Sunday, November 15, 2015

Want to shoot like a pro?

Talk to us about our Photography Workshops ... the perfect christmas gift.

If you, or someone special you know, is very lucky, and Santa has a shiny new camera in his sack ready for delivery then the second best present you could get is a lesson in how to make the very most of it. Even if you’re not getting a brand-new camera, you still want to get the very best out of your existing equipment and that’s where we can help…

Whatever your skill level - complete beginner, gifted amateur or wannabe pro - we have a short course that can help you make the most of every shot. Perhaps you just want to take better family photos, or maybe you are heading off for the trip of a lifetime, spending just a couple of hours with our senior photographer, Dave Wall, will give you the extra confidence to create more memorable imagery.

We have full-day and half-day courses for individuals, with one-on-one intensive training conducted both in the classroom and in the field with notes supplied in electronic and hardcopy form to refer back to in the future. Prices start at from as little as $50 per person for half-day.

We have half-day courses for small groups (up to 5 participants) conducted in a photo-safari style in photographically interesting locations where participants can get hand-on with a variety of techniques and styles and can enjoy peer-review sessions. These courses work-out very cost effectively. So get a group together to have fun learning a new skill.

We also have a range a short courses on specific subjects such as portraits and night photography which are available as one-to-one or group sessions. These courses are perfect for people who want to improve a specific aspect of their hobby and are carried out on-location with lots of hands-on tuition and practice.

If you’ve got a specific requirement or you’d like to find out more drop us an email or call on 1300 55 10 63 and we’ll answer any questions and book you in so you never have that “if only I could…” moment again!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ideal Bride Expo at the Gold Coast

We had such a great time catching up with some of amazing wedding professionals at the recent Ideal Bride Wedding Expo on the Gold Coast.

Here's our highlight film from the day, with just a little snippet of the event.

Lookout for The Wedding Alley, Celebrations by Alysia, LaPapeterie Stationery and Designs, Gowns of Elegance, Hampton Furniture Hire, Krissy's Cakehouse, JK Couture Designs and so many others.



Fashion Parade:
Gowns of Elegance
JK Couture Designs
Pearl Bridal
Ferrari Bridal & Formalwear
Formal wear Express
White Lace and Promises
Garter Cartel
Glam Affair
Bejewelled Bridal
Wedding Flowers by Keren
MC Courtney Thorpe
Models by Katz Models

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Service at the Studio - Possum Portraits

Mr & Mrs Possum and family were unexpected customers at the new studio tonight - we're not even open yet but they came by for a portrait shoot nonetheless. Little Pete here was a real handful - climbing the trees and having a great time. Love having nature in the middle of the city and you will be able to pop by for the same fabulous experience once our renovations are complete in a few weeks time!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

After another amazing year of photography it's been all change here at Masterpieces. Not only have we relocated, albeit only 2 minutes down the road, but we've also taken our brand on a journey of transformation. We are over the moon to be starting 2015 with a whole new look and with that comes a renewed vigour and excitement for life, love and weddings.

The energy has always been there, but now our look has had a refresh too. Make a time to have a relaxed chat with us and find out how we can capture unique and amazingly creative imagery just for you.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Your own private airforce...

Who wouldn't want to be the US president?? Not only the leader of the free-world, with the power and prestige that accompanies the post, but also look at one the perks of the job...your own private airforce! The G20 in Brisbane has seen an impressive array of US (and Australian) military firepower on show to support the visit of the rather inspirational Barack Obama. From the versatile, if somewhat unorthodox, V-22 Ospreys to the more recognisable Airforce One presidential 747 and Marine One Seaking helicopters there was some interesting air action around the Brisbane CBD all weekend!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Behind the Scenes at When Freddie Met Lilly Collection Launch

A sneaky peek at the preparation done by the team of amazing professional who contributed to the Spring Collection Launch for When Freddie Met Lilly.

Behind the Scenes When Freddie Met Lilly Launch Evening Film (Enhanced) from Masterpieces Photography + Video on Vimeo.

Gowns by when Freddie Met Lilly
Films created by Masterpieces Photography + Video
Signage by LaPapeterie
Make up by Blissful Makeup
Hair by Whisk Hair
Flowers by Francesca's Flowers
Catering by Zen Catering
Flower crowns by The Little Pack of Five
Chairs by A Main Event Weddings
Arbour from Unique Party Shop

Monday, October 6, 2014

Elizabeth de Varga Collection Launch 2014

It was a pleasure to capture the stunning new collection for Elizabeth de Varga Exclusive Fashions.
The evening was a wonderful celebration, coinciding with the the 30th birthday of the brand. Head designer Tammie, her dedicated team and a hand-picked selection of industry suppliers created a fabulous evening's entertainment for potential and existing clients that culminated in an exceptional catwalk parade of new couture gowns.
Some very lucky brides-to-be walked away with some fabulous prizes, including Dani, who won our engagement shoot and we can't wait to work on some concepts of save-the-date cards for her and her fiance.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Social Responsibility...

I was taking some shots at South Bank the other day and saw a Cormorant (aka Shag) sitting on this pile. With the light on the water and the way the bird was sitting drew me to the shot.

It looked fabulous until I zoomed into the image and saw that this poor bird had ingested some fishing tackle and was probably suffering terrible pain. Luckily some caring souls had already contact animal rescue about it and I thought twice about posting such a disturbing image on the blog.

However, one of the responsibilities of a photographer is to document real-life events, and whilst this wasn't what I had in mind at the time of shooting it, the image is a powerful indictment of recreational fishing in Brisbane. The damage that discarded lines, floats, hooks and so on can cause to wildlife and birds is simply catastrophic, so please be careful when you cut gear loose.

This and that, here and there...

 The beach patrol - at just about every beach, the whole world over, gulls, of one form or another, keep a watch over proceedings - not to to monitor our safety, just watching in case we drop a chip or two!!
 This just struck me - the Australian flag flying over a restless ocean - a reminder that we have all come from over the sea to be here!
 A surprised sky! The sun peaking through the clouds and the placement of this decorative ironwork made me think of a surprised face!
 Straight lines of the Kurilpa Bridge.
A little bit of a different angle on this Brisbane icon.
 I know it's litter, but it's classy litter! Those Parisians really know how to party!
 A lane in the forest in the infrared spectrum...
 The complicated knitting of overhead lines at Roma St Station picked out by the setting sun.
 Wish the traffic was this quiet all the time...
I wonder where we are? Any guesses?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Beachside Shoot Spectacular...

We just wrapped an amazing weekend of shoots down at Currumbin! Both are under wraps until they're published in The Wedding Alley, but let's just say they will be worth the wait! Here's a behind the scenes shot of me photographing Reagan from Katz Model Management in a When Freddie Met Lilly gown, with earrings from Elizabeth deVarga. Hair by Aleesha Darke and makeup by Suzi Den.

This is what we do!

A little piece of Wordle art that describes most of the things we do...