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Kevin Chamberlain Photography
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Has anyone driven through Epping NSW lately and taken note of the significant number of cranes in operation?  This is not just the north west rail link, this is massive urban transformation of suburbia into an high density residential and transport hub.  Towers over 40 storeys are proposed and like it or not, the winds of change are blowing.  I have decided to take on the photographic documentation of this transformation as a personal project.  The first in a series of blogs has just been published.

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I developed a passion for photography in my late teenage years but was diverted by a career in the financial sector. However, I never lost my interest in photography and pursued other interests including owning and flying sailplanes and light aircraft, off-shore sailing and golf. Eventually I decided to consolidate my business interests, take a leap of faith and return to my love for photography.

I have been working as a Sydney based commercial photographer for more than 10 years and enjoy all forms of corporate photography but my passion is architectural photography. Have a look at some of the architecture photography assignments I have done.

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11/11/2016
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I sit here at my desk on 11th November 2016 and think about the world we live in today. This has been an “interesting” week with the American elections taking prime time on all news media but today I want to take some “time out” from the world and think about the significance of today.

As members of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, we have been privileged to be part of the Reflections Project that aimed to photograph the remaining Veterans of WWII living in Australia to create a significant archive for the nation that reflected a sensitive portrayal of their elderly state and provided a mindful comparison to the wartime images of young active men and women. The AIPP started this project in April 2015 and although it was supposed to be completed the same year, there has been such an overwhelming response to the callout that it is still going in November 2016.

For Sue and I the best part has been meeting these wonderful men and women and hearing their stories. We have done some blogs about our experiences but this post is not about us. Rather it is a chance to remember the special people we have met through this project and to once again thank them all. Regardless of your stance on the morality of war, you cannot be anything other than humbled by such courage.

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear" — Nelson Mandela

Lest We Forget

http://www.kevinchamberlain.com.au/blog/2015/7/reflections-photography-project  

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Sue and I are taking a break from our Commercial Photography business up in Burleigh Heads. Of course I always take my camera but I blew it yesterday! Dull, cool and overcast all day but sunset was a surprise. Prompted me to write a Blog about a lesson learned http://www.kevinchamberlain.com.au/blog/2016/10/choosing-the-right-light-sunset-landscape-photography

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These days everyone has a camera so for business people to stand out in the crowd, you really need a professional photographer.  Have a look at my latest blog to find out what a pro commercial photographer can do for you and your business

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After you have your professional photo print, how do you use it as a business marketing tool?  Framed photography prints for your office wall can be very effective.  Professional albums showing prints of your various projects are also excellent marketing tools.  In today's blog I talk about some of the tips and tricks to help you navigate the photo presentation field.  Please have a look and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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As a Sydney commercial photographer I don't often deliver my images to clients as photographic prints.  Digital image delivery is the norm but I believe beautifully printed and framed prints are some of the best ways for businesses to market themselves and their projects. There are so many choices in the field of photography prints so I thought it might be of interest to share some of my expertise in this area.

If you would like to learn more about converting photographs into a professional photo prints then have a look at my blog on this topic.

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As a commercial photographer, most of my clients want digital files so I don't get to see my work in print as often as I would like.  Despite what many people may think, converting a digital image into a beautiful print requires skill and artistry.  I have shared my thoughts on printing from a digital image in my blog so if you are interested in finding out more have a look at http://www.kevinchamberlain.com.au/blog/2015/8/professional-photography-prints

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Yesterday we visited the home of Arthur William Fuller to photograph him for the Australian Institute of Professional Photography's Reflections: Honouring our World War II Veterans project.  Arthur served in the Navy as an Able Seaman, enlisting at age 17 in November 1942 and serving until April 1946.  He served on the HMAS Wilcannia which mainly did convoy work.  Arthur also served on the HMAS Swan in the south west Pacific area and was onboard in September 1945 when the Swan embarked General Eather, General Officer Commanding the Australian 11th Division, and his staff. On board on the same day at Namatani, General Eather accepted the surrender of Japanese forces in New Ireland from General Ito, the Japanese Commander-in-Chief.
 
When asked about his war experience, Arthur said that he was more fortunate than many service people. On shore leave, he saw soldiers whose experiences were horrendous and he didn't know how they did it.  After the war, Arthur returned to study and became a barrister and solicitor.  He lives with his lovely second wife, Judith and they have been married for 25 years with 9 children between them.
 
At age 89 (almost 90), Arthur is deaf (a consequence of his war service) and uses a stick for walking but it is his direct gaze and innate strength of character that struck both Sue and myself when we met.  His appreciation of our efforts to visit his home on behalf of the AIPP was humbling, particularly in light of the sacrifices he and his fellow service people made for all Australians.  It is we who say thank you and again, we are delighted to be a small part of this project.
Not all of the estimated 14,000 World War II servicemen and women from allied forces now living in Australia have heard of the offer to receive a free portrait to commemorate their service in World War II.  These portraits will also be donated to the Australian War Memorial. AIPP members are keen to photograph as many of these veterans as possible. If you know of anyone in your family or circle of friends, please tell them about this project and help them get in touch with us or register online at http://www.aipp.com.au/reflections.  For those in the Epping NSW vicinity, with the support of the Epping RSL we will be photographing registered veterans attending the Epping Club's VP Day lunch on 12th August 2015.  The Epping RSL has also kindly agreed to us arranging an alternate day on 28th July 2015 for other veterans.  Please contact me on 0421 057 693 to arrange a booking.
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Mr Eric Hansen, Trooper in the 2/6th Australia Armoured Regiment - C Squadron with his lovely wife Nancy. Thanks to you and your wonderful family for allowing us to photograph you for the AIPP Reflections Project.
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