What is life but a movement from one moment to the next? Whilst I love doing studio still shots and product work, I feel invigorated when I am part of a moment and I have my camera to capture it for eternity.
Event photography is all about being in the moment to feel the joy, the pain, the fun - but also being outside of the moment so you can capture that feeling in an image. You might not have been with me during the shot, but hopefully that image helps you imagine exactly what it was like to be there.
So you see the reason for the change in my watermark. I don’t just want to be a photographer but a chronicler of moments. And I hope you get as much joy sharing these moments with me as I do taking these shots.
Whisky and Dreams - one of the premier whisky shows in Australia - was held last month in the beautiful Starward distillery. I was honoured to be a guest of @baranowsemporium and @thewhiskylist to shoot images for the event. Did you get a chance to visit the show? What were your favourite drams?
Head to my Facebook page in my bio to see more pics from this fabulous day 🥃
Meet Miles Munroe of Westward Distillery - a craft distillery in Oregon. Spent an afternoon at his tasting at Archie Rose Distillery learning more about this distillery, his ‘maker’ journey and about the US craft spirits industry and processes.
Last week when I finished shooting @thewhiskylist new release, The Scozzie, I sat down with the pour and just relaxed into the dram. It had a beautiful nose and it was delicious to boot and I just had this wonderful moment where I remembered how I got to this point and how much I love what I do.
In the chaos of shooting, processing and working, it is easy for me to forget the joy I get from taking the photos that I do. 2018 has been tough personally with a few scares this year and bouts of chronic fatigue but this year also managed to be one of the most outstanding professional years I have had.
I wanted to say thank you to the wonderful distillers of craft spirits in Australia who have opened their homes to Heath and I and shared their love of what they do with my camera. Your pure joy, passion and generosity have been a gift and we are so blessed to call so many of you friends.
I also wanted to say thank you to my amazing clients who have taken a leap of faith in a relatively unknown photographer and supported my work with love and zeal. For speaking out and sharing my photos (with licence hahaha) and spreading the word about my work.
I especially want to say a big thank you to the wonderful hospo family who have adopted me this year - who have put up with me sticking a lens in their face and flashing them whilst they flair, for the hugs, the fucking amazing drinks and for some of the most memorable events.
And finally, I want to thank you, the reader/viewer, for taking the time to click on my links, for showing me love with your likes and comments and just sharing this journey with me.
For now, as I wind up work this week to spend time with the family, it's time to gift you with one last set of photos for 2018. This little guy stole our hearts on the weekend and we told our friend, John Homann, that we would steal little Ralphy when he wasn't looking because he was just So. Damn. Cute.
Merry Christmas and happy new year my friends and please enjoy a few shots of my first visit with Ralphy.
I have had a blast with this latest shoot for a client - SKU-like product photos for a website. Shooting hundreds of bottles and other whisky paraphernalia has been a joy and also a wonderful learning journey with light. Processing for this job will be a long task but worth it in the end for shots like this.