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Best of 2016

Wow what a year. Over 100 photo shoots done this year, attending Melbourne Sexpo, amazing feedback from models, a book released, and oh yeah, a little award I won... Narrowing down my 10 favourite images from this year was tough. For starters, I didn't want to feature a model more than once, and so many happy emotions behind particular shoots that I had to look beyond. So many models and close friends of mine missed out here which I feel bad about, but ultimately, it comes down to the images, not my own feelings - it would be a very different list that way.

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Umbra - My First Book

So here we are, on the lead up to Christmas 2016, and after about 18 months of work, I have finally released my first book.

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October Updates

So I figured I'd bundle the whole month together because I've been so slack! Well, not really, just super busy. A large variety of shoots. Read on to see!

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Interview - Ayla Skye

I first met Ayla Skye at a wedding a few years ago, when we first met, I was already aware of her work as a photographer, which is absolutely beautiful, little did I know then that she would become one of my closest friends.

As a photographer, it's so awesome to have a friend that regularly models for you - and looks amazing doing it!

With the launch of her new site - aylaskye.com, I thought it would be a great time for everyone else to get to know how amazing she is.

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What photographing artistic nudes means to me

Currently artistic nudes are my favourite genre to shoot, and a lot of people would say "you're a guy, you just like seeing boobs", and it's not that at all for me. So many people don't realise that when we're taking photos, we're not looking so much at that, it's more the pose, the angles, the composition, the light, etc. It's the last thing that crosses our minds as non pervy photographers. Yes, sometimes we have to think like those that will view our photographs, but it's a different thought process than what most non photographers think.

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VOLO Set - Dracovinia

So cast your mind back to early November 2015. Remember that weird day in Melbourne weather wise (yes, weirder than normal). That day there was a tornado at the airport, flash flooding in the city, yet bright warm sunshine too? Yup, I was crazy enough to shoot that day, and lucky for me, the amazing Dracovinia was too!

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Weekly update 24/04/16

Wow, ok, no posts because I was stupidly quiet, now no posts coz I've been stupidly busy! When it rains it pours, but I love it!

Lets start with the beautiful Dahlia Black. It's been a long time coming, but finally managed to get her into the studio! A very quick shoot, but with a few different looks. Some of the Alvarado style stuff (who she has actually worked with), playing with the ring flash, then finishing with the harsh B&W stuff I've been doing lately.  All in various forms of lingerie (yep, tough job).

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Weekly (lol) update 8/04/16

Well, here I am... it's been a while... and yes, due to personal commitments, I haven't been shooting. My first since the last update was an amazing all day shoot with the stunning Venus Starr!

So from 9am to 9pm, a lot of driving, and half a dozen different looks, we're done. Such an amazing model to work with, I had almost forgotten how amazing she was on our last shoot.  It's always fun when an internationally published popular model wants to do multiple shoots with you.  My Elinchrom Eco ringflash being the star of the day lighting wise, although the Phottix Luna still got a bit of a workout.  Here's a couple of pics we came up with...

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Weekly (well, I try) Update 18/03/16

Well, looks like I jumped the gun with the last update. Nothing ended up happening. This week however a couple of shoots to share... well, one to share, one to write about.

So firstly we have my shoot last night with the amazing Jaskola.  Her face paint was done by Taylor Wilson.  Going for a bit of an alien theme with this one.  Also let me play a little with hard light and barn doors.  Typically with no catch lights in the eyes, I'm not normally a fan of the shot, but in this case, due to it being a little alien, I don't mind it so much.

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Weekly Update 6/03/16 (whoops)

Yup, two days late. I have a valid excuse though, this time, filled with a couple of shoots! More content for you all!

It all started on Saturday with an awesome shoot with the always amazing Dracovinia.  Such an amazing model.  A trip to Gembrook in the Dandenong ranges to meet up with the lovely Red Phoenix Photography due to her knowing the area (plus always fun to have along).  A nice waterfall area to shoot some artistic nudes on.  The downside to being a waterfall, you can't hear anything... yep, a group of people managed to catch us.  We didn't notice until we were packing up.  Ahhh well, such is life and luckily Dracovinia isn't shy.  Continuing on after that, into so rocks in a nice gothic outfit, shot some pics with the plan on some heavy Photoshop (and Fusion) work afterwards.  This is what I came up with...

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Popularity on social media

I think at some stage in the career of every creative, they will think if they should do things they like or things others like. I felt like writing a post about it after being inspired by a single paragraph on a friends blog (which you should totally check out).  No photos in this, just my thoughts put down in text, may be worthwhile to some, may be a rambling mess...

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Weekly Update 26/02/16

Another week zips on past, I swear they're getting shorter. Maybe I'm just old? If you haven't checked it out already, earlier today I posted my interview with the always AMAZING Katarina Sin who launched her website this week.

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Weekly Update 19/02/2016

Yes yes, I know I missed another week, but it was another week where nothing happened. I promise I'll make it up to you all!

However this week, two shoots. One for clients that I won't show here, but it's totally different to what I usually do, kids for commercial shots.  A lot of fun, but exhausting.  Not something I'd move to permanently, however, it's good as a change.

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Weekly Update 5/02/16

Ok, so yes, I missed last week. But you didn't miss much, my only shoot I had planned ended up being rescheduled. So quiet this time of year, it's almost surprising, I thought so many would be keen for beach photo shoots!

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Weekly Update 23/1/16

Another week and another shoot, yeah, it's kind of a quiet time of year! So this is a day late, yup, I know.... blame Diablo 3!

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Weekly Update 15/1/16

Another week passes on by, still pretty quiet, but managed to knock out a shoot, plus organise some others for the near future.

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Weekly (nearly) Update 8/01/16

Well, here we are... 2016, yes, I know I missed last week. Slack. I did do my best of 2015 post though!

So only two shoots in the last two weeks, and only one of those to share pics of here (still working on the other).  Firstly it was the lovely Dallas Rayne in an AMAZING location (which I've been sworn to secrecy!).  Quite a mix of outfits and backgrounds, but all glamour!  It's been a while since I've shot straight up glam, a bit out of practice.  Some nice shots there however.  Nothing to show yet though.  You'll just have to keep an eye on my various social media accounts (linked on the About page).

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Best of 2015

Wow, what a year. 91 shoots, across the 52 weeks. That's a whole lot of edits!  A whole mix of stuff too, fashion, bikini, lingerie, beauty, art nude, glam nude, event... crazy.  Also a couple of big shoots that have been in talks for years too (yep, looking directly at you Venus Starr!).  New friends made, new models becoming regulars and put out a calendar (still available if you want one, just send me an email using the contact page) which ended up being a lot more difficult that I originally expected (however, the end result is totally worth it).

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