Wilderness Society & Erchana’s Amazing Effort

Erchana is a marathon runner who ran the equivalent to a marathon each day, going from the very tip of Australia to Melbourne (Tip to Toe). The idea was to raise about $10 for every one of the 6,300 kilometres she ran for the Wilderness Society (blog post); she ended up raising over $100,000. Erchana ran the equivalent of 150 marathons, breaking the Guinness World Records. Extinction is forever, and we need to support the environment that sustains humanity.

Erchana, a marathon runner, ran from the tip of Australia to Melbourne to raise funds for the Wilderness Society, breaking Guinness World Records and going beyond funding expectations.

The average human requires about 2000 calories a day. Erchana has needed to consume around 6,000 calories a day and said that she sampled every flavour of ice cream available along the way. She was chased by a wild bull and attacked by mosquitoes. She ran on dirt roads, beaches, across mountains, before finishing it all at Melbourne’s The Tan walking/running track at the Pillars of Wisdom. She was met by Australia’s leading media outlets and very grateful members of the Wilderness Society. See the ABC story here.

Erchana, a marathon runner, ran from the tip of Australia to Melbourne to raise funds for the Wilderness Society, breaking Guinness World Records and going beyond funding expectations.

The Wilderness Society is about protecting nature, preventing extinction, and a lot more. Please learn more and donate at https://www.wilderness.org.au/

Erchana celebrating the end of the 5 month odyssey.

Congratulations to Erchana for her fantastic effort, and thanks so much for your support to the Wilderness Society. What better way can the Wilderness Society start the year? Please learn more and donate at https://www.wilderness.org.au/

Some of the local members of the Wilderness Society in Melbourne.

5 Reasons not to Photograph it Yourself

There are many more reasons to get a professional photog’ to do the job for you. Here are some. We hope you enjoy the last one.

It’s a Service; not just “a Photo”

Occasionally we get clients who are shocked that “a photo” costs more than $20, and say they can do it themselves for less. Ok, that’s fine. Remember, you’re hiring a service, not buying an artistic mass-produced framed photo from Kmart.

Sample of the editing and post-processing done at Travel Photos
Sample of the editing and post-processing done at Travel Photos

We have invested tens of thousands of dollars in equipment, software, training, practising, and more. Yes, you can use your iPhone or ask your colleague to do it for you. However, compare an amateur photo with a professional. Which is going to bring you value?

That is why our company Director Andrew prefers to take his car to a mechanic rather than do it himself – even though he has his own hammer. We save you time, effort, energy, and investment costs.

A photo of Travel Photos poster with other street ads in a Melbourne laneway
A photo of Travel Photos poster with other street ads in a Melbourne laneway

There are legal risks

Travel Photos PtyLtd has public liability insurance. We are also educated in photo licencing, model employment, and other legalities required when using photos of people and things. There are many stories of how a photo in an ad has either gone sideways or backfired.

In 2007, an Asian American young lady sued Virgin Mobile Australia for their racist and insulting bus stop ad used in Adelaide. The ad makers did not have permission from the photographer, and did not have permission from the young lady to commercially use her likeness. What did the ad say? “Dump your pen friend” (CBS News). Needless to say, it probably cost Virgin Mobile more than what they gained.

Travel Photos PtyLtd ensures all the legal basics are covered before supplying our clients with images.

We have Skills and Talents you Don’t Have

Sorry to be so bold in saying it, but it’s true. The owners of the Lotus, Mercedes, Ferrari and other such Formula One race teams don’t drive the cars themselves – they hire highly skilled professionals to do it for them. In the image below we bet only the most talented of photographers (and this model) will know how we achieved this remarkable photo (btw, no torches were used).

Art Project: Operation Bilby, Supper Time. Female soldier eating at sunset.
Art Project: Operation Bilby, Supper Time.

Full Service

For busy people, understaffed offices, and those who don’t know all the ins and outs, we take care of all the details for you. We can do the following:

  • Image research
  • Production planning
  • Model/talent auditions and hiring
  • Location scouting
  • Travel to the required locations
  • Organise specialised equipment
  • Provide specialised services (like makeup artists, local fixers, security, etc)
  • Do the photo shoot
  • Manage staff
  • Image management and long term storage
  • Editing and post-processing
  • Image delivery
  • Legal document management
  • and more

    In short, tell us what you need, and we’ll make it happen.

    A makeup artist preparing a model for a shoot in Yokohama Japan
    Our makeup artist preparing a model for a shoot in Yokohama Japan

    No Copy Cats Allowed

    As a standard, Travel Photos PtyLtd retains the ownership of the photographs. Additionally, the licence we issue to our clients includes an “exclusive use” clause. That means, your photos won’t be used by your competitors. Additionally, we are proactive in protecting the copyrights of our photos.

    True story. At the start of the Stock Photo era at around 2005, two advertising agencies bought the same $2 stock photo for their print material. People in the north east of the US wondered if two competing banks were now merging because the look and style of the print materials appeared the same. Avoid confusing your customers, avoid diluting your message, or worse – be unintentionally promoting your competitor. Unique exclusive photos is what we specialise in.

    Confusion occurs when you use the same cheap stock photos as your competitors
    Confusion occurs when you use cheap stock images

    Don’t let your business get lost in the crowd. Stay unique. Stay fresh.

    Aircraft Portrait Shoot

    Male model preferred for about 1 to 2 hours work. Pose next to an aircraft to create a small set of portraits for advertising/editorial use in print and online campaigns within Australia. Details:

    • This is a low-budget shoot, so please do own MUA and clothing.
    • Clothing: Preference for neutral coloured chino trousers, long-sleeve white button-up shirt
    • When: The shoot will be close to sunset, most likely on a late Saturday afternoon (7th Jan) or the Friday before or Sunday after
    • Where: A regional airfield that is within 60kms of Melbourne CBD (transport by photographer can be provided). Contact us to learn more
    • Remuneration: Contact us to learn more
    • Style: The aircraft will be static (on ground – parked). Editorial style of portraits around the aircraft.
    Flying with the Gliding Federation of Australia and the Melbourne Gliding Club

    The Final Days of Twitter?

    The general feeling of Twitter users is that Elon Musk has gone into it like a wrecking ball. Within a fortnight he turned a smoothly running machine into utter chaos. Before firing the human rights department, you’d want to find out what they do, why they do it, and what would happen if they didn’t do their jobs – before firing the whole team – only to realise later you need them. It’s simple management strategy to gather information before taking action.

    Sunset on heroes. Art Project: Operation Bilby

    Every tweet now feels like the last. With all the depth of knowledge gutted out of the company, any new staff will have a rough ride learning what/how to do things. With so much confidence in the platform lost, where should we go? Exclusively on Instagram? Blog here more? Swallow our pride and use FaceBook. Note, we are not fans of FB because of the privacy violations built into the platform. What are your thoughts?

    Operation Bilby

    Get more eyes on your products and brand with this iconic outdoor adventure art project.

    Art Project: Operation Bilby; The Sentinel

    Operation Bilby is an art project intended to do a few things:

    • Promote outdoor adventure and outdoor lifestyle
    • Promote Australian companies and their products
    • Create a new Australian mythology
    • Demonstrate that despite the racial diversity of Australia, all Australians have common goals and common values
    • Demonstrate women are capable of contributing to national goals and ideals outside of archaic gendered roles

    Aim: To be at least shortlisted in any state or national art, photography, or other awards and competitions.

    Art Project: Operation Bilby; On Comms

    We want to help you get save time and get maximum benefit. You will get:

    • Extensive social media promotion
    • Featuring your brand or personal contribution
    • Exclusive access to the photo library that can be used for your own promotional uses
    • Product placement
    • Displayed in art galleries
    Art Project: Operation Bilby; Serrated Edge

    This art project was first conceived in November 2021 and call for sponsors and participants was made in December 2021. Since then, participants and resources (including costumes) were sourced. Then, most unfortunately, Russia invaded Ukraine. This art project was not meant to be about nationalism or to contribute to anti-Russia sentiment. We have deepest sympathies for the people of Ukraine, and we wish we could provide support for them. We never intended for this project to have any relationship to any actual wars, and we do not want to distract from the plight of the Ukrainian people.

    Art Project: Operation Bilby; Stalking Prey

    Who can benefit

    This art project is suited for any outdoor-related and adventure companies. We have a preference for Australian companies. This project will be great for the following companies:

    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Boots / outdoor footwear
    • Women’s’ active wear
    • Outdoor electronics (inc. uhf radios, navigation, and other equipment)
    • Camping equipment manufacturers
    • Adventure / outdoor training organisations
    • Private sponsors (will receive merch and art prints)
    • and more

    Operation Bilby on the Socials

    See how it’s going on the socials

    Art Project: Operation Bilby; Dinner at Dusk

    Who is involved?

    The following people will be involved?

    • Travel Photos head photographer
    • Our photography assistant
    • Talented models
    • Talented makeup artists
    • Talented costume designers or an active wear company
    Art Project: Operation Bilby; Assassin Mode


    • No gun or hunting promotions
    • No racism or sexism
    • Pro-humanity, and nations’ rights to peaceful existence
    Art Project: Operation Bilby; Enemy on the Move

    Talent Database

    It’s been a tough time for us. Since Andrew arrived back in Melbourne after 20 years away, he had a good six months to get reacquainted with Melbourne before the lockdowns began. We’re now in a rebuilding phase, and that means we now need to network and re-establish a team of people we trust and are happy to work with. We expect to get commercial jobs helping Melbourne and Victorian companies with their commercial product and branding photography. Many of these companies have international ambitions, so we are looking to work with enthusiastic and talented people. We are looking for a range of different people to work with, including:

    • Models (male and female)
    • Makeup artists
    • Shoot location assistants
    • Second-photographers
    • Hair stylists
    • Wardrobe
    • etc

    Please add your details to our database here and we will get back to you when a suitable job comes up.

    In the “Tell us about you” section, include info like what type of style you specialise in, what types of jobs are of most interest to you. We would rather work with people who are in their comfort or interest zone.

    A makeup artist preparing a model for a shoot in Yokohama Japan
    A makeup artist preparing a model for a shoot in Yokohama Japan

    We won’t be employing people, but contracting them on a per-job basis. We believe in equity, diversity, respect, dignity, and workplace safety.

    Covid Chaos in Aus

    I want to explain why there’s been a sudden shocking explosion of coronavirus cases in a country that once held the line so well. Also, I’ve got to explain how I plan to survive this.

    The federal government as abdicated much of its responsibilities of the 1908 Public Health Act. Filling the void each of the states have implemented their own leadership. As much as state resources allowed, they were quite successful. There were tough periods, but the state leadership did the best they could. The sudden explosion of covid cases could be explained by this perfect storm:

    • Federal government failing to get the long-promised Rapid Antigen Test kits (the states are now purchasing their own)
    • Lockdown fatigue (due to inadequate federal level measures), leading to a need to open up
    • Christmas and New Year holidays, when people began mixing and travelling. This was fine, considering the transmissibility of the Delta and other older variants.
    • The high transmissibility of the new omicron variant
    • A conflict between the states requirement to isolate until a negative test result is returned, but a federal policy of opening up. A federal government still failing to meets its obligations under the Public Health Act 1908 and Human Services (Medicare) 1973.
    Sunrise over Albert Park and Melbourne CBD
    Sunrise over Albert Park and Melbourne CBD

    How bad is it? By 2nd Jan 2022, Melbourne had more cases of coronavirus than it did in all of 2020. Today, at time of writing, we had over 17,000 new confirmed infections in the last 24 hours alone. 30% of all test results are positive. The testing centres being so overwhelmed simply closed. For three days this week I tried fourteen times to get tested, and was turned away each time.

    It is now simply impossible to get tested, so what can we do? If you have symptoms, it’s more likely to be covid than anything else. Though, I suspect my symptoms are just hayfever. I’m still playing it safe.

    • Stay home in isolation
    • Use painkillers like panadol
    • Stay hydrated
    • Monitor your blood oxygen levels if you have that feature on a smart watch or have a pulse oximeter
    • Monitor your body temperature
    • Wait until PCR testing centres reopen, or check with your local pharmacy to see if you can be put on a list of people to possibly receive a Rapid Test. At time of writing, the Victorian government has not announced how they plan to distribute their RAT kits, but announced they will be free
    • Let a friend or family member know that you’re isolating and have symptoms
    • If you’re vaccinated, like me, you probably will only suffer from just a cough
    • Take all the vitamins you have (especially vitamins B, C, and D). B because coronavirus mainly attacks the nervous system, but we feel it as a respiratory disease. C as it probably does help the body fight the coronavirus like it does a common cold. D because you’re not going outside, so your body is unable to use sunlight to make vitamin D
    • Order groceries online with like Coles home delivery

    Best of luck. Follow us on the socials and let us know how you’re travelling through this new stage of the pandemic.

    Posters and billboard ads

    As an experiment I wanted to see how a photo would look on the streets of Elsternwick Melbourne. I chose a photo from a photo shoot I did with a great local model Wendy earlier this year. Mocked up a poster. Got some photos of my neighbourhood, and photoshopped in the mock poster. Here are the results. Can you imagine a local small businesses using promoting their own wares too? We’re eager to work with local hairdressers, makeup artists, real estate agencies, you name it.

    Which is your favourite scene?

    International Women’s Day 2021

    Our ethos is equity, respect, dignity, freedom, and travel. To honour these, we’ll offer 30% off commercial photo shoots for female small business owners. This can be for products, show of experiences and services, professional portraits, whatever.

    Terms and conditions: small businesses (less than 10 employees), the company director be female, be situated in Victoria Australia. Certain expenses like travel costs cannot be discounted.

    Contact us now. Valid for anytime before Easter 2021

    New Coastal and Maiko Wall Art

    For a limited time, we’ve added new wall art to our store. They all are our favourites. But if we had to choose one… then our favourite is Apostles Beach, Pt Lonsdale Lighthouse, and Maiko in Kyoto.

    They are printed on archival-gallery quality acid-free paper with high quality printers and ink. Available as frame or unframed prints, and artist-signed prints available too. Printed in Melbourne for Australian region distribution, and US and EU authorised makers. More details in the product descriptions.

    See them all here Travel Photos Store.