Things have been a little busy in the past year. I have moved to Melbourne and also have spent most of my time shooting weddings. In amongst all that I have also been shooting the odd portrait which I will finally have a chance to blog now. One of my first Melbourne based editorial shoots was for Treadlie magazine, a magazine I regularly shot for while still n Brisbane. This shoot was hilarious! The subject was Sarah Ward and her alter-ego Yana Alana. In her days with travelling Circus Oz the whole team relied on their bicycles to get around and explore once they had reach each destination and thus Sarah (and Yana) had been asked to be featured in this issue of Treadlie. My job with this shoot was easy. As soon as my lens came up Yana came to life. As is the case with many editorial shoots, my favourite shots did not make the magazine so I thought I would blog them here.
Thanks also goes to Don from the Westgate Punt Ferry (a service transport bicycle riders across the river) for allowing us to shoot after the last patron had been dropped off.Tags: editorial photographer, elleni toumpas, magazine photographer, melbourne, melbourne photographer, portrait photographer, sarah ward, westgate bridge, westgate punt ferry, yana alana
October 31st, 2011Portraits
Throwing Halloween parties are a bit of a tradition of mine. Since moving out of home I have thrown five parties, and each year I am impressed with the level people go to in dressing up. I’ve never really celebrated Halloween before moving out of home (not that many people in Australia do) but for me it is always fun to get crafty with my housemates, decorating the house and then getting a little boozey. A tradition I started a few years ago also was also setting up a mini-studio at home. This year I wanted to play with a ring-flash look, and after buying a few coloured paper rolls earlier in the year I thought it was time to crack out the red.Tags: dress up, elleni toumpas, halloween, halloween in australia, Portraits, ray ring flash adapter, ring flash, ring flash portraits
This year my Splendour in the Grass festival saw me mainly backstage assisting Dan Boud in the FasterLouder studio. As I knew I wouldn’t have much time to actually shoot much myself I decided to head to the festival grounds a day early so that I could have a full day shooting my own photos. I decided to undertake two projects at Splendour this year, the first being a timelapse of my whole festival experience (video to come soon) plus portraits of the punters at the festival. I spent the afternoon of the Thursday walking through the festival and campsite taking photos of interesting people I saw.
Tags: boudist, camping, costumes, dan boud, elleni toumpas, festival, festival goers, Portraits, punter, splendour in the grass, woodford, woodfordia
July 20th, 2011Portraits
Last week I caught up with Maggie Collins for a quick headshot/ portrait session. Maggie Collins is a weekend host on Triple J and she needed some shots to accompany her online staff profile on the Triple J website.
The shoot was SUCH a blast with Maggie keen to do pretty much anything. After 20 minutes and a costume change we wrapped with a buttload of great shots. Maggie chose these as her favourites.
Tags: brisbane, elleni toumpas, head shots, headshots, host, maggie collins, music manager, music photography, photographer, portrait, Portraits, radio, radio presenter, triple j, triple j radio, weekends
On Sunday Mr Maps performed a free set on a tennis court in New Farm park. In collaboration with Small Lakes and Guerilla Gigs, the gig was held to launch their new single Tennis Party. With weather threatening to call off/ postpone the gig a small crowd hovered around the tennis courts during soundcheck. But almost like clockwork 2PM hit with blue skies and a crowd of 200 people packed on the courts to watch Mr Maps play.
Tags: elleni toumpas, guerilla gigs, kris spann, mr maps, new farm park, single launch, small lakes, tennis court, tennis party, tian zhang
June 1st, 2011Portraits
In March and April I was commissioned for the second year in a row to photograph new marketing and promotion photos for the Southbank Institute of TAFE. Over a few days I was commissioned to photograph across a few different faculties. At the moment some of these images are being used in advertising for the TAFE. Look out for them around the traps.
Tags: animation, beauty, brisbane, elleni toumpas, engineering, film and television, film and tv, health, marketing, Portraits, promotion, sbit, southbank institute of tafe, student, tafe
December 8th, 2010Portraits
So two weeks ago I decided to undertake a series photographing men who had grown a moustache for Movember. I decided I wanted to test out a style of lighting I had only really played with at home, a simple black and white portrait, showing off the mos in a serious, yet hopefully comical way.
I pushed myself a little with this project and set out to also interview all my subjects to find out a bit more about their experiences and reasonings behind participating in Movember. I quite enjoyed playing interviewer as well, the first time I had done this. This is something I’d definitely love to do again (both the interviewing and the portrait series).Tags: 2010, australia, brisbane, elleni toumpas, moustache, movember, november, photographer, photography, photos, portrait
October 19th, 2010Portraits
Last month I worked with a friend on his final year QUT project. He had to style a shoot with a concept that got me excited, a movie inspired men’s fashion shoot. The three I got to photograph was the Fight Club, Anchorman and Pulp Fiction inspired shots. These will be appearing in the QUT fashion magazine Frock Paper Scissors which will be out in a month’s time.Tags: anchorman, brisbane, clothes, elleni toumpas, fashion, fight club, frock paper scissors, movie, photographer, photography, photos, portrait, Portraits, pulp fiction, qut
August 31st, 2010Portraits
This year was my fourth year (I think) photographing the Queensland Poetry Festival. It is one of my favourite times of the year, and one of my favourite festivals to photograph as I have been doing it for so long, and it is a chance for me to reflect on the year that has been since my last QPF shoot and see where I have come as a photographer.
This year the Queensland Writers Centre and I organised to shoot the poet in-resident (visiting from the USA) in a private portrait session. On the Sunday I took Emily XYZ and her performance partner Myers Bartlett to two locations around the Judith Wright Centre for this quick session. All up we did three set ups and took 15 minutes (walking time included). On a quick glance (and still while I edit the rest of the photos from the festival) these are my quick favourites. Myer reminded me on all my aunties on my mum’s side, with the loudness and swearing to boot. I am not sure if Myer realised this was a compliment when I mentioned that during the shoot.Tags: 2010, brisbane, emily xyz, myer bartlett, poet, poet in resident, Portraits, qpf, queensland poetry festival
March 29th, 2010Portraits
A few weeks ago I photographed headshots and stills for actor Frankie Paul Oatway. Frankie and his crew were shooting action sequences with real guns and required a few stills to use for agencies and the like.
Following are a few photos that came from the shoot.
More photos belowTags: actor, brisbane, elleni, elleni toumpas, film, film set, frankie oatway, headshot, photographer, photos, portrait, short film, stills, toumpas