About the photographers
It is fair to say that horses are close to Bronwen's heart, the thoroughbred in particular. Bronwen has been an accredited photographer in NSW and Victoria since 1995 and her library of Group 1 winners and races dates back to 1992. The early days involved a considerable amount of travel from her home in Canberra. A university degree (Bronwen completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University in 1999, double majoring in Political Science) and a job with the national scientific body, CSIRO, and young children have meant that Bronwen has always has to juggle her biggest love with many competing interests. Bronwen has been a full time photographer since 2008 which was also the year that she first began photographing stallions at stud commercially for the major Hunter Valley stud farms. She has been entrustred with the precious stallion roster at John Messara's famed Arrowfield Stud since 2009. A keen rider since the age of 6, Bronwen has owned horses since she was 13 years old, and currently has a warmblood Holsteiner dressage mare named "Freelance". At 23 years of age Freelance is approaching retirement age due to her famous crooked front legs however she is enjoying the milder climate of Balnarring and the salty beach water. Young children and a busy interstate work schedule can make riding difficult at times though.
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 the horse Australia and the world affectionately knew as "Nelly". However to Bronwen the mare will always be called "The Famous Pony". Her work was heavily featured by Gerard Whateley's in his highly successful book "Black Caviar - the Authorised Story", in particular the "Illustrated Edition" has a large number of her work included and all editions have featured Bronwen's images of the covers. Bronwen worked closely with Gerard, and the team from HarperCollins/ABC Books. The book continues to enjoy tremendous success.
In 2013 Bronwen again worked with Australia Post Philatelic after her headshot of Black Caviar was selected for use on their commemorative Black Caviar stamp and it's associated products. The stamp was launched in Melbourne at the 2013 World Stamp Expo on 10 May 2013. In addition to the stamp, Bronwen was selected to work with the Royal Australian Mint and ESP on a commemorative Black Caviar coin releases. Click on the following links for details of the Coins and the Stamp. The Black Caviar stamp joined Bronwen's image of Saintly winning the 1996 Melbourne Cup which was published by Australia Post Philatelic as one of the 4 Commemorative 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Cup stamps. In addition to those commemorations a 110% scale statue of Black Caviar was unveiled on the shore of Lake Nagambie during the 2013 Spring Carnival, and the statue, which was commissioned by the mare's 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'". His advice, and a like of a more newspaper style of image, stuck with Bronwen as she developed as a photographer. Her friend Les Carlyon, the esteemed author and one time editor of The Age newspaper, deserves special mention. He opened Bronwen's eyes to the romance of the turf. 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. But Les' writings reinforced the love of the racehorse. I recall hours of painstaking work cutting out then carefully gluing his essays on 'the black horse' Kingston Town into the scrapbooks I made on the horse. Her family have been her and greatest supporters with her sister, brother, mum and dad all spending many hours minding her two children, Heath and Jessica, who have traveled many miles with her. They shared Bronwen's love for "The Famous Pony" and have visited her several times and saw her race.
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.
The Image is Everything
Bronwen and Darren are a couple both personally and professionally. We cover all the major Australian race meetings as well as providing commerical photography to various corporate clients around Melbourne. Their clients include Arrowfield Stud, Racing NSW and The Championships, Magic Millions, William Inglis and Sons, Aushorse, Tabcorp, Woodside Park Stud, Lauriston Park Stud, Waikato Stud, Emirates Park Stud, Darley Australia, Godolphin, Cambridge Publishing, Coolmore Stud, Vinery Stud, HarperCollins/ABC Books, Joseph Lyddy, Timeform (UK), Owner & Breeder Magazine (UK), ACTTAB, BlueBloods, Racetrack Magazine, Pan MacMillan and Random House.
As a team we strive for excellence, using only the very best equipment, and seek to produce images that stand alone. We want clients to use our images because our images because we took them and because they believe they are the best, not because we were the cheapest. Their combined skills and love of the racing industry make them a formidable combination.