Work In Progress

A Sprout, a Bean and a Magazine

… Yes, it rhymes on purpose.

I’ve recently collaborated with The Sprout And The Bean, a cafe in Geelong, to create some collages for their instagram and social media. TSATB is the cutest little cafe ever, with the best tofu burger in the world (not biased at all) and tasty raw treats.

I shot some landmarks around Geelong, as well as some of the food and drinks that the cafe makes, then sat down with some scissors and (often hilarious) old magazines from the 90’s. It didn’t take long to cover my living room floor with collages and cut outs.

Nothing was glued down, so that each photo and piece could be used again if needed. After we were happy with the creations, I photographed each one. It was great to be tactile again, and really make the collages, rather than just putting them together in Photoshop.

Here are a few of the better ones..

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^ But my absolute favourite… “Man In Shoe.”

Why I’m Always Laying On The Floor

This month has turned out to be quite a busy one, but I’ve been lucky enough to get a few tests in to keep my motivation up. I really love testing out ideas and working creatively, so I think it’s important to keep pursuing personal projects and shooting for fun occasionally too! I often work with Marlene Olsson, who is an amazing hair and makeup artist, so when she suggested we do a shoot together, I jumped at the opportunity.

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Always on the floor…

Marlene had recently done some hair styling classes to improve on her already huge knowledge of hair, and had some ideas she wanted to test out. We put together a rough mood board, and got Erin from GTR in as our model. But our stylist unfortunately had to cancel at the last minute, leaving us with no garments.

Luckily, I was ready to improvise.

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I have a few go-to garments that I keep in my wardrobe for such occasions. Lots of kimono and flowey pieces, which can be adapted to many different shoots. I had also been to the Japanese festival the day before, where I picked up a few other vintage kimono. So I wasn’t worried.

Going in with no real plan was kind of good, as it forced me to be creative with my set, garments, and lighting. I usually gravitate towards darker, shadowy lighting that is moody and has a high level of contrast, so I wanted to create something entirely different with this shoot. I wanted to keep it light and high-key, and very soft.

Hair and makeup took about 3 hours, so I had time to build my set slowly. I wanted to work with texture, so I draped and hung various fabrics and paper form around the studio. It’s amazing what you can create out of nothing.

Above: final makeup checks, and me posing for a lighting test. (haha!)

For garments, we improvised as well. Without giving away too much information, I want to say that my favourite outfit of the day was a vintage kimono worn inside out, teamed with a bed sheet that was used as a maxi skirt. Like I said, improvisation.

Not having a set plan ended up being a great thing, as the shoot developed and changed organically, and we got some amazing results. Also we got to use the smoke machine, which is always a bonus in my books!

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A behind the scenes shot of Erin doing her thing. Courtesy of Marlene’s instagram.

 

So, this begs the question- why am I always on the floor?

I’m always trying to look at things from different perspectives and try to capture my subjects with different angles. I often find that a low angle can be more dynamic. But some subjects don’t photograph well from below. On this occasion though, I ended up laying at Erin’s feet and looking right up at her. Often not a very flattering angle, this just worked. But you’re going to have to wait to see the results :) I’ll give you a hint: there is a David Bowie reference.

Also a huge thanks to Josephine for coming along to hang out and assist. I hope you learned a lot!

TEAM
Photog: 
Steph Doran
HMUA: Marlene Olsson
Model: Erin @ GTR Global
Assistant: Josephine Tut

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Behind the scenes of a test with Lara de Koster. This amazing hair was done by the ever-talented Marlene Olsson. What did we do with this look? You’ll have to wait and see :)

S xx

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Look Here Please

Here is a little portrait series I’m working on. Just shooting really quick portraits of models after a shoot, wearing their own clothes. These images were photographed after a shoot for Upper Volta, and I only took 3-4 frames of each subject, as they were heading off set.

What do you think?

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Upper Volta

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Back in the studio last week shooting some new images for Upper Volta’s latest collection. After the success of the fashion show a few weeks ago, I teamed up with the ever talented Francis Kwamee to capture some stills of the garments.

We had a huge team of models, but the shoot ran really smoothly and quickly. Everyone was eating croissants and drinking coffee and having a great time. Kind of like a gathering except that we also happened to be shooting on the side- haha what a great chilled vibe!

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There are some gorgeous garments in this collection, and the team of models really brought them to life!

Some behind the scenes shenanigans. There’s me on the floor as per usual…

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Keep your eyes peeled for these images, they are going to be a great way to really launch UpperVolta’s new range.

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