Katie Jayne approached me recently to take a few photos of her that she could use to promote her music career. Katie was formerly a member of the Southern Junction band but has recently commenced a solo career. She has performed in the USA, the UK and Australia, most recently at the Off the Eaten Truck Festival organised by Rooty Hill RSL.
After exploring a few locations we decided up a little known location in Sydney that included an old aquaduct. Here a few of the photos from the shoot.
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I first heard Georgia White perform when she was around 15 years old and she was singing in a fund raiser concert at Campbelltown RSL. Since then I have followed her career including her time with the Apprentices group.
Georgia has an amazing voice and is a lovely young woman. I was only too happy to take some new promo photos for her early in October this year.
As luck would have it, Georgia was filming a promotional video in Chippendale at a great studio style location and we were able to shoot there for a few hours after the video shoot.
The images below are those selected by Georgia as her favourites.
On the day of the photo shoot Georgia recorded a promotional video which showcases her amazing talent. Check out the video on Youtube
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Father’s day this year was spent with my son Daniel wandering around listening to bands during the King Street Crawl at Newtown. It was my first experience of the King Street Crawl and I enjoyed hearing some new music. I ended up photographing a few bands at the various venues that we visited.
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If you are looking for somewhere off the beaten track for a holiday then think about heading to Kilcowera Station which is located along the Darling Track between Hungerford and Thargomindah, Qld.
It is a 120,000 acres cattle station owned and operated by Greg and Toni Sherwin (you couldn’t ask for nicer hosts). We camped beside the Cardenyabba lagoon for 10 stunning nights (we had only planned to stay for 4 nights).
There are plenty of things to see and explore on the property which also has accommodation in the shearer’s quarters.
There is a lot of bird life to be found on Kilcowera Station. We spotted and photographed quite a few as you can see below:
We had an amazing campsite beside the lagoon.
Amazing clouds nearly every day!
What is a cattle station without cows??
During periods of heavy rainfall Kilcowera becomes home to some ancient shrimps!
And it’s really camping unless you have a campfire!
My daughter was recently married in Hawaii and while we were there we decided to go on a doors off helicopter flight over the Ohau island with Makani kai Helicopters.
Due to poor weather on the day of scheduled flight it was necessary to reschedule to another day and Makani kai Helicopters were very obliging in assisting us in rescheduling with limited time available.
The weather on the day of the rescheduled flight was great and we had a very smooth flight.
Here are a few of the images taken from the helicopter.
Having photographed Tara Favell in 2014 for her Tamworth promotional photos I was pleased to be contacted again to shoot the cover of her upcoming CD. After discussing ideas and scouting around for a location we decided on the Camelia Gardens at Caringbah. These are beautifully landscaped gardens with lots of paths wandering throughout the gardens.
These are some of the photos that we ended up with on the day.
A few weeks ago Kiara Taylor approached me for another photo shoot as she needed updated photos for her upcoming CD. We were lucky enough to be able to shoot at Camelot Castle in Kirkham and also Mater Dei Catholic School.
With the release of Missy Lancaster‘s first EP approaching, Missy contacted me about taking the photos for her EP cover and promotional photos for posters etc.
The photos were taken in Missy’s hometown of Picton.
The title of the EP is “Til I Figure it Out” and is available on Itunes – “Til I Figure it Out”
Missy’s EP is definitely worth listening particularly the title track “Til I Figure it Out” which is about growing up and making decisions on what do to with your life before you really know what you want to do. For someone as young as she is Missy Lancaster is very talented.
The track listing is:
1. “A Story”
2. “Til I Figure it Out”
3. “I Got to Know”
4. “Just You Wait”
Missy Lancaster co-wrote three of the songs with Drew McAlister and one with Peter McWhirter.
My favourite track is “Just You Wait” which reminds me a lot of Carrie Underwood in her earlier years.
The official video clip for “I Got to Know” can be seen on Itunes – Video Clip
You can keep up with everything that is happening with Missy’s music career by liking her Facebook page.
I am available for photo shoots for promotional purposes, CD covers and behind the scenes on music videos at very reasonable prices. If you are interested I can be contacted by email email@example.com or on my Firefly Photos Australia Facbook page by clicking on this link.
I was approached by CMC New Oz Artist of the Year, Christie Lamb to take behind the scenes shots whilst she was filming her latest music video, “Love Me Tonight”.
The video was filmed in a the Shangra La Hotel in room overlooking Sydney Harbour – What a view!!
There was a cast of thousands for the video shoot with up to 8 dancers, camera crew, make-up artist and family members squished into a above average sized hotel room.
Even though it was a long day and hard work everyone enjoyed themselves.
Being a make-up artist means more than making sure the star looks great, they also help out blocking the sun! This Lee Hanly lending a hand.
At time it was a hair raising experience!
Prior to the filming of the music video Christie asked if I could take a few promo photos for her around the rocks area and we ended up with quite a few that we both liked. Here are a few of them.
I am available for photoshoots and behind the scenes shoots for reasonable prices. If you would like to make an enquiry you can contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or on facebook at Firefly Photos Australia
I have recently set up a studio in small space at home. You don’t need a lot of space or much in the way of equipment to create a studio to be able create great photos.
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2014 was the 3rd year of the Sydney Country Music Festival which was held at the Bella Vista Farm in Bella Vista just off the M2. The popularity of the festival has grown substantially from when it started in 2012 with 600 attendees to over 6,000 attendees in 2014. The growth is the result of the hard work put in by the organisers and the quality of the acts that they procured for the festival.
Any gig with artists of the calibre of The McClymonts, The Viper Creek Band, McAlister Kemp, Beccy Cole and Luke O’Shea is sure to be a festival that draws the crowds. As well as the big name established artists there were great performances by Chelsea Basham, Ashleigh Dallas and Wagon. At $45 a ticket this represents great value in anyone’s books.
Being a relative new festival and only the second time at the Bella Vista Farm it is expected that there would be a few teething problems. The higher than expected crowd (Over 1,500 tickets were bought at the gate) did cause some problems with toilets which the organisers corrected by having more delivered through the day. The other concern of patrons was the line-up for the bar facilities was too long which was also not helped by the higher than usual temperature on the day and the extra crowds. The organisers have confirmed that these two issues will be fixed for 2015.
There were a lot of good things about the festival including, the artists line up, the variety of food, the location, easy parking, friendly staff, extra activities such as line dancing, ute display, rock climbing and whip cracking for the time in between artists.
I’m looking forward to 2015 as the festival will be held over 2 days, 31st October, 2015 and 1st November, 2015 with camping available for anyone that wants to make a weekend out of it. It has already been announced that Adam Brand and The Wolfe Brothers will performing next year.
A smaller stage near the entrance to the festival was used for the Silver Saddles competition finals. This competition was designed to unearth raw country talent from NSW and over the past few months competitions were held to determine the finalists. This year’s finalists were Ellen Amy, Rachael Fahim, Blake Dantier Band, Goldheist, Gayle O’Neil and Justin Robinson. The judges had a hard decision to make and couldn’t split Gayle O’Neil and Justin Robinson who were named joint winners for 2014.
There is a great early bird special on tickets for the 2015 Sydney Country Music Festival and if you would like to take advantage of it then head over to their website. If this year was anything to go by then I am sure that next year will be a huge not to be missed event on the music calendar.
Country singer Ian Burns approached me recently to take some promo photos and shoot the cover for his forthcoming CD that he is recording.
We shot a few locations including at his property, Anthill Golf Club and a few of the local back streets.
Ian couldn’t resist having a photo with one of his big boy toys.
We were nearly run over whilst shooting this shot – no one around until Ian starts walking down the road!
And this one was one of my favourites from the shoot.
You can often find Ian performing around the Camden/Picton area so make sure that you check out your gig guide and especially keep an eye out for Anthill Golf Club gigs.
The adventure continues as we leave Princetown to explore the area to the east. We decided that Apollo Bay would be a central location that would along us to set up camp and explore the area. This ended up being a good decision as it was close to the Otway National Park and all its attractions.
On the way, we visited the Cape Otway Lighthouse and were nearly blown away. They advise you to hang onto your hat and glasses when you climb to the top of the lighthouse and I can understand why as it was so exposed that you could easily lose something in the wind.
The were quite few Koalas around Cape Otway and one nearly walked in front of us as we were driving along.
Continuing on from Cape Otway we travelled to Apollo Bay and set up camp at the caravan park right beside the Barham River. Being winter there were not many people around and we had our choice of camp sites.
There were plenty of birds to be seen and I pleased to be able capture a shot of this New Holland Honeyeater in the tree next to our campsite.
The Great Otway National Park has so many beautiful places to visit but with limited time to spare we only visited a few of them. The area had received a lot of rain and the waterfalls were flowing very fast and hard so we made sure that we visited both Hopetoun Falls and Beauchamp Falls. It was raining at both waterfalls but Danni kindly volunteered to hold the umbrella over me to keep the rain off the camera while I took a few shots.
Driving through the Great Otway National Park we experienced all types of weather (in one day most times!) including wind, rain, sunny and misty. We had planned to go to the Otway Fly Treetop Adventures but it was too wet and windy and they had closed most activities.
One place in the Otway National Park that we were amazed by was the California Redwood Forest. The trees were planted in about 1939 and we were just dwarfed by them.
The forest is situated beside a lovely stream surrounded by ferns.
Waterfalls don’t need to be large to look good. This waterfall was near a causeway on one of the many back roads that we took in the Great Otway National Park.
One thing that we did notice in Apollo Bay was how big the seagulls were compared to those in NSW and there were plenty around especially when you were eating your fish and chips!
To be continued
A few weeks ago we headed out on a trip with our camper trailer in tow and no real route to follow. All we knew was that we wanted to head to Victoria and see the Great Ocean Road.
It was our first trip with the camper trailer and we didn’t realise how much extra fuel we would use. It wasn’t until the car started beeping and a light lit up on the dashboard that we realised how much more fuel we actually used. Luckily we were less than 5 kms from Holbrook and we could limp in there to fill up the car and a few jerry cars.
Leaving Holbrook we made our way down to the Murray River at Albury and after crossing over into Victoria we started looking for a campsite along the Murray River. We found one that we liked not far from Rutherglen and it was called the Police Paddocks.
Even though it rained a fair bit which was to be expected because we were in Victoria, it didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for camping. We enjoyed being in the outdoors and being away from the stresses of work.
The next morning we packed up to drive to Swan Hill where we stayed in a cabin so that we could get an early start for the drive to Murray Sunset National Park. We were lucky that we left early for the drive to Murray Sunset National Park as we had trouble finding somewhere to camp there and actually did not know where we were. After driving for hours through sand, dirt and gravel tracks and not seeing anyone else we decided that we should set up camp before it got dark so we found a suitable location and had one of the best nights of the trip.
I woke early, about 4am and looked outside to see the amazing night sky and all the stars that were visible.
There is always a bit of excitement on a trip and this one was no exception as we got bogged about three quarters of the way up a sand dune. After lowering the air pressure in the tyres and engaging low range we were able to get out of trouble. The photo below looks back on the dune that we were stuck on as was taken as we approached another one. Don’t forget that we were towing a heavy camper trailer at this time which made it a lot more difficult.
We had actually planned to camp near a lake in the Murray Sunset National Park but they were all dry so after navigating our way out we decided to head to Wyperfeld National Park as on the map it looked like they had a huge lake. We were disappointed again as the lake there had also dried up but we didn’t have time to find somewhere else to camp and set up there for the night. We realised that you don’t need a TV when you have a campfire and a starry night.
Still in search of a lake with water we headed south in the morning towards Lake Albacutya. The route to the lake took us through some barren burnt out forest and were began to wonder if we were lost again.
When we finally arrived at Lake Albacutya we found a paddock with some tracks across it. Apparently it hasn’t been full since 1984! We ended up driving about 13 kms across the lake bed and were only interrupted by a mob of about 50 kangaroos.
After driving across Lake Albacutya we headed down to The Grampians and found a nice little camp ground “The Plantation Campground” near Halls Gap to stay for a few days. It was a free campground with pit toilets, water and when it wasn’t raining, a view of the Grampians. It wet and windy for most of the time that we were there but we still enjoyed our stay. The campground that we had planned to stay in was closed as the area is still recovering from the January, 2014 bush fires.
We weren’t alone at our campsite as there were plenty of kangaroos around to keep us company.
With all the wet and windy weather we didn’t get much of a chance to see the Grampians but we did find Lake Londsdale. We were told that it was only about 10% full but I’m not sure how true that was as there looked to be a fair bit of water in it.
We left the Grampians and then headed to Port Fairy near the start of the Great Ocean Road. Port Fairy is a lovely little seaside town with lots of attractions for tourists.
One of the highlights for me at Port Fairy was the seal that visited when I was down at the wharf shooting the night view of the port. I could hear something blowing and was wondering what it was until I spotted the seal peering at me. I raced back to the car to change lenses and grab a flash so that I could take a photo of him.
Leaving Port Fairy to head to Princetown we typed in the address to our navigator which sent us down a street that was a dead end. At the end of the street was a cul-de-sac with another car parked in it. The street wasn’t wide enough to turn around with the camper trailer so I had to go wide and onto the grass to turn around. Big Mistake! We become bogged and could not get out even disconnecting the trailer and lowering the tyre pressure. Luckily Danni found a helpful resident who just happened to have some 4wd recovery tracks to get us out.
On the way to Princetown we passed the Bay of Islands but unfortunately it was in the middle of the day and not the best conditions to photograph it. I did take a panorama of it with my phone though and it looked pretty good. We realised that the best way to photograph the rock features along the Great Ocean Road was from a helicopter. I made enquiries with one of the pilots about removing the door for me so that I could get some shots but he said no as it would be too cold for him!
Arriving at the Princetown Camping Ground we were surprised that no one else was there, not even a caretaker! There was a note on the office door saying that if it was unattended that you could set up camp and come back later to pay. We spent two nights at the camp ground and did a fair bit of exploring around the area. It always pays to take the route less traveled (unless you get bogged) and doing so we discovered a stunning valley along the Old Ocean Road.
We have never seen so many rainbows as we did whilst in Victoria however given that it rained on and off most of the trip it is understandable.
Superb Fairy Wrens are usually difficult to photograph as they are quite shy and rarely stand still for any length of time. We were camped next to a family of them at Princetown and I managed to take quite a few photos of them.
To be continued
Earlier this year I was approached by a young country singer, Corinne Rushby, to take some promotional photos for her that she could use for her facebook, website, posters and cards. I had previously met Corinne when she made a guest appearance at a gig of Golden Guitar winner Luke O’Shea. It says a lot for the talent of Corinne that she was asked to sing with someone as prestigious as Luke.
Over a few weeks we discussed the type of image that Corinne was looking for and then started thinking about locations that suited her vision. We considered a number of locations that we could use and after scouting around finally decided on the area of Theresa Park/Brownlow Hill as it had a lovely country outlook and was reasonably close for both of us. Luckily for us Corinne’s mother had arranged access for us to a private property which had some great settings that we could use during the shoot.
As we had planned to shoot a few different looks, Corinne had chosen a few different outfits and started with a formal red dress which worked really well with the green arches of the trees over the road.
The chosen location worked very well for what we had in mind and we both really liked this photo of Corinne in one of the country fields.
It was hard not to shoot under the archway created by the trees as they worked well in framing Corinne.
By using a large aperture and blurring the background I was able to isolate Corinne in this shot so that she stood out as the main focus of the viewer.
Props are important on a photo shoot but not everyone can bring a lounge to location. Thanks to Corinne’s brother Brad for delivering the lounge to us.
We were lucky to find a shed full of hay that we could use for the shoot.
The shoot wasn’t all hard work and there were plenty of funny moments. I captured this shot as Corinne was laughing.
My personal favourite photo from the day was this one of Corinne.
Keep an eye out for Corinne and make sure that you catch one her gigs so that you can have a listen to a talented young artist. If you like her facebook page you can be sure that you will be kept update with what is happening with her career and where her gigs will be on.
If you or anyone that you know of could use some new promotional shots, CD covers, posters and even a live gig shoot then contact via the contact page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking through the photos that I have taken over the last few years I have realised that I favour long exposure shots a fair bit so I thought that I would share a few personal favourites.
Using a Big Stopper filter you can even shoot long exposures in the day such as the Cecil Hill shot below.
Long exposures at sunrise create amazing images especially if you are lucky to have some morning colour.
Moving subjects such as this train at Museum Station shot at a longer exposure create an interesting photo.
Longer exposures at night are required to capture the Milky Way
Long exposures smooth out the water and blur the clouds but it works better on days with a breeze.
I decided to head to the Easter Show last year with my tripod to shoot some long exposures of the rides. Exposures of a few seconds are enough to blur the rides.
To shoot long exposures it is necessary to use neutral density filters in front of the lens to reduce the amount light entering the camera. This way the camera can hold the shutter open longer so that it has time to record the light.
Not long ago a myself and few photography mates headed up to Stockton to spend the weekend shooting the sand dunes. I have always been fascinated by shapes and shadows formed by the wind on the dunes and jumped at the opportunity to shoot them. The most important thing to do is to let the car tyres down to about 15 psi as without doing so the car would get bogged in the sand.
Stockton Beach is located north of Newcastle and is famous for its fishing, the sand dunes and the Sygna Wreck.
The Sygna wreck has been there since 1974 although there is not too much left of it now as you can see above. I had expected something a bit more photogenic than this so was a disappointed.
I definitely wasn’t disappointed by the sand dunes though and we shot them in the afternoon, at sunset, sunrise and the early morning. Each time they looked different due to the amount of light falling on them and the position of the sun.
You can see in the shot above the shape of one of the sand dunes and the colour as the sun sets. The wind has created an interesting shape with eye catching ripples.
In this shot the sun is setting over Newcastle and if you look closely you can see my mate Chris setting up for shot on the distant dune.
4WD drive access to the dunes is very limited and they can only be accessed by the tourist buses which do not operate during the best times for shooting the dunes. We covered a lot of distance by foot walking over the dunes to find compositions that we liked.
Stockton Beach is also home to Tin City which are a collection of fisherman’s shacks that were built after the 2nd World War and are still in use.
Stockton Beach is definitely worth another visit and will be organising a trip in the near future.