Get to know me a bit …
Hi There! I'm Tafline
Here's a few things you should know about me. I'm a legit coffee addict and a bit of a dreamer. I absolutely adore traveling and exploring this wonderful world we live in. I own a little puppy dog - I think he's pretty much the best thing ever! I've been known to stay up til 2am watching ridiculous YouTube videos or getting myself lost in a good book. I love taking instant photos. Going to live music gigs makes me happy. I can cook up a storm (and a bit of a mess if I'm honest) in the kitchen. I'm a bit of a technology nerd who can happily spend hours researching the latest and greatest. I'm willing to do (what might be considered) strange things for the sake of a good photo.
I love my family to the moon and back (even though some of them don't like to be seen on the interwebs). If my house were on fire I'd run into the flames to save a photo that means the absolute world to me.
Something else you should know is I had a very near death experience as a baby - it's a pretty cool story. Ask me about it sometime if you like. As a result I have a minor form of cerebral palsy (CP). But hey, I talk, walk, drive a car and - more importantly - lug my camera kit around no worries! Rather than my CP being a disadvantage I feel it gives me a real edge and allows me to see and appreciate the little, often unnoticed things that make this life truly beautiful. I quite literally am working with a second chance at life and I intend to make the absolute most of it!
I am blessed to have the opportunity and ability to do something I love as my job. How awesome is that?!? This is how I see it: photography allows me to capture the wonder of everything around me and to show people the phenomenal beauty I see.
I'm based in Brisbane but I'm more than happy to travel!
1. Tafline... What an unusual name. Where's it from?
Thanks! I like it (even if it does mean I have to spell it out every time I'm on the phone!). It's pronounced like Kathleen but with a T. My mum came across it in a book she was reading "Scend of the Sea" by Geoffrey Jenkins
2. How long have you been doing professional photography?
I've been running my own photography business since 2012. But I worked as an assistant for a couple of years before that to learn everything I could and up my experience level
3. How tall are you?
According to my drivers license I'm 163cm. But I'm convinced that I've had a little growth spurt since then ... But this is the reason why I always have a step ladder in my car when I head to a job
4. How would you describe your photography style?
I'm more of a photojournalistic style photographer. I love and seek the candid shots that tell the truth of the moment. I love to capture moments where you can almost hear the laughter ... and feel the love. I love to give you the incredible beauty of those real, precious moments that can sometimes be overlooked the way I see them
5. Ninjas or pirates? Discuss
Ninjas most definitely. They can sneak up on you any time, any place and be gone like the wind
6. Got any cool stories?
Well there was that time I almost (practically did) die in Papua New Guinea as a baby. Or that time I fell down a mountain breaking my leg in the process but still kept photographing (and scrambling over rocks) for about 4 hours because I wanted to 'get the shot'... Or that time... yeah I've got a story or two. But so does everyone
7. What kinds of equipment do you use?
I use two professional grade full-frame Nikon DSLR cameras with an assortment of high quality prime lenses as my 'go to' kit. At times I may bring out one of my instant cameras or my 35mm film cameras just for fun. And as my every day, carry around, Instagram camera I have a Fuji XT-10
8. What's your favourite piece of equipment?
My camera harness. It's a Holdfast MoneyMaker. It means I can comfortably carry two large, heavy cameras around for an entire wedding day without my neck and shoulders being in pain for days afterwards. It's so comfy - well worth the investment
9. Tea or coffee?
Coffee in the morning and sweet peppermint tea in the afternoon and evenings
10. Who inspires you the most?
In life in general? My mum - no contest. Photography wise? Oh man Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jeremy Cowart, Jaleel King, Sue Bryce, Matt & Katie, Joshua Mikhaiel, James Day etc etc etc. The list is endless. Artists like Monet, Dali, Jackson Pollock, Picasso, Andy Warhol and Banksy inspire me creatively
11. Favourite quote?
"There's too much beauty to quit" ~ Stay
12. Favourite lighting?
That beautiful light just as the sun is setting giving everything a gorgeous soft golden glow. Just divine
13. What do you think distinguishes you from other photographers?
I'm not in this to become the most successful photographer who ever lived in the history of the world. I don't intend to be shooting a wedding every single weekend and 5 portrait sessions during the week. In fact I only take on a very select amount of clients per year. I like to shout my potential clients a coffee (circumstances permitting) and really get to know them so that by the times the actual photography starts I'm more like a friend with a camera. I'm all about personal one-on-one service. I'm about getting to know you and telling your story
14. What's you favourite TV shows?
Criminal Minds, The West Wing & Supernatural
15. Do you shoot in colour or black and white?
I take all my photos in RAW format then edit everything later. I find it's better for editing. But my clients receive all their photos as JPEGs in both colour AND black & white. That way you can decide which you like better
16. Explain your post-production workflow?
As soon as I come home from a shoot I immediately start downloading my images - creating 3 backups as I go. Then I sort through my images rating each one 1 to 5 to decide what to edit. I edit the images rated 3 or higher. Cull the edited images. Export all images in colour and in black & white. Back up the edited images to two different hard drives. Then deliver the final images to my clients - either by USB or digital download
17. What kind of editing do you do?
In my editing I colour correct any images that need it, fix the exposure - shadows and highlights etc and clear up the odd pimple or two. I aim to get everything as 'right' as possible in camera. While I could technically photoshop everyone to have a body like Miranda Kerr why would I? I love to give you memories of what really was. The way you threw your head back in laughter tears of joy running down your face, the way your nose crinkles when you really smile, the special way your eyes light up when you first see a special someone, the way your hand holds fingers so tiny right now but growing every day ... Why would I want to edit that all away?
18. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I've always been partial to the idea of flying
19. What motivates you to keep going?
This question kinda links in to my favourite quote. 'There's too much beauty to quit' (Stay). That's what motivates me to keep going. I truly believe there's too much beauty in the world to quit capturing it. The way people laugh, the thousands of emotions that can pass through a brides eyes, the touch of a child, the grooms face as he sees his bride for the very first time, the beauty of the first flower of spring ... You get the idea. There's just too much beauty in the world for me to ever stop capturing it
20. When you travel what equipment do you take with you?
If I'm traveling for a job all my equipment goes with me (see that little suitcase? It holds pretty much everything) If I'm traveling for fun ... Well let's just say I'm trying to get better at leaving bits and pieces at home
21. If you could visit anywhere in the world where would you go?
Just one place?!? I want to see everywhere! New York, Canada, Washington State, Bora Bora, Fiji, Japan, Cambodia, Iceland, Africa, Russia etc etc etc. I want to see everything!!!
22. Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?
Crunchy peanut butter all the way
23. What's your favourite piece of work to date and why?
<- This one. Partly because of the place (this was shot during a visit to PNG), partly because it looks like it was taken in a studio session - in truth she was passing by and I lifted my camera and clicked at just the right moment, a true photojournalistic image - and partly because this image taught me to not be too hasty in my judgements. I was t-h-i-s close to deleting it because I didn't think it was 'technically' good enough. But I took a second look, gave it a bit of a polish editing wise and found it was a stunning image
24. Describe yourself in 5 words?
Quirky, artistic, effervescent, driven, passionate
25. When you go out on a job - how much is planned and how much is 'in the moment'?
When I'm booked for a job and know the location I like to go and check out the area a few days beforehand. From this I can see where light falls, what would make a good background etc and have a rough idea of some poses that may look good. Then on the day of the wedding / shoot most everything is 'in the moment' while having a few vague ideas in the back of my brain
26. Are you a cat or a dog person?
I've owned both so I'm an equal opportunity pet lover. But I have a habit of yelling 'PUPPY' whenever I see a dog and I just love my dog Jasper to bits (he's the best thing ever!!) - so I'd say I'm more in the 'dog' camp
27. Why do you take photos?
One of my favorite quotes is by Marc Riboud 'Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second'. That's why I take photos. For me my photography is about just that - savoring the beauty of life and all of its exquisite details and eccentricities. It's kinda incredible to freeze and hold a moment in time
28. Do you sing in the car?
I have a concert in the car
29. Do you sing in the shower?
I have a concert in the shower
30. Do you dance in the car?
I have a dance party in the car
31. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
You don't h-a-v-e to buy this bit of equipment or that lens etc just because you read something or other or saw a video review of a cool bit of 'kit'
32. What's your favourite colour?
33. How far in advance would you recommend booking a wedding photographer?
I suggest booking your photographer as soon as possible. Once you've decided on the date start making inquires. The sooner you book the better the chance that you're chosen photographer isn't already booked out!
34. What movie could you watch over and over and still love?
I'm a habitual re-watcher. Almost every movie I've seen I've probably watched at least twice and still happily enjoy it. But my most favourite movie that I love more and more each time I watch it is "Stay"
35. What makes a picture stand out for you? What makes it memorable?
Hmm ... The pictures that are the most memorable to me are when I 'feel' something through it - the ones where you can look at the image and really feel the moment or make up little stories for yourself that fit the image. The pictures that most stand out to me are the ones that have that 'feeling' and are taken at exactly the right moment - when the sun suddenly peeks out from under the clouds, when light and shadow line up to frame a face perfectly or when the trees curve it creating a natural frame. It's that undefinable 'it' factor
36. Loud music or soft?
Mostly soft acoustic type music but I don't mind a bit of loud music on very rare occasions
37. Favourite singer/group?
38. Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought? Why?
I tend to be pretty considered about my purchases and do a lot of research (hello Google!) before I actual buy it so there's not much I wish I hadn't brought. That said - when I brought my first ever DSLR I wish I hadn't gotten it with the kit lens. When I first brought it I thought I'd stumbled on a great bargain (sweet naive me) but I quickly got frustrated with it. Then I brought my first prime lens and things started to come together
39. Which is your favourite lens? Why?
I l-o-v-e my 35mm 1.4 lens. It's so sharp, gives a nice 'blurry' background and the focal length is just perfect for the way I typically like to shoot
40. What's your dream job?
I'm doing it!!!
Images from my own portrait session provided by the very talented Mia Golding Photography. Big big thanks for the beautiful work!!