my blog

Category: Portraits

Mother and son

- 22/11/2015 /
I wanted to photograph George and his mum but how? Two faces staring at the camera didn't appeal. Below is my solution. But I also wanted to photograph George's mum. I could have taken one shot like this.     But why not capture her love of life? Inspiration for this came from Philippe Halsman. [...]

The Lyons Family

- 26/11/2014 /

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.                              

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

- 28/08/2013 /

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 […]

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

- 15/03/2013 /

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 […]

A bride and her maids

- 03/03/2013 /

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 […]

Two sisters

- 16/11/2012 /

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 […]

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

- 05/08/2012 /

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 […]

Old girls

- 18/05/2012 /

Now that I am a fine art photographer,  should I deign to photograph ‘old girl’ reunions? Just as Judy Annear, Senior Curator of Photography at the AGNSW, couldn’t be bothered to visit my exhibition, or even decline my invitation in a friendly manner, should I snub what was my bread and butter photography? Of course […]