Nice to meet you!

I’m Oakley, a Perth based creative media specialist of the last three years. I began designing and photographing for clients around the south west of Australia in 2017, and have recently relocated to Perth. Currently based out of Murdoch, I study creative media and strategic communication, a powerful combination of skills I’d love to offer you. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some fantastic projects (such as working with Australia Hockey for a tournament in Fiji), and to wind down at more than a few award galas (most recently the Bond University Film and Television awards in the Gold Coast, where I took home Best Achievement in Editing). Since then, I’ve been keeping my camera active at concerts, concferences, and events, before going home to work on graphic design projects.

lending a hand

Soon after entering the field, I realised that I could help so many more people by moving away from awards and exhibitions, and looking to the people who need help. I began by volunteering my services to non-for-profits, finding local events, bands, and businesses who could use an aesthetic pick-me-up. In 2018 I launched Upper Hand Designs; a creative media business that offers the advantage of a fresh new perspective with a multi-disciplinary skill set. Since then, I’ve been helping clients to develop, strengthen, or resuscitate their brand and image. I now offer photography, videography, and graphic design, with even more services to come as I learn more and work with more local artists.

I have so far been fortunate enough to assist:

South West Austism Network

Mermaid Laundry

YMCA

RTRFM 92.1

THRIVE


recent work

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FLOSSY SINGLE RELEASE

In August of 2019, I had the pleasure of shooting the punchy punk rock trio, FLOSSY at their single release event, “Being Alone“. This project required a lengthy research process before the event (listening to their music on repeat for weeks and dancing around my apartment), after which I was super prepared for the show.

I navigated my way to Lucy’s Love Shack, guided by the smell of pizza and the glow of a thousand red LED lights. After wiggling my way past the bouncers, catching up with the band, and warming up (if anyone wants 50 photos of the drum technician, let me know), Tether and Moth were ready to open the night. Earplugs in, camera up, and the rest of the night is in the photos.


oleology expo promotional video

Looking for a new way to promote their water treatment company, Oleology reached out to me to create some short videos at the upcoming Australian Oil and Gas conference in February 2019. I undertook the full process of the project, including pre-production, a two-day shoot, and the editing of three promotional videos with as many revisions as needed.

Throughout the shoot, I worked closely with Oleology’s team to capture a consistent message from the conference. I was required to capture multi-camera coverage of their CEO’s presentation, documentation of interaction with clients, along with conducting interviews and liaising with potential clients.

Oleology now has three new videos to boost their online presence and to engage clients better. Throughout the process I gathered photographic documentation as well, so I was able to offer a photography package on top of the videos for free.

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bunbury chinese new year festival 2019 event photography

In February 2019, Bunbury hosted the annual Chinese New Year festival, and I was approached for graphic design and photography. I began by researching the culture surrounding the festivals before designing the signs for the festival. I was responsible for original artwork, layout, and copy writing.

During the festival, I was to liaise with sponsors and performers, along with gathering photos from the main stage, booths, and backstage areas. I was also to gather photos for each of the sponsors, speakers, and performers. At events like this, I carry small release forms for event attendees to sign, along with gathering verbal permission to ensure the event organiser has full rights to the images.

After the event, I edited the photos that night and delivered over 150 fully-edited images by 3:00 AM for post-event recaps on their website and social media pages.