Xmas at The Rocks with “Mariah Carey”

Vanity Faire, the renowned drag identity and performer, steps out to celebrate Xmas at The Rocks.

Performing on stage as Mariah Carey, Vanity lights up the precinct for an evening of sparkling glamour to spread Xmas magic. See link for details:

Before we started on the “Mariah” shoot I worked with the team from The Rocks and the Poem Group to feature some of the best products and food available from such outlets as Tea Cosy, Squidinki and The Doss House.


Master Builders Association awards Re:form Construction

The Australian Master Builders Association has awarded Re:form Constructions, lead by Gerard Murphy, as the 2020 National winner in the category of projects (alterations/additions) over 1 million dollars for this Balmain residence.

Designed by Brian Zulaikha of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, this multi-storey house features warm wooden panelling, windows incorporating underwater views of the pool and a monumental mosaic by Janet Laurence.


Samantha Leith updates her image

Samantha Leith, with Sarah Damichi putting the finishing touches to make up.

It was a joy to photograph Samantha – performer, business strategist and motivational speaker – who is forever on the move. She is a great communicator with a vivacious energy and we had a fun afternoon shooting new imagery for her branding and corporate profile.

As Samantha says, “If you haven’t noticed, I’ve stopped listening to the ‘experts’ that tell you to only have one business. I happen to love and excel at being a multi passionate entrepreneur.” To find out more about Samantha visit her website here.

Samantha Leith in the makeup chair, with Sarah Damichi

New sculptures by Margarita Sampson

Margarita Sampson – Long Division series, 2020. Copper wire, bitumen paint, video tape, expanding foam, glitter.

I photographed the latest works produced by the talented artist Margarita Sampson in my studio and was amazed by the captivating effect of her human figures.

Margarita says, “These figures were loosely based on Etruscan figurines I saw in the Hermitage in 2005. A friend recently told me that the Romans would scathingly refer to them as the ‘fat Etruscans’, so may be I haven’t taken too many liberties by padding them out a bit. The original figurines were actually quite lithe.”

Margarita Sampson – Long Division, 2020. Copper wire, bitumen paint, video tape, expanding foam, glitter.

Prinnie Stevens hits the studio to work on images for new show

Performer, singer and finalist on Australia’s “The Voice”, Prinnie Stevens came by the studio to work on images for a brand new show.

Here are some behind-the-scenes shots of Prinnie getting ready with Joe and Drew doing hair and makeup. Stay tuned for further information about show dates and the release of the finished imagery from the shoot, highlighting the talents of Prinnie, well known for her roles in theatrical productions of Rent, Thriller Live, The Bodyguard and Oh, What a Night, for which she was nominated for a Helpmann Award.


Winter harvest

For the cover story of the winter issue of Vegetables Australia for AUSVEG, I photographed Enoch on his farm at Kemps Creek, NSW.

His work includes specialist horticulture, dual cropping and innovative methods in greenhouse management, results in lush crops of cucumbers, flat beans, basil and parsley.

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Hansen Yuncken name a crane AUTUMN

Autumn at the Hansen Yuncken site, Minto

Hansen Yuncken’s Minto team are naming their cranes for a good cause and raising money along the way.

When the site team heard the story of Autumn, a family member of one of the workers on site, they wanted to show their support.

With the help of their subcontractors, the team has raised over $23,000 for Redkite – a national cancer charity providing essential and practical support for children and their families. In honour of Redkite and to show their support for Autumn, Hansen Yuncken introduced their two tower cranes: Autumn and Redkite.

14 year old Autumn has recently finished chemotherapy, after being diagnosed in March 2020 with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. The 45 metre tower crane, tall and proud overlooking the site, is a fitting representation of Autumn’s strength and tenacity to persevere through the toughest time in her life.

As a show of support for Redkite, the Hansen Yuncken site team has decided to raise funds to help children and young people facing a childhood cancer diagnosis. The team officially unveiled the names of the two cranes on site, hosting Autumn and her family, as well as representatives from Redkite to be the first to see the newly dubbed cranes.

If you are interested in learning more about Redkite, you can find their website here: https://www.redkite.org.au/


On the same day, I completed a series of corporate head shots, amid busy construction for Hansen Yuncken’s company profiles.


ABSOLUTELY XMAS: Putting up the tinsel for a red and white extravaganza at the Beresford

Just in time for Christmas the Beresford Hotel is hosting a Yuletide extravaganza….with a difference. Minnie Cooper is leading a Christmas inspired pageant of drag brilliance with red bows, poinsettia and candy cane.

Joining Minnie on-stage are the illustrious talents of Tora Hymen, Jacqui St Hyde and Mynx Moscato, with Troy as the Little Drummer Boy.

Christmas tinsel and glitter arrived early at my studio. All we are waiting for now is Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer.

Tora Hymen
Minnie Cooper
Mynx Moscato
Jacqui St Hyde
Troy (from the Nutcracker Suite)

NAPWHA: taking it to the streets

Focused on advocacy, representation, policy and health promotion for people with HIV, NAPWHA commissioned me to stage a group portrait of the staff from the Sydney office in the back streets of Newtown.

Theirs is a relaxed and engaging take on corporate imagery for annual general reports and their website. In these photographs I tried to capture their open and approachable attitude.

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