Veronica Mars at Oz Comic Con 2014

Aaron Ashmore, Sam Huntington & Jason Dohring

Veronica Mars panel: Aaron Ashmore, Sam Huntington & Jason Dohring

Now and then I get the chance to photograph my fandoms… I’ve watched every episode of Veronica Mars since day 1, through Channel 10′s endless rescheduling, until the final episode that left every marshmallow all too unsatisfied. Who knew, that after 10 years and a humble Kickstarter pledge later, that we (Aussie fans) would get to meet some of the cast in Melbourne? Imagine my excitement!!!

Oz Comic-Con 2014 ended in Melbourne on a high, with the Veronica Mars panel hitting Stage 1. Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Aaron Ashmore (Troy Vandegraff) and Sam Huntington (Luke Haldeman).

While Ashmore and Huntington’s characters had minor roles in the show – they had strong opinions; everyone is Team Logan (but given the option, Huntington would be Team Dick, proclaiming “I love Dick!” to the audience – pun may or may not have been intended), Keith is their favourite character, no-one has read the Veronica Mars book yet, both hope to get the call for any Veronica Mars projects in the future and their Tijuana scenes were filmed in San Diego thanks to some very creative location dressing.

Dohring said that a Veronica Mars 2 movie or a spin-off TV series is possible (this just before the announcement of Kristen Bell’s pregnancy), he got advice on how to act drunk from Aaron and Sam, his favourite scene was in episode 1×05 when Veronica asks Keith “You can find anybody! If she were a criminal, you’d make a couple grand tracking her down and you’d have her back in a week,” and the cast never knew ‘who done it’ in the over-arching mysteries until they got the script. While we didn’t really discover any in-depth juice, it was nonetheless a very entertaining panel and there were no complaints from the predominantly female audience.


All photos ©2014 Naomi Rahim, please contact for permission to use.
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Jason Dohring

Jason Dohring

Aaron Ashmore & Sam Huntington

Aaron Ashmore & Sam Huntington

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore, Sam Huntington & Jason Dohring

Aaron Ashmore, Sam Huntington & Jason Dohring

Oz Comic-Con 2014 Photos

Cosplay Parade - Day 1

Cosplay Parade Day 1

That time of the year when fanboys and fangirls can mingle with their heroes or be their heroes… Oz Comic-Con returned to the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne July 5-6, and I was armed with my 70-200mm lens and ability to capture the action for Life Music Media.

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White Night Melbourne 2014 – Photo Essay

White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne

Melbourne welcomed White Night for the second year with an expanded program. This time, word of mouth got around to approximately 500,000 people, seeing the streets of Melbourne packed to the brim for arts and culture in the wee hours of the morning.

I worked my way from north to south to capture the night, shooting for nine hours.
This is what I saw.

9pm – Lisa Mitchell live, QV

Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell

While not an official White Night event, as darkness fell, Lisa Mitchell started the evening with a delightful outdoor performance set in front of Luma Domes light installation by Kit Webster and Pierre Proske in QV Square.

11pm – Purple Rain, Old Melbourne Gaol

Purple Rain

A little moment in Purple Rain

The one hour wait was worth it. A visual and audio experience created by French artist Pierre Ardouvin, visitors were handed umbrellas and showered with illuminated rain, as Prince’s Purple Rain played.

12am – Melbourne, Music & Me Exhibition, RMIT

Melbourne, Music & Me

Melbourne, Music & Me

The Melbourne, Music & Me Exhibition put on an all-nighter for its final night. Showcasing the history of Australian music, affiliated with Mushroom Group of Companies, featuring tour memorabilia, awards and costumes of Kylie Minogue, Skyhooks, Crowded House, P!nk and Madonna.

1am – Vortex, Southbank Pedestrian Bridge

Vortex

Vortex

The bridge was transformed into a sci-fi visual experience. To be honest, it didn’t quite live up to the itinerary.

2am – Melbourne Now, NGV

Melbourne Now

Confessions on a dancefloor – Melbourne Now

The NGV was still buzzing in the early hours of the morning, with Melbourne Now and Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion were open all night, free of charge. The highlight – Darren Sylvester’s ‘For You’ disco room installation in the Melbourne Now exhibition.

4am – Midden, Birrarung Marr

Midden

Midden

An amazing 360 degree illumination paying tribute to the traditional owners of the land.

4:30am – Wonderland, Flinders Street

Flinders St Illuminations

Flinders St Illuminations

With the crowd began to thin out, creating an eery Wonderland landscape.

5am – Molecular Kaleidoscope – Virus one billion times, State Library of Victoria

Virus times a billion

Virus times a billion

Always an educational experience to be had at the State Library of Victoria. The interior was illuminated with magnified 3D renderings of various virus molecules; HIV, Herpes, Polio and Influenza.

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Royal Botanic Runway – Photos

Royal Botanic Runway

Australia fashion royalty – Aurelio Costarella, Collette Dinnigan and Akira Isogawa

Australian fashion – under the sun – where it should be. On Thursday I photographed the inaugural Royal Botanic Runway at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne for Style Melbourne. A unique, open-air fashion parade, showcasing cherry-picked Australian fashion designers to help raise awareness for RBG’s Melbourne Water Strategy Project.

The runway even hosted by celebrity landscape gardener, Jamie Durie, featured fashion design royalty; Akira Isogawa, Aurelio Costarella, Collette Dinnigan and Martin Grant.

A spectacular blend of fashion, flora and conservation – let’s hope the Royal Botanic Runway becomes a regular Summer fashion event.

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Collette Dinnigan

Alice Burdeu wears Collette Dinnigan

Akira Isogawa

Akira Isogawa

Aurelio Costarella

Aurelio Costarella

Martin Grant

Cassi Van Den Dungen wears Martin Grant

VAMFF Campaign Launch

VAMFF Launch

VAMFF Launch Runway

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival launched it’s new partnership with Virgin Australia at Channel 9′s Studio 1 in Docklands last night. I photographed the VIP event for Style Melbourne.

Showcasing the VAMFF 2014 TVC campaign – See. Feel. React and culminating with a fashion parade featuring 10 models capturing the spirit of each of the 10 premium runways and their corresponding trends for 2014, including: Romantic, Minimal, Punk, Retro, World Traveler, Colour, Volume and Tailoring.

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VAMFF - Bridal / Romantic Look

VAMFF – Bridal / Romantic Look

Cherry Fest 2013 – Photos!

Cherry Fest '13 - AC/DC Lane, Melbourne

Cherry Fest ’13 – Cherry Bar, AC/DC Lane, Melbourne

Cherry Fest rocked AC/DC Lane in Melbourne once again. I covered all the action for Everguide and Life Music Media. An eclectic lineup, featuring cherry picked artists, such as; The BellRays (USA), Kadavar (GER), The Powder Monkeys, Chris Wilson’s Crown of Thorns, Hoss, Legends of Motorsport and more!

Check out the live music photos on Flickr and Life Music Media.

The BellRays

The BellRays

Penny Higgs & La-Toyah Asha – Eon Neavou Photoshoots

Penny Higgs & Latoya Asha

Penny Higgs & La-toyah Asha

For the launch of Eon Neavou, a creative production company, I worked with a talented team of Melbourne creatives, to produce two very different fashion photoshoots in one day.

Penny Higgs gallery
The first photoshoot featured model/dancer Penny Higgs (from So You Think You Can Dance) modelling three amazing designer looks styled by Rebecca Kennedy (Style Guru). Shoutout to Christopher & Alexander’s Lighting in St Kilda for the amazing location.
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La-toya Asha gallery
Inspired by the last days of disco at Studio 54, La-toyah Asha modelled three unique looks, styled by Rebecca Kennedy (Style Guru) and hair/make-up by Nicole Webb (and further hair styling by Tammy Tim Tam). Shot on location at Room 680.
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Eon Neavou launching soon – watch this space!

Rutledge Lane goes blue

Rutledge Lane

New life in Rutledge Lane

Rutledge Lane, off Melbourne’s much famed street art mecca Hosier Lane underwent a makeover this week. Graffiti artist Adrian Doyle had council permission to paint over the existing art in Rutledge Lane with a single colour, blue. The idea was to give emerging street artists a fresh start.

I managed to get a few photos of street artists giving new life to a blue Rutledge Lane.

If you ever travel to Melbourne, make sure you visit Hosier Lane and the adjoining Rutledge Lane to see some of the best examples of street art in the world.

Rutledge Lane

Street artist at work in Rutledge Lane


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Open House Melbourne 2013 – Photos

St Michael's Uniting Church

St Michael’s Uniting Church

Open House Melbourne, now in its sixth year was bigger than ever – more than 100 buildings opened the doors to the public. For the fourth year, I headed down to OHM to photograph the marvelous Hotel Windsor (Melbourne’s oldest purpose-built hotel, still in operation), St Michael’s Uniting Church and the Rialto building. Once again, the day was an absolute delight, the volunteer guides were knowledgeable and the day provided a rare insight into Melbourne’s hidden architectural gems.

Check out a selection of my OHM highlights over the years.

Dark World – Steampunk Photoshoot

Xander Pratt

Model: Xander Pratt

Once again, I collaborated with model/dancer Xander Pratt for a provoking Steampunk editorial fashion shoot in Melbourne. Styling was provided by the talented Rebecca Kennedy – Style Guru. My aim was to utilise Melbourne’s Victorian architecture and Xander’s penchant for defying gravity, to create a unique, surreal world.

View the full gallery in my portfolio. Visit my Flickr page to see outtakes.

Check out our first photoshoot, Back to the Future.