The Specials at Melbourne Zoo

I really didn’t know what to expect when I was asked to shoot The Specials, mainly because I didn’t know who they were at all.

Needless to say that I cracked Google open and did a very quick search to see what kind of visuals I might expect (the music is actually not all that important when you’re taking photos) and most of the photos I came across were of the guitarist Lyndal Golding who seemed to be quick photogenic.

Sometimes is doesn’t hurt not to know too much before stepping into the photo pit. I helps to keep things interesting.

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The Living End at Melbourne Zoo

The Living End have been one of those bands in the upper reaches of my “to-do” list and to finally get the chance to photograph them was pretty special and to shoot them playing at Melbourne Zoo was just the icing on the cake.

The word came down from backstage that they were going to split their set into two  halves, an acoustic and an electric one and we were allowed to shoot the standard three for each set which was awesome. Then we were permitted to shoot the concert from the crowd if we wished and that almost never happens.

Of course when I think about a live Living End performance, that beautiful big ass double bass is one of the things I wanted to focus on because I don’t get the opportunity to shoot them often.

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Killing Heidi at Melbourne Zoo

Originally formed in 1996 and after a ten-year hiatus, Killing Heidi are starting to do the rounds again and I was pretty stoked being able to photograph their show at the Melbourne Zoo.

Back in the day you couldn’t turn the radio on without hearing either of their bigger commercial hits, ‘Mascara’ or ‘Weir’ so it was very sweet to finally hear these two songs in particular being played live and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

This is one Aussie band that seem to have improved with age and I really hope they bring out something new and start touring again.

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Hoodoo Gurus at Melbourne Zoo

I seem to have spent quite a bit of time at Melbourne Zoo snapping concerts rather than the animals this month and here I was again to capture a band that has always been very high on my radar, the legendary Hoodoo Gurus.

The twilight series of concerts has been a very welcome start to my year because they are rarely over crowded with other photographers and the lighting has just been incredible to work with. To say it has made the job super easy would be an understatement even if there were still a few hurdles to jump.

A real highlight for me was being able to share this concert with my wife and I couldn’t sing loud enough when they played ‘1000 Miles Away’ which is one of my favs.

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Falling In Reverse at 170 Russell

There were two main reasons I wanted to shoot Falling In Reverse and they were because my youngest daughter loves the band and I really enjoy their song “I’m Not A Vampire”

Other than that I don’t know too many other songs, at least by name anyway but they did put on a fantastic gig and the fans that crowded the venue certainly enjoyed it as well.

The energy was great, the lighting was awesome and I just had a great time working at this show plus I found a couple of new songs that I really liked as well which is always cool.

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Family Time in Beanbags

Quality family time is hard to come by these days so when the sun is out we like to get out of the house and chill in beanbags near the water while we watch movie and take photos.

There was a local event happening where they were playing some kids movie by the water (Finding Nemo maybe?) and we took the opportunity to head out into the sunshine for a while to co-mingle with other like minded people.

Miranda wanted to have a play around with a camera and I had borrowed a little Olympus thing from work so I wanted to snap a few pictures myself. Luckily. Miranda was happy to be my model for a few minutes before the movie started.

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Taking Some Time Out With Roo

I think these may have been taken during school holidays maybe? Anyway, it was one of those rare days when Roo and I had some time together so we decided to jump on the train, head into the city and have lunch with mum plus do a little exploring of the city.

I’d borrowed a Olympus E-M5 to try out and although the purpose of this trip wasn’t specifically for taking photos, I found that this little camera was fantastic for carrying around on a trip like this.

As always, Roo was more than happy to be my test model for a little while.

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The Amity Affliction at 170 Russell

The Amity Affliction played an ‘intimate’ show at 170 Russell here in Melbourne as part of their “I Bring The Weather We Me” tour and they absolutely smashed it.

I was dead keen to cover this gig because I knew that the venue would be full to the rafters with mad keen fans just aching to let loose and I couldn’t let an opportunity pass by to see TAA on stage again.

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BTS With Pierce The Veil

Getting to photograph behind the scenes is something I really enjoy doing, mainly because it gives me the unique opportunity to see something like the recording of a video interview with Pierce The Veil for Heavy (for example) from a completely different perspective.

It also affords me the ability to slow down and really look for shots opposed to being so totally out of control like I normally while shooting a concert from the photo pit.

I’m constantly amazed at the things I get to do or be a part of just because I have a camera, it’s pretty cool.

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Iron Maiden at Rod Laver Arena

I can honestly say that having the opportunity to photograph Iron Maiden at Rod Laver Arena was one of the best experiences I have ever had with a camera in my hand!

Not everyone is lucky enough to get the chance to shoot their favourite band but that’s what happened, I finally got to tick off the number one band at the top of my wish list and it was both terrifying and exhilerating at the same time.

I don’t know if they will have the stamina to travel around the globe one more time but I am hoping that they do because I’d love the chance to experience that thrill all over again.

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