It was such a pleasure to be shooting another editorial showcasing Josh Goot’s stunning designs. I love the bright colour blocks in his 2015 Resort collection. As my style is quite minimal and clean, I chose to keep my backgrounds simple, but with a nod to his colour splashes by matching the floor to each outfit we shot. I wanted the colours to really pop so I used a spot as my key light knowing that the hard quality of the light would allow the colours to photograph vibrantly. I aimed a soft box on the background to lighten the grey and allowed that light to spill onto our model, Vanessa, creating more depth and separation.
This week we collaborated with Instagram lifestyle blogger The Only Blonde One to shoot a fun blog-style editorial. Blogitorial. Hmm, not really sure if that’s the correct word to use here. New, made-up words are tricky like that. The idea behind these types of shoots is that our subject is less than supermodel but more everyday fabulous woman. Because aspirations should be attainable too.
Calvin Klein sleepwear editorial featuring model Yasmin Baildon.
There is nothing instant about Instagram. This was my first surprise when I started using the extremely popular app that all the crazy kids seem to be using now a-days. Or maybe not the kids, but the young adults. I hear there’s this other app the young ones use called SnapChat. Did I just show my age? Sigh.
In any case, back to my original complaint. Instagram is not instant as the name implies. I decided to try out Instagram because it looked like people were having a lot of fun posting highly processed photos on a never ending news feed. Take a photo, play around with some filter options, post, and wait for the likes to pour in. Sounded easy to me.
I should have known that that little process already hinted at a ‘less than instant’ status. I couldn’t get through that process in less than 5 minutes, usually much longer. There are just too many filter options to choose from. Every time I took a photo that I wanted to post, I’d get sucked into my phone making minute adjustments to my grainy photo with all the pickiness of someone trained in advanced Photoshop.
I was becoming one of those people whose eyes are glued to her phone instead of the world around her. Sucked in.
And yet so fun. There is something to be said about the supposed downfall of real life social connections due to smart phones, but that’s a whole different rant. I’m not blaming Instagram for what seems to be an entire generation of socially awkward sometimes rude youth of today. Instagram is just an app. A tool. I love it.
Instagram is a great platform for sharing photos whether it be happy snaps or professional marketing campaigns. I’ve seen it used as a powerful brand shaping tool used to open a dialogue between companies and its customers. It’s been used to create social awareness and perhaps even social change through its global reach. It’s also a great way to bring photography back to some basics for the little everyday people such as myself.
I use it as a reminder to take those happy snap pictures that I spy everyday instead of walking right past them. With no technical aspects to consider such as shutter speed or aperture, my camera phone allows me to focus more on composition and timing my shots. It’s relaxing and easy. It makes photography a hobby again, something that it ceased being for me over a decade ago. It’s like it’s retraining my eyes to search for pictures everywhere I go because I have this handy platform to share my little snippets with to friends and a whole community of strangers who also share my love for memorable moments. I work in a very controlled studio environment with professional models and a skilled team. My camera phone lets me shoot something different for no other reason than just because. I’m observing and exploring more, and In that way I’m refuelling my creativity. I just need to remember to do my editing after returning home.
Find me on Instagram under Photographiser to see what I shoot when I’m not shooting.
This year has already been so full of amazing experiences and personal changes for myself. To sum it up, last month I went and got myself married! The lead up to the wedding was a haze of endless emails, to-do lists, big eating, and so much love. I feel truly lucky to have so many wonderful, generous and loving people in my life.
Of course, one of the best perks of getting married is the indulgent honeymoon that follows.
Sabah, the Malaysian province on the northeast side of Borneo, was the perfect choice for us. We had a perfect holiday of lazy luxury (required after many
weeks months of hectic wedding planning) mixed with a little adventure. The highlights were a visit to Selingan Island, a turtle sanctuary where we had the unforgettable experience of releasing baby turtles to the sea, and the boat trips up and down the Kinabatangan River watching for endemic wildlife.
Before we left Sydney, I treated myself to a brand new point and shoot camera since I didn’t want to be lugging around my heavy camera gear on what was supposed to be a relaxing, romantic honeymoon. There are times when it’s more important to not be focusing on getting that perfect shot. This trip was one of them. I wanted an easy-to-use, light-weight, little point and shoot camera to grab my happy snaps without any fuss. After lots of internet reading, I had decided on a Canon Gx7. It had the wonderful flexibility to choose fully automatic settings or to use any combination of manual settings. Having not bothered with point and shoot cameras for several years, I was happily surprised with the beautiful results of this camera. Camera technology sure has come a long way in recent years! Below are a few photos from Malaysia, all taken with the Canon Gx7.
Hello summer! Nothing else better signals the start of sunnier days ahead than the changing of clocks for daylight savings. That jump of just one hour really makes a difference. I’ve been loving the cycle home from the studio with the warm sun at my back instead of those chilly, dark evenings in winter. The approaching summer also means that sunglasses are now our favourite must-have accessory. So, I was more than happy to create this fun editorial of Tony Bianco sunglasses. We were lucky enough to also have some colourful bedsheets in the studio for a different shoot when I walked by and thought these would make a great background, and so voila! Instant awesomeness!
I had a great time shooting these Philip Stein watches the other day. I’ve been shooting a lot of fashion and video lately so it was really nice to shoot a still life editorial again.
I almost forgot how much I enjoy a quiet day in the studio focusing on precise product lighting. I sort of tune out the busy world around me and zero in on my set bubble. It can be quite peaceful to zone out on a creative project of this nature, where it feels like it’s just me and my inanimate object of a subject. Time slows down, or maybe it only feels like that because I’m staring at clock faces stuck at the exact same second for hours on end!
In any case, I’m very happy with the final series, and I’m grateful I got to enjoy a day of quiet tinkering. Studio life for the win.
We thought we’d switch things up from our usual flay lays and do something a bit more three dimensional for this week’s style session with Stylemology. These product stills were created using clothes hangers, fishing line, and lots of patience. The trick was waiting for some of the items to stop spinning back and forth on their fishing lines! The extra time and effort was completely worth it though as we’re thrilled with the final results.
After weeks and weeks of endless rain, I’m so happy to finally enjoy some sunshine. The weather is warming up, and the studio is full of bright pastels and casual short dresses. Spring is here! And about time too. Here are some of this week’s photo shoots.
What is it about women and shoes? I didn’t understand the whole hoopla when I was a kid, but somewhere between high school and my first real grown-up job, I became part of the movement/craze/irrational use of your pay cheque.
We’ve been buried under shoes galore here at the studio shooting the upcoming Guess Footwear promotions. The greatest thing about Guess shoes is that they’re never afraid to be bold, edgy, or just plain fun.
Check out our different style sessions: Wild For Prints, Red Love, Bad*ss Basics, and Sparkle & Shine. Let’s just say that I’m grateful to be the sample size of shoe!
I was that geeky camera chick who spent her high school lunch breaks in the darkroom. I still miss the smell of those stinky developer chemicals. Sort of.
Born in Canada, I graduated with top honours in Applied Photography at Sheridan College before spending several years assisting and producing for some of the best commercial shooters in Toronto. After gathering a wealth of valuable skills and getting my first DSLR, I bought a plane ticket to Asia.
It was my first backpacking adventure, but I managed to survive nine months from Seoul to Singapore with only some shoddy mandarin and a lot of luck. I had the time of my life. So I did it again. Seven months of zig-zagging around India and Nepal taught me ingenuity with limited resources, clarity when surrounded in chaos, and how to eat with just my right hand.
Sydney became my new home in 2008, and I’ve been enjoying the sunny weather and great coffee ever since.
Today, I’m a fashion and product photographer extraordinaire. Based at Studio 8 in the northern beaches of Sydney, I relish the challenge and precision of studio lighting. My clients are drawn to my clean, stripped back approach to every project. My simplistic yet direct style is refreshing and elegant in a market full of heavily Photoshopped images.
When I’m not in the studio you can find me hand folding dumplings or scaling walls at the rock climbing gym. I’m also really good at winning board games (or my friends are just really good at losing).
Finalist – Shoot The Chef 2013
Top 5 – Australia’s Emerging Travel Photographers of 2010 – Capture Magazine
Winner – Best Marketing Imagery Award 2010 – New Mardi Gras
Semi-finalist – Shutterbug Awards 2010 – Shutterbug
Short-listed – Travel Photographer of the Year 2009 – TPOTY
Finalist – Cultural Explorers 2009 – STA Travel
Winner – World in Focus 2007 – Photo District News
Top Emerging Photographers of 2007 – Photo Life Magazine
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