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Archive for August 2010


I’ll give you a look at Ben Capp’s new folio.

– posted by Sally

I have recently completed working on Ben Capps folio.

Here are 3 of my favourite spreads along with an article about Ben in this months Desktop magazine. 

To download the article click here. 


Pages from Will Hung’s folio- yes that’s his name!

– posted by Sally

Will Hung is an unassuming young guy. He has great ability and shows a strong artistic style to his images. 

Will recently won the very deserving honour of becoming Australia’s top emerging fashion photographer and Australia's emerging editorial runner up. Now it's a matter of letting everyone see his work.

He recently won a fantastic job through a well know design studio in Melbourne. He was so excited and amazed at the same time, I love this enthusiasm and lack of arrogance.

Here are a couple of my favourite spreads we did for his current folio. 


RockN’Roll Primary School with Julian Watt.

– posted by Kerry

Like many photographers Julian Watt spent many hours photographing friends that were in bands. He often found himself  in dark, smoky venues with poor lighting.

"In the days of film we would push process the film to an ISO of 3200 or more."

The results were invariably grainy, contrasty and lovely.

"The style admirably suited the punk bands of the day."

In an attempt to reproduce that style, digitally, Julian shot this series with a talented young man, his son Baxter, who loves The Ramones, Dallas Crane, The Poques and anything that gets his "bottom dancing".


Ever found a great bargain at a garage sale?

– posted by Kerry

How about a famous photographers lost negs? This guy did.

He paid $45 for Ansel Adams negatives  and they're worth $200 million. 

Read more. 


Cheers everyone! Today is world Photography Day.

– posted by Sally

Have a look at the "World Photography Day" web site.


Sally features in Desktop magazine.

– posted by Kerry

Earlier this year Sally was interviewed by Desktop magazine. 

Click here to download the full article. and learn about the photographers she has designed folios for. 


What do you get when you put a bunch of photographers in a room to take head shots for a new project

– posted by Mel

Two things. Nice lighting and a lot of beer.

Such was the case on August 12th, when at the direction of a certain Ms S Brownbill, Sam Karanikos, Jim Mc Farlane, Kerry Pryor, John Robb, Marcus Thomson, Linda Brushfield (food stylist extroidinare), Dan Matier (Dashing Director) and Melinda Kerr (owner of said project gathered for a portrait session at Sam's Studio.

The point of the session? Well all these wonderful folks have contributed their time and expertise to a new venture called the where subscribers can watch video tutorials about mastering their photography and photography post production skills. So in the spirit of the project, here's a step by step lesson on how to make your very own head shot session with a bunch of pros.

Get Sally Brownbill on your side.
Hand her a phone.
Wait for photographers to arrive.
Don't distract Sal.
Take point 4 very seriously. 
Put the beer in the fridge.
Take the beer out of the fridge.
Drink beer.
Listen in horror as Sally announces she doesn't want to take control of proceedings.
Stare blankly at each other.
Wait thirty seconds.
Breathe sigh of relief when Sally takes control.
Notice the world starts turning again. 
Drink beer.
Present your corn chips in the corn chip packet to Linda Brushfield food stylist.
Observe her horror.
Watch her rearrange chips in packet.
Notice how much more appetizing they look.
Don't eat them for fear she has sprayed them with hair spray.
Allow Sally to do your make up.
Send shot of you with make up to your Mum and realize you have Christmas present sorted.
Drink beer. 
Watch as Sally climbs ladder to operate medium format camera.
Observe her directing, hand on hip, finger on shutter, voice in form.
Remark how much she resembles Meryl Streep in 'Out of Africa'. 
Listen to words like 'i love your shape...that's beautiful...move a little forward... Yah had a farm in I in focus?'
Watch as you magically appear in Lightroom. 
Be enthused you look half decent. 
Don't be unenthused when people assure you your pimple can be retouched out. 
Notice for first time you have a pimple. 
See nothing but that pimple for the rest of the shots. 
Put Sal in frame. 
Direct her.
Then shut up as she directs herself.
Be amazed at her modelling prowess.
Think about your pimple some more.
Drink beer.
Dive in frame with others for happy friend shots.
Make sure Sally is one of those happy friends.
Be rapt.
Thank all the photographers, director, stylist and Meryl Streep for everything they've done for the coming soon. 
Smile all the way home.
Go to bed with clearisal on.

Sam, Jim, Marcus and Kerry are all wonderful photographers, excellent models and most importantly top people. Use them for their work, and remember them for their company. 


Meet Sally’s parents!

– posted by Kerry

Tracey Rowe normally directs visual commercials, but when given the opportunity to direct a dialogue/comedy commercial for Amcal she jumped at the chance.

Casting was obviously the key ingredient.

After several days in Sydney of unsuccessful casting sessions Tracey said she actually knew who would be perfect for the role but they lived in Melbourne and had never been in front of a camera before.

Anything was worth a try, a call to Sally to say get a video camera and shoot some footage of her parents proved to be a triumph and the agency fell in love instantly with 'John & Elaine'.

The rest is Amcal history. John & Elaine are local heros.


We learn more about Photographer Andrew Richey.

– posted by Mel

Andrew Richey is a voyeur. 

Not in a creepy, ‘what the heck is that man doing’ sort of way.

More in a ‘fascinated by human nature’ kind of fashion.

Happily, there’s a difference.

read more …


Have a look at a few pages from Mel T’s folio.

– posted by Sally

I first met Mel T when she was a first year student of mine at RMIT.

We lost touch for a few years and late last year she contacted me to ask a few questions about her folio and looking for work.

Following that we hooked up in march and I had a look at the work she had been shooting.

Some of the work she showed me was from her third year of studies along with recent work.

I was blown away.

Mel is a quiet unassuming girl and her work simply sings. Her attention to detail, creativity and dreamlike status all combined gives the viewer a visual treat of photography and illustration.

The featured pages are a few spreads from Mel’s folio that I just love. 


Shooting art for well, art’s sake.

– posted by Mel

I was in the city the other day for a meeting. And well, call it 'dull meeting syndrome' or whatever you like, but by the end of it my right brain needed some fun time.

I didn't have my camera with me but I did have my phone. And therefore I did (kind of) have my camera with me.

So armed with my trusty iPhone I went to the Melbourne Tourism thingy, grabbed a map of Melbourne laneways, and took to the streets. Well, the laneways.

Yes I stood alongside keen photographers with their Canon 5D Mark woopsie-doos and their Nikon D3 billions and proudly snapped away with my phone. These better equipped photographers looked a cross at me, I'd like to say with creative encouragement and inspiration in their eyes, but it was more like 'whadda loser she really should get herself a camera one day' - but I was unperturbed. Even when my 'camera' rang in the middle of my shooting (which admittedly was a bit embarrassing)...

Soon as is the way with Melbourne in July, the clouds came over and the drizzle hit. That knocked those snazzy photographers out of the way, but not me. My trusty iPhone and I kept on keeping on.

Dame Edna Lane, Bank Place, Hardware Lane, Mitre Lane...I ticked them all off one by one. I even held my phone up to bemused cafe latte style groovers in DeGraves street, they shooed me away like a fly... but  I had no shame, I was on a creative bender.

Hosier Lane almost sent me over the edge. There's just so much great, great, great stuff there. There was a small issue when a homeless man thought I was offering my phone by holding it up, but apart from that, whadda stunning place.

I felt quite the political activist as I snapped away at stuff that smart current affairs people talk about. Like, well er stuff.

Then to my great joy (and less embarrassment) my camera rang and it was one S. Brownbill offering to buy me a soup or pasta somewhere in Russell Street.

Art? Or food? Well I'm a starving artist, so food wins every time.

Here's a montage of the shots I took. Good fun, great lanes and super soup. Could Melly be any happier?

PS You will see a video of shooting lanes in Melbourne soon at the Rockin'.


Zoe Wetherall’s new folio.

– posted by Sally

I met Zoe at a night the ACMP held a few months ago.

She was an assistant wanting to put a folio together and at that very challenging stage of moving into shooting full time.

Zoe shoots still life and loves it.

For me having a young female photographer who enjoys still life and studio shooting was a novel experience.

She had also spent a good amount of time in New York working, so my aim was to get the message across in the folio that she shoots still life, and that she had travelled.

The shots I selected were not your average ‘travel snaps’ but sassy images, that when combined with a still life told a story.

Stories in folios are so important it gives the viewer something to remember you by- “who was that young photographer who shot that hot still life and lived in New York.

Remember you, your folio and your impression all combined are what people look at when making decisions on who they will give jobs to. It is not just one aspect of you.

I have posted some samples of pages I have put together for Zoe. They are a knockout.


About Jules Tahan

– posted by Sally

I have been working with Jules Tahan on his folios for the past 18 months.

Like many photographers, Jules has a real diversity to his work and being able to incorporate that in to a folio was a great challenge.

Diversity is important, especially here in Melbourne, but there is a fine line between showing your self as a jack of all trades, master of none and a good all rounder.

That is my job, to make sense of all the work and give it a theme or cohesive style.

Jules has a successful business with 2 other photographers which focuses on lifestyle and property, but he really wanted to get out there and show his creativity and more personal style of work.

We were able to achieve this, with a fantastic result that enables Jules to show his great strength, that being working with people both talent and everyday people. There is a particular type of personality needed to make one feel comfortable in front of a lens, Jules has this in abundance.

Jules won a job in 09, working for a local council with the folio we put together. It is one of many of my favourite shoots he has worked on in recent times. It was to capture the cultural diversity in the community through portraits, of people from Afghan women through to kids on the soccer field.

Here is a selection of those images. Look at more of Jules work at

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