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Category : Portraits

30 Oct 2017

You Can Shoot Me Anytime, Just Don’t Shoot Me In The Back

The King Of Fitzroy I first stumbled onto Fitzroy fixture and poet Grant Mccracken sometime in 2007. Ten years ago. Possibly earlier. I would constantly peruse the streets of Melbourne learning photography. I would spend hours each and every weekend just going through long walks in the city photographing everything in sight. I was photographically young, naïve and inexperienced but I had a passion for photography that was undying. One sunny day, I spotted Grant sitting amongst three other fellows […]

06 Jan 2017

Fight Fire With Fire

Light ‘Em Up! One of my more popular portrait photos I have done also happened to be the very first time I had ever even attempted to photograph portraits. To say I was nervous is an understatement, but when we decided that fire was to be involved as well… things got just a little bit hotter in the kitchen let’s say! Danger aside, everybody involved was keen to do this and having said that, the resultant photograph seems to be […]

25 Nov 2016

Mason Promo Shoot At Montsalvat

Tears Of Tragedy Melbourne Thrash Metal band Mason approached me again to help them with their new promo/portrait photos for their forthcoming 2016 release album. I last worked with the band last year with our photoshoot at the Old Geelong Gaol. That particular session can be seen here. I was absolutely delighted to be working with the boys again as they are very easy to deal with and photographically look great! The initial brief was to do the shoot in […]

03 Feb 2016

Vulgod Promo Shoot

I had previously worked with Vulgod guitarist Grant Burns recently with his other band Mason. Through that working relationship, Grant had recommended me to Vulgod and we had mutually decided to work together on a promo shoot for them as well. Booking a band for a photo-shoot is all well and good, now we needed a theme and a location to shoot at. I had some preliminary ideas of where to go for this shoot, but before I could even […]

09 Dec 2015

Mason Promo Shoot

Mason At The Old Geelong Gaol On a location scout to the Old Geelong Gaol a few months ago, my first impression was, “I can’t wait to get a band in here for a shoot!” I had the location shots on file but found that I was having trouble selling the idea to potential clients. I felt it was an amazing location, full of different textures and scenery and a couple of hours in the place, and we could get […]

25 Nov 2015

Blackhelm Promo Shoot

The Blackhelm shoot you see before you had been done and dusted several months ago in the heart of Melbourne’s winter. The shoot was embargoed however, until the band (formerly Metalstorm) was ready to be unleashed to the world under their new moniker, Blackhelm. I was so antsy as I really wanted people to see these shots as I felt that we had a great day together making them. Well, the time has come and Blackhelm are ready for the […]

02 Jul 2015

Bane Of Bedlam Promo Shoot

Several months I was doing some location scouting in Newport. I like collecting a database of cool/creepy locations which I photograph and keep within the Client Area of my website. This way, if a potential client comes to me with a request for a shoot, I can allow them to peruse my archives and see if anything I have collated tickles their fancy. In talks with Bane Of Bedlam’s bassist, Nick Walker, he liked my photos from the abandoned Newport […]

28 May 2015

One Last Supper With The Party Vibez

I had previously photographed Party Vibez frontman Michael Mitchard when we did the modelling shoot for the Key Of Solomon t-shirt range a couple of months ago. I am hoping it was because of that experience and the photos that we achieved made him want to work with me again, this time, some promo photographs for his band Party Vibez. It proved to be an interesting night! Over the past few weeks Michael and I were going back and forward […]

25 Mar 2015

Key Of Solomon Promo Shoot

I was delighted to be approached by the Key Of Solomon team to be involved in their photographic promo campaign for 2015. We had originally scheduled this shoot for earlier in the year, but we’re unable to align our calendars until now. Basically, they were after some product shots of their new t-shirt range and various other model shots of said t-shirts and apparel out in the wild. We were graced with amazing weather on the day of the shoot […]

24 Mar 2015

The Inner Sanctum Of Stephen Ives

I had the extreme honour of photographing the incredible Stephen Ives in his studio this evening. I’ve been a fan of his work for many years now and I presented him with a photo I took of him at his current exhibition ‘Bleak’ which is now on at Backwoods Gallery. In exchange he gave me an original piece of his art. Colour me blown away I can assure you. I cannot wait to frame it and have it adorn my […]