Wedding on The Age

I don’t normally post up my wedding work on this site as I want to focus this site more on my personal and fashion photography, however, one of my weddings is featured on The Age newspaper as Wedding of the Week.  It features the wedding of Zac and Ben, a beautiful young couple who were so fun to work with, and despite the wintry conditions, we made some great shots including portraits with some spirited lambs!  You can check out the images at The Age website.

Shallow Pano with Christoph

Here is a pic of my friend Christoph.  It seems like a simple shot but it is comprised of fourteen different photographs.  The reason I did this was to achieve a very unique shallow depth of field look that is almost impossible to achieve with any single lens on a standard DSLR.  The main subject is rendered sharply while a large proportion of the foreground and background is out of focus.  This can be done with a single lens but wide angled lenses typically struggle to achieve this style of blur.  Some call this the Brenizer effect named after photographer Ryan Brenizer although I have a feeling this technique has been done by others in the past before, but perhaps not strictly for this effect.  Click on my image below for a larger version.

Below is a crop of the image.  You can see how shallow the depth of field is.

The technique is actually quite simple and all it involves is using a telephoto lens with a wide aperture (I used the Canon 100m f2) and the Photoshop Photomerge function.

1) Focus and photograph your main subject.

2) Photograph the area around the subject without changing the focus, exposure or white balance.

3) Select the images and merge them in Photoshop (File > Automate > Photomerge)

Voilà! You now have a photograph with incredible subject isolation due to the shallow depth of field while retaining a large portion of the environment in a panoramic format.  It’s actually quite a quick process if you do it right and worth trying out even if you are out shooting a job.  It’s worth mentioning that I shot on a medium resolution setting and the resulting image was still a 51 megapixel file!  You have been warned.

Christoph is also a photographer / photojournalist and writer.  You can check his stuff out on his website featuring his beautiful photography and articles on creativity and journalism.

Van Gogh Jacket

Spent an afternoon creating a wearable art piece for a costume party on the theme of Dead Celebrities.  It was strange to see this jacket, inspired by the style of Vincent Van Gogh, contrasting it’s surroundings.  Van Gogh’s art was revolutionary in his day as his art did not simply simulate reality but transformed it into shattered fragments of colours and powerful movements of lines.  Even this clumsy homage unexpectedly transports my unimpressive backyard into something more.

Livia Arena Collection

Enveloped in the afternoon light, Amy models the beautiful outfits by Livia Arena.  The translucent quality of the clothing was complemented by the delicate detailing and slightly off beat but classic design.

Photographer: Jason Lau

Stylist: Laura Harris

Model: Amy Sutton

Make up and hair: Elise Lara Hull

Clothing: Livia Arena

Ana in the Sun

Model Aneria (Ana) Kingsley strikes powerful poses and daring looks which made this beach shoot quite a standout from the usual beach babe concepts.  In the glaring sun we enjoyed showcasing the fantastic styling from Vlad Barski as he meticulously coordinated these stunning looks.  It is always a challenge shooting in full midday sunlight but this time it was a real feature for us.

Photographer: Jason Lau

Model: Aneira Kingsley

Stylist: Vladimir Barski

Clothing: Kookai

 

The Fashion Game

I had the opportunity to work with stylist Styledbyjoolz Makim and the fantastic collection of clothes she had access to.  I explained that I wanted to do a shoot that had an aggressive and competitive feel to it.  By a miracle, we secured a squash court to get that stark and worn look to contrast the high fashion looks of the two models, Anna Nguyen and Aneira Kingsley.

Photographer: Jason Lau

Stylist: Styledbyjoolz Makim

Models: Anna Nguyen, Aneira Kingsley

Make up: Hailey Ryan

Hair: Aida W

Clothing from:  Lisa Zubricky, Kornelia’s Kloset, Cylk, Lovers Lie

Jewelry: Styledbyjoolz Makim

Colour Complex

Working with a model over multiple shoots has its advantages.  You get to know what each other can do and trust in each other’s ideas.  Carly has been a versatile and engaging model to work with and in this latest shoot it was great to explore new concepts and push each other to new creative challenges.  This was such an exciting shoot, working with explosive colours and patterns.  A stunning Melbourne day inviting us out to play.  Special thanks to Gemma Reynolds for her assistance in styling and her beautiful make up and hair work.