Family Portrait

We had a housewarming not too long ago to christen our new Ponsonby home. As a joke I thought it would be quite funny to have a classic styled family portrait of Fergus, Cam and myself. We set up a studio, put on our best clothes and huddled close for the photo. I printed it at Endemic world in Ponsonby. They sell all these amazing prints and artworks by NZ artists, I love their stuff! It now hangs proudly above our mantlepiece in the living room. 

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Kenny is a unique person. She's fiercely intelligent, a solid feminist and a brilliant performer. She's studying gender studies and performance studies and is a big advocator for sexual health and abuse victims. She's been in the news a bit lately and I was reading these articles from New Zealand, thinking about how awesome she is for speaking so openly about her experience of abuse. It takes guts and a big support network to speak so candidly and I'm really happy she is helping shake things up in Sydney's college culture. When I was in Sydney our schedules aligned and we made this portrait series together. I have been thinking a lot about what art I make and what I want to say as an artist. I really care about the Feminist movement and love to showcase brilliant women being themselves, and am still experimenting with showcasing characters and stories that are an extension of this. Kenny and I hung out one Sunday night, I had just been at a big all day shoot and she was preparing to go travelling overseas the next day. We were both a bit scattered and had racing minds and were probably a little sleep deprived, but maybe this is when the magic happens. We played around with the concepts of femininity, woman-hood, Kenny's wardrobe and with the random bits of fruit and flowers I brought with me. The resulting images are so varied and I love them. 

SOPHIA | Portrait

Sophia and I met at uni and I think she's a 10/10 human. She's intelligent, funny, bold and beautiful. I love her honesty and intelligence. For this shoot, we decided to have some retro vibes and natural lighting. We started planning on Pinterest and set the date. Sophia provided all her own outfits, did her makeup and I helped with the back of her hair (it's always the hardest part!). She used a mini hair straightener like this which was so effective at getting really tight curls in short hair. 

These pictures were taken during the last weekend in my old place in Sydney. I loved this apartment, it had beautiful light, a garden and a small studio out the back. I always loved my bedroom during the day because I had these sheer curtains that filtered the light beautifully. I always wanted to shoot in my bedroom and I was really inspired by a shoot by Sue Bryce so I thought let's just go for it. Sophia was very trusting and I am in love with every image. 

Hope your enjoy!