Saturday, January 29, 2011

Kelly and Domenic's wedding - Greek Orthodox Church of St Eustathios, Sth Melbourne and Brighton International, Brighton.

What I love most about photographing weddings is the people, it's a great mix of young and old, and family and friends. There are elements of glamour mixed with sincerity, emotion and great celebration. What more could a photographer want? There is so much action to shoot, so many moments, and what I like best are connections between people - parents, siblings, little children, grandparents, mates. Often these shots are behind me, so I'm always looking back. Whether it's speeches, family photos or during the ceremony, I look back, some of the best photographs are there.

Kelly and Domenic's wedding was big and heartfelt. There were tears and smiles all around as Father Chris at the South Melbourne Greek church conducted the ceremony in his renowned manner. As is my style, the photos were kept simple, and in context to the couple and the wedding - some at the church, some en route at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens and more at the Brighton International.








Monday, January 24, 2011

Beyond Age Exhibition opens in Yea

The exhibition 'Beyond Age' of which I'm a contributor opened on Saturday 22nd in Yea at Gallery 34. The turn out was great as were the cupcakes. If you are in the area have a look, it's free and fascinating.

photo by - Susan Gordon-Brown
photo by - Ellen Smith
Gallery 34
34 High Street
Yea, Victoria

EXHIBITION HOURS
Saturday 22 January to Sunday 13 February 2011
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sundays & Public Holidays 10am - 4pm

Saturday, January 22, 2011

weddings, film stills and computer breakdown

The last two weeks have been crazy busy. Three weddings, a week of shooting stills on a film and my photo editing PC had a motherboard failure. Photos from the weddings and film I'll show on this blog in due course, however the PC problem leads me to explain just another reason why to choose a professional photographer.

When you engage a professional photographer you get more than great photos. A pro has a complete system in place to create and also protect your photos. For example, I always carry backup cameras, lenses, batteries and flash units etc. when shooting. Then once complete all work is backed up in case of computer breakdown and archived for five years. Not to mention public liability insurance. These are good things to consider when employing a photographer, especially if the shoot cannot be replicated - like a wedding.

A few stock shots of kangaroos I took last year.


Friday, January 7, 2011

Lisa and Darren's wedding - Newman College, Melbourne University and the Harbour Room, St Kilda.

Darren and Lisa had a magnificent wedding in Melbourne - preparations at the Crown Metropol hotel, ceremony at Newman College, and a reception in St Kilda at the Harbour Room. It was big and everyone looked stunning, the only problem is that it rained, and rained, and rained all day. A tough shoot but with a little planning. and a bridal party who did their all, we made it!


















 

Monday, January 3, 2011

to photoshop or not to photoshop

Right above my monitor is a large note that reads ‘cut the effects, use better composition and better light’.

I love classic. It doesn't matter whether it’s fashion, cars, interior design, beer or wedding photography. A classic look, that is not cliché, will always be cool over time. Think about Danish furniture, European cars, pale ale, and 1960s photojournalism.

The digital photography decade that was 2000 to 2010 began with people asking whether digital could be ‘as good’ as film - which we mostly got over - then became ‘look how we can transform a photograph into art’ (for wedding shooters anyway). Personally, I think nothing will date more than overt retouching. The soft or sharp edged look of late 2000s post processing will eventually look just as corny as cross processing in the 1980s and vaseline lens effects of the 1970s.

Perhaps photography is transforming into graphic art and moving away from photography altogether. Anyway, I like to use photoshop and digital post processing is one of the ways that many professional photographers differentiate themselves from the weekenders. But overall, in my work I'm always looking for moments, as I think they speak louder than effects.