Last Thursday I was photographed the Brisbane Fete de la Musique for the Brisbane City Council. For those unfamiliar with the Fete de la Musique concept, it is a live music event that runs all around the world on the same day. Started in 1982 (the year I was born!) by the French Government, this international event is now hosted in more then 110 countries around the world.Tags: andrew veivers, arnie tescon, boundary street, brew coffee shop, brisbane, city cat, elleni toumpas, event photographer, event photography, fete de la musique, flannelette, fortitude valley stompers, hermes balcony, instore set, kathy williams devries, knowledge walk, marching band, music, mystery crew, official photographer, photographer, photography, queen street mall, queen street mall stage, queensland art gallery, rockinghorse records, school choir, southbank, st peter chanel school choir, state library, stormchasers, sunset set, that trombone guy, the cairos, the edge, west end lizard
January 25th, 2012Live
At the moment I am playing catch up with some of the gigs and jobs I shot towards the end of last year. In probably one of only a handful of Brisbane Entertainment Centre shows for 2011, in October I shot Def Leppard for Everguide.Tags: 2011, 2012, band, bec, boondall, brisbane, brisbane entertainment, brisbane entertainment centre, concert, def leppard, elleni, elleni toumpas, heart, live music, music, musician, photographer, photography, photos, stage, tour
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January 24th, 2012LiveTags: 2012, band, brisbane, brisbane band, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, foster the people, gig, last dinosaurs, Live, live music, music, musician, photographer, photography, photos, rave magazine, stage, the tivoli, toumpas
September 2nd, 2011Band portraits
In July local band Inland Sea and I hung out for half a day to shoot some new press shots for them. A shoot 6 months in the making (trying to find a common availability for 10 people in a band is a nightmare) we managed to shoot them before they headed out to play at the Red Deer fest. The first shot is probably my most favourite portrait all year so far. A concept that I came up with from the initial chat we had in December, there was a lot of pressure to pull it off. After a few frames a big juicy spider crawled up Steele’s shirt but even with those few frames we managed to nail the above pic. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: band photography, brisbane, elleni toumpas, inland sea, photographer
August 24th, 2011Editorial
So this week I was asked to shoot the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Brisbane for Everguide. I have been shooting a lot for Everguide lately. It has been great dabbling in other styles of shooting.Tags: 2011, Austen Brothers, Bianca Batson, brisbane, catwalk, cultural forecourt, Daniel Alexander Couture, elleni toumpas, emerging designer group show, Emma Rea, Eva Lilly, evening wear group show, fashion, fashion week brisbane, fiorenza, Gina Kim, graduate of the year award, House of Ezis, Izabel + Sebastian, Jacqueline Buck, Jordanna Regan, Kezini, kip and brand, Living Silk, Louen Hide, mbff, Melissa Shoes, mercedes-benz group show, mercedez benz fashion festival, Paul Hunt, Peter Morrissey, photographer, photography, Royce, Sabrina Saunders, Sae Miyazaki, Sharka Bosakova, Soot, southbank, Surafina, Thousand Dancers, Toscano, westfield chermside australian fashion award
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
July 12th, 2011Band portraits
So Rave magazine is turning 1000. Their next issue is their 1000th issue in 20 years. On Friday 15th July they are having a mega birthday party and ONE of the headliner acts is a Brisbane megaband that has been appropriately named the BrisBand Experience. The band consists of a melting pot of members from current and past local bands including Katie Noonan (george), Steve Pope (drummer with Kate Miller-Heidke, transport), Thomas Murphy (Bloodpoets), Dan James (Drawn from Bees), Caleb James (Rhubarb), Tony Garret (The Boat People) and Ben Dalton (Hungry Kids of Hungary).
As Rave wanted to feature this band on the cover of their 999th issue, and as this band being a one off effort did not have any press shots, I was given the task to shoot the cover and inlay shots for the issue. This was one of those sessions that I had to bring the studio to the band. With all the band members currently doing other projects we had only ONE 2 hour period where the whole band could be in the once place at the one time….in the rehearsal studio TWO days before the issue hit the newstands.
So with a portable studio in tow and armed with concepts, plans and back up plans I was able to shoot the cover shot and inlay shots PLUS back up shots in the rehearsal room next door to the space the band were rehearsing in.
Tags: 20th birthday, Band portraits, Ben Dalton, brisbane band, Caleb James, cover, Dan James, elleni toumpas, front cover, Katie Noonan, photographer, photography, published, rave magazine, Steve Pope, the zoo, Thomas Murphy, Thousand in Twenty, Tony Garret
July 8th, 2011Live
Last Friday night Busby Marou played a sold out show at the Old Museum for their Biding My Time tour. Quickly becoming a favoured venue for musicians, the beautiful Old Museum was transformed even further with a lighting treatment of bare globes and rich colour washes. A pleasure to shoot and even more of a pleasure to watch. One thing that I found peculiar though was the quite eclectic crowd that had come along tonight. I could not help make comparisons with some of the female adoring fans and the type that would frequent some of those city pubs that most music goers would tend to avoid. I am not too sure what this says about the band, but everyone seemed to enjoy their night, so I am hoping it is nothing but positives.
Tags: 2011, band, biding my time tour, brisbane, busby marou, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, Live, live music, music, musician, old musuem, photographer, photography, photos, stage, toumpas
June 15th, 2011Band portraits
Just a quick entry to share with you the final result for Bec Plath‘s EP cover that we shot in the same session as these press shots I have previously mentioned in another blog. Working with Bec was so easy. Usually the hardest part is concept developing for a band, but with Bec the concept was nutted out in one 1/2 hour facebook conversation. She showed me reference images of covers she liked, and I had wanted to work with falling glitter for a while so I pitched this idea to her. She loved it, and the shoot seed had been planted.
Things that I began to study after that is WHAT made a good cover image. Looking at lighting and how they are shot, I settled on a mysterious half lit/ half shadow lighting treatment. I also really wanted to have only a sliver of focus and as I don’t have any ND filters for my 50mm I settled on using my recently acquired Tilt Shift lens. Not only was I able to selectively focus on the eyes, but it was also given to me with a polariser filter that acted as a bit of an ND filter making me able to shoot a little more wide open with the lens.
On the light, I shot with a basic reflector and used baking paper to diffuse the light a touch. I had also bought from Reverse Garbage some old theatre lighting gels which included some ‘ND’ style gels (basically dark – neutral coloured gels to stop down the light). As I wanted the light really close to Bec to get this type of fall off on her, I used some of these gels to try and bring down the intensity of my light.
On top of all this, the shoot was held in my rather small living room. So to stop lighting bouncing all over I used a flag close to the right side of her face to bring out the shadows.
Anyway enough on the technical, Bec’s EP is being released on the 6th August at Beetle Bar. At the moment the image above is being used on the tour poster, the actual album artwork to be released later.Tags: 2011, bec plath, brisbane, elleni toumpas, ep cover, ep release, music, musician, night fall, nightfall, photographer, photography, solo singer songwriter
June 6th, 2011Band portraits
A week ago I worked with talented local musician Bec Plath on her EP Cover and press shots. I am still making the final touches on her cover but for now her press shots have been released to the world. Check them out.
Bec was an ABSOLUTE pleasure to work with. A musician who trusted my concept, using locations that had been on my ‘wishlist’ to shoot at for a while, and a truly easy and beautiful subject to shoot.
I am really excited by the EP Cover too. I will put it up here when it is all released.
Tags: 2011, artist, band, Band portraits, bec plath, brisbane, elleni toumpas, ep cover, music, musician, photographer, photography, photos, portrait, Portraits, press shoot, singer, songwriter