Moonbi Frost

Winter update

It’s been a strange few months for everyone. With cities in Australia locking down, and businesses having to adapt to a new way of working during Covid-19. Although business has been somewhat quieter, some services have really been picking up.

One part of my work, event photography, has completely stopped, as events are moving online. However with many businesses moving to a delivery model, I have been doing a lot more product photography, as well as portraits of business owners, so they can tell the story of their business to potential customers online.

Another thing that has really picked up during Covid-19 are my shoots for online dating profiles. With people not able to head out and socialise in bars and other settings, a lot more people are using online dating apps to meet new people and start relationships.

I’m looking forward to getting back into event photography and live music photography (my favourite type of photography), but it’s been a good time to focus on working on my business and not just working for my business.

Baked by Keiran

Transitioning to an online business

If you’re venue based food and drink business such as a bar, restaurant or cafe, then chances are business is very tough right now. Many businesses are currently trying to find new ways to operate and get their products to customers. Small bars in Sydney are now able to deliver alcohol to their customers, and delivery services are really taking off due to the Covid-19 restrictions. To get your business online you need a few things: a social media presence, a website with e-commerce capabilities, professional photos of your products, and a method of delivering your product to your customers.

Although I’m not in the business of delivering (yet!), I can help your business with social media management and setup, website and e-commerce setup (so you can manage it yourself), as well as product photography and video. I have a garage studio based in Leichhardt where you can safely drop off your products, and can then send your photos to you via dropbox or google drive.

If you’re looking to expand your online presence and get new ways of getting your product into people’s lives, get in touch today, and let’s get the wheels turning again!

Also if you’re in the inner west of Sydney, check out Dully Locals, a great initiative which is connecting local makers with their customers through online commerce and delivery options. I took some photos of the fine products on offer from Baked by Keiran, The Sausage Factory, Kombu Kombucha, among many other amazing artisan products, thanks for having me onboard!

A message from Chrissy Flanagan, owner of The Sausage Factory

 

Hillbilly Thriller

Hillbilly Thriller is a new immersive physical theatre piece by Sydney based company Legs On The Wall and directed by Joshua Thomson.

It is a thriller which takes you into a strange world around a camp fire.

I was lucky enough to be commissioned by Legs On The Wall to cover all of their program during Sydney Fringe, so I got to see the show and audience reactions every night. It was really a fun world to be a part of for a week. Great work by everyone involved!

Spring News

Hey all, it’s been quite a busy few months! Music videos, news, as well as Sydney Fringe. The cover photo is from Catherine Wait’s “Void, the call and response” at Legs On The Wall.

I’ve also recently been quoted in British GQ about what makes the best tinder photos.

From David Levesley’s story:

While professional Tinder photographer Jordan Shields also says to avoid group shots, he suggests you replace them with photos where you’re doing activities “that perhaps the other person could see themselves doing with you. Sell yourself as the dream guy that someone wants to spend time with, [doing] whatever it is you do.”

 

“Do wear new or dry-cleaned clothes, no faded polo shirts,” adds Shields. “Even a new white T-shirt looks nice.” Dress to impress and make sure your grooming is up to snuff too. “Do neaten up your beard or facial hair, or go clean-shaven,” says Shields. “It can’t be somewhere in the middle.”

 

For Jordan Shields, some things are pretty dependable: “medium shots, basically portraits from the waist up” are best, he says. For day looks appear relaxed, for evening shots make sure you’re dressed up for a night on the town.

Other things, however, are far from gospel. “It really does differ from guy to guy. Some men get better results smiling and looking at the camera, some find looking away and being more serious in their photos works better, but I’m sure that says more about what others are attracted to, so why not try both?”

I will update the blog with a whole bunch of photos from Sydney Fringe, once I get through editing them all!

Jordan

August Update

Hi there, it’s been a while between posts. What’s up?

We’ve just renewed the lease for another year, so we’re still here in Leichhardt!

Drone images are popular! People have been purchasing prints from my aerial work, taken with a drone. A few people also took advantage of my recent special on my print store too. It’s always a great feeling knowing that my art is hanging on someones wall and bringing them joy.

I’ve also had a lot of Sydney guys book me in to take professional photos for their online dating profiles this winter, I think more people are realising this is a service!

Recently I travelled to Tamworth, Australia’s country music capital. I was there to visit a friend, but got some great footage and photos during my time there. Follow me on Instagram to get a preview, I’ll have a short video edited soon.

The days are starting to get longer, and I am looking forward to summer coming back!

Leichhardt Blog

I haven’t written a lot on the blog for quite some time. We are now based out of Leichhardt, which is a lot better suited to running a photography business which services a lot of clients in the CBD.

In addition to photography, I have been producing more video work. From a recent commercial, to live band performances and seminars on social media.

Events have long been a core part of my photography business, particularly music events. My work as a newspaper photographer also meant a lot of event photography, so it has been fun covering events here in Sydney.

Being central in Sydney has also allowed me to really push my tinder photo shoots to clients. It’s an idea that has proved popular with guys in Sydney. There was a rush on tinder shoot bookings at the start of summer. The demand died off somewhat towards the end of summer, but I’m now receiving more enquiries for tinder shoots again.

I’ve also recently been getting into drone photography and videography. Sydney has such a picturesque coast line, and has been such a great place to learn to fly a drone. Sydney’s ocean pools are also something unique for me to photograph, as they aren’t something I’m used to as a Perth kid.

For the rest of 2017 I’m keen to push my corporate photography to a wider audience, as well as gain some more music industry clients. I’m also very keen to fill up my video show reel with more of Sydney’s beautiful coast line.

Vivid Sydney 2015

Vivid Sydney 2015

It was a bit of wet start to Vivid Sydney 2015, but that didn’t put me off. Got rugged up in my wet weather gear and went to Circular Quay to take some photos and footage.

This is my first time at Vivid, so I’m keen to get around and check it all out over the coming nights.

Here’s a quick edit of some footage I took tonight.

Bondi Surf (1)

North Bondi Surf

Some of the best waves I’ve seen down at Bondi. We had a BBQ while we watched these guys surf. They stayed out until well after sunset. Living in Sydney makes me want to get a surfboard. Really like the waves in NSW, and it has a real surfer culture that I haven’t seen since Margaret River in WA.

Surfers, North Bondi Beach, Australia.
© Jordan Shields Photography 2015.