New opportunities

Wet track at Phillip Island for the asbk round 6
A wise person once told me to grab an opportunity when it arises...or maybe I heard that on the net somewhere...whatever the case, I find myself changing gears once again and grabbing hold of new opportunities. You see, many years ago when I was first starting out, I spent a lot of time shooting events.

Those events were mainly ag shows, horse breed classes, dressage and camp drafting. I spent many a day out in the sun & dust but I loved it. Much of my life was spent working and competing with horses so it was natural for me. I knew how they moved and what angles looked the awkward shots on the wrong lead or mid-way through a rider's post. I even did a fair bit of marketing design for breeders, trainers and showies. I think the only real reason I moved away from that work is because I literally moved away.

Back in the day: Jodie Ward with DMB Platinum owned by Mel & Tony Vonhof
Since taking up motorbike riding myself and having done some track days, I find myself immersed in the motorcycle racing scene...of course it seems only natural to add motorbike events to my offering as a professional photographer...helps even MORE when your partner is The Bike Whisperer! lol

I have this year enjoyed the wonderful opportunity of shooting some of Australia's (and the world's) best motorbike racers on Australia's premier race tracks.

When your backside is trackside!
Phillip Island, The Bend, Wakefield and of course our home track, Morgan Park have given me some great shots during the asbk (Australian Superbike) races and also opened the door for more regular work in the world of motorsport events.

Sloan Frost and Bryan Staring battling it out at Phillip Island asbk

Bryan Staring at Morgan Park asbk

#1 Australian Superbike Champion 2019 - Mike Jones (aka Mad Mike) at Morgan Park asbk.

Lachlan Epis at Phillip Island asbk round 6

On the grid with Sloan Frost & Lachlan Epis at Phillip Island asbk round 6...can't get closer to the action than this!

My very own Stewart Gunter (aka The Bike Whisperer) on the grid with Lachy - Phillip Island

Sloan Frost - multiple NZ Superbike Champion

Shenanigans in pit lane...uhmm, I think the brakes work!  

One of the most picturesque tracks we have here in Australia - Phillip Island

So to cut a long story short, I will be delving even more into the motorsport action and I'm honoured to be selected as the official photographer for the Motorcycle Sportsmen of QLD for their 2020 calendar of events.

But don't worry! Since I am now even more full time with my photography business, there's PLENTY of time to spread my love with brides, babies and fams.

More than ever, I am looking forward to filling my beautiful photography studio with fun & giggles and taking beautiful pics!

New backdrops are coming and I can't wait! Such a beautiful space to work when I'm not out on location somewhere.

Stay tuned as we gear up for some glamorous Student Formal shoots!

Dogs' Day Out

I had the lovely opportunity to take some pet portrait pics of these gorgeous fur babies. We had fun and got some beautiful images of these guys that will last a lifetime.
I'll let the pics speak for themselves but aren't they just the cutest?! <3

Some of these shots really cracked me up! lol We had a blast and got some memorable pics of these four-legged kids <3

Treasured family moments in Rosewood

One of the many things that I truly enjoy about photography is watching families grow throughout the years and helping to capture those treasured memories...those 'checkpoints' in time that should never be forgotten.

This beautiful family was with me from very early on in my professional photography career. I had the privilege of photographing some of their early family portrait and engagement sessions, their GORGEOUS wedding as well as the newborn photos of their first child together.  These guys are an absolute pleasure to work with and I adore creating wonderful, artistic images for them.

These boys (and I mean the big one too! ;) ) keep this busy mum on her toes! Although Queensland is in the grips of drought, the sweeping paddock in this Rosewood regional property was the ideal location to shoot with the golden grasses and warm winter sun offering up beautiful light and a fun playground for these two kids which are sooo full of energy.

Three handsome dudes!

These two are very special indeed! I just LOVE their cheeky nature <3

Such a beautiful gal, I could photograph her all day!

As the temperature starts to drop on this mid-winter's day, it's time now to head back to the comfort of the warm country home after a long day and a big effort in front of the camera.

It was wonderful to catch up with this gorgeous family and I feel humbled and honoured to not only be able to capture their family moments but to also call them my friends. 

Tune in again next week as I'll be at Winton Motor Raceway in VIC for the asbk (Australian Superbike) Round 5 Championships. 

Playing in the dirt at Willowbank MX

If it seems that I've been doing a lot more in the motorsports world lately, you'd be correct! I've been finding myself more and more involved in this genre. Not only am I involved in it personally, but I find that people appreciate what I do best and that's capturing awesome pics of them doing what they do best. It's an expression of myself as well as an expression of them.
I'd only just finished with the #asbk at Morgan Park Raceway, when I find myself out at the Willowbank MX Track playing in the dirt with these guys. 
I remember when I lived out here in this area a few years ago, it was all just cattle it's been transformed into a dirt playground for those with knobby wheels and adrenaline.
And it wasn't just the big kids out here, some very brave little kids were out honing their skills as well!
It's such a great way to get families out doing things together with their kids.
These types of sports are great for teaching kids coordination, encouraging friendly competition and healthy social skills.
Better than sitting in front of the tellie!
It was great to see the gals out here having a go as well. Motorsports is certainly not a 'boys only' club. <3
So young, yet flying so high already!

Perched in the dirt on my elbows and knees to get these shots was fun and well worth it.
Such a great way to spend a day out in the fresh air and to clean my camera gear! :D
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Australian Superbikes #asbk Round 4 Morgan Park Raceway

Well it's not everyday that you score a Media Pass and get your backside trackside to shoot some of the fastest motorbikes in the world! This three day event was all about the Australian Superbike races; the fourth round of the Championship series at Morgan Park Raceway in Warwick, Queensland July 5-7.

I must admit, this is quite different from weddings and babies but it is just as challenging and just as rewarding. I'm never one to stick strictly to any particular type of photography and I am always learning and always exploring new opportunities so to be able to be part of this exhilarating sport is an absolute honour.

There is nothing quite like feeling the roar deep in your stomach as these speed demons pass within inches of us. I felt blessed to be able to find my favourite spots to capture all the action from various vantage points. Sometimes I was just behind a waist-height concrete barrier with a clear view of a high speed corner, other times I was perched atop a tyre wall at the end of a straight where I could catch the riders as they tipped into the turns and punch back out again with velocity.

The first day, Friday, was all about bike set-up and riders getting comfortable with how their bikes went on track. The following day had the riders qualifying for their positions on the starting grid and the final races for the various classes were on the Sunday. This was when the real action took place with live televised coverage to the various sports and news channels. The whole track and surrounds were a hive of activity and it was an awesome experience to be part of it all, complete with reporters and TV cameras.

The weather was cold, cloudy and grizzly but it didn't stop these guys from shining bright on the track.
There were some high speed spills along with the thrills.
I must admit, I have a girl crush on Avalon Biddle,  New Zealand Female racer ;)
She's one fast chick! If I could go even HALF as fast as her, I'd be one happy gal <3
Team discussions in the Scrutineer's Cage.
In the land of wrenches and tyre warmers.
Riders getting ready and focused on their task ahead.
Time to get those tyre warmers off and get the bike ready for the rider to exit the pits for the warm-up lap. The team will meet him at his position on the starting grid. 
Time to get to the grid while the riders are out on their warm-up lap...getting ready for the start.

Because these big events have what's called a "Media Start", the team will need to bring the tyre warmers and the power generator so that they can keep those tyres warm and sticky while the Media Team goes around interviewing the riders prior to the official start of the race.
Waiting for the Race Marshall to give the signal for the team members to remove the tyre warmers and exit the track.
TV cameras and reporters flooded the grid on the Sunday as the championship wins were up for grabs.
Powering out of turn 2.
The lean angle on some of these bikes was just amazing as they hit these turns at such high speed!
On the throttle!
Age was no barrier as we saw a huge range of riders across the race fields.
Turn 7 was another one of my favourite vantage points
It takes some effort to track these guys with the camera as they exceed 200+ Kms per hour.
More spills as racers push the limits.
No race is complete without a bit of controversy!
You can't get closer to the action than this!
It's all about this chequered flag...when it drops, it's all over till the next round.
Some great moments on and off the track.
One of my favourite shots of the weekend was witnessing the friendship and comradery.
Val Barker - Data Technician and Stewart Gunter aka. The Bike Whisperer - suspension specialist and mechanic Kawasaki Australia Team BC Performance.
Love these guys!

See you at Winton Motor Raceway, VIC 6-8 September 2019 for Round 5 of the ASBK Championship!

New opportunities

Wet track at Phillip Island for the asbk round 6 A wise person once told me to grab an opportunity when it arises...or maybe I h...