Category: Dance
Invest in yourself

Today is not only my birthday but it also marks a new beginning in my photographic journey. It is a day in which 2 new Canon 5D IV arrived on my doorstep to close off the final pieces in part of my photographic business plan.

It marks the day which I now have all the equipment I need to be able to shoot on location at events and the images I take are sent live across a wireless network to portable Wacom Workstation Pro table, where an assistant will process before uploading the images to either my online store or a Google Drive account where my clients can access them within minutes of the images being taken.

For competitions, I can now shoot while these images are being worked on in the background and never need to walk away from the action. Competitors can now get access to view and purchase images of themselves and their achievements within minutes, not hours, days or in some cases weeks.

Gala and awards clients will now have access to their images before the celebration drinks have been finished and allow them to capitalize on their own marketing of their events.

For weddings, the bride and groom can have access to their images in the fastest possible time as they can not be processed while we are still shooting the event.

2 Canon 5D IV's with battery grips and 64gig super fast SD Cards

2 Canon 5D IV’s with battery grips and 64gig super fast SD Cards

Over the last month, I have been investing heavily in equipment as to bring the dream of being able to delivery super high-quality professional images to you in lighting speed, speeds that are not normally associated with progressional event photography.  I know you are going to love this new service as it takes event photography to a whole new level.

Bring on a new beginning and remember to always back and invest in yourself. 🙂

SOS – Salsa On Saturday!

On Saturday night I popped out to a salsa dance event and I must say it seems like forever since I photographed any form of dancing so it was great to be back to capture the fun and enjoyment that is dance, but also see some familiar faces which I had not seen in some time.

Salsa on Saturday is an event that is run monthly to allow a salsa dancing community to get together and have a bit of fun and what fun they did have!!

If you don’t believe me have a look at this group shot. 🙂

SOS - Salsa on Saturday - SEVEN

SOS – Salsa on Saturday – SEVEN

If you want to know more about salsa on Saturday drop me a message will send you the organisers details.

Our Paths Take Different Directions

What a weekend end that was, and to some extent it still continues for a few more day for me until I get back home late this week.

A couple of dance events done, a couple of one-on-coaching sessions done and a couple of hotels done and a whole list of fast food done.

The FATD comp yesterday was an interesting one. One of which I didn’t expect. The CEO of FATD and friend of mine Neale Byrnes has resigned, and with the parting of Neal he also takes with him his family and my friend Winsome Abrams. she helped him in all the events and will be missed if our paths no longer cross.

Now a good friend of mine Rachel Lemon mentioned to me on a post today that dancing events isn’t all about photography but they are about dance, now while this may be true (the jury is still out) what they are about is getting out and spending time with friends and it doesn’t matter the style.

From the LDA ball on Saturday night to FATD comps and the dance events in New Zealand they all have a common bond and share something that is quite special – friendship!

Thank you everyone that I have meet through dance and thank you all the people I will meet through my job as en event photographer. It is truly an honour and a privilege to be and share a part of your lives even if it is 1/200 of a second at F2.8 and ISO 3200.

Take care everyone an I truly hope to see you all again at the next event or outside of dance. 🙂

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The Emeralds auditions

On Sunday had the pleasure of attending the Emeralds cheerleader auditions. These cheerleader group and the official cheerleaders for the NRL Canberra Raiders, and while the season is just finished they are ahead of the game to go along and secure the group for next year.

I must say sitting in the corner of the room taking photos of the event was kind of awe-inspiring in the fact that these girls were shown a routine I have never seen before and were then asked to perform it.

I for one have no idea how they did it!! But it was awesome and I captured some really fantastic shots.

Here is just one of the images captured with the rest of follow in due time.

EMERALDS CHEER SQUAD AUDITION, SEPT 14TH

EMERALDS CHEER SQUAD AUDITION, SEPT 14TH

STOMP 2014 – The photos are up and ready for purchase

WOW what a night last night was at STOMP (www.thestomp.org).  There was a kick arse crowd and fantastic performances.

The Latin dance community here is Australia is so supportive of events such as this and is clearly shown as there were a lot of people come down from Sydney just to attend or perform at this event. They have such big hearts it is just amazing….  Now I think about it the Latin community in New Zealand is just as amazing and supportive of charities and each other….  it is very refreshing I must say.

The night started off with bang as I accidentally dropped one of my lens from about 7 feet as I was climbing across chairs across the the floor.  Thank god the glass was still OK but as I was later to find out a soon enough the zoom and the focus had issues with a lot of images that the camera said were in focus but were not, which is a real bummer considering all the profits from the sale of images I am donating back to the STOMP charities, and with less images means less profit and money for the selected charities. 🙁

What can I say about the performers other than they were fantastic….. not only for their performances but the support they show for such an event.  It takes a lot of time and effort to put together a performance and they all did us proud.   So well done to all of you.

If there was one thing that beat the performances it was mechanical bull…  Yes ladies and gets they had a mechanical bull…   How freaking cool is that!!!!!!! I could of spent the entire time photographing people riding and ultimately  falling of this said bull. 🙂  It was a heap of fun.  I am not sure what the cost of the bull was but if you want more information pop over to their website at www.BullMan.com.au

Also I must say a big thanks has to go out to LDA (Latin Dance Australian – www.latindance.com.au) with Nestor and his gang.  They not only support the event very year but a fantastic people behind the scenes.

I think I could babble on for ages about all the people that help put on such an event but instead of doing that I will show you the photos instead. 🙂

All profits from the sale of the images will go back to the charities that STOMP support so please dig deep.

Here is just one of the many images that I took last night.  The rest of the images can be seen in my on-line store off the menu.

The performers at STOMP 2014

The performers at STOMP 2014

Australian Salsa Open – Quick photo edit video

I thought I would share a quick video of me post processing one of the photos from the Australian Salsa Open in Sydney the other week, where I was the official event photographer for.

Looking at the photo I think the MC might of just got a little bit into his job to keep the audience engaged.

Great work.

You can view and purchase the images from the event in my on-line store from the menu on the left. 🙂

Australian Salsa Open - Head dress Event photographer

Australian Salsa Open – Head dress

National Capital DanceSport Championships (NCDC) – Saturday photos are up.

Well after what was a very very busy week for me catching up on 1,000’s of photos not only from the National Capital DanceSport Championships (NCDC) but the Australian Salsa Open in Sydney the week before I have now processed and uploaded the photos for the National Capital DanceSport Championships (NCDC) Saturday competition to my on-line store. YEAH…

This year I wanted to do something different than last year, I wanted to put some effort in creating some truly outstanding images.  Images that really showed the feeling of dance to the rest of the world..

I wanted to show the beauty and glamour of such a sport and bring in a touch of class to my images.

For me to do this I had to concentrate on the quality of the image so unfortunately as part of that I was not able to capture everyone and only a select few that came appeared in the picture that I had created in my head.  So if I didn’t manage to capture you, I am truly sorry.

If you did miss out or want to ensure I capture you at the next event you can pre-book a photographic package that will ensure that I am there to capture every move and you will get images of your performance but in in a different style that will make you not only stick out from the crowd but give you something to cherish for generations to come.

Now sit back and go order some photos from my on-line store!!!! 🙂

2014 National Capital DanceSport Championships, even photogrpaher, canberra, dance photographer

2014 National Capital DanceSport Championships

New Zealand Salsa Congress Saturday photos are up

I have now uploaded all the image from the Saturday at the New Zealand Salsa Congress.

They can be viewed at my online store by selecting them off the menu on the left. 🙂

I have an early bird special that will allow you to purchase all the images from your performance.

 

NZ Salsa Congress Saturday photos are up

NZ Salsa Congress Saturday photos are up

FATD – Autumn photos are up!

For those of you that have been waiting for the FATD photo from Sydney Olympic Park they are now up on my on-line store and are ready for immediate purchase.

This event was held at Sydney Olympic Park has hosted a collection our outstanding ballroom and latin dancers from all areas.

As with all FATD event it was fantastic.  Well executed and the turnout showed it was a packed house..

I am now looking forward to the next FATD event in my home town Canberra at the end of June. YEAH!!!!!

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Order $30 of more from my shop and you get 10% discount. 🙂

Simply enter    FATDAut  as the promotional code on check out and the discount will be automatically applied to your order.

NOTE: This offer is only valid until the 22-4-14 so you will have to HURRY!

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Ballroom, FATD, Sydney Olympic Park

Dancers at the FATD Autumn event

 

Breathe Dance Studio photos are up.

I attended the Breathe Dance Studio end of year dance event a week or so ago and I must say it was a blast.

The lighting in the event was fantastic for the people watching, from a photographers point of view it wasRead More

I have my media pass and I am ready to go

I am covering the National Capital DanceSport Championships(NCDC) here in Canberra. https://www.ncdccanberra.com.au/

The event runs over two day and features Australia best classical dances from Australia and New Zealand.

Today was the meet and greet along with the day when you pick up your passes.

So with:

My media pass in hand

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Media Pass in hand and ready to shoot at National Capital DanceSport Campionships

Portable studio just about setup

National Capital DanceSport Campionships

Just about setup for Australia’s premier two day dance competition.

Trophies cleaned

Trophies ready for National Capital DanceSport Campionships

Trophies ready for National Capital DanceSport Campionships

It was time to have some dancing lessons before the big show tomorrow.

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Getting lessons from the pros – Joshua Keefe and Sara Magnanelli

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