So I've been trying to work with Jaye Wolfe of Fabled and True again for some time, but she's so busy, and I'm so busy...but finally we got ourselves together and organised a shoot! Jaye's dresses are sublime, innocent confections of vintage lace and tiny flowers. Her precise pattern matching and perfectly simple lines save the dresses from being too girly, and the quality of construction means she is in high demand from both clients and fashion photographers.
I was lucky enough to meet Jaye when I was studying; I handed out cards at the Brisbane Young Designer's Market, and Fabled and True was one of my first ever paying clients. I took this verrry seriously, and spent far too many hours in editing!! I learnt so much from the shoot, it really was one of the first projects I shot and edited in my own style, and not to try and please my teachers. For this reason it is still one of my favourite shoots ever, and I've included my favourite photo from the set here.
This time I also got to work with Jaye's wonderful sister Kellie, who does beautiful Vintage inspired hair and makeup as Vintage Belles. A lot of my work ends up being brightly coloured and very strong, I have a serious addiction to colour, but I don't like getting stale in my work. For this shoot I wanted to move away from the brightly coloured, dramatically lit studio work and play with natural light. Kellie's work is perfect for this; her youthful, innocent 60s inspired hair and makeup is perfect for summery days and picnics in the park!
The theme for this shoot was a Garden Party, so I wanted something very elegant and English summer...Newfarm Park in Brisbane's golden winter sunlight was perfect for what I was trying to achieve. When we arrived on Saturday morning, late roses were still blooming, a few soccer games were in progress, and we found a quiet cul de sac to park Kellie's blush pink holden 'Lucille' in, overhung with scarlet poinsettia and palm fronds. Unfortunately there was also an icy wind blowing, and we all shivered through the day; I was very lucky Jaye's lovely gentleman husband lent me his coat, as I'd only brought a light jacket....it wasn't this cold in Annerley!!!
The three ladies we were photographing were very brave; although the dresses are so pretty they are definitely summer frocks, and the ladies had to shelter in warm coats in between shots.Ellyza was up first, and got the worst of it; we sat on the grass and played with a box brownie and the glowing sunlight before moving to pose with a beautiful old fig, and have a few minutes with Lucille.
Then Paula was up; this lovely lady had been waiting to shoot with me for quite some time, and the results for me are well worth the wait! Posing with roses, going for a wander to the beautiful bandstand in Newfarm Park, and having some pinup fun with Kellie's beautiful car...I only wish I could show you the whole set!
Jodie was up last; by now it had warmed up a lot and we could relax and amble around the park without our jackets. The sun was a bit higher by now, so we got creative with a beautiful parasol Jaye had brought, and the shade from a grand old spreading tree. Jodie had never done any pinup, and I love introducing people to Vintage styles, especially when the results are this good!!
I can't finish off the post before saying a big thank you to my wonderful sister Rosie. Many, many times she comes along to mind my youngest son so I can work, with such patience and kindness. She often has to take time out of her busy life, take public transport and hang out in a park, cafe or at my house, while I muck around with cameras and Charlie tries to throw dirt in her hair. I would not be able to do half the things I do without her help, and I appreciate her more than I can ever put into words!! Love you heaps Rosie!!
Now I'm off to prepare for this week.....a shoot with Renee Steele tomorrow, fashion work for Dark Horse accessories on Wednesday and some more small business work on Thursday! Phew! Lets hope I can pull it all off....