Mary and Ron

About a month ago, my friend asked if I would photograph his mother-in-law's wedding. As a result, I was lucky enough to witness and photograph the wedding of Mary and Ron, and the union of their two families. It was a beautiful, low key event at their Eastwood home with family and friends. Their house backs onto a beautiful park which they used for their ceremony, complete with its very own 'Love Tree' where the branches are intertwined. Thanks so much for having me there!

The Harris-Hodge family

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Em and Jess, their twins Arlo and Lucca, and their dog Dudley. It was a lot of fun and the boys were all so well behaved, even working it for the camera! A modelling career in the making. Thanks so much for having me guys!

From little things, big things grow

I recently spent a weekend in Victoria visiting two good friends - one who has just had a baby and another who has just built her very own tiny house. Tali is the most precious little baby but already with the biggest voice, while Sarah's home was, although called a tiny, also jam-packed with cosy goodness. I can't wait to watch both grow!

Tali

Tiny home

Anna & Arjun

My dear friends Anna and Arjun got engaged a few months ago and I had the pleasure of doing a mini photo shoot for them. We had one of those amazing sunsets at Centennial Park and everything was just perfect.

Congratulations once again, and I can't wait for your wedding!

Women's March on Sydney

What an incredible day. I had the pleasure of being involved in coordinating the photography for the Women's March on Sydney. A march for inclusivity, for equal rights for all marginalised peoples. A march that the world showed up for - 676 marches across all 7 continents - and culminated in the Women's March on Washington.

To the estimated 8,000 - 10,000 people who showed up to the Sydney march yesterday, I thank you. A huge thank you also to the organisers - your tireless efforts to make a change has paid off. Thank you for making history.

Stories not Selfies - Part II

I only recently upgraded my phone and previously, I hardly took any photos on it because it didn't have the capability nor the storage capacity. After attending Andrew Quilty's Stories not Selfies workshop and shooting iPhone only, I have been shooting much more on my phone.

Last week I posted the iPhone shots from the workshop. Here are the images from my camera. You can be the judge of which is better!

Stories not Selfies

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Walkley Awards winner Andrew Quilty at his Stories not Selfies workshop. I have admired Andrew's work for a long time, especially his work in the Middle East. If you haven't already, please take a moment to check out his story on the aftermath of the Kunduz hospital bombing. The Man on the Operating Table was one of the most powerful photos I had seen in a very long time.

The workshop began at the Australian Centre for Photography where Andrew shared some of his stories and his work. It was great to watch him in action and hear how he worked. It was a great group from all different backgrounds and we shared our own work and stories. We then spent the day shooting with Andrew on the Manly ferry, then in Manly itself. Sydney put on its finest weather - a sunny day, then a dramatic late afternoon storm before beautiful golden sunlight peeked through as we boarded the ferry back. 

I learnt how to tell a powerful story with my images (it's certainly not a picture tells a thousand words) and how to use my phone to shoot Instagram-appropriate images. He pushed me to think about light, composition and the stories behind my images. Thanks Andrew for an insightful and fun day!

These are the photos shot on iPhone only.

Into the country

I spent the weekend with people from all walks of life, bonded by a common interest in photography. Tumbarumba was a quaint town with two pubs and an antique shop on the main road. Batlow is famous for its apples and subsequently, their ciders. The country is full of friendly, interesting people who were always eager to have a chat. Sunrise, Sugar Pines, wine and great company makes for a great weekend. 

 

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Superman saves the hospital!

I was invited by Mandy Richards, founder of Global Sisters, to photograph their son Max's 4th birthday party. The theme was superman saves the hospital from the wicked witch. It was a vibrant and colourful affair with all the styling done by Mandy and her helpers. All in all, the day was a success as the 'patient' was cured, the 'witch' turned nice, and the 'surgeon' was rescued!

Australia's identity

A few exciting things happened in the last month or so on the photography front. I was chosen as one of 22 finalists in the Art and About Australian Life prize. This was a huge thing for me, my first big recognition as a photographer! I unfortunately did not take out the big prize, but the winner Jon Lewis' photo of the barber in Newtown is a fabulous one and so very well deserved.

I was then contacted by ABC International who wanted to feature me and my photography. I got to be interviewed by the lovely Lisa Clarke and photographed (now I know how it feels to be the subject of photos!). 

You can find the story here.

 Photo by Lisa Clarke

Photo by Lisa Clarke

Uafu 'Amelika

Flashback to my time in Tonga. These photos were taken over a few hours at the American Wharf which was always a hive of activity. I spent many days after work snorkelling from the wharf. Photos were taken with a combination of a Canon with an underwater case and a SLR.

The ocean as a plastic soup

It is estimated that Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups per year. 90% of these end up in landfill, which equates to around 60,000kg of plastic waste per annum. Despite the misconception that these cups are recyclable, they have a plastic lining that doesn't biodegrade and the plastic lids also stick around for a really long time in landfill.

I decided to take photos of disposable coffee cups around the place. My intention is to add to this series and raise awareness about the issue. 

There are some simple steps that you can take to minimise your footprint while still enjoying your coffee every day.

  • Don't take away — great way to socialise is to have your coffee at the cafe
  • Bring your own reusable cup
  • Refuse a lid — if you don't need the lid don't take one
  • Choose a cup made from rapidly renewable resources like managed plantation paper board and separate the lid from the cup when disposing of the rubbish

 

 

Motherhood

One of my friends whom I have known for over a decade just became a mother. To her and all mothers everywhere, you're amazing. Happy Mother's Day.

Portraiture workshop

Last Saturday, I spent a great day with some Fairfax photographers learning about portraiture and sharing ideas. It was really helpful to see how professionals approach their briefs and their subjects, and to meet other Clique members as well!

Here are a few of my top shots from the day.


Pet and the city

The weather is hot and the beach is our friend. We don't know if Maeko has ever gone for a swim, he seemed uncomfortable but certainly not terrified. Snapped a few shots of him, including the post-swim shake-off!

Every one has a story to tell

I recently entered this portfolio into Emerging Photographer 2015, portraiture category. Malawi was one of my favourite countries when I recently visited Africa. The people there were the friendliest people I met, as well as the most genuine. Lloyd, the boy in the first picture, had a particular impact on me. He lived in a village with very little, and yet he was happy and playful. He held my hand so tightly and for so long that I almost found it difficult to let go.

Here are the stories of the children of Malawi.


What does 'freedom' mean to you?

This month's theme for the Canon Light Award is 'freedom'. With today's sad news that our world lost some of its most talented journalists and cartoonists, this theme could not have at a better time. As I reflect on what it means to have freedom of speech and freedom of expression, I realise these are things we all take for granted. To those who fell today, thank you for leaving a legacy and the hope that we can fight for our own freedom.

The fact is, true freedom even in our democratic society does not exist. On the surface, people are allowed to express their sexuality, their religion, their race, their ethnicity. However, until all our differences stop turning heads and drawing attention, true freedom of expression has not been achieved.

I wanted to dedicate this post to images that provoke a sense of freedom of expression, acknowledging true freedom is far from being achieved.

New year, new website!

2014 brought with it many photographic opportunities for me. Participating in the Fairfax Clique competition forced me to go out and shoot each month for different briefs rather than recycle old photos. I did a photo shoot for Marie Claire Indonesia for an article on the Bali Bombing survivors.

One of my favourite photos from 2014 was this one inspired by a French photojournalist, Hughes Léglise-Bataille in his X-ing series. Hughes sadly passed away in 2011 in a car accident in Brazil.

 Inspired by Hughes Léglise-Bataille of people waiting at a crossing

Inspired by Hughes Léglise-Bataille of people waiting at a crossing

Stay tuned on this site as it evolves and more photos are added over time. And bring on 2015!