Wyalkatchem is an amazing place for light. I will go so far as to say, it is my favourite place for light. At this time of year, the landscape is a bit more lush than the usual dry baron desert. When I come here, I feel like i’m on holiday in Australia. It’s very bizarre, but the flatness, yellowness and isolation is so different from the green rolling hills and forest around Bridgetown, which often feels like I’m still in the UK.
Originally I had hoped to photograph Sharney, Maddy & Hannah around my brother’s property outside of Wyalkatchem. The wheat fields, salt lakes and old rusty farm machinery, combined with the Wylie light make it an ideal location.
Unfortunately, with my brother living in the middle of nowhere, this didn’t happen. Instead we did them in town, but as it was, this worked out rather well. Three young children collectively,don’t tend to have a very long concentration span. The dog however was very cooperative!
I used treatments on these as I think it suits the theme. As the girls resembled fairies, the haziness, muted tones and changes to saturation gave them all a very mystical feel.
As a general rule I don’t normally enhance images so that they are too far removed from a genuine photo, but I think in this case it works really well.
Wyalkatchem family portraits are something to cherish. Especially with girls as adorable as these three. Photographing them in their environment, with their sisters really brings out their little characters.