Emu Beads

The lovely Michele of Emu Beads asked us to photograph her at work making beads as she needed some photos for an article that was appearing in a British magazine. This evolved into some very enjoyable hours, not only photographing her, but her most special beads and necklaces. We loved lighting them up to reveal the fire within and the intricate details of coloured glass, tiny bubbles, metal threads and foils - all combined with exquisite artistry!

Faces of Unity

Last weekends Unity Festival held at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds was a fantastic success despite the intermittent rain. So many different faces, different dances and some great local music and of course the food!

A Classical experience at Tyalgum

Early this month we had the privilege to be the official photographers for the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music - an amazing festival now in its 19th consecutive year. The music, the performers and all the organisers made photographing for 3 days straight a pure pleasure! Most of our favourite photos are in the Tyalgum Festival section of our client gallery, but in case you don’t get there, here are some of the special ones:

Southern Oracle 2010

Here are just a few of the fantastic people we met at the Southern Oracle Festival last weekend (May 14-16 2010) To see heaps more people, bands, fire performers, light and laser shows (and more) go to the Southern Oracle Gallery in our Image Shop.
The festival lived up to its intention of being a place for bringing people together, connecting, celebrating and embracing the land. The atmosphere was really chilled (and the nights were just chilly! - bring lots of blankets or extra good sleeping bags). The organisers did a brilliant job, bringing together so many musos, DJs, artists, and stall holders and keeping the place clean, fires burning and the showers and toilets working well. They even used a water cart to help keep the dust down. Hope to see you all there next year!

Busy week

We have had a busy week, on Friday night with a Gig at Uki hall, where they had to start turning away people as the hall can only hold a max of 250 people. As well as Hamilton DJ pulse, we were blessed to listen to some great music from Oka www.okamusic.com. We have 3 of their CD’s, so it was great to be able to get up close and photograph them playing.

On Saturday night we had an other Gig at the Church in Uki, where 3 very talented local songwriter musicians graced us with some beautiful original music. First there was Wendy Grace singing some of her original songs that had a great deal of personal meaning to them so it was great that she was able to share so much with us. Then came Fiona who with flute and keyboard sang some of her originals also. I hadn’t heard Fiona Ryan before so it was a pleasant surprise to catch up with an other very talented local. Murray Kyle was the last on and as usual blessed us with his beautiful melodies once again all originals. What a great night, and we managed to get some reasonable shots, despite the very low light.

On Sunday we ran the last workshop of a series of three, four hour workshops. Once again we had a great time with all of the participants really getting into it with a little macro photography with water lilies (the frogs had gone AWOL) and seeing what a macro lens is like compared to a standard lens. We also covered composition and the many elements of composition.


Welcome to our first blog. Here we will share a little about what is going on in our lives photographically. We have had a very busy couple of months trying to get our heads around designing and building web sites. The first has been published www.viportraitsandweddings.com, representing our portrait and wedding photography with a few performers thrown in. This site is next and will be replacing the old Vibrant Imaging site. This is assuming I don’t destroy the whole lot in the process of removing and replacing sites.
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