Clair Merryfull

Boomyeembarra Park

Fremantle // YOGA Commercial SHOOT

I met Clair at a quirky new cafe down on Leighton Beach in Fremantle, known as The Orange Box. Clair teaches vinyasa classes (which I have no clue about as my Yoga knowledge is zero) at Yoga Sita in Perth. 

Shooting in mid day sun light can be a challenge to shoot people because it just so bright out! and everyone gets there squint on when its bright, sure I could let Clair wear her sunglasses……….. So we first shot in a shaded patch created by a tree and as the sun came down more, I moved Clair with her back facing the sun creating a nice rim light on her right side. So my original one light set up turned into a two light set up.

Equipment:

Camera: Canon 5d mark iii

lenses: Canon 70-200mm 2.8 // Sigma 35mm 1.4

Soft box: Elinchrome Rotalux Octabox

Shanny SN-E3 - RT Speedlite Transmitter

C-Stand

Olivia & Alex

Alex Hotel

Perth // Wedding Shoot

I usually shy away from weddings, but when Olivia & Alex asked me to shoot their wedding I couldn't wait. They had a beautiful non-traditional wedding at Alex Hotel in Perth, surrounded by family and close friends. 

If I ever were to get into the wedding business, I would only shoot non-traditional weddings. It's more fun, quirky and the vibes are so much better and less serious which suits me perfectly.

The night before we all stayed at the hotel, woke up and had some breakfast together and went through the schedule for the day. After breakfast, we had some fun taking couple portraits around Alex Hotel, and we even managed to get their two dogs involved (Maverick & Django) Olivia's sister (Sarah) is a champion for being so good with bringing the dogs to the hotel and acting dog stylist for the day!

Olivia's beautiful wildflower bokeh was crafted by Rose & Bud, a niche Perth-based florist specializing in wedding and creative events.    

I delivered the images in this wooden box, which was specially made for Olivia & Alex by a local Fremantle carpenter Salt Wood Designswho uses recycled wood and crafts beautiful products that are made to last.  

Hayden Gan - Portrait 01

I ran into Hayden in Mi-Life, on the hunt for some new sneakers. Mi-Life is a retail shop in Western Australia, making roots in the heart of Fremantle, they stock an exclusive range of sneakers, apparel, and accessories from a variety of boutique and major street-wear companies. 

First look at Hayden and a little voice inside of my head was shouting at me to ask him to come hang out in my tiny studio so I can take some portraits of him. So I did. 

Since I was a kid, I have always been intrigue with tattoos. Not really knowing what they where back then, maybe that's why they fascinated me. Ten years ago I had a vision of myself covered in tats like Hayden, but my thirst for photography and moving halfway across the world got the better of me. No regrets, and stoked to be where I am today! 

I still envision myself to be covered one day. 

We are both stoked with the shots we got working together. Hayden uploaded this above image to his Instagram, with no hashtags and gained 200+ followers and its one of his top liked photo's with 714 likes and counting! Hayden's average likes usually sits around 250. 

Please don't get me confused for someone who's life is all about social media. I'm quite the opposite but it would be stupid to ignore it and not be part of such a powerful movement and tool used in so many different positive ways.

Thanks for reading ! 

I put a little equipment list at the bottom for you guys, if you want to know more about how I created these images or you just want a chat about anything, chuck me an email and I'll get back to you ASAP! 

Equipment: Canon 5d Mark III - Canon 70-200mm 2.8 - Canon 50mm 1.8 - Sigma 35mm 1.4 - Youngnuo YN600EX-RT speedlite x2 - Shanny SN-E3 - RT speedlite transmitter - Rotalux Elinchrom 100cm Octabox - Portable Softbox 80cm - C-stand Boom arm x2

Food Shoot With Eamon Sullivan and Clare Ryan

I had a great time helping former Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan with shooting some fresh imagery for a project he has under wraps at the moment. With writer and stylist Clare Ryan We spent the day bouncing ideas, cooking and shooting in his new north Perth home. It also involved me standing on his dining table in my socks.

I look forward to doing a lot more collaborations in 2017, get in touch! 

For this shoot I used a mixture of natural light, strobe flash, reflector and bounce card. Three simple tools which allowed me to manipulate the light. 

If it wasn't for Clare's styling skills and experience, I honestly can say I wouldn't have been able to capture these great images.