Archive for July, 2009
Well I was totally surprised at the recent Australian Professional Photography Awards when it was announced that one of my prints was awarded the highest scoring print overall. This means that from the entire three days of judging that included over 2500 entries from professionals from all over the world, one of my prints was chosen as the “Photograph of the Year” and awarded the “2009 Ilford Trophy”.
To be honest I’m still in total disbelief. Looking at the names printed on the trophy that goes back over 30 years, there are people that are considered to be the icons and legends of the Australian photographic industry. I just can’t believe that my name will be etched into this trophy too. I have won a few awards over the years, but one has never been so unexpected and meant so much to me. I’m humbled and so very excited at the same time. It is one award that I never thought I would ever achieve. I just never thought I was ever in that class. One of the most exciting things for me is that in over the past thirty years, it is only the second time in it’s history that this has been awarded to a wedding photograph.
The image was taken earlier in the year at Zoe and Simon’s wedding in Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Australia. Funnily enough it was only by chance that we used this location on the day. Zoe & Simon had a boat chartered to ferry them up the Noosa River to their reception, but things didn’t go according to plan and they were unexpectedly left without a boat! Guess I should be thanking that boat. Here is a link to the full story of their day.
Thanks so much to Ilford for sponsoring this award, and for being such a supportive part of the professional photography industry. Adam Finch from the Studio (who did pretty well at the awards himself) accepted the award in Sydney. It must have felt like collecting the Melbourne Cup!
15 years ago when I started to get serious about photography I would look through bridal magazines and I would be in awe of one photographer that simply stood out from all the rest. That photographer’s name was David Oliver. At the same time I would read cover to cover and then back again (and I still do so to this day) a magazine for aspiring photographers called “Better Photography” . The editor and main contributing photographer was Peter Eastway. Since these early days, these two photographers have been a great inspiration to me and a major influence on my photography.
Six years since their last book, these two great friends have collaborated again to produce, what I believe is one of the finest books of photographs produced in this country. “AWAY” is a wonderful masterpiece of Fine Art photography. This book goes way beyond the photographers footnote claiming it is a book on travel photography. It is much more than that. True, the images may have been captured whilst travelling, however every image is a beautiful work of art.
“AWAY” is an exquisite book of fine art photography that showcases just how beautiful this world we live in can be.
To own your very own copy, you can purchase the book from the photographers directly by clicking on this link. Better still, get an original print signed by the artist on your wall for daily inspiration.
To have a sneak peak of the book follow this link. Preview “AWAY”. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Here is a few of the gorgeous babies that we have photographed this year!
Our portrait photographer Nicola Poole has been having so much fun that we thought we would share some of Nicola’s favourites.
Oh So Cute Sebastian
Yummy Little Fingers & Toes
A helping hand from Mum
The giggles, the cries, the funny faces that come in our studio each day – we just love them all!