film is not dead



I attended the Film Is Not Dead workshop in Melbourne back in January. I had the *best* week and learnt so so so much from Jonathan Canlas. That man knows his stuff and I am so grateful for his passion in sharing and teaching his amazing knowledge in all things film. The best thing about going to a photography workshop is the beautiful friendships that are made. My dearest and best friends are all people I have met at photography workshops. There are many perks to my amazing job.. but the highest on the list is the amazing photography community I get to be part of.

❤❤❤

nevada dreams

Nevada, USA, February 2011

It all seems like a lovely dream now.

A random collection of film images from a few days adventuring in Vegas and the Nevada Desert. Oh how I miss my dear friends and adventuring comrades.. Dan O’Day, Christine Pobke, Kelly Tunney and Alyda + Todd McGaw. I love these wonderful people all so much and wish we all lived in the same city as each other and go on photo taking expeditions all the time. sigh.

My beautiful friend Pobke has posted images she took on the same day. I always love seeing different photographers perspectives of the same places we visit. Sometimes we notice the exact same things and sometimes the complete opposite :)

You may recognize all these lovely faces from a blog post I put up a few weeks ago from Alyda and Todd’s Vegas wedding at the Little White Wedding Chapel. The very talented and charming lads Dan O’Day and Jonas Peterson have posted their perspectives of the day on their blogs now, you should look.. they are both so talented at what they do.. and you may see some funny photos of me amongst it all ;)

fine art books















11×11″ fine art book.

I have to admit I am not really a fan of traditional wedding albums. I dont actually offer them. I am all about these fine art books. Ive been offering these books exclusively for about two years now.

I love these books. I love the thick beautiful paper. I love white space. I love clean and simple. I love the custom book covers and boxes. I love that images can run through the crease line and are not affected by the fold. I do in fact love everything about them. love. love. love.

the beloved collective


Photography is such a beautiful thing.. the life it has given me and the doors it has opened for me. The best gift I was probably ever given in my life was the little 35mm point and shoot camera my grandma gave me for a birthday back in 1991. Photography took hold of me then and little did I know the life I was in for :)  It instantly gave me a voice and the opportunity to connect with so many beautiful people.  Photography to me, is my way of expressing to the world how I am feeling. I feel most times I have trouble speaking how I feel.. with photography it just flows so naturally.. its my artform.. my language.. thats why I am so connected to it, so crazily passionate about it and have so much of my identity in it. The true gift photography has given me is that it has created a bridge for me to connect with people. Photography is not about clicking a button. It’s not about what camera I use, what lens I use or if I shoot film or digital. Its about people. Connecting with people. Engaging with other humans in this crazy beautiful world we live in.

I had a really defining moment in my life a few years ago. Everything changed. Everything. In July 2008, I went to San Francisco to attend Jesh de Rox’s life {as an artform} workshop. I remember sitting next to Jesh at the welcome dinner and I could barely utter a word. I was so incredibly shy. I was so desperate to connect with people but my fears and shyness were holding me back from being the photographer and more importantly the person I wanted to be.

Fast forward 2.5 years later.. to today. Many air miles, telephone calls and crazy adventures later.. so SO so many of the incredible people in my life can be linked back to Jesh. My life has become so rich from knowing him. He has this amazing ability to connect with people. Jesh has taught me so much and I am so grateful for his friendship, looking out for me and mentoring me over the last few years. We have become dear friends in this time, he has been there in the best times of my life and helped me through the absolute hardest.

One of the best things Jesh has given me was Beloved. Giving me the opportunity to learn and experience what Beloved is and implementing it into my life and photography. He has been working hard on launching the beloved collective, which I am so so proud to be part of. We have so many exciting things planned for this year with Beloved, some of it includes some speaking and teaching by me.. how did I go from being such a shy lil sammy to only two years later be public speaking in front of hundreds…its crazy to think about. I love my crazy life.

My dear friend Jesh de Rox is doing a preview talk on BELOVED: A Business that Feeds Your Heart & Your Family’ this week. I am so excited for what we have in store for Beloved.  its so very very exciting.

Beloved: A Business that Feeds Your Heart & Your Family

What is Beloved and what can it do for you? Click the link below to register for the FREE preview talk ‘Beloved: A Business that Feeds Your Heart & Your Family’ and find out more about the new, heart-centered genre of photography that’s sweeping the world.

The preview talk will be held online, March 23, 2011, at 6:00pm PDT, (so March 24th for us Aussies..9am for WA and 12pm for NSW/VIC).

In this 1hr web seminar, Jesh will discuss Experiential Technique, the information technology that powers the exciting new genre of Beloved. He’ll give an overview of the massive potential it represents to photographers in all fields, strengthening their current work and enabling them to explore a huge untapped market of clients in a way that could truly touch the world.

Jesh will outline how the Beloved Collective is empowering photographers right now, its plans going forward and how photographers that want in on this industry-wide revolution can learn more.

To sign up for the free preview talk please register at http://bit.ly/belovedcollective

hope to see you there :) xoxo

strangers



 

my mother tells me i should stop go and get a real job but that cant be the way that i roll from cartwheels & pinwheels on Vimeo.

Im all about setting myself little projects, things that make me challenge myself with my work, make me grow as an artist. Ive had this fear of photographing strangers for a long time and it was about time I overcome it. I made this little video as part of a artist collective I am part of, documenting my attempt on a very hot summers day, asking a few strangers if I could take their portrait. I just got the film back from the lab so I thought I would put up the portraits I got. I still have a long way to go on this project. This is just the very start :)

AMBER + GARY {BELOVED}

















Amber and Gary were such a pleasure to spend time with and photograph. I enjoyed our beloved shoot immensely. It was also Gary’s birthday the day we did this shoot which made it all the more special. I think its such a nice way to spend ones birthday :) I am photographing Amber and Gary’s wedding next month in Margaret River. I cannot wait, its going to be an amazing day :)

This was my first complete film shoot (well except for the very last frame). I am making the transition of shooting more film in my portrait and wedding work. I have always been a film shooter, shooting the first 4 years of my wedding photography career all on film but in 2007 somehow caved into going digital. It was mostly due to the frustrations of not having a good photo lab to work with to scan my films. Ive finally found an awesome lab, Richards Photo Lab, who have been amazing to work with. I always kept shooting film for my personal fine art and travel work. I think and shoot differently when shooting film. It slows me down and my creativity seems to flow more. It makes me look harder for that isolated beautiful moment. After attending Jonathan Canlas’s FIND workshop in Melbourne in January (more on this later), I made the decision I need make the transition back into film with my portrait and wedding work. When I am editing my digital work, I spend hours trying to make it look like my film work, so I decided I should just shoot film and be done with losing my life in front of a computer. I am loving the process of making the transition back to my sweet sweet love of film. ❤

LISA + STEVE . SYDNEY






















































































































Lisa and Steve flew me over to Sydney to photograph their beautiful wedding at Wendy Whiteley’s Garden in Lavendar Bay and reception at Fisherman’s Wharf Chinese Restaurant at the Fish Markets. One of the most enjoyable parts of my very wonderful job is that I get to step into peoples lives for a day and experience something different to my own life. I am a people watcher. Im fascinated by people to know end. I could sit in an airport all day and watch people coming and going, making up stories about their lives. Its the reason I am a photographer. The reason why I am a people photographer and the reason why I am attracted to photographing weddings. I get to people watch but I do not have to make up stories about them, I get to step in and experience them. I love that I get to experience all different types of wedding ceremonies, different cultures, religions and different family dynamics. I love when a couple from two different cultures come together and seeing how they combine both their heritages in the most spectacular fashion. I loved the importance Lisa and Steve placed on all their dear family and friends throughout their wedding day. There is a quote I have been thinking a lot about lately, a quote from Christopher McCandless “Happiness is only real when shared”, these words were his final diary entry before dying in the wilderness alone. I cant think of anything truer about happiness when I look back at the images captured at this wedding.

Lisa and Steve, thank you for bringing me to Sydney and letting me step into your lives for a day. I loved it.

Vegas. Little White Wedding Chapel




















Las Vegas. Little White Wedding Chapel. February 2011

I had the pleasure of going to the little white wedding chapel to watch my two dear friends Todd and Alyda McGaw renew their wedding vows when I was in Vegas a few weeks ago. I have been to many weddings in my lifetime and this I have to admit, this one is my all time favorite. A room full of dear friends, elvis, vegas, safari suit, vintage dress, red shoes… and the sweetest of sweet vows. I loved it all. These are a few images I captured on film as an over eager guest ;)

Cannon Beach. Oregon. USA


Cannon Beach. Oregon. USA. March 2010

Sometimes when I shoot film, a roll or two of film sometimes goes missing for awhile… a year later it turns up, gets added to the pile of other film I am sending to the lab. Then when I get all the films back from the lab, I get very pleasantly surprised, its like christmas morning when I discover all these images that had been long forgotten. The images above would be one of those times.

I took these photographs at Cannon Beach when I was visiting Oregon in the USA last March.