Now Shooting Wedding Photography

I’ve begun calling myself a Melbourne wedding Photographer. And I’ve created a website just for my wedding photography here in Melbourne.

You might read this and think…why? Why would anyone go from being a commercial advertising and fashion photographer to a wedding photographer? Some might see this as failure. That some how I was not good enough.
But I’ve shot everything from magazine covers to international campaigns with models selling hamburgers so it’s not true. Moreover, I’ve worked with some of the world’s leading brands and spent months at a time shooting commercials overseas (I still love this part of the job…I admit!).
But isn’t moving from fashion to weddings a backwards move from a career point of view?
Believe me this is exactly what I would have thought only a couple of years ago, and it is most certainly what some of my industry friends think right now. But I don’t agree! Here is why:
The truth is there are some wonderful images coming out of the wedding industry these days. Pictures that any commercial photographer would be proud to call their own. Images that they would place into their portfolio and shop around to advertising agency art directors and creative directors — wedding photography has come along way to be sure. Still this is not why I am moving my focus from photographing advertising campaigns to photographing weddings. I feel inspired by these pictures I see from some wedding photographers but that is not the reason…at least not the entire reason.
Here’s the thing. Wedding photography is important. It is important because each wedding marks the start of something new. Something meaningful. Something more than mere pictures that help sell a product.

It is about people. It is about raw emotion. It’s about connections beyond anything physical. And it is about something deeper than words can express.
And I believe this is true because I believe that in capturing these moments of raw connection between people we are given a rare glimpse beyond the mask people present to the world and into the essence of being. It is up to us to find these moments and capture them for others to see.

Weddings give a photographer a rare platform to do this. And in doing so we are bringing something of ourselves to other peoples lives. And we are there from the beginning. This is a big responsibility. It should be taken seriously. For that reason wedding photography is important and I shoot weddings now because this is what is important to me.

This new venture is super exciting. That is why I wanted to pass it along. I cannot wait to get into the thick of things and look forward to being busy.

I realise you do not know me well but, I’d love it if you could pass this on to a friend who might need a wedding photographer.

If you have any friends or you’re getting married soon my collections start at $2490

Thank you. I really appreciate it! 🙂

kind regards,

Clarke Scott

A Thousand Moments Later—A Voiceover

Below is a working document for the voice-over of my first feature film, A Thousand Moments Later. But note that the following may not in any way reflect the final cut of the voice-over in the movie. It is more of a way for me to write and create and set a scene for the actor to come in and record. Writing this voiceover has been an organic process. One that evolved over time and as more and more pieces are involved. despite this I thought someone out there might find it mildly interesting and so here it is.


I had Chris Farrell come in and record a little voiceover dialogue from which I could then rewrote bits and change them etc.

I spent a great deal of time on the voice-over for this film. Thinking. Writing. Writing. Then some more thinking! You can see some of the work I did for the voiceover outline here.

The voiceover is split into two parts. The first part begins as the movie opens – introducing the character of Ryan and explaining a little, but hopefully not too much, of what is to come.

The second part, also below, ends the film and explains what just happened. They function a little like bookends – allowing the narrative in between to stand alone but also as a means or point(s)-in-time that allow one to get into and out of the narrative without much backstory.

In the bonus material for the film (which will be available for purchase as bonus content once we have released the film) I go into my writing process in detail. I explain how I used Aristotelian dramatic theory and the cathartic moment to build out the entire narrative of the film – the voiceover plays a vital role in this dramatic structure. It’s super interesting (Artitstotles theory that is!) and I go into detail about the relationship between the cathartic moment and my film. For those interested there is also a 20minutes behind the scenes video of the voiceover recording session where you can hear Chris delivering the voiceover and the notes I gave him on the day.

After much pain…below is the final version of the voice-over and thank you Chris for all you hard work mate!



Dear Emily,

After all that’s happened I wanted to write to you. Not simply to explain myself or even explain away what happened. But rather to go beyond the what and into why it happened. I know you can’t read this right now but I wanted to write it all the same. Before everything changes. Before we all move on. Before some things are forgotten, and others are left unsaid. I hope in time, you will read it, and understand.

Sometimes it happens—we get lost. Lost in thought. Lost in time. Lost in life. And yet these times—times when everything seems upside down—can be the best of times because they can give us new views on old truths and provide us with a fresh perspective.

This much is true: We all want happiness and don’t want suffering, and it’s obvious on reflection that what we all seek is not the kind of happiness born of sheer hedonism but, real happiness that is both genuine and deep.

And while it has been said countless time through history that we are restless in seeking the good life. A life that goes well. A life with meaning. A life where we are loved and we have the chance to love. A love that goes beyond the ordinary. Yet for most people this kind of love only comes through change. A change of views and old habits that bind us into seeing ourselves, others, and the world around us in a certain kind of way.

But this kind of change never comes easy. This kind of love is hard won. Indeed this kind of life, is hard won.

And yet if we are the author and the protagonist of our own life’s story, and the arc of this change is embedded in the challenges we face, then it is to ourselves we must turn, not others.

We must write into the story of our own life, challenges that only we can face. Challenges that allow life to shape us. Mould us. Challenges that forge new perspectives; and give us the chance to see beyond our limited perspective.

I want this kind of life for you. A full life. A life of meaning. A Life of love and adventure. Where you can love and be loved. But this is not for me to choose. Only you can do this.

So by the time you read this, whether you are in the first or the last chapter of your own story, do not be afraid to live the life you want—remember it’s your life and no one else.

The road is open. Go. Explore. See the world. See yourself. Find yourself getting lost. Find yourself by getting lost.

For at the end of the day, it’s by losing our way that we transform; and only through this transformation will our lives become an expression of what we seek.


But none of this is easy. It’s not easy because sometimes these challenges are written for us. Everything but the ending.

The final chapter is for us to write. To tell it as we want. We can let these experiences crush us, or we can give ourselves over to the possibility of change.

We get to make this choice. And it is a choice.

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The last two line are obfuscated so as not to give away anything. If you’ve seen the movie you will know what they are and if not, then that is easily fixed. You can watch the movie here once we have released it.

This voiceover has been one of the most difficult things I have ever written. Not because the ideas are complex or the words particularly poetic but because it needed to serve as a narrative bridge between the start and end of the film. It also needed to say something interesting about the human condition, as well as give enough story information to allow the viewer of the film to piece things together as they unfolded during the story BUT not too much information as to give the whole thing away!

Suffice it to say, it was very difficult to write yet deeply satisfying to have completed the writing, then to have handed it over to the actor, have said actor work on it, and then hear it for the first time during the recording session.

But then more exciting when I plugged the voiceover back into the rough cut and seeing it as part of the film itself.


A Thousand Moments Later—Identity and Isolation


Below is part of the outline I wrote for the voiceover for my film, A Thousand Moments Later.

Identity and Isolation

  1. a strong sense of self implicitly cuts one off the the others and creates a feeling of isolation.
  2. from here this sense of self becomes rigid. well defined. set in its own ways. Separate. Alone.

In the very process of creating identity is embedded a kind of isolation. That is, when we think “I am” we are carving ourSelf out from all that is not Self.

Not a big deal in most cases but inherent in this is the seed of all our problems and indeed all suffering. Why? Because it is fundamentally a misunderstanding how we actually exist in the world.

No one lives in total isolation. We live in a relation to other people and things. From a Buddhist point of view the conventionally existent self arises in the process of identity and is therefore dependent on the other for its existence. We are and have always been interdependent with all the people and things around us, and this is a good thing.

We are the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. To some extent we, therefore, are the authors of this story. Not in any new age kind of way but in a very deep philosophical and cognitive way. No you cannot manifest a new car or dream house but, you can change the story you tell yourself about the things that life dishes up. That much is true.

Therefore in order to fully understand and appreciate this way of being we need to ask questions about how we are, not who we are but, how we are – how we exist as a dependent relation.

A Thousand Moments Later—Voiceover Outline

In working on the voiceover for my film, A Thousand Moments Later  and I created this outline as a means of working through, in my head and out loud, the details of what it is that I’d like to say….but from my of a academic point of view. Or perhaps a better way of saying this is, this following outlines points at the meaning behind the voice-over, which I hope is much more beautiful than the following dry academic prose.

Outlines….they are always an interesting exercise. Indeed one of the most enjoyable aspects of writing for me. But it may not make a lot of sense because I write from the outside in. What I mean by this is I take the big picture and whittle my way into the details. This means that this kind of outline is both very important to my process, and never really a completed document. It has a life of it’s own and grows and chances constantly. Therefore, it may not make a great deal of sense to anyone but me.

Sorry for that. Still, I thought it might be interesting to someone out there. So here it is.

Each part reflects a section from the film. Making somewhat of a loose argument and expressing in it’s entirety the thesis and theme of the film.

  1. Self and Isolation
    1. a strong sense of self implicitly cuts one off the the others and creates a feeling of isolation.
    2. from here this sense of self becomes rigid. well defined. set in its own ways. Separate. Alone.
  2. Relation and The Other
    1.  When self is seen within the context of a relation a certain cognitive process can take place – what Martin Buber called the “I” “It” relation.
    2. (If viewed incorrectly ) Inherent in this relation is two seperate identities viewed as alone and wholly seperate. Me here; you over there.
    3. This leads to a kind of tension explicit in the division of the two.
    4. This then deepens the rigid sense of self as a seperate “thing” with it’s own likes and dislikes that are owned by only itSelf.
    5. When these are left unfulfilled tension implicit in this relation solidifies into resentment.
  3. Self & Other/Mereology
    1. But when two separate selves are viewed as something bigger than mere singles entities something else happens. This is technically name mereology — place enough timber together and in the right order and you can have a chair.
    2. What is it that gives rise to the feeling that we are greater than ourselves?
    3. What is it that creates this larger entity. When does a bunch of sticks become a chair?
    4. Clearly it is us that decides.
    5. But this choice to couple two person together and call it something else gives rise to a feeling of togetherness.
    6. And this is a conscious choice.
  4. Shared Identity & Eudaemonia.
    1. With a sense of you are bigger than yourSelf come a sense of well being.
    2. This comes because you are no longer focused on yourSelf.
    3. You begin to focus on this shared identity rather than just your own perspective.
    4. The mind become larger, wider, deeper.
  5. Dependence & Imbalance
    1. But if this shared identity is taken to be the source of happiness for oneSelf then there is an cognitive imbalance. That is to say, a sense of well-being can come from a shared identity but not always.
    2. This belief will grow into a feeling of dependence. As if your happiness is dependent on this thing that is separate from you.
    3. When this is done you’ve in effect created a self identity and thus another “I” and “It”. Only the “It” is the relation itself and not another person.
    4. This happens mostly at a level of consciousness that is below ordinary thinking. At a feeling tone. Something spoken without words.
    5. At this point it has turned dysfunctional. That is, the shared identity is no longer shared and as a result it has broken down.
  6. Loss of Self (Control)
    1. Implicit in this feeling of dependence is a feeling of a lack of control – as if one’s Self is dependent on this shared identity for it’s existence.
    2. From there feelings of losing yourSelf arise.
    3. And from there ridigness and confusion
    4. Blaming the other for this loss of control may arise because the subtle shift from shared identity, to imbalance, to dysfunction was not noticed.
    5. This can result in one lashing out at the perceived source of misery.
    6. Removing oneSelf from the experience is the only option.
  7. We Always Have Choice
    1. There is in fact little one can do at this point.
    2. Something must change. Something will change. Whether you want it to or not.
    3. In the end the only thing you can do is choice. Not making a choice is still a choice. It is a choice to act in the same dysfunctional manner you’ve been doing so far.
    4. So you must be brave, believe in your own potential, and jump.
    5. What is this jump? It is the simple act of choosing.
    6. If you want to be alone, choose that.
    7. If you want a sense of togetherness and well-being that is greater than oneSelf, choose that.
    8. But to do so one must redefine love as something that you give rather than something you get if a shared identity is to remain in balance and this requires a conscious ongoing choice to give.
    9. Therefore, in the end, to love, is to choice to love.

(In Buddhism love is defined as an aspiration or wish that one or many have happiness and it’s causes. It is therefore something we give and thus a very different way of viewing “love.” )

This is a working document. It may change over time. And I may in fact create articles for each section.

All This Rawness

There are times when things feel so dark, so black, that there is no coming out the mess. And yet there is. There is always a way forward. A way to make sense of this world. This life. And that way is art. Pick something up. Create. Feel. Love. Be. For if you are not brave enough to feel life as it is with all its rawness how will you helps others remove themselves from the quicksand of Samsara?

We Carry with Us

We all carries with us the potential for being wild.

Is this a good thing? Well, if we are creators then why not?!

Why is it that being wild equals being destructive? Why not take those impulses that make you feel like cutting loose and translating them into work that can help the world evolve?

I believe this can and should happen. I believe it is important for my own well being and those around me to continue to make stuff.

What if, instead of the following the fear of the “what ifs” and instead we made stuff anyways?

I leave you with that to ponder.

Darkness is important as it reveals the light

Everyone, at some point, feels a little down. It is simply a part of the human condition. We should stop telling ourselves that it’s somehow bad to have these moments. Physical pain is a way of your body telling you that something is wrong. Like that, these moments are pregnant with information that reveal what is wrong from another, and deeper, level.

Now, what I am not saying is that we need to feel sadness in order to feel happiness. No.

What I am saying though is when or if you do feel down do not be so quick to move from that place as it is the source of great insight into the human condition – into your personal condition. We are all different in this regard. Only you can know what your condition is like. Only you can see it. Therefore only you can fix it. Others can help but in the end only you can fix yourself.


So, next time you feel down do not distract ourself with some meaningless activity. Don’t just go and do something, anything, in order to make yourself feel better, or at least not feel bad. Instead use that time wisely. Spend some time in that place. Sitting quietly watching the feelings. It might reveal something. But be gentle while there for it’s a fragile space and one must be careful. Look too closely and the feeling will dissolve. Don’t look at all and knowledge will not reveal itself.

Overtime and with practice I promise it becomes easier.


Getting Stuck

I’m sitting in front of my computer trying to find something to write about. I’m feeling blank. Slept badly, I guess. Is this writers block? No…I don’t believe in writers block. But I do believe that ideas need time to appear. And that sometimes, but not always, they appear when we simply let go. There we are! There’s the idea for today. And that is, the notion of letting go and it’s opposite of trying to hard.

Letting go is also a practice. It can be scary and thrilling. But it is without a doubt a useful skill to acquire. Letting go lets me get unstuck. As it did just then…Letting go is the releasing of conscious effort and just seeing what happens. Some people like to plan. Sometimes this is good. But it can also lead to a rigidity in thought and outlook. When you see yourself getting stuck…let go! let go! let go! Trust me it will be worth it.

Silence is a Practice

Silence is something I’ve cherished over the years. It was hard to find at times. Something I longed for when I could not find it – as if life was out of focus. I’m not talking about the silence of sitting alone. I’m talking about the silence of a still mind.

Why was this? How is it that this kind of silence can be so hard to find? Surely it’s a matter of going into a room alone and sitting there watching your own breathing. Meditate for 5 minutes at your desk during a lunch break. There is your silence you might retort.

Well, here is the thing: Some days are too busy; some too slow. And we are often left in the middle, balancing on the edge between stress and boredom, ever aware we are falling left or right. So it’s a balancing act. This is the practice. Yes.

Now, if you have family or a partner then double the issues that prevent balance. Culture, lineage, and idiosyncrasies couple together to make the practice even more difficult.

Or do they?

Perhaps we can learn from each other. Working together and learning from issues of culture, how you were raised, or those “little things” that make you, you…or your partner, them. Working together as a team to create an environment where the practice is rewarded, not judged. Where silence is not a form of punishment but a practice worth cultivating.

But it is true that silence that is a lack of noise is needed at first in order to create silence of mind. Don’t conflate the two but do know that one is needed for the other to be practice.

The Power of Introspection

Introverts are not shy. Not always. How do I know? I’m one. And I’m not shy.

You can google Myers Briggs test, and do the test. It was helpful to me. I hope it is for you as well.

But what I wanted to say to you today is this: introvert or extrovert; these are mere orientations. Know this. Understand this. From understanding come unerstanding. When integrated into your own life it becomes wisdom. Wisdom and skill can then be used to help ourselves and those around us have better lives. Lead better lives.

Introspection couple with a basic curiosity will lead you evolve. Of this I have little doubt because I’ve seen it. The human condition is not fundamentally stable. We can change; we do change. Healing is the result.