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Spirited Space | Film Photography Perth

Spirited Space | Film Photography Perth


I photographed a few details and a women’s circle for local Yanchep business, Spirited Space


Let me just tell you how amazing Anita is – I went and saw her for an energy alignment in January, after feeling just a little bit lost after moving across the countryside.  She is truly amazing and I very quickly found my mojo and became crystal clear about what I wanted to do.  Sometimes, we get a little bit caught up in listening to our ego brains and find ourselves in a state of total self doubt, complete frustration and cant even work out what the hell we are doing in our lives.  She took away all my blocks and my energy has been flowing in abundance ever since!  I feel excited about my business, I am having fun shooting and I am heading towards my goals in leaps and bounds.  And I am in love with the process I am going through now


Here are a few of the film photographs I took on my new love, the contax 645.  Its a real journey getting to know this camera and film again.  Its keeping me very interested and there is such beauty in its imperfection <3

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APPA Awards 2015 | AIPP

I have had a pretty amazing year in 2015 as far as the awards go!  Firstly with WA Epson Awards – you can see those results here and most recently, the national awards – APPA  (Australian Professional Photography Awards)



I love and hate the awards process! But over the few years I have been entering, it has quickly become a process that to me, is an important one for my growth and development as a professional photographer.

The moment of judgement, when your print comes around, (that moment when your heart is jumping out through your mouth 😮  ) is pretty much the reason to put yourself out there.  The honest, non biased, opinions from 5 industry experts, is something you just cant get from anywhere else.  It is the invaluable scores and comment outcomes that will either have you crying tears of happiness, or curling up on the ground in the fetal position, rocking back and forth.  But at the end of it, the highs and the lows, always brings you back to the same train of thought.  How will I do this better next year.  Something to aim for really gets a person motivated to push on and keep moving in the direction of up!

This year, I have got my best APPA result so far, with one Silver Award, On Silver with distinction Award and one Gold Award.  One print scored a 75, which is a professional standard, but not an award.  To achieve gold for one of my prints, is something I never dreamed even possible.

The web doesn’t really do any images justice (ever) My award images were printed by Perth Pro Lab and the finished product is something I am really proud to show people – thanks Paul!


Family Category – Silver with Distinction – 86


Family Category – Silver Award – 81


Portrait Category – Gold – 92

Seeing as though this image and its gold achievement is definitely a highlight for me, I want to tell you about why it is such a highlight.  I was unsure if my take on this portrait would even be understood, I was pretty scared they would look at it and be completely unhappy with the lack of light on the subjects face.  I was afraid they would miss that this is a portrait of anorexia, not the subject herself.  I was over the moon when the judges dissected this image and the words they said during discussion and how they interpreted it couldn’t have been relayed better if I had written a in depth description for them to read out.   I like to tell stories, I like create images that make you feel something, so to have one succeed on that level, is something I couldn’t be happier about



And lastly, despite scoring 84 at state, this one came in at 75 at APPA.  75 is not an award, but is in the range of Professional Standard.


WA EPSON Professional Photography Awards | AIPP

WA EPSON Professional Photography Awards | AIPP

10 silver awards and 1 gold award

Last week was completely crazy to me!  Every year, each state, has the AIPP Photography Awards, where photographers have printed up to 12 of their images, which are placed in front of a panel of 5 judges – and given a score.

My reasons for entering awards like these, is more of a mission of self improvement.  Clients friends and family always are there supporting me and praising work, but to have 5 industry peers, who don’t know you, give honest critique is really the number one reason to put images out there to get hammered.

Massive thanks to Paul Jarvis at Perth Pro Lab for guiding me through the printing stage – I trusted Paul completely with his suggestions for paper types (honestly, printing images is an art form in itself – so may different results depending on your choices) without Paul’s expert services, these images wouldn’t have looked so lovely in print!

More than thrilled to have to have received awards for 11/12 of my prints – 10 Silver Awards and 1 Gold award

Here is a look at my entries, I wish the web did justice to the prints – but it never does!



Family Category

Images entered in this category must have been taken on paid photo shoots – I love this category the most because it is made up of entries of real work photographers are creating for their clients every day! Because of this, I was super excited to get 4 silver awards

Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 83
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 81Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 83
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 80

Travel Category 
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographyThis image was also entered into to the national awards (APPA) last year, and it actually did better there , with a silver distinction at 88. It is one of my favourite images, if you look at the person under the tarp on the end of the boat you can see their hand poking out – all the small details in this print tell such a wonderful story. It scored a silver 82.
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 81 Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 84
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 80

Portrait Category – Images entered in this category can be commissioned or noncommissioned work
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 8o
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 81

Gold Award – Portrait Category 

Lastly – but definitely not least, I was shocked to have been awarded a Gold Award. It is something I never thought I would ever be able to achieve! Even if this image did not score well, It will always be one of the most important images I have ever taken.  The model (who wishes to remain nameless so please, if you do know her, respect her wishes) is one of the bravest people I have ever met.  She tells me, the images I took of her, made her see how sick she was and helped save her life.

When I entered this, I was full of fear I hadn’t done a good enough job, telling the story.  I was worried the way I lit the images and the choices I made in creating this, wouldn’t be understood.  When the judges were talking about my image and their interpretations were coming out as if I had written them down for them to read out, I was really happy that my vision was easily told through the photograph.

The image is a portrait of the body and the disease anorexia – highlighting the spine.  The unnamed subject, is hiding her face, in the darkness, representing her shame and her fear.  Her body language with her hands in bound together position is telling the story of how she was living her life and destroying her body, her hands felt tied while she was suffering this disease but she didn’t know any other way.

AIPP Award wining imagesGold 92


More Film Practice!

More Film Practice!

Some more film play!  Please excuse the cheesy smiles and or the unenthused faces of my children that had to be paid in McDonalds to let me practice!


I had fun, even if they didnt!  I used a mix of portra 400 and fuji400H for these shots.

Really loving more and more the look of beautiful film.  Its hard to get across in digital format just how much more film looks and feels like reality.  The texture and colours are so exciting and not spending time in lightroom to get them to look the way I want them to look is really so great!


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More Film Play | Luke and Mellisa

More Film Play | Luke and Mellisa


I’m having heaps of fun playing with 120 film. While I was photographing Mell and Luke’s May wedding, I took a few frames when time permitted me to fumble around a little :0

As I get to know my camera better, I really am enjoying it more and more every time I get to have a play with it!

I am really loving the softness of shooting wide open and the way it is translating on film as compared to digital.  Where as digital is so clean, film has so much more texture and a feeling of authenticity.

You can see the digital images and Luke and Mellisa’s wedding story here


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Jess and Craig | I do | Film pics

Jess and Craig | I do | Film pics

Jess and Craig 

April 19th, I was in Agnes Water to shoot Craig and Jess’s I Do’s!  While I am still learning to use my film camera, the contax 645, I have only been taking a few random shots during the days, when I have the time available to ‘play’

Jess and Craig are currently honeymooning, but while I am working through their digital files, there film scans are already here and so I thought I would share these.  I hope to have the digital available in the next few days, but for now, here are a few of the film pics

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Film Play | Doug and Stacey

Film Play | Doug and Stacey

I had a bit of time to be able to take a few film pics at Doug and Stacey’s Agnes Water wedding.  While I am still learning, I am only just grabbing some shots when time allows. I love how it looks overall, and while I am still just messing around with it, I think one day when I am comfortable with the contax as a tool, it would be reallly amazing to shoot more than just a few here and there….  You never know!


You can see their digitals here
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Mel and Brendon \ Film Experimenting Roll 3

Roll three

contax 645, fuji 400H

As mentioned in my last post, I shot this roll also completely blind without having seen my test roll ;0 The last two were shot in the very first light and it was still very dark, so they were a bit underexposed as I anticipated.  Its been good seeing the results  how film handles under and over exposure.

You can see the digital images here




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Gemma’s Film – experimenting

2nd roll, contax 645, fuji 400H

I went ahead and shot roll 2, 3 and 4 before I had even seen the test roll, which, I probably should have waited to see the first.  I am testing to see how reliable the in camera meter is in different situations and trying to get comfortable with focusing.   At f/2 on medium format is like f/1 ish on on the dslr, so its a pretty thin line and I was out a lot 😉

I have been shooting with Fuji 400H and I like the colour on some frames and not so much on others.  Im still trying to get a feel for using the camera, so shooting in lots of different lighting situations to see how I go.  Experimenting is all part of the fun :)  Gemma was such a wonderful person to work with, so we had fun making these :)

The digital files from the session can be found here 

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