Dec 26 2009

Knee Deep in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race – 26th Dec

Over the past 64 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup horse race, the Davis Cup tennis and the cricket tests between Australia and England. No yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage partly due to being one of the more dangerous races with the notoriously rough Bass Straight  de-masting and swallowing more than one boat in previous years. – except, of course, the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.

This year my Dad, Frank Van Ruth and co owner Phil Childs have entered their yacht Knee Deep. The beasty carries a crew of 14 and is a 50 foot 100% carbon fibre purpose built racing yacht. Built in Sydney by Boatspeed in 1999, she was launched in November that year and went to win the Sydney Hobart yacht race and claim the Tattersall’s Cup raced by previous owner Geoff Ross under the name Yendys (Sydney spelt backwards). Knee Deep recently claimed line honours in the Fremantle to Albany Race.

Keep an eye out for the yacht and wish Dad, Phil and the crew luck!

The race starts on the 26th December and you can track Knee Deep’s progress live from the Yacht Tracker. **Click on the photo of Knee Deep for live race standing.


Dec 17 2009

Willow Shanks

It’s been a great month of opportunity. Some of which have seen my photography taking different direction. One being that my downstairs living area is empty due to my flatmate moving out. Two is that i stumbled across Image Melbourne, a fantastic place to spend money on studio equipment. Three is that my friend Willow is making her way into show business. …and lastly my fridge is still full of bevvies from last weekend’s festivities.  Put all these together and you have a recipe for some experimentation and mutual benefit. This was my first studio shoot and i can say that i really enjoyed sinking my teeth into it although i underestimated just how consuming it would be, you really have to give credit to people that do this full time. A few hours later and a befuddled head from all that ‘creative thinking’  …ok so it may have been the wine also.  Willow and i are happy with how these shots turned out and i’m looking forward to putting some new ideas into practise.

Thanks for the great company and being such a wonderful model Willow!


Dec 3 2009

2010 Streetsmart Directory

2010 Perth StreetSmartFor the last month i have had to keep a very big secret… A while ago i had a phone call from the City of Swan’s Paul Burnell in Corporate Communications regarding the use of my ‘Midland Bullet’ image as the cover of the 2010 Perth StreetSmart Street Directory! I have had confirmation this morning and it’s all go go go! The 2010 street directory will have differing covers depending on what locality you live in. The directory itself is the same just a different cover, my image will adorn the City of Swan edition. This is such exciting news for me! Keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks as they will hitting the stands. I should  hopefully have a snapshot of the cover soon. Oh and to all my close friends, three guesses what you’re getting for Christmas…


Dec 2 2009

Poppie May

Last weekend i had the pleasure of a photo shoot with nine month old Poppie May, what a completely happy little baby girl she is! She had smiles for everyone and the cutest little ‘reaching out’ gesture. It’s no wonder though, her parents live a happy creative life with bright colours and positive energy all through their home. I am really pleased at how this shoot came out, i love the vivid colours and the bright and happy tenderness that shines through in the images which is a true reflection of the family.