I was lucky enough to spend a few hours with Lizzie and Luke as they tied the knot with close friends and family at Nurragingy Reserve. Western Sydney’s version of Centennial Park, so to speak, Nurragingy is a beautiful wedding location and venue, with a variety of international gardens, a blacksmith cottage and even a Chinese pavilion and bridge. Lizzie and Luke got married in the Jannawi Gardens with perfect Autumn weather. A couple since school days, it was clear these two are truly in love, and we had a lot of fun walking around Nurragingy after the ceremony finding new and interesting locations. We even had time for a bit of freelensing at the end. All the best for the future, guys.
The skies shone crystal blue for what was a beautiful summer wedding of two of the nicest people you'll ever meet. We met at the bride's house for getting ready photos before the reception at La Grillade French restaurant in Crows Nest, Sydney. This was followed by photos at Clark Park in Lavender Bay and finally a whirlwind trip around the Rocks area before heading back to La Grillade for fun and frivolity. A young, passionate couple bursting with life, we wish Ursula and Joe all the best for the future.
For a few months now I've been a contributor to the iPad-only InFocus Australasia Magazine. It's been a great experience and I've had the privilege of interviewing some of the biggest names in Australian photography. Putting together the cover story for each issues has also been interesting, so far detailing everything from the rise of UAVs to current copyright practices. It's provided much food for thought, put it that way.
If you haven't checked out the title yet, definitely grab a copy. It's free! The company behind it is putting in the hard yards making sure it's as polished as possible, and it shows. Coming from a traditional print magazine background I can see that this digital format is the future, videos and multimedia able to be incorporated right there into the magazine itself, making it highly interactive and entertaining. The iPad layout also makes flicking through it a breeze, plus it doesn't take up space like a regular magazine.
You can grab a copy here, each new issue out monthly.
The great thing about having a new daughter is that you've got a model to experiment on 24/7. Such is the case with my 14-month-old, Emilie. Like most bubs and toddlers, though, she is not a fan of standing still for long, making posed portraits like this pretty difficult. I realise my style is a little different to most, but here are some points if you're looking to take some portraits of your little one.
Firstly, make sure all your equipment and gear is ready to go, batteries are charged and cards free. Test your lighting first so that you can simply bring bubs in and shoot away. They won't stand around for 5min while you adjust your lights over and over. This particular shot was taken at f8, ISO 400, 1/160th with a portable octobox (single 580EXII on 1/2 power) to the side. If you don't have access to studio gear, diffused window lighting works just as well. You can use a reflector to even out tones. If you don't have a reflector, try a large white sheet of cardboard or foam.
Here, I just wanted the light to fall on Emilie's face, darkening out the background, which was an ugly sofa and windows. I thus gridded the octobox to make the light more direct.
Why the sofa? As she can't walk yet, I found I needed to have her standing or leaning against something. I had my wife try and keep her calm, which is a rather more difficult task than it seems! Here are a few more quick outtakes. Love you, Bubba.
Welcome to the new home of Roundeye Photography. For those looking for Jason's landscape photography, please visit www.roundeyegallery.com. This website, Roundeye Photography, is now solely dedicated to wedding and portrait photography. We can't wait to share with you our upcoming work. Check the blog regularly for the latest updates, offers and behind the scenes footage.