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Dive In!

I've written before about collaborations with and work I've done for my friend Leah's business The Aquarium Vintage & Costume. She's got a brick-and-mortar store on High Street in Northcote, Melbourne, as well as an Etsy Shop that I've been doing heaps of catalogue work for (and been meaning to write about... you can see some of that work here.) Recently we collaborated on a super fun project that I'm very excited to share. 

Leah approached me with some imagery ideas that she wanted to achieve for a website overhaul, involving mermaids, beach vibes and fantasy hair & makeup. In addition to being a vintage queen and fancy dress enthusiast (to put it lightly), Leah is also a FANTASTIC stylist. Her creativity, attention to detail and ability to effortlessly mix patterns, fabrics and accessories into one cohesive look is incredible to me.

Using pieces from her shop, her personal collection, and some wigs and accessories from Rose Chong Costumiers, Leah created 6 different looks that we photographed on a beach down in Sorrento, Victoria. 

Look #1: Mer-Queen

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Look #2: Sequinned Siren

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Look #3: Catch Of The Day

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Look #4: Goldfishie

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Look #5: Pretty Pirate

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Look #6: Rock Lobster

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Now I gotta give credit where credit is due. We had a fantastic team for this shoot, put together by the one and only Leah Brimblecombe, stylist, business owner of The Aquarium Vintage & Costume, and all-around babe.

Model: Tamzen Hayes

Makeup: Jordan Hallewell

Wig Styling: Rose Chong Costumiers

Assistants: Heidi Valkenberg & Lucy Scriven

Photography: Karin Locke 

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FoWo Fam

There is a little bar in Collingwood called Forgotten Worlds. Well, there WAS.

My friends Graeme and May opened the place in an old pawn shop three years ago after designing and building it from scratch and filling it with arcade machines. My partner Jason and I helped to build the exterior of the log cabin toilets in the courtyard right before I disappeared into central Queensland for 2 months.

It didn't take long for Forgotten Worlds to amass a loyal group of regulars and create a buzzing social hub for gamers, music nerds, artists and bar flies, who affectionately nicknamed the place "FoWo." After deciding that they'd done what they set out to do, May and Graeme sold the business in December. It is a major understatement to say that Forgotten Worlds has been a big part of my life for the past three years, and it was an honour to be able to occupy the walls for their very last art exhibition with a portrait series I'd been working on, entitled "FoWo Fam." 

Forgotten Worlds has also been a big part of the lives of each and every person I included in this series. Apart from Graeme and May, these people were strangers to me three years ago, and now I consider all of them to be my friends. 

To make this portrait series, I insisted on spending time with and photographing my subjects somewhere other than Forgotten Worlds. I knew these people from Forgotten Worlds, I saw these people almost solely at Forgotten Worlds, and I wanted to get to know all of them outside of Forgotten Worlds. Where else do they spend their time? What else do they do in their lives? 

This has all been such an experience. I found myself in places I didn’t expect, with people I knew on such a base level, learning things and growing friendships. I’m grateful to everyone who allowed me to photograph them and invade their lives, but most of all I’m grateful to Graeme and May for being the glue that holds all of us together. This portrait series really is a tribute to you two.

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Jacquie for The Aquarium

It's been a while since I've done any fashion/editorial style work, and I was craving it this month. I've been shooting a lot of corporate events and keeping busy with my Awkward Portraits side project, neither of which are really all that blog-worthy (I've written about Awkward Portraits a few times in the past). But the other week I was feeling like I needed a change of pace, so I contacted my friend Leah at The Aquarium Vintage & Costume in Northcote to see if she had any items that she needed photographed for her online store. Leah hooks me up with all sorts of awesome clothing for Awkward Portraits, and even hosted us in May for a day of Awkward "Pet-raits," so I felt like giving back.

Leah told me she was looking for something "colourful and fun" so I grabbed a bag of some cute 80s apparel off her and headed home. My friend Jacquie agreed to be my model for the day, so I slapped on my 50mm and we went for a wander. Here are some of the colourful and fun snaps captured that day.

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Stefanie

What a busy year it's been! In between video projects for These Vices and Apparition Media, Awkward Portraits sessions, and a whole heap of food photography & web design for Trippy Taco, I scored a few gems such as this headshot session with Stefanie.

I've said it before: I LOVE to photograph musicians. Stefanie Dingnis is a freelance Mezzo Soprano, violinist and voice teacher and such a lovely gal. We were put in touch by our mutual friend Evan of Forest Collective, and we met by the Yarra on one of the first hot days of summer for an hour of wandering around and shooting. 

I just wanted to share a few of the portraits we created on that day. Enjoy!

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Turtle Jones

I love to photograph musicians. Especially when said musicians are my friends. It’s been about a month since this photo shoot happened, and I’ve been looking forward to sharing these photographs since.

The thing about photographing musicians is, usually they have something in mind. Usually it’s a base concept, idea, or a style, and there’s nothing more fun than collaborating with a fellow creative, brainstorming and building upon an initial concept up to a finished product.

Turtle Jones is the alter ego of Jules Gregory, a very good friend of mine. He’s a super talented musician, MC, producer, and all around nice guy. He came to me wanting some promo shots, and starting with a pretty broad idea we workshopped it down to these moody portraits. I especially love the one with the pirate ship. Thanks for the opportunity to get creative and take some great photos Turtle!

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