Meet Ethan everyone (via this little vintage retouch/feature). It was Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park portraits time. This is the second time I have photographed this little man, the fourth time I have photographed his brother (Lachlan) and the sixth time I have photographed their Mum & Dad, Peter & Amy. And that is super-bloody-cool, I love it. I mean. You spend...
Around this time of year I have come to call my Photographer’s Winter. Basically, with things a little quieter on the shooting front June/July-ish this is the time where my camera comes out a little for personal reasons, as pictured here.
Now family getaways are always fun (as are the Blue Mountains I reckon) but from a photography perspective it is super cool to put my family in front of the lens. Not to mention, simply wandering around with the camera over my shoulder and shooting whatever catches the eye is always fun. Yes people, without sounding too sentimental it is a special time behind the camera for yours truly. And being very much an annual event it was only natural I give it a name like the Photographer’s Winter.
Having captured Brett, Bri & Eddy in Brooklyn late April this is how ‘The Completed Portrait’ has ended up this week – as 40+ professionally retouched portrait photographs showcased in one of our custom designed albums (printed for us in Japan). As a people person, portraiture specialist and (Sydney based) North Shore portrait photographer check out the examples of our classic and candid style below as we have showcased the entire 30-page design. #stoked #lovethefinishedproduct
Product: our “Designer Album” style
Product Specs: 7″x7″ size. Hard cover. Matt prints. 30-pages. Opaque cover sleeve. Three copies.
Design Brief: “Old School” ie: going back to our 90’s heritage by subtly adding film grain, borders, lighting flare points, cross-processing colour , film light leaks and some of those good ole inevitable negative scratches.
(Poor Audrey loved the first couple of ‘daddy throws’, we promise!)
Just a quick little feature of two classic family portrait sessions this week, one at Lisgar Gardens in Hornsby and one at a private residence in Kellyville.
Essentially I have taken the same approach to both shoots (ie: loads of cuddles for mum & dad and simply mucking around capturing the family doing what they do naturally) and we have gone a little vintage-ee in the retouching (ie: washed colours and tones, rough borders as well as some added textures and light flare). All in all I have had fun, I know Julia, Jono, David, Pinar, James, Ezra, Audrey & Theo did and I love the reality of what I have snapped and how it engages the children as well as the parents – not to mention in twenty-years (plus) time I’ve always thought that looking back at images that have genuinely captured reality (ie: as it is/was) will add so much more value to what we have done together.
Here is a quick 15-20 image showcase of a series of shoots we have just wrapped up over the last 12-months. Meet Magnus. Photographed a one-month old, six-months old and one-year. Captured at the family home, Brooklyn and Fagan Park. Some 300 or so portrait and family images all capturing the first year of Gus in the world. Officially the package...
The brief was candid (“us hanging out”), the subject was family (“mainly bub”), the location was Brooklyn (“somewhere outdoors and natural”), #tickticktick. Here is a quick vintage retouch/feature showcasing Bri & Brett hanging out with their the new/first born, 4-month old Eddy.
We have just kicked off another “Our Baby’s First Year” portrait package on Wednesday afternoon with Ethan (pictured). Here is a quick sample of Ethan’s first shoot, an hour or so on the banks of the Hawkesbury River (package details have been listed below).
It will probably go without saying but I think Shankar & Vruchi were a touch overdressed compared to the locals walking around Brooklyn the other day but who cares, that red dress and blue jacket look brilliant in the natural setting that is the Hawkesbury River. And I cannot help but wonder if this was only an hour and a...