I was playing with marketing and design yesterday, doing some research on how to organically grow your Instagram followers. One strategy that kept coming up, was make your "page" visually appealing, keep it consistent with your Brand colours, do your images represent the Message you want to convey?
I had 11 women in my studio shooting a Body Positive Campaign....and what an amazing day it was. Many of these beautiful women stepped way outside their comfort zone to essentially bare almost all to a camera and each other. Why would they do this??? They did it not only for themselves but for all women who struggle with body confidence
Gilded is one of two series that was photographed that day, when I first walked into this room, I knew immediately the character to create...she was inspired by the beautiful ornate baroque mirrors on the walls...My Golden Goddess...she was risque, decadent and regal.
To celebrate my first publication in the July Victorian issue of Beau Nu Magazine, I thought I would share with you a 2 part post showing how the creation and visualisation of Decadent evolved and a behind the scenes video of the shoot itself. The planning and construction of conceptual images are integral in the way I bring life to a visual story and in most instances this process is more involved than the actual shoot. For me it is really where I can be as creative as I want, which is always fun.
Inspirations for my concept shoots can come from a piece of clothing, a word, an emotion or a location. This particular shoot was from the latter. While visiting a very good friend on the East Coast of Tasmania we were doing the tourist thing and taking in the sights, she mentioned this fantastic place where the kids could let loose and have a little fun sliding down the sand banks. After a dirt road and a hike up some dunes the view became this....
I thought I would share a quick behind the scenes of the makings of a crown for an Ice Queen concept. Although I am yet to photograph the final image (still waiting for snow), one of my favourite models and I took the crown and the concept for a test run in the woods.
How much are your memories worth? I was thinking about this at an obscure hour this morning and it all started with our tv.....the thought process is a little disjointed but stay with me (it was really really early), I promise it will all make sense in the end.
Feeling very lucky, I was awarded Silver in the International Loupe Awards. The image is titled "A disquiet mind". This entire concept was born, shot, edited and entered into the competition all in one day. I wasn't going to enter this year, I had nothing prepared, nothing that I thought was good enough...
This is part two of the "alien" series, I really need to come up with a better name for these images. This behind the scenes video is for the first part of the journey of blending into a new and strange environment and how we try not to be noticed.
This shoot was inspired by a silver pair of ski pants which my son found in an Opp shop. It is evolving into a series of images which follows a persons arrival, watching their internal struggle with the want to blend and conform, versus their innate need to be able to express their own individuality, in an environment that is new and unknown.
So a couple of days ago while shooting with my favourite model Miss Alex, we decided to pull out one of my $5 thrift store finds a SX70 polaroid camera, I loaded it up with polaroid film from the impossible dream and shot a couple of frames....oh my I was so excited then dissappointed, not one of them worked out, could be one of a hundred of reasons, but it was an interesting experiment anyway.