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Dramatic Studio Lighting | Horse and dog photography

I have always been a natural light photographer, I've never liked formal studio photography for people and only ever used artificial lighting for 'fill flash' to lift the shadows when natural light was not enough to provide a professional result. My involvement as official photographer for the Lexus Melbourne Cup's Tour of  Boyup Brook in 2018 saw me updating my the studio equipment, softboxes and backdrops and I found myself really enjoying some high and low key (black or...

Horse and Dog photography model database application

Horse and Dog Photography Model Database

While I am technically still on holidays (the first since 2007 that I have officially booked into my calendar in advance), I have had the chance to finalise one of the major projects that I have been working on for a very long time. One of the services I offer is commercial photography for equine, rural and agri business such as horse, cattle and sheep studs and livestock fodder companies.  I am working with more equine related businesses each...

AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer

AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer – What it means for you

2018 has been an incredibly difficult and painful year for so many reasons, but there have also been some amazing things happen along the way. I am proud to announce that I have been notified last week that my application to the Australian Institute of Professional Photography has been successful and I am now an Accredited Professional Photographer. This means that both my work and my business have been assessed to be of a professional standard through an in...

Equestrian Event Photography Website Update

All equestrian event photos since 2015 (with a list of archived events from 2007-2015) are available again at https://www.equine-photography.com.au/ I've had a number of computer and website challenges for the past few weeks so to resolve the event photo website as quickly as possible at this busy time of year, I have renewed with zenfolio.  This means all your saved favourites and previous order details are still accessible if you have created an account on the website. IMPORTANT CHANGES I've made...

Chiarascuro – Black Background horse portraits

One of my favourite techniques in traditional oil paintings is chiarascuro, a classic technique developed by da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt who used high contrast shadows and light to create drama in their paintings. I don't have the time (or the patience) required to create photorealistic oil paintings any more, but I am really enjoying playing with this technique again with my studio lighting equipment....

boyup brook photography competition

What’s Your Angle Boyup Brook Photography Competition Judging

I am honoured to have been invited to judge at the 'What's Your Angle' Boyup Brook Photography Competition and Exhibition hosted by the Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre to showcase the art of photography to our community. The Categories are: Agriculture - Flora - Animals - Landscapes - People Portraits Prizes will be awarded for each category, Most Outstanding Print, Under 18 prize and People’s Choice award. The images with the most People’s Choice votes will also be featured in...

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2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour – Boyup Brook

Our little town is busy preparing to bring Flemington Raceway to south west WA and our whole town will halt on 24th August to welcome the 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour as one of 37 destinations visited around the world, including the UK, Ireland, Korea and New Zealand.    Boyup Brook is the only regional location in WA to be included in the tour, selected to highlight the contribution the Melbourne Cup 'race that stops a nation' has made...

3 Things to know about Black Background Equine Portraits

I've had a few inquiries recently about the set-up required for the black background equine portraiture that I create, so I thought I would write a post to describe the various options and process involved with each. There are three ways that these black backgrounds are made: completely in photoshop, with artificial light or with a combination of natural light, studio lights and environment. 1. Completely in Photoshop This is the option most event photographers will use for a...

boyup brook family photography album

10 Reasons Why Family Portraits are Important

We get so focussed on the future that we forget about our past. Children grow so quickly; the years pass in a blink of an eye and the next thing you know they are off to boarding school and university.  Family portraits document your family’s growth and progress through the years and capture sweet memories of your life together. Life gets so busy and stressful, you don’t think you ever will, but it’s easy to forget special characteristics, unique...

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Farm Family Photography sessions – Fundraising project for Drought Relief

Last week I wrote about a special project that I will be undertaking to help fundraise for several of the registered rural charities assisting Australian farmers and livestock struggling to survive the crippling drought in the eastern states. No-one knows when this drought will break, but what we do know is that financial assistance is needed immediately and its also going to be needed long term.  To help both short and long term, this drought project has two parts...