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!


Octopus Pro TVC

I recently filmed a television commercial (TVC) for a new business management app called OctopusPro.

We filmed the commercial over two days in Sydney. Big thanks to the Director Katherine and my assistant Nicole, great work team!

Octopus Pro TVC

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.

Behind the scenes: Needle

In late 2009 I worked as a stills photographer on the set of ‘Needle’; a horror film directed by John Soto starring  Michael Dorman, Jessica Marais, Travis Fimmel, Trilby Glover, and Ben Mendelsohn, as well as John Jarrat, who does a great job in his role as the Coroner.

Being a big fan of horror photography and films, it was very exciting to work on this film. The best part was that I was hired to photograph the death scenes! The special effects were so good I even noticed a few people on set looking queasy, I’m sure the cleaners were kept busy mopping up a few of the locations.

The film was shot entirely around the city of Perth with locations in Maylands, Beaconsfield, Point Peron and Claremont.

Here is a gallery of never before seen behind-the-scenes photos of the cast and crew. Not for the squeamish!



All images are © Needle Productions 2009.