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Princess Temper

New work from an un-released fashion series!!

// Model: Casey Lee Lyons – @casey.lee.lyons
// HMUA: Jyoti Chandra – @jyotichandra
// Designer: Marnie Ayres

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“Call Time” Published in HUF Mag

It’s the best feeling when you wake up to an email that says your work has been accepted into a magazine. This week I was lucky enough to be published in HUF Magazine. I’d been trying to get this editorial published for a while, so I’m glad that I am finally allowed to share the images.

The concept behind this shoot was ‘Behind The Scenes,’ or what happens in between the shots of a fashion shoot. I had a lot of fun building up the sets using equipment and props that we naturally had in the studio.

Photographer: Steph Doran
Hair, Makeup and Styling: Jyoti Chandra
Model: Siahn Beach @ Chadwick

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The cover shot with copy on it..

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Published In Elegant Magazine

Woohoo! My fashion editorial “No Strings Attached” was published in Elegant magazine. Well done team!

MODEL || Thea @ Scene
HMUA || Marlene Olsson
STYLIST || Kathryn Menze
ASSISTANT || Davey Diamandis

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Campaign Shoot For Reson8

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It’s been months since I shot for Melbourne label Reson8, but I felt it was worth a blog (also this tab has been sitting open on my laptop since March.) I really like working with designers, but this shoot was even more exciting because I had been hired because of my aesthetic and ideas. The more I shoot fashion, the more I want to shoot creatively. My goal is to be hired to shoot my conceptual style, but for actual money. One day.

In any case, we had many meetings about the shoot beforehand. How it would run, where we would do it, and what it would look and feel like. Models and a crew were sorted out, and ideas relayed back and forth. The initial idea was to shoot on a beach, but we eventually settled on the studio. The look was modern, but with a bit of a rock feel. I had worked with the male mode, Tom, before, and we also had a female model on board to, to mix things up a bit and have a sense of a story with the work. Being menswear, Tom was the star of the shoot. And he could turn it on! He seemed a lot more comfortable shooting in this style, in comparison with the frilly garments we worked with together before.

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It was a long day, but the team worked really well together and we powered through the shot list and the garments. Chris, the designer, had a clear idea in his head, and we were able to work towards his vision. Glynnis, who had never modelled before, did a stunning job and looked amazing.

By the end of shoot everyone was exhausted, but the shots looked great. I’m really excited to see them being used in promotional campaigns and look books. Keep your eyes peeled!

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CLIENT || RESON8
MODEL || Thomas Brennan @ Scene
MODEL || Glynnis Quin
HMUA || Love Hawkridge
STYLIST || Rebecca Durham
ART DIRECTION || Christopher Kirsner
PHOTOG || Steph Doran

Check it: www.reson8clothing.com

Welcome To Colour

A few years back, when I was still studying, my partner (who was interested in photography at the time) collaborated with an amazing makeup artist by the name of Jyoti Chandra. I loved her work, and her personality, and had wanted to work with her ever since. But I thought, she would never want to work with me. So when I replied to her casual facebook post “who wants to shoot?” and she said yes, I was really excited.

We had decided to do a colourful shoot. Something bright and fun and spontaneous. Just what I needed in my folio, which seems to have an aversion to colour at the moment. Jyoti turned up at the studio armed with props and garments, and bright paper backgrounds. We got talking straight away like we had seen each other only days ago, when in fact we had only spoken a handful of words to each other, three years prior.

It was going to be a great shoot!

Whilst hair and makeup was being done, I started testing out some lighting. I usually use a chair for this (which is not that accurate, as a chair has quite a different shape to a person’s face), but because the fabric began much higher than chair-level, I had to improvise.

Behold, my temporary model. She was very co-operative- didn’t complain or move once during my testing!

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We had a few different ideas to play with, as well as a table full of accessories, props, and other fun things. We also had two models from Scene to work with- Olga and Stephanie. Olga arrived first, and we decided to start out bright. We used a piece of striped fabric as a background, and I light the set with my reflective parabolic, and flat lighting on the background. If you look at my folio, it is (in general) quite shadowy, with lots of blues, blacks, and neutral colour palettes. So it was very refreshing to shoot something bright and colourful. A little scary too?

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Olga was fantastic. Moved well, and fit into the characters we created quite easily. Whilst Jyoti worked on Steph’s makeup, Olga and I shot through around 4 different outfits, playing with accessories and poses each time. I usually shoot quite quickly, and this was no exception. I know when we have got the shot, and I don’t like to keep models going on and on and on, because it wears them out too. Moving quickly keeps things fresh, in my opinion. Plus, my phase files are huge, and having to sort through so many can take even the harshest critic a week.

With Olga wrapped, we began on Steph’s set ups. Still using bright colours, but with more of a punky/graphic vibe.

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Photo from Jyoti’s instagram

Steph was great to work with as well. Behind her tattoo’d, short haired exterior, she was very sweet and I wanted to keep her! She also knew how to emote, so pretty much every shot was strong. We had a few coloured wigs for Steph, which added a pop of colour to the images. I knew we had to watch out for the hair getting caught in the eyelashes, because it is a nightmare to retouch. So I ended up being a bit of a wig police.

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We shot a heap of looks in a short space of time, even some without wigs. The final shot of the day brought us to a gold metal shoulder ‘accessory’ (I have no idea what to call it!) It looked sort of like dragonfly wings, and draped over the shoulder. There was something about those last shots that were special, and I can’t wait to have them retouched and ready to show the world. But I guess you will all have to wait and see what we created!

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PHOTOGRAPHER || Steph Doran
HMUA + STYLIST || Jyoti Chandra
MODEL || Olga Gurkina @ Scene Melbourne
MODEL || Stephanie Hall @ Scene Melbourne