When I travel to an area to photograph more farmers for my book, I spend an hour or three in the afternoon with them just chatting and finding out how, when, where and why they are farmers. This helps me decide how and where to photograph them. Often they live in their new, modern house on one part of the property, but the old house still stands. It may be used as a hay shed or as stock shelter or it may be left to collapse over the next fifty years. The same happens with sheds. The old wooden structure built by someone's pioneering grandfather now stands beside a towering aluminium machinery shed that would hold half a dozen of the original sheds. These old sheds are often where I will photograph the farmer and his family to preserve a link to the past that may soon be lost.
Rob Heyman specialises in portrait photography for country families, country kids and three generation portraits.
He spends much of his time travelling Australia and the world photographing families and giving seminars.
Many of his previous portrait and wedding clients now live or holiday overseas so Rob tries to time his overseas
trips to update these families' portraits in exotic locations. Recent times have seen him photograph
in Singapore, France, Greece, Venice, New York, Tennessee, Prague, Istanbul, and Romania.
His published book, "Location Lighting for Portrait and Wedding Photographers" is popular around the world
and his second book on "Photographing Groups" has now been released.