Recently I’ve been undertaking a massive(ly stressful) perfessional (and yes, I know that’s not a real word, but I made it up as its not quite personal and not quite professional) project that is essentially a complete overhaul of my photographic portfolio.
I started out this journey with a very broad interest in photography with a focus on music and cosplay. Over time it’s developed into a more refined machine (maybe not well-oiled but Rome wasn’t built in a day) that involves a heavier focus on portraiture, and even more specific, fashion portraiture.
I knew I wanted to take pictures of people in interesting places and I knew I couldn’t just have them rock up in their Saturday morning best (ie, trackies and uggs) so I began reaching out to places that might be interested in collaborating, but no one really bit. I took a step back and thought I might be able to engage in some fashion photography during a head-shot shoot with a friend. She was happy to oblige.
This turned out to be a sort of ‘urban-grunge’ style product and I was happy with the results.
Following this shoot, I re-contacted some local designers and clothing stores to see if I could loan some products for my next shoot.
My first stop was Ruck Rover General Store, an independent boutique clothing store in Northbridge. It stocked very retro, simple but charming clothing that I knew would look great in an orchard I knew of up in Roleystone, Raeburn Orchards.
I sent a message to my friend Gill who I’d worked with previously on a short film. She had the sort of sweet, girl-next-door look I was hedging towards.
After 2 postponed shoots due to inclement weather Gill and I met up on a cloudy, semi-windy day up in the Perth hills.
I was a little dubious about this weather as well because the forecast had predicated rain and the grey clouds were threatening to unleash at any moment.
Still, what we produced turned out to be fairly awesome.
Check out the shots below. The pink and white blossoms were beyond magical.
My next port of call was with Jodie Glaister from Akia Rose Activewear. I knew I wanted to incorporate a gym fashion shoot into my portfolio but approaching the major labels like Lorna Jane and Lululemon would have seen me laughed out of the store. I also wanted to provide a service to WA based businesses. Jodie was good enough to loan 3 sets of activewear for the shoot. I met up with Hayden, again, and another friend of mine, Leah, at Jacob’s Ladder for a sunset fitness shoot. While it turned out to be a very challenging shoot, negotiating other runners and fighting the light, I was ultimately pleased with the results.
What’s next? Stay tuned. This journey has just begun…