TASMANIA by Nick Bedford

Tasmania is home to a huge variety of landscapes, mountains, forests and coastal areas, all within hours of each other. These photographs are from various locations around Van Diemen's Land, as it used to be named in the early 19th century.

THOUGHTS // For Work Or Art?

For the over 4½ years since I picked up a camera for real, I've struggled with the notion of going professional with photography. It's not the struggle to get started or know where to look for help, but simply to drop the freedom of casual, personal photography and create other people's photos instead of creating for myself.

And yet, to other people, it makes perfect sense and they wouldn't give up that kind of life. The notion of taking photos as your career, with varying work times, different locations, and the fact that you'll meet a tremendous amount of people along way is enticing, but it's not enough for me to pull the trigger.

Leica M9-P + 35mm Summicron

Leica M9-P + 35mm Summicron

Granted, I'm a terrible business person. I'm the kind of person who only likes to do work I'm interested in, coupled with the fact that I am truly horrible at managing anything beyond my own personal projects, means that it would be probably be difficult to get going, or even get going at all. Tyler said so, and I totally agree with him.

Priorities are vastly different for everyone. I actually still do a lot of photography at work. Product photography being the primary genre. I can include one of my major passions in my daily work without any stress, and it's different enough to my own photography that I don't get burnt out.

And that's where I think I draw the line. My work includes photography, pays me very well for the work I do, and at the end of the day I'm able to wander around the city on the weekends and do exactly what I want with my own photography without worrying about making rent.

Fujifilm X100s (23mm)

Fujifilm X100s (23mm)

I wonder though, will I ever be able to make the transition? I've been pushing back for the last 2-3 years, even while doing commissioned work here and there. Maybe photography is just too personal.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Is it your career, and would rather it wasn't, or do you love every second of it? Leave a comment.

THE QUIET MONTHS by Morgan Roberts

Wedding photographers usually slow down in the winter. I love to make sure I shoot for myself and enjoy the process, without any ultimate agenda or expectation. Here are some images that I've also posted on my tumblr, so if you're in to that stuff please follow me there. These were all shot on a Fuji X100 or my D3s with the Sigma 35mm.

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Good things take time by Morgan Roberts

After reading Morgan's post on Facebook recently, I really thought it was something to share. I have known Morgan for sometime and I have seen him roll with the punches and always come out smiling. As we pursue whatever it is we feel is important, I think Morgan's Post is a wonderful example of getting on with things and not complicating the journey too much. Cheers Morgan!

Selfie by Morgan Roberts

As most of you would be aware, I tend to shy away from gratuitous Facebook status updates about personal achievements, excluding of course anything to do with Harry, our single greatest achievement. Today I'd like to buck the trend and share some statistics. 

It's been two years and a month since I left Apple. Two months prior to that, Emma and I got married, and in the time since we started a family and moved back in with my parents to make ends meet. I started working full time as a photographer, the craft I love so much, having previously spent about seven years doing it as a hobby with some paid work on the side, not to mention completing in that time a Bachelors Degree in Photography majoring in Photojournalism, which took four-and-a-half. Since making it my main income I have shot ten weddings and assisted on many others, as well as countless smaller jobs and an 18-month stint teaching with an exciting but ultimately frustrating part-time photography course.

The next wedding that I book will be the twentieth wedding I will have booked and/or photographed since making this my full time employment. Most (wedding) photography friends of mine already shoot more than that in a year, but I'm ok with that. That's two bookings in the current financial year for every one in the previous two financial years. In that time I've also shot about 50 commissioned portraits, again small compared to some people I know, but again... small steps. Growth and progress. 

Since April, I've lost 7 kilos. I can play 40 minutes of a team sport and not die in the ass. I can do 8km in 45 minutes on the flat, which is about 40 minutes more than I could run for, period, four months ago.

Harry is nearly two. Emma and I have taught him to kick a ball, in the right direction too. He's actually more accurate than me, which isn't hard, but... small steps. I could go in to more detail about him, but that's another story.

Don't beat up on yourself looking through countless photography blogs thinking you'll never be as good as them. You're not, yet... don't expect to shoot street like Cartier-Bresson tomorrow, because you will die in the ass. But don't stop. Don't give up on playing the game you love because you're unfit and eat too much shit. Make a change and do something about it.

Good things take time. Heaps of time. And I'm proud of what I've achieved.

Here's to all the people that were part of this journey. You all know who you are. Mostly, Emma. I could not imagine doing this without you.

And here's to the next ten years.

WECC MEMBER // ANGELA, AT HER PLACE by Morga Roberts

WECC member Morgan Roberts has a knack for capturing some beautiful images of people. His subtle yet striking portraits are always worth a mention, particularly  the image below. Great use of light and a gentle post process have helped create a wonderful final image ...cheers Morgan.

Simon P M Johnson

image by Morgan Roberts

Being comfortable with your photographer is the most important thing for me, with any type of shoot, but mostly a one-on-one portrait like this one. The other day I was talking to a model on a shoot I was assisting for about who some of my favourite fashion and portrait photographers were, and two names come to mind  - Peter Lindbergh and Mark Seliger.

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