Category: Portraits


Dr Karl photoshoot

In studio with the lovely duo of Nina and Jo at Mahlab for Active Retirees magazine. We were all looking forward to this shoot for weeks. After years of tuning into Triple J every Thursday to hear the man himself, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki talk all things science, I had the pleasure to photograph him!!! ūüėÄ

The energy Dr Karl brought to the shoot was amazing, he’s one of the nicest and most energetic people we’ve had the pleasure of photographing. Dr Karl is THE trivia night secret weapon, we all felt considerable more knowledgeable following the shoot after listening to countless stories on any subject that came up! Here are a few of the resulting images –

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Professional Planner Magazine

We photographed Alex Malley on location at the CPA Australia Office for the cover and inside spread of the September issue of Professional Planner magazine.

Photographically, the CPA office offered some interesting backdrops which was great, especially as we only had a small window of time to capture the range of shots required. Alex was also a consummate professional and comfortable in front of the camera which only added to the smooth running and success of the shoot.

“Professional Planner is the leading voice for financial planners where they can learn about industry standards, get news, information, debate and develop new ideas.”

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Why CPA Australia backed Malley to shake up financial planning

Diving Australia – Rio 2016 Australian Olympic Diving Team

I felt quite privileged having the opportunity to photograph the Australian Rio 2016 Olympic Dive Team! Currently representing us in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Melissa Wu, Anabelle Smith, Brittany Broben, Esther Qin, Domonic Bedggood, Kevin Chavez and by no means last Grant Nel were all in studio for an energetic photo session.

With Diving Australia‚Äôs CEO, David Bell¬†as¬†art director our aim was to capture strong emotive portraits of the team. The key here was selecting¬†the right lighting that would accentuate the defined muscle tone that these elite athletes have. Here are a bunch of the resulting images, Cheers Dave ūüôā

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Cosmos Magazine feature portrait

Cosmos, an Australian science magazine, runs a profile every issue on a local scientist. The twist so to speak, is that the scientist is photographed outside their work environment as they would normally be portrayed, and instead engaged in their favourite leisure activity or sport.  No lab coats and bunsen burners here.

The aim is to showcase the fact that these people are just that….people. Hopefully this brings a greater connection with¬†the wider community.

We photographed Camilla earlier this year doing her thing, which is bushwalking. This was a quick and fun shoot at Bradleys Head, near Taronga Zoo.

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The story behind a photoshoot (pt 2)

Even with a detailed brief, it’s often hard to pick which shot will be chosen by an editor and end up on the cover. In this case we had plenty of opportunity to capture many options for the client to choose from and they were really happy with what we came back with.

“Thank you again, we are so happy for the results of the shoot. It is tough to go online and pick a great photographer and company, I feel truly blessed to have found you!

Lynnette Rogers
Art Director”

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The story behind a photoshoot (pt 1)

One of the great things about being a photographer is variety, no two photoshoots are exactly the same, be it the person or people you are shooting or the location or object or the weather or the photo brief, something is always different. Here is a little “behind the scenes” into the process we followed in a recent magazine shoot for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. In this case the client found us online as the subject had recently relocated from the United States. Here is an excerpt from the brief we were given.

‚ÄúThe images should say Wow, photographs should focus on the joy, energy and confidence gained by a healthy, natural beautiful smile. Looking for a unique magazine cover not a high school portrait. We love to see lifestyle shots in settings and situations that reflect the local surroundings and customs of the model. The picture should not look too contrived, capture a moment that is magical. Take various poses, provide both close-ups and full-figure images. Wed also like to see poses with gestures demonstrating the internal happiness that a beautiful smile creates. The final cover image must inspire the reader to ask more questions about the model and perhaps wonder about what the model is thinking. Keep the teeth in focus. Keep hair, makeup and clothing tidy. Provide long-range, mid-range and close-up shots. Think about shots from unexpected angles.‚ÄĚ

Although it was early summer the client also wanted a wintery feel to the shots to reflect the season in the US at the time. After deciding on a location in and around Pyrmont, myself and Andrew who was assisting with lighting in this instance, met our subject Jason and we went ahead and captured a range of images to meet the brief. The proofs were then sent through to the client so that they could make their choices for the final retouched high resolution images.

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Check back in soon for part 2 to see which images were selected and to see the final layout.

Costa!

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On location at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens with the power duo Nina and Jo from Mahlab Media, Jas & I had the privilege of photographing Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia for the October-November issue of Active Retirees.

The most fun we’ve have had on a shoot in a long time!!!  The energy and life that Costa brought to the shoot was amazing.

We promised Costa that after we finished the shoot, we’d do a few shots of him and his 2 chickens (outside the Gardens), one of which ended up on the cover!

Cheers, Dave.

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We’ve started doing creative portraits for the new “People Q&A” section in NIBA‘s Insurance & Risk Professional magazine. ¬†Published by Mahlab Media,¬†Graphic Designer Jack Pike wanted a¬†“Time Magazine” feel for the portraits. ¬†We get about an hour with the subject and have lots of fun exploring different poses, techniques and styles to achieve images that reflect the subject and the theme of the story.

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Hipsters, a TV Series presented by Samuel Johnson

Hipsters, a TV Series presented by Samuel Johnson. The series¬†was aired on SBS in March this year.¬†We shot this¬†promotional photography in the local Sydney streets of Newtown for SBS (through March One Agency). Another fun and rewarding shoot, this time with one of Australia’s most likeable TV personalities.

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Caroline O’Connor photoshoot for Active Retirees Magazine

Currently starring in the smash hit musical comedy “Anything Goes”, Caroline O’Connor took time out from her busy schedule to catch up with Journalist Jo-Anne Hui and Art Director Nina Christian from Mahlab Media for an interview and photoshoot for “Active Retirees” magazine. ¬†Always the consummate professional, Caroline was a delight to work with and didn’t hesitate to jump into any pose we required! ¬†A really enjoyable shoot.

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Styling: Annette Twemlow

Hair and make-up: Lisa Toyer

MALE MODELS: David Helman and Joel Berliner

CLOTHES: Blue dress, jewellery and kimono, dinner suits: Vintage Clothing Shop

LOCATION: The Vanguard, Newtown

 

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