This blog is mainly about photography , but fishing and wine may make an appearance every now and again. I shoot a variety of different subjects, a lot of black and white family portraits, but I got into photography because I love it and have managed to maintain the love, while making it my business, so I have the best of both worlds! 20 years ago we chose to move to Tasmania, the beautiful Island State where the weather is just right for me and scenery is a landscape photographers dream.I love to travel, so some of the images will be from the rest of the world, but without doubt, one of the best things about traveling the world is that first lungful of fresh air as you step off the plane back in Tassie. Those of you who live in Tasmania will know what I mean! the rest of you should really come and visit. Hope you like the images on this blog, feel free to ask a question, make a comment, and generally let me know what you want to see. Let's talk!

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Slices of Life - Family

Slices of Life - Family
FAMILY
 
Family portraiture captures a moment in time. For your family now, and for generations to come. The images that we take
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Slices of Life - Couples

Slices of Life - Couples

Couples

A series of images that will show, not just what you look like, but what it means to be young and totally in love. Soft relaxed images that show you at this very important stage of your lives, without the added extras of

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Slices of Life- Young Adult

Slices of Life- Young Adult

Young Adults

 

Life has become so busy that very few photographs are being made at home any more, especially if you discount the images being made for Facebook and other such web communities. This is the moment when they are perched ready to fly off into their own lives. University or work is just around the corner, and it won’t be long before they are moving out. Whether it is just around the corner or to the other side of the country, now is the time to capture a family portrait and to stop time still, if only for just a moment.

 

 

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Best time for baby photographs?

Best time for baby photographs?

THE FIRST YEAR

In the first year, time seems to speed up and slow down all at the same time. Days roll into one amid late night feeds, day time sleeps ,and an amazing number of nappy changes. Every day there are ground breaking moments: the first smile, the first sleeping through the night, first steps, words, and teeth. Let us capture these moments that are the initial stages of a journey of a lifetime.

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Slices of Life -Photographing Children

Slices of Life -Photographing Children
Childhood
 
Both parents and children have to adjust to the influences of school, and it is a bitter sweet period for the parents as you realise that your child now has a part of their life in which you are not involved. They are learning new skills and wanting to use them, and it is much easier for your photographer to build a relationship and to capture those special expressions and moments. At this stage, we ask the parents to take a step back so that the photographer has a chance to engage with the child in one-on-one conversation. Once this is happening, all those emotions and expressions are never far behind.
 
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Slices of Life Toddler

Slices of Life Toddler
THE TODDLER YEARS

 

 

 

Welcome to the next Stage of Life! This is the one that parents remember most vividly - for both the good and the bad! Independence is the key motivating factor, they want to walk by themselves, feed themselves, and they want to choose there own clothes, and nothing is going to stop them! Often this stage is complemented by the birth of another sibling into the family, and as the prospect of pre-school draws closer, you realise that your baby has turned into a Toddler!

 

 
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Tasmania is a beautiful place to vist

Tasmania is a beautiful place to vist

we came to Tassie in 1988 as our own bicentennial project. Since then, we have made a life and a family home here

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Images from around the world

Images from around the world

Who doesn't like to travel? the chance to visit different places, immerse yourself in the customs, culture and food of different countries and to interact from people who live different lives to the one we do here in Tasmania.

Looking at the world through a camera, making images that try to explain not just what I  am seeing, but how I felt and interacted with the situation has been a life times work, and travel has helped me hone my skills. When you are in a new place, everything is new and exciting, and it seems that everywhere you look, there is yet another amazing photo opportunity. I see this as good practice for when you are home, in more familiar surroundings. It's harder to get excited about something that you see every day, but you must remember that there are people who have come to your hometown as part of their holiday, and are seeing it for the first time, and they are certainly finding exciting, interesting things to photograph.

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After the fire

After the fire

came across this burnt out bit of bush just outside of town and had to stop and take some pictures. the fire had stripped away all the details, and given the scene an almost monotone look that was strangely beautiful

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Photo Tips -Neutral Density Filters

Photo Tips -Neutral Density Filters

Photography Tips -Neutral Density Filters

We all love those magic hours just around sunrise and sunset. Thats when the light is at its most amazing and everything looks great. But what about when the light isn't fantastic? In the middle of the day, you can do other stuff, or have a nap, but if like me, you want to keep taking pictures than a neutural density filter may be just the thing.  The basic job of a ND filters is to cut down the amount of light reaching your sensor without affecting the colour, and they come in various densities. The one I use the most is a 400x filter which cuts around 10 stops of light and allows you to use very low shutterspeeds.

less light entering your lens means that you need a longer shutter speed and so as a consequence, you can make images like this, the water moves during the exposure to give that soft dreamlike quality

Of course you will need a sturdy tripod so that the rest of the image remains sharp, and it also helps to make sure that there is no extraneous light entering through the eye piece 

 

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portrait blog

portrait blog

For years now I have been shooting all of my portraits in classical, elegant Black and White. This medium cuts through the camouflage of colour. In order to be successful as an photograph

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balancing the light at magic hour

balancing the light at magic hour

Those magic moments when the evening sky is the same brightness as the lights coming from the building you are photographing is the only time that you can get images

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pictures from ages ago

 

this is a sunflower i took this picture and I even painted the background. I had no work then

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Cooked on the coals

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Cooked on the coals and eaten with our fingers washed down with a couple of ice cold gin and tonics :-)

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