Archive for the ‘ Portrait Photography ’ Category
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
Speaking of handy – how good is it having having a National Park in the backyard!? Well, that is exactly what I have here at the studio and six-months on from our first portrait shoot this is where Karina, Brendon and I decided to have take two. Here is a glimpse of what we were able to achieve in an hour or so in our backyard – the main attraction being Rahnie of course.
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.
NEWS FLASH!! Did you know this is my twentieth-year as a professional photographer?
To mark this twenty-year milestone through 2015 I will be showcasing loads of photographs captured throughout that time via my Instagram page, click here to view my page/profile. But I won’t be doing the show off my wedding, portrait and commercial photography thing, there is plenty of that going on throughout my blog and web site if you want to check that out. No, instead I will be highlighting photographs beyond that of my life as a professional, my favourite shots from the days when I was learning my craft during the time of film (ie: 1993-2003), those photographs that highlight how the camera never rests and in general photographs I loved capturing away from the studio.
So if you would like to celebrate my twenty-years as a photographer or would just like to see what has caught my eye during that time when I was not covering an assignment professionally follow me on Instagram HERE. Here is a sample of what you see over the remainder of 2015.
Book any wedding photography package (of any size and including whatever you like) or a portrait package (put together by you) to the value of $1000 or more between now and February 28, 2015 and while stock lasts receive an 8″x10″ Designer Acrylic Block Mount WORTH OVER $300+ with two 8″x10″ Fine Art enlargements all absolutely FREE!
Each acrylic is 30mm thick, free standing and allows you to showcase your favourite photograph with a professional look and polished finish – and when you feel like a change simply swap one photo for another, hence the two 8″x10″ Fine Art enlargements of your choice being included in this ‘$9000 Wedding & Portrait Photography Giveaway’.
And not to be forgotten consider this……
WEDDINGS Add to this giveaway our ‘2015 Special Offer’ with up to $1000 worth of FREE artwork
PORTRAITS For starters maybe try last years very popular ‘Short & Sweet’ package SAVING $300 or get it all and go for the ‘Complete Story’ package SAVING $1100
In my humble opinion…….the most important person in any professional Sydney photography studio is not the number one gun Sydney photographer whose reputation the studio is built upon, the person who answers the phone, does the retouching, the framer or professional printer. The most important person in any studio is the person who is about to capture that next photo.
‘Plan A’ was Balmoral Beach but alas it was windy to say the least so ‘Plan B’ was hatched; by hatched I mean we had a chat and decided we needed to be anywhere but there, I mentioned Clifton Gardens around the bay and away we went.
My afternoon continued with a slight touch of confusion when I saw Dalon drive up with no one in the front passenger seat, where was Crystal? The answer was soon clear when Scruffy (the dog) popped his head up, turns out Crystal was relegated to the back seat to avoid the dog hair – well played Scruffy.
So anyways it was time to get into it and what naturals they all (including Scruffy) turned out to be!
8.45am was our start time but to be honest if I could have started earlier I would have but what is it about being a parent of children that makes those early morning starts not as easy as they used to be? Surely the kids should be able to get up and look after themselves!
Anyways 8.45am worked out fine because where with some families there is a ‘warm up’ period for them to get used to the camera here it was a case of out of the car and into it – perfect, unreal, awesome, ideal and bloody good fun! A beaut family with three active and happy children, despite mild cases of the flu circulating this was never going to hold us up here!
So with the early morning light in our favour away we went for an hour or so mucking around, letting kids be kids and Mum & Dad sneak in as many cuddles as possible whilst yours truly was snapping away a few a photographs – here is a glance/sneak peek at the overall outcome. Enjoy!
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 –