1 – Misplaced Portraits: Roller Derby #1 – Miranda Vacuums

Just like the bad guy in the Silence of the Lambs movie, I coveted my first “victim” close to where I live. So close I chose my wife. Harmin’ Miranda from South Sea Roller Derby league in Carrum Downs, Victoria. Miranda also happens to be one of the 25 ambassadors from the VicHealth This Girl Can initiative so you may have seen her on TV recently. #proudhusband

Misplaced Portrait #1 - Miranda

Part of the reason for this project is to improve my portraiture skills. My speciality with weddings and events is capturing natural moments the moment they happen in front of me. I want this project to be more about planning and obtaining the portrait I pre-visualised whilst still being open to what happens at the portrait session.

I had this photo in mind from the beginning. In fact it was the only “pose” we did. Let’s make the every day boring chore of vacuuming and make it “derby fierce”. I originally wanted my daughter to be on the floor holding on to Mum’s legs, but she wasn’t up for that. Bonus points go to Niles  our dog for stepping up and making the portrait even better.

This portrait is a great start to the project and I’m very excited about where it will lead.

As with any shoot, especially those involving children and Annables, sorry animals, there will always be a few moments that didn’t go to plan.

The Misplaced Portraits Project
The Misplaced Portraits Project
The Misplaced Portraits Project
The Misplaced Portraits Project
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Unfortunately I didn’t have my trusty behind the scenes photographer for this shoot as she was in front of the camera. In any case, this was a proof of concept shoot for me and from all the feedback I have received, the Misplaced Portraits Project is a go!

Here’s a few words from Miranda on her involvement in the Misplaced Portraits Project:

Miranda, Riley & their print.

Miranda, Riley & their print.

“My husband has many passions with three biggies that compete for his time: music, technology and photography.  The Misplaced Portraits project has well and truly blown the other two out of the water at the moment with his inspiration and creativity on overdrive.  It feels like every spare moment is dedicated to planning, taking or editing these portraits. 

It’s both easy and hard working with your partner and I feel honoured to appear in the inaugural shot, even if it promotes the idea I might actually vacuum!  I loved watching him set it up and the ease at which he takes a snap and alters a flash or the pose to obtain exactly what he envisions.  And I just love the concept: It takes the ‘mild mannered stay at home mum by day, fierce derby girl on the rink’ concept to a whole other level. 

I also enjoyed Riley ‘helping’ us both – she applied her own makeup (let’s not talk about the mascara wand to the eye incident of 2018) and was quite happy to climb all over Richard as he lay on the floor taking shots.  Really, the dog was the best behaved of the lot of us – well definitely the only one following the directions!”