Brendan & Rose - FIND workshop | Hunter Valley, NSW

A few months ago in July I had the privilege of attending Jonathan Canlas's film workshop. Having heard so many wonderful things about his teaching, I decided to go knowing that I would definitely benefit for it.

Jonathan's Film Is Not Dead workshop focuses on how to use film and the benefits of using it.  Then we apply our learning using our own Film cameras and practice with wonderful real-life couples and families with Jon's guidance. To put it simply, it was really amazing. I learned a lot and I met some great photographers. We had endless late chats and laughs while eating great food prepared by Nicole Spears. I'll never forget it!

The timing of the workshop itself was perfect. I've been at cross roads with my photography, not  knowing exactly where I was heading. Do I continue working a 9-5 job? or do I take the risk to pursue photography full time?
My obstacles with photography has always been with finding my own voice. But towards the end of the workshop we were all in tears by the overwhelming realisation that who you are as a person and what defines your voice begins at home. I certainly want to take that journey, begin at home and photograph what I love most.

After the workshop, I was off to the USA and was so inspired to shoot completely in film and throughout our trip I was thinking of personal projects that I wanted to start. I also thought about taking the risk and quitting my day job to focus on photography, and I made that decision. Thanks Jonathan Canlas!

To start of with I've shared some photos of Brendan & Rose below, one of our lovely couples who modeled for us.

Photos developed by Raw Digital & Film Lab


New York in B&W | Acros 100 and Ilford 400 | Mamiya M645


In August, my husband and I had the opportunity to go to my cousin's wedding in San Diego, USA. This was an amazing chance for us not only to see my relatives after 20+ years but to also get some rest and for me to get my travel photo fix :)  So we decided to go and make the most of the 14 hour plane trip and travel to a few other major cities. Our first stop was New York!

From our previous travels to Europe I learned my lesson on what kind of camera gear to bring with me. When we were in Europe I was trying to take digital photos, film photos and iPhone, crazy right. This time I was sensible and mainly used my film camera Mamiya m645 as well as occasionally my iPhone for instagrams. It was much easier to focus on the one camera and dealing with less frames to edit. Also I feel like I experienced a lot more because I took less photos.

What to say about New York? Pretty amazing. We stayed in Dumbo, Brooklyn which stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Our Airbnb apartment was right under the bridge and we had some spectacular views. We loved our neighbourhood because there was always something happening. We had an Italian movie filmed next door, as well as White Collar TV show, a Japanese music video, a country music video and we almost ran into some sort of a zombie movie scene.

We mainly used the New York pass to see the major attractions, it was really worth the money you just need to be organised with the itinerary, it includes many tours too and even things like renting out bikes which was a lot of fun around Central Park.

Of course you don't go to the USA on a diet, so we had some of the best fatty foods like cheesecakes, burgers, pizzas and the best NY steaks from St Anselm in Williamsburg.

Our favourite tour was the Seinfeld tour with the real Kramer, he was as hilarious as the Kramer character on the show and he took us to parts of NY that we wouldn't have seen otherwise including a visit to the real Soup Nazi.

The only museum we had time for was the American Museum of Natural History, mainly to see the dinosaurs :) and that was pretty awesome.

Lastly, I was the happiest human alive when I visited B&H Photo - heaven for all photographers with a huge stock of film and all things cameras. A must visit for all photographers.

More photos to share, but here are a few B&W's taken on my Mamiya.