Off duty: Food Photography.

I have always thought how strange is it is that things in my business seem to move in cycles. There will be a run of weddings, then a run of babies, or a heap of headshots following each other and so on. Lately for work, I’ve been doing lots of food and product work. This morning when my husband came out to the kitchen I was taking some chocolates that my extremely talented friend had given me and was putting them on a plate. He laughed at me, shook his head and went out of the room. Which lets face it was the only sane response. I was not “on duty” but I had a sudden urge to photograph these treats. Now I’m sure you have all seen and drooled over Chocolate Chilli Mango’s offerings (food recipes, chocolate and protein bars) and I am sure you may have seen chocolate shots like this…

Chocolate, Chocolate Chilli Mango

and this

Chocolate Chilli Mango

but the thing is, I was off duty- I had no client brief so I could do whatever I like.

So I broke a salted caramel bar so you could see the goodness inside. (I know, I’m a hero right?)

Salted Caramel Bar- Chocolate Chilli Mango

Oozing caramel goodness

Salted Caramel Bar by Chocolate Chilli Mango

Yes and that mark on the right piece is my finger print….or possibly my tongue print. They really and truly are delish.

Now, as most of you would know I am a simple girl. I like my chocolate dark and good and dark and chocolate. I generally don’t like too many things mixed together. For example I like my chocolate just like that. I like raspberries fresh and off the plant straight into my mouth. I have tasted a great deal of chocolate in my time (hmmmm this is starting to sound a bit confessional!) and I know I am “meant” to like raspberry and chocolate combinations but I just don’t. Or didn’t. Until this came along. I am skeptical about raspberry and chocolate together (call me what you will) so when Choc Chilli asked me if I liked chocolate and raspberry I kind of had that “mmm not really” look on my face.  I kind of said “hmmmm well..” she insisted that I would like these ones. So when hubby decided to eat one I said can I have a little taste. It would be wrong to dismiss it without TRYING it. Well I was just blown away. I admit defeat- she was correct I liked it. I really did. Usually raspberry and chocolate together, well usually the raspberries overpowered the chocolate for me and just muddied the whole thing in my mouth. Making it, in my view a complete waste of good chocolate. This however was different- the flavours BALANCE perfectly- the ratio is PERFECT. The raspberry and chocolate COMPLIMENT each other not compete and muck each other up. Yes right I am sounding like a chocolate reviewer which is a bit scary. Back to the photography….here is the best raspberry chocolate in the universe. Choc Chilli is selling her goodies so if you want to photograph them yourself pop over to her site. Or eat them. Yes.

Happy Easter one and all.

Best Raspberry Chocolate in the Universe.

 

Food! Products!

Well been a bad blogger again- and that’s ok:)

Have been busy with commercial work, products and food and the like.

Then come May I will be working on personal work- conceptual and fine art pieces.

Until then a few appetisers…

 

Potatoes Maree Jaeger Photography

Baked Potatoes

Sugar Snap Peas,

Garlic, Maree Jaeger

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Behind my Weddings: Two people in love and a crazy photographer.

A couple of years ago a friend of mine suggested it would be good if I could write a blog post to show how I think and approach things.  I kind of looked at  him as if he were crazy – why would people want to know what I’m thinking? How I approach things? That’s a whackyhole they won’t be getting out of quickly! He assured me that people want to know the behind the scenes of a weird mind (he might of said creative).

So I put his suggestion on the back burner but over the last few years I’ve had emails and questions from brides about how I did something in a particular image.

I find it hard to go back and try and explain something because by then I’ve moved onto the next thing:)

So some  behind my brain and heart approach to my weddings. (otherwise known as Two People in Love and a Crazy Photographer)

1. I like to know the couple before their big day. I’m not a sticky beak I just genuinely like to know them. I am not the photographer that rocks up and meets the bride and groom on the day. Sure I could do that in a technical sense, but their day is about them- not the photographer.  It’s just the way I am. I believe knowing them informs how I will approach their day. The more I know about them the better I capture the nuances of who they are – both individually and as a couple. I can take images that are meaningful because of the stories they shared with me. In fact some of the images are meaningful to no one else BUT them. If the couple get to know me- and book me to capture their day they are so crazy (in a good way you know?) they actually trust me. This blows me away and it’s such an honor for couples to say to me “just go do your thing”!

Foster Weddings, Foster Wedding Photographer

2. I am very relaxed- I am there to help generally and to help things run smoothly and capture the story of the day for my couple.

3. I am unobtrusive.

I will not turn your wedding into a theatre or circus show about me directing people or placing lights around the place. I am very discrete and adept at moving quietly in and out of crowded spaces. Naturally if the couple has requested family shots after the ceremony I will be making sure (in the nicest way) that the people required are available for the shots.

Maree Jaeger Wedding Photography
This image was the result of good observation and readiness- completely unplanned and some time after the ceremony.

 

4. I am extremely good at seeing. I don’t just mean what is before me. I am good at seeing details, overall, humour, emotion, creative angles/compositions, simultaneously. Sometimes I see in black and white, sometimes I see how the finished piece will look before I take it. Sometimes the way I see can show or encapsulate lots of things at once. This surprises people and they can appreciate the story of their day from different perspective. They are different photos from those that are taken by Aunty Jean.

Maree Jaeger Wedding Photography

This shot showcases the brides mum and dad, the cake, the guests, the young guest, and the unique elements of the venue.

Daguerréotype Wedding Photography

This was taken completely unposed, I was perched at the top of a stairsection and the bridesmaid was just doing her thing. In my mind I saw it as a daguerréotype as I took it.

5. I laugh a lot, I love details,  I love LOVE; My husband also wants it known that I don’t drink the tea he makes me when I am editing, planning a session, or surprising clients. I’ve just put it in so he feels special, because while writing this I’ve neglected to have the tea he made me. Ahem.

Wedding Bouquet, Maree Jaeger Photography, Home Wedding.

6. I am resourceful. Weather changes, lighting changes, venue issues, timing issues, crowd issues do not phase me but instead inspire me to work creatively. I also use things around me in creative ways. (More on this in another post-some are really odd!).

Maree Jaeger Wedding Photography.
This image was shot through a crowded reception. I  used the existing lights around me that were on the tables. By focusing on the bride I could get this pretty romantic effect.

Is anyone still here?

Mxx

First Newborn Session for 2014.

Well the other day I had the pleasure of meeting Katie and Damien’s latest addition to their family. Yes! He is their first child but they also have two fur babies…which of course I photographed while I was waiting as I didn’t want them to be jealous. Yes, I photograph cats at a newborn session, doesn’t everyone? No. Ok.

Well here they are.

Cat Photographer Melbourne.

Cat Photographer Melbourne

One thing that I  love is when couples I photograph at their wedding invite me back to photograph their children. It is such an honour to be able to document these particular special life stages.

Every time I head off to a newborn session I tell myself not to get carried away. What happens when I get to the newborn session? I get carried away. In the photographic sense that is. I take too many photos. I disregard my own advice and then later I tell myself off for taking too many photographs. Due to the hot weather I told myself off quite a bit as I stuck to my chair looking at them all and the various nuances between them.

Still it is an absolute honour to meet him thank you so much for having me Katie and Damien at such a special time. xx

So here is a sneak peek of their little boy. Who is just adorable, as I am sure you would agree.

South Morang Newborn Photographer, Black and White

Newborn Photographer Heidelberg

Little feet.

Bundoora Photographer, Newborn

He loved sucking on Mum’s finger.

Heidelberg Photographer,

And just hanging out like a little dude:)

Heidelberg Photography

With Mum and Dad.

Parents with newborn, Heidelberg Photographer

 

Live, Laugh, Love, Hope and Dream little one.

Live Laugh Love, Newborn Photography,

 

 

Heidelberg Photographer: New Year Walk.

While I am “officially” not “back in the office/studio” , I have been thinking about things. Business things, writing (stories/poetry) things, all sorts of things. Anyway, the other day spur of the moment I decided to go for a walk. I love walking. So I thought I would take my baby (one of my camera’s) with me. Now one of the problems with being a photographer and going for a walk is that you want to take ALL of your gear with you. Over the years I have challenged myself- take one lens and go or take no camera (of course I take my phone so I use that camera). I can NOT help myself. Even without a camera in my hand.

“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and on. It’s on all the time.” — Annie Leibovitz

Anyway yesterday evening it was about the walk. The act of walking. I wasn’t going to be out long. I do walk fast though, and even faster when I don’t have a camera.

So I was walking just me, my baby and my thoughts. Thoughts of directions I might want to take my business, what I might do this year and so on. At the same time I was seeing.

It was an amazing evening. In one direction the clouds were dark and dramatic- and in another direction the sky was light and soft.

Artistic Photography, Viewbank Photographer.

So many colours and hues.

Cloud Photography.

Grasses.

Heidelberg Photographer,

Sunset Photography, Bundoora Wedding

Slivers of sunlight.

Viewbank Photographer

and the moon…so soft

Artistic Photography, Moon

Then when walking back along the track I was watching the clouds and right above my head…

Viewbank Photographer, Macleod Photographer.

Heidelberg Photographer.

If you want to see some Iphone pics from the same walk check out my Instagram feed (mareejaeger) and stay tuned for what direction I may go in next:)

P.S. I only fell once into a deep hole that was covered by hay and probably swarming with snakes. (Not that snakes swarm, but you get the idea!)