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
June 18th, 2012Live
Last month I photographed Kimbra at The Tivoli in Brisbane. From a photographer’s perspective she was amazing to shoot. An eccentric outfit, great lighting and a real expressive performer. Selecting only a few to showcase was really hard. Here are some shots.Tags: 2012, brisbane, concert, elleni toumpas, kimbra, live music photographer, music photographer, photography, the tivoli
June 14th, 2012Live
I photographed Melbourne Record Store Day quite a while ago for Mess and Noise but with moving to Melbourne blogging them has slipped a little low in my to do list. Better late then never here are my photos. I photographed these the first weekend I moved down here so it was great to use this as an excuse to explore areas of Melbourne I hadn’t yet seen. I visited stores in Fitzroy (Polyester Records Fitzroy, Poison City Records), the city (Basement Discs, Missing Link and Polyester Records City store) plus also Woolly Bully in North Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: 2012, basement discs, collectors corner, darren hanlon, disco nap, elleni toumpas, instore, melbourne, melbourne music photography, melbourne photographer, melbourne record store day, michelangelo, missing link, photography, polyester records fitzroy, record store day, wooly bulli
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
October 17th, 2011Live
On Friday I shot The Jezabels in the first of their two shows at Brisbane’s The Tivoli for Everguide and Rave magazine. For the first song the band performed behind a black semi-opaque curtain with each band member back-lit projecting shadows for the duration of the song. Once the curtain dropped photographing lead singer Hayley Mary was an easy task as she strutted around the stage hitting her notes by holding interesting angular poses.
August 31st, 2011Live
It is that time of the year again, the Queensland Poetry Festival. I think this year is my 5th year photographing the festival and as my longest standing clients I always enjoy this time of the year. Not only do the words of the poets inspire me but I also see it as a benchmark to measure how far I have come and what I still want to achieve in the next coming year. The poets and friends of the Queensland Poetry Festival have become more then just familiar faces as the years have gone on. Shooting the Queensland Poetry Festival each year has led to some amazing opportunities, namely photographing the weddings of some of the board members.Tags: 2011, andy white, brisbane, elleni toumpas, event, festival, grahamm nunn, jacob polley, judith wright centre, julie beveridge, kate fagan, kevin gillam, nick powell, photography, poets, qpf, queensland, queensland poetry festival, ron pretty, sheish money, tim sinclair, vladislav nekliaev
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 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