Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A passion for fashion...

The When Freddie Met Lilly collection launch has been a hugely anticipated event in the Brisbane fashion calendar for several years now, with the sexy sophisticated gowns and sharp suits that identify the brand being de-rigeur in the wardrobes of the city's fashion leaders. This year though, chief designer Vanessa Hoe & her team took the bar even higher, hosting an outstanding gala event at Mirra in Fortitude Valley attended by 300 guests. With a real red-carpet arrival, including your's truly providing a proper paparazzi experience on the media wall (see more pics here), guests were treated to the very best of Brisbane's fashion scene on a thoroughly memorable evening that included two stunning new collection launches.

Peita & Zane's Destination Wedding on North Stradbroke Island

I got to enjoy some wonderful island time last week out the stunningly beautiful North Stradbroke Island whilst shooting Peita & Zane's destination wedding on the beach at Point Lookout. It was a simply perfect September day and the lucky couple had chosen an awe-inspiring location with a spectacular backdrop out over the Coral Sea. With this small, midweek wedding feeling very much like an elopement, Peita & Zane were completely relaxed, enjoying every moment and that's what you can see in the photos - pure emotion and elation. 

I feel the need, the need for speed...


Ok, I admit it, I can be a bit of a rev-head at times and so I absolutely jumped at the opportunity to capture some memories of this Maserati Gran Tourismo for owner Manu recently. We captured some footage at home before taking the beast for a leisurely spin around the summit road at Mt Cootha - oh man - what a wonderful sound...

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Jacinta and Fetaiaki - Ipswich Nerida Gardens

I shared a wonderful morning with Jacinta & Fetaiaki at the stunning Ipswich Nerida Gardens before their wedding later in the day. It's always exciting to do something a little different - that's what keep us creative. I love that every wedding and family event has it's own unique story to tell...

Certified Professional Photographer - What does that really mean?

These days there are a LOT of people out there claiming to be professional photographers, but are they really? They might take photos for money, but does that mean they meet all the standards required to qualify as truly professional?

Accreditation is the key, and in Queensland, only those photographers who are recognised by the Australia Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) or the Professional Photographers Association of Queensland (PPAQ) can claim that status.
Being a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), means your portfolio of work has been assessed by practising Masters of Photography, you run a legitimate, compliant business and you carry the requisite insurance policies. You are required to use legally binding contracts that protect your clients and yourself.

If the photographer you are considering can't provide the credentials of Certified Professional Photographer then it may be prudent to ask why!

Me, well, I've been accredited CPP by both AIPP and PPAQ so could charge double the price of any unqualified photographer :-o
But I don't! I guess that's because I love what I do so much!!

A pinch and a punch for the first of the month...

An UNBEATABLE OFFER for 10 lucky brides!

No, sorry, we're not offering new cameras, but we are offering an incredible deal for 10 lucky couples who want to be among the first to have their wedding's captured with Canon's very latest groundbreaking DSLR - the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
We're incredibly keen to get our hands on one next week, but we're too busy with existing work to offload any gear and so, to keep the accountants happy, we're offering an AMAZING, limited time offer for 10 lucky couples...

for 8 hours photo coverage on your day
a 20 side 10x10" flush mount album 

(normally priced at $1995)

Let me bring my storytelling expertise to capture magical memories of your special day, backed up by very latest technology and the reassurance you get from knowing you have hired a Certified Professional Photographer.

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Bookings are subject to availability. Travel Costs may apply for venues >100km from Brisbane CBD.
Strictly limited to first 10 completed bookings and offer valid until 30/09/16

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The BEST question I've ever been asked... and the worst question I OFTEN get asked!

As a wedding photographer, I get asked a lot of questions by bridal couples and most of them can be anticipated, such as "How long will you be there on the day?" and "How many images can I expect to receive?" These are the regular queries, the ones you have a ready answer for and that are an expected part of the booking discourse. Just occasionally, though, you get a question from left field, something really smart that makes you think, with an answer that tells the interrogator much about yourself and that leads me to the very best question I've been asked as a wedding photographer...

"What's your favourite movie?"

It's such a simple question, yet so smart because the answer can tell you so much about a person! Of course, absolutely everyone will give a different answer, but when you going to spend countless hours with an individual and you are trusting them to capture the memories of your most important day you can infer a fair bit from their answer! After all, if someone were to choose a violent slasher movie, would you really be that keen to spend the day with them?

For me, the answer was simple - it's Notting Hill, closely followed by Love Actually! Yes, there are plenty of other cinematic masterpieces I enjoy (and some others I endure), for their sheer art or storytelling, but if I want to go a happy place then give me Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts any day! I'm certainly not a soppy romantic by any stretch of the imagination - my wife will testify to that - but maybe it's because I have such fond memories of living in the same part of London or the larger-than-life English caricatures I can relate to, but there is something about the movie that makes me happy to watch it over and over again. There may be better movies out there, but few leave me feeling as warm and contented as Notting Hill does and because cinema is meant to provide entertainment and escapism it certainly succeeds for me.

As a wedding professional, I do think you have to be "in love with love" to do your job well! I'm not talking sickly sweet, besotted adoration, but more a deep appreciation of romance, hope, and commitment. You have to enjoy working closely with passionate people on what can be a stressful and emotionally charged day and you have to have a ready supply of positive energy to lift spirits if need be. This certainly isn't an industry for the dispassionate, the disillusioned or the cynical! With world news so often full of dread and gloom, weddings are a necessary glimmer of light and hope that provide us all with joy and escapism.

Notting Hill was a clearly a good answer because I got that booking, and enjoyed a fantastic day in the company of some genuinely wonderful people I still keep in touch with to this day.

So questions about weddings are great - they convince me that couples are invested in their day and want to ensure that the person who is being paid to capture their emotion is on the same wavelength as them. I love it when a couple has lots of questions, however, there is one question I always dread, and it's one that's completely irrelevant and is, quite honestly, probably the worst question you can ask any photographer and it goes like this...

"Do you use Canon or Nikon?"

Why? Why does it matter? As the great Ansell Adams once said, the most important part of any camera is the 12 inches behind it! Of course, the inference from that is that it's the knowledge in the photographer's head that is critical to the process, not the camera, which is simply a tool! Asking which camera brand is kind of like asking a pilot if he flies Boeing or Airbus, or a professional driver whether he is a Holden or a Ford man. The skills required are the exactly the same, it's just that some of the buttons and levers may be arranged in an alternate pattern and there is a different badge on the front.
I may have been using Canon professionally now for over 25 years, but that doesn't mean I couldn't capture exactly the same work with an equivalent Nikon system, or indeed an Olympus, Fuji or Sony mirrorless camera! It just means I'm not all that keen on throwing away the money I've invested in changing for changes sake! Both systems have their own merits and whilst there have been times when I have considered switching allegiance to Nikon, my patience has always been rewarded by Canon's newest innovative offering. Much more relevant than the brand of a camera these days is what software will be used to process the imagery as that can, and undoubtedly will, make much more difference to the final presented image!
If I am being 100% honest, though, there is a question that couples should really be asking about camera brands, but it isn't "Canon or Nikon?" it is "Why don't you use Leica?" but then that's a whole other story...