The last heaven
I love the beach and Summer, no two ways about it. Which is the reason why I spend a lot of the time shooting at the beach, take a click on some of my swim shoots and you will see why I love shooting with a beach setting. I have been lucky enough to have worked with some amazing models and some very special swim brands. So you most be thinking that you must have to have a cool beach location to produce some of the pretty cool pics you may have seen in my swim section .....and the answer to that is YES. And that is the reason why I have shot this editorial on Tamarama Beach. Not with a model but the beach it's self and some of it's surroundings.
The beach it's self is tucked away between two hill sides which gives it cover from the wind and in turn retains the heat from the sun turning it into a amazing place to visit and sun bake. Don't you worry I have spent many hours chilling out on this beach and have shot a few swimwear editorials as well.
So if you ever get a chance to visit or plan on getting a tan in the Summer, Tamarama beach is the one. Never crowned like Bondi, but still has a ambience that you can soak up and enjoy.
The Rustic Walk
Lately I have been thinking a lot about my photography and the sort of editorial's that I would like to shoot for LaMode Magazine. Thinking more about how the final images should look like. And I came to the conclusion that if it isn't art or doesn't have a art feel to it then maybe I shouldn't be shooting it? Does that make sense .....it should because photography is a art form period.
That was my thought process when I shot this culture editorial last week. The thought process was work back from how I would like the final images to look like. So the first step was think of a place or location that I would like to capture and then capture it in a way that is not only engaging but also eye catching.
So really the bottom line was how was I going to frame my shots secondly, I asked myself how do I want these images to look and feel? I chose black and white, which is how I shoot my culture editorials anyway, and thirdly the time of day which will dictate how hash the light will be. I shot most of these pic's around 3pm Sydney time which would mean the light is still hash but good enough to play around with in photoshop so that they will look engaging enough for my readers enjoy them.
I think that is the reason why I love shooting with natural light ....because I can make the adjustments that I need to do so that they can be art it's self.
Enjoy my culture editorial on Paddington, Sydney
The Walk of Shine
Mind set, what is it? It’s attitude, how we think and what I think is the most important one our decision making. I have met so many people that just can’t stay above the line. And what is that I ask you? Being accountable for your own actions, is probable the most important one for me but taking control of everything you do. Remember that you are where you are today because you want to be not because you have to be.
How do you control it …..easy. By being accountable for everything you do. And that is where planning comes into play. You plan your day your week and and month. Ok sometimes it doesn’t happen the way you want it to but you learn from that and come back with a better one.
If you ever want to achieve your goals it has more to do with your mind rather than accomplishment. Each stone you lay down is one step closer to where you want to go, and how you get there is the fun part?? Am I right .......well if you have read this far you may think that it doesn't work, but it does. If you don't have the right thinking and mind set you won't move forward. Think about it for a minute if you think negatively then you will most likely fall over or even worst move backward. And I think that is the reason why a lot of people get stuck in one place. I have written a lot about this on my instagram, so if you want to check out my instagram page please do so via this link :https://www.instagram.com/photography_by_geoffreychuah
So to finish up and put this in a bow tie so to speak, think before you act and always plan ahead as that way you can never always look into the future, but you can plan for it.
The Greatest Adventure
When you set out to do something that you don't plan that well, you can get yourself in to a lot of trouble. Well on this occasion, I did and didn't if you get my drift. I have never been to the Blue Mountains before, and I was determine to cross this one off the bucket list in the first few weeks of the year.
My mind set was to take some breath taking photo's of the valley, and take in some nature. As I haven't done neither for a long time.
It took a 2 hour train ride then a 45 minute walk to get to the out post then another 30 minute walk to get to the look out. Once I reached the look out I have to admit the view was breath taking and not to mention very inspirational. But it didn't stop there as I wanted to see and do more. I climbed down the mountain and discovered the 100 meter drop water fall. That had me pretty god smacked ......so to finish my day I had to climb back up and the mountain ........Not as easy as it sounds........ then walk back to the train station. On my ride back to civilization I had time to reflect on what I had just done. And that was take myself out of my comfort zone and take some images that were different to what I would normally like to shoot.
It was a pretty fantastic day, all in all you can check out my images of " The Greatest Adventure" right below me. No pun intended.
LaMode is a global online magazine in a blog style format, or what I would like to call a blogZine. With a focus on Fashion, Swimwear and Culture editorials. LaMode Magazine is not seasonal with it's editorials because we like to shoot imagery that is on point to what we think will entertain you as the reader with our point of view.
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