Time flies when you're having fun. I've been really preoccupied with a side project of mine that's become nearly full time, hence the lack of blog posts in the past three months. I last wrote about my Awkward Portraits project almost a year ago, and it's been on a slow burn ever since.
The first half of 2014 saw a few little events here and there, including a quick sojourn up to Sydney for a 30th birthday party, and 2 epic parties at Forgotten Worlds in Collingwood for Valentines Day and Christmas in July. Later, in August and September, I took part in 2 instalments of the boutique party fair known as Confetti Fair, and brought on board my amazing partner Jason to help with the heavy lifting. (Turns out he's also a real charmer, and looks damn good in a vintage 3 piece suit.)
Confetti Fair Melbourne took place at the Arts House Meat Market, an incredible old heritage building in North Melbourne that's been repurposed as an arts & event venue. What a cool space! It was an all day thing, with setup starting at 10am and teardown at 10pm, but Jason and I had a blast dressing people up, posing them and making prints for our happy customers on the spot.
After the success of Melbourne, Claire and the Confetti Fairies asked us if we'd venture up to Sydney for the next instalment there. I didn't think venues got much cooler than the Meat Market, but I was wrong! We arrived at Fairground Follies after flying in that morning, to discover that it's a fully functional circus and carnival museum, full of carousels, vintage rides and music machines. There was even a popup wedding happening at the Fair that day, and the entire wedding party came over and had some fun with us!
Confetti Fair was such a great experience for our little business. It prompted me to branch out from my personal brand and create business cards, a website, Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter accounts just for Awkward Portraits. The lovely ladies at Confetti Fair were even nice enough to put up a little interview with us on their blog, which you can read here.
What's next for Awkward Portraits? We're SO excited to announce that we will be a part of the One Day Shopping Festival at Melbourne Central on 26 November, as well as select dates over the course of December. You can find us in Shot Tower Square from 10am to 10pm on November 26, and on Level 2 for the following dates and times:
Fri 5th December: 3pm – 9pm
Sat 6th December: 11am – 5pm
Sun 7th December: 11am – 5pm
Fri 12th December: 3pm – 9pm
Sat 13th December: 11am – 5pm
Sun 14th December: 11am – 5pm
Fri 19th December: 3pm – 9pm
Can't wait to see all your smiling faces and double chins at Melbourne Central! In the meantime, follow our awkward adventures on social media, and check out the Awkward Portraits website.