Had the pleasure of hanging out with Samantha last week and shooting some simple 2 flash back lit portraits. The unforgiving Canberra weather has encouraged me to start shooting with artificial light, and I wanted to see whether I could create that soft enveloping quality of light that I like with only 2 speedlights and 1 umbrella. Hope you like the set!Read More
There's something poetic about abandoned buildings. Often there's enough left behind to give you clues about what it was like in the past, and without realising it you naturally fill the space with your imagination.
This vacant nursery is just beautiful to photograph portraits in. The ivy creeping over the windows have grown through little cracks in the wood, so a little bit of the outside has made it's way indoors; and on a nice day the light filtering through all the windows is soft and glowy. On the day of the shoot, it was rainy and so dark I wasn't sure whether I was going to get any decent images (hello Canberra winter!)- but after looking at the back of my camera, with images shot wide open at 1.6, it was like my camera could see what my eye could not. Check it out!
Model: Megan DawsonRead More
I had the pleasure of photographing Elly at Gooroomon Park Horse Riding School in Wallaroo a couple of weekends back. With a background of horse riding and a degree in animal behaviour, you could say that she was a certified horse whisperer!
notes: shot with Canon 6D, Canon 85mm 1.8, Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art lens, Tamron 24-70 mm 2.8 ; processed with my VSCO Cam M5 -inspired Lightroom Preset.Read More
It was such a pleasure collaborating on this boho-inspired shoot with local Canberra model Emily on the weekend. The shell of the old observatory is such a atmospheric and visually stunning place to take pictures.
I had only been at the Old Stromlo Observatory one other time, about 2 years ago (and it was midday), so I wasn't quite sure what the light was going to be like for the shoot. It turned out to be absolutely gorgeous, with interesting light streaming through the side windows, and the white walls acting as a 360 degree diffuse reflector so that the late afternoon light just glowed on the model's skin.
And Emily's red hair, blue eyes, and pale skin just looked spectacular with the light grey and rust tones of the Stromlo Observatory interior. What a gorgeous colour palette!
Here is a little bit of background for those unfamiliar with the story of the old Mount Stromlo Observatory. The observatory was established in 1924 as The Commonwealth Solar Observatory during the period when Canberra was being built. The devastating Canberra fires of January 2003 hit Mount Stromlo- destroying 5 telescopes, seven homes, and a heritage administration building.