Sometimes being a photographer really is all people think it is – pure unmitigated fun. There’s a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to bring together four fabulous models, a dozen classic motorbikes and two massive muscle cars in an empty city block but it was all worth it.
To be honest I couldn’t believe the bikes that turned up – a few Triumphs, BMWs, a couple of Ducattis, a Norton and an Ariel. An Ariel with a sidecar!! I would have loved to have had more time to play with the bikes but the guys were dropping by as a favour and were keen to hit the road. I also had a 56 Chev hotrod and a worked Ford F100 at my disposal in the deserts streets and lane ways of the Lismore CBD – a great location to photograph in.
If you are interested in some fashion photography for your shop or clothing label, or commercial photography of any kind. Drop me a line from my contacts page. I can do a shoot for you that will really make you stand out from your competition.
Special thanks goes to the members of the Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club
, Wal & Bianca and Andrew.
And for my father. Yes Dad, the pics are meant to be black and white. But here’s a colour one just for you.
In addition to being a wedding photographer, I also photograph a range of things for local Northern NSW businesses. This commercial photography can be anything from product photography in my studio, to location photography or other promotional photography for your businesses. I recently did a 3 day photoshoot at various locations around Ballina, Byron Bay, Lennox Head and outside Lismore for Creative Blinds. It was a great shoot that went super smoothly even though the lighting was particularly tricky.
I regularly shoot commercial images for clients who have decided to have a go at the photography themselves first to save money. The problem is that when they don’t manage to get the shot, they may have wasted significant time trying. I shot one job where the client had tried for 3 solid days to get what they were after. They called me at the last minute to step in and complete it for them. It was a studio shot that I set up, lit, photographed and post processed in under an hour. By trying to save my fee, they wasted 3 days of their own time.
If you are considering the need for some photography to help promote your business, please drop me an email or give me a call.
Just thought I’d drop in a quick note about the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). The AIPP was established in 1963 with the twin objectives of:
“Promoting the profession of photography”
“Enhancing the skill and knowledge of professional photographers”
The AIPP is a member run organisation and the closest thing to a regulator of photographers in Australia. As it stands pretty much anyone can buy a camera and call themselves a photographer. However, in order to be a member of the AIPP one must meet minimum professional standards in work quality and business structure. We also have to commit to continuing education to further our skills. There are levels to member ship starting as student and emerging members, then moving on to become a normal member. By demonstrating excellence members can further increase their standing and move up to become Associate Members, through to Masters and Grand Masters.
As the AIPP says “nearly 50 years after our inception, using an AIPP accredited photographer is still the best assurance you can get that your chosen photographer is a professional, skilled in the art of photography.
If you want to be sure you are using an AIPP accredited professional photographer…..look for the logo!”
As I travelled around Paris I constantly encountered enormous groups of tourists armed with the latest high end camera gear. Unfortunately for them, I can pretty much guarantee that their images are terrible and they would have been better off buying some postcards and sticking to taking photographs on their telephones.
In order to get photos better than that of the average tourists you need to do something the average tourist won’t do. You need to beat them to the punch and get up early. Really early. Really, really early. If you want great photos you’ll need to be ready to shoot before the sun comes up. Sunrise in Paris tomorrow is at 5.53am.
You’ll get great light and you’ll get the rarest of things in Paris. No crowds.
And you will be done with plenty of time to put the camera down and enjoy the sights. You’ll be first in line for the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Musee Dorsay, everything. The queues for the usual sights don’t normally start building until 8am (but by 8.10am they are already enormous) and opening times tend to be 9am or 9.30am.
Here’s an image I made of Notre Dame Cathedral with only a few cleaners around. Bliss.
Im just back from a photography expedition through Europe. I’ve visited Paris, Berlin and London shooting various landmarks, models and scenes of everyday life. These images will be going to my stock photography portfolio. I’ll show off some of the imagery as I work through it.
For now, here’s a beautiful early morning image of the Eiffel Tower taken before the tourists arrived.