Portraits of Musicians

When I photographed the Bangalow Music Festival last year, I desperately wanted to do a portrait series like this. As it was the first time covering the festival for me, I was unsure of the logistics - the venue already has limited space, sometimes the backstage has to cater for 30+ musicians at once and it's not big at all! I thought the last thing they would want would be another persistent artist demanding space for something not important right in that moment.

Leah Samios - Bangalow Cooking School

Leah Samios - Bangalow Cooking School

Fast forward 12 months and these images have been in my mind for some time, in some form or another. When I met with the team to discuss the 2014 festival images, I proposed this idea and they just told me to go for it. I was excited and also a little scared... this little thing I had thought of for so long was possible! How do I light it? How do I approach people? Are they going to be annoyed? It's amazing how all those years of practice and training go out the window when you get excited. So I was able to make the space usable for rehearsal, I limited myself to one light that I could move back against the wall when I wasn't shooting or when there was a large ensemble rehearsing and using the space. I wanted to give the images a really soft and painterly feeling, so I used a 30x120 soft box (powered by a single SB-900) for a nice limited falloff, and shot the whole series on a D3 with a 35mm/1,4. The images were shot over four days at any point I could appropriately grab my subjects for a photo... there was no requirement for instrument (what would the pianists do?!?) or attire.

Sarah Hansen - Videographer

Sarah Hansen - Videographer

Alan Smith - Violin, Southern Cross Soloists

Alan Smith - Violin, Southern Cross Soloists

Jackie Hansen - Bassoon

Jackie Hansen - Bassoon

Kevin Power - Piano, Southern Cross Soloists

Kevin Power - Piano, Southern Cross Soloists

Tania Frazer - Oboe, Southern Cross Soloists. Probably works the hardest out of anyone I've ever seen at a gig like this.

Tania Frazer - Oboe, Southern Cross Soloists. Probably works the hardest out of anyone I've ever seen at a gig like this.

Jess Fotinos - Harp

Jess Fotinos - Harp

Caroline Hopson - Violin

Caroline Hopson - Violin

Steph Dick - Production Manager, Southern Cross Soloists

Steph Dick - Production Manager, Southern Cross Soloists

Margaret Curtis - Harp, Festival Coordinator

Margaret Curtis - Harp, Festival Coordinator

Paul Dean - Clarinet, Southern Cross Soloists

Paul Dean - Clarinet, Southern Cross Soloists

Gil Garburg - Piano

Gil Garburg - Piano

Sivan Silver - Piano

Sivan Silver - Piano

Lily Higson-Spence - Violin, Armilla Quartet

Lily Higson-Spence - Violin, Armilla Quartet

Matilda Watkins - Violin, Armilla Quartet

Matilda Watkins - Violin, Armilla Quartet

Jack Liebeck - Violin

Jack Liebeck - Violin

Jack is pretty handy behind the camera too. I'm glad he asked me to swap, as my selfies just weren't cutting it.

Morgan Roberts - Photographer

Morgan Roberts - Photographer

Rebecca Zentveld - Zentvelds Coffee

Rebecca Zentveld - Zentvelds Coffee

Norman Appel - Piano Tuner

Norman Appel - Piano Tuner

Kirstie Asmussen - Administrative Assistant

Kirstie Asmussen - Administrative Assistant

Georgia Shine - Cello, Armilla Quartet

Georgia Shine - Cello, Armilla Quartet

Louise King - Cello

Louise King - Cello

Raquel Bastos - Viola

Raquel Bastos - Viola

Patrick Murphy - Cello, Southern Cross Soloists

Patrick Murphy - Cello, Southern Cross Soloists

Stephanie Dixon - Oboe

Stephanie Dixon - Oboe

Alison Brown - Violin

Alison Brown - Violin

Jodie Rottle - Flute, General Manager, Southern Cross Soloists

Jodie Rottle - Flute, General Manager, Southern Cross Soloists

Dean Newcombe - Clarinet

Dean Newcombe - Clarinet

Margaret Schindler - Soprano

Margaret Schindler - Soprano

Sariah Xu - Viola, Armilla Quartet

Sariah Xu - Viola, Armilla Quartet

The crazy thing is... that It's by no means an exhaustive roster! I guess the goal next year is to get everyone... the lineup changes year to year but there is always the Southern Cross Soloists and a few others who make the core group. I'll be posting some more images from the festival shortly. 

Cheers,

Morgs

The Quiet Months

Wedding photographers usually slow down in the winter. I love to make sure I shoot for myself and enjoy the process, without any ultimate agenda or expectation. Here are some images that I've also posted on my tumblr, so if you're in to that stuff please follow me there. These were all shot on a Fuji X100 or my D3s with the Sigma 35mm.

A sneaky outtake from a  family portrait shoot

A sneaky outtake from a  family portrait shoot

On the way to the Sunday Markets

On the way to the Sunday Markets

Morning walks in the city

Morning walks in the city

Morning walk along riverside

Morning walk along riverside

Mel 

Mel 

Holly and David at Kangaroo Point

I'm photographing Holly and David's wedding up at the Sunshine Coast later this year, and after spending this time with them on the weekend I'm looking forward to it even more. They met via mutual friends, and shared a first date that lasted a whole weekend including a picnic in the park at Kangaroo Point cliffs. What a cool date! I think that as well as being a lovely set of photos for the couple, the images show why I offer engagement shoots. They are a great opportunity to learn how to relax around your photographer and get a feel for their individual style, more than just looking at previous work. These two were really comfortable having me around and I'm super glad they have trusted me with capturing their wedding. 

Caitlin and Nathan's Brisbane Wedding

What a day! I'm really excited to share this with you all. I photographed Nat's brother Keegan's wedding last year, and was really looking forward to seeing everyone again a second time around. These guys know how to party! Nat, Keegan and Simon got ready at the Treasury Building in the CBD, with customary Xbox and shoe shining. Caitlin, Jess and Steph got ready at Caitlin and Jess's parents house in St Lucia, after doing hair and makeup at Earth Hair and Body just down the road. The ceremony was at Christchurch St. Lucia, and the reception at the Loft in West End. And there was dancing! Lots of dancing! There may have been some Eagle Rock... let the photos tell the story.

D+D's Hinterland Wedding

You know you've done something right for someone when you can't stop smiling whilst editing a wedding. I have had the pleasure of being friends with both Dylan and his sister Miriam since high school, and when Dylan and Diana asked if I was available to photograph their wedding I was really honoured, as I knew that it was not a request made out of convenience.  These two had such a beautiful day planned at the stunning Sarabah Estate Vineyard, and were married by Wendy Marshall who I've worked with once before. We made some photographs in the area and returned to the vineyard, where everyone partied on well in to the night before the busses came to ferry us all back to Canungra. It was a stunning day.