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wedding photography, photography

Taz & Mark

On one of the hottest March afternoons on record, two very lovely people got married.

I used to work with Taz as a bartender back in my Melbourne hospitality days, and last year out of the blue she got in touch to see if I’d be interested in shooting her wedding. She was after an ‘anti-wedding wedding photographer’ which is kind of how I see myself with regards to shooting weddings. I approach them like any other event, and just document the day - lots of candids, not too much posing or direction, and I’m always keen to have a beer with the bride & groom!

Taz married her long time sweetie Mark out at Camp Sunnystones, 45 minutes northwest of Melbourne near Bacchus Marsh. It was a laid back, perfect celebration with a great rock n’ roll theme (think groomsmen dressed like Johnny Cash and bridesmaids lookin’ like pinup girls, and a live 4 piece band smashing out Queens of the Stone Age and Howlin’ Wolf) and suited Taz & Mark perfectly. Seriously though, it was HOT.

Here’s a few of my fave shots from the day

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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!

wedding photography, photography, event photography

A January Wedding

Last month, I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of two friends of mine: Mark and Kelly. I don't necessarily consider myself to be a wedding photographer, but inevitably I end up doing a few here and there, usually for a friend or acquaintance. I approach weddings in the same way that I approach event photography, focussing on documenting rather than directing, often sneaking around largely unnoticed by guests. 

Mark and Kelly were actually featured in my last blog post, about my portrait series "FoWo Fam," which you can read about here. I've known them for about 3 years, and in that time we've become such good friends that they actually helped me move house in the week leading up to their wedding...

It was a simple, joyous, honest and heartfelt affair at the Children's Farm in Collingwood on a rainy Friday the 13th. Despite the weather, everything was perfect, and I did my best to capture the day in my own special way.

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FoWo Fam

There is a little bar in Collingwood called Forgotten Worlds. Well, there WAS.

My friends Graeme and May opened the place in an old pawn shop three years ago after designing and building it from scratch and filling it with arcade machines. My partner Jason and I helped to build the exterior of the log cabin toilets in the courtyard right before I disappeared into central Queensland for 2 months.

It didn't take long for Forgotten Worlds to amass a loyal group of regulars and create a buzzing social hub for gamers, music nerds, artists and bar flies, who affectionately nicknamed the place "FoWo." After deciding that they'd done what they set out to do, May and Graeme sold the business in December. It is a major understatement to say that Forgotten Worlds has been a big part of my life for the past three years, and it was an honour to be able to occupy the walls for their very last art exhibition with a portrait series I'd been working on, entitled "FoWo Fam." 

Forgotten Worlds has also been a big part of the lives of each and every person I included in this series. Apart from Graeme and May, these people were strangers to me three years ago, and now I consider all of them to be my friends. 

To make this portrait series, I insisted on spending time with and photographing my subjects somewhere other than Forgotten Worlds. I knew these people from Forgotten Worlds, I saw these people almost solely at Forgotten Worlds, and I wanted to get to know all of them outside of Forgotten Worlds. Where else do they spend their time? What else do they do in their lives? 

This has all been such an experience. I found myself in places I didn’t expect, with people I knew on such a base level, learning things and growing friendships. I’m grateful to everyone who allowed me to photograph them and invade their lives, but most of all I’m grateful to Graeme and May for being the glue that holds all of us together. This portrait series really is a tribute to you two.

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Turtle Jones

I love to photograph musicians. Especially when said musicians are my friends. It’s been about a month since this photo shoot happened, and I’ve been looking forward to sharing these photographs since.

The thing about photographing musicians is, usually they have something in mind. Usually it’s a base concept, idea, or a style, and there’s nothing more fun than collaborating with a fellow creative, brainstorming and building upon an initial concept up to a finished product.

Turtle Jones is the alter ego of Jules Gregory, a very good friend of mine. He’s a super talented musician, MC, producer, and all around nice guy. He came to me wanting some promo shots, and starting with a pretty broad idea we workshopped it down to these moody portraits. I especially love the one with the pirate ship. Thanks for the opportunity to get creative and take some great photos Turtle!

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