This has been my 6th year working with the Bass Coast Ballet School.
It has been an amazing journey watching the student grow into amazing young dancers & performers
A few years ago I applied to photograph an event with an organization called the Bohemian Rhapsody Club & Online Magazine.
Run By Natasha Marchev, BRC is a non profit organization supporting local and international Designers, Artists, Musicians, Events, Models...... The list of Natasha`s amazing work is endless.
Have a look at some of her incredible projects here:
So, it all began with a shoot minus a Videographer and a desperate call from Natasha for someone to shoot video.
Sure i can do it !!!
My knowledge of video was my camera had a little red button that recorded video.
And there the obsession with video began.
A few more shoots and a suggestion from Natasha that we should film weddings,
Thousands of hours & dollars later and we now include wedding films as part of our business.
It has been a huge learning curve with filming, audio and post production.
Have a look at our video journey so far, all thanks to Natasha and the Bohemian Rhapsody Club.
A large part of our photography includes Live event photography and filming.
We work with local and national dance schools and artists to create stunning images.
Thanks to a long association with The Bohemian Rhapsody Online Magazine & Michael Wilkie @ MAD Pr, We have been fortunate to photograph some of the best live performances and stage events. This has included international artists, Ballet companies and Theater.
Shooting Live Theater & Dance
Shooting live has been a passion of mine for many years.
Coming from a musical background, performing with orchestras and bands has given me a love of capturing artists live.
Shooting live is both challenging and rewarding. Unlike shooting in a studio or even location shoots, there is no control over lighting or "staging the setup of artists.
Timing of lighting, expressions and movement is critical in capturing the exact moment.
Shooting the final rehearsal of the Haunting with Cameron Daddo & Gig Clarke
I shoot Nikon exclusively for live work.
The Nikon D610 has been my workhorse for the past 4 years and is incredible in low light situations. The camera has exceptional dynamic range and allows pulling detail out of shadows in the worst of lighting situations.
For Lenses my choice is the Nikon 50mm 1.8 & 85mm 1.8.
For longer reach the Tamron 80 -200 2.8 is my other option.
For backup its a Nikon D7200 & D7100
Over the years I`ve tried crop sensor cameras and micro four thirds, unfortunately for my use small sensor cameras just don`t cut it- full frame is a must.
One Flew over The Cuckoos Nest
Dance photography offers up a whole new set of challenges.
Along with lighting & movement, A knowledge of dance is a must.
Dancer move to music -counting the beat and timing the music is how to capture the right moment - whether its Ballet or Rock.....
The Shanghai Ballet Company
Behind The Scenes with The ST Petersburg Ballet
The Jerry Cans
Onstage with the cast of One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest @ The Lawler Theater Melbourne
Melbourne Theater Company.
The Melbourne Theater Company production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo`s Nest.
@ The Lawler Theater Melbourne
Our shoot with the Kin Collective`s performance of Tim Winton`s Production Shrine
@ Fourtyfive Downstairs
Special Thanks to Michael J Wilkie @ MAD PR
Natasha Marchev @ Bohemian Rhapsody Online Magazine
The Kin Collective
Last year following a photo shoot with the St Petersburg Ballet, I was given exclusive access to rehearsals prior to their Melbourne performance of swan lake.
It was quite an honor to be the only photographer allowed to photograph the company during rehearsals.
So, please enjoy a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the worlds premier ballet company's.
The Shanghai Ballet performing Derek Deane`s Grand Version of Swan Lake
Wu Husheng & Qi Bingxue
Ten years ago, an idea to shoot the local dance school quickly became an obsession.
My continued love of dance has seen us working with dance schools and ballet companies across Melbourne. Every so often amazing opportunities arise to work with some of the best in the world. Last year thanks to a call out to photograph the St Petersburg Ballet ( Courtesy of Natasha at The Bohemian Rhapsody Club) we were given a personal invite from The Shanghai Ballet`s Promoter Michael J Wilkie @ MADPR.
Our session began with the huge 48 strong Corpse de Ballet on the steps of the Regent Theater.
Following an impromptu shoot on the streets of Melbourne, we were privileged to a short media shoot of highlights from the ballet
The Performance Saturday the 22nd April 2017
Shanghai Ballet Swan Lake
The Regent Theatre Melbourne
Directed by Xin Lili
Choreography by Derek Deane
Shanghai Ballets performance of Swan Lake is simply stunning.
Wu Husheng in the leading roll of Siegfried gives a commanding performance.
Wu`s stage presence is incredible, With brilliant acting , facial expressions and body language he brings his character to life in a way reminiscent of some of the great silent movie actors.
Wu`s dancing is impeccable, displaying grace, power & incredible skill.
Ako Kondo commands the stage with her portrayal of Odette/Odile.
Ako is a member of the Australian Ballet and guest dancer in this production.
Wu & Ako have a special chemistry happening on the stage and bring an incredible amount of passion and intimacy to the title roles.
The production features a huge Corpse de Ballet of 48 swans. This gives anamazing element of fluidity to the lake scenes with endless movement across the stage.
The Corpse de Ballet is absolute perfection, with stunning visuals and perfect synchronicity from fingertip to toe.
The addition of smoke to the second act lake scene gives a whole new dimension to the swans – giving an illusion of effortless gliding across the stage.
Stage scenery and costumes are stunning.
ZHOU Haibo portrays Rothbart superbly – simply the best Rothbart iv seen.
Act 3 – The Great Hall, Brings to the stage the absolute best from the cast and leads,
Wu`s combinations of endless pirouette`s & Tour en l`air is simply breathtaking with perfect landings.
Ako absolutely shines at this point with a stunning rendition of Odie displaying incredible agility and grace.
My biggest complaint with this production is that the 2 and a half hours on stage is all too short – another 2 hours would have been perfect.
I had a chance to chat to a few other audience members during the break
and the overall consensus was - this is a brilliant production.
Derek Deane & Xin Lili have take this classic ballet to a whole new level of excellence.
Do not miss this one……
A huge thank you to Michael @ MAD PR for this incredible opportunity.
Our latest shoot at Tivoli Theater
Tivoli Theatre Pantomimes Goldilocks and The Three Bears
St John’s Church Hall 5 Finch St Malvern
Dates and session times:
Tivoli Theatre Pantomimes dose it again !!!
Yet another brilliant production in classic pantomime format
Their modern take on the classic children’s book Goldilocks and the three bears is a wonderful mix of humor & Songs- from classic show tunes to modern hits.
Sets are simple yet colorful and spectacular & along with the costumes compliment the performers.
Ellie Hannah Carol in her 4th year performing with Tivoli is fantastic as Goldilocks. Ellie`s voice is amazing – A hidden talent that will have a brilliant career on the stage.
Valentina Liuzzi is a young and very talented performer (another rising star ), and gives a great performance as Wee Bear.
Clinton Barker who has performed with Tivoli for over a decade is as brilliant as always bring plenty of humor to the production.
Julie Arnold who has been part of Tivoli for over 20 years, gives her best in the role of Mama Bear.
( Julie is also the winner of The Victorian Drama League Perpetual Trophy for BEST ACTRESS in a COMEDY - 'Bette and Joan' Brighton Theatre Co).
As always a fantastic performance from the whole cast and everyone behind the scenes that make this production possible.
Whether your 6 or 60 go along and have a ball – this is a great production with plenty to keep both the adults and kids smiling.
Below is a brief Bio on Ellie courtesy of Alta @ Tivoli theater – once again a name to remember….
Ellie Hannah has been an avid theatre enthusiast for her whole life.
She has studied various styles of dancing, singing and drama at Ballarat Centre of Music and the Arts (BCMA) since 2005.
She now takes singing lessons with Maxine Montgomery. Ellie has performed in many local productions with BCMA and BLOC Music Theatre, receiving a Victorian Theatre Guild Award in 2010 for her portrayal of Jojo in BLOC jr’s production of Seussical the Musical.
Ellie also works professionally in Melbourne with “The Tivoli Theatre Pantomimes” performing regularly in school holiday seasons. Ellie has been seen most recently onstage as "Frenchy" in Grease, "Hope Cladwell" in Urinetown and as "Jellylorum" in Ballarat Lyric Theatre’s production of CATS.
The Jerry Cans
Our shoot with an amazing band from Iqaluit Canada
A recent media call out introduced me to The Jerry Cans, a unique and fun band from
Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada.
What started out as a brief interview soon became a 20 minute mini documentary featuring the band performing live and interviews with Andrew & Nancy.
Our Short film featuring concert footage & Intrviews
Below is our review of the band
The Jerry Cans Iqaluit Canada.
The old saying “You had to be there” is a term that defiantly fits the Jerry Cans.
Recorded music and video just doesn’t do this band justice.
Along with their unique music style, the band bring a fantastic sense of showmanship and downright fun to their live gigs.
Throw in some great folk music ,rock, traditional Inuktitut throat singing and a good old fashion hoedown and this what can be expected from the band.
Lead singer Andrew Morrison leads the band with great vocals & story telling.
Nancy Mike`s Throat singing has to be heard live to appreciate –her deep growling voice gives you goose bumps.
Violinist Gina Burgess is a brilliant musician, bringing some good old fashion fiddle playing to the mix.
The band is supported by a strong rhythm section –
Steve Rigby on drums and Brendan Doherty –Bass.
In a world where commercial rock and pop is shoved down our throats and the industry dictates what we should be listening to, The Jerry Cans are a shining example of a hard working band that stick to their roots.
Whatever your taste in music go along to one of their gigs, and have a ball – Their music is instantly addictive.
A special commendation to Bryce from the Bean Project, who was called up on stage by Andrew for an impromptu jam session.
A huge thank you to the band and to Cat Swinton from Catalyst PR , Bohemian Rhapsody online Magazine for making this possible
The Technical Stuff
All Stills and close up footage shot on a Nikon D610 With Tamron 70-200 2.8
Tamron 24 -70 2.8, Nikon 85 1.8, Nikon 50 1.8 & Tokina 17 2.8
Video on Sony AX100 4K Video Camera.
Audio Zoom H1 & Takstar Mic (poor mans Rode but awesome sound quality)
This was our first music video - things can only get better as we improve our gear & knowledge
Our Shoot with the girls from St Petersburg Ballet
A Day With The St Petersburg Ballet
For a photographer with a passion for dance, a media call to The St Petersburg ballet is an event not to be misses
The girls were happy to pose for the camera with some traditional ballet images then off for some fun shots.
Our shoot was brief as the dancers run on a tight schedule – their day includes Dance classes followed by Rehearsals and an evening performance.
I was privileged to be able to sit in on rehearsals to really gain an understanding of the hard work and dedication
these performers put into being one of the world’s premier ballet companies.
A huge thank you to the following people for making this possible.
Michael Wilkie at Make a Difference PR
Theresa Mavros at theatretours.com.au
Natasha Marchev at Bohemian Rhapsody Club & Online Magazine.
Our recent behind the scenes video with Hachi Fashions- Dog and Cat apparel.
I was fortunate again to work with the Fairies children television production.
This year included a pre show shoot with the cast, followed by a performance shoot.
Check out our full gallery here http://gwphotography.pixieset.com/thefairiesjune2016