September - 2016

The month we leave our home of 3.5 years, and start our new adventure in Hong Kong. 

Squeezing in final sessions in Manila between packing, sorting, donating and dining - hell of a way to spend thirty days. 

KG - 2 September

E was an absolute delight - this session at her Great Grandmother's home was gorgeous. Their bond is truly special. 

E was an absolute delight - this session at her Great Grandmother's home was gorgeous. Their bond is truly special. 

JW - 4 September

Relative newcomers to the Manila scene, these brothers were absolute champions on an incredibly hot and sweaty morning. 

Relative newcomers to the Manila scene, these brothers were absolute champions on an incredibly hot and sweaty morning. 

SNS - 3 September

Twin High School Seniors and their incredible Mother who have lived around the world - currently calling Philippines home. 

Twin High School Seniors and their incredible Mother who have lived around the world - currently calling Philippines home. 

MS - 4 September

From blistering heat to driving rain, capturing these beautiful sisters and their adoring parents at home. If you look close enough you'll see the big fat raindrops over the pool. 

From blistering heat to driving rain, capturing these beautiful sisters and their adoring parents at home. If you look close enough you'll see the big fat raindrops over the pool. 

August - 2016

What a difference a month makes.... no sooner were we looking at moving back to Sydney, but an opportunity comes up in one of my Bucket List cities - Hong Kong. 

Hence, packing, apartment hunting and lots of goodbyes means not a tonne of work being done. 

Hong Kong - August 2016

6 days, 45 apartments, 7 ubers,  2 school visits, countless taxi rides - 3 salvagable photos. 

6 days, 45 apartments, 7 ubers,  2 school visits, countless taxi rides - 3 salvagable photos. 

Bledisloe Cup - 20 August

What could be my last time in the Ambassador's Residence in Manila - we are out of here in less than a month...

What could be my last time in the Ambassador's Residence in Manila - we are out of here in less than a month...

AT - 25 August

Siblings and cousins together for the first time in years - a true joy to photograph reunions. 

Siblings and cousins together for the first time in years - a true joy to photograph reunions. 

July - 2016

This month marks our repatriation to The Land Down Under - happy, sad, cold, and sunny - a true Aussie winter!

Sydney & Northern Beaches 

NL - 27 July

More farewells in the Philippines - this family was already packed and ready to go

More farewells in the Philippines - this family was already packed and ready to go

JB - 30 July

This gorgeous family is soon to be 4! 

This gorgeous family is soon to be 4! 

June - 2016

So much family love this month! Featuring some returning fave clients, newborns (did i mention twin newborns?!?!?!) and yet more farewells.....sniff. 

SND - 4 June

The second time I've had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family. Always smiling, always treating each other with tenderness and respect. When I grow up, I want to be this family. 

The second time I've had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family. Always smiling, always treating each other with tenderness and respect. When I grow up, I want to be this family. 

CM - 9 june

Complete with grandparents visiting from the United States. See the piglet? He was her mom's favourite when she was a baby. I try not to tear up on my clients, but these guys had me reaching for kleenex. 

Complete with grandparents visiting from the United States. See the piglet? He was her mom's favourite when she was a baby. I try not to tear up on my clients, but these guys had me reaching for kleenex. 

JC - 11 june

A baby shower and maternity session bundled into one amazing day. Taken just a few days before the mum-to-be jumped on a plane back to Oz. 

A baby shower and maternity session bundled into one amazing day. Taken just a few days before the mum-to-be jumped on a plane back to Oz. 

kw - 12 june

New arrivals to Manila, these guys had been in hotels for almost two months - I take my hat off to them and their hardworking mother. You guys got what it takes. 

New arrivals to Manila, these guys had been in hotels for almost two months - I take my hat off to them and their hardworking mother. You guys got what it takes. 

JB - 13 june

A two parter - the latest addition to an amazing family, and a super mom. Love you all. xxx

A two parter - the latest addition to an amazing family, and a super mom. Love you all. xxx

RP - 18 June

See the littles one? I photographed her at just a few days old. So lovely to see these three musketeers growing together. 

See the littles one? I photographed her at just a few days old. So lovely to see these three musketeers growing together. 

MB - 2016

My first ever newborn twins!!! I'll admit, some sleepless nights led up to this shoot, and a lot of time spent on Creative Live. A pigeon pair - and every part perfect. 

My first ever newborn twins!!! I'll admit, some sleepless nights led up to this shoot, and a lot of time spent on Creative Live. A pigeon pair - and every part perfect. 

Honey - 24 june

This is Honey. She is a rescue, and boy, did she hit hit the jackpot. The very spoilt fur child of two of the nicest people I've had the pleasure to meet. Those eyes....

This is Honey. She is a rescue, and boy, did she hit hit the jackpot. The very spoilt fur child of two of the nicest people I've had the pleasure to meet. Those eyes....

AMT - 25 june

Yet another Farewell session - are you seeing a pattern forming? This family is off to Moscow, by way of Athens and Manila. 

Yet another Farewell session - are you seeing a pattern forming? This family is off to Moscow, by way of Athens and Manila. 

CM - 26 june

These two little tigers were thick as thieves, and did an amazing job on an extremely hot day!

These two little tigers were thick as thieves, and did an amazing job on an extremely hot day!

ACM - 29 June

You guessed it... another farewell. These guys are off to a new adventure in Bangkok. few aussies and kiwis remaining.... all good things must come to an end. xx

You guessed it... another farewell. These guys are off to a new adventure in Bangkok. few aussies and kiwis remaining.... all good things must come to an end. xx

may - 2016

FEATURING A FAMILY / MATERNITY SESSION, THE ANZA WINE & CHEESE AND THE AGM, PLUS HIHG AND LOWS OF MANILA WEATHER!

MS - 8 may

A GORGEOUS FAMILY WHO WILL SOON BE FOUR AND NOT THREE. 

A GORGEOUS FAMILY WHO WILL SOON BE FOUR AND NOT THREE. 

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION WINE AND CHEESE EVENT - 13 MAY

A TWICE ANNUAL EVENT EVERY AUSSIE AND KIWI MARKS IN THEIR DIARIES WELL IN ADVANCE. SADLY THIS YEAR WE FAREWELLED OUR INCREDIBLE PRESIDENT, AMANDA COWIE. HAIL TO THE CHIEF. SPECIAL THANKS TO CHEF JESSI AT TOP OF THE CITI, SALCEDO. 

A TWICE ANNUAL EVENT EVERY AUSSIE AND KIWI MARKS IN THEIR DIARIES WELL IN ADVANCE. SADLY THIS YEAR WE FAREWELLED OUR INCREDIBLE PRESIDENT, AMANDA COWIE. HAIL TO THE CHIEF. SPECIAL THANKS TO CHEF JESSI AT TOP OF THE CITI, SALCEDO. 

cp - 14 may

IT DOESN'T HAPPEN OFTEN, BUT IT'S SOMETHING EVERY DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER DREADS. FOR SOME REASON, MY MEMORY CARD FAILED. THIS SESSION TOOK PLACE TWO DAYS PRIOR. CP WAS A CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL AND WE DID THE LOT AGAIN, THIS TIME WITH HER TALENTED DAUGHTER. I OWE THEM. seriously. 

IT DOESN'T HAPPEN OFTEN, BUT IT'S SOMETHING EVERY DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER DREADS. FOR SOME REASON, MY MEMORY CARD FAILED. THIS SESSION TOOK PLACE TWO DAYS PRIOR. CP WAS A CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL AND WE DID THE LOT AGAIN, THIS TIME WITH HER TALENTED DAUGHTER. I OWE THEM. seriously. 

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - 19 MAY

HELD AT THE AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE IN NORTH FORBES. THANKING A WONDERFUL TEAM WHO WORK TIRELESSLY AND WELCOMING THE NEW GUARD. SPECIAL THANKS TO TASTY TUCKER FOR THE CATERING AND TO HER EXCELLENCY AMANDA GORLEY

HELD AT THE AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE IN NORTH FORBES. THANKING A WONDERFUL TEAM WHO WORK TIRELESSLY AND WELCOMING THE NEW GUARD. SPECIAL THANKS TO TASTY TUCKER FOR THE CATERING AND TO HER EXCELLENCY AMANDA GORLEY

CA - 20 MAY

THIS SQUISHY BUNDLE WEIGHED IN AT 4KG - A BEAUTIFUL SESSION COMPLETE WITH THEIR PUG "BRUCE WILLIS", OLDER SISTER AND GRANDMOTHER. 

THIS SQUISHY BUNDLE WEIGHED IN AT 4KG - A BEAUTIFUL SESSION COMPLETE WITH THEIR PUG "BRUCE WILLIS", OLDER SISTER AND GRANDMOTHER. 

rs - 21 may

THE STUNNING INDIAN COSTUMES LOOKED INCREDIBLY IN THIS SESSION. THE LOVE WAS PALPABLE. 

THE STUNNING INDIAN COSTUMES LOOKED INCREDIBLY IN THIS SESSION. THE LOVE WAS PALPABLE. 

ms - 22 may

WELCOME TO MANILA FOR THIS AUSSIE FAMILY. WHO ARE MUCH BRAVER THAN ME AND RIDE JEEPNEYS... FEATURING THE ICONIC ARCH OF THE PSE  AND AYALA TRIANGLE GARDENS

WELCOME TO MANILA FOR THIS AUSSIE FAMILY. WHO ARE MUCH BRAVER THAN ME AND RIDE JEEPNEYS... FEATURING THE ICONIC ARCH OF THE PSE  AND AYALA TRIANGLE GARDENS

CD - 29 may

DRIVING TO THIS SESSION THE HEAVENS OPENED. THUNDER, LIGHTNING, THE WORKS. IT'S AMAZING WHAT TWENTY MINUTES CAN DO. THE GARDENS OF SERENDRA WERE LUSH AND PRACTICALLY DESERTED. AND WE DIDN'T GET TOO HOT! WINS ALL AROUND!

DRIVING TO THIS SESSION THE HEAVENS OPENED. THUNDER, LIGHTNING, THE WORKS. IT'S AMAZING WHAT TWENTY MINUTES CAN DO. THE GARDENS OF SERENDRA WERE LUSH AND PRACTICALLY DESERTED. AND WE DIDN'T GET TOO HOT! WINS ALL AROUND!

April 2016

Featuring a family reunion to celebrate a nany girl, a very special birthday party, and a beautiful aussie home session. 

SEC - 2 april

my second session with this beautiful aussie family in their new home. 

my second session with this beautiful aussie family in their new home. 

rwo - 3 april

This session was a two parter - family joined from all over the world to celebrate the birth of this perfect little treasure. One of my largest home studio sessions!

This session was a two parter - family joined from all over the world to celebrate the birth of this perfect little treasure. One of my largest home studio sessions!

KSM - 12 & 13 APRIL

An incredible two day session on site at Kings School Manila. 2 days, 160 students, 12 classes and groups. 

An incredible two day session on site at Kings School Manila. 2 days, 160 students, 12 classes and groups. 

carlos celdran - livin la vida imelda - 15 april

The second time I have seen Mr. Celdran's brilliant one man show - Livin La Vida Imelda. A walk through the history of the Philippines. Witty, political, without compare. 

The second time I have seen Mr. Celdran's brilliant one man show - Livin La Vida Imelda. A walk through the history of the Philippines. Witty, political, without compare. 

KJL - 30 april

Pioneers amongst the Aussies and Kiwis in Manila - after five years this incredible family have returned home to New Zealand. Was an honour to photograph their Farewell to Manila, and very, very sad. 

Pioneers amongst the Aussies and Kiwis in Manila - after five years this incredible family have returned home to New Zealand. Was an honour to photograph their Farewell to Manila, and very, very sad. 

MNM - 30 april 

A very special birthday for a very special girl. Why go camping when you can go glamping? Complete with treasure hunt, BBQ and themed cupcakes. 

A very special birthday for a very special girl. Why go camping when you can go glamping? Complete with treasure hunt, BBQ and themed cupcakes. 

MARCH - 2016

HAPPY EASTER, AND WHAT A MONTH! FEATURING SOME ABSOLUTELY DIVINE NEWBORNS, AN EASTER BUNNY, AND A TRIP TO AUSTRALIA WITH AN ENGAGEMENT AND A WEDDING!

EE - 3 MARCH

THIS EXQUISITE LITTLE ROSEBUD WAS THE QUINTESSENTIAL THUMBELINA  - JUST LIKE SHE HAS WOKEN UP FROM A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER. ALSO THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF MY NEW GIGANTIC 6 FOOT OCTABOX - IT WAS A HIT.

THIS EXQUISITE LITTLE ROSEBUD WAS THE QUINTESSENTIAL THUMBELINA  - JUST LIKE SHE HAS WOKEN UP FROM A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER. ALSO THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF MY NEW GIGANTIC 6 FOOT OCTABOX - IT WAS A HIT.

HIPPITY HOPPITY - 5 MARCH

IN MY MIND, I'M A WILDLY FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHER WHO CREATES MAGICAL WORLDS TO BE LIVED THROUGH CELLULOID - WE CAN DREAM, RIGHT? THUS - EVERY HOLIDAY I LIKE TO TRY TO DO A LITTLE THEME SHOOT IN CELEBRATION. BEHOLD MY LITTLE FRANKIE COTTONTAIL - WHO WAS NOTHING BUT AGREEABLE. HAPPY EASTER!

IN MY MIND, I'M A WILDLY FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHER WHO CREATES MAGICAL WORLDS TO BE LIVED THROUGH CELLULOID - WE CAN DREAM, RIGHT? THUS - EVERY HOLIDAY I LIKE TO TRY TO DO A LITTLE THEME SHOOT IN CELEBRATION. BEHOLD MY LITTLE FRANKIE COTTONTAIL - WHO WAS NOTHING BUT AGREEABLE. HAPPY EASTER!

RD - 11 MARCH

BOTH AN INCREDIBLY MOVING SHOOT AND A HARROWING ONE. THIS IS MY AMAZING BFFS BRAND NEW BABY GIRL. SHOT ON LOCATION IN THEIR HOME IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, I WAS WITHOUT 95% PERCENT OF MY EQUIPMENT AND HAD SPACE CONSTRAINTS. AFTER SOME EXPERIMENTING AND MOVING, OH, MOST OF THEIR FURNITURE, WE GOT SOME TRULY SPECIAL SHOTS, AND SHE WAS AWESOME. AWAKE, BUT AWESOME. 

BOTH AN INCREDIBLY MOVING SHOOT AND A HARROWING ONE. THIS IS MY AMAZING BFFS BRAND NEW BABY GIRL. SHOT ON LOCATION IN THEIR HOME IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, I WAS WITHOUT 95% PERCENT OF MY EQUIPMENT AND HAD SPACE CONSTRAINTS. AFTER SOME EXPERIMENTING AND MOVING, OH, MOST OF THEIR FURNITURE, WE GOT SOME TRULY SPECIAL SHOTS, AND SHE WAS AWESOME. AWAKE, BUT AWESOME. 

D & S - 12 MARCH

ITS HARD TO IMAGINE THAT TEN YEARS AGO, I MET A CRAZY KID AT PURPLE SNEAKERS AND THAT ONE DAY I WOULD PHOTOGRAPH HIS ENGAGEMENT PARTY. TRUE STORY. THESE GUYS REDEFINE MODERN SYDNEY COUPLE. SPECIAL THANKS TO HTTP://TILBURYHOTEL.COM.AU/ FOR THE AWESOME SPREAD AND THE CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH GREATLY MISSED FRIENDS. 

ITS HARD TO IMAGINE THAT TEN YEARS AGO, I MET A CRAZY KID AT PURPLE SNEAKERS AND THAT ONE DAY I WOULD PHOTOGRAPH HIS ENGAGEMENT PARTY. TRUE STORY. THESE GUYS REDEFINE MODERN SYDNEY COUPLE. SPECIAL THANKS TO HTTP://TILBURYHOTEL.COM.AU/ FOR THE AWESOME SPREAD AND THE CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH GREATLY MISSED FRIENDS. 

S & A - 24 MARCH

ANOTHER VERY DEAR FRIEND FROM WHAT SEEMS LIKE LIFETIMES AGO. SARAH & AARON TRULY CRACKED A MARVELLOUS HARBOUR DAY TO TIE THE KNOT IN FRONT OF CLOSE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. IT WAS AN HONOUR AND A PRIVILEGE TO SHARE THIS MOMENTOUS OCCASION WITH THEM. PS - HAVE A GANDER AT THE COATHANGER! WHAT A VIEW! 

ANOTHER VERY DEAR FRIEND FROM WHAT SEEMS LIKE LIFETIMES AGO. SARAH & AARON TRULY CRACKED A MARVELLOUS HARBOUR DAY TO TIE THE KNOT IN FRONT OF CLOSE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. IT WAS AN HONOUR AND A PRIVILEGE TO SHARE THIS MOMENTOUS OCCASION WITH THEM. PS - HAVE A GANDER AT THE COATHANGER! WHAT A VIEW! 

February - 2016

happy Valentines day! Featuring a First Birthday, A Farewell, a Rock and Roll Familym weekend jaunt to Singapore and a quick trip to Paradise

KM - 6 February

I used to think I could put on a birthday party, Throw together some dips, string up a garland, i went alright. Then i Met this mother, and i realised  i has been sorely mistaken. She is a force of nature. each event is more spectacular than the last. 

AC - 8 February

You can't make your friends hire you, but you can plant subliminal images in their head. A milestone for me - photographing some of the most charismatic young gentlemen i've had the pleasure to meet, and bringing fill light to exterior shots. Goboing in the philippines is something i've always battled (it's really sunny, constantly) so this is something i will be doing from now on. Love the hyper green. And the boys skin? They really look like that. 

Singapore - 20 February

Im sure this has happened to me more than once, but this is the only time I can remember, and possibly the time it mattered most. Kids - never, EVERm leave home without your battery charger, or at the very least a charge battery. We were in Singapore for three glorious days, and what do i have to show for it? Our murky, overcast boat cruise. Did I mention it was the end of Chinese New Year? I can barely talk about it. 

Im sure this has happened to me more than once, but this is the only time I can remember, and possibly the time it mattered most. Kids - never, EVERm leave home without your battery charger, or at the very least a charge battery. We were in Singapore for three glorious days, and what do i have to show for it? Our murky, overcast boat cruise. Did I mention it was the end of Chinese New Year? I can barely talk about it. 

Siargao - 25 February

If, by some stroke of fate (you lucky devil) get the opporutunity to go to Siargao in Northern Mindenau, grab it with both hands and never let go. I've had some amazing holidays in the Philippines, but this was by far the mostest awesomest ever. Special thanks go to the amazing team at http://luxsiargao.com/ for a truly wonderful getaway.

If, by some stroke of fate (you lucky devil) get the opporutunity to go to Siargao in Northern Mindenau, grab it with both hands and never let go. I've had some amazing holidays in the Philippines, but this was by far the mostest awesomest ever. Special thanks go to the amazing team at http://luxsiargao.com/ for a truly wonderful getaway.

JANUARY - 2016

FEATURING 2 FAMILY REUNIONS, 3 NEWBORNS, SOME CHARITY AND A HELLUVA WEDDING

KW - 6 JANUARY 

A new years baby, and a first for this beautiful couple - a perfect little petal of a baby girl. Love the scale of her hand against her father's - newborn magic. 

HA - 12 January

I've had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous family before - and now there is a new member! Parnets visiting from afar, and welcoming a new baby boy. Absolute delight. 

AC - 16 JANUARY

An honour and a delight - one of my first friends when i moved to Manila almost three years ago. Through holidays, birthday parties, trampolines and dress ups, I love this family, and this is one of my favourite shoots of the past twelve months. I love kids being kids - and these guys have that in spades. 

VM - 23 JANUARY

Combing two of my favourite things - weddings and a cheeky lunch at Antonio's. These guys were married in Auckland before Christmas, and I was so honoured to capture the Philippines leg of getting hitched. A spectacular setting with newly found, yet steadfast friends. 

ANZA AND SPRINGBOARD FUNDRAISING - 25 JANUARY 2016

I've worked closely with both ANZA (Australia New Zealand Association) and Springboard Foundation over the course of my stay in the Philippines. Each your the ANZA board chooses a charity to fundraise for during the year. This year, ANZA partnered with local charity Springboard to invest in the heavily relied upon maternity and NICU at Bulacan. If you would like to donate, visit http://www.anzamanila.org/ 

I've worked closely with both ANZA (Australia New Zealand Association) and Springboard Foundation over the course of my stay in the Philippines. Each your the ANZA board chooses a charity to fundraise for during the year. This year, ANZA partnered with local charity Springboard to invest in the heavily relied upon maternity and NICU at Bulacan. If you would like to donate, visit http://www.anzamanila.org/ 

PW - 20 january 2016

YOu know how JANUARY is technically winter in the philippines? not this day. this day was hot. darwin hot. singapore hot. this awesome bunch of aussies came to visit their favourite sister and aunt who has been living in manila for some time. luckily they were absolute troopers.  

FM  - 8 january

some shoots have tears, some shoots have laughs, and some shoots are an absolute joy, from beginning to end. this is a family reunion of  brothers, sisters, NIECES, nephews, cousins and GRANDPARENTS from three continents. 15 subjects, 8 adults, 7 kids. extraordinary effort from these guys. 

NEW YEAR - NEW BLOG

I once heard that when man makes plans, God Laughs. I had very grand plans for my blog in 2015. Virtual tours, behind the scenes, live interviews, videos! So many ideas So! So much growth! And it didn't happen. I couldn't understand it - EVERY TIME i had this amazing idea and sat down to do it, i just couldn't. I had this CREATIVE ROADBLOCK which i could not get around, no matter how hard i tried. 

So i examined the problem. What do i do? I take photographs. What do i want to be doing in five years? Take the best damn photographs I can, and keep getting better and better and better. 

What you will see here is a REFLECTION of what i do - month to month, highlights of my shoots, my wonderful clients and how i approach different scenes and challenges. 

Thanks to my generous, supportive subjects, models and families for their creativity, warmth and encouragement. It all comes down to you. 

JB xx