event

event photography, non profit, photography

The Moth

If you've never heard of The Moth, allow me to introduce you to this wonderful organisation.

They are a global community dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling as a celebration of human experience and diversity. The Moth was founded in New York City in 1997, produces over 500 live events each year in 29 cities around the world, hosts workshops and education programs, publishes NYT Bestseller List collections of stories, and has its own Peabody Award winning radio show and podcast.

Each live Moth event starts with a theme, announced in advance. The Moth StorySLAMs are open-mic style events, where attendees can put their names into a hat in order to share their 5 minute, 100% true story related to the night's theme. After ten StorySLAMs in a city, winners from the StorySLAMs compete for the title of GrandSLAM Champion with a brand new story with a brand new theme. The SLAM events feel like a mixture of stand-up, theatre and documentary, and the stories told run the gamut from tragic to hilarious.

Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing my second Melbourne GrandSLAM at the National Theatre in St. Kilda. The theme of the evening was 'When Worlds Collide,' hosted by comedian and TV personality Cal Wilson. I love event photography, especially when it's such a special event as this, so I really wanted to share some of my photographs from the evening.

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The storytellers on the night were (in order of appearance):

  1. Andy Cameron
  2. Matt McArthur
  3. May Jasper
  4. Lisa Carroll
  5. Wade Kelly
  6. Jacob Kaye
  7. Louise Newton-Keogh
  8. Tess Birch
  9. Janine Hilling
  10. Steven Bell

This year's GrandSLAM winner was Louise Newton-Keogh with a moving story from her childhood about her father's alcoholism and attempted suicide, and their worlds colliding 10 years later.

Special thanks to Merrilee McCoy for having me along, and for producing all of the great Moth events in Melbourne. The next Melbourne event is a StorySLAM open-mic on July 2nd at Howler. Check out the Facebook Event - the theme for this one is 'Age.' Come & tell your story!

local business, photography, portrait photography

Photobooth Fun

With November right around the corner (I know… shut up Karin) Christmas parties are being planned all over the city. Instead of having a photographer roam around and annoy your guests…


Try a photobooth! It's like a small portrait studio set up at the event. Your guests choose to come have their portrait taken, and it's so much more fun for everyone!

I can customize a photobooth just for your event. There are so many options:

  • Choose a backdrop (white/grey) - OR - choose an area within the event venue (fireplace, colored wall, etc.) Include your banner in the space if you like!
  • Choose to have your logo and/or a custom text overlay (date/name of event, etc.)
  • Choose a holiday themed frame, polaroid frame, or no frame at all.
  • Ask me about special Christmas props and decorations!

 
All guests will be given (upon having their portrait taken) a link to an online gallery where they can view and download their photos within 3 days. Event host will receive a DVD of high resolution images to commemorate the event.

4 hour photobooth packages start at $300. I can also customize an event package including photobooth AND general event photography. Get in touch!

art, graphic design, non profit

Monsters Ball

 

I really intended to write this blog post sooner, but my week has been crazy! Everyone's finally back from summer brain fog and my Realtor clients have been keeping me busy shooting houses before the snow flies. But I digress...

Tomorrow night I will be taking part in a wonderful fundraiser event for Laura's Literacy Campaign. The 2nd annual Monster's Ball Halloween Costume Fashion Show & Auction kicks off at 9:00 at the The Artery on Jasper Ave, and features local music, local art, DJs, dancing, drinks, and of course the fashion show! All proceeds from the fashion show go to Laura's Literacy Campaign, and costumes will be auctioned off live during the show. If you don't have a Halloween costume yet, I suggest you check out this event! Not only will I be "modeling" in the fashion show, but I will also have a set of 6 of my elusive paintings up for sale. (The poster at the top of this post was designed by me also...)

I don't paint a lot. I took a few acrylics classes during my time at the U of A and I really enjoy it, but I find I need to be in a particular mood to really get into it. A lot of my creative energy is expended on photography projects too, so I tend to produce only 1 to 2 paintings a year. Below you can sample a few of my paintings that will be up for sale at the Monster's Ball.

From left, top to bottom:
1939 Cadillac Grill (2006) | Acrylic on Board, 24" x 24"
1957 Imperial (2008) | Acrylic on Board, 24" x 24"
Contracts, Consultants & Cost Engineers II (2004) | Acrylic on Masonite, 8" x 48"
Contracts, Consultants & Cost Engineers I (2004) | Acrylic on Masonite, 8.25" x 40"
The Swimmers (2006) | Acrylic on Masonite, 15" x 21.5"
Jasmine (2011) | Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20"