Recently when Beyoncé toured Australia, I was the only photographer given full access to shoot her entire show, and without any shooting restrictions. It was an incredible experience to watch and capture such a great performer and I am honored by the opportunity. Alongside Katy Perry, Beyoncé is truly one of the greatest performers I've ever worked with.
I'm not going to call myself a fashion photographer, but I'm starting to shoot it a little now and enjoying the process. Here is a mix of fashion related beauty pictures I've put together, showcasing some of the most beautiful people I've photographed all over the world.
Here is a collection of some of my favourite colour pictures from and related to Hollywood. The first picture of Katy Perry was taken on set during the filming of her E.T music video and is composed with a combination of lighting and makeup. Only her eyes were coloured blue by the designers. It's my biggest and most well known picture.
Going backstage at any fashion show can be an exciting experience, but after many years it becomes more and more challenging. Everything starts looking more and more the same each time and you're pushed to come up with pictures that not only tell the story of what's going on, but to capture pictures that don't look like your last.
I also don't always get to do what I want backstage as I'm often shooting for clients with special requests and need to deliver on those as a priority, but that's what being a successful photographer is about. Knowing what you 'need' to do and putting it above what you 'want'.
Let me make one thing very clear. Just because I shoot fashion on the 'runway' does not make me a fashion photographer. Don't get me wrong, I take this job very seriously, and been official photographer for L'Oreal Fashion Festival and Mercedes-Benz Fashion weeks in Sydney, New York and Miami, but it's not 'fashion photography'.
A fashion runway is very much like a big advertisement or performance. There's music, excitement and visually appealing show that gets everyone on the edge of their seats. Traditional runway is shot from a riser at the end of the catwalk, and most of the time, the pictures all look the same, so I won't bore you with that here. Instead I've collated a series of alternate views of a runway.
Performance is the sport version of shooting professional sports. It requires a similar skill set and is often a great challenge. You never know what may happen and sometimes the lighting can make your job very frustrating. If I had my way, I'd almost make a career out of shooting performances because the experience is like none other. The thrill of seeing the world's greatest performers in their element is thrilling and exhilarating. They can also make for very powerful imagery.
Hollywood Dreaming represents months of dedicated observation of the actors who stroll Hollywood Boulevard, dreaming of what success may come. While many think these are paid actors working for a wage, they are actually regular folk, working on the boulevard for tips, in between auditions for 'real' acting jobs.
I spent a lot of time over months documenting this series, looking for something out of the ordinary and different. While the extraordinary may appear obvious in these pictures, these actors mainly stand around all day and pose for tips with tourists. Finding a unique moment was a huge challenge, leaving me waiting up to 8 hours a day, sometimes to only have taken 5-10 pictures, with only 1 or 2 usable.
My love of photography began when I took my camera to the streets. Nothing felt more comfortable that recording life's little moments, even if they weren't my own. I became literally obsessed with documenting the lives of strangers I'd pass by on the streets of Melbourne and never imagined taking photography any further.
I wouldn't describe myself as a street photographer, as there are many more dedicated photographers who are more talented and truly dedicated to the art as a profession. Nevertheless, it's my favorite past-time, and today, nearly 20 years later, i find myself on the streets doing the exact same thing, with the same passion and love for genre. My career is always results driven, but yet when I'm on the streets, I find myself taking in the experience and valuing it much more than an result. Long story short, I don't shoot for other people's satisfaction or 'LIKES'. I shoot for me.
My first big break in Editorial came when I was offered the opportunity to freelance for Getty Images shooting news and sport, only after 3 months of starting my freelance professional photography career. I was given many great opportunities and tested on every one of them. Luckily through hard work, determination and assistance from amazing colleagues the result ended in me being offered a full time position on their staff team. It wasn't long before I started to shift over to entertainment and news and sport became a distant, fond memory.
Working as Katy Perry's tour photographer was an absolute honour, and one of my best experiences in Hollywood. I followed Katy between 4 cities in 5 days and was tasked with the job of taking a variety of different photos each night. While it's not difficult capturing Katy looking incredible, coming up with something unique each night was a challenge I took on very happily. Having the freedom to shoot the entire show, from any vantage point, including the stage was a luxury not many photographers experience in modern times, so I feel very fortunate to have had such a great opportunity.
I spent approximately 6 hours over 2 days at the Phuwana Muay Thai Kickboxing Camp on October 4, 2008 in the Bangyai District, located one hour out of central Bangkok, Thailand. The Phuwana Camp houses children from disadvantaged backgrounds who seek refuge in the martial art of Muay Thai Kickboxing. The children, aged from 7-18, start each day with a 6 km run, train from 4-7 am, attend school from 8-2pm and train again from 3-6pm, seven days a week. Through the camp the students seek guidance, strength, discipline and honour in their training, hoping to gain the respect of their trainers and peers by becoming champion boxers. Despite the sport being viewed as a poor person's sport in Thailand, by winning their competitions the students earn much needed cash prizes, which profit the students and their trainers and allow them to make a life for themselves, supporting themselves financially and also hopefully achieving fame and respect.
Just after completing a portrait of Angelina Jolie in Cannes, I was asked to jump on a plane to cover the world exclusive story of a pregnant man in the United States. As you can imagine, I was confused, yet excited at the same time. I really didn't know what to expect as this was new to me, and kind of new to the world.
After arriving and spending some time with The Pregnant Man - Thomas Beatie, I soon learned what a special couple he and his wife Nancy were. It wasn't their circumstances that made them unique, but more so their love and dedication to each other. Their desire to have a child together was as strong as any regular couple, and I hope my pictures communicated that.