Flying High

After wrapping up my assisting days with Gollings in 2001, this week I had the privilege of shooting side by side him, flying high above our fabulous city.  John has been defining and informing aerial photography both nationally and internationally for a lifetime.  His most recent projects include:

– groundbreaking 3D stereoscopic aerial views of Australian urban landscapes developed for the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, and featured in the Australian Pavilion.

– “Aftermath” – an exhibition of  beautifully crafted bush fire images from the Black Saturday bushfires, exhibiting at the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park from 18/11/12 – 03/3/13.

He has been an amazing mentor and it was really great to share our passion for photography again on this assignment.

What a spectacular night we had.  Here’s some of my pic’s from the shoot:

This month I was interviewed for Gather and Fold a fabulous journal running on a referral system between creatives of all disciplines. G&F aims to provide an accurate snapshot of the art/design community – the relationships between emerging, outsider, unknown and celebrated designers, artists and creatives – through their connections of mutual admiration. It’s a lovely concept and a great read.  Thanks to Ryan Russell and Byron George for referring me and thanks to Bonnie for the lovely chat.

A big congrats to Designinc for being awarded the Sustainability Award for Red Cross Blood Service at the 2012 IDEA Awards.


End of Financial Year Update

As I write on this beautiful, wintery saturday morning I imagine a large portion of Melbourne’s architectural community are probably nursing a sore head today.  Some great wins at this years Victorian Architecture Awards. See

A big congratulations to NH Architecture for being awarded the Commercial Architecture Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for Salt Water Coast.  A great project and a fun shoot.

Congratulations to Lyons for the Public Architecture Award for Melbourne Brain Centre.  If you went to the launch of Lyons amazing monograph you would have enjoyed the experience of this space.  This monograph is a must have! A collection of the  practice’s work over the past 15 years, it is a well resolved visual journey that resonates the firm’s ethos of  ‘parallel thinking’ – some great interviews and an interesting insight into the design principles of the firm.  Published by Thames & Hudson, “More : the architecture of Lyons 1996-2011” is available on-line at

Congratulations to Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design for being awarded the Urban Design Award for University Lawn Precinct RMIT.  This project is a huge success, students love this lawn. It has bought new life to what was once a dead zone back when I was a student at RMIT.  Next time you are meandering the city and you feel like  a little spot to rest, relax and chill – parallel to Bowen lane is where you can find this treasure.

We received 2 nominations in this years black and white spider awards –  Black and White Spider Awards is the leading international award honouring excellence in Black and White Photography.

8223 entries were received from 72 countries.  817 nominees were awarded in 14 categories.

Here’s our images, thanks to Vue de monde and Elenberg Fraser for commissioning this project.

We’ve had some great projects published over the last few months.

Houses Kitchens & Bathrooms – Barwon Heads House by Pleysier Perkins and Mim Design

Architecture Review – Melbourne Brain Centre by Lyons Architects

Houses Magazine – Toorak House by Allan Powell Architects

Architecture Australia – Laurimar Community Centre  by Croxson Ramsay

I’ve just started documenting the completed version of Lyons new RMIT Academic building – really looking forward to getting into this one. Here’s the beginnings

If you are near Melbourne University, head to the Wunderlich Gallery, Ground Floor, Architecture Building and see ‘Idea Building – Lyons’.  Idea Building is an installation which creates an imperfect ‘not quite right’ copy of the Lyons office.  The exhibition runs from June 25 – 27 July.

Melbourne Open House is here again, this is a must do fantastic initiative. See – Keep the 28th & 29th of July free and plan your visits.  Efront has done a fantastic job of the new MOH website.  Here’s some shots I did of the Russell Place Sub-Station to get you excited.

April Update

Yikes it’s April!  Where did the last 4 months go?  We’ve been busy shooting a number of projects for all the awards submissions.  A big thanks to my fabulous assistants Jason and Courtney for all their efforts during this busy time.  We wish all our clients the best of luck.

“Tada”… here are some of the projects we were commissioned to shoot.  With record entries, it’s going to be an interesting year.

NH Architecture – Salt Water

Modelling courtesy of the fabulous Francesca Black from NH.  Now that’s serious dedication to the job!

Lyons – Central Plant ANU

Lyons – Argibio


We won’t forget this shoot.  35+ degrees and required to wear long sleeve shirts as site still deemed a construction site.  We hadn’t counted on this and only had a jumper and a thermal with us.  Not our finest hour!

Carr Design – South Yarra Tennis Club

Allan Powell  – Sorrento House

Many thanks to Ed for coaxing me into the shrubs!

Hassell – GPY&R

We welcome aboard Amy Ruttan from Canada who is with us for a 2 month internship.  Amy joined us last week on her first helicopter shoot with the fabulous Simon from Grenade.

I absolutely loved shooting the Robin Boyd Warrandyte home of Inge King for Houses Magazine.  ‘Revisted’ is one of my favourite features in Houses Magazine.  Inge generously let us into her home and patiently let us photograph her in her studio.

Last but not least, many thanks to Rowena Robertson for the interview and write up in the Weekly Review.


Aaron Thomas you’re a legend

When I was asked if all the cars, light post and wires could be removed from the front of this building, I flinched….. Our amazing retoucher Aaron Thomas did not –

Aaron, you’re amazing!  Thanks for your commitment and patience on all our projects.


Kicking off 2012

Happy New Year to all our clients and friends.  2012 has kicked off at an almighty pace.  We are currently under the pump shooting a variety of amazing projects for the awards.  Keep your eyes posted, we’ll share some of these projects over the coming months.  It seems it was a relaxing Christmas for all and sundry.  Melbourne put on a great display with outstanding holiday weather.

I used my time off to do some amazing walks as I am currently training for the Oxfam walk in April.  What started out at as some jovial walks and a motivation to try to raise some money for a good cause, has turned into a gruelling training regime.  I don’t think any of us really understood the intensity of walking 100km in 48 hours.  To date our longest walk is 30km. Yikes, we have a bit further to go. If you’re interested you can check out our team blog.  All donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. –

The training has turned out to be a wonderful visual journey throughout some of Melbourne’s most stunning national parks.  Here are some of the wonderful moments captured when up early and on the track.

Marysville is well and truly on the mend.  We had the good fortune to meander through Bruno’s sculpture garden while waiting for light on a recent job in Marysville.  What a treasure this place is.  It’s a must if you’re passing through –

And last but not least… Ted’s new professional showroom has opened in South Melbourne, headed up by Craig Robinson. Craig has provided great service to the photographic industry over the years in his various roles with good old fashioned service.  He has been a great support to myself and other photographers in our studio.  Craig has always provided personalised service for any equipment we have purchased.  He really does go above and beyond, and apart from his professionalism he’s a great guy. Let’s get our there and support Craig and Ted’s, they sell pretty much everything you need.