Mildura dreamin’

Last week I was in sunny Mildura to shoot a wedding.
Except it wasn’t exactly sunny.
The rain was so thick that our pilot had to turn back to Melbourne, refuel, and attempt to land again.
True story, it was the talk of the town.

The whole weekend was drizzling and overcast.

The morning I was flying out, I decided to take a stroll around the town.
Armed with my film camera loaded with Portra 800 (suitable for overcast weather).
And wadya know, the sun was out full blast, 9am, sending me off (not so suitable for Portra 800).

Maybe it’s the palm trees.
Or the flat land.
The town had shades of eighties California all over.
A time capsule in town form.
I wish it’d stay the same.

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tohm - this is incredible. one of my favorites. but could you live there?

Stones of the Yarra Valley Wedding – Bree & Antony

And while we’re on the topic of babies, just found out Bree & Tony, a couple I photographed last year had just become parents as well.
It was a really hot day during March.
They had to move to ceremony from outdoors into the church.
My favourite shot will always be the groom getting climatised in front of the AC.

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hannah - Smashed it my friend!! Awesome work :)

It’s uncle time.

This just in: I just became an uncle.
My sister’s water broke yesterday morning at 2am.
Twelve hours before I was supposed to shoot her sister-in-law’s wedding.
(I know, right?)
This is the last photo I took of them three Sundays ago.
Before they became legit parents.

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The Melbourne Fat Duck.

What can you get for $525?

Half an iPhone.
Maybe one third of a rock star photographer’s workshop.
The full VIP package to Semi-Permanent design conference.
A quarter page worth of advertorial space on a bridal magazine.
Five hundred and twenty five packets of instant noodles.
Six months worth of electricity.
Playstation 4.

When I was invited to join a table at Heston’s Fat Duck, I weighed my options.
In a way, it was like winning a gastronomy lottery which I didn’t enter in the first place.

But looking back I’m glad I did it.

To experience and observe the pioneer of molecular gastronomy.
To feast with my eyes and (try to) taste with my ears.
Realising design exists between the dishes and their plates.
Complimentary colours, contrasting textures, composition and techniques.
How to construct a narrative through a menu.
Educate diners about whiskey and terroir through visual cues and interactivity.
Employing red uniforms for lunch; pink ones for dinner.
Mustard can be ice cream, and cabbage can be soup.
Using nostalgia to set the scene.
How to invoke a sense of ‘once in a life time’.

I walked away from this experience as a better designer and diner.
Definitely a better photographer.

What can you get for $525?
I got inspired.

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Rebecca Omura - Harvard your work is simply stunning! So many amazing memories.

Fred - Dude, great intro to frame the post. Made me chuckle : )

So very peanut and butter jealous of you and your experience with arguably the king of crazy awesome cuisine. Epic shots too.

– Fred

Amanda Tan - I said ‘no’ to the fat duck – but after looking at your photos, I wish I coughed up the 525$! Loving your work.

A x

Chocolate chips.

You know Easter is approaching.
When you receive an email from Vue De Monde asking for photographs of hot cross buns.

I shot these last year.
I remember it was part of a bigger shoot, inventorying all the breads for the Piggery Cafe website.
The buns were last minute add-ons.

Fact: no food stylist nor artificial lighting were involved in this shoot.
Just me and Tim the baker, laying them out on the floor, me half-kneeling in an empty barn house.
Using the natural light from the door.

I insisted on the lighter shade of timber surface.
It was a short and decisive call, but I’m glad I did it.
A darker background would camouflage the chocolate and we would lose the shiny / rustic contrast that compliments the Vue De Monde style guide.

The last shot, was simply done when we were packing up.
Tim was chucking all the buns on the crate, ready to load the van.
You can see a hint of orange criss-cross crate pattern underneath the baking paper.

I did the “wait wait wait wait wait wait!” thing.

Sometimes you can work your models for one hour, just for that one shot in the end.

Hot cross buns, wedding couples.
Not so different.

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