Friday, 2 December 2016

Rustic Australian Countryside - The small town of Rylstone

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone
One of the Dam's looking toward Kandos 
Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone
On the property, Lindoway looking back toward The Shed 

It happened. A rare weekend when I wasn't shooting for a client! So I threw the camera in the car and headed three hours out of Sydney to the Central Tablelands. 

I visited a friend's property, Lindoway, in Rylstone, a small town with a population of 615 people and at least 10 times that in sheep!

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone Sheep
View toward the town of Kandos

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone

There are 65 sheep on Lindoway and this is as close as I could get as they are quite skittish. The leader sheep lets out a massive Baa (he tried to sound scary but Baa still sounds cute to me) then they all take off. 

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone

Today is particularly warm 30 degrees celsius but it did cool considerably in the evening. 

There don't seem to be any mosquitos but the flies certainly make up for it. The great Aussie salute probably originated here! So many flies...

There are always jobs to do on a property and today one of them was to install the letterbox. A little reward to ourselves for our hard work was a little nature walk.

This little spot at the top of the property is typical Aussie scenery complete with Kanagroos. They hopped away as we got close but we did spy the spot where they had slept during the day. I'm just glad that we didn't find out where the black snakes were sleeping!

Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone
Dog in car Australian landscape and countryside photography in Rylstone, NSW
Teddy on the ride back to the Shed
LINDOWAY - THE SHED
Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone
Landscape photography Australian countryside Rylstone
Inside the old Shearing Shed
Rustic Shed Bathroom


According to the bloke who owns the sheep, The Shed was originally a "perfectly good" shearing shed. Now, much to his dismay, it is a quaint, rustic home.

I thought it was just lovely and perfect for where we were. 

Loved the church pews for the dining table and how cool is the bathroom. 

There were lots of little perfectly placed artefacts and pieces of art that seemed to pull the whole place together. Someone clearly has some design talent.

The new room being built off the main sufficed as the perfect setting for drinking our well deserved wine and watching the sun set behind the hills.


      



 DOWNTOWN RYLSTONE


Rylstone NSW The Globe Hotel Beer Garden country landscape photography
Downtown Rylstone. 
The Globe Hotel Beer Garden is the perfect place for a refreshing drink after  a hot day on the farm!


CAPERTEE - A quick stop on the way home.
Old Petrol Station in Capertee, NSW Australian countryside
Petrol Station in Capertee, NSW
Australian Countryside Catholic Church in a shed
The Catholic Church in Capertee


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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Behind The Scenes - Ronan Keating, Mirusia, Danielle Spencer and more donate time to ACMF

Ronan Keating Don Spencer, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Ronan Keating at Fox Studios on a break during The Voice Filming

Don Spencer, portrait photography, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Don Spencer ACMF Founder and Crusader
When the producers at Hixon Films asked me to be a part of this project, I accepted without hesitation. 

Firstly, being able to work with seriously talented, award winning producers Alex and Catherine was extremely appealing. 

Then, being able to support Australian Children's Music Fund (ACMF) was an easy one for me. Such an  incredible organisation providing music to children that might not normally have access to it. 

For me, it was personal. I couldn't imagine life without music. Music saved me. Through my brothers schizophrenic beatings, my mother's attempted suicide and the other childhood stresses, I was safe because I was able to channel my emotions into piano, singing and violin. I was one of the lucky ones.

Peter Northcotte, portrait photography, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Peter Northcote muscician and producer
Shooting at Key Studio in North Sydney, the line up of support was pretty incredible and made for an amazingly fun day! I met Peter Northcote in the hall whilst we waited for the studio to open. What a fun and happy person. You can see it in the pic above. An all around great guy!
George Ellis, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
George Ellis Conductor, Composer and Arranger
Natasha Duarte, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Natasha Duarte Singer/Songwriter and
winner of UK Songwriting Contest




The incredible George Ellis, who includes conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic games as one of his career highlights, was delicate, sensitive and joyful!



Natasha Duarte, was happy to support. She was winner of UK best video song competition for Punch Me In The Heart, a catchy pop tune that you can watch here. She is a pretty great actress in the video too!



Danielle Spencer singer, songwriter and actress and supporting her dad who founded ACMF.
Danielle Spencer, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Danielle Spencer Singer Songwriter and Daughter of Don Spencer
John Waters, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
John Waters chatting with Don Spencer



John Waters, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
John Waters with Don Spencer
I grew up watching John Waters so this was a thrill. You may remember him from Play School but somehow, "Where The Rivers Run" with Singrid Thornton stands out for me.

Interestingly, he was born in London the same year my mum was and moved to Australia the same year my mum did. Hmmm. I wonder if their paths crossed.

Mirusia, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography

Mirusia, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photographyMirusia was a thrill to meet. We chatted about her concerts and how she brings her own orchestra along with her. Quite incredible.

Mirusia grew up learning English by singing to Don Spencer's songs. She happily sang one of these for us. Quite an amazing voice.


The story of how she came to perform with the fabulous Dutch violinist Andre Rieu is sweet. You can read about it on her website.
Dan Rosen, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Dan Rosen Head of ARIA - Australian Recording Industry Association
Brett Cottle, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Brett Cottle head of APRA AMCOS - Australian Music Copyright Owners Society



Dan Rosen and Catherine Weinress, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Catherine Weinress of Hixon Films readys Dan Rosen for his shoot
Alex Weinress, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography
Hixon Films producer Alex Weinress

The following Monday, we headed over to Fox Studios where we were to film a segment with Ronan Keating, (incidentally Ronan has the same middle names as my son, Patrick John!)

Chanel 9 kindly loaned Ronan to us on a very short break from filming The Voice Australia. We only had 15 minutes to setup lights and camera's get the room ready. Then we had only 10 minutes to shoot the segment. Ronan was extremely polite, gracious and very professional so it all went pretty well.

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Ronan Keating, portrait photography, chatswood, sydney, north sydney, headshot, corporate photography

Friday, 16 September 2016

LinkedIn Headshot Session with a twist! - Portrait Shoot in Chatswood, Sydney Studio

LinkedIn business portrait, website photography, sydney, chatswood
Nice Dramatic B&W Photo for the LinkedIn or the wife!


sydney headshot corporate photographer chatswood studio, business portrait
Generally, we go for the more conservative background colours but for this LinkedIn headshot session, we not only got to break out the coloured backdrops, we also got to shoot some more dramatic black and white portraits.

Why not, right? You want to stand out, make a statement. Especially on LinkedIn. If you scroll through all those profiles, you know who is going to make the biggest impact. Mike here will. One, because he took the time to have a professional photo but also because he chose a fabulous blue. 

We still shot on the more conservative background but now Mike has choices! 

These images are perfect for a variety of purposes not only for LinkedIn but for his website, professional organisation website, Facebook profile and as a gift for his wife!


business portrait, headshot photography, corporate photography, sydney, chatswood studio
The Gray is extremely versatile and fits well for a LinkedIn Profile photo or on a website.


Nina Beilby is a professional photographer based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Keywords The Key To Top Rated Google Searches - Top Lawyer LinkedIn Profile Photo Session

Business Portrait, Headshot, Lawyer photo, LinkedIn Profile Photo, Sydney, Chatswood, Photographer, Studio
The Red background stands out as a LinkedIn Profile Photo


Business Portrait, Headshot, Lawyer photo, LinkedIn Profile Photo, Sydney, Chatswood, Photographer, Studio
This nice clean image will feature on the front page of the website.
The smart and lovely Family Lawyer Anjli, was my subject for this session.

Anjli needed some headshots for her LinkedIn profile as well as her website for her firm, Western Sydney Legal Practice.

As we needed images for a variety of purposes, we shot on different coloured backgrounds and changed outfits a few times. 

Anjli ended up using the red for the LinkedIn which I just love. Scrolling down all of the LinkedIn profiles, she definitely makes an impression!

As search engines are unable to read images, it is important to load them with keywords and alt tags so that you can be found. It also increases ratings in Google searches. So we loaded Anjli's images for her LinkedIn and Website with relevant keywords including services they provide and location information. This is a service that we provide at no extra charge, so just come to your next shoot armed with your very own Keywords and we will stack them into your profile images!

See you at The Studio!
Business Portrait, Headshot, Lawyer photo, LinkedIn Profile Photo, Sydney, Chatswood, Photographer, Studio
Gray is still a favourite for me. A very professional looking image.

Nina Beilby is a professional photographer based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au



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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Walking Sydney - City to St Leonards

Sean giving us instructions
I joined this meetup group some time ago but haven't managed a walk until now. I am so pleased that I finally did.

We met in Lang Park in York Street. Our fearless leader, Sean handed us each a map and a few tips and suggestions for staying safe and then we were on our way.


Sydney Harbour Bridge, Walking sydney, Sydney harbour
Our First Stop at Observatory Hill
Setting a pretty fast pace, we headed to Observatory Hill where we quickly stopped to regroup then walked over the Bridge to Kirribilli. There is a water fountain here, so a good spot to refill our water bottles.

Here is my map. The part to The Bridge is a little dodgy because of the GPS (I forgot to turn it on..doh!) but the rest is good. You can get to the Bridge numerous ways in any case. 


Walking over Sydney Harbour Bridge
Walking across Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour from Kirribilli
Kirribilli looking back toward the City
Luna Park Sydney harbour Walking group
Sean waiting for us at Luna Park


Sydney Harbour Bridge from Lavender Bay or Quiberee
Lavender Bay or Quiberee
View of Sydney Harbour from Lavender Bay or Quiberee
Lavender Bay or Quiberee
McMahons Point from Waverton Oval
Waverton Oval looking toward McMahons Point
McMahons Point from Waverton Oval
Waverton Oval looking toward McMahons Point
Balls Head Reserve Coal Loader Tunnel



This is the tunnel from Balls Head Reserve toward the coal loader. It is only open on weekends. We didn't go through here on this particular walk. I took this image the next day on another walk.

If you are not with a group, I highly recommend a meal or at least a coffee at The Coal Loader Cafe before heading off.

You can vary this walk as we did the next day, parking at Waverton, getting the train to Milsons Point and walking back to Waverton station to get the car. This was 6.8k.

I thoroughly enjoyed both of these walks. 

Let me know if you have any other suggestions!

Interested in other walks? Here is my Chowder Bay walk.

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Nina Beilby is a professional photographer based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au


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