How to Find the Dodgy Night!

I was doing a corporate shoot and I noticed that a couple of my studio lights were not firing all the time so I swapped them out on the day with the spares I take on these types of shoot but the problem was I didn’t mark which ones where the dodgy ones.

So today while I had a bit of time between shoots I thought I would crack out the lights and find the ones that need replacing and what better to find them than to take some self portraits.

This is just a couple of the ones I ended out with as I’m a bit rushed for time.

I Am the Star Lord
I Am the Star Lord

Nothing like a little black and white action when you have a over head light setup. 🙂


After all that I did find the bulbs which need replacing and I had a bit of fun.

Now is time to get ready for a 21st birthday party that I’m covering tonight and like every party and event a cover I’m sure it is going to be a hoot.

Have a great night and keep safe!

The secret to RAW emotion in your photographs.

Have you ever wondered how I can extract such raw emotion???

The answer is so simple that you might just facepalm yourself..

I go there!!!!  Yep… I know the RAW emotions that make up the images I want to create so I GO THERE!!!!!

I was on a shoot the other day when myself and the model were weeping…..  For me to understand and get my subject to go to a place I have to be able to do it myself. Anyone that has worked with me on emotive shots will testify that it can be a mentally challenging experience.   It takes a lot of energy to drag out the depths of your soul, let alone to do that in front of a camera, I must say results are spectacular.

RAW Emotion
RAW Emotion

Thing that you will forget on Fathers Day!

Father’s Day wouldn’t be complete without breakfast in bed, carefully wrapped socks , and the sound of laughing children!

I just want to take the opportunity to thank every father out there, including mine, and yours. Without them we would not be the people we are today, and with that they continue to be a very important part of our lives. The foundation that they set in our early years something we carry for a lifetime and is something we will always cherish.

As we grow older tend to forget things, we tend to distort memories, we sometimes don’t appreciate and understand the earlier years.

So on this Father’s Day, grab your camera and go out and take photos of your father, husband, partner, and especially your children. Because in the years to come, in the decades that follow from today you will always be able to look back on these photos and remember the day as if it was yesterday.

That my friends is the power photos!

Have a fantastic Father’s Day! 🙂


Cheers to Fathers day
Cheers to Fathers day

Show me how you relax and feature on my blog.

Love life and adventure takes its toll on all of us one way or another, and we all deal with it in our own ways.

For anyone that knows me, knows I lead a very busy life. I do lots of things with my time. Some of these things are covering events both here in Canberra, interstate and also internationally, by also doing portraits of all different descriptions and complexity levels. Added to this is my coaching and photographic workshops I conduct, while also writing course material and working on publishing photographic magazines and books.

Such a busy life requires a lot of time and effort not to mention emotional investment and I have to admit it takes it out of you. Some people drink, some people party, some people hold it within, some people yell some people, sit back, and some people just enjoy life what it is.

For me is a simple things in life. To be able to sit down and relax in the warmth of the sun or drinking a super hot coffee.

Sometimes life is as simple as a good coffee and some sunshine – Brendan Maunder

I wish you all a very good weekend and I’d be interested to see what photos you can take over the weekend that express how you relax and wind down.

So your mission shall you choose to accept it, go out and capture events and things over this weekend that you find relaxing to help you wind down.

Anyone that sends me their photos I will publish on my website for the world to see and ensure you have full and 100% credit.

Out of the images I receive I will select one , and feature in one of my blogs next week where I will interview the owner of the image so they can tell us/the world what it is, in that photo that makes them relax and wind down.

You can send your image to “Brendan @”  (Just remove the spaces) or PM on Facebook or message me on Google +

So what are you waiting for get out there and capture your life in a relaxing and wind down fashion. 🙂

Seflie of me having a coffee to start the day
Seflie of me having a coffee to start the day