Just got home from a really fun weekend shooting a short film with my good mate Clem Bastow.. We were shooting up around Mount Bogong/Falls Creek and the landscape was nothing short of breathtaking. Here's some photos.
It's so crazy, there was a fire a few years back in Falls Creek which killed all the trees. Because of all the snow, they've been stripped bare, while all the lush new vegetation has been flourishing in the undergrowth, giving the landscape a surreal pincushion appearence. Stunning.
Benalla Bottle Store
On location, Falls Creek
On location, Falls Creek
Water Tower, Falls Creek
On location, Falls Creek
I've been shooting a few makeup tutorials for my good friend Dana Leviston for Frankie's "Get Fancy" blog. At the best of times with these I feel completely out of place and like I've got no idea what I'm doing (let's face it, I don't spend a lot of time with make up), but Dana is my favourite make up artist I've ever worked with by far, and I love working with her.
I often feel painfully aware of the absence of a decent amount of portraits of women in my folio. It's certainally not intentional. I oft just feel like a lurker asking someone if they'd be interested working together, and to be truthful, I don't often come across the situation where it would be appropriate to ask. I take plenty or portraits for commercial jobs, but times where we can just hang out and create some pretty pictures don't seem to come up that often. (Hey.. wanna take some pictures together? Drop me a line).
Anyhow, here's a little shot I'd forgotten about of the gorgeous local musicain Melody Pool we did a few months ago in a little 50's style thing. I think she looks beautiful. Go check out her records, they're great.
Till next time!
But my mate Joel Priestland from Studio Worldwide asked me if I'd be interested in shooting one for him, my gut said yes (that's generally how I decide if I'm going to take a job or not.. It's frighteningly on point.. Except for the whole poking over my belt bit..).
The job was creating some images to go with the promotional book they were creating for the new development in Windsor "The Coachhouse", and the brief looked pretty good.
A bit of background, I usually don't do property jobs, I'll be honest:- they can be a giant pain in the ass for a huge number of reasons. Property developers don't nessecarily akways have good taste (which is why they hire designers) and the briefs can be terrible. They often want a million photos of a gazillion cafes and whatever, they usually want it all shot in a single (beautiful sunny) day and try to fit way too much into an already short period of time. The agencies usually don't want to do the production (i.e. calling ahead), so I then have to convince them to pay me production time to organise someone to do all the pre approval stuff. It's amazing how "hi, it's Kris from Fairfax/Broadsheet/Epicure etc" gets such different responses to "Hi, it's Kristoffer Paulsen.. I'm a photographer shooting some images for some promotional material for a new development in Windsor". "Oh.. I'll have to ask my manager.. we'll call you back" etc etc. SO much mucking around, which I simply don't have time for. I find that I'm very often fighting for my fee as well, which I hate doing. I know for a fact that I'm very fairly priced, (I've barely changed my pricing since I started shooting), and much of whom I consider to be my competition are a lot more expensive than I am. It's funny, numerous times when I've gotten a list of places to shoot, it's been some 30-35 names.. In one day! When you divide a 7-8 hour day by that, and allow travel time.. Well, you do the maths!
This isn't to shit all over design agencies, I get it.. It's tough managing clients, as well as coming up with a cool product without blowing budget. And the rest of it.
Anyway, I said yes to Joel because I think he and Tijs have a great aesthetic, and well, Joel being a mate and all. What was nice was that the guys more or less let me just do what I wanted (within reason, of course..), and a bunch of shots that I just happened to take whilst wandering around the area ended up being, in a few cases, used really big. Shows what happens when you let good people just be creative. Anyway, I saw the book yesterday and it's beautiful. I didn't think too much of the images at the time, but looking back on them, they're lovely. Some of them are a little more "VSCO-y" than I'd normally go for, but I think it works. Here's some of my favs.
They're better than I remember them being! Turned out it wasn't such a bad way to spend a day.
Here's a few screengrabs from the book, looks glorious in print. Really lovely.
So uh.. Maybe I do property.. Sometimes.. If you've got something you'd like to work with me on, please do get in touch.
I don't usually go for competition things. I find that so often the frustration of seeing the quality of winners isn't really worth the effort. I most recently entered some work in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year, work I'd done for clients and was really proud of. I paid my entry fee and sent off my files, only to be told I didn't even make it to the first round.. But cruising over the finalists/winners made me realise that I'd rather not win, and have my work not look like the winners work!
Anyway, so my friends at Saint Crispin whom I've had the pleasure of working with previously asked if I was planning on entering this years "Shoot The Chef". Previously I'd half heartedly entered a photo of David Zhou that I'd shot on a story for Broadsheet, which didn't really get a look in (despite it being pretty), and I hadn't really thought about it. However, Joe is such a great guy so i thought alright, if we can come up with a cool concept, then let's do it. I had a few ideas, like referencing science and or chemistry, showing some of the high level detail that goes into Joe's food, but Sarah in the office had the idea of referring to the "Saint" in Saint Crispin, and straight away I knew what I wanted to do. I was a little concerned that i might be disqualified since I do so much for for Good Food, but i figure I'm a freelancer, not an employee, so surely that's alright. Anyway.
I had the idea of referencing religious iconography and old master paintings, and having Joe holding up an offering to a higher power, a little like Cain and Able, while holding one hand behind his back/away as if he's hiding something, and in that hand having a flame. There's a number of rough concepts, i.e. chefs being the modern alchemists, turning produce into edible gold, the technique in fine dining being so advanced that while a chef might be holding up an offering and appearing reverent, they might be second guessing God and knowing better, hence the hand and flames. Anyway, something like that. Here's my entry.
As luck would have it, I also managed to shoot another image that I loved as an afterthought, and of course this threw a spanner in the works with me wondering if I should just go for a simple, straight up portrait. I ended up sticking with my original vision, feeling like it fit the brief a little better, and deciding to enter the second image in a portrait comp or something. Still great though. Check it out.
Not sure when they're all going to go live on the website, but I believe there's a voting thing for the peoples choice, would love your votes! I can win a Nikon camera rig! ha!