Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Getting to Know... Smash Photography

Portobello Bride Member: Photography
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What’s your favourite part of your job?
Bren: Every wedding is unique. We never do the same thing twice.
Rom: When something unplanned, goes right.
We recently shot a wedding where every part was scripted and arranged by the bride, we had a shot list that included which photograph to take under which tree at an exact time. It was all outdoors and the heavens opened up and all the plans went to pieces. Everyone expected the bride to be devastated but instead, she shrugged her shoulders and laughed the whole day, the photographs were absolutely priceless and so were their memories.

What are you reading at the moment?
Rom: Life - by Keith Richards
Bren: You've got that book? I was going to buy it. Can I get it from you when you're done?
Rom: Yeah, everybody thought he'd forget everything during his hey day, but, he remembered it all.

What are you lusting after at the moment?
Bren: You usually lust after the thing you can't have, and if you were to get it, the initial desire fades quickly. That's the difference between lust and love, isn't it?

Top three songs on your play list?
Rom: We tend to listen to albums rather than liking individual songs that flood the market and this list changes daily!
1. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
2. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Its a Blitz
3. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

What is your favourite moment during a wedding?
Rom: When the Bride's mother winks at me
Bren: When the groom winks at me!

Who inspires you?
Bren: Anyone who can succeed over impossible odds.
Rom: People who do whatever they do and do it well. Whether you are a rocket scientist, stamp collector or a garbage collector. "That's the 'best' damn garbage collection I've ever done!  Look at this street, it's immaculate".

Favourite Cocktail?
Rom: Grand Gold Margherita!
Bren: Yeah, the way they make them at Amigo's in Carlton.

What does it take to impress you?
Rom: A beautiful photograph
Bren: An impressive person who makes no effort to be impressive.

What is the best piece of advice you were ever given?
Bren: Don't give up your day job. My day job was photography.
Rom: Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once!

Favourite way to spend a Sunday?
Rom: Running in slow motion on a beach, especially when it's raining...cause no-one can see you cry.
Bren: Breakfast at Loco's in Elsternwick, and on a summer evening, a Grand Gold Margherita followed by a walk along the beach to see who's playing at the Espy .

Black Tie or Casual?
Bren: I'm never invited to events that require a black tie.
Rom: When we were photographing a wedding in India, we were asked to wear a traditional Kurtha. Awkward to photograph in but we did look pretty sharp!

Your suggestion for a new name for ‘Hens party’
Bren: My wife tells me a hens party is when they all sit around drinking herbal tea for the night.
Rom: Yes but when she told you that, all her friends started giggling and winking at each other.
Bren: And she always comes home from those things with her clothes all disheveled and a really bad headache.
Rom: Sounds like she comes home drunk.
Bren: From herbal tea? Yeah, right!

Your favourite hostess gift to give?
Bren: I don't even know what that means.
Rom: They mean like on a plane, dont you give your air hostess a gift. I do.
Bren: I guess that's why I never get bumped up to first class.

What’s the best gift you have ever received?
Bren: The gift of humility. And good looks.
Rom:  The 10 dollar wedding ring my wife bought me on our way to get married in Las Vegas.

Three words that describe you best.
Bren: Rom and I would have the same answer on this I think:
We're quite similar in many ways. We've known each other so long we often finish each others...
Rom: Sandwiches!

Thanks Bren and Rom for the entertaining look into your lives!
Smash Photography is a Member of the Portobello Bride Wedding Directory.

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