Printed in memory

As a child Photography was a lens to the world.

The images in my parents family album would be the catalyst for my love of Photography and my strong belief that a still image can resonate with you in ways that video cannot.  Images viewed on a screen have a different quality to them than one that you can touch and hold in your hands. The impact of a printed image is that you don’t need another device to be able to look at it. It stays with you as long as you choose to have it around. Some of my treasured shots of family and friends are scattered around my apartment either on my walls or inserted into books or loose on a side table. They are with me whenever I need them and the best thing is I don’t need to plug anything in to be in their company.

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Personal work and how to plan it

©Avellino_DoggyNights-1bPhotographers spend so much time working with clients that they often forget to shoot something for themselves. I play a game when I am on a job – It’s called take one for me.

You will invariably have 5 minute especially when covering events to take a shot that has no meaning to anyone other than yourself. It can be a simple thing like a shot of light reflecting on a wall or even portrait of people as they are contemplating the action in the room. The great thing about these random shots is that they have no pressure associated to them and in some cases you won’t look at them until months later and you’ve often forgotten about the images.

I was recently looking through some shots from an event I shot in Melbourne. Taken from the 46th floor I was able to shoot off a couple of quick shots at the end of the event. I wouldn’t normally get access to views of Melbourne from this height so I tend to look out the windows when I can – it’s a great view. These shots reminded me that we often forget to keep working on themes or ideas that we feel particularly connected to. Not all the photography we produce should always be about money.

I am embarking on two creative projects for myself. Both have a Photo narrative to them and one is collaborative in nature. Whether these will ever see the light of day I don’t know but the great thing about these projects is that they are servicing a very important purpose which is to keep me thinking about the images I make and what I am trying to achieve with my Photography.

My head is full of ideas and influences from some of my favourite Photographers so I feel I have a visual suitcase I can borrow from when creating personal work. I am in the planning phase and close to execution on one of my first shots.

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So far, I have been immersed in a world filled with words, colour and light I guess I’m trying to work out my narrative and how I am going to achieve this in pictures. Easier said than done but a great challenge to give your self.

 

The difficulty I find is not in the idea but the execution, depending on the idea you need to start working through the logistics of creating the final body of work.

I can be a fairly methodical person when I start working on a project however, it doesn’t mean I am always successful in realising the idea. I go to the trouble of writing a proposal (even it’s just for my own reference). I do this largely so I can map out the perceived direction of my idea. This document will evolve over a period of time it will become a kind of storyboard.

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Do you have a sense of style?

The road to planning a wedding is a long one and is full of decision making. This journey will offer you so many solutions and opportunities that in the end you will begin to form an idea of what you like and dislike about different aspects of the process. This is especially the case when choosing your photographer you may not realise it, but the major element that you will be weighing up will be whether you like one photographer above another. In the end you will be choosing the photographer based on their work and therefore the ‘style’ of photography that you most like.

I thought I’d help you along a little and detail what the different terms mean in order to assist you through this process.  This is by no means an exhaustive list but a starting point to hopefully make the process a little easier.

Your search will lead you on a hunt that involves looking at endless wedding blogs, pintrest, magazines as well as photo’s from weddings you’ve attended. At the end of the day all you want is someone that is the right image maker for you on your day. The great thing about this period is you are able to indulge in an immersion of imagery and style. Inevitably you will start to find yourself attracted to a ‘type’ of photography you like and then narrow your search to this type of Photographer.

Here is a short list of the types of Photography that you may come across during search for the ideal shooter of your Wedding day.

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Do you really need a photographer?

Asia Cup-002In my last post ‘Let me get inside your head (or tips for choosing a Wedding Photographer & Planning a successful wedding shoot) I ran through the key points that may be useful when choosing a Wedding Photographer.

A Photographer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every shoot. The final shot is the end result of loads of planning, emails, consultations, brainstorming and finally shooting. I approach every shoot in the same way no matter if it is a Wedding or a Commercial shoot.

Let’s be honest, I have a tendency to ask a LOT of questions. At the end of the day these questions will be the formation of my shot list or plan for the day. I use this approach for every assignment I take on – no matter the size of the shoot. Remember image making is all about selling a dream.

A browse through my website will show you my range – you have my carefully studied travel/lifestyle photography, the sure fire speed of sport photography, the intimate moments of a wedding, as well as the careful planning required when shooting in the studio for a client. The life of a Photographer is certainly not a boring one. You need to be on your toes and have a good idea of what is required to complete a job successfully for the client and for yourself. Planning and time management are perhaps two of the key elements when planning a shoot.

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Let me get inside your head (or tips for choosing a wedding Photographer & planning a successful wedding shoot)

Planning your Wedding can be a very stressful period for a Bride & Groom, after all how can you ensure that the team you assemble for your wedding are the right team for you? The chemistry has to be right otherwise; well it could end in tears.

One of the things that I think most people don’t realise when you plan a wedding is that the relationship you have with all your providers will determine the success of the day from a planning and logistical point of view.

I’m writing this from a Photographers point of view. So, my perspective will be heavily biased, but when all is said and done the person you will spend the most time with on the big day (other than your partner) will be the Photographer.

I will be with you from morning through to the reception– so, once you’ve chosen your photographer the key to success is communication. The better this is the more successful and stress free your day will be.

I am a big fan of lists and schedules. As a Photographer if I’m not on the same page as you I will not be at my best. This is why at the early stages I ask loads of questions, do site visits (where possible) so that I can assess my understanding of your day and also if I am the right fit for you.

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