Monday, 25 November 2013

Teen Portrait Shoot - On Location, Preparation Is The Key!





What I liked about this shoot was the planning and preparation on behalf of the client and I (mostly the client). I like being prepared but its not always possible with the craziness that is my life!

We booked a date months in advance to take advantage of all of our busy schedules giving us time to prepare our vision for the final images. This included finding the perfect location and preparing a wardrobe and hairstyle ideas.

When my usual location ideas did not match the clients expectations, I went on a quest to find the ideal place to shoot. 

Luckily for me, I mentioned it to a few people and one of them came up with these glorious gardens. Stone pathways and steps, beautiful colour and best of all privacy.

Now all we had to do was relax and take some great shots!








TECH TALK...
It was late afternoon so the sun made a lovely backlight as well as casting glorious colour. 

As we were using the sun as backlight, we had to fill the foreground. This is where my trusty assistant comes in. He is taller than a light stand so he is able to angle the light just where I need it. Usually emulating the sunshine, high above me and angled down onto the subject.

I used my Canon Speedlite for this shoot with an Interfit Softbox and Pocket Wizard radio transmitters. I also used my Westcott reflector for a more subtle look when needed.

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Monday, 11 November 2013

Summer Swim Action - Duel In The Pool



Everyone got into the spirit for the inaugural SMNE Duel In The Pool Meet. Hosted by Knox at Pymble Ladies College pool, each team chose a theme. Disco, Smurfs, Rockstars, Hawaiians and Wizards abound. Even the coaches came dressed up!

Despite the miserable weather the swimmers had a blast! 

First up was the Mixed Up Relay. Each swimmer drew a card with their stroke order on it. Each race started with the backstroke but a Breastroker could then be racing a Flyer so you don't know who is going to win the race until the very end...the kids LOVED it!

All of the following races were mixed so that the girls and boys raced together..

The teams collected points along the way and after each progress announcement, you could hear the whispers, we need to win another few races..etc. Such great team building. There was loads of yelling from the stands too..good job parents and grandparents.  Can't wait for the next meet!


Smurfs help with timing!
  
Cheering on her team!

Lane Cove Coaches?

Papa Smurf

Coach Michelle




Such a fun meet...there was lots of swim smiling!

The 8 and 9 year olds swam brilliantly!




The whole gang!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Beautiful Portraits of a Young Woman-Fun Photo Fashion Shoot


Everyday that I shoot, it is a fun day for me because I simply love what I do. Today was a little more fun than usual because we got to play with various new lighting setups, some props and hair blowing which I don't normally use in my business portrait sessions or my swim photos!



Dustyn is the Mackay representative for Lipsense Lip Colour as well as managing her own Youtube How-To Makeup  Channel so she knows how to apply a mean lipstick. The rest was up to us.




Dustyn hasn't modeled before but I think that you'll agree that the camera really likes her. The following are completely unedited images.





TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Camera - The most awesome Canon 1D X..
Lens - Canon 85mm
Aperture - 5.6 on the white images and 2.0 on the blue ones

Lighting
This lighting diagram is for the images with the white background.
Alien Bee B1600 with Beauty Dish as main light
Westcott Luminator Reflector for fill
Alien Bee B1600 with Bounce Umbrellas for the background

Pretty simple - just a Giant Octabox for the images with the blue background.



One handsome and helpful assistant to make the wind with a piece of card!

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Spring Splash - Lane Cove Swim Meet


Perfect spring weather. Not too hot or cold. Mostly sunny set the scene for this fun meet. 

Swimmers of all ages competed and when they weren't racing, they were hanging out together playing handball or doing handstands!

It is a perfect team building event.






What impressed me most though was the level of effort and participation by the parents. 

Cooking, marshaling, timing...you name it. This meet could not have achieved its success without these fabulous people.

The pace was set by the President, Louise Bain who was a ball of energy racing all over checking that everything and everyone were all going well and to plan.






And then there were the great swims. Not known to be a fast pool by any means, records were broken and PBs made none the less!

The younger swimmers enjoyed collecting their medals whilst the older swimmers were happy to use this as a good training exercise.

I had donated a prize which was luckily won by one of my best clients...I look forward to their family portrait session soon!



Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Swimmer Athlete Action Photography - NSW 2013 LC Qualifying Meet Highlights


From 7 year olds last weekend at the Summer Sprints to the "big kids" at this NSW LC Qualifying Meet. The biggest difference.....SPLASH! Bigger and stronger, these guys make a mess of the pool. 

The races are tighter so I have to try to shoot through the leg splash of the swimmer in the parallel lane to the one I'm aiming for then try to focus through their arm splash! A lot of dead images but still some good ones!



What is cool about these guys is their experience and style makes them so beautiful to watch. So streamlined, flexible and powerful!








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See you at the District Championships!