Monday, January 30, 2012

Australian Open

The end of January mean Tennis fever has just left Australia and I was among one of the many to venture to Melbourne for the Australian open this year with the boy who is a big fan and we saw 3 sessions of quarter finals, which in each session we got to see a top 3 player so I think thats pretty darn good! Here are some of the pics mostly taken with my 70-200, an absolute baby among all the other massive lenses..

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2011 lil model competition!

Over the last year I've aquired some amazing props to be used in my shoots and as of late haven't had the chance to use them! So I am running a lil model competition, as most of my props are for little people- everything from cocoons for newborns to a little wooden rocking chair for an up to 6 year old so that will be the main guideline for the competition!
So here's how it all works-
- You can enter either your child or a child known to you with permission from parents age 0-6yrs
- Parents MUST be willing to sign a model release meaning that the photos can be used by me both online and in printed portfolios and if relevant in some advertising. (I won't sell the images to any third party sites like stock photos etc)
- Everyone who enters gets a $50 voucher towards any photography session with me
- Must be located on the Central Coast or willing to travel
So do you have or know of a little one that you would love to have gorgeous photos of, some of them wearing some cool props? What you have to do to enter is-
- 'Like' then post a photo of the lil model on my facebook page
- Get all your friends to 'Like' my page and 'like' your photo and the person with the highest 'likes' on the 31st of January wins!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Reflections on last year, now.

I know I've kind of missed the boat on posts wrapping up the year that has past in photos or memories but I still wanted to have the opportunity to go through and pick some of my faves that you may or may not have seen over the past year from my Lomography film cameras.

Trying out my newly won Diana, I experimented with some light painting around my newly purchased Fisheye 2. These were the cold January days in Canada where I had to find things to take photos of inside so as not to freeze my trigger finger off mid click. Okay so maybe it wasn't that bad but at the time it felt like it..

Adventuring across the city to pick up my (again newly won) Diana Mini I took this photo on the way back of some items out the front of a shop that can only be described as selling Bric-a-brac. I like the 'Bambi's' and my reflection in the pot, with my camera to my face, not an inch of skin to be seen.

An early warm streak had me jumping for joy in March but even though it was only short lived I loved getting out and seeing random sights like this when the snow melted away, the dressings of a snowman built months before.

Through Couchsurfing I met a now great friend and we went on a road trip to Chicago together. Coming from Australia the chance to be able to drive to such places still seems weird to me but it was a fun time. I challenged myself by only taking film cameras on the trip and was shattered when I received back all the black and white rolls from my Holga, which in one view had been ruined by the lab. I now think that the dust spots, scratches and chemical marks all add to the photos making them look even more vintage.

We went back to Halifax for a much needed couple of weeks off seeing family and friends and this photos just really captures that time for me.

Getting back to London it was like someone had flipped a switch to summer and had made the grass grow, the flowers bloom and the Sears workers scream about lawn mowers instead of snow blowers. We took to playing tennis to soak up some sun and get exercise.

On Canada Day I painted the town red with my Fisheye and colorsplash flash. I had really hoped that this photo came out better than it did, with the couple in front of us kissing under the fireworks, but alas that is one of the chances you take when you shoot with film.

This was an incredibly busy month filled with lots of work, many photoshoots, packing for moving, goodbyes, travelling halfway across the country and somehow we managed to fit a day trip to Niagara falls in there.

After enjoying a few weeks in Halifax with road trips to Hunts Point and the Valley, The 26th was always going to be the day that I had to be out of the country by, we left a couple of days earlier and made the hell of a trip from Halifax, Canada to Tumbi Umbi, Australia.

After a lot of settling in and catching up with people we headed way up north to the Barrier Reef stopping at a fair few fun places in between. This double exposure was taken on Fraser Island. It's a long story of what happened but if you ever find yourself going there. Take it from an Aussie and 2 Canadians, drive, don't walk.

Work started, fixing up the house took up the free time and other than seeing the friends on the odd occasion not as much happened. Except for getting the camera of all Lomography cameras, the LCA

The coldest beginning to a December on record and overall 5 degrees less than average sent me and my bragging about how warm this summer will be back into my ugg boots. The Koala and the Moose did however happen to pick a lovely day to explore in Sydney.