BFOP 2023 INSTRUCTORS
Say g'day to your BFOP2023 instructor team!
RETURNING IN 2023
Those who dare to come back again and again...
Founder of BFOP & epic motorbike photographer
Some call him the Godfather of BFOP but lets give credit where credit is due, this man gave BFOP life way back in 2017 and so Mother BFOP is probably a much more fitting name.
Nick is principally responsible for looking stressed and herding participants in the right direction whilst providing inspiring pep-talks to the BFOP instructor team. When Nick isn’t running festivals he’s out in the wild either photographing motorbikes or falling off them. If you see him at the brewery then he will impart his entire photographic knowledge for the price of a pint of beer. He’s a true inspiration and runs workshops not to be missed!
Director of BFOP & wildlife/underwater photographer
I’ve been in photography now for over 19 years in all kinds of environments, from underwater to aerial, international corporate and journalistic and I am truly an open book with my knowledge. I believe that everyone has the ability to create beautiful images with the right advice and a focus on simplicity. My photography workshops put the focus on real learning rather than simply getting pretty pictures, they are about showing you a different way of seeing things and giving you practical tools to capture the world around you.
So you might be wondering why my workshops are getting such a good wrap? Well, all of my photography workshops are small group environments where sharing knowledge and ideas is encouraged. I don’t take life too seriously and rather focus on fun analogies, stories and ideas that really gel with you rather than complex, forgettable tech-spec-speak. Whether you’re a beginner with your camera or an experienced enthusiast my photography workshops aim to simplify complex ideas and shift the focus away from the technical to the creative and it is evident in the reviews I receive.
To help you on your way, all of my workshops include access to our private Facebook support group where you can share your images, get feedback and grow alongside our group of dedicated and talented workshop participants. With over 2000 students and a 5 star rating my photography workshops truly do change the way you see your photography and the world around you.
Visual Artist & Event Photographer
Events Photographer and Visual Artist Kym Vulling has embraced her love of sensual connection and mixed media with a series of award-winning creative projects.
With a passion for capturing the most intimate of moments, Kym creates decadent, respectful imagery that embraces the full spectrum of sexuality and gender. Her belief that sexuality and identity should be celebrated rather than hidden inspired her to create artworks that elevate the erotic image. Through exploring sensuality in various forms, her projects delve into one of the more vulnerable and raw representations of human connection.
Kym is also the Director of Refocus Retreat – a 4-day 3-night retreat and conference for women in photography, which will be celebrating its 6th retreat in August 2023.
Light Painter & Olympus Visionary
Denis Smith tales his light painting seriously, but not too seriously. He believes that this incredible form of photography can expand the mind, and loosen things up. Rule of thirds? How about the rule of fun! In these crazy days of lockdowns across the globe, Denis has taken his passion for learning online creating an epic Youtube channel full of tips for beginners or light painting legends. Love, light and laughs are the mantra.
Cam is our tame Taswegian. We have even had him house trained just for BFOP. He is a spectacularly accomplished landscape photographer and runs high end workshops around Australia. He also has a style we love, with longer lenses, a super eye for tone and texture, and restraint on that saturation slider….mmm lovely.
If you want to introduce a bit of subtly to your landscape photography Cam is your man! What’s more he knows Bright really well and runs a fabulous course here every year.
Environmental Portraiture photographer & photography educator
Anyone who’s met Craig knows he is one of the most decent humans to walk this planet. If your zest for life if flagging just get a bit of Craig’s irresistible optimism.
He’s spent 36 years in the industry and been successful as a commercial, portraiture, wedding and even scientific photography, he’s even photographed for NASA! Craig doesn’t stop there though, he’s perhaps best known locally for his TV fame after publishing the Best Seller “Men and their Sheds”.
He’s an educator, mentor and advocate for professional practice within the industry for 22 year in Australia and perhaps to us most importantly a mental health advocate who brings the community together through his Photography Walks for Wellbeing group!
Landscape & Aerial Photographer
FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO FOLLOW MY PASSION – FINE ART LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY.
Driven by my desire to showcase the beauty of the landscape, I spend many months of every year creating new photographs for upcoming limited and open edition prints and book projects.
I first fell in love with photography at the age of 13. Following my love of ornithology, I photographed birds. Once leaving university, I pursued a career in sports photography where I covered over 300 events across Australia and the world, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In 1997, I did my first serious landscape shoot, walking the Overland Track in Tasmania. Inspired by the likes of Ken Duncan and Peter Lik, I pursued my landscape photography at every opportunity. Borrowing then eventually buying my own panoramic film camera, I was obsessed with capturing the beauty of the Australia landscape in the best way possible. The large 6x17cms produced far superior prints to the 35mm counterpart.
In 2009 I published my first landscape books on Cradle Mountain, The Milford Track and the Routeburn Tracks in New Zealand. In 2018, I fulfilled my dream of having my own gallery, opening in Main Street, Mornington, Victoria.
For the past 25 years, I’ve had the privilege to call the Australian wilderness my office. For me, there’s nothing more exhilarating than being surrounded by this serenity. Whether it be standing on top of a mountain, or wandering along an ancient dry creek bed, my heart and soul always feels at home amongst these landscapes.
My drive is to showcase the immense beauty and variety of Australia by bringing his art into every home and office. In doing so, I hope to highlight the importance of protecting what we are so lucky to call our home. And for my artwork to bring people together; to get them talking to one another, challenging their visual perceptions and levels of interpretation, on a deeper and more spiritual level.
Louise describes herself as a mum of two beautiful girls, a wife, a business woman, a daughter, a horsewoman and slightly creative nut living in Drouin, Victoria. At BOFP, we would also like upgrade ‘creative nut’ to straight out crazy! They say never work with animals and children and this incredible photographer does both! She’s hugely talented, multi-awarded and runs workshops and tutoring throughout West Gippsland!
My name is Adrian Whear (FAPS) from Melbourne, Australia with a strong interest in the street and documentary genre. I am not a street photographer that has studied the works of the renown pioneers of the genre, nor have I completed a photography qualification. Simply I am mostly a self-taught amateur photographer. First and foremost, I just love walking the streets and alleys of my hometown Melbourne and its inner suburbs. If I happen to get some reasonable frames during these walks, then all the better. As a street photographer my ultimate aim is to capture an ordinary everyday scene but to show it in an extraordinary way. Finalist: 2019 Aussie street. People’s choice award – Shot in the Heart of Melbourne exhibition, 3rd Place – Snapped photography compettiion, City of Melbourne, Exhibited photo – In the Shadows, Victorian Archives; FIAP and PSA gold medalist. Australian Association of Street Photographers (AASPI) – committee member.
Portrait Photographer & Print Specialist
“There are some portraits that simply say what we look like, and there’s some that say who we are.”
So remarked a photographer and Judge of Keren’s work.
Keren is an accomplished photographer and visual artist who creates masterful photographic portraits. She finds a unique way of telling her subject’s story and makes the experience a collaborative, enjoyable and meaningful one.
Keren’s creativity extends to the design and fabrication of costumes and sets. Utilizing her industry recognised postproduction skills Keren moulds her inspirational work from concept to completion.
Known for her expertise, distinctive style and empathetic approach, Keren is sought after by advertising agencies, financial institutions, corporations, the care sector, theatre groups and performers. Clients include TBWA, Medibank Private, ANZ bank, RACV, Yooralla.
Keren has exhibited around Australia in a variety of indoor and outdoor galleries. Fortyfivedownstairs-Melbourne, The Outside Gallery-Newport, Head On Photo Festival-Sydney, Freemantle International Portrait Prize Exhibition.
Keren, a lecturer for over 12 years has an inspirational teaching style which encourages her students’ growth in their own artistic practise.
She regularly presents workshops and artist talks sharing her knowledge and passion with the photographic community.
Keren is currently offering classes and workshops in photography and postproduction.
Landscape & Sports Photographer
I’ve shot so many different things that it’s hard to remember, sports, sailing, animals, food, interiors, super yachts, portraits and all sorts of other stuff but I mostly remember that it’s been a blast and taken me all around the world 🙂
Portrait and Fine Art photographer
Vicki Bell is a Melbourne based portrait and fine art photographer with an extensive career spanning 30 years. Vicki is a passionate educator and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
She is currently a lecturer at Collarts in Melbourne as well as operating her photographic portrait business..
Vicki is an Aipp Master II Photographer and Aipp judge. Throughout the years Vick has achieved numerous AIPP awards. In 2020 Vicki won two 1st place categories in the Rise International Photography Awards. Vicki’s fun energy, quirkiness, and enthusiasm for all things photography is contagious. 🙂
Waterfall & Landscape Photographer
Hi i’m Adam, A Melbourne, Victoria based photographer and content creator. I have a passion for landscape and long exposure photography. I love nothing more than escaping the major cities and finding beautiful images.
After completing a Bachelor of Film production in 2012 I found shooting single still images very rewarding and somewhat more exciting over shooting moving pictures. I use a combination of traditional in-camera techniques and advanced post processing to create realistic yet surreal images. Every image I take I am trying to show the world through my eyes, bright colours, glassy water and beautiful light. 🙂
Extreme Sports Photographer
I am an image maker, storyteller, content creator and accidental adventurer. I am one of the privileged few whose vocation allows me to venture to remote and spectacular locations around the globe. But the cold hard facts are I am no big wall climber or hardcore alpine mountaineer, nor am I a platinum frequent flyer with a suit in one bag and snowboard in the other. I am in no-mans land, somewhere in between.
I am a professional happy snapper, writer, travel bum, salt water addict and sponsored photographer. I’m a wannabe coffee snob and I overuse the term ‘happy days.’
I was born and bred on a wild coast of the driest continent on the planet, where mountains are of liquid form, moulded by the cold winds of Southern Australian winters colliding with the great ocean swells of the Pacific Ocean. My childhood uniform consisted of wetsuit and board rather than camera and film or ice-axe and crampons.
My parents instilled in me a love of Australia’s vast deserts, then the power of Southern Ocean before I discovered the silence of Australia’s Alpine wilderness. They all ignited an awe of mother nature and her offerings.
Along the way I studied biomedical and forensic photography, I collected a degree … I worked in a hospital… for a month.
The adventurous souls I collided with convinced me to explore the fascinating world of adventure sport and our natural world through image making. I soon concocted projects, assignments & goals, all the while commissions surged from private clients.
Somebody, somewhere noticed my work and brands I revered offered sponsorship. My sponsor family grew. I don’t know if I am deserving of such fortune, but I will ride the wave whilst it will have me.
My photography spans editorial & commercial. I tell stories through imagery for brands and global companies all whilst feeding a passion for fusing photos with the written word through commissioned editorial.
I explore motion picture, I am in awe of the power of motion storytelling.
More than a decade in and I still have too much to learn.
Some label me a commercial photographer, others a documentary photojournalist… I remain unconvinced of either. My world see-saws between commissions both home and abroad while personal projects grow in scale on a notepad. I challenge myself with high-end studio projects before boarding a plane to a frozen Arctic Tundra.
By and large, commissions revolve around environment; A world of winter and summer.
It is a spectacular playground Mother Nature provides, and she is often the true hero.
Capturing energy balanced with the grandeur of some locales does not always come easily… Mother Earth can be harsh. But I have gathered from experts or learned the long way, just how to get the job done.
The side effect of imagery, documentary & exploration is a continual search for excuses to venture to inspiring destinations, even when sometimes it does not make sense. But the upside is I get to explore imagery for a living, tell stories and document remarkable cultures, people and brands . All immersed within a majestic landscape, sometimes natural sometimes man made,
And along the way, and most importantly, “I get to Live!”
Photographic Digital Artist
Karen Alsop is an international award winning Australian, Melbourne based photographic digital artist. Expanding on two decades of photographic and graphic design experience, Karen brings photography and art together to create stunning artworks that tell a story and take the viewer into another world.
Sports Photographer / Bright Local
In 2013, Jean-Pierre majored in Commercial Photography at Photography Study College based in Melbourne. Embracing the photographic industry, Jean-Pierre has succeeded to bring his work to a professional standard. A member of the Australia Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) for the last 10 years, Jean-Pierre has been able to work in different fields such as event-sport photography, photojournalism, commercial photography, food photography, real estate photography, weddings & landscapes. In 2014, Jean-Pierre moved to Bright in High Country Victoria, the perfect place in Australia for photographers. Finding slowly his place in this great new community, Jean-Pierre is currently working with local businesses, the Alpine Shire and he is still following his passion for sport and cycling collaborating often with Cycling Victoria and Cycling Australia. In 2018, Jean- Pierre started to share his photography knowledge through workshops to help people to have a better understanding of their cameras and photography. Jean-Pierre always brings the best in his photography making to the people and companies he works with, and he is always kind to communicate his passion to others.
Outdoor Portrait Photographer
When engaging with your project Aaron brings with his photography skills a wealth of professional experience in performance, choreography and design. From a large scale production promotional shoot to a single artists portrait your project will become a visual collaboration created from a unique skill set honed within the arts industry. The main goal of working on a project with you is to make a strikingly fresh outcome that will transport and inspire the viewer.
Originally from London, Aaron ran away with the circus after completing a BA in Circus Arts and Theatre Practice to become an aerial acrobat touring the world for a decade. His love of travel and working alongside physically dynamic artists led to a deep passion in capturing these moments with a creative photography practice that celebrates the power and uniqueness of the physical form. Since settling in Melbourne Aaron has been an aerial coach at the National Institute of Circus Arts, completed a BD in Graphic Design at Swinburne University and became an award winning graduate of the Advanced Diploma course at the Photography Studies College.
As a photographer he has built a reputation as a portrait and events photographer, working with a wide range of clients spanning visual and performing arts groups, government and not for profit organisations and the retail sector.
Fine Art Photographer
Mahoney uses performative photography and portraiture to explore the relationship between personal loss, our history and how grief can echo in the Australian landscape as an absence.
Mahoney holds a PhD at Monash University, ‘Using Photography as an Analogy in the Experience of Death and Mourning’. She received the inaugural Wai Tang Commissioning Award at MGA and two Highly Commended in the Olive Cotton Award. Her work is held in public and private collections in Australia, and in private collections in UK and USA.
Christopher Hopkins is a freelance visual journalist from Australia.
Born and raised in rural Victoria, Australia, Chris travelled extensively internationally for six years before embarking on a photographic career. After graduating from college in 2010, Chris’ creative and intuitive eye saw him hired by Australia’s largest mastheads, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
In 2012 he documented the lives of second-generation Agent Orange victims in Vietnam and was awarded the Walkley slideshow prize. Covering this story would lead to a deeper sense of purpose for his photography. He has since gone on to cover humanitarian issues globally with the intent to bring human rights issues to the forefront of public awareness.
Chris aims to open a dialogue into the issue he is documenting. His imagery seeks to ask questions of the audience whilst providing an empathetic connection to the subject. Highly active in the mental health space, much of his project work examines the relationship between those living with mental health issues and their environment, exploring how systemic and societal custom inform our perceptions of these marginalised groups.
Chris’ work features in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Jakarta Globe, The Irish Times, and for UNHCR and Amnesty International.
Chris is a two-time Walkley winner (2018 – Photographic Essay, 2020 – Photo of the Year) and in 2021 was awarded 2nd Place by Pictures of the Year International (POYi) in the Daily Life category.
His work with central African victims of combat trauma was recognized as a finalist in the 2015 United Nations Media Awards, and his series Home[Less] was a finalist in the 2017 Amnesty International Media Awards; two of several honors and commendations his work has earned from POYi, The Walkley Foundation for Journalism, Amnesty International, The National Portrait Prize and the Pacific Asia Newspaper Awards.
He is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
NEWBIES FOR 2023!
New to BFOP but veterans of the industry!
Portrait, family and landscape photography
Emily is an optimist, unashamed hugger and believes life is too short for bad coffee.
She’s a lover of the outdoors, nature and camping, a retired rock-climber and now ultra-marathon endurance trail runner; which she will happily talk about for hours if you give her half a chance.
She’s a pretty terrible cook, (her mother would be turning in her grave) but is pretty creative in getting around her flaws in the kitchen, and is currently compiling her masterpiece “Fake It ’til You Bake It”, a cookbook for people who hate cooking.
There’s almost nothing Emily hasn’t photographed throughout her 25 years in the industry, beginning her career in newspapers, experiencing the grit and stench of film, darkrooms and photojournalism through to the transition into digital and instant uploads.
Nowadays she runs her own business which has her job satisfaction at an all time high, photographing families, landscapes, nature and commercial jobs, with the philosophy of alignment and connection to her subject at the core of all her work; even if that is connecting with a piece of cake.
Portraiture & Travel
Glynn Lavender is, without a doubt, the greatest photographer in the world with the name Glynn Lavender.
The fact that he is the only person in the world with that name is irrelevant.
Glynn is also a global ambassador for Tamron Lenses.
Glynn is an available light portrait shooter. He’ll use any light available if it creates the look he’s after.
Glynn loves sharing his passion for people photography and Dad jokes. Unfortunately, they are a package deal so you can’t get one without the other.
Glynn runs international photo tours to places like India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and more as well as running day long lighting workshops around Australia and the USA.
There is only one thing Glynn loves talking about more than photography, and that thing is himself so strap yourself in for a workshop or two or sit down and listen to him ramble on about travel portraits and himself.
Hey, I’m Joel, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have immersed myself in photography, capturing the love stories of couples for a fantastic nine years. Honestly, it’s hard to believe I get to do this for a living—it’s a dream come true!
What makes me different? Well, I’ve always been drawn to breaking away from the ordinary. Weddings, to me, should be portrayed in a way that goes beyond the typical, clichéd shots. I want each image to truly reflect the uniqueness of every couple, steering clear of any overused wedding photo cliches. After all, every relationship is special, so their photographs should be too.
My true passion lies in candid and documentary-style photography for weddings. There’s something enchanting about capturing raw, unscripted moments—just people being themselves. Those genuine emotions and interactions are what truly touches my heart.
When I’m not busy behind the camera capturing connections, you’ll likely find me enjoying some action-packed pursuits. From scaling stunning cliffs during rock climbing adventures to riding my Honda Goldwing, and yeah, I might have a penchant for impulsive, meaningful tattoos that represent my adventurous spirit.
But above all, the moments I cherish the most are the ones spent with my amazing son. Creating memories together is just as precious to me as the photographs I take for others. Family always comes first in my book!
Landscape & Nature
Adam, an eager landscape, and nature photographer, finds his true calling in the wide-open spaces of the outback. Living amidst its raw beauty has given him a profound appreciation for the rugged charm that few get to experience firsthand.
With two decades of photography experience under his belt, Adam has explored various genres, immersing himself in every aspect of the art. But what truly sets his soul on fire is sharing his knowledge and experience with fellow photographers. From hands-on workshops to captivating camera club presentations, and even chance encounters in the wilderness, Adam thrives on building personal connections within the community, fuelling collective passion.
Jo has lived and worked on four continents and accumulated a wealth of visual, emotional and life-defining experiences which have all combined to create a fresh, vibrant and refreshingly natural look to her photography. Jo’s images have won multiple awards and have been featured internationally. She loves wildlife and the beauty of nature and light, she has a great eye for composition and colour and her fabulous (and sometimes outrageous) personality helps put you at ease and ensures you will have a great experience
Landscape and Nature Photographer
Based in Omeo, my family and I moved up to the High Country from Melbourne back in 2017 seeking a quieter life away from the stress and noise of the city. From the moment we arrived I have been in complete awe of this stunning region and have spent the entire time immersed in the landscape with my camera looking for ways to capture its unique beauty.
Like most landscape and nature photographer’s I initially began photographing wide sweeping scenes trying to capture its vastness however I soon found myself gravitating towards a more intimate style of work that felt more rewarding personally and also helped me tell a much deeper story.
Ingrid Wood (MAPh)
Education & Public Engagement Coordinator at the Museum of Australian Photography
Ingrid Wood is the Education & Public Engagement Coordinator at the Museum of Australian Photography. Before joining MAPh at the start of 2023, she was with the Audience Engagement and Learning team at the NGV. Creative projects and fun ways to connect clever humans to great art and ideas: they are her jam.
Fine Art Photographer
Anne Zahalka is one of Australia’s most highly-regarded photo-media artists having exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas for more than thirty years. Her work has often explored cultural stereotyping and has challenged these with a humorous and critical voice. She deconstructs familiar images and re-presents them to allow other figures and stories to be told that reflect on cultural diversity, gender and difference within Australian society.
Anne has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, winning the Macarthur Cook Art Prize (2008), the National Photographic Prize (2007) and the Leopold Godowsky Photography Award in Boston, (2005). Sydney Airport commissioned a major photographic project titled Welcome to Sydney, (2003) portraying migrants against the backdrop of Sydney’s multicultural community. She was awarded another portrait commission in 2014 to mark the 25th Anniversary of Parliament House in Canberra and chose to represent the employees (not the politicians) in the building and the environments they work in.
Anne lives and works in Newtown, Sydney with her husband, daughter Alice, and Lord Gary, their cat.