What an epic shoot. I think I am never ever organising such an insane shoot again! Not that it wasn't fun, but I've learnt my lesson - too many people to shoot in one day. We had 13 ladies booked and we ended up taking 12 hours to do the whole thing from leave in the morning to setup the set, and then shoot everybody and then go home. And then the editing! I think I've been editing for ever!
I have also been educated in many of the finer technical aspects of Chinese Pole, aerial acrobatics let me tell you. Don't be fooled, these pictures look effortless but the ladies were working really hard to pull them off and there was a lot of sweat and chalk was being applied liberally to thighs and hands. Having the gym instructor barking instructions at the ladies was also funny as they corrected the poses to show the correct technical aspects.
What Pole Gym is NOT is the sort of pole dancing you might see in a strip club. It is actually nothing to do with that at all. It is actually the acrobatic extension of gymnastics rope, silks and aerial hoop work. This can be frustrating for people to understand.
I have shown two types of photos below. Some are the technical pole positions - I haven't attempted to name them for fear of getting them wrong, the have names like superman, hanging basket, scorpion etc. There are also some acrobatic poses using a chair as a prop. Secondly i have included some of the portrait style photos we produced for most of the ladies.
I was also excited to have one of the ladies produce large scale mounted images for her wall at home.
November 2010 was a very busy month with a lot of photo-shoots and a wedding. One of our favourite shoots was for the launch of a new fashion label called Adonai Clothing. They don't have a website yet, just a Facebook page, but check out the quality of the gear! I think we did a good job of capturing the essence of beach, fun and funky clothing. View the Adonai clothing gallery.
The Live to Shine festival was put together by a bunch of people but organised by our friend Jana from Autumn Sun. she asked us to come and shoot and shoot we did. There are over 1500 photos in the various sub galleries from the event.
Check out the bands, the clowns and other artists.
Here are some of my favourite photos from the night.
Helen Sattler of www.frockfashion.com.au had a huge vintage clothing collection she was selling and invited the Dreamcoat crew to come and shoot it for her. Combining this with the need to produce some great couple shots for gaffer extraordinaire James and his lovely wife Beck we trundled up to Caloundra on a hot sunny afternoon to get the job done. On arrival Helen had cleared the studio space and made lots of room to shoot bot surprise surprise, had two massive studio lights and a large gridded modifier. Trev Pedler came along for the shoot and brought his soft box and so we setup 3 lights onto the rear wall and the two modified lights for a classic Rembrandt lighting style and proceeded to shoot high key vintage fashion.
Jess - makeup
Rachel - apprentice photographer and model
Maddie - model
Kim - model
Ben - photographer and gaffer
James - gaffer and model
Beck - model
Trev - photographer
Tim - photographer
Helen - stylist and clothing - her props were cool too
The Pine Rivers Music Association (PRIMA) theatre company is producing a Cyber Gothic version of the Little Shop of Horrors musical. Performance dates are October Fri 8, Sat 9, Fri 15, Sat 16, Fri 22 & Sat 23 at 8:00pm and a matinee on Sun 17 at 2:30pm. Dreamcoat Photography has been asked to shoot the cast and crew, and the dress rehearsal for the show.
If you live in Moreton Bay / Brisbane area then book yourself tickets to go. It is an excellent show and is well worth seeing.
Check out all the cast and crew photos. These have been edited and are available as low resolution photos on a CD for $10.
See all the zany action in the live Dress Rehearsal Photos. Note these photos have not been edited and are straight off the camera. White balance and colour adjustments will be made before these photos will be sold. A selection of these photos will be made available on a CD for $10 also.
Individual photos can be purchased as high resolution images for the following prices:
The intimacy of the couple in front of your lens is not forced or artificial - the sparks fly and there is real chemistry going on - and its a blast to be part of that capturing a little moment in time for the beautiful bride and groom.
Shane is a new friend, but his beautiful bride Jemimah has been my friend since I first me her when she was three. Actually I didn't meet her that day because I got to her house just after she had pulled the hot water jug on herself and had gone to hospital with burns. Since then Jemimah and her whole family have been friends and I have had the joy of seeing Jemimah grow up, coached her in sports, basketball volleyball and athletics, had her work for me in our business, babysit our kids and hang out as adults. Jemimah has always been strong willed and even when coaching her in basketball she would make sure she worked as hard as the boys – in fact winning the planking competition we ran against all comers.
So when she met Shane and decided to get married and asked me to photograph them i was overjoyed! Getting to do it on the family farm (Jemimah’s Grandparents and Uncle and Aunt’s place) was also a blast.
And just for a surprise the actual wedding on the beach featured bright green board shorts for the boys.
We did a pre-wedding day shoot just get into the spirit of things capturing some fun moments on the farm while looking for wedding day locations as well. Here are some of my favourite images from the two days of festivities.
The practice jumps should have told me how much fun this would be the next day!
Lots of thistles on the farm – lets hope the days ahead are not full of thorns.
And now to the wedding day.
Jemimah and her party and family got ready in one set of apartments.
The boys got dressed in their suits and walked to the beach.
Then the bridal party came in and the ceremony ensued. Her father John both gave her away and conducted the ceremony – what an honour!
Then we had some great beach photos for the bridal party. The location was special as the boardwalk on the cliff top was where Shane had proposed to Jemimah.
The group jumping shot was so funny – Jemimah jumps so enthusiastically – as she approaches everything in life!
Then back to the farm for some great photos.
Finally it was the time for the reception, dinner and speeches followed by some family photos in the dark!.
The team at Dreamcoat photographed our wedding from start to finish and were professional and punctual for the entire event. They were extremely helpful throughout the whole process and were there for us to answer any questions we had. We had a great time working with the team and would highly recommend them to all our friends and family.