Earlier this year I had the privilege to photograph massage therapist & yogini Daphne Chua in a series of images for her promotional material. Daphne is one of those massage therapists who puts a ton of her own energy into her treatments and you feel is totally present & right there with you every step of the way, making it a total mind/body experience. I feel that her amazing talent and synergy with her clients show through in these images. Daphne is based in the city of Saigon, Vietnam where she does bodywork treatments & teaches yoga. You can also find her doing treatments & conducting yoga & acroyoga retreats in amazing spots in South East Asia, including Cambodia & Singapore. Details of these can be found on her website & I highly recommend you head along if you have the chance.
A country weekend away – March in Maleny, Queensland. More images of this beautiful location over at Flickr.
Some images that have been lingering on my hard drive for a while – from my cousin’s gorgeous vintage themed country wedding in Maleny, Queensland in early March this year. I only managed to shoot two rolls of film before it became too dark but captured some beautiful moments from this lovely family occasion. You can also see down the bottom the one & only Polaroid I took on the day, as well as the cool photobooth pic (from In the Booth) of yours truly. If you want to see more images of this gorgeous wedding, the talented folk at Artography were the photographers on the day and featured the wedding on their blog.
Congratulations to the lovely Kat White who won my little birthday giveaway from last month. Kat chose the above image as her prize & will be receiving a 20cm x 20cm copy of this Polaroid from Red Bubble very soon.
Kat is a super talented Polaroid photographer who I have known for a few years and has been an inspiration to me. She has just launched her online store, which includes a number of her beautiful Polaroids as photographic prints as well as the most gorgeous silk scarves featuring some of gorgeous Polaroid prints. Check her work out at the store and on flickr!
In August I did a photoshoot for my very inspiring, talented & beautiful friend Laura Murray. We met on the teacher training course that I did in Thailand in July/August and became fast friends. I knew this lady was a soul sister the minute we met and was always inspired & charmed by her love of life, energy, forthrightness & humility (& that 1000 megawatt smile!). Laura is from Newfoundland in Canada & is a yoga teacher, personal fitness trainer & professional pianist. She wanted a few yoga shots to remember her time on the magic bay where we did our training, as well as to use on her new website. So, after the course was done, we headed over to an adjoining beach and had a fun time shooting against the scenery of gorgeous Haad Whynam.
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It is perhaps fitting that I inaugurated my new travel blog pretty much on the third anniversary of this blog. While Agrippina Maior is about photography, considering the amount that I travel, the images often revolve around the places in the world that I have visited.
In celebration of my first post, three long years ago, I would like to give one lovely reader a gift! So if you have always loved a particular image, have had a portrait shoot with me … or have just recently stumbled across this blog, you are in luck!
How do we go about this?
1. Comment on this post with a link to the image that you would most like to see hanging on your wall from the above places. All comments made before midnight AEDST (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time) on 30 October will be considered.
2. Please like my Facebook page if you are socially networking there, comment on the page and share it and/or this post with your friends! This step isn’t compulsory but would be really appreciated!
On 1 November each commenter will be given a number from 1 onwards in order of first to last posts as they appear here. The lucky recipient will be chosen by generating a random number from random.org
The image will be printed by Red Bubble on photographic paper with a measurement of 20x20cm (8x8inch) for Polaroid images and 30x20cm (12x8inch) for all other images (you can have smaller if you like of course!).
So, if you would like to celebrate with me and receive a lovely birthday present from Agrippina Maior, fire away and tell me which image you love!
[Film image above from Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang, Malaysia, December 2012]
I have succumbed and decided to set up a travel blog for my partner and I to both contribute to. While Agrippina Maior often speaks of travel through images, often it takes months – if not years – for me to post the images on here. And in essence this blog is more about the photos than the travel. Plus Chris doesn’t have a voice about our travels here and he has a lot to say.
The blog is currently being tinkered with and I have one post done. If you would like to follow our travels and see some real time images from my trusty iphone (what a great camera by the way!), please head over and subscribe to our posts at All You Need is Laab.
Recently my lovely yogi friend Mimi commissioned me to do a shoot for her on the beautiful beach where I live on Koh Phangan, Thailand. Mimi and I did a yoga teacher training course together and she found out about my love of film photography. I was excited that she specifically wanted her photos on film! Mimi was an enthusiastic, easygoing and patient model, who took it all in her stride when i asked her to pose kneeling on the sharp quartz rocks overlooking the bay. Personally I think the pain was worth it! Mimi hails from Iowa (probably the first person I have ever met from Iowa!) and teaches at Hothouse Yoga in Iowa City. Her background as a dancer (she also teaches dance) shines through in her elegant yoga asanas, for which the amazing view provides such a great backdrop. She can do a mean hula hoop as well! Thanks to the ever fun Lee for being roped in and assisting with the acro yoga pics! Here are a selection of the images I took that day, while many others can be seen on my Flickr album of the shoot. I was happy with about 95% of the images so it was really difficult to decide which to publish – I hope you enjoy them.
You might remember that every year the Melbourne Silver Mine have a photographic show called Unsensored, held at the Collingwood Gallery on Smith Street. Last year was great – and not only because I sold my work but because we had a few extra events in conjunction with the exhibition. One of these was a Polaroid transfer workshop, organised by the gorgeous Emma of Willow & Twine. What is a Polaroid transfer you ask? Well, with 100 type Polaroid film (or Type 100 Fuji film), which is the very old school film that you peel apart, you can transfer the negative of the image onto paper to make a beautiful artwork instead of letting it completely develop on to the photographic paper itself.
Others can explain it better than I – in fact there is an entire flickr group dedicated to the topic of Polaroid Transfers. Head over there to check out some amazing work!
So this is really a lazy post. A few images from last year of this fabulous place that I am now living in. I have just spent six weeks doing a yoga teacher training course and have been somewhat busy, which has resulted in the lack of posts over the last while. Fear not though. I have actually – and surprisingly – not neglected my photography during this time! I have been working on documenting the course, as well as doing some yoga photoshoots for some of the participants; and it has been a real learning curve. Some of these shoots will feature in upcoming blog posts, which I will be back on top of once I have finished an editing project that I am doing right now. And yes, I was still doing yoga and totally not slacking off! Maybe it could be a new style. Yogography?