In the midst of a patch of suburbia there is a lone hill, nestled, stubborn. It will not be felled. Fragile limestone paths leading up to a view of all the land around it. A golden sunset spreading across the sky uninhibited by the mass of building or land. Away from the road a deep slope. But elegant and fine trees show the way down to a sanctuary of heady green life. There is something so beautiful about land left to itself to sprout and grow and build a home.
There are patches of beauty everywhere. We just have to find them.
Model: Annie Nguyen.
Photos taken at Clontarf Hill.
At lastly, a frame from behind the scenes.
I wanted to do a photoshoot at dawn at the beach to see what the light would be like. In summer that means starting at 5:00am and model Caitlin and hair and makeup artist (and model) Rachel woke up before 4:00am to accomodate. They were amazing. It was really, really cold. Yet they were positive and and adventurous and I'm so happy with the photos. The light was soft with hints of pink and blue. The breeze was chilly but feisty so Caitlin's hair moved beautifully. Caitlin let me throw sand on her and then waded into the ocean, she was shivering but she still brought elegance and beauty to the photos.
A bit of behind-the-scenes action :)
My friend Kati is a wonderfully creative florist and owner of Flower Nation. She created a flower crown and bouquet for me to play around with and I decided to pair the pieces with a vintage 60's wedding dress and a beautiful sunset.
The beautiful model, Tanya Jade, is also an actress and you can find her on Facebook here.
I've photographed Rebecca Bentley twice now because she's got such a unique look. Bec looks like she could be a spirit wandering in the woods in the hushed blue of the dawn. Her pale skin, blue eyes, and elf-like features are captivating.
This was our first shoot together.
I collaborated with one of my close friends and a wonderful photographer, How Boon Tay. You can check out his work here.
This session was simple. She kept her hair natural and we did her makeup ourselves. The outfits are thrift shop items I bought at Salvation Army stores during that special time of the week, $2 Mondays. Those are happy, happy days indeed ;)
The sun played as much of a role as we did. Perth has harsh, unforgiving sunlight but for an hour in the morning and at sunset we get a gorgeous golden reprise, a peace-offering for us photographers after the sunburn, sweat, melting makeup and frizzy hair we have to endure normally.