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ROAD TRIP USA // CALIFORNIA

I was fortunate enough to take a road trip in America recently, with two of my very good friends and amazing photographers James Frost and Ben Murphy. We met some incredibly kind and inspiring humans, as well as a few crazy ‘might have a gun’ humans too. We trekked over salt plains, climbed giant rock formations in Joshua Tree, marvelled at the incredible light everywhere we went, nearly threw up standing at the edge of the Salton Sea (trust me it really stinks) and explored the abandoned towns that lined its shores. There was so much more we saw and experienced, but that’s a good start.

It was exactly the kind of kick in the pants I needed to fall back in love with photography again. realise the only way forward from this point is to shoot more personal work. More film. More stuff that scares me. 

Most of what you see below was shot on the Canon 1V, with Kodak Portra 160 film and developed by Richard Photo Lab.

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April 16, 2014 - 8:54 PM

Simon - dang hot!! What an adventure …

April 16, 2014 - 2:55 PM

Jack Chauvel - Looks like an adventure. Love the frames.

April 16, 2014 - 1:32 PM

Ben - great work brother! we are definitely doing this again

April 16, 2014 - 1:13 PM

James Bennett - ripper shots mate

TEGAN & JORDAN AND THEIR DAY. BYRON BAY, NSW.

Not for a moment were Tegan and Jordan bothered by the rain. As I drove up the long dirt driveway that morning, I could see why. I got out of the car, and closed my eyes for a few seconds and just took it all in. Mother nature was giving us all a big hug, and in the end the rain cleared up. I feel incredibly privileged to have been there to tell their story.

Both the wedding and reception were held at the beautiful Byron View Farm. As the name suggests the property overlooks Byron Bay, the pacific ocean and the hinterland in between. It’s an amazing place.

Tegan and Jordan are also talented filmmakers and you can see their work here.

The song playing is called Young Bride, by one of my favourite bands Midlake.

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Hair & Makeup | Erin Gallienne 
Tegan’s Dress | Anna Campbell
Bridesmaids Dresses | Asos
Jordan’s Suit | Country Road 
Jordan’s Boots | RM Willams
Flowers | Elise at Eylssium Blooms
Catering | Eat Drink
Cake | Homemade by Bonney (Jordan’s Sister)
Ceremony & Reception venue | Byron View Farm 
Videography | Joseph Willis

April 10, 2014 - 1:58 PM

The Bride - AGAIN, I find myself back here Shane – marvelling over our special day! We honestly could not have been happier with the way you captured it. You are a great man and you do great things. Keep it up!

January 27, 2014 - 11:11 AM

Hershel Briggs - Nick – Lovely work Mr Shepherd! That sparkler exit gif is sensational! Love the way you captured their story.

September 25, 2013 - 3:26 PM

Ben - Geez. You go alright, don’t ya! Killer work man.

September 7, 2013 - 7:43 PM

Poppy Marins - Amazingness Shane! Those early morning shots are epic :)

August 1, 2013 - 8:49 AM

Brendan - That was so good!! Really top work Shane.

July 30, 2013 - 3:27 PM

Julian Beattie - Fantastic, dude. Stop being so good, you’re making everyone else look bad!

July 27, 2013 - 9:32 AM

Glenn - This is freaking amaze. If it weren’t the same couple, I’d say you cheated and it’s your ‘best of 2013′ post. So good

July 26, 2013 - 10:52 AM

Jesse Hisco - Dude, seriously this so incredibly good. So many epic images I cant even pick out favourites. From the first frame to the last, hooked. The gif is just icing on an already super tasty cake. Bravo mate!

July 25, 2013 - 10:50 PM

anthony - Sooo good!

July 25, 2013 - 9:19 PM

Justin - Awesome stuff bro, killing it. I want to shoot this wedding, very cool! way too cool!

July 25, 2013 - 8:28 PM

Nick - Lovely work Mr Shepherd! That sparkler exit gif is sensational! Love the way you captured their story.

July 25, 2013 - 8:18 PM

Tricia - So many beautiful moments. The colours on the shots out in the paddock are divine. The palm tree shot is spectacular – I hope you did an internal high five when you shot that. Really awesome work Shane.

July 25, 2013 - 5:26 PM

alyda - look at you mr clever! love it.

big hugs to you and a bigger one to dee!

July 25, 2013 - 4:01 PM

Brooke - That gif at the end is brilliant!! Wonderful, wonderful shots as always

July 25, 2013 - 3:56 PM

James Day - Loved this. Beautifully captured. Love the moment of the bride looking around the corner just before walking down the aisle. The calligraphy on the signs is super cool too. So jealous you got to shoot a wedding this cool!!!
JD

July 25, 2013 - 3:40 PM

Lauren - WOW!! Stunning wedding, beautifully captured! Love the gif at the end, what a sweet idea. Great work Shane!

TAHLIA & CHAD’S FLURO-MEXICAN INSPIRED WEDDING. SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND.

After spending the afternoon with these guys, I couldn’t wait for their wedding to roll around.  The ceremony and reception was held at their home, hidden by tropical trees and the hinterland. Tahlia mentioned something to me about a Mexican Day of the Dead theme… I said ‘cool’, not realising quite how awesome that sentence really was.

They wanted to create an atmosphere for their family and friends that was super fun and colorful – the words ‘mega party of awesomeness’ come to mind. They achieved all that (no easy feat) while still keeping a connection with nature that was all around us on the day. Shooting weddings like this makes me jump up and down on the inside (and outside) and proves that you really can do your own thing. Thanks to my brother from another mother Ben Murphy who second shot with me on the day – your powers have increased young Jedi.

Thank you Tahlia & Chad. High-fives and group hugs.

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Event Coordination & Styling – CL Weddings & Events 
Flowers & floral styling – Twig & Grace 
Dress - Jennifer Gifford
Shoes – Kate Spade 
Catering – The Rolling Dolmade 
Cake – Sweetness Contained 
Suits – Mitchell Ogilvie  

December 4, 2013 - 6:46 PM

Renee Heath - Sensational photos for a sensational couple. Congrats on a wonderful day of fabulous memories. xxx

December 4, 2013 - 9:14 AM

Eric Ronald - Bangin’ images my man. Awesome.

December 3, 2013 - 5:30 PM

Sally Ogilvie - THESE ARE AMAZING!!!! If I were to get married again I would totally steal all this stuff and employ you to take my photographs! Awesome!!!

December 3, 2013 - 12:49 PM

Brooke - So funtastic!!

December 3, 2013 - 11:34 AM

Scott - What an amazing wedding – great job!!

ASH & MARK’S WEDDING OF RADNESS. BYRON BAY HINTERLAND.

Ash & Mark’s wedding was something else… Perfect weather, lush hills and trees like a big hug surrounded Lyndoch on the Lake. Such an amazing venue, plus the owner Ron is one inspiring and humble guy who spent years building it mostly on his own. Sure, where they got married was awesome but these two are so ridiculously in love and their family and friends partied with them like it was 1999.

Here is just a small part of Ash & Mark’s epic day…

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Ash’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes
Ash’s shoes: Joanne Mercer
Hair & Makeup: Julie Corbet
Mark’s suit: Roger David
Design: Ash (DIY)
Event coordination: Byron Bay Weddings
Hire company: North Coast Party Hire
Lighting: Byron Audio
November 22, 2013 - 2:50 PM

Cam Neville - Great work mate, really love it.

November 20, 2013 - 1:43 PM

James Frost - Fist pumps dude! nicely executed :)

November 20, 2013 - 9:03 AM

Ben - nicely done sir!

November 20, 2013 - 12:29 AM

Julian Beattie - Rad work as always man! Love this!

November 19, 2013 - 10:13 PM

Tricia - Awesome shooting. Love the tramapoline shots! Spotted one of my lovely brides in the pictures too (hi Desta!).

November 19, 2013 - 7:42 PM

JD - You a photo ninja my man.

November 19, 2013 - 7:28 PM

Jason Vdm - Love this, man. Beautiful work #thebizness

YOUNG LOVE. BRANDI & JARITH. ENGAGEMENT SHOOT, BRISBANE.

You could say this engagement shoot has been a long time in the making.

In the early 00′s I was touring in a bunch of different bands. Two people I happened to meet at a festival called Mick & Dez, took me and my road weary bandmates in overnight, fed us with the most incredible food and gave us comfy beds to sleep in. They also had four awesome little kids. Their oldest Jarith, was maybe 9 or 10 years old the first time I met him. I remember walking into their garage to see this quiet kid playing some serious beats on his Dad’s drumkit.

Fast forward twelve years.

Jarith was touring as a drummer and if it wasn’t for music, he may not have met one very pretty girl with fiery red hair all the way over in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brandi’s big brother happens to have been the drummer for american band Underoath (and now singer for The Almost), who was one of Jarith’s favourite bands. Long story short, Jarith and Brandi found each other on Underoath’s Instagram and before they knew it were chatting on Skype. A bunch of plane trips sealed the deal and Jarith proposed on a cliff top in Noosa to a girl who lived 7,760 miles away.

Sadly, Brandi is back in the US waiting for her Australian Visa to be approved before they can get married. It hasn’t been easy, but one day they’ll look back and have a very cool story to tell.

As an engagement present we brought the party to Brisvegas, took some portraits and even got kicked out of a timber yard. Worth it.

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Brandi’s floral headpiece - Twig & Grace
Song – Kick Drum Heart by The Avett Brothers

November 18, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Matt Smith - Great shoot! Such an awesome insight into a fun loving couple. So much energy in this shoot man.

November 7, 2013 - 9:29 AM

alyda - shep! nice work you crazy critter

October 22, 2013 - 3:22 AM

sf - fantastic.

October 18, 2013 - 1:55 PM

Justin - Dude, these are super top notch. loving on them so hard.

October 16, 2013 - 10:04 PM

Glenn - So freaking good. Ridiculously good. Killed it. And other superlatives that convey my underlying envy of these shots.

October 16, 2013 - 8:30 PM

ben murphy - Smash it dude! great pics :) so much fun

October 16, 2013 - 8:17 AM

Ben Adams - killer story. killer shots.

October 15, 2013 - 10:23 PM

Tamarin - Love this Shane! Great couple, stunning pics

October 15, 2013 - 7:35 PM

Brendan - Mate I was captivated by this post. Super Wow.