We are the weirdos… Gothic Fashion Photoshoot

Billie-Jade

Billie-Jade in the Suburban Goth photoshoot

One of my favourite movies from the 90s, is the teen witch movie, The Craft. The idea of teenagers practicing witchcraft in a suburban context, against the rigidity of a Catholic school upbringing, shows girls with a strong sense of self with the ability to make decisions on their own terms, without a care of the judgement they receive from their peers. Not to mention, the time capsule of where fashion was in 1996.

For a few years I had wanted to pay tribute to this movie with fashion photoshoot, and there was no one more perfect for the role than Billie-Jade Hastings, lead singer of Diamond Noir. Billie-Jade, like me, had a strong affinity with the movie and is a natural born Alternative Goddess who had no problem embodying the character.

Shot in a quiet inner city suburb of Melbourne. The styling was a modern take on 90s Gothic fashion, with pieces from; Alannah Hill, H&M, Material Girl, Mazi and Jeffrey Campbell shoes. I styled each look to represent the five elements; Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit.

View the full photoshoot here!

Billie-Jade

Earth element

VAMFF Campaign Launch

VAMFF Launch

VAMFF Launch Runway

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival launched it’s new partnership with Virgin Australia at Channel 9′s Studio 1 in Docklands last night. I photographed the VIP event for Style Melbourne.

Showcasing the VAMFF 2014 TVC campaign – See. Feel. React and culminating with a fashion parade featuring 10 models capturing the spirit of each of the 10 premium runways and their corresponding trends for 2014, including: Romantic, Minimal, Punk, Retro, World Traveler, Colour, Volume and Tailoring.

View more photos on my Flickr page.

VAMFF - Bridal / Romantic Look

VAMFF – Bridal / Romantic Look

Cherry Fest 2013 – Photos!

Cherry Fest '13 - AC/DC Lane, Melbourne

Cherry Fest ’13 – Cherry Bar, AC/DC Lane, Melbourne

Cherry Fest rocked AC/DC Lane in Melbourne once again. I covered all the action for Everguide and Life Music Media. An eclectic lineup, featuring cherry picked artists, such as; The BellRays (USA), Kadavar (GER), The Powder Monkeys, Chris Wilson’s Crown of Thorns, Hoss, Legends of Motorsport and more!

Check out the live music photos on Flickr and Life Music Media.

The BellRays

The BellRays

Penny Higgs & La-Toyah Asha – Eon Neavou Photoshoots

Penny Higgs & Latoya Asha

Penny Higgs & La-toyah Asha

For the launch of Eon Neavou, a creative production company, I worked with a talented team of Melbourne creatives, to produce two very different fashion photoshoots in one day.

Penny Higgs gallery
The first photoshoot featured model/dancer Penny Higgs (from So You Think You Can Dance) modelling three amazing designer looks styled by Rebecca Kennedy (Style Guru). Shoutout to Christopher & Alexander’s Lighting in St Kilda for the amazing location.
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La-toya Asha gallery
Inspired by the last days of disco at Studio 54, La-toyah Asha modelled three unique looks, styled by Rebecca Kennedy (Style Guru) and hair/make-up by Nicole Webb (and further hair styling by Tammy Tim Tam). Shot on location at Room 680.
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Eon Neavou launching soon – watch this space!

Tina Arena’s Now I Can Dance autobiography

Tina Arena & Ronan Keating

Tina Arena & Ronan Keating – The Plenary, Melbourne

Excited to announce that one of my concert photos is published in Tina Arena’s biography, Now I Can Dance. The photo is of Tina Arena performing with Ronan Keating in 2010, at the very first concert at The Plenary, Melbourne.

I’ve been a long time fan, check out more concert photos that I’ve shot of Tina over the years in my Flickr gallery.

Vote to keep Tina dancing on Dancing with the Stars!

Secret Garden shoot with Jessica ann Cogan

Secret Garden

Jessica wears L.A.M.B by Gwen Stefani

The concept for this photoshoot had been on my mind for sometime, in anticipation of the perfect Spring day. The theme was inspired by the nonchalance of Picnic at Hanging Rock, distinctly Australian, with a modern take on Victorian-era fashion.

The hauntingly beautiful model Jessica ann Cogan brought the shoot to life. Shot on location at Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens during the Spring bloom, the Victorian-era public park provided the perfect backdrop with it’s mix of English flora and Australian gum trees.

I also assumed the role of stylist, sourcing designer pieces with Victorian frills, pussy bows and embroidery, including; L.A.M.B, Fleur Wood, Alannah Hill and vintage shoes.

Check out the photoshoot in my Portfolio and Flickr.

Fashion Aid 2013 – Photos!

Arthur Galan AG

Arthur Galan AG runway – Fashion Aid 2013

Fashion Aid 2013 once again hit Melbourne’s Crown Palladium on Saturday night. I covered the opening for LifeMusicMedia. Stars spotted on the red carpet include; Leo Sayer, Miss Murphy (from The Voice), Brynne Edelsten, Alex Fevola and model La-toyah Asha – whom you’ll see a photoshoot we did shortly! Check out the full gallery.
Fashion Aid 2013

La-toyah Asha, Miss Murphy & Leo Sayer.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2013 – Photos

MSFW 2013 - Nevenka

MSFW – Runway 3 – Nevenka

I covered the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week runway action for the third consecutive year. Capturing the upcoming Spring/Summer looks, from a diverse array of Australian labels, including; Akira Isogawa, Limedrop, Thurley, Wayne Cooper, Arthur Galan AG, Seafolly and We Are Handsome.

My personal highlights were Nevenka’s ethereal embroidered dresses, Christine’s whimsical accessories (Spring Racing anyone?) and the cheeky models seeing out MSFW’s Resort Runway with a bang.

View the photo galleries:
Runway 3 photos on Style Melbourne & LifeMusicMedia.
Resort Runway photos on Style Melbourne & LifeMusicMedia.

MSFW - Christine

MSFW Runway 3 – Christine

MSFW - Maiden Love

MSFW – Resort Runway – Maiden Love

MSFW - Franks

MSFW – Resort Runway – Franks

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Waiting… at The Hotel Windsor

Waiting by Hannah Smith and Michael John Joseph.

Waiting by Hannah Smith and Michael John Joseph.

During my Open House Melbourne adventures, I spotted this poignant performance art piece at The Hotel Windsor, Waiting by Hannah Smith and Michael John Joseph. Performed in the defunct, but historically significant elevator shafts of The Hotel Windsor. Read more about the piece and The Windsor Art Award on the ABC Arts website.

View more photographic highlights from Open House Melbourne.

Rutledge Lane goes blue

Rutledge Lane

New life in Rutledge Lane

Rutledge Lane, off Melbourne’s much famed street art mecca Hosier Lane underwent a makeover this week. Graffiti artist Adrian Doyle had council permission to paint over the existing art in Rutledge Lane with a single colour, blue. The idea was to give emerging street artists a fresh start.

I managed to get a few photos of street artists giving new life to a blue Rutledge Lane.

If you ever travel to Melbourne, make sure you visit Hosier Lane and the adjoining Rutledge Lane to see some of the best examples of street art in the world.

Rutledge Lane

Street artist at work in Rutledge Lane


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