Botanik Boutique is an online store specialising in selling safe and ethical Australian and New Zealand bath and skincare products. We spent a day taking photos of their products for their new lookbook.
I had the pleasure of photographing artists and RMIT postgraduate art alumni, Julian Clavijo and Hannah Bertram for RMIT University's marketing department. RMIT published the photos with interviews online, and also as a large newsprint publication.
Julian Clavijo is a painter and sculptor, you can read his interview with RMIT here. Hannah Bertram is an artist working in the medium of dust, temporary art works made by sifting dust through stencils, read her interview with RMIT here.
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.
Singer-songwriter Mojo Juju and burlesque performer-costumier Frankie Valentine. These two women make a strikingly creative and accomplished duo. This photo was taken in their suburban home in Melbourne’s north, as the couple approached their seven-year anniversary. The photos form a series looking into Mojo Juju and Frankie’s home life, a behind-the-scenes view of these two incredible performers that we rarely get to see. They were taken to accompany an interview by Madeleine Dore for the website Extraordinary Routines, which explored their daily routines as individuals, and as a couple.