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THE 2012 AIPP AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (APPA)

Last week saw the annual gathering for the AIPP Australian Professional Photography awards (APPA) in Melbourne (Australia). I was over the moon to receive 1 Gold award, 2 Silver Distinctions and 1 Silver award for my four prints entered. The standard of work on show was unbelievable, I can confidently say that I am super proud to be apart of the Australian Photography Industry. The photo artists that come out of this country are right up there with the best in the world and I am inspired by this every day… It is also a constant reminder to me that I cant afford to slack off as a creative if I want to stay competitive in this industry, so thank you fellow awesome image makers! (you complete me). I was honored to be asked to be a judge again this year and it was a responsibility i didnt’ take lightly. I got to sit alongside some of the photographers I most respect in this industry and discuss/critique work in an open forum, often in front of the entrants (who were probably whispering, “they don’t get me” or “yes!! they get it” or maybe even, “that Dan guy needs to pull his pants up”) I know this because I am also an entrant and it is usually me up the back of the room chewing my nails down to the bone when my peers are “judging me”. As an entrant, it takes alot of courage to put yourself out there to be critiqued and I believe that everyone that does this deserves to be awarded, really. To quote a good friend of mine Samm Blake “Through the greatest discomfort, comes the greatest growth” and I truly believe this.

On another note, at the gala dinner on the closing night I was awarded the honor of AIPP Master of Photography which is a huge personal achievement for me.

Below are the images I entered into this years awards, I hope you enjoy! Thank you to all of my clients for giving me the opportunity to make pictures and to those volunteers that helped me out for my whacky portrait idea (below).

Stew - Well done Master Dan’O! Be proud, as you are one of the best too! Your perspective, your work and your lateral thinking blows my mind often. Thank you. :)

David Ferguson | Brisbane - Congratulations on it all mate. Love your work.

Shanna - You’re a rockstar. Love your work Dan! :)

Jenn Stark - Seriously Dan. I can’t stop staring at the first image – it should be like the national flag of all wedding photographers. Congrats on everything, well deserved!! x

James frost - That black and white is rad ! Keep bring art to photography dude !!! :)

alyda - so proud to call you a friend danny boy. you are an inspiration and also very funny. yay xx

skelator - you complete me.

marina - Awesome x

ALMA // - Insanity Senior O’Day

David Campbell - Killer work! Congrats on the achievement too.

Andreas - Sweet! Love the shots! Keep making good stuff !

Julianna Koh Blackwell - You go Master O’Day!

Ben - Inspiring work Dan O’day!! Congrats on all the accolades :)

Delia - Congrats on the incredible achievement Dan!!

Tanya Love - Oh, I didn’t realise that crazy portrait shot was yours! I loved it, the colours are so vibrant, very, very cool!x

Bridget - Massive Congratulations Dan. We can see why you’ve picked up those awards. Wonderful news!

Scout - Fantastic shots and words from the heart.

aga - This is beautiful, congrats friend!

Gemma Higgins - just adore that last image! One of my favorites of the awards… Awesome stuff Master O’Day! xx

Jonas Seaman - Congratulations Dan!! So inspiring!!

ART & THE HEART {MELBOURNE}

I am so grateful to everyone you see below… In January of this year myself and my homegirl Samm Blake held our first workshop together, ART & THE HEART {Melbourne}. Although, technically I was one of the “educators” I can confidentaly say that I gained so much out of this experience, I became stronger, I left inspired and I am hungry for the next.

Thank you to AimeeJodiJessJohnMitchMyekalDebsMarinaMichelleTracyTristanGemmaEmilyStewartBettinaMichelleShaunSuellen,  JuliannaSally for attending the Melbourne workshop and becoming my new friends (not just on Facebook but in real life as well:). Also, I would like to throw a thank you to our good friend Christine for helping us out over the 3 days.

In a few weeks time, myself and Samm will be heading off over the seas again to host ART & THE HEART in New York (June 12 to 14) Cork, Ireland (July 2 to 4) and then off to London (July 10 to 12). There are still a sprinkling of seats left so if you feel like coming along for the ride and meeting a bunch of new friends who like the same stuff you do (while of course refining your craft and your business), head over to www.artandtheheart.com and register. I’m so excited for what lies ahead in the next few months.

Below are a bunch of pictures (taken by myself and Samm) of our amazing attendee’s and super hot models (who, for the record also had really great personality’s) over those 3 amazing days in Melbourne.

Love you all and hope to see you in New York, Ireland or London!!

*We will be announcing a second Australian ART & THE HEART next week so pop onto the mailing list if you would like us to keep you in the loop.

Jenn Stark - How awesome! LOVE the “headshots” you guys did, so totally fun. All the best with your future dates! x

Anda - Yeah!! New York is going to rule! See you soon!

Scout - Looks like fantastic time was had by all.

Hope to make it along to the next one.

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Renee Bell - looks amazing!!!

Jeremy Beasley - Great to see some of the pics. Hope the footage works out!

Myekie - WOW!! These look great. Such great memories. I got So much from this workshop! Awesome Dan!

second row on the left - you guys rock! good luck overseas :)

Gemma Higgins-Sears - LOVE IT! so much fun!! Miss those few days… Miss everyone! Reunion!!

Pobke - Love you guys. :) xoxo

Bettina Kingma - Great photos Dan, an amazing, inspiring experience loved it love you all :)

Tracy - Long lasting & soul warming memories here. I walked away from those few days bursting with inspiration, awe and a better sense of myself and personal work. Not to mention some pretty awesome new friends…:)

Emily Adamson - So grateful Dan & Samm. I didn’t take any photographs and find it hard to put into words, but you have changed my life in all the right ways. Anyone considering attending a future Art and the Heart will not regret it :)

lisa - This has made me even more excited about the London workshop.

Brian Terry - Love it ;-)

Kirra Cheers - Aahh looks like so much fun! I want to come to the next one.

Stewart - Nice! Thanks Dan the man! I left inspired too, and very grateful for meeting & getting to know such an awesome bunch of people. It seems like it was yesterday.

Stewart - PS. Love the kitchen shots, and the fact that you walked less than a 100m’s to get all the shots! Melbourne = awesome :)

Sheridan - Looks ahhhhh-mazing, will have to be a part of this someday! :)
Good luck with your next workshops! x

Julianna - Thank you Dan & Samm xx
Best investment ever!!

Mary Kathryn - Ya-hoooo!!! New York, New York, New York!

Michael - I wish I could’ve been there to learn from you two! Amazing.

dylan - You’re incredible Dan. Fricking incredible.

art courses melbourne - Really an amazing photos, Wish you all the best for your next workshop.

WELL WISHES FROM A STRANGER

Love it when this happens… 

Sheridan - CUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!

Wendy - That is adorable!

Nick - Awesome! Love their reaction! :)

Kate P - Great stuff Dan :) We all love a bit o’ love!

Kirra Cheers - Nice. Beautiful candid moment. I think it is so weird when random onlookers take photos though. I mean what are they going to do with those photos.

anda - me too! i love shooting portraits around lots of random strangers. so good, dan :)

Sjoerd Booij - Yeah, made me smile :)

geneoh - agreed.

amy grace - oh wow, how heartwarming is this. and real. the best part. these are absolutely awesome.

James - Awesome! He should get royalties for the last photo :P

Monika Eisenbart - So funny!!! Love their faces, so happy.

Jazzy - Such a beautiful moment..

Tina Bingham - what a lovely start to my day x

Ray Siler - nice. love it when this happens, too. such a great moment.

Antony - Great triptych – Client will LOVE this!

James Melia - Love the honest spontaneity about this, just brilliant!

Jordan Kowalski - These shots are absolutely beautiful. Love it!

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juanita - what a beautiful moment!

Caryn - I love this :)

A FEW QUIET MOMENTS WITH DHRUV & DARSHANA

A few months ago I spent an afternoon on a mountain with Dhruv & Darshana. It was pretty and they are awesome. I’m, shooting their wedding at the end of this month in Brisbane, exciting times ahead.

liz arcus - SIMPLY quiet & beautiful Dan. Love !

Cam Neville - Beautiful my friend.

Christina - So sweet. Love seeing your work Dan, brings a smile to my face!

Christine - pretty pretty. :)

Robert Meredith - Beautiful work Dan. That B+W double with the wind catching her hair is superbly intense. Love it! x

Kirra Cheers - Wow dan – stepping it up. Beautiful.

Anna - Stunning.

David Robertson - looove it man

Derek Ho - such beautiful compositions and colours

bek - gorgeousness.

Jess - breathtaking……….

juan vicente benavente mata la gente - dude that second last frames is money!

Catherine - Incredibly Soulful…

Catherine - Incredibly Soulful…

Travis Shumate - Beautiful!

Delia - Always so moving Mr O’Day

Andy Gaines - Always look forward to your posts Dan – great as always! Cheers for sharing.

ed peers - Awesome frames Dan. Inspiration.

Julianna - This is so beautifully captured – the love and bond between Dhruv & Darshana. Darshana has such pretty hair!

gee - special !!!!!

Matt - Lovely editing, the black and whites look amazing.

Joyce Alexander - The lighting and emotion in these blow my mind! <3 it. <3 it. <3 it.

james frost - some passion there!!! great work dude

fer juaristi - I feel them, love this set.

Kristian Leven - Pretty unbelievable – gorgeous photos Dan

Fotograf Chorzów - Fabulous imagery from beginning to end!

AN AFTERNOON WITH JAYDEN & CAROLINE – AKA “THE WOODNOTES” {FOREVER}

Jayden and Caroline are not only lovebirds but they are also fantastic wedding photographers from the far away land we call America (you can view their work here). In November of last year during their visits downunder, we spent an afternoon out on Jaydens family property in a beautiful part of Victoria called the Macedon Ranges. Yep… I could live there… for eternity. Caz, Jaydz… love you guys. Please keep on being rad xx

hugh - dan o’friggin’day. such a beautiful session.

Kristian Leven - I absolutely love the mood in these pictures. Antithesis of the cheesy engagement shoot. If I was ever to do shoots like this, well, this is pretty much how I’d do them.

Rebecca - This captures them so well! Love these two. Amazing photos. Gave me chills.

Chelsea Parsons - yep… awesome! Loving all the dark shots, so much mood.

lisa - yep. amazing.

Scott - beautiful man.

Jonas Seaman - Love this soooooo much!!

Katie K - Freaking AWESOME work as always Dan.

Christine - me rikey. a lot. :)

Jess - I believe you are one of my photographic heroes! I love the depth of your work!!!

Andrew Cahill - These are beautiful, creates such an awesome feeling.

Tim - Dude, as always – fantastic. But I’m compelled to ask, did this dude borrow your shirt for the shoot? ;-)

nate kaiser - bagnargnars.

caroline lee // a woodnote - DANNY! when i selflessly gave jayden MY dream pressie for his 30th (this shoot with you), i had a vision in my head of what the outcome would be, but this is SO MUCH BETTER than what i saw in my head. these are the once-in-a-lifetime shots that we’ll giggle and cry over for the rest of our days, and hope our future offspring will remember us by them; as eccentric, quirky, laughing, kissing lovebirds captured by you. we’re so over the moon you’re our friend. thank you, thank you, sir. we love you. xx

marina - I want a forever session!!!!

Albert Palmer - Love the ones of them lying down in the field – stunning

Catherine - Beautiful people, beautiful images.

cassi kennedy - love love love LOVEEEEEE THESE!!!!!!!

Laurine Lee - I’m so in love with this. I also love that not only did my clothes make it… but my gorgeous Harper Lee saying hello from the old Merc. Gorgeous. I think I love you Dan.

Meli - It is like watching a romantic movie…

john warren - so much gold !

michelle - goodness gracious me, dan o’day.

bettina - Love this story, always sooo good Dan O’Day.

Sheridan - Beautiful, so beautiful :)

Derek Ho - So very cinematic !

Alyda - Oh I love these two so much Danny and you’ve captured them perfectly. Genius. Xxoo

Molly - Holy freaking goodness! Absolutely exquisite! :)

Sarah Williams - Love love love – amazing Dan : )

john benavente - ballin’

mae - Dan- these are great…so raw and fresh. just beautiful.

matt sloan - i love this couple. i love you.

Lyndzee Ellsworth - DANIEL!!!!!!! Just stop it already. I can not wait for the day that you capture Roger and I. (ahhh, someday) These are stellar. And Caroline is beautiful beyond words.

You go girl!

Julianna - So beautiful!!

Marryam Lum - So beautiful, you are too amazing :)

nirav - I love the feel of these images my friend. You rock my world Mr. Dan.

michele bowman - these are intimate, personal and just absolutely lovely in every way. i just love how you see things and use the light around you.

Anna - I love what you see! You are magnificent!

mitch - this is why you are the best! jonas who? sean who?

Pierre - In france we said : “pétard de bon de dieu de bois que c’est beau !!”
pretty much mean : “i m in love of your work !!!!!”

Matt - Love the way you use black. I thought photography was all about light? ;o) And your editing is just beyond. Thanks for inspiring me while I’m editing a wedding.

Tamara - I think I’m more in love with them than they are with each other after seeing this. *sigh*. you work blows my mind. xx

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Julianna - I wish I was there too :)

fer juaristi - crazy good my friend. Keep rocking.

jeff marsh - the one-eye photo. unreal

Andria Lindquist - the ones at the end, w the pipe…man. i’d like to see what you’re like on these, looks like a blast.

Joyce Alexander - I love that your work always emphasizes that real life is beautiful. Your work is proof.

Amy J. - You are a master of capturing light. I’d pay good money for a photo lesson from you on light…absolutely stunning work!!!!!!

Oli Sansom - Hot man. Beautiful stuff head to toe. Hopefully see you Ms Blake for the Oct workshop.

Stew - I’ve somehow stumbled back for a third looksey.. months later.. the first time was I was in disbelief, shock, speechless. Second look, still haven’t figured out the words to tell you how good this is.. Dan’O the Man’O. I still don’t know what to say! :) *sigh*

You suck at this, you should quit while you’re ahead :D lol

Stew - PS. I wish I knew you when Bec & I got married. :)

PPS. Don’t tell our photographer. :)

Temecula wedding photographer - I have only shot two weddings solo, but seeing your images is truly inspiring. You’re photos f***ing rock. They make me want to get better with my camera, and probably make me a better person by roughly 8%. Cheers!~Ryan

Amy & Julian win a gold at the wedding olympics {if there were a wedding olympics}

Back in August of 2011 you may remember I posted Amy & Julian’s Forever Session here . I had a hunch then that this day (their wedding day) was going to be something special. Amy and Jules, love you guys. Thank you for bringing me into your world.

Melissa Ellis - The photos are amazing. The bride and groom look so happy and you can just tell they are having the best day ever. Beautiful storyboard of photos. Loved everything about this post.

tim coulson - two of the most beautiful human beings in the history of planet earth. amazing job, dan. you’re like, awesome.

jason curescu - Woooah. You killed it! Amazing job!!

Scout - so awesome. great shots. cute couple. fun bridal party.

and the locations…..bam!!

love this.

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Joyce Alexander - Holy smokes. I was so excited to see this wedding and the story behind, it after seeing their engagement shoot, but man-oh-man. The shot of them standing in the warehouse window looks like they’re on the edge of a universe. They’re style + your mad photo skills makes this one of my new favorites.Speechless.

Ms GIngham - Love everything about this wedding! I feel like I’ve gotten to know Julian and Amy through their wedding planning adventures. So awesome to see it all come together.

marina - Dan O’Day. These. Are. BEST.

Phill - Man, it’s got concrete, and art, and it’s so staggeringly, utterly beautiful.

Michael Wachniak - Un. Real. Dude. Amazing.

joanna brown - Errrrr….. beyond beyond! You have totally blown me away with these think this is the best I have EVER EVER seen. Hats off to you and then some. True artist. x

chris prestidge - beautifully works of art beginning to end – well done dan – gold stars.

john benavente - another level brother, hats off to you

ALMA - Jezzz Dan!! Seriously!? Seriously?!!!

bruidsfotograaf - Wow, wish I was one of the guests! Looks like a lot of fun!

Michelle grainger - Absolute perfection on all accounts. Very inspiring photography!

matthew morgan - i love it. so inspirational on so many levels. thanks for the eyeful.

Cam - Epic……..

Nicholas pitt - Dude i love your work its amazing, the editing is so insane as well ….I cant wait for my next wedding now , so pumped

Justin - If there were wedding photographer Olympics you’d be winning Mr. Day. So damned good. Samm better make a freaking awesome post tomorrow morning. :)

Cinzia - There’s a magic atmosphere! uau!

pobke - it is a biggen… but a freaking AWESOME biggen!!! :) GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Kim Selby - These are absolutely incredible! Love everything about these photos and this wedding.

jazzy - Such a beautiful wedding. Sooo many happy big smiles :D x

Anya - You blew me away with their engagement shoot and these are just so much more. Gold.

Janet Palmer - oozing of awesome as always… love ya work Dan

Kirsty Aksentiew - Holy batman Dan you are the Man

Mr.Myekie - Dude! I’m speechless. Your work re-defines my definition of wedding photography. I don’t know if I’m inspired or destroyed! Great work Dan.

Leo Prestia - Wow this is wonderful magic fairy dust! Well done Dan!

pen - Oh my, words fail me. This is incredible. INCREDIBLE! Awesome and inspiring work.

Jonathan Wherrett - mad style + mad skillz = wedding gold! Amazing Dan.

Jakob - Dude, this is seriously amazing.

Michelle Dupont - Yep – you totally rocked it Dan!

Tim - Wow, looks like an amazing wedding, or was it just the fantastic photography? LOL

Hi-Fi Weddings - holy moly this is perfection! i would love love love to feature this on hi-fi weddings if you’re interested and if amy and julian want to share the music choices from the day :)

SO wonderful!

xo – Ashley

jessica - Wowsers!! This is an ace wedding, captured with such thought and skill. Congrats to the gorgeous couple!! xxj

Kimberly - Awesomeness times infinity.

michelle - oh yeah. that is all.

Jonas Peterson - Legendary.

Thommo - You blow minds dude! Epic as usual

AmyPunky Photography - Oh my god this is so good!!! Gorgeous images!!!
You rock!
Emilie

Derek Ho - amazing wedding photography!! Love it! Especially the little iggy waiting at the door *pic 2* :))

Tanya Love - Holy crap! beyond awesome Dan!

el - Oh Dan, you are amazing……

Kell Bell - It is the best x

Mark - Cool wedding!! The brides’ smile is infectious. Awesomely captured too.

Peta - Absolutely INCREDIBLE series Dan! WOW.

jason starr - A rock and roll wedding by a rock and roll photog!

Tenielle - Full steam ahead. You have a truly extraordinary eye.

Tricia Itchy Eyes - Phew! Almost feel like a cigarette after that :-) Ahmazeballs.

Kristen Cook - I hope you know that I was late for my dinner date tonight because I wouldn’t leave before I had finished devouring every single one of these images. Amazing work Dan, always is of course, but this one… special. PS – 48 comments?! You’re going to break your blog Daniel!

mary - i kept thinking…..this one is my favorite….no….wait….this one! over and over. but, they all were. fabulous job capturing what looks to be a magical, colorful, happy day.

Leonie - The most spectacularly beautiful and joyous couple and the photos aren’t anything short of that spirit Dan. Such an amazing job. X

Catherine - I had to come back here and watch this… again.

Rebekah Jewell - JEEPERS!!! This it my all time favourite shoot of yours!!!!……..woohooooooo!

Anna - I remember the red dress. Stunning work, as always.

trish - I bookmarked this when I first saw the link because I didn’t have time to look at it. I’m glad I waited. These are expletively amazing.

Ian. - I closed my eyes and saw this ;~)

Ian - sorry man. i dont know why my comment come up with 20% between each word.

Solveig - Triple Wow!! Gorgeous pics!

Mercedes - Wow. Just, wow.

Travis Shumate - Dan, Seriously incredible. Fantastic work. I need to go through it a few more times. I think I will right now.

Amanda VanVels - nailed it

gemma higgins-sears - now THAT’S what I call a wedding!! seriously Dan I could stare at these images all day… What an amazing couple… I wish I’d been a guest!

mitch - EPIC work once again!

Mara - AMAZING PHOTOS. WHEN I GET MARRIED I AM DEFINITELY CALLING!!

Bec - damn that’s good.
She is such a stunner!
I LOVE the series of the ribbons and the feeling as though we are walking through them with you. Brilliant. I scrolled through that part 3 or 4 times ;) It’s the child in me, I love bright and shiny things.
And the shots in that warehouse. LOVE.

Kellee Walsh - Wow! Wow! Wow!

gee - awesome!!!

James Boddington - Awesome work!

Amy Williams - Stunning shots!

angie - I just LOVE everything about these! Your amazing work, the gorgeous bride, the awesome style of the wedding and the amazing locations! One of my all time favorite wedding photos ever!

ed peers - This is unreal Dan. You are too good…

Caroline Telfer - Has there ever been such a funky wedding??
What a collection of photos you have there! It will be a fantastic album…

Andy Gaines - Awesome as always mate. Love that star-lit roof!

Julianna - Love the toes, the tats, the floating bridal dress (with the bride?) and the night shots – love, love, love!!

Matt - You’re a master Dan. Every shot is as good as it gets. I’m in awe. An inspiration in all areas. Cheers

caroline - dan, you should get a gold medal for being stellar.

Lisa Jay - Wow Dan, I am in major love with this wedding & your documentary of it. I see elements of my parents 1977 wedding. I love the dance floor images. Love all of it!!!!

Michelle Wrighton - Absolutely beautiful! Your storytelling through imagery is masterful.

Lydia Arnold - Stunning work! Looks like an amazing wedding that you captured perfectly.

juanita - magical wedding… what a beautiful collection of pics.

Temecula Wedding Photographer - Wow..so that wedding pretty much gave me an erection. great work captain!

Christina - that wedding! those pictures! it’s all out of this world. amazing stuff dan :)

Jody Ryan - what an amazing wedding, you are brilliant!

Hamish Jordan - Such a Bohemian wedding, these photos have a lot of character, very nice!

Kim - BeautifFULL!