Meet Team BFOP 2021!
BFOP 2021 Festival Instructors
The 2021 all-star lineup of photography instructors!
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 13 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.
Wedding, Maternity & Newborn Photography
If you were to ask, I would say I easily have the best job in the world!
I’ve always had a massive interest in photography, and following a successful tenure in commercial work and journalism I surprised even myself when I turned my eye to wedding photography and fell completely in love with it!
Experiencing and being invited to document a couple’s relationship and their vulnerabilities in some of their most moving and intimate moments is the thrill that underpins my approach. Freezing the emotions and experiences, knowing that these images will be enjoyed by generations to come, bestows me with immeasurable gratitude.
I try to always carry my camera with humour, compassion and boundless curiosity. My tribe consists of my handsome hubby Jez, our beautiful daughter River and our many furry and feathered babies. We live in the beautiful Macedon Ranges where we also run an equestrian property, attempt to grow our own veggies and do what we can to encourage our reluctant chooks to lay some eggs! My greatest weaknesses in no particular order are good coffee, too much chocolate and wine of any colour!
Landscape & Aerial Photography
Mieke Boynton grew up in Porepunkah, where she was a child labourer in her family Winery, a member of the Mount Buffalo ski squad, and a bit of a book-worm. After undertaking a four-year rowing scholarship in the USA, becoming a teacher, competing for Australia in Bobsleigh and spending 10 years in the Kimberley, she’s now returned home to Bright to be a full-time landscape photographer.
In 2018, Mieke was named “Victorian Travel Photographer of the Year” by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and the following year, she took out the coveted title of AIPP Victorian Landscape Photographer of the Year. She specialises in hanging out of helicopters and planes to take aerial photographs and three of her aerials hit the limelight last year as she became the first Australian and first woman to win the prestigious Epson International Pano Awards. Mieke is a Grand Master Photographer in the Australian Photographic Society (APS) and was awarded the Exhibitor’s Medal in 2017. She has received fourteen FIAP Gold medals from the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP).
She currently enjoys sharing her knowledge through online presentations and virtual workshops, but she’s pretty keen to run local in-person Workshops again once this pandemic is under control! She also sells fine art prints of her landscapes and aerials and has a couple of books on offer.
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 33 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. 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!
Karl is a four time BFOP vet and the ex-Olympus Professional Photography Manager, a tragic golfer, always-injured long distance runner, keen chef and consumer of whatever he plates up for the camera, lover of ‘Fresh Pow’, composer of weak dad jokes, educator concerning all things photographic, particularly and passionately those subjects which highlight the Olympus advantage, and lately, a devoted grandfather. Together with Aaron Harival, he was awarded Olympus’ Global CEO’s award for 2019 for excellence in service and innovation. His many online courses have been consumed by hundreds of Olympus devotees during isolation and now he’s written two new courses for BFOP.
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
Keren Dobia 2019 AIPP Victorian Photographer of the Year, portrait photographer and a creator of theatrical photographic images. Heavily influenced by her background in the visual arts, her work often blurs the line between photography and illustration. Keren’s unique and distinctive portraiture attracts commissions equally from advertising agencies, theatre performers as well as public care providers. With industry recognized post production skills Keren now lectures at Melbourne Polytechnic and RMIT alongside running her business producing her creative and commercial work.
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
Licensed Drone Pilot / Aerial Photographer
Cameron has a bachelor’s degree in Film, Television and Animation and works as a freelance videographer producing work mainly in the Real Estate industry for clients such as Jellis Craig, McGrath, Belle Property, Buxton, Hocking Stuart, Ray White, and Fletchers. Cameron has also produced work for clients such as The Block, Married at First Sight, The Bachelor (US), Grand Designs and Woolworths, just to name a few.
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. 🙂
My name is Naomi and I’m addicted to food…I love food. I mean, I really love food.
I love talking about food. I love eating food and I truly love to style and photograph food.
I’ve been a full-time food photographer and stylist for about five years now and my work has appeared in publications such as Country Style, GQ, Delicious, Women’s Weekly Food and Qantas Travel Insider.
I am proud to announce that I have won numerous international food photography awards, including but not limited to the Foodelia Top 10 International Food Photographers awards for 2018.
I was also shortlisted for the prestigious Food Portraiture award at the 2019 Food Photographer of the Year awards.
Last year I self-published my own cookbook, Edible Heirlooms (buy it now) and it recently placed third for the photography in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
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.
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