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Hair of the Dog 2011 // 5-7 Feb Brisbane

Hair of the Dog (HOTD) is a three-day AIPP event held in Brisbane each year and it’s all happening again from 5-7 Feb. It is full of all things awesome, with a fantastic line up of speakers and workshops taking place. I am extremely humbled to have been asked to be one of the speakers this year.

For those of you that know me personally, you know that I could talk about pretty much anything at an incredible rate until the cows come home, but I would like to do a little refining for my sessions and this is where you, the people (sorry, couldn’t resist) come in to play.

I need your help. While I do have a few ideas for topics I want to cover, I would really appreciate knowing what it is people out there in photography world would like to take away from a 90 min session with little ol’ me.

Even if you are not able to attend the event, your feedback is extremely valuable to me so if it is one little thing or a long shopping list of things, I would love to hear from you.

My talk on the Sunday will be weighted more towards portrait/personal and the Monday session will focus on wedding. Obviously, there are so many sub-categories that can be explored within each.

Of course I am not expecting everyone to post suggestions on the blog, so if you could flick me an email at: info@danodayphotography.com.au I would love to hear from you! To hear a little bit more about the event and check out the speakers you can have a little look-see here.

It feels unnatural  to do a blog post without including a pretty picture so here is a frame I am fond of from Ben & Andy’s wedding out at Gundaroo not long ago.

Rock on.

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Christine - dear daniel: i would so love it if you could please sit on the stage with a blindfold on, and a mic in one hand, whilst saying everything that comes into your brain. i need to know what goes on in there. only then will i truly feel like i “know” you better. love, your friend christine. (pobke) (remember? your friend you’ve been friends with for over a year now.)

samm - I would like to learn more about your impending marriage to THM.

Jonas Peterson - Sausages. Talk about sausages.

stew - Hmmm sausages… and lamb handles!

samm - I would like to learn about your advanced angry birds techniques. thanks in advance.

Alicia Kennison - Talk about making pretty ‘pikchures’ and stuff and things. People like that.

Gemma Carr - I see you are getting some great responses to your request :) Gotta love it.

Matt and Katie | Photographers - Very few photographers have an apostrophe in their name. Even fewer still have one so well positioned as yours. Please teach us 1) How to obtain an apostrophe and 2) How to position our apostrophe once we have obtained it. The people need to know.

Tenielle - Rub your belly and pat your head at the same time, or is it rub your head and pat your belly? Even better, rub Todd’s belly and pat your head.

Kindest regards


Fiona Andersen - Oh my goodness…. I feel ashamed and horrified that I haven’t been on your blog before. DAN you are not only one of the funniest people I have had the pleasure of meeting but your work is utterly amazing!!!! I have no words but to sit here gob smaackked at how frigin talented you are!!! WOW……WOW

Kids being kids – and a fox

Kids are good at making their presence known at weddings and Jono and Camilla’s was no exception… keep an eye out for the full post from this A.M.A.Z.I.N.G wedding early in the new year… for now, over to the kids …

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Christine - HAHAHAAAA! the fox! :) and the sliver! me likey mr dizzle train. me likey very much.

Gemma Carr - who says kids & animals are trouble? Love these shots dude.

Jeremy Beasley - the kids through the marquee… radicool. :p

Katie - Clever + awesome = you.

Tim - Nice. As always.

Stewart Leishman - That first image is an absolute cracker! The expression is priceless. Well done brother!

Fiona Rogerson - Beautiful as always xx

stephen - love ’em all, the 3rd last sticks

todd hunter mcgaw - SierraHotelIndiaTango HotelOscarTango DeltaUniformDeltaEcho !!!!!
(see what I did there?)

Michelle Moore - OMG. Is that a REAL fox!????

John Benavente - sick use of the frame bro!

samm blake - dan, these are seriously awesome. I love every single frame. seriously good stuff dude.

Milena Dekic - Dude, you are too cramazing! I love the way you see the world!

Julian McGruther - These photo’s are absolutely amazing… really.

karolina - I absolutely love the first picture, it gives a feeling of freedom!

anda - oh, i love all of these!! and i’m typically not a kid photography lover. happy new year — i love following your work!

Ariel Renae - so amazing. rad photos!

Kate and Craig - So so so awesome dude! LOVE this, you totally rock! :)


Ahh.. I love my job.


Karen Buckle - This is art! You are so clever Dan!

hailey - and a beautiful frame it is! lovely work!

samm blake - beautiful.

Pobke - so sneaky!! :) me lovey. (that’s a step up from ‘me likey’)

Trevor Mace - yup i was there and this sneaky shot captures the happy vibe of the day

Beata English - Love it. So beautiful and I adore the black and white. Is this film?

Jessica O'Brien - This was such a wonderful day which has been captured perfectly

Thea Mcgrath - ahh lovely! can’t wait for the rest!

David Robertson - Absolutely. Amazing.

John Benavente - nice mood!

Stewart Leishman - Nice work brother! Film is not dead ;)

Tenielle - You are Brilliant. So simple, yet says sooo much.

Vanessa Parker - As one of the bridesmaids I can definately say- Dan in the Man!

He made the whole day so much fun!!

Beaaaautiful :)

jenny Mace - Hi Dan what a great shot! makes a mother proud and thanks for making their day so special Jenny

Renee Gill - oh this is so amazing i cant wait to see more…. what a day! love your work

Rodrigo Vargas - I keep coming back to check the rest of this post but alas… no update! Dying to see the rest of this wedding Dan. Hurry up and post it already!! :)

Alan - Sweeet dude.

Jeremy Beasley - Dearest Mr. O’day, you rock my moderately sized socks. I wanna get married just so I can see more of your ridiculously good photos. May the photos be with you.


This month the Australian Pro Photography magazine CAPTURE published it’s annual publication fittingly named … um.. “The Annual” – (Should have thought that one through a bit more). Anywho, absolutely honored to have my work featured in this edition alongside so much Australian talent. Go get yourself a copy at your local newsagent or bookshop.

CAPTURE-MAG 2010 - Dan O

alyda - so proud of you my friend. look at you go :)

Tracy - Congratulations, Dan. So well deserved. will def be getting a copy to see who else in it it too! :) Congrats

LisaK - Totally deserved! Love your work Dan : )

Bianca - Big Big Big Contratulations Dan!

Rodrigo Vargas - Congratulations! Your stuff’s pretty awesome, so no real surprise! :)

Susan Stayer - Congratulations! That’s great news! You belong in there!

kylie - I buy this mag every month and found myself with a big smile on my face when I read the article featuring yourself !

Alan - Wooo sexy!

Terence - That is awesome Dan. Well done.

vielmasnicol - Hochzeitskleider

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Leo & Laura

My biggest post to date, for my biggest wedding to date. Laura and Leo’s wedding was my first big Greek/Italian wedding and I loved every second of it…. Thanks for taking me along for the ride guys, I want to say so much more but I might just let the pics speak for themselves (for now)… Enjoy!



amber - you, my friend, surpass amazement. seriously this is beautiful- still drooling over that shot of the b&g tocuhing noses

alyda - i want to marry these photos! your best mr o’day!

Katie - DAN!!!! This is AMAZING. Absolutely your best work I’ve seen yet. Wow, wow, wow. The getting ready & ceremony shots in particular are just phenomenal. Also loving the BW dancing series.

Charles - LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! Man, there is nothing like culture. Greek and Italian is the perfect receipt for fun. LOve the intimate pics of the couples a lot, friend. Another job well done. All the shots are uber wicked. Dancing shots, i Likeeeee tooooo

Phill - Epic. And a whole lexicon of other superlatives. In 26 volumes.

Tracy - loving the black and white series of shots

Thommo - Bro, These are ridonkulous!!!!! The photos have captured the day exactly as it happened!!

You have blown me away!

Amanda Thorson - you have a real gift…not many photographers are artists as well.

Pobke - dan. it sure must be nice to be you. :) love every moment of this beautiful wedding. rock on, brother friend. (in case you can’t tell, i’m clapping as i’m typing this… bravo! encore!!)

Jeremy Beasley - If you only had one wedding to say how wicked dan-the-man-o’day was at shooting wedding pictures, this would be it. Nailed it bro, wicked B&Ws too

suzanne - Oh yeh…This post is EPIC! In more ways than one! The getting ready shots are incredible! But I think my fav is the dress-in-the-air-dancing shots! They made me smile from ear to ear! :)

mandy - I adore this wedding Dan! So many incredible moments captured :) Love love love the dancing!!

Julian Beattie - Your best yet, Dan. Great stuff!

Mark - Great stuff, Dan!

Amy A - Awesome! Love, love love it!!!!

David Paterson - Well done son! Laura and Leo must be thrilled. I told you I would be keeping an eye on this one! Laura holding the old photo… very nice!

Tonelle - Laura!! What amazing wedding pics! Looked like a wonderful wedding!

Laura - Dan-Oh-Day, you made my Day! Oh how happy I am right now. You captured our day so darn well, I couldn’t thank you more. The comments are coming thick and fast on how great the quality of shots are. Thank you ever so for doing such an amazing job and i feel terrible that you were up all night, but i’m sure it’s worth it with all the praise you’ve been getting. Sei molto bravo! Salute to Dan-the-man! A big X

Gemma Carr - YOU ROCK! wow, just wow.

Anya - WOW! Beautiful touching work!

Anh - biggest wedding = biggest post = EYES POPPING for moi!!!!! Luv lurve love it so much .. the emotions and the colors are just so raw!!!! My fav!!!!

stephanie - you did a great job at capturing the details of this wedding. I love the use of no flash in a lot of the before and getting ready shots. I love how dark they are and the mood created by this. you did a great job!

Rodrigo Vargas - POW! Awesome stuff Dan. Awesome.

David Lee - DAN, these are incredible man!! You really captured the beauty of the day with the tiny little details!

Thea Mcgrath - Oh Dan – I love love love the shots of them dancing with the purple and white banners above them! PS I also Love your new branding – matched you perfectly xoxoxo

michelle - beautiful.

james (not o') day - That dress shot with the shoes below. Killer shot. However, I can’t really just pick that one image out from the rest, because seriously, there’s not a shot out of place. Exquisite set.

Bianca - Hi there – I am a bride in Canberra. I chose my wedding photographer a long time ago…unfortunately I didn’t know about you at the time though and payments have been made so there’s no “going back”. I rarely comment on blogs but I just thought I should say that you are a brilliant photographer and the bride is stunning! Honestly I wish I was invited…it looks like so much fun!!! Congrats to the bride and groom (proves Canberra is a small town…I have seen a lot fo the faces about town) and congrats you as their photographer. What a beautiful couple and family…salute! bianca

Tyler Branch - superb work Dan

James Boddington - Great work! Gotta love a big fat Greek wedding

Matt Ebenezer - Awesome work Dan. Really impressive coverage!

Shaun Guest - Great work mate. Really well found/caught images. Fantastic storytelling.

Terence - Words are so inadequate sometimes. Very inspiring.

Jodi Mc - Speechless Dan – LUUUUURVE every image. Sublime. (We met in Melb last week – booked into HOTD for you so you better bring it…..).

jason starr - I love it. Really captures the energy of a greek wedding.

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Ok, so it’s 4am and I need to get some rest so I will come back and say a few more words about this amazing couple in the next couple of days. If I were to some it up I would say the following words: cold, windy, amazing, film, car headlights and the dirty dancing lift… nobody puts Libby in the corner… Enjoy!

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Zandra - wow, Dan, amazing. Love it.

Pobke - The lift! YES! The pastor in the church! YES! The little boy in aisle! YES! The frames! (That frame shot reminds me a lot of Christine Pobke’s work, do you know her?) HAHAHA. Love the frames. :) Loves!

Tenielle - DELISH-USH! Windswept photos…. are so very beautiful! Shadow and movement… light and love…. this wedding is so loverly!

Tim - Easy to see why you’re the “best”. I really love the very first photo. It is a beautiful and evocative piece of art.

Katie - Awesomeness + one billion.

Julia - AWESOME…..

Jeremy Beasley - Oh no you dideerrrrn’t *clicks fingers*. the black and whites are rocking my socks harder than the beastie boys right now. Nice work dizzler.

Jenny J - Oh you.

Michelle Moore - There’s an immediacy to these images that takes my breath away. I love the wind + the film.

John Benavente - dude..that second frame!

ryan flynn - so good. the headlight portraits are $$.

Gemma Carr - Oh My god, they ACTUALLY did the lift!!!! Nice.
Mr O’Day, you take wedding photos to a whole new level. Love ’em all!

Kelly Tunney - oooohhh I see it now (checked it out properly). Always a lovely post from you buddy. LOVE IT xo

Amanda Thorson - these are hot….what a beautiful bride, always laughing and smiling.

Stewart Leishman - Shit hot! Love the blue.

Hannalee Photography - I’ll say it again: very different! Love it!