Last month we were privileged to shoot long time friend Rani and her British mail order husband 😉 on their special day. While the location on the Noosa river was a lovely choice, little of it could be used with the “good luck” rain being unrelenting for most of the day and night (and the whole week leading up to the day!). We literally had just enough time to grab a couple group shots before it was a mad scurry back inside to the function room but that had no effect on the beaming smiles and laughter shared by all… and the food, oh boy the food. There are positives and negatives when you have a couple foodies tying the knot!

A couple that cuts the cheese together will be pleased together… or something. Congrats to the couple on the start of their new life (officially) together (:
(and thanks to Rani for sparing me our traditional crash tackle greeting! Haha -T)

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08.03.2015


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Those with a key eye or weekly itch for local Brisbane music news may have noticed a severe lack of an edition last week. While The Music website is going great guns, the weekly summary printed edition is getting a reworking, from now on they will be going to a fortnightly mag – so our The Guide cover shoots will feature accordingly. On the plus side this leads to a bumper issue each fortnight of more of what you love and a new format is also in the works (:

Back into it, you probably won’t want to sing “hold me closer Tony Danza” to this band, unless “hold me” means “mosh violently”. Danza get yell-y for our “The Guide” cover shoot this week.

Check them out in this week’s issue of The Music (Brisbane) #098.

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Heavy hitters As Paradise Falls are in for our The Music Magazine’s (Brisbane) – “The Guide” section cover shoot this week.

Check them out in this week’s issue of The Music (Brisbane) #097.

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Surfer dude and guitar wielder Jake Whittaker is in for our The Music Magazine’s (Brisbane) – “The Guide” section cover shoot this week.

Read about him in this week’s issue of The Music (Brisbane) #096.

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07.05.2015


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Jack Tully is in for our The Music Magazine’s (Brisbane) – “The Guide” section cover shoot this week.

Read about him in this week’s issue of The Music (Brisbane) #095.

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06.28.2015


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This week we have one of the youngest musicians we’ve had in for our The Music Magazine’s (Brisbane) – “The Guide” section cover shoot, beat maestro UV Boi.

Read about him in this week’s issue of The Music (Brisbane) #094.

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Ninth of May, are in for our The Music Magazine’s (Brisbane) – “The Guide” section cover shoot this week to promote their delicious new single, Ramen!

Read about them in this week’s issue of The Music (Brisbane) #093.

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The Osaka Aquarium is located on Osaka bay and is near Cosmo Square, the Tempozan Ferris wheel and a short ferry ride from Universal Studios so you could easily spend days in this area, or just one well planned one. Ok, maybe not all of them, we left off Cosmo square :p

Being a major attraction, getting there from just about anywhere is quite simple, take the Chuo line and let the signage guide you. We caught the Captain Line ferry (takes about 15min) from Universal Studios which is almost door to door, handy!

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The aquarium costs about $25AU and is open till 8pm (times may vary) making it a good last stop if you have other things to do earlier in the day. In fact, later in the afternoon seemed to be rather quiet, no lining up for anything and only the odd shuffle around a couple slow moving tour groups.

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The theme of the venue is to encompass all of the different regions around the Pacific Rim (no, not with giant mecha) with many enclosures representing each area and some of the animals that inhabit them. The viewing actually begins at the top on the 8th floor where it spirals down through tanks and enclosures feature aquatic life, fish, manta rays, crabs and other weird looking bottom dwellers along with everyone’s favourites, penguins and seals.

Aquariums are always good for a visit, you get to see creatures big and small effortlessly glide through the water around you but a lot of the time the scale of the animals and their surroundings is lost when viewing through a small window, enter the 10m deep tank with a foot thick of Perspex all the way around! This centerpiece represents the Pacific Ocean and houses a city bus sized crowning jewel, the whale shark.

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Other smaller tanks cross between floors which give plenty of few spots from different perspectives and the idea of the different layers in an ocean environment.

Smaller rooms on the lower level house a large assortment of jelly fish for you to get lost in a lava lamp trance. On the way to the gift shop there’s a hands on section where you can get up close and very personal with a selection of fish and manta rays which vary from slippery soap to “cat’s tongue” in texture. Alot of fun and definitely something the kids would go nuts over. No need to worry about germs, there’s wash stations nearby. There’s also a partially closed off penguin enclosure for you to talk posh with your tuxedo wearing buddies 😀

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Travel tip: speaking of kids, there are also a bunch of rubber ink stamps through out the venue which they can collect by stamping their books. Maybe get them a travel notepad so they don’t get any ideas with their passports should they be in possession theirs!

Photo tip: lighting is very dim throughout the venue, not just in the tanks so a fast mid range zoom is in order and don’t be afraid to push the iso to keep your shutter speed up, and as you can see by our bumper gallery there is HEAPS to photograph!

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Behind the aquarium is a small shopping mall with a food court and several restaurants, only the larger stores/restaurants stay open later for dinner but in true Japanese courtesy, if you catch one as they’re closing they’ll still be more than happy to fire up the stove for you.

A short walk further is the Tempozan Wheel, it is quite sizeable as one of the largest in Japan giving decent views of the bay area and should be more than romantic enough to get you to first base 😉 (just watch out for the random pedo bear )-:} ). The coloured lights on the outside of the forecast the weather for the following day (orange – clear, green – cloudy, blue – rain) which is handy, although not entirely accurate with an orange reading when the following day was all drizzle!

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If you have any questions on our travels, where to buy, what to do, hit us up on our Soulbridge media facebook page.

Japan 2013 part #1 – Arrival
Japan 2013 part #2 – Tokyo International Toy Expo
Japan 2013 part #3 – Gotemba – Premium Outlets mall
Japan 2013 part #4 – Tokyo – Studio Ghibli Museum
Japan 2013 part #5 – Tokyo – Kichijoji and Nakano
Japan 2013 part #6 – Tokyo – Akihabara
Japan 2013 part #7 – Tokyo – Tamiya HQ, Diver City
Japan 2013 part #8 – Yokohama – Zoorasia
Japan 2013 part #9 – Yokohama – Ramen Museum
Japan 2013 part #10 – Nissan HQ and Yokohama
Japan 2013 part #11 – Osaka – Nanba Shopping
Japan 2013 part #12 – Kyoto
Japan 2013 part #13 – Tokyo – Harajuku, Shibuya
Japan 2013 part #14 – Osaka castle, Umeda Sky building
Japan 2013 part #15 – Osaka Aquarium and Tempozan wheel
Japan 2013 part #16 – Osaka Universal Studios

06.13.2015


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Fox & Fowl, sworn enemies in nature but as a band they get along swimmingly… well, enough to step in for our The Music Magazine’s (Brisbane) – “The Guide” section cover shoot this week anyway!

Read about them in this week’s issue of The Music (Brisbane) #092.

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Two of our good friends, essentially “The cat” and “The bat” on the day, were married long before James popped the question. This day was more of a formality to make it official as they are pretty much two peas in a pod with excellent taste in cars and footwear 😉

Congrats to the couple and all the best for their honeymoon trip to Japan later in the year!

Venue: Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens

Here are a bunch of our faves from the day…

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