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Vulnerable Beauty…………

5 May

Sometimes when I shoot a model, it doesn’t take very long to realise that she has a certain character or persona, and that is what she will display throughout the shoot regardless of costuming, make up or location.

However occasionally I work with a model who is multi faceted, who can change emotion at a drop of a hat, with feeling and realism.

Some can go from happy to sad, innocent to sultry but very rarely do you see the change from utter self-confidence to complete vulnerability.

The beautiful Alless is one such talented model, completely at ease as the confident, glamorous fashionable bride but within minutes so able to express the emotions of fear and vulnerability…………

 

Old Rockers never die…they just bring back memories……..

7 Apr

Last weekend I shot an event at the fantastic Broadwater Gardens, well we were back the again this weekend for the free Easter concert. Not there to work just kick back and enjoy. We had a family day of swimming and eating and swimming and eating..yep, there is a pattern, …….. hey its Easter.

Anyway back to the reason for this post, about thirty years ago, or a bit more perhaps there was a band called…Sherbet, fronted by Daryl Braithwaite, they wowed the teens and had great  success for a while. As bands do they split and Braithwaite started a solo career, and that’s when the depth of this mans talent really emerged. Rock, ballads and feel good songs that appealed across different age groups.

Then as is normal for those soloists that have maybe five or six big hits, he faded away only to be heard occasionally on drive time radio. That is until last night !

The ten thousand or so lucky free concert goers were treated to a display of entertainment rarely seen, even when paying a days wages or more.

He warmed the crowd up with some reminiscing, and then hit us hard with the rock…needless to say the crowd was on its feet and dancing.

A standing ovation had Braithwaite and band return to the stage for a rendition of “Horses”, with the masses joining for a thunderous chorus.

Thanks Daryl and Gold Coast City Council, it was a great way to celebrate our wedding anniversary !

Earth Hour 2012

6 Apr

Last weekend I teamed up with the fantastic talent from Multiplay Entertainment and Foto-Media to shoot images at the Gold Coasts Earth Hour celebration held at the beautiful Broadwater Gardens.

Multiplay provided many of the acts and coordinated the event in conjunction with the Gold Coast City Council.

It was truly a family event with face painting, and acts aimed at the kids.

For the adults there was a variety of talent from fire dancing to Electra Vine and Liam Burrows, a finalist on “Australia’s’ Got Talent”. A nice young man with a talent beyond his years who has requested photos from the night for some promo work.

Earth Hour promotes energy conservation however the acts certainly put massive amount of energy keeping the large crowd entertained.

This is the first of these events held on the Gold Coast and with the reactions of all I spoke to next year will be bigger and much looked forward to.

Public Art….

9 Jan

Last weekend the family took a trip into Brisbane and ended up at a park near the river with fish and chips for lunch. Right nearby is the Brisbane Power Station Art Space….WOW!!.

Not really being into modern dance and modernist interpretive art, this centre was not on my list on places to see…it is now.

A well-preserved facade coupled with fantastic use of interior space dripping with visual treats at every turn.

I can only image what this place would be like when the lights are in operation and the sound system is vibrating the foundations.

 

 

Connecting with a model….

1 Jan

They are usually young, distracted by the thoughts of tonight’s party, not liking the hairstyle etc but before I get hate mail, I have been very generalist with my views on models. I have worked with quite a few creative, attentive models in the past and have enjoyed the time spent with them and the resultant images very much, however today I worked with a model who I had an instant and complete connection with. She was patient, compliant, and creative, she is also my wife.

We had taken our kids and those belonging to some friends to a local park for some time outdoors playing basketball and Nerf wars for the boys. Of course I had the camera with me and took multiple images of the kids playing, pulling faces and just generally being cute. I spotted a tree with the local creek in the background and asked my wife to pose…..naturally. Those of you that are married know that photos of your spouse are usually snapshots at weddings or other alcohol fuelled occasions which featured half closed, blood-shot eyes or questionable dance styles.

Not so today, my wife posed as I suggested, smiled naturally, and looked like she was enjoying the attention. Later in the day after we had off loaded what seemed like half the schools’ worth of kids, I did some processing on the raw image and was delighted when my wife asked me to download it for her Facebook profile. Yes there is some digital enhancements, but you know what, I think these adjustments just help her amazing inner beauty shine through even stronger.