikes and as you can imagine having a photographer as a father they have had the odd photograph taken of them. That being the case I wanted to do something different and (in short) remove any preconceived ideas or structure, let my boys be boys and basically showcase the story they put on in front of me – ie: capture everything, their grumpy faces as well as their happy ones, photograph the jumps, the spills, the crashes, the potential tears, the cuddles and everything in between.
Sitting here two-years on I’m stoked with the outcome! My boys still love riding their bikes but they have obviously grown up considerably so having this little snippet of life, this essay and documentation of what came naturally to them two-years ago is brilliant. To capture all those little moments and stories within stories at any time let alone during this small two-hour window means so much more than the one off and maybe more structured portrait images we have of our boys – put simply, this is our boys uncut! No controls, no direction, just two boys having fun riding their bikes, doing what they do and I could not be more pleased with the results. Hopefully I can incorporate a lot more of this style of photography and approach into my work in the future!
The following images are the page layouts from the fifty-page coffee-table book I have just designed and ordered from our overseas printers. Enjoy!
– click on an image/page layout to enlarge –
I photographed Alison & Jason’s wedding many moons ago and now that they are a family of three capturing some more photographs was long over due. Thus the plan was to wander around Fagan Park for an hour or so and let Mum & Dad cuddle and fuss over little Ozzie while he ran himself to a stand still – and run he did! Here are plenty of examples on why sixty-minutes spent mucking around the local park with those near and dear to you is never a waste of time, especially when you have all of those stories and moments captured for everyone to enjoy forever.
It really was as simple as that……..at home with our (ie: James & Pinar’s) four week old! And why does it need to be any more complicated or staged than that? Everyone is comfortable, happy, warm (ie: this is a wintry July), we have everything we need for a newborn and photographically it is always about Mum, Dad and bub anyway! Therefore an hour or so later and we have loads of naturally styled photographs capturing this wonderful new family of three – easy, perfect, ideal!
I’ve photographed these awesome twins four times now (not to mention Mum & Dad’s wedding) and I have to say it just keeps getting better! I mean look at them – they are best friends, gorgeous and they will never be labeled camera shy that’s for sure. Throw in the 8.30am morning light at a deserted Bobbin Head and you have a more than handy start to ninety-minutes of snapping some family photographs. Love ya work Frederica, Dean, Sophia & Jo-Jo.
Portrait time at Woolwich was all about Claire & John & Abby in short – we got there at 3.30pm on a Saturday and wandered the park and waterfront for ninety-minutes or so and basically photographed until we dropped (or until the sun went down in fact). Twas the ideal situation really, beaut spot, beaut setting sun/lighting and a Mum & Dad who simply cannot get enough of their seven-month-old bundle of joy. And Abby was perfect too, smiling and playing throughout and a couple of those cheeky looks and grumpy “I don’t trust that photographer” glances that make for a great afternoon for snapping some Sydney family portraits.
It is not as popular as it used to be but I am a big fan of capturing portrait photographs at the family home for the simple fact it comes naturally to all involved. I’ve taken enough photographs to know that the sun shines (most of the time) the same way no matter where you go so why not make it as easy as possible for those in front of the camera?! Why not muck around the family home just like you would any other day and have some professional portrait photographs snapped?
If ever there was an example on why that is what we should all do next time this is it! Talk about a beaut family just being themselves in front of the camera, for mine this was the dream scenario for Sydney portrait photography. Everyone just being themselves whilst mucking around the family home for an hour so – take a look and see what I mean!