I'm NFG,* a photographer based in Brisbane, Australia. I specialize in action photography – gymnasts, dancers and athletes of all kinds. I've been honing my photographic skills since 1995, been shooting in Brisbane since 2005, and I quit my day job in favour of this lunatic profession in 2011.
I have a small studio on the west side of Brisbane. It’s large enough for a troupe, a team, a group or even a flock. It has a 45mm spinning brass pole for the pole dancing, and a special ceiling beam from which aerial, circus and other apparatus can be hung.
You can come to me, or I can come to you. Rates can be negotiated by the time, the job, or per person.
I am your all singin’ all dancin’ photo guy!**
* NFG has a real name, but most people call him NFG.
** NFG does not sing or dance.
Click the link below to view the NFGphoto PhotoStream. It's a collection of over 500 of NFG's favourite images, sorted more or less by date, with the newest stuff first.
An attempt was made to sort them, but how to you classify a weight-lifting dancer? Is a pole dancer doing floorwork filed under 'pole' or 'athlete'? It doesn't work very well, so I didn't bother. I just didn't want to make a distinction between a beautiful body doing one thing, and a beautiful body doing something else.
Also, trying to sort images based on how much material covered their body is something best left to people who aren't NFG.
So, um, consider the galleries a teeny bit NSFW. Like 5% maybe. No more than 10% for sure. ^_^
New for 2018, the NFGphoto blog is a constantly updated deep-dive into NFGphoto's shoots and projects. There's more photos more often on the blog than anywhere else on the internet.
It's full of the nitty gritty, from editing tricks, before-and-after explanations, behind the scenes and a lot more.
Please do check it out!
Thanks for shooting with NFG!
A photoshoot is usually a fun time. You show up and do what you're good at, and NFG will take photos of you. When the session is over you'll get all the photos from the session in a private gallery. You'll be able to view and save these low-res proofs, and select which ones you want in high resolution.
There are, of course, more details, and here they are:
Payment and Deposit
When you book a session, NFG will ask for a deposit before the session can be confirmed. Usually the deposit is $50 per person, but you're welcome to pay the entire session cost if you like.
The remaining session cost must be paid before you receive your images edited images. NFG accepts cash and direct deposit. Banking details are:
Acct Name: Lawrence Wright
How to Get There
The NFGstudio is conveniently located near three major freeways and the Ipswich train line. When you arrive for your session, please park on the street in front of the NFGhouse. Come straight through to the blue studio door in the back yard. The address is:
3 Hendren CT, Goodna
Here's a poorly drawn map:
How Long it Lasts
Most shoots take an hour of hard work for one person, up to two hours for two people, but increasingly less time for larger groups. Three people take a little more than two hours, four or five people take a little over three hours, etc. Extra people means less down-time, so that someone's working up a sweat all the time.
What to Bring
Bring what you normally take when you do whatever it is you do. Grip, water, a towel, a snack, etc. Bring a few outfits, for variety, and most pole dancers will bring at least one pair of heels. The NFG studio has mirrors and if you might need to apply or fix your face and hair, bring whatever you'll need to do that. For pole shoots, NFG also has metho and rags for keeping the pole fresh.
The most important thing to bring is a list. Either a list of moves you want to get photos of, or a collection of images on your phone, or printed on paper, or something. This is more important than anything else, and if you forget your move list you're going to have a bad time.
Seriously. Make a move list, and don't forget it!
Photography is not perfect. Sometimes things go wrong, sometimes the photographer goes wrong. In every shoot there are bound to be shots that are blurry or bad in ways that cannot be fixed. If and when this happens, NFG is very, very sorry.
Like, really sorry.
But, sadly, nothing can be done. NFG appreciates your understanding, and he's very sorry.
NFG wears unmatched socks. This is intentional, and you're welcome to mention it.
NFG will ask you to fill out a model release. This is a short form that will ask you to detail how you'd like to be identified or tagged when your images are shared, grants permission to NFG to share your images, and assures you that NFG will only use your images to promote his own products and services. If you'd like to see the release before your shoot, just ask NFG.
After the Shoot
A pole shoot is a workout! Don't expect to train or do anything strenuous after a shoot. It's one thing to do your favourite move in class, it's another to do it hard, point your toes, straighten that leg, adjust your hair and then do it again. And again.
Typically your proofs will be made available on nfgphoto.com within 48 hours of your session. NFG doesn't usually pre-select the images, so you may get a hundred or four hundred images per person to choose from. These will be un-edited, and though you can save them and share them, NFG does ask that you either leave the 'unedited' text intact, or mention in your post that the image is unedited, and not representative of NFGphoto's finished work.
The NFGphoto proof gallery has a 'shortlist' feature. You can add and remove images from your shortlist easily. Once you tell NFG the shortlist is ready, and pay for any extra images, he'll prepare them in super-awesome edited high resolution.
You received a limited number of high res images with the session you paid for. If you need more, you can buy more! No worries! NFG wants as much of your money as you want to give him.
Please note that both the proofs and finished images will only be online for a limited time. Neither the proofs nor the finished images will ever be deleted, NFG keeps them forever, (backed up in three places!) but they will not be available online for more than 30 days. If you lose them and need another copy, NFG will probably have them if you ask. (Apologies in advance if weevils eat the hard drives or whatever, sometimes things happen and if you lose your images NFG can't guarantee they can be replaced).