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When my gorgeous friend (also a photographer) Jasmine asked me to do a portrait session with her, I jumped at the chance. I realised some time ago that I do my best work when I plan, visualise and immerse myself in developing a creative concept for each shoot.  Before I pick up my camera, I spend time with the person I'm photographing, talking about what they hope to achieve, planning their wardrobe for the day, finding props and and importantly connecting emotionally to the concept and the person I am photographing.  I often photograph outdoors and source locations that are reminiscent of European glamour, a touch of faded glory, lots of texture, the right colour and feeling to bring the photograph to life. Jasmine and I had done all of this and our shoot was on the Sunday - all locked and loaded. That was until 6pm on the Friday night when Jasmine rang with excitement...

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Portrait of an Actress – Angelic Angie

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I loved every minute of this portrait session with gorgeous actress Angie Tricker at Studio Neon in Sydney's inner west.  It was such a fun shoot. Starting the day in a reflective mood, we then amped up the volume later in the afternoon to capture Angie and all the different moods and expressions she can create - and she was amazing. I think she is a bit of a chameleon (a good thing when you're an actress) - I can see a bit of Laura Dern, Angelica Houston and Meryl Streep in her. A bit about Angie - she studied acting at Australia's prestigious acting school NIDA - where many of Australia's actors have graduated including the eminent Cate Blanchet.  You might recognise Angie for some of her recent feature films including Pacific Rim 2: The Uprising, 2:22, Other World 1 & The Navigator.  She's also starred in numerous TV shows including guest roles in Top of the Lake, Love Child,...

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Portrait of a dancer in Paris – Part I

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Paris is a dream destination for many of us.  There is something about Paris - it gets under your skin and on this trip I fell in love with her all over again.  Being able to do a portrait shoot in Paris was this photographer's dream come true.  Just to add to the dream, the woman who I photographed is a dancer and I love photographing dancers - they know how to move and the camera loves them.  Leah is from Australia.  In fact Leah is from Orange in Central West NSW (where I went to high school) and has been dancing her way around Asia and Europe for the past 10 years, currently dancing at the world famous Lido, located on the Champs-Élysées. We started our shoot at the Airbnb where I was staying in the heart of Paris, then headed out to the Jardin des Tuileries.  As the sun set over Paris, Leah...

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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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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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