The Lyons Family

The Lyons Family

Six years ago I photographed Ben and Catherine’s wedding. Two years ago I photographed their first born, Harrison. Last week it was his sister’s turn, Miranda.                              

How to photograph a bride who hates photographers?

How to photograph a bride who hates photographers?

Rebecca and Shaun’s wedding party at Quay Restaurant, Circular Quay How do you photograph a wedding party when the bride declined a wedding photographer? Most marriages involve compromises but usually there is a honeymoon period before the compromising starts….. Rebecca didn’t want a wedding photographer, Shaun did. The compromise was no photographer at the wedding but a photographer at the party the next day, but only for an hour. So, how do you photograph a bride who hates photographers? Firstly, I made the process as painless as possible – in under a minute I explained how to pose and I photographed the couple...

How to improve christening photos, an example from St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Kingsford

How to improve christening photos, an example from St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Kingsford

[vc_row full_width=”stretch_row”][vc_column][vc_column_text] To get the best christening photos, you need a great location; this might not often happen as churches can be dark with dim lighting. However, last Saturday I photographed Michael’s christening at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Kingsford. The church was a great venue for christening photos, the priests were kind and didn’t rush the ceremony as can often happen and the church itself was spacious. Even better, the christening was in the afternoon so the exterior light was good. The church was well lit and so allowed lots of candid portraiture, like the images below. The light is...

The ten minute mother and son portrait session or why being time poor makes for terrific portraits of mums and their sons

The ten minute mother and son portrait session or why being time poor makes for terrific portraits of mums and their sons

People often think they don’t have time for beautiful portraits of their children. They keep thinking this and all of a sudden their children have grown up and they are left with a few snaps. This lack of time is an asset when it comes to photographing young boys. Young boys won’t  pose and they are definitely not into slow photography so why not play to their strengths which is running around at a million miles an hour? At this speed, a lot of great photos can be taken! The photos below from a mother and son portrait session were...

A photographer’s response to the closure of an important community asset

A photographer’s response to the closure of an important community asset

Last year the State Government decided to close the West Street Centre in Wollongong. The Centre provides counselling for child sexual assault and organises self-help groups for survivors of child sexual assault. It’s interesting to speculate why the State Government targeted the Centre. One possibility is the Shooters and Fishers Party were uncomfortable with the Centre: The Shooters and Fishers Party website states it is about “Advocating for the politically incorrect” and given the stupidity of its philosophy combined with Barry O’Farrell’s obsequious attitude toward it… My response to the centre being closed was to volunteer my photographic services to the centre....

A bride and her maids

A bride and her maids

I’m redoing my website (still) and my catchphrase is no forced poses. Realistically, some images at a wedding need to be posed, like those of the bridesmaids and bride as the chance of them being all together unposed is remote. But if the posing is quick, it will work. The image below was taken on the road outside the church. The light was drab due to the arcade of trees and it being cloudy and late afternoon so I had to use flash to give the image a kick and I needed to blur the background to avoid parked cars....

High risk wedding shots

High risk wedding shots

Recently a photographer was sued by a wedding couple for failing to take a photo of ‘the kiss’ at the wedding ceremony. Rest assured I captured the kiss at Emily and Ayrton’s wedding and I did it without using flash. Instead I shot at 5600 asa, an insanely high ISO which I used because I didn’t want to blind the couple and besides, capturing natural light is more authentic. A bit of a ramble but the image below, taken immediately after the kiss has an authentic quality and contre-jour lighting.

Ayrton’s wedding suit fitting at P Johnson Tailors, Liverpool Street, Paddington

Ayrton’s wedding suit fitting at P Johnson Tailors, Liverpool Street, Paddington

After yesterday’s blog about my preference to focus on spiritual aspects of weddings, it may seem strange to now admit that I photographed the groom,  Ayrton, before the wedding, at his tailor, P Johnson. I did this for a variety of reasons. Firstly, I had photographed the bride, Emily, at her fitting (more on that tomorrow). Secondly, I think it strange that the groom is often seen as an accessory at weddings and I thought if a wedding is going to be the most important day, then it should be of the couple’s life, not just of the bride, so...

Two sisters

Two sisters,  different temperaments and ages so how to unite them in a single photo? Interlocking their arms were essential, placing the older girl slightly back so that she would appear the same size also helped as did the common background, a mottled wall and I shot at f8 so both girls would be in sharp focus despite them not being on the same plane. The location was chosen as it was in strong shade so the light on the girls’ faces is even and equally as important, the soft light’s not making them squint. Whilst I do use flashes,...

Harrison, 12 days new or how to photograph a newborn in your home.

How to photograph a newborn with his parents? Here is one solution! This image was taken on a black cloth on a sofa in Harry’s living room. I used a black cloth on the sofa to mask any distraction and the warm ‘sunlight’ on Harry’s face is the overhead halogen light. I bounced two SB800s onto the white wall opposite the sofa to create a giant soft box. I used a 50mm lens which is perfect for babies.