Luke & Debbie Aylett's wedding was incredible. All guests enjoyed perfect weather, an amazing picturesque location and the love in the air was all around. What a gorgeous family!
“I am my work, and my work is me” - Nikki McLennan
I am a consummate hat-wearer, a different one for each slice of my life, and never more so in my work. As a busy photographer, I get to capture both the delicate minutiae and the great scope of people’s lives – and that requires hats, as well as a clever play on words…
The family focused orbit of my work, Lion + Cub Photography specialises in life – families, parties, pregnancies, weddings and kids, and all those moments that stop your heart, make you smile or take you by surprise.
Lion + Cub captures the expression that almost escaped on a kid with naughty in his eyes; a gaggle of laughing aunts; the daydreamer, the innate hope you hold for the future, hand clasped over a swollen belly…
It’s about connection, and while the old adage suggests we should never work with children or animals, somehow this is where I excel, in drawing out the naturally emotive and playful side of humans, and capturing their moments in the most poignant of settings.
The hat? It’s a tangle-tailed beanie, much adored and giggling with irreverence.
Lionhead focuses on corporate photography – head shots, actor’s profiles, events and locations and interiors.
It’s about capturing images that differentiate your brand and promote your message, portraying to your audience the perception of instant trust and enduring quality. And it is perfect for rejuvenating an online presence, promotional materials and sales collateral with intelligent new imagery of your people, products and places.
The hat? Jaunty bowler atop freshly done mane.
Lioness Photograph is about dressing up or dressing down – it’s about capturing a woman’s confidence and style, her elegance, and perhaps a glimpse of skin, if that’s your thing. Featuring timeless boudoir shoots, the glitz and sex appeal of a glamour shoot, or the high-octane pulse of a pole-dancing shoot, this is about unleashing the inner woman in all her glory.
The hat? Darling, I just leave it off…
Double trouble at this birthday for Tex, 1 and his sister Rena 3. It was raining hard, so the party was moved to an inner west apartment. Birthday cake, sausages blended with plenty of toys, gifts, dress ups and the all time favourite of jumping on the bed made for a super fun afternoon.
- If your baby is on its back, position the centre of your phone right above their nose (i.e. don't photograph from an angle below their chin. This distorts their little face and is massively unflattering.)
- Using a trampoline or a bed, stand right over them and bounce or tickle to get a great laugh, then snap!
- Avoid the flash, it never looks good. Instead, make sure the subjects are beside a window at a 45 degree angle or in the shade close to where the sunshine begins.
- Get in close, fill the frame with their face. Or lie down on your stomach, prop yourself up on your elbows. Make a silly animal sound and capture them as they turn around to see where that noise came from!
- Use Hipstamatic or PhotoToaster to add frames, boost colours, add vignettes then BAM - your photos will pop with life and emotion. Upload directly to social media if desired.
Lion & Cub Photography was pleased to photograph AMI's event at Amore Hotel, Sydney on Tuesday morning. Coca Cola advertising executives described their award winning advertising campaign to re-engage teenagers with their brand. Last year's winner for marketing excellence, Just for Pets, presented their journey on reinvigorating their brand with the genius
"6 point pet health check"
This is my favourite market and playground for all. So much to see in these massive spaces.
This pub is fantastic if you have kids as there is a ball pit and climbing wall out in the beer garden, so they can play while you eat and watch.
Such a stylish venue with abundant natural light and exceptional service.
Lion & Cub can travel to your home to create artworks in your surroundings....
Lion & Cub Photography specialises in childcare and preschool photos.
Our work strives to capture the essence of a child’s natural curiosity and wonder at this gorgeous age of innocence. We use a child entertainer to help create genuine moments of joy that you will treasure and our portraits make wonderful gifts. All photos are supplied in colour and/or black and white on professional quality lustre paper. Digital files are available along with online proof sheets of additional photos. We provide 6x 4”, 5 x 7”, 8 x 12” and wallet size options.
Pleased to announce the publication of three new articles in Capture Magazine! Read about how to survive and thrive in the wedding and portrait industry. I interviewed Canon Masters Jonas Peterson & James Simmons, along with David Stowe from Society in Mosman, Velvet Moth & SugarLove in Sydney. It's super competitive out there and many photographer's are willing to undercut, so how do you survive?
The second article is about consumers all wanting digital files. What is the answer to this digital dilemma? How are the most successful studios responding to this?
Lastly there is an informative article about the best presets in Lightroom to finish your photos for production and make them sing! I interviewed internationally renowned Kevin Kubota who creates time saving image tools for Photoshop & Lightroom. I also spoke with Jinky Art, Robyn Miller and Vicki Bell, Australian photo artists whose portraits are amazingly imaginative and illustrative with their heavy use of post production.
Lion & Cub met up with Ben & Emily at Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel a few weeks prior to the wedding to find the prime locations to best capture the afternoon light that Sydney is renowned for. You can see the love and excitement in this pre wedding shoot.
On Jan 17th Ben & Emily made a stunning couple for the waterside reception at Dunbar House. Ben arrived on a boat in true James Bond style while Emily cruised along in a Vintage Jaguar. Ecstatic family & friends threw rose petals as they wandered back up the aisle after an emotive ceremony. After meeting on the set of Channel Ten’s the Bachelor, it was truly love at second sight. Amazingly, they had met in San Francisco a decade ago!
I am a published author! The article, titled “Oh Baby – Secrets of newborn photography” is in the latest edition of Capture Magazine, January 2015.
Started in 1963, this publication by Yaffa Group is Australia’s top-selling professional photography magazine, designed to inspire and educate emerging photographers whilst providing a voice and visual arena for established and award winning professional photographers
Newborn photography is a specialised area and is a field of photography undeniably dominated by women. I interviewed Brisbane’s Kelly Brown; Sydney’s Deanna Mushins; Melbourne’s Kristen Cook, Gold Coast’s Lana Bell and Michelle Newell, founder of Baby Safe Photography from the United States. It was truly a pleasure to interview these talented and inspiring women who have a gift for portraying a newborn’s first two weeks of life.
How cool is this! This is my proudest moment to date! I have been published in Capture Magazine as a photographer with my simple black and white portrait of Jesper Axel Svensson. This beloved image is the signature shot for Lion & Cub Photography.