Camp Common Folk, Perth WA | Guest Speaker

Photo by Anna Taylor

A few months ago I had the immense pleasure of speaking at Camp Common Folk in the Donnelly River, Western Australia. Alastair and I were invited along for four days of photo walks, campfires, crash courses and guest talks with dozens of passionate, friendly and rad artists from around Australia… as well as a few hundred kangaroos and emus (I’ve never felt so ‘Strayan).

My talk - Composing (and selling) Using Bold Photographic Design - focussed on the various compositional techniques that can help to create a more impactful photograph.  I explored the many areas I draw inspiration from – cinema, fine arts, animation, record album covers – breaking down the imagery to determine why it effects me, and how these powerful visual elements can translate into my own work.

In the lead up to the camp, I was so focussed on preparing my talk that I didn’t even consider how much we would get out of attending; not only from my fellow speakers Dan O’Day, Jessica Tremp, Andrea Murrow, Jai Long and Natasja Kremers, but from every single person we encountered on the camp.  The electric enthusiasm around the room (or forrest) was palpable, and we left the retreat feeling rejuvenated and inspired, just in time for the next wedding season to hit.  Plus – most importantly – we’d made a shitload of wonderful new friends.

Sending massive love thanks to Glenn, Lauren and Jenna for inviting us along and for running such a rad getaway; and to everyone who attended and made us feel so welcome.  And thanks to all for the epic flash party at the end.

Alastair made a little film about our time there, check it out below. Thanks to our friends The Pink Tiles for the cracking soundtrack.

Photos by Amanda Alessi

Photos by Anna Taylor

Photos by Amanda Alessi

Photos by Amanda Alessi, last photo by Julia Rau

2 comments

Daniel - Wish I could have been there to hear your talk! Next time in Melbourne!

Anna - Ahhh – it was so great meeting you and Alastair – face to actual face. Teal & orange. Teal & Orange. :) xx

2015-2016 | Some Highlights

I haven’t posted any new work on here in a really long time (eek); there’s so much gold to share.  Until I find the time, here’s a small selection of favourite moments, portraits and places from the last year and a bit.

(For more regular updates on new work and adventures, follow me on Instagram via our She Takes Pictures He Makes Films feed or my Lucy Spartalis feed).

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Thomas + Danielle | A Proposal in Durham, North Carolina

Last week – while in North Carolina to shoot a wedding (much more on that very soon) – my handsome She Takes Pictures He Makes Films sidekick Alastair and I were having a sunset drink atop the Durham Hotel, when a man approached us:

‘Hey guys, sorry to bother you, but my buddy’s about to arrive with his girl… he’s proposing to her tonight, and was hoping to use this spot – would you guys mind moving to a different table for him?’

‘Of course! How exciting…

…does he have someone to shoot it?!’

Minutes later, we were honoured (and lucky!) to have the chance to document the moment Thomas and Danielle put a ring on it. What a moment it was.

To Thomas + Danielle: Massive congratulations, you two! We’re stoked to have been there to capture it all x

See bottom of the post for a little film by Alastair, featuring a soundtrack by Analog Colours.

4 comments

Anna - It was meant to be! What a moment to be a part of! Gorgeous. :)

Hannah - So good!! I love a surprise proposal! Congratulations to the newly engaged couples!!
(P/s: i have been following your work for a while and it is awesome). ❤️❤️

Shirley - How lucky are they! Beautiful work as always!

Tristan - What an awesome story, and beautiful set of photos to go with it. You guys killed it! So, so rad.