It’s been a lonnng time between blog entries for Gold Coast Food Photography because I’ve been swamped with shoots these past few months – yikes! Plenty of material has been shot for upcoming blog entries though and the food scene on both the Gold Coast and Brisbane is looking very healthy! Some sample food images to follow very soon…
I’m very happy to announce that I recently won the Zarraffa’s Coffee account to do their food and drink photography, after a very successful food shoot together, showcasing their delicious new menu. By the time I had photographed the menu, I’d also eaten most items as they came off the table – some self-control issues there, so it’s back to the gym for me! Many thanks to Pete May, for his excellent food styling work for Zarraffa’s – full credit to you, Sir!
On the new business front, I’ve also secured a partnership with Burleigh Tourism, as their exclusive food photographer, so will be shooting food and drinks for the various fantastic cafe’s and restaurants around the Burleigh area. Burleigh Tourism is enjoying an exceptionally proactive new chapter in engaging local Burleigh businesses in helping them succeed. This is also great news for visitors to Burleigh and the Gold Coast’s development as a travel destination and lifestyle choice.
Another bit of great news for Gold Coast Food Photography is the new partnership with Gold Coast Food & Wine Tours. This is an excellent business model that’s had great success in the Brisbane market and is now coming to the Gold Coast. The concept is in the name and the info you need is here. So grab some friends, make sure one of them is a non-drinker so you can get into the wine and discover some of the great food and eateries that the Gold Coast has to offer!
Scoot Airlines recently needed photographs of the Gold Coast and since I moved here in October and have shot for them before in Beijing and Tianjin, I got the call-up.
The brief was to shoot a feature for their in-flight magazine, which aimed to dispel the Gold Coast’s reputation as a wasteland of cafe culture. Sydney and particularly Melbourne, have very vibrant cafe cultures and tired of weathering judgement and assumption, Queenslanders are finally rising and proclaiming “We’re tired of being latte losers! I’ve just smashed 3 long blacks and I’m angry”! And so has begun a growing collection of groovy cafes around the Gold Coast, to satisfy even interstate and international coffee snobs. For Gold Coast locals, the scene has never bean brighter.
* Paul Williams issues no apologies for the above pun.
I really enjoyed photographing the various venues and chatting with the friendly owners. As a photographer, I’ve come to rely on caffeine as a post-production partner, so it was great to find out where I can get a good coffee on the Gold Coast and shoot some nice images for an old client and new contacts. You can check out the Scoot magazine feature right here.
There is sometimes a belief that farming photography in Australia is necessarily dull, due to the industrial subjects and rural locations being photographed. Recently I was asked to photograph a robotic dairy farmer in Queensland, for client Bauer Trader Media. Excited at the prospect of futuristic cow-droids with laser teats that this subject matter conjured for me, I accepted the brief. I was also excited by the challenge of getting some striking images from a subject that many may be tempted to shoot without much thought for art direction.
Rising at shit-o-clock for sunrise over the escarpment was well worth it, to catch that magic hour and get some beautiful landscape photography of a cloak of frost rising from the valley floor.
After briefly becoming the only man in history to be bullied by a cow, I was greeted by Farmer Greg, who was very welcoming and enthusiastic to see the “National Geo-style” shots that I’d taken (thanks, Greg)!
You can read all about Greg’s state-of-the-art robotic dairy farm here and if you are in the Gold Coast or Brisbane region, drop by for a guided tour. It’s an awesome way to spend a morning. Enjoy the shots – I hope they make you see farming, rural and industrial photography in a more interesting light than you’re used toâ€¦