amy + craig | collaborative shoot


This all began sitting around a loungeroom in Brisbane, courtesy of the incredible Jesh De Rox.
I met Don – a deep-thinking and incredibly kind photographer visiting from Washington – and we clicked. Such good things were shared and it was decided that if he was ever down my way during his travels we should catch up and have some photographic fun together. It didn’t take long; just a few weeks later Don was nearby by visiting his good friend and fellow photographer Ben, and before I knew it, we had locked in a date to catch up and shoot!

We put the call out for a couple willing to be subject to not one but three photographers for an afternoon – and while we got many amazing people putting their hands up, it was Amy & Craig who stood out to the three of us.

Amy is a free-spirited vintage-loving hippy with a giggle that comes from her very soul. She runs a vintage clothing boutique (aptly named Vintage Hippy) and loves a spot of body painting and all things openly creative. She also loves Craig – her mo-hawked, punk rocker fiancé with a shy temperament and a heart of gold.

This shoot was just for fun, it was to watch and learn how each of us worked – we all have such varied styles. I take the Beloved approach and look for triggers to draw out heartfelt emotions, Ben wasn’t afraid to try out the craziest of poses for the greatest of rewards, while Don was climbing all manner of rickety buildings to get that angle that no-one else had seen before. Not only is our active approach to shooting completely varied, but so is the way that we shoot, the way that we tell our cameras to catch each moment. It was an incredible experience to see what two other people could do with the same scene before you.

This is Amy & Craig, as seen by me.

(and as seen by Don, and as seen by Ben)

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In his travels, Don carted an astronaut suit around with him (because we all have room for an astronaut suit…)
He is creating a photographic series, and we got to be a tiny part of that – thanks Don! So, while adding to his series, we also shot a few sneaky Hippy + Astronaut couple photos just for fun…

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The photojournalist in me could not help but take some behind-the-scenes photos in the midst.
Because three photographers on the one shoot is a whacky and wonderful sight.

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Let’s do it again sometime ;)


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