THIS is exactly the house I always dreamed of photographing (and living in, but I’ll tick that goal later) when I started out. Emma Peel is a copywriter, radio announcer and DJ (She hosts one of my favourite PBS shows - Switched On!), Danny Walsh is an engineer and very talented musician and they live with their beautiful daughter, Joni, and their other beautiful daughter Marsha, who was still inside Emma at this point! It was such a pleasure to be invited into their amazingly unique home.
I got to shoot the one and only Chili Philly for frankie magazine's Look What We Made book.
I've been in awe of Phil's work via instagram for years, so it was a real pleasure getting to hang out with him for a few hours and getting a behind the scenes peek. Check out Phil's instagram at this link right here.
Katia Carletti is a potter and Rohan Fraser is an artist and they live together in this cute and quiet home in Adelaide with their Mini Lop Rabbit, Tilvie. Even their dirty dishes pile is the prettiest I've ever seen! I love both of their work so much, and I was very lucky to be invited into their home to take photos for frankie magazine's SPACES Volume Four, a publication that it has been my dream to shoot for since first laying my eyes on Volume One! It's available lots of good Aussie newsagents, or click here to buy online or search for stockists.
Katia and Rohan fed me with the most delicious (and most beautiful looking) pumpkin soup and home baked sourdough while I was halfway through shooting their house. YUM! What kind folks they are.
A 7 page editorial in frankie's 75th issue, showing off some fancy kicks on some fancy tiles. One of the most challenging shoots I've ever done, having to match the lighting in a variety of locations, often in crowded and dark cafes! I've explained how I managed in some behind the scenes shots at the bottom of this post.
BEHIND THE SCENES
I knew that matching the lighting in a variety of locations would be one of the biggest challenges, without the space or ability to set up lighting stands. I was lucky to have friends Chris and Caitlin assist me by helping to hold reflectors, diffusers and speedlights pointing through. I made a conscious decision to always have the light source on the right hand side, regardless of it being natural light or flash. This photo below is an example of what the ambient light would have been like in a dark crowded cafe before adding flash.
Below is an example of how I set up the flash in the dark places. We'd hold a diffuser on the right, with my assistant holding a speedlight and pointing through. I would sometimes use a reflector on the left hand side, but sometimes there was enough natural light to balance with for the fill light.
Here's an example of the editing process. I would clean the tiles up a little, and enhance the colour on the tiles.
Amanda Rayfield and her too-cute-for-words, squishy-faced cat named Mimis in her gorgeous shop Hello Heartbreak, upstairs of the Brunswick Street Gallery in Fitzroy. Shot for issue 73 of frankie magazine.