About The Image is Everything
Bronwen has been photographing thoroughbreds professionally in Australia since 1995. With an artistic eye that cannot be replicated she is widely regarded as an industry leader in her field and has a reputation for consistently setting the benchmark for the creation of spectacular racetrack and stud farm imagery.
Bronwen became a fully accredited racetrack photographer in both NSW and Victoria in 1995 and her library of major Australian Group 1 winners and races dates back to 1992. In 2008 Bronwen began began photographing stallions at stud commercially for the major Hunter Valley stud farms. She has been entrusted with the precious stallion roster at John Messara's famed Arrowfield Stud since 2008.
In the Spring of 2010 Bronwen's work became closely linked with the now retired unbeaten world champion Black Caviar. Her library contains the most intimate and extensive set of images taken by any photographer or photographic agency of the horse the world affectionately knew as "Nelly". Her work was heavily featured by Gerard Whateley in his highly successful book "Black Caviar - the Authorised Story". His "Illustrated Edition" of the book has a large number of her pieces and all editions featured Bronwen's famous images of the covers. During production Bronwen worked closely with Gerard and the team from HarperCollins/ABC Books and the book continues to enjoy tremendous success.
In 2013 Bronwen worked with both Australia Post Philatelic and the Royal Australian Mint when her work was selected to depict the champion on limited edition stamp and coin releases (see links for the Coins and the Stamp). In addition the 110% scale statue of Black Caviar, unveiled on the shore of Lake Nagambie and commissioned by breeder Rick Jamieson, was based on Bronwen's image of the mare winning the 2011 Schillaci Stakes.
Certainly over the years a photographic style has evolved. Bronwen gives much of the credit for her personal style to her one time editor, Brian Blackwell. He said "Bronwen, there are many photographers doing exactly what you do and you all take the same photographs. You must make yourself different. Give me something different, something 'off-beat'". Friend Les Carlyon deserves special mention with his emotional writing about the racehorse that inspires both hope and devotion. She was always in love with horses with Phar Lap and most prominently Kingston Town her heroes, along with the fictional books like The Black Stallion and the Silver Brumby which gave the horses their own personalities. Les' writings reinforced the love of the racehorse and inspired hours of painstaking work cutting out and carefully gluing his essays on 'the black horse' Kingston Town into the scrapbooks she made on the horse.
As the mother of two children Bronwen juggles the challenge of pursuing her career against the backdrop of caring for her children. A keen rider since the age of 6, Bronwen has also owned horses since she was 13 years old, and currently owns a warmblood Holsteiner dressage mare named "Freelance" however at the 24 years of age Freelance has sadly entered retirement due mostly to her famously crooked front legs.
Darren was a photojournalist with the Herald Sun newspaper for over 24 years, and during this time he photographed many of the major news and sporting events in Melbourne. Darren left the Herald Sun in 2012 to pursue a freelance career. His timeless image of Saintly sleeping with the 1996 Melbourne Cup hangs in the Flemington Press Room and he also worked closely with the former Bart Cummings trained champion So You Think. Darren also took the now historic image of the late, great, champion trainer Bart Cummings, known affectionately as "The Cups' King" with all 12 of his trainers Melbourne Cups. This image was published widely following Mr Cummings' death in November 2015 at the age of 87. Darren has photographed the Australian Open, the AFL, the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, the Sydney Olympic Games, and was Picture Editor for the Sunday Herald Sun for a period of approximately 6 years. He has a complete understanding of light and exposure and well developed skills with artificial lighting and his extensive newspaper background make him a wonderful people and 'colour' photographer. He has an uncanny ability to faithfully and artistically document an event or location. Darren also has a number of key corporate clients that demonstrate what a talented and technically proficient photographer he is.
The Image is Everything
Bronwen and Darren are a couple both personally and professionally. They cover all the major Australian race meetings as well as providing commerical photography to various corporate clients around Australia and the world. Their clients include Arrowfield Stud, Magic Millions, the Aga Khan Studs, the Irish National Stud, Haras d'Etreham, Vinery Stud, Cornerstone Stud, Twin Hills Stud, James Harron, China Horse Club, Mill Park Stud, Racing NSW and The Championships, William Inglis and Sons, Aushorse, Tabcorp, Woodside Park Stud, Lauriston Park Stud, Waikato Stud, Emirates Park Stud, Darley Australia, Godolphin, Cambridge Publishing, Coolmore Stud, HarperCollins/ABC Books, Joseph Lyddy, Timeform (UK), Owner & Breeder Magazine (UK), ACTTAB, BlueBloods, Racetrack Magazine, Pan MacMillan and Random House. Editorially their Australian racing imagery is featured in TDN. Their combined expertise and their unabashed love of the thoroughbred make them a formidable combination.
On a Personal Note:
As a team we strive for excellence. We seek to produce images that stand alone and captivate the eye and the heart. We want clients to use our images because we took them and because they can see something personal in our images. In 2017 the Image is Everything expanded into Europe when we travelled to Ireland, France and England to photograph for H.H. The Aga Khan Studs.