Invisible Mannequin Photography

Ghost mannequin photography services for men’s fashion is now available from Dragon Papillon Photography. Invisible mannequins are an excellent alternative to photograph your clothing brand for a consistent and quality result across your fashion website or social media.

Dragon Papillon Photography is excited to announce that we are now able to take bookings for ghosted men’s fashion. This week, “Wally” joined our team of mannequin models, including our invisible female mannequin – “Lilly”, and are ready to model your clothing for your fashion e-commerce site or social media.

Ghosted mannequin or invisible mannequins are an effective way to showcase clothing giving it that 3d effect and allows your potential customers to view the clothing and how they would fit without being distracted by live models in the images.

Ghosted mannequin images also provide a great platform to consistently present a series of images across your clothing range, giving a consistent look and feel to your website.

In the next few weeks, we will be releasing some articles on product photography and how to get the most out of your product photography investment and will include an article on ghosted images. Follow our blog “Insights – from behind the lens” to receive notifications of these published articles.

For more information about e-commerce photography services visit our website.

Dragon Papillon is Back Online!

I am so excited to share that Dragon Papillon Photography is back online, with a brand new website. We have loads of resources in the pipeline for our existing and future customers. We will progressively publish those articles over the coming weeks.

Dragon Papillon Photography came into existence nearly 8 years ago (not sure where the time went). Over the years, there have been a few iterations of the business, and a few different websites. This latest version is our boldest yet, with more galleries to explore and resources to discover.

One of the advantages from the last few months in lockdown, has been the chance to seriously work “on the business” and not just “in the business”. As people say, builders never finish their own houses, plumbers never fix their own leaking taps, and I never seem to update my website with new images (although I have thousands of them). I was just happy to know that my customers were updating theirs with fresh and new images.

The last few months have been an interesting journey. To be honest, with the outbreak of COVID-19 and lockdown measures, my business has been on a ventilator. By the end of the first month, I was a breath away from deciding to sell all of my equipment, move back to a “normal” job and close the business. I asked someone very dear to me, how they kept staying passionate about what they do, even when the going gets tough – really, really tough. They said they just believe and continue to believe. I made some other rash decisions during those weeks, but I couldn’t quite call it quits for Dragon Papillon Photography.

May was a month for serious soul searching and reckoning. I picked up whatever photography work I could while questioning whether I should keep the business. I am not sure what changed – well that’s not entirely true. One day, one of my customers asked me to send the link to my website. For the first time in months, I actually sat down and looked at my website, truly looked at my website. All the things that had been in my head to update and change came surging up out of the darkness.

So, on the 3 June I started the project to migrate my website to a new platform. I am glad that I was spurned into action. The first page they recommend you write for your website is the “About You” page. By the time I had reworked that page, I remembered why I have poured so much energy and passion into this business. Trolling though the 12 terra bytes of archived images to put together galleries, taking time to think about my amazing customers – some who have supported me for many years, recalling different photoshoots, and how much I have learned since starting this business was actually what I needed to re-connect with my business and to feel positive about the future even though tough economic times are forecasted.

I am looking forward to taking Dragon Papillon Photography forward. As social distancing and other measures start to ease, I look forward to re-engaging with my existing clients; and to welcome new clients with an energised passion to Capture, Promote and Express.

Yeah! We are back online.

Visit our new website :

Now its time to get back to work 🙂

Everyone’s a Photographer Series (1/5)

In a world dominated by images and a market place saturated with “professional photographers”, it may seem like a daunting task to find and choose a photographer that’s right for you. This series of articles covers the current trends, and provides some tips to help you in the selection process.

Part 1

Current Trends in the Market Place

Is there still a place for professional photographers in a world dominated by images?

In 2017 it was estimated that over 1.2 trillion images were taken worldwide with 85% of those images captured on a smartphone. In 2019, about 90% of Australians owned a smart phone and in effect were carrying a camera with them at all times. The image quality gap between smart phones and a DSLR camera is closing due to significant improvement in smart phone camera technology and automated image processing in recent years. Never before have so many people had access to a camera and been able to take photos with such ease and convenience.

Although smartphones may have contributed to a photography boom across the general population in the past decade, the field of professional photographers continues to grow and displays increasing competitiveness amongst the ranks. According to the last Australian census, there are over 13,000 professional photographers in the labour market, and this number excludes the growth in serious hobbyists who may freelance as a side hustle to their full time jobs. The rise of shared economy sites such as Airtasker, Freelancer and Snappr have all broken down the barriers of entry for interested photographers to find customers and to be paid for photography work.

We all live in a digital and visual world. There is a healthy appetite for images. Although almost everyone has a camera at their fingertips, it does not mean that everyone is a photographer. It simply means they own a smartphone with some really cool features to take pictures. Some of us still own expensive dedicated cameras to take photos “the old-fashioned way”. Paying a hefty price for a dedicated camera, will not magically improve your photography. The adage “it is not the size of the equipment but how you use it” aptly applies, and crudely differentiates a photographer from a person that takes photos.

Infographic: Smartphones Cause Photography Boom | Statista

There are some amazing and talented photographers that are not professionals. These individuals pursue their passion for creative expression or from a desire to master technical aspects in the field of photography. A serious hobbyist may produce quality of work equal to or even better than a professional photographer, but are more likely to be driven by self gratification rather than having a client-focussed outcome, and are less likely to have the processes, assurances and insurances in place to deliver against a contractual agreement. Serious hobbyists may be willing to do a photoshoot for free or for a very low fee because the experience or the nature of the work is appealing. They are not relying on the work to manage a business and earn a living, so it is natural that their approach and considerations while on the job are likely to differ from a professional photographer.

Although there are many benefits to seeking out serious hobbyist to do a photography assignment for you, there are also hidden risks. These risks can be mitigated if you choose to hire a professional photographer instead.

Read More in the Everyone’s a Photographer Series.