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Chiarascuro – Black Background horse portraits

One of my favourite techniques in traditional oil paintings is chiarascuro, a classic technique developed by da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt who used high contrast shadows and light to create drama in their paintings. I don't have the time (or the patience) required to create photorealistic oil paintings any more, but I am really enjoying playing with this technique again with my studio lighting equipment....

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What’s Your Angle Boyup Brook Photography Competition Judging

I am honoured to have been invited to judge at the 'What's Your Angle' Boyup Brook Photography Competition and Exhibition hosted by the Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre to showcase the art of photography to our community. The Categories are: Agriculture - Flora - Animals - Landscapes - People Portraits Prizes will be awarded for each category, Most Outstanding Print, Under 18 prize and People’s Choice award. The images with the most People’s Choice votes will also be featured in...

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2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour – Boyup Brook

Our little town is busy preparing to bring Flemington Raceway to south west WA and our whole town will halt on 24th August to welcome the 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour as one of 37 destinations visited around the world, including the UK, Ireland, Korea and New Zealand.    Boyup Brook is the only regional location in WA to be included in the tour, selected to highlight the contribution the Melbourne Cup 'race that stops a nation' has made...

3 Things to know about Black Background Equine Portraits

I've had a few inquiries recently about the set-up required for the black background equine portraiture that I create, so I thought I would write a post to describe the various options and process involved with each. There are three ways that these black backgrounds are made: completely in photoshop, with artificial light or with a combination of natural light, studio lights and environment. 1. Completely in Photoshop This is the option most event photographers will use for a...

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10 Reasons Why Family Portraits are Important

We get so focussed on the future that we forget about our past. Children grow so quickly; the years pass in a blink of an eye and the next thing you know they are off to boarding school and university.  Family portraits document your family’s growth and progress through the years and capture sweet memories of your life together. Life gets so busy and stressful, you don’t think you ever will, but it’s easy to forget special characteristics, unique...

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Farm Family Photography sessions – Fundraising project for Drought Relief

Last week I wrote about a special project that I will be undertaking to help fundraise for several of the registered rural charities assisting Australian farmers and livestock struggling to survive the crippling drought in the eastern states. No-one knows when this drought will break, but what we do know is that financial assistance is needed immediately and its also going to be needed long term.  To help both short and long term, this drought project has two parts...

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Memories Lie – Photographs Tell the Truth

The passing of time brings many things to our lives, some good, some bad.  Even those things you know are inevitable, still bring heartbreaking sadness. Long term readers of this blog may remember the many years we went through with very traumatic life threatening health issues my husband had, with Royal Flying Doctor trips to Perth, countless hospital admissions, including ICU and more times that he nearly didn't make it than I care to remember.  Four years ago he...

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Rural Photography – Drought relief Fundraiser

Like many people over the past months, I've seen the distressing photos and videos of drought stricken Aussie farms, the skeletons of livestock dead from starvation and dehydration. The exhausted faces of farmers desperately fighting to keep their remaining livestock and themselves alive and the harrowing stories of those who just cannot face another day. I don't know about you, but I am disgusted at the way our elected government is hell bent on sending our farmers to the...

Outdoor Photography sessions in Rural and Regional Locations

On location, outdoor rural family and equine lifestyle photography sessions are for horse lovers and rural families of all ages.  Special sessions are also available for multi-generational farming families. Outdoor photography sessions on farms and rural properties is my passion.  Living in a rural area and having a small 43 acre farm ourselves, I understand how important the land is to you and your family.  I work exclusively on location, which means I travel to you at your farm,...

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Boyup Brook Lifestyle Family Photography | Michelle Wrighton

As a lifestyle family, children and pet portrait photographer, I find it is helpful to know a little about the people and pets I photograph, their personalities and unique traits.  This is why I have a questionnaire for my clients to fill in before their session - the answers also help me to plan and customise the experience to suit my clients individual needs. In preparation for their recent family photography session, mum, Estelle, told me that some of...