Friday, May 30, 2014

Two lovely notes this week.

Two lovely notes this week that help remind me why I do what I do, and the way that I do it. Thank you.

"Dear Brent, we can't thank you enough for your amazing work. Your professionalism in our catch ups and on the day made us feel at ease and confident, and we are so very happy with the stunning photos you have taken for us. They captured so perfectly the people, moments and 'DIY' of our wedding! We are so happy to recommend you to friends."

"Hi Brent, I just wanted to let you know that we received the photos! I am SO happy with them. I can’t even explain to you how great they are. We sat there and laughed and cried at them, they are just amazing. I also wanted to thank you for the day, you are such a professional. You listened to what we wanted on the day and it showed in our photos. Even when other parts of our day were a bit crazy, you calmed us down and reminded us that it was our day and to have fun. Our guests loved you and your energy and I’m really excited to show them your work. Thanks again."

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

... photo-shopped within an inch of their vintage-filtered life.

As a wedding photographer I'm often trying to find a balance between the traditional and the quirky, or arty, or photo-journalistic, or candid, or cool, or whatever people want to call it. In any case, I think the photos you like will change over time and change again therefore it's prudent (really, prudent? is that what I mean, yes I think so) to shoot in a style that reflects the couple now and also gives a nod to a potential change in taste long after the wedding day. These gorgeous shots below are more in the 'traditional' mode, posed and not photo-shopped within an inch of their vintage-filtered life. They don't work for everybody and every wedding because all wedding shoots are dynamic and different, nothing is set, it's about light, personality, time, weather, inspiration and much more, but for me it's never about doing the same things week after week to a template, or to a particular fashion as such. See the beauty, see the light, see the subject, give direction (or not) and make great shots.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

3.00pm Saturday, Grand Hyatt Melbourne - Walking to St Michael's.

Walking to the ceremony, catching trams to the ceremony, these are ace things to do, plus such travel always makes for interesting photographs. But hey, if you prefer a hummer with a light show and stripper pole, who am I to tell you what's best.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

'Flaus on Flaus #1' - John Flaus

Recently I had the great pleasure to photograph legendary Australian actor, broadcaster, film critic, writer, academic and raconteur John Flaus.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Dani and Charles' wedding - The Boulevard Restaurant, Kew.

It was a little too dark for 5pm in March and we were a large group of well dressed people standing on a golf course. The clouds were ominous and made me a little bit nervous. The ceremony concluded, we shot a big group photo and down it came - buckets of it. A mad rush for inside - a little too squeezy but dry and hey there were drinks. So it's now it's time for 'Plan B' - make space where there is none and get on with the job. Luckily we had a rain break just before sundown, jumped in the car and made some great shots at the convent nearby. Nice.