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Portrait Project – 15/52

This weekend I had another opportunity to take portraits of fashion models at an event. It was at Hustle&Scout twilight fashion market, at the Forage, in Canberra. The difference to the ‘traditional’ fashion event was, these models were draped in food. Working together with make up artists, hair stylists and stylist they created different themes to ‘dress’ the models in seasonal local produce (fruits and vegetables), and baked goods, like bread.

The styling and all the behind-the-scene prep before the photo shoot was done right there on the floor in front of us the public, so we could witness how they created the look from the beginning to end.



I did not get the chance to see the final look of everyone, because I had only limited time and there were still many things to see around there. From high-end vintage clothing,  to accessories and other fashion items, all by Australian designers were featured there. It’s a shoppers/fashionista paradise.

There were other models in the building, wearing real clothes this time, who rocked the vintage look and looking gorgeous while walking amongst us mere mortals.

vintage lounge - Hustle&Scout, The forage

I love the challenge of taking portraits at an event such as this one. There were many people at the event, I had to carefully time my shot so that my subjects could stay as the main focus, not blocked by anyone, and sharp. This means I had to maintain the shutter speed fast to get the shot. The lighting was not consistent in the venue, so I set my ISO setting to ISO Auto. It kept me from fiddling around and changing ISO every time the lighting changed.

This really was a great event. I’m looking forward for the next one. Click here to see other photos of the Forage.


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the party gig

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to do another gig, which was to document a special birthday party. I was excited for this gig, because this type of photography, lifestyle photography, is exactly what I aim to specialise in my photography services.

I love this type of people photography because I love taking portraits of people. Period. And this type of people photography, it’s all about documenting real-life events, which tend to have more emotional value to those involved. It’s about documenting personhood and family life. It celebrates connections, life milestones, personality, sentiments, and natural pieces of life. Birthday party is one of the best life events in a person’s life for me to capture. Especially for milestone years, usually family members are putting more effort in making them extra special, and it would be even better if the whole thing is properly documented so that you can look back and re-live the celebration, remembering the fun memories and treasure other things that happen in the party that you don’t get to see at the party.

This party was taken place in The Scented Rose Garden and Teahouse in Bungendore, NSW. It’s a beautiful outdoor place surrounded by flower garden. The weather was perfect, everybody was well dressed and happy to be there. Everything was, dare I say it, picture perfect. Indeed.

Here are a couple of photos of the joint. It’s a beautiful place with many interesting details to capture.

Here is the birthday man! Did I mention that it was a surprise party? Well, in the end he kinda suspect something was up (it’s hard to hide all the cars parking outside the teahouse), but he was surprised to see how many people actually showed up. Including relatives from other city.

Everybody had a great time, eating and drinking …

..and game playing..and other merry-making.

It was a long day. But it was a great day. The party had ended, but the memory should stay with us as long as we want it, (hopefully) thanks to the pictures I took that day!

Again, Happy 50th, H!

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  • yasmine ft dörr02/11/2013 - 8:09 pm

    love love it! you have successfully transported me to that event itself, it’s as if i was personally there! bagus!!!…ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]02/11/2013 - 9:28 pm

      Waaaaks!!! What a nice thing to say … Thanks for this, maaaak! Meant a lot…xReplyCancel

  • Cindy12/11/2013 - 2:37 pm

    This blog is too pretty, I like looking at all those faces! You’ve found yourself another follower <3ReplyCancel