It’s early morning in a freezing little town called Bright at the base of the Victorian snowfields. The mountains surrounding the town are white. There’s not another person to be seen - no sane human would be outside in this weather. We’re on a bridge above the rapid flowing Ovens River and I have a broken rib from a snowboarding accident the day before. Despite the conditions, what came from this - my first photo shoot for Candid Jewellery - was the first of many, many beautiful moments captured.
There was laughter, so much laughter. There was a true sense of love and passion that radiated from my beautiful subjects, warming me on that icy morning. And for me a realisation that I had just landed a dream job, I had been entrusted to capture the moments that matter. To tell the stories through images of those who have struggled, of those who had loved and lost or those who’s battles were ongoing and those who have such strength and wisdom their stories need to be told.
Brad's Top 10 Candid Photo Moments:
1. Nicole and Dave on that cold morning in Bright. Dave looks great but Nicole is simply stunning! Such a natural beauty both inside and out… I loved my time with these guys and it was the start of some really special moments with my new Candid family.
2. Continuing the cold theme…This was at Mount Lofty House at around 6am and it really should have been snowing. The beautiful Emma-Kate took it in her stride though…A true professional who rode around on a bike for me in Summer clothes until her hands turned a dangerous shade of blue.
3. "Release the glitter now!” is something I don’t often say but found myself repeating it a lot during this this shoot. This photo just makes me so happy!!! Glitter, bubbles, and the Adelady girls who have become such a special part of this project and are naturals in front of the camera.
4. It’s rare for me to get in front of the camera so people love to get the odd sneaky photo in when they can. One particular member of the team (who shall remain nameless) fancies herself a bit of a photographer and will often steal one of my cameras to capture me in action. Most of her shots are blurry but this one actually worked! I quite like it.
5. The aftermath. This image of Amelia (one of the brains behind Candid) represents my biggest regret from my time with the company. Moments earlier while very gracefully heading down to the river for a photo, Amelia fell into said river. I was not ready with my camera and missed the hilarious moment. I have berated myself ever since pondering the potential images that naturally would’ve gone viral, catapulting me to international photography fame. Oh well!
6. A photo of a photo…Why not. #ownit guru Kristen nailed this shoot and I love her for it. Stick a camera in this chicks face and she will absolutely own it! Beautiful, confident and a bit of a farm girl, I’ve had so much fun working with this talented lady!
7. Kate Collins made this look so easy! But while she looks so beautiful and relaxed the team around me were working very hard to make this shot work. There were people on ladders holding up props, I had other people on reflectors trying to redirect the sun and wind and all the while I kept moving the flowers in the background because I’m fussy like that. While I don’t like to pick favourites, my shoot with Kate was definitely up there. She was stunning in front of the camera (she’s had a little practice!!) and has a true heart of gold. A real joy.
8. This was a truly memorable moment with Hayley Pearson. The balloons symbolise her lost brother and there wasn’t a dry eye on the set. So many of my subjects have been through some incredibly tough times and to have a camera pointed in their direction while reliving the past can be immensely challenging. However Hayley was a star and the end result is really quite moving.
9. It’s a wrap!! After a long, long day of shooting we’re all a bit nutty and turn the cameras on ourselves. Amelia rocking an Owl and me a beanie…In my eyes no shoot is complete without a jump shot and we gave it a good crack!
10. The Candid Team is much bigger than this but these poor girls are the ones who have been stuck with me the most. The ones that have had to deal with my pedantic and fussy approach to imagery. The ones that have helped me lug all my gear around and loaded me with lollies to keep the energy levels up. Not to mention running my schedules and keeping me on track. These girls are the ones who have made me laugh until I’m hurting…
This project has been months in the shooting and has given me deep satisfaction. I have made so many new friends, met a multitude of inspiring people and produced work of which I am incredibly proud. From thousands of images, I hope that you have enjoyed a few of my favourites.
What a joy it has been to be a part of this team. Go #TeamCandid!
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