Last week I was commissioned to do my second shoot for CPA’s INTHEBLACK Magazine, the company desired some Tasmanian Air Adventures Photography. This time it was a series of photographs of Tim Robertson, the Director of Operations for Tasmanian Air Adventures.
INTHEBLACK, CPA Australia’s flagship publication, is Australia’s most-widely circulating monthly business magazine. It features interviews with strategic business leaders from Australia and around the world, as well as in-depth practical analysis of technical issues, commentary and opinion. CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies, making INTHEBLACK essential reading for today’s business leaders.
Tasmanian Air Adventures Photography with the 1964 Beaver
The company operates seaplane tours from the Hobart waterfront using a 1964 DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver, the most widely used commercial seaplane in the world. The Beaver is a Canadian-built aircraft and is perfect for getting to some of Tasmania’s pristine, yet hard to reach, wilderness areas. It does the most amazing flights over World heritage Areas such as Wineglass Bay, Cradle Mountain and Port Arthur.
Unfortunately, we only had time to shoot for 20 minutes whilst the plane was moored at the Hobart Docks as the plane had to depart for vistas more scenic . Still the Hobart Docks are still reasonably pretty, even in the middle of the day. It was pretty harsh lighting by 10 am with the light bouncing off the water, still the plane especially came out a treat with its red and white paintwork and huge chrome prop. Here are just a few images from the shoot. I’m looking forward to see how they come out in the magazine.
Here are some of my favourite images from Mel and Alex’s Westbury Wedding. Thanks guys for choosing our studio.
Mel & Alex came to see us after their initial photographer let them down by pulling out of their wedding. They said they found us on the ‘net, and choose us as our style was different to what everyone else was doing. This was great to hear, as we strive to stand out in two areas: top level movie star service to clients (even if it means shooting fewer weddings so we can offer better service); and the creation of imagery that is different and dramatic and looks great hanging on the wall. We shot their engagement also, (check it here) so by the time of the wedding we all knew each other really well. We captured some ripper images, especially at the wedding, and can’t wait to see how they look in one of our hand built leather albums we are about to create.
One of the things I really enjoyed in this wedding was shooting the ‘bride getting ready shot’. Mel and her bridesmaids were a lot of fun. They all had great natural smiles, were really quick to laugh, and had me laughing half the time instead of shooting. I can honestly say they are the best bridesmaids Ive photographed in 2013. The makeup artist Katie also did a great job and Mel and Alex’s little daughter Sydney was sooooo cute I could have just photographed her all day if I didn’t have a wedding to worry about.
Launceston Wedding Photographer | Andrew Keane & Richard Cowling
Make Up Artist | Tahnii Marquis
Hair Stylist | Lara Gebka
Sunbeam Alpine Courtesy of Apple Isle Sports Car Hire
Mad Keane Photography recently did a 1960s Madmen Themed Engagement Shoot. Themed shoots are a great way to have an engagement session that’s a bit different and far more fun than the usual stuff you see everywhere. I mean there are only so many park shots and holding hands shots you can do, without it getting a bit staid. I am always up for a themed shoot and was wrapped when Belinda and Mark agreed. They wanted something different that had a bit of drama, romance and elegance without it being schmoozy, tacky or too saccharine.
I am a fan of the cinematography of the show Mad Men. Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City and has received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its historical authenticity, visual style, costume design, acting, writing, and directing, and has won many awards, including fifteen Emmys and four Golden Globes. I just like the colours they sue and the outfits which just ooze class and elegance from a bygone era when people took time to dress up. I suggested a Mad Men theme and they agreed.
The International Loupe Awards were established in 2008 with a mission beyond that of most photographic competitions: To deliver opportunities that ensure wider exposure for photographers and allow them to gauge the perception of their work on the world stage”. However, this is the first year I have found the time to enter them. I submitted images to the International Loupe Awards 2013, which I had personally enjoyed shooting and thought best represented my unique style. Overall that came to six portraits and one wedding image.
Silver Awards – Portraiture I was quite pleased to win six silver medals in the Amateur Portrait and Illustrative categories.
On a fine morning in mid-October, Richard and I went out to Parkham, near Deloraine to do an engagement session with Mel and Alex, who are getting married in December. Parkham is dairy country and I had never been there before and was not sure what to expect. This is actually good though as it means I can capture new images, I hate delivering to clients to same old-same old stuff we have all seen before.
I asked them to wear jeans and give us a bit of a rural fashion look for the shoot. Mel wanted it at an old dilapidated farmhouse, a location at which she had always to do a shoot. I was happy to oblige.
Sadly, when we arrived we found the cows had been in it and it was perhaps more dilapidated then we first had envisaged. However, we still managed to get some awesome images.
Every shoot I do, the bride always, and I mean always, tells me, I not very good at having my photo taken, or I look horrible in photos whilst the groom is usually there because his partner told him be there . Guess what, Mel said the same thing. I always note that these statements turn out to be dead set wrong. No-one with a bit of guidance and proper lighting takes a bad photo and in this case, Mel and Alex again proves this belief of mine. I must say, for someone who does not think she knows how to pose, Mel was a natural.
Recently we were commissioned to do some portrait work for two lovely young ladies, Ava and Violet. Being typical young girls, they like fairies, butterflies, dolls, and other sugar and spice-like stuff. So I collaborated with their mum and we whipped up some composites, which we then printed at a whopping 30 inches wide. They looked great framed.
The backgrounds for the composites I obtained from a great stock provider I follow on deviantART - FairieGoodMother. Her work is excellent and you can check it out here.
On 15 September this year, the Tasmanian natural physique titles where held in Launceston.
More than 120 competitors turned up for the event at Launceston’s Princess Theatre.
The event is managed by the International Natural Bodybuilding Association, and all the competitors must be drug free and are tested before hand to ensure that their physiques are the result of hard work and diet alone.
Skye Fitness Photoshoot
Skye came around to the studio the week before the shoot to get some shots of her at her peak. A few hours of work and one spray bottle of ‘fake sweat’ later we got some killer images. I really like the black and white image. By using a three light setup, 2 for the edges and one nearly straight down from above, we have managed to get a lot of definition to Skye’s physique. Not that she needed any help, she is very buffed and no Photoshop muscle was required, that’s for sure.
We won a club Gold Medal – Trierenberg Super Circuit, Austria 2013
In the last two decades, the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique has conducted the Trierenberg Super Circuit in Austria. The circuit has attracted hundreds of thousands of pictures from nearly all countries around the world. It is by far the largest annual salon of photography on the globe. Of the thousands accepted only few are accepted for display and even less win gold or get published.
The Launceston Photographic Society Entry
The Launceston Photographic Society entered this year, and I submitted these four images which were all accepted and displayed in Salons in Innsbruck, and Linz amongst the world’s best images.
Out of thousands of clubs from across the world, with 20,000 images submitted, only 13 clubs won gold. We were one of them.
The circuit also publishes a coffee table book/catalogue of the very best of the winners, called Masterpieces from Around the Globe. I was honoured to see one of my winning images had been selected.
Belinda Fettke and Ross Coad, both extremely talented photographers were also featured in the catalogue. Well done guys.
My Four Submissions
Here are my four submissions and a shot from their catalogue. It is quite a mixture but shows my type of style quite well, I think. A classic wedding image I took last year, a child portrait, heavily inspired by Bill Gekas, a grungy self portrait of my bagpipes and another selfie, but this time a cartoon look with my features all heavily exaggerated in Photoshop (yes I don’t actually look quite that odd normally!)
Here I am trying to get onto Scott Kelby’s TV Show – The Grid
The Grid is a online live talk show hosted by the amazing Scott Kelby & Matt Kloskowski about photography, Photoshop & other industry-related topics. Every month they have a blind critique of photographers images. This month it is portraits.
Below are the five images I’M REALLY REALLY really hoping will make the cut for the show. They are all portraits Ive taken this last two years that Ive really liked.
These guys are the folks who first got me started in photography and taught me nearly all I know about Photoshop, so wish me luck, karma, feng shui, sacrifice a goat, or whatever is required by your local deity .