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. 🙂

Calling All Distinguished Gentlemen

Well it looks like it is time to get my stuff ready to once again photograph the DGR  (Distinguished Gentlemen s Ride) here in Canberra.  It is one of those events that is not only a fantastic photo opportunity but you get to see some of the crazy outfits and bikes that I am sure only come out of the shed this one day of the year.

Last year it was filled with lots of dapper and class so I expect this year to be the same.  For anyone that wants to come along it starts off at Joes Motorcycle in Fyshwick for breaky and then they head for a casual and gentlemen like ride around town before ending at the Kingston pub where things kind of lose the dapper. lol

If you see me wondering around slinging a camera of two, say hello and I will promise to get your photo. 🙂

 

Canberra Australia - 27th of September 2015. The distinguished gentleman is ride sponsored by triumph was held on a sunny day here in Canberra. This is a charity ride, whether writers pay to participate with all funds going to prostate cancer research. It started off in Braddon ACT progressed to the National Arboretum and then on to mount Stromlo roo group photo was taken before the writers headed off to the Kingston hotel for Raffles and an afternoon drink.
The distinguished gentleman ride

Eat When You Can!

In my line of work as an event and portrait photographer I get to cover a lot of events but as with every event, one thing is key…. and that is time!!!!!

You are always running around getting shots here and there, with generally little or no time to rest, drink or eat, so as I race home tonight and ready for tonight’s event I get to:

  • charge my batteries,
  • download cards,
  • swap lens
  • get changed
  • whip up Veal mignon with mushroom butter, wrapped in bacon served with veg and baked capsicum, washed down with a chocolate milkshake.  yum yum yum

What wonderful things have you whipped up for tonight’s midweek meal?

Veal Migono with mushroom butter wrapped in bacon
Veal Mignon with mushroom butter wrapped in bacon

 

2015 Will Be Know As The Quite Year

Going through and doing some house cleaning to cut over to a new year, I noticed that in the last year I only kept 75,504 (I delete the photos that don’t make the cut) photos and clearly I take December and January off. hahahahaha

Maybe it is too warm or I just like getting out and about in the summer. 😉

When I conduct classes and workshops people ask me what is the best thing they can do to improve their photography…. My answer is always the same… practice, practice, practice…. On average my students take around 7000 photos a year.  I personally don’t think when you are learning that 7000 a year is enough.  🙂

The more you take the more you learn and the better you become. 🙂

How many photos do you take a year?

2015 the year in review
2015 the year in review

Attention All Distinguished Gentleman!

Have you ever wanted to see hundred are so motorcyclists riding their motorcycles while looking all dapper??? Well on the weekend Canberra and around the world held the distinguished gentleman ride in support of research for prostate cancer.

Wow that is shiny
Wow that is shiny

When I was asked if I could photograph this I almost jumped out of my chair as the opportunity to capture such amazing motorcycles with the unique look of massive moustaches and dudes wearing suits was almost too much for me to bear, so goes without saying that I was looking forward to this and I wasn’t disappointed.

How dapper
How dapper

I think it was about 150 registered motorcycles there and what a collection. From the relatively new to the vintage everyone is at have a fantastic time and support a great cause and I must say my little sports bike kind of looked out of place and I think I have more plastic on my bike and the combined plastic of all the other bikes.

The grease monkey was our host the morning breakfast
The grease monkey was our host the morning breakfast

If you are a check out the rest of the images click on the events link from the menu to which you will find the gallery which has all the images. You’re free to use them as you see fit and please share and raise awareness for such a cause so next year we can have an even bigger number.

For more information have a look see at their website www.gentlemansride.com

Each person that attended signed the banner
Each person that attended signed the banner
Some of the bikes making their way down from the Arboretum
Some of the bikes making their way down from the Arboretum

A Bit of Fashion and a Bit of Fun.

Last night as you know I covered the fashion show held at the DLA Piper offices here in Canberra.  This fashion show was put on and in support of the UNICEF global challenge in which Brodie Williams from the firm is participating.

Our stunning models for the evening
Our stunning models for the evening

It goes without saying that the event was a hit and raised much-needed funds for the charity but for me one of the highlights is when Brodie was addressing the audience and giving stories of what she is going to expect in her trip. She seemed little put off with the fact that she would have to be camping, and she hates camping but there will also be baboons that may or may not attack the group of walkers. Never fear some comfort was insured as they will be shadowed by two rifleman to ensure the safety and I was given the impression she wasn’t exactly sure what these rifleman would be doing. hahahahaha

Brodie being a little bit unsure about the rifleman
Brodie being a little bit unsure about the rifleman

One of the other things I noticed is that even though DLA Piper our law firm most of the people I spoke that worked for them actually had a personality. Ok Ok Ok I am only joking please don’t sue me…

Brodie telling tales of what to expect
Brodie telling tales of what to expect

In between the sets and for the entire show we had the talented drum assault www.drumassault.com.au bashing out their African tunes which I must say is very fitting considering the charity this event supporting.

I kept the crowd entertained with their unique style and at times getting the interaction of some the people watching the show. Dan Graetz is the group manager in the main lead and a must say his his small and enthusiasm was infectious, so thank you my man. 🙂

Drum Assault doing their thang.. :)
Drum Assault doing their thang.. 🙂
The talented hair stylist fresh back from NYC fashion week
The talented hair stylist fresh back from NYC fashion week
Fashion in the office
Fashion in the office
Fashion in the office
Fashion in the office
A bit of fun before the show
A bit of fun before the show

If you want to check out all the other photos they are now ready for viewing by clicking on the event link. Feel free to download and use these photos as you see fit and please support UNICEF in helping making this world a better place.

Of course if you need an event photographer here in Canberra on fact Sydney or Melbourne to cover your corporate event please feel free to drop me a line as I’m sure we can help out.

Do you love fashion! – Official Photographer

Fashion meets charity tomorrow night with the DLA Piper UNICEF Global Challenge Fashion Show Ethiopia on at Kingston where I will be there as the official photographer on the night to capture the glamour and gilts.

The night is being put on by a friend of mine Brodie Williams who is a Canberra Model also a Lawyer which for most does seems a little be at polar ends but I can assure you, if you needed a lawyer you would want Brodie in your corner.

 DLA Piper UNICEF Global Challenge Fashion Show Ethiopia

DLA Piper UNICEF Global Challenge Fashion Show Ethiopia

You can book your tickets or get more information here:

http://www.eventbee.com/v/dlapiperb/event?eid=155836714

Hope to see you there. 🙂

Benny Wills Photos Are Up!

Boy oh boy what another fantastic event the Benny Wills Gala night was!

It was as I predicted –  full of fun, laughter and tears.  This year was different the the time I photographed this event two years ago.  Last time there was only one researcher working on a cure, with no progress, this year they have 9 researchers and have grown the tissues in the lab and have come up with a way to slow down the progress of the cancer.    This is an amazing thing for the families effected by this and I hope progress continues.

I setup a studio photo booth at the back of the room with some props so people could swing past when I had my lights on and get a few rando snaps and boy I did get some great shots…  lol

Some of the people that attended my studio photo booth to have a bit of fun.
Some of the people that attended my studio photo booth to have a bit of fun.

There was of course a serious side to all of this with the formal part of the evening with the stories and pictures of the children displayed up on the big screen.

Research is vital
Research is vital

Listening to the stories and watching the raw emotion spill out over the floor was very touching and showed the personal effect it has one everyone.

Welcome the VIP's
Welcome the VIP’s

All in all I think it was a successful night and I cant wait for next years gala event where i will once again offer up my time for free to support such a cause.

If you want to have a look at all the photos of the night you can see them from the events menu on the left hand side of this screen.

NOTE:  If you find yourself in them you have my full permission to download and use these images for your personal use. 🙂

 

Benny Wills Gala Night!

As I iron my clothes, charge my batteries, format my memory cards and back my bags for tonight gala ball I ponder at what memories I will capture tonight.  What people will I meet and what amazing stories will I hear.

The night is bound to be full of lots of laughter and tears for special young children that suffer from terminal brain cancer.  As a father it is an emotional event to cover I know all the monies raised goes into finding a cure into something that strikes down the children in our community.

I must say my team seems to becoming the kings of covering gala and corporate events here in Canberra and with my team also traveling to Sydney and Melbourne we are gaining some very valuable skills and experience in this space, and not only do we do photography we also do live internet streaming of these events.

Tonight will be no exception as we will have a photographer and our vidographer at the event to ensure we capture as much as we can do the foundation can use every bit of it to give to their VIP’s while also allowing them to promote next years event and raise even more valuable money.

Whatever you are doing tonight and no matter where you are, take a moment to think of your loves ones…  Hug them, tell them you love them and make the most of your time together as you never do know when they will be taken from your arms.

Have a great night!

Benny Wills Offical Photographer
Benny Wills Offical Photographer

Wall to Wall Photos Are up. :-)

Before I start what I’d like to say if you can please share this post to not only create awareness but also get these images out to the people that participated in the ride as most would never even know I was there nor would they know that they can freely get access to these photos.!

Last weekend I covered the wall-to-wall motorcycle ride, this ride is a memorial ride the police that have been killed in duty.

Wall-to-wall remembrance ride
Wall-to-wall remembrance ride

It’s an interesting ride as it starts many months before we each of the police Commissioners and over a wooden bat and tour rider for them to deliver it to the ceremony that is held at the police Memorial here in Canberra. Within each of these patterns is a scroll, this scroll holds the names of the officers that have been killed since the last memorial and it was nice to hear that none of these patterns contained any names.

Police Memorial Canberra ACT Australia - 12 September 2015: Wall to wall ride to support police killed in action throughout Australia with riders from all over Australia bringing batons of the fallen police to the wall of remembrance in Canberra ACT Australia.
Commissioners batton

The riders converge at our showground in the northern part of Canberra with a form up and create a massive convoy of bikes that is led by contingency of VIPs with their final destination at the police Memorial.

As part of the New South Wales contingency managed to strike a deal with Austin Martin and McLaren were they got to use one of their cars as a promotional vehicle with no cost to the police except for the registration and fuel costs associated with the vehicles being in the ride.

Goulburn NSW Australia - 12 September 2015: Wall to wall ride to support police killed in action throughout Australia with riders from all over Australia bringing batons of the fallen police to the wall of remembrance in Canberra ACT Australia.
Austin Martin
The McLaren promotional vehicle for the wall-to-wall
The McLaren promotional vehicle for the wall-to-wall
A couple of the police at Golden police Academy having a closer look at the McLaren
The promotional McLaren used to create awareness for the wall-to-wall ride

As a motorcycle rider I also took the opportunity to write from here to Goldman to meet up with the New South Wales and ACT contingency and wow, what a group of people and what a collection of bikes.

I think by the end of it there were over 2000 motorcycles registered which is a great turnout and I must say a very impressive convoy to ride in. Anyone that has written in a group of bikes before should really put this on the list of things to do next year as it is fantastic and for a great cause.

Police escort for the wall-to-wall ride
Police escort for the wall-to-wall ride

 

At the memorial they held a brief service that lasted around 40 minutes with tributes to the fallen and the laying of the batons. It was an interesting collection of people I must say, to seem bikie is talking freely with the police Commissioners from around Australia was something of a clash in everything that I see and hear through the media, and it was great to hear their stories of mateship and how they can work together.

Wall-to-wall ceremony
Wall-to-wall ceremony

watching some of these people places batons and looking into their eyes you can see the pain never fades, the loss of a loved one at any time is devastating that loan one that is taken for doing their job. A perfect example of this is a family that was there with their generations to remember their lost love one.

New South Wales police Commissioner Andrew Scipione with the family that had lost someone in the line of duty
New South Wales police Commissioner Andrew Scipione with the family that had lost someone in the line of duty

As the memorial finished and people when about their way a lot took the opportunity to have a look over the names on the wall of remembrance and if you are in town to take some time to go have a look as it is a solemn wall just as the wall of remembrance at the Australian War Memorial is.

People showing their respects and looking at the names of the fallen on the wall of remembrance
People showing their respects and looking at the names of the fallen on the wall of remembrance

If you want have a look at the photos you’ll find them by clicking on the events menu on the left-hand side of this page where you can freely download and keep a copy of any of the images for your personal use and give these away freely as a sign of respect on my way, be it small of giving something back to the people that sacrificed everything for our safety.

 

The MHS Awards – Photos are up. :)

With The MHS Conference and awards held today we had the honor and opportunity to capture the proceedings and the lucky winners of such awards.

There was a great vibe and with a whole lot of happy faces with all the photos up on our online store that can be found off the menu on the left hand side.

If you have any issues let me know. 🙂

The MHS Awards
The MHS Awards

Late-Night Antics

One of the joys of being an event photographer here in Canberra is I get to go out to all sorts of places at all sorts of hours –  typically night hours as that is when people are having fun and I must say I just love the idea of meet lots of new friends. 🙂

During the week I had an opportunity to photograph for the lighthouse pub in Belconnen where I didnt start at 11:30 PM and photographed till 2 AM.  I must say the time went super quick and it was such a blast that I didn’t want to leave.

Girls girls girls
Girls girls girls

One of the great things of the night was the staff.  🙂  They were all so welcoming and were more than happy to help and offer locations where I could get shots from. (even though they were really camera shy)

I must say when the owner has such a smile on his face for all this clients then its a good sign you are in the right place. 🙂

It must be tough being the owner as he looks like his is really sad about his job.
It must be tough being the owner as he looks like his is really sad about his job.

Doing what he does best… and that is puring the working event photographer a water… hahahahah Thanks mate for being my model 🙂

Throwing together a drink or two
Throwing together a drink or two

Well well well.. One of the things I take very very very serious… and that is people that don’t like their photo taken….  this young lass avoided me like I had the plague….  but what she didn’t know is that before she knew I was there I got this shot…  the rest of the shots was just me messing with her head.  haha

Camera shy staff :) - She will kill me if she see this so please share. hahaha
Camera shy staff 🙂 – She will kill me if she see this so please share. hahaha

This welcoming feeling washed through the place like a tsunami and effected everyone in the place.

And off we go
And off we go

All the people that were there had such a great feel and were super happy and just loved getting their photo taken, with some just loving the idea they can take photos of others. 🙂

I shot you!
I shot you, you shot me!

If you are out and about tonight have a great time, and be kind to the photographer as they are there to make you look freaking awesome. 🙂

You have an event, party, wedding, corporate  event and need a photographer…  Drop me a line and lets see if I can help you out. 🙂

 

Benny Wills Gala Night – Official Photographer

Once again this year I’m privileged to be the official photographer for the Benny Wills gala night.

For anyone that doesn’t know about the Benny Wills foundation you should really pop over to their website and have a read http://www.bennywills.org/

Their story is not only incredibly sad it also is tremendously inspiring. To lose a child to a fatal brain tumour would have to be one of the hardest things to go through in your life but to come back and create a foundation dedicated to the research into the very brain tumour that took your son’s life shows tremendous courage and strength.

To stand there and photograph these incredibly tough parents while they discuss the lives and the process of how this hideous disease takes the lives of their children is heartbreaking. To have to live through that and to know that once your child is diagnosed death is only six months away, I cannot imagine what they would go through. 🙁

It is for this reason I donate my time to this event as I believe that with time, money and the advancement of technology they will find a cure or as a minimum extend the life of these poor children so they can enjoy some additional time with their loved ones.

If you like to book a table or buy some tickets you can do that online and I urge you to come along as it is really a fantastic night.

http://www.bennywills.org/gala-dinner.aspx

Benny Wills Offical Photographer
Benny Wills Offical Photographer

Special Moments in Time!

Being able to capture a fraction of a second of someone’s life might seem a little unimportant, however while this may be the case in some shots others hold a significant amount of personal connection with the people within the photo.

Has there been times in your life where you have been incredibly sad, excited, happy, mad or just in a special place, like when you meet someone for the first time or someone you look up to.

My job as an event and portrait photographer is to capture these moments, moments that pass at the blinking of an eye but a significant to the people that I photographed for and are in these shots.

I photographed equestrian events that involved a lot of children and in one case there was a child was bawling her eyes out as she was so frustrated with the pony at the time wasn’t doing what she wanted it to do. The mother of this child saw me snapping away and kind of shooed me off as she didn’t want to embarrass the young girl. My response to her was that the emotions and the tears something that her and her daughter would cherish for a lifetime. She heard these words, sat back and thought for a second or so and let me continue shooting. When I publish these photos in my online store you never guess who bought copies? 🙂

So for me sometimes it might be awkward or uncomfortable for some people to get the photo taken while they are in an emotional state, I know that once the tears dry and the excitement passes the only thing left be the special moments captured in time.

 

Special moments in time
Special moments in time

Angry Anderson Face Recognition – FAIL!!!!

Be working through some photos over the last few days (for something different of course) and part of my workflow is to use face recognition within Lightroom to identify people within photos so they can be tagged and easily located later.

Most of my photos these days are tagged in this way since it was available in the latest version of Lightroom and in doing this Lightroom builds up a library of people which I photographed and when it evaluates a new photo it has a guess at who might actually be in the image so as to reduce the time and effort that it takes to do this face recognition and tagging.

While it does a good job at guessing I’m pretty sure that this gentleman is not Angry Anderson!!!! hahahahaha

Lightrooms guess at angry Anderson
Lightrooms guess at Angry Anderson

I guess it just goes to show the interesting people I have in my Lightroom catalogue and people that I photographed. LOL