Salt Photography Awards

I entered a few shot is the first annual Salt photography awards.  I was pretty happy to make the finals in 2 categories, water and stoke.  In the end I didnt end up winning any thing but the big surprise to me was that I got 3rd place over all in the portfolio section for photographer of the year.  Which still means I win nothing but I was pretty happy with a result.  click the link below to view  the winning photos.  

First Swell 2016

  2016 has had a bit of a slow start to winter but finally a bit of swell has turned up.  It was the first run of waves we have seen for a while and I didn't want to miss out.  I got a couple of the lads from home excited to go up there with me Jye Perkins and Jesse Carter.  They both we pretty pumped to get up North and get some serious waves.  We packed up the Landy and made our way up to Gnaraloo.  

  We wad a blast up there for 3 days camping at the Bluff and catching up with all our friends, that live up there for most of the year.  It is defiantly one of my favourite places to be on earth.   I was up by 530 cracking the whip on the young lads getting them out of bed.  I didn't want to miss a single wave that rolled through while we were up there.  I guess I'm just used to all the trips up there with Kerby Brown, where he would have us on the beers all night then have us all in the car super early to be the first ones there.  Its is the only way to do it I recon.  Set up camp in the Tombies car park and see what the day brings.  

  Jye and Jesse managed to get a few good ones over the past few days but young Jye took out the best photo award for the trip.  Jesse wasn't to far behind him though.  He got some really sic ones.  Bellow you will see a few photos from the trip.  I can't wait to get back up there and do it all again.     

Stab Mag Feature of Clay Marzo

  I am really stoked to have a few of my photos used in a new feature up now on Stab Mag all about Clay Marzo and his freakish surfing.  Clay is continuing to blow peoples minds and is letting his surfing do all the talking.  

  This portrait of Clay was not the easiest shot to get. Clay doesn't really like taking shots unless they are of surfing so when I asked him to do a few portraits the look on his face  changes drastically.   Some times I just tell him to pretend that I'm  not there and to just keep doing what ever he is doing.  I have to be sneaky as i pic off a few candid moments, while Clay usually just looks the other way.  I really just want to capture Clay being him self, so for this portrait I just let him be him self and do what ever he wanted and I am pretty happy with the result.

 

  To see the rest of the photos from this feature head over to stabmag.com or click the button bellow.

Paddle Out for Sam Salmond

Here we go again...  As we made our way down to Geraldton, my mate Bryce and I were reflecting on Sam and how we couldn't believe he is gone, when Bryce made a comment.  He said that in his whole life he had never had a friend or any one pass away until the last year or so.  And since then it's seems to be never ending.  I really can relate to every thing he said.  So many good people are being taken from us way too early.  We will never forget these people and all they did and could have done with just a little more time.  The only thing we can do is try to remember these people the best we can and live the rest of our time on this planet to the fullest.  You never know when your time is up.

  Sam Salmond was one of the first people I met when I moved to Geraldton 10 years ago.  I got straight off the plane and ended up at dinner at Sam's place with his family, my aunt and uncle.  Sam was an amazing character that made me feel welcome straight away.  I saw Sam quite often around town and he would always greet everyone with a huge smile.  I would often stroll into Corner Surf after a big night, bare foot and looking for a new pair of sunnies and thongs, and Sam and I would always have a good laugh as he helped me put the pieces back together.  

  When I first started shooting photos I had no idea what I was doing.  I still would say that I barely have a clue but I have definitely come along way since the beginning.  Back then Sam was the first person to buy a photo off of  me.  It was a photo of Shaun Howe switch foot in a tiny barrel.  I didn't really know what he was going to do with it but he ended up blowing it up huge and putting it on the window outside his shop.  I was beyond stoked!  I don't think Sam realised at the time but he sparked something in me.  The feeling I got from seeing my image out in public for every one to enjoy really made me feel amazing.  I wanted to get better and better at taking photos so I could get that feeling more and more.  I really couldn't have a accomplished any of the things I have done with out that little push that Sam once gave me.  Thanks so much Sam Salmond.  You will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

  The paddle out today was amazing!!!  There had to be over 1000 people in attendance.  It looked like the most crowded day ever at the Super Bank.  People from all over WA showed up to honour a true Aussie legend.  Sam would have been shocked to see the turn out!!!  Such a great day.  I just really hope we don't have to do another one of these paddle outs for a long time.  

Here is the link with all the photos from the day.  you will need to be on a laptop or desktop to download this file.  it will not download on to your p[hone or iPad.  Thanks  Mike  

 

Click the link below to download all photos from the paddle out

http://we.tl/XoOLytDWng

Fairley Wedding

First off I am not a wedding photographer.  I do love taking photos but this art form is something better left to the professionals.  I have never shot a wedding and I'm not planning on becoming a wedding photog any time soon purely because I don't  think I could handle the pressure of getting all those special shots that a wedding photographer has to nail.   To me it seems way more hectic shooting a wedding than swimming 8ft slabs at first light.  Not sure how that works.

  Last week end my good mates Tom and Brittanie asked me to shoot a few photos at their wedding and although the thought of this scares the absolute shit out of me I thought it would be a great gift for them to have and look back on, so I shot my first wedding photos.

  Mark Pace, a real wedding Photog and a good mate of mine (pacephotos.com.au), was shooting on the day, so that left me to float around and just shoot what ever I see with minimum stress.  I had  really good time and felt I did ok for my first time but I have a long way to go before I could even imagine trying to take on the entire wedding.

  Tom and Brittany Both looked amazing so it wasn't to hard to get some really cool moments of their special day.  Congratulations to you two and I wish you a very Happy Future.  We had so much fun down south and we are so excited to get back down there for an other trip with you both soon!!!

 

These are a few of my favourite moments from the day!!!

New Web Site

Welcome to my new Website.  Feel free to browse through my portfolio and don't hesitate to email me with any print requests.  I will do my best to keep updating this thing all the time, so bare with me.  Thanks to every one that enjoys and appreciates my work!  I will do my very best to keep creating the ocean images that I love so much.  I promise I will make 2016 My very best year yet.  

Thanks Again

Mike

All photos in Portfolio are available for print.  Please email MikeRileyPhoto@hotmail.com with you requests.