Melbourne Photography WorkshopJanuary 2015

I am excited to announce that I have finally locked in dates for the Melbourne workshop and it is now open for registration.

The Melbourne workshop will take place on Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th January 2015 in a venue in the Docklands area of Melbourne.

It’s a time to help you find your way as a photographer and give you the tools to create a photography business that will ultimately give you much happiness and freedom.

We will cover the topics that I think the most important in taking the steps into getting the right clients for you, which will ultimately make you create better work. Any level of photographer is welcome to book in for the workshop, it does not matter if you are a amateur photographer, just at the very start of your photography career or a professional photographer already and want to refine your focus and overhaul your business.

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Harold MartinPOW documentary

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Over the past two years I have been working on an ongoing project about my dear friend Harold Martin, who is now 97 years old. He was a prisoner of war during World War 2, captured by the Japanese in the Fall of Singapore, and spent the next two years in POW camps building the Burma Thai Death railway along with 60,000 other allied soldiers, of which 12,399 died as a direct result of working on the railway. Harold has an epic tale of survival.

I have been documenting Harold and his story now for two years, both video and stills, filming in Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, San Francisco and at Harold’s home in Albany, Australia. Along the way, I have recorded his stories with the intention of compiling a documentary about his experience about being a POW and his travels going back to Myanmar and Thailand.

Two years ago, I traveled to Myanmar (Burma) with Harold, my father and a few of his close friends. Myanmar finally opened up to tourism and it was his first opportunity to go back to find the gravesites of his fallen mates. It was an amazing experience to be alongside Harold and you can see more of project from then here.

Harold’s latest request was to travel to Thailand to attend the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day service at Hell Fire Pass in Kanchanaburi. My dad and our dear friend Murray, decided it would be another great adventure. I decided to join in too to continue the project. In the middle of already a very hectic travel schedule in April, traveling to the United Arab Emirates and Mexico for work, I managed to get a week in Thailand. I surprised Harold at the hotel in Bangkok with a knock on his door, he didn’t know I was coming. We kept it a secret incase it did not work out. That moment will forever be a favorite. I was a little nervous I may have given him a heart attack from the surprise, but instead he pinched me to see if I was really there. He didn’t really believe it :)

From Bangkok we headed to Kanchanaburi, which is close to where the Thailand side of the railway line had started.  We visited and walked many different parts of the railway line, went to the bridge over the River Kwai and we attended the ANZAC day services at Hell Fire Pass and at the cemetery in Kanchanaburi. Harold was a VIP guest along with two other POW survivors who had traveled over from Australia. We also visited one of the original Japanese trains that carted the POW’s on the 5 day journey from Singapore up into Thailand. Each carriage had 34 men crammed into them, the carriage door was closed and it had no ventilation. There were no toilets and many of the men were very sick and many died along the way.  I have been working on this project for two years now and it was not until seeing inside one of these carriages that it all really hit me. The reality of it all.

I am in the stage of obtaining the historical photographs and footage and then will enter the editing phase. I hope to have this documentary finished by early October so it can be shown at the ANZAC Centenary celebrations in my hometown of Albany, Western Australia, also where dear Harold lives.

I’ve been working on this project solo up until now (with the help of my parents & friends who also traveled with us, in holding my sound equipment & lugging my heavy equipment). I have been  funding it all myself from the travel expenses to the additional equipment needed. But I am now at the stage of obtaining the historical photographs and footage from the Australian War Memorial, which I have to pay for. Each photograph is a few hundred dollars to obtain and the bill is quickly adding up. I need help in covering the costs of entering the post production phase and getting this film finally completed. I originally resisted the idea of reaching out for help, but so many people have told me how they are touched by Harold’s story and asked if they could help in any way. In finally acknowledging to myself I need help in getting this project finally finished, I  have set up a crowd sourcing campaign. If you would please visit the funding site and potentially please contribute a few dollars, it would be so greatly appreciated. I can offer postcards, prints & photo books to the higher donations. All funds donated will go directly towards to cost of obtaining the historical footage and covering the costs of getting the film edited.

My intention of creating this documentary and photo series is to help educate the younger generations about what our soldiers sacrificed. It is not my intention to profit from this project whatsoever, this is purely a labor of love, to create something special and to honor my dear friend Harold Martin.

Below are the photographs from our time in Thailand in April.

Any donation you could possibly please give to the project would be so greatly appreciated.

PLEASE DONATE TO THE PROJECT HERE.

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Isabella & AdrianFremantle, Australia

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I headed back to Australia last year to document Isabella & Adrian’s sweet wedding in Fremantle, Western Australia. They lived directly across from my old office in Fremantle that I spent many years working from. I decided to make the trip over and photograph their wedding based on this fact alone as I knew it was going to be a great day spending time in my old beloved Fremantle. After the church service at St Thomas’s in Claremont, we headed to The Attic for coffee before continuing to roam the streets of Fremantle before heading to the Maritime Museum on the wharf to continue the celebrations.

 

Lauren & DavidThorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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Lauren and David bought their children and parents over from Perth, Australia to marry in a intimate ceremony at Thorncrown Chapel in the little town of Eureka Springs in Arkansas. They celebrated in the evening with a dinner at Crescent Hotel. It was such a lovely day to document for this sweet family.

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Sarah & DavidMallorca, Spain

Last August took me to Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands off Spain to document Sarah & David’s destination wedding. Their close friends & family came down from England to celebrate and they hired out a beautiful house in the countryside near Inca, where the evening celebrations took place. Sarah & David had their ceremony in up in the little village of Fornalutx at a little boutique hotel called Can Verdera. David is an amazing wedding photographer, so it was an honor he asked me to photograph his wedding. Not a terrifying experience at all ;)

 

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Daniela & RemoAbbazia di Fossanova, Latina, Italy

Last September I headed over to Italy to document Daniela & Remo’s wedding day near their home town of Terracina, just a few hours south of Rome. The wedding took place at Abbazia di Fossanova, an amazing Cistercian monastery built around 1135.

My dear friend Kelly Tunney was in the neighborhood (England) the week prior so with a little tempting with a few days in Venice and surviving the crazy drive out of Rome to Terracina (mostly thanks to her great navigating skills), she helped second shoot this wedding with me.  The hospitality that Daniela & Remo showed us was amazing.. we have never been so well looked after (and fed!) in our lives. I had to go on a 3 day juice detox when I got back to New York to recover :)

I have photographed many Italian weddings in Australia.. but this took my idea of what an Italian wedding was to a whole new level… a 7 course dinner, many many many toasts, a crazy amount of dancing and a toilet paper covered get away car :)

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Sareh Nouri Spring 2015 CollectionBridal Market, New York

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Yesterday I headed to a sky suite at the London Hotel in Manhattan to document behind the scenes for the Sareh Nouri 2015 Spring Collection on behalf of Burnett’s Boards.  The New York International Bridal Week took place over the weekend, where designers from around the world come to NYC to showcase their latest designs. It was a fun hour photographing these pretty models.

Amber & CorrinPerth, Australia

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The best part of my job is that I get to step into peoples lives for a day, wander around and document all that I see for them. I get see how people celebrate weddings all over the world. I am an anthropologist at heart. I love studying humankind with my camera.

This wedding was back on my home turf in Perth, Western Australia. Now that I am living in New York, looking through all these photographs again and remembering what it feels to walk out into a big wide open field with menacing storm clouds and breath in all that fresh country again, makes me miss home so very much.

Amber & Corrin celebrated their wedding day surrounding themselves in all the things they love.. loved ones, animals, food, music and bright colors, along with a stormy Australian sky. They had a little baby animal petting farm for all the guests to play & hang out with and a fairy floss station & pizzas on demand throughout the evening. It was a pretty amazing day to be part of :)

This wedding was featured recently on Hello May – you can check out the post here.

 

Steffani & QuincyBrooklyn, New York

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Quincy and Steffani married in a tiny little dark bar (Manhattan Inn, Greenpoint) in Brooklyn only 4 blocks from my apartment (first time ever I walked to and from a wedding :). They celebrated the day surrounded by all their loved ones and documenting the evening for them was a complete joy.. getting to do what I love the most, photographing people surrounded by their nearest and dearest. ♥

Julian & SamanthaPerth, Australia

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I am a little late on posting my favorite images from this wedding.. I still have so many good weddings from when I was still back in Australia in 2012 to publish and working hard at catching up! :)

 

These two are beyond sweet. Samantha & Julian married on a very warm summers day in December 2012 and they had their ceremony at the at the Sacred Heart Church in Perth, Australia and celebrated in the evening at Mosman’s Restaurant in Mosman Park. Sam’s amazing dress was from Galleria Couture.