Interiors photography

When I started my photography business, I had quite a mixed portfolio. Corporate photography, which included portraits, locational photography for annual reports and brochures, copy work, some product photography, and photography of various dwellings, shops and interiors.

I later started photographing schools, debutante balls, family portraits and finally weddings which became the principal element of my business, and remained so for 20 years.

Recently, a previous wedding client contacted me about photographing exteriors and interiors of dwellings for a building company which he is managing. My first reaction was that of trepidation, having not taken this kind of photography for so long and not wanting to possibly disappoint my client.

After some consideration and research, I decided to submit a quote and the company accepted.

The first property was a renovated cottage in West Brunswick, so armed with every bit of photographic gear I could muster up, I went on assignment.

The first thing that occurred to me was that I had time to analyze the surroundings in detail and time to frame each scene. After all, I was now in a world where the photographer has  to carefully adjust parallel and vertical lines.This was a real luxury one doesn’t have when photographing weddings or busy people. It’s also a quiet and peaceful form of photographic endeavor.

The image displayed is that of the house’s kitchen from ground level and believe me, after a couple of hours  of bending and stretching, my thighs really felt it!

Variety is the spice of life, so I’m very happy to have been given the opportunity to work in  this field of photography again. Thanks, Theo!

 

 

Portrait with bounced light.

Those in the photography industry who know me, will be familiar with the fact that I often use bounced flash from the speedlight on my camera when photographing indoors. I have friends and colleagues who favour off-camera flash in various ways and although I also use these methods as well, circumstances don’t always allow for this. For example, when photographing Conferences, Corporate Training Sessions and some Private Functions such as the image displayed.

On this occasion which was a milestone birthday event, the area I used to take family portraits had limited space. The other factor is that at this venue, it would have been inappropriate to bring in additional lighting, assistants and stands.

With most of the family groupings, I used either bounced or direct flash depending on the group sizes. However, in the case of individual portraits such as the young girl in the image, I was able to mold the lighting by bouncing my speedlight directly off a close wall.

The distance between the flash head and wall determines the shape, size and contrast of the light on a subjects face. and many pleasing and professional results can be achieved using this method.

It surprises me how many fellow photographers don’t embrace this method of lighting as much as they could. After all, the result speaks for itself and no one was inconvenienced.

It’s taken me a few years to fine tune and predict my results, but give me a white wall and I’m a happy flash bouncer!

 

 

Portait of a Retoucher

A friend and colleague, Peter King who many in the photography industry will know of, decided to have a portrait taken so he could put a name to his face on his website.

Peter is a no fuss kind of guy and was a little nervous in front of a camera lens. I took a series of basic head and shoulder images in my studio mainly going for expression. My lighting as always; was simple, consisting of a Key light, reflector and separation light behind him.

Afterwards, I passed on the files to Peter assuming he would be retouching them himself. In the meantime for a bit of fun, I had a play around and decided to create a montage of images showing the progression from the image taken originally, to a rather Corporate looking image as the end result. Who says there is truth in photography?

It’s playing around like this that can fine tune your skills for the next client.

The image below is the one Peter used for his site which interestingly, is one I sent to him after I had a “play” with it in PhotoShop.

 

Executive Portrait

Just before Christmas, a photographer friend asked if I could photograph a client of his because he was unable to do so.

I decided to use his studio, knowing that he had a variety of backdrops and great window light. I also brought along my trusty Bowens Pro-Light flash unit and various reflectors to produce different “looks”.

The client, Holly was from the USA and like so many Americans, was a patient and enthusiastic subject which enabled me to utilise a variety of lighting angles, poses, and backgrounds.

The required images were for her professional and personal use so she bought along  three different changes of clothing. The outfit in this image suited her professional profile.

I photographed the required corporate images, but particularly like this one because of it’s professional, contemporary and relaxed nature. Perfect for a young switched on Marketing Executive and Public Speaker.

Family portrait session

On the weekend, I had the privilege to photograph Julie and Cameron’s little family. I photographed their wedding in 2007, so it was an added pleasure to be able to catch up again. They now have a new house and a new son and are as happy as can be.

Julie and Cameron have achieved a lot professionally, but they wanted a very informal session which shows them as they are at home in a casual atmosphere. It’s a fine line between producing happy snaps and a professional result in such an environment so in a way, it was a tougher assignment than if it was a studio “shoot”.

Luckily, they were really co-operative and came up with great ideas of their own as well. By the time this image was done I’d photographed many variations and was still lying on my side after photographing their one year old son at “kiddie-level”. Lach ran back to Mum & Dad in front of their favourite and special tree and there was my image. Julie asked at the beginning of the session if the tree could be included.

It’s great to be able to fulfill one’s clients wishes and dreams.

Tristan & Kate’s wedding

Bridal Party

A few weeks ago, I photographed Tristan & Kate’s wedding at Meadowbank Receptions, a delightful Heritage listed property.

I went first to Kate’s mum’s house to take some images of her with the bridesmaids and her parents. Everyone was so relaxed! After this, it was on to Meadowbank for the Ceremony followed by family photos and some of the bridal party before the reception. Tristan and Kate said the food was amazing!

The cloudy conditions provided a soft light, perfect for photography and enabled me to use every part of the lovely gardens there. This image reflects the fun and relaxed nature of the day. All I had to do, was press the camera button and enjoy it all!

Rosemary & Ian’s wedding

I had a great day photographing Rosemary and Ian’s wedding day.

Rosemary is a Melbourne artist who has had several exhibitions, paintings in galleries and has painted people of distinction such as Dame Elizabet Murdoch and Christine Nixon. Her choice of dress reflects her artistic nature and the theme of the day in general which was that of timeless elegance.

Ian and Rosemary wanted the day to be photographed as naturally as possible and also wanted some images to have an artistic appearance if the situation presented itself.

The locality was in the grounds of Trinity College at Melbourne University where they had their ceremony. This image was taken at the Cloisters and captured a natural happy moment.