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Portrait Winner – Hair Romance’s Christina

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I'm excited to share photos from a recent portrait shoot with Christina Butcher - one the winners of my portrait session giveaway held earlier this year to celebrate the launch of my new website.   Christina  writes the highly successful and wonderful blog - Hair Romance and with her husband, Jim writes another blog Mr & Mrs Romance (my fave kind of blog - all about travel, food and wine!). Meeting Christina to plan our shoot, we chatted on her balcony looking over Sydney Harbour discussing what she was looking for. I found out that not only is she a blogger but she's also a beauty and lifestyle digital publisher helping brands become influencers on social media and a New York Times best selling author to boot.  To say I was impressed was an understatement - such an inspiration. For our photo shoot Christina selected a personal branding session.   Our shoot took place on a very sunny Autumn day in April and...

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Sydney architecture: a perfect backdrop for a portrait shoot

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Mention Sydney and images of sun, surf and beaches come to mind.  While I love spending time at the beach, I also love incredible architecture and using it as a backdrop for portrait shoots.  And there is a lot to select from where I live.  Not being characterised by any one architectural style, Sydney has some fantastic examples of Gothic, Georgian, Romanesque, Italianate architecture and many other styles.   So when Shirley, a Sydney based Canadian model, actor and presenter, worked with me on a private portrait shoot, we used buildings around Macquarie Street in Sydney  and the famous Rocks area as a backdrop. On the day of the shoot, it was one of those overcast days, where rain is only a moment away.  It held off until around lunch time when it came bucketing down (no soft English or French rain for us), so we escaped and spent an hour...

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Naples: why she’s more than a one night stop over

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It's that time of year when my Australian friends start packing their bags enmasse to escape our winter and head straight into summer in Europe (after a short 24 hour plane ride).  One of my friends and her boyfriend are doing just that and heading off to Italy and Greece.  I love to hear about people's travel plans and so when my friend told me they were planning to stay only one night in Naples before heading to the Almafi Coast, I was aghast.  Her boyfriend was quoted as saying 'you wouldn't want to stay more than one night in Naples, not really much to see'.  Having spent a week in Naples last September, I pretty much jumped up and down saying 'oh yes there is, there is sooooo much to see and do, you really must stay longer'.  So I convinced my friend and she in turn convinced her boyfriend and they...

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Naples, a Vespa and Caravaggio

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If you love Italy and art, like I do then Naples, Vespas and Caravaggio are three words that will make your heart skip a beat.  The question is, what do these three things have in common and how have they influenced and inspired Jacqueline Bawtree, photographic artist, writer and storyteller? Welcome to the first in a series of interviews called Creatively Speaking where I'm sharing conversations with artists about their creative inspiration and processes - something I'm endlessly interested in as I continue my own artistic practice in photography. Jacqueline and I started working on this blog back in 2014 and it's been an on-going conversation that we've finally finished to launch this interview series.  Jacqui and I first met when we both worked for a communications agency in Sydney.  Over the years we've shared a similar journey pursuing something we both love - photography.  I have deep admiration for Jacqui's work and I’m excited that she's my first interview...

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Rocking a Vintage Turquoise Dress

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What do you get when you mix a talented singer and performing artist with a vintage 1930's style dress and a fabulous location in Sydney?  A little bit of magic and a really fun portrait shoot. Channeling Hollywood glamour (maybe even American actress Veronica Lake), Carly-Anne chose an amazing turquoise vintage dress by London design house, John Charles for our shoot.  The dress was found by her Mum and Grandmother at an antique market in Wales (where Carly-Anne and her family are from), and was a gift for Carly-Anne. Carly-Anne wanted a range of images to display her versatility and depth as an artist so we created a series of photos and different looks based around some fab outfits - mostly found in antique markets. Our first series with the fabulous turquoise dress was shot at Sydney Hospital in Macquarie Street.  Not where you'd expect to do a fashion lead photo shoot but as Sydney's oldest hospital with buildings...

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Portrait Shoot Winners

Since launching my new website at the end of November, I've been overwhelmed with the response. I've received so many beautiful comments about my photography - its been amazing. Big thanks to everyone for all your wonderful messages, for your support and for participating in my portrait competition.  I feel incredibly happy and so grateful. So the time has come to draw the winners of my portrait give away.  I know I would have found it hard to giveaway only one shoot, so I decided early on to give away two portrait shoots, with the winners able to choose either a private portrait session or a personal branding session. Having written all the names of everyone who participated on a piece of paper, I threw them into my camera bag (thought that was an appropriate place), shook it up and pulled out the winners. And voila...

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New website – win a portrait shoot

I’m excited to launch my new photography website and home (and with a few little butterflies) and to celebrate I'm giving away a portrait shoot (more on that below). My other website has been around for a while and needed a new look and feel to showcase more recent work and my focus on portraits for women.  I remember one of my photography teachers saying ‘If you don’t show your work, it’s almost like it doesn’t exist’.  So true. Inspiration for my website and portraiture often comes from my love of Europe.  So much so that some of the images included in my website are from on a recent trip to Italy, including some of my favourite frescos from the stunningly beautiful Santa Chiara Monastery in Napoli. Photography is my passion – it gives me energy and makes me feel pretty happy - I can spend many an hour absorbed in it. I love...

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