Shaun & Susan

A few months ago, Shaun and Susan got in touch looking for someone to shoot their wedding. Except it wasn’t really going to be a wedding. More a party at the Regatta Hotel, during which they would get married. 

They didn’t want the whole wedding package – formal bridal photos and all the trimmings. Their friends and family are most important, so they were after coverage that focussed on the people at the “non-wedding wedding” having fun, having conversations and celebrating the day.

Point Cartwright Dreaming

I had a trip up to the Sunshine Coast last weekend, to shoot the Sunshine Coast Marathon. Since I had to arrive the day before, I figured it would be a great opportunity to get out and shoot some landscapes, which I haven’t done nearly enough of recently.

The weather didn’t really play along, but I did manage to beat the storm at Point Cartwright for these dreamy seascapes before running back to the car just as the thunder and lightning struck.

Craft Beer Industry Conference & Awards

A little over a week ago, my phone rang. There was a lot of noise in the background, and the caller explained that she was in a beer warehouse. “There are worse places to be”, I thought.

“What are you up to next week?”, she asked.

Luckily, I was free all week, so was brought on to cover the Australian Craft Beer Industry Association’s annual conference and awards, which were in Brisbane for the first time. It was a really busy week, with long days and late nights, with quick turnaround of photographs for social media use by the event’s PR team from Red Stockholm.

The week started out with the judging sessions for the awards, which were ultimately taken out by Little Creatures Pilsner. You can check out the full list of winners at the CBIA site.

Next up was the Australian Craft Beer Conference and Trade Show, held at the new Royal International Conference Centre at the RNA Showgrounds, commencing with a keynote speech from tech entrepreneur and Shark Tank ‘shark’ Steve Baxter, and followed by a welcome BBQ at the Stockmen’s Bar & Grill.

And finally, the week concluded at Lightspace, with the awards ceremony, featuring a very cool Airstream Trailer bar, provided by Kegstar.

Environmental Portraits – Harmony Vision Care

Environmental portraits. They’re always much more interesting than a headshot in front of a white background. Taking portraits in a person’s home or workplace helps to tell their story, or the story of their business. Generally, environmental, or location portraits provide more context than a traditional studio portrait, and help subjects be more relaxed in familiar, less ‘formal’ surroundings. 

Recently, I was engaged to shoot some promotional images for Harmony Vision Care, an optometry clinic on the Gold Coast, who specialise in vision health for children. With that in mind, we created a series of portraits of the staff interacting with a patient, using some of the tools they use every day in the clinic.

CEDA Lunchtime Events

As well as travelling around the place and getting up early in the morning to cover events for Supersport Images, I’ve also recently photographed a couple of events in Brisbane for CEDA – the Committee For Economic Development of Australia. First was an event on investment and competitiveness in the agribusiness sector, and the second was all about Queensland’s future energy policy.

As is my preference for these type of events, my focus is always on capturing candid moments and connections between attendees, rather interrupting conversations for awkward, posed ‘social’ shots. 

Springbrook National Park

Recently, I’ve mostly been photographing people. Corporate portrait, events, promotional, sport. They help pay the bills, but gosh I love getting out and photographing some nature.

As long as I’ve lived in Brisbane, I’ve only been to Springbrook National Park a couple of times, usually opting for the slightly shorter drive to Tamborine. But yesterday, I decided to drive those extra few kilometres along winding mountain roads and across single lane bridges to Purling Brook Falls.

After which, I paid my first visit to the very popular Natural Bridge

Boyhood

I’ve just spent a great couple of days on the NSW North Coast with my brother and his two boys. 

From Japan to Namibia

If you’ve known me for a while, you might remember that I took a trip to Japan in January 2015, to take part in one of Martin Bailey’s Hokkaido Winter Landscape tours. And I loved every minute of it.

Firstly, for the opportunity to meet photographers I’ve known, or known of, for a long time on line, including Martin and David DuChemin. But also it was fantastic to meet new people from all over the world, and develop friendships with a bunch of people who share a passion for photography and travel. Among others on the trip I took, we had a Scottish guy who lived in Sweden, a Romanian who lives in Dubai, an American who lives in Shanghai, and a Brit who lives in Hong Kong. It’s fair to say it was an eclectic bunch!

Add to that, the opportunity to visit locations that I never would have otherwise, and to shoot amazing minimalist winter landscapes that I’ve never experienced before, and you can see why it’s one of my favourite experiences of recent years.

So, I’m sure you can imagine how thrilled I was to chat with Martin this week and be invited to accompany him and help lead his 2017 Namibia Tour and Workshop. Taking place in June 2017, the tour is a 17-day adventure through Namibia in open-top Land Rovers, visiting National Parks and shooting wildlife, landscapes and people in some wonderful looking locations.

My participation depends on numbers – I’ll be the co-host in the second vehicle if enough people sign up for the tour before July 15 – and it looks like places are filling up pretty quickly. So, if you’ve ever thought of taking a photographic safari through Africa, or you’d like to have an experience meeting new, like-minded people from all around the world in a great location, head on over to Martin’s page and sign up now.

Quiksilver & Roxy Pro

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve made a few trips down the coast to Coolangatta’s Snapper Rocks, culminating in today’s finals day of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro World Surf League contests.

I was there for the men’s quarter finals, featuring defending champion Filipe Toledo, world champion Adriano de Souza, Kolohe Andino, Adrian Buchan, giant-killer Stu Kennedy, John John Florence and eventual contest winner Matt Wilkinson. Unfortunately the rain set in during the women’s semi finals, so I only managed a few photos of world champ Carissa Moore before packing it in and heading home to watch the finals on TV.

Next on the WSL calendar is the Rip Curl Pro at Victoria’s Bells Beach. I have eight days to work out how to get someone to pay my way there.

TEDx SouthBank

I recently volunteered to photograph the TEDx SouthBank event, which was held yesterday at the State Library of Queensland. I spent the day out on the ‘Activation Space’ balcony, so unfortunately didn’t get the chance to experience the presentations. But I did get to experience the many great conversations those presentations inspired.

Also, donuts.