10 From The Couch
Guest: Scott Kelby

We've just finished a new episode of my photography show "10 From The Couch", featuring Scott Kelby…
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My shoot with Elana

A sample from my recent photo shoot with gorgeous model Elana. Related Posts…[hr style=”dotted”]
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Celebrity photographer Matthew Jordan Smith is my first guest of the second season of my photography show "10 From The Couch".

In every episode, I feature another world-class photographer or influential figure in the photo industry, and in a private and relaxed conversation we talk about life, work & inspiration, and share some advice along the way.
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Share. Motivate. Educate.

We often ask ourselves "what else is in store for me". 'm a lucky guy in this respect, I have a brilliant job and I'm often able to pursue my own ideas and projects. This is awesome and I am very grateful, nevertheless for a long time I still felt that "the next thing" is somewhere out there, waiting for me…
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Time for a good surf on the Gold Coast…

The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro surfing World Championships are in full swing at the famous Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast again, featuring the world's best male and female surfers…
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Dance with fabric

A sample from my shoot with the amazing professional dancer Megan
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The beautiful Demi

A quick share from my shoot with the gorgeous Demi Renee
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Confidence is beautiful

We so often read about "inner beauty", and while I agree in "real life", there are obvious limitations in photography. One element however that does clearly shine from inside is confidence.
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PINK inspired…

This is a photograph we produced in Sydney, Australia.

I call it "Pink inspired" because of the similar looks with the famous singer, but also in terms of posing and attitude: Self confident, sexy, funky and interesting.
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The power (business) woman…

A sample from my shoot with the amazing CL.
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The Lace Mask…

Sexy Zorro meets Venetian Ninja Fighter…
A sample from my shoot with the beautiful Carol L.
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The Girl from the T-Shirt Shop…

My wife and I went shopping just before christmas and met this beautiful girl, working at a T-Shirt shop. Long story short, we talked, I left my business card, she looked through my website, must have liked what I'm doing, and yesterday she visited me at my studio...
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Painting the Scene with Light

It feels just like in my studio – creating something out of nothing (setting the mood of a scene with light) - on a slightly larger scale or course…
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Usually, when shooting on a performance stage, you have no influence on the lighting or choreography. In this case however, I was able to design, install and program all of the lighting. 8 x Martin Mac700 and 8 x Martin Mac 575, some conventional light and a group of amazing young dancers...

Sounds like hours of fun to me...

HAPPY NEW YEAR

A very Happy New Year from the Gold Coast Beach Australia!
I wish you happiness, love and simply all the best for 2014!
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Oh man, this is a difficult one. In November, I produced so many images I like, and I find it hard to narrow it down to one "best" image. I picked the picture below as a representation of the hundreds of ballet images I shot this month…

My favourite twelve of 2013…
10/12: October

The mesmerising beauty of Celene, Brazil 2013.
After my excuse into a few city scapes from Europe, it is time to get back to my roots and my favourite photographic subject: Portraits....

My favourite twelve of 2013…
08/12: August

Paris has always been one of my all-time favourite places, and I had the opportunity to visit this grand city again this August.
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My favourite twelve of 2013…
07/12: July

In my day-to-day business, I usually work in a small team (and often travel alone), however in July and August, I was able to take my family with me to Europe. I looked through all my professional images from the time, but if I'm honest, what I remember the most are the moments involving my wife and kids. It was the first time for them to visit my homeland, and we traveled from the Swiss Alps to Venice, Berlin, and Paris!

My select for July is therefore more of a representation of a great time with my loved ones, and since it is the 24th of December today, it is only fitting to forget about "work" for a moment, and think about those we love and cherish the most!

Merry Christmas everyone, enjoy, eat and drink, and celebrate!
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My favourite twelve of 2013…
06/12: June

Images look great online, but it's still nowhere near a large print. I miss the fine details, especially for images like the one below of Australian beauty Cat Delany, my pick for May 2013.

Call me old-fashioned, but I just love my images hanging on walls. It shows the details I spend so much time and effort on, and it also gives photographs weight and value...

My favourite twelve of 2013…
04/12: April

What can I say… It might well be impossible to take a bad photograph of this Colombian beauty!

My favourite twelve of 2013…
02/12: February

In February, I met a lot of great and beautiful people, and it was difficult to pick only one image. I selected this image as a representation of a great production, rather than as the single best image (I've posted other images from the same shoot before, so I post this "new" one instead).

Actress Katherine Vega, Bogotá Colombia

My favourite twelve of 2013…
01/12: January

Always in December, I review my year's body of work, and select my personal favourite photograph for each month.

Over the next 12 days, I will post my selects, starting today with my favourite image produced in January 2013...