So good to back shooting music gigs again. I caught Medusa’s Wake, The Go Set and The Bottlers on Friday the 23rd April at The Vanguard Newtown.
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.
I am still available for small shoots with one subject at present in order to comply with proper social distancing.
Please let me know if you have been feeling unwell and we can reschedule your shoot, and I will also do the same.
Shoots will only be performed outside, and also in my garage studio with only the subject and myself present.
Steps I am taking to ensure everyone is safe:
- Limiting shoots to 1 per day
- Maintaining 1.5m from clients
- Providing hand sanitiser
- Only allowing small shoots of one subject
- Limiting the amount of time spent inside my office with clients
- Daily cleaning of objects that clients may touch, such as clothes hangers and EFTPOS machines
- Screening all clients with a questionnaire, confirming that they are not unwell or have travelled into NSW recently from elsewhere
- Recording client details to help with contact tracing should an issue occur
- Keeping my own contact with others outside of work to a minimum, with no physical contact
- Monitoring my temperature daily
Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns regarding a booking.
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
Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby from Seeker Lover Keeper ask each other some intriguing questions from a golden bag. Filmed for Mushroom Group.
Filmed by Jordan Shields
Sound by Oliver Dibley
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!
I’ve been working with quite a few producers, artists and bands recently. Here are some frames from my shoot with Sydney producer Kaz Benson.
Some fresh work with Sydney music producer L Y T E at my studio in Leichhardt.
The music video for Polymer’s song, Believers.
Shot at Zen Studios Sydney.
Directed and shot by Jordan Shields
Edited by Nicole Norelli
Polymer, Believers music video.
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!