I'm pretty lucky to be surrounded by such talented friends and even luckier that those talents have the ability to make me look awesome. Even if it is only for a day and captured in 125th of a second.
Chloe Rose, winner of the AHFAs Stylist of the Year, Rae Morris, make up extraordinnaire and mastermind behind 6 successful make up books, Daren Borthwick, one of Sydneys most sought after session stylists and Georges Antoni, Australia's best photographer (he'll hate that I've said that). This is all well and good, however they had not been booked to shoot me. They had been booked on a Sunday morning to shoot the gorgeous Sam Harris. With that said you might be wondering how I fit into all of this?
This is where the gatecrashing begins. So I needed to shoot a few new images for my book. Georges is rarely free (weekends included) so when he offered up his Sunday afternoon I couldn't refuse and being my husband he was more than happy to stay longer and sacrifice the rest of his Sunday to shoot me. Chloe, Rae and Daren, well, they're just bloody amazing. I'm sure they would have preferred to be horizontal on the couch catching up on Netlfix but instead they chose to help me! Love you guys. And of course Sam, she didn't even bat an eyelid. Us models have to stick together.
We arrived at Sun Studios for a 9:30am start (it is a Sunday after all) and sat down for a quick team brief, My agency, Scoop, had requested some very simple, commercial images. Easy enough but trust me, it didn't last long. As Sam was getting set up in the make up chair we decided this was a good opportunity to bang out some make up free, product free shots of moi. Some carefully placed messy hair, high waisted briefs and a grey baggy jumper had commercial written all over it. I sat on the floor curling my arms around my legs looking wistfully into the camera as Georges snapped some beautiful, simple shots.
Now beautiful, simple shots are all well and good but when you've got a team like this at your finger tips it would be silly not to take advantage and do something a little special.
Which is exactly what we did.
Inspired by Miss Bridget Bardot and my new found 70s fringe Rae painted perfect black flicks along my eyeline using her Rae Morris brushes while Daren blow dried soft waves into my hair.
"Because you KNOW I'm all about that BASS, bout that bass no TREBLE."
Georges set up two different back drops, one grey and one white, giving us the flexibility to shoot against which ever background suited the outfit. We powered through 10 different images ticking off the compulsory commercial looks. The money makers if you will.
I love to get creative when shooting but being a commercial model those opportunities don't always present themselves. Commercial jobs normally require a girl next door look. Nothing too bold or out there. Something beautiful that the Aussie woman can relate to. Don't get me wrong, I love working with my commercial clients but being able to dress up and embody a different persona or character is one of the main reasons that sparked my love of modelling.
We decided to make use of the good weather and natural light, all be it a bit chilly. Afternoon light is usually the most flattering, even if the setting sun does mean partially blinding me. All in the name of fashion darling.
With this being the final shot of the day all caution was thrown into the wind. It was time to pull out the wig. Daren threw on a bleach blonde wig with a punk style cut which Chloe teamed with a golden jacket and Rae finished off with wet, glossy eyelids. With my skin blown out by the sun, my eyes going glassy with tears and the dramatic, upward angle of the camera we went from Bridget Bardot to Vivienne Westwood in a matter of minutes. This shot was easily the crews favourite of the day.
When working on passion projects like this I find you get the best and most interesting results. I couldn't be happier with the outcome and even more so for the fantastic team I got to work with.
See below a few of the images retouched by Georges.