In life, some people are given a BIG heart, plenty of patience and a bucket load of compassion, then they are put on earth to be nurturers,
– always “givers” very rarely “takers”
I recently photographed Marion, she is one of those people! Wife and mother of 4, she is studying her Bachelor Degree in Nursing, and works at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in the Cancer ward. She sees countless people come and go, often fighting the battle of their life, and sadly some loose the “war”. She does a tremendous amount for her family, friends, and patients, and can always be seen raising funds and awareness through her interactions with various cancer campaigns. Young at heart, body and mind it was such a pleasure to photograph her! I was once told that when we leave this life, it is not about the riches we leave behind, but about how we enriched other peoples lives that will be our legacy.
“Marion, you have found your purpose and your blessings in life are due to your giving nature!”
BTW… true to form, instead of heading out for a girly lunch, or night out with hubby after being “glammed” up for the photo shoot, she was off to work to brighten up her patients’ day, and admits that she LOVES what she does! I can only imagine how many “life-stories” have been told to those bright beautiful eyes 😉
I had the pleasure of meeting Deb Smith (from Deb Smith Photography) and Trudi Skinn (from Blue Wattle Photography) during an online workshop called “28 Days” by Sue Bryce, hosted by CreativeLive . These workshops reach audiences far and wide, if you have internet connection, you can enrol. Sue Bryce has reignited 80’s Glamour as a genre for many portrait photographers and studio’s around the world. Her inspirational stories, passion and drive for excellence has been truly inspirational and changed the way I do business. The workshop ran for and entire month, with daily challenges to download and plenty of practicing to be done. Soon thereafter the three of us met for lunch and decided to enter into a ‘work trade’ agreement where we could experiment with various poses we’ve learnt, trail some professional hair and makeup artists, build confidence directing the shoot and most valuable of all, each person got to experience what our clients physically and emotionally go through when they are in front of our cameras for a transformational Glamour photo shoot.
I was to be the first “model” and was photographed by the lovely Trudi Skinn at her studio. I absolutely loved the experience, what more can I say – I love being in front of the camera almost as much as I love being behind it! The last time I had this much fun being photographed, was at my wedding! Thank you Trudi for taking my portrait and making me look and feel on top of the world! A special thanks to Emma for doing my makeup, and to Deb Smith for taking the “Behind the scenes” images included in the promo video.
Want to see more images and read more about it on her BLOG or link to the promo VIDEO
Model: Nadia Marlow Photographed by: Blue Wattle Photography Makeup by: Emma Flemin-Soubrier
Deb Smith photographed Trudi at her studio and I tagged along as assistant to photograph “Behind the scenes” for her . You can view the promo VIDEO and see some more of Trudi’s stunning transformation. It was lovely to see this self-proclaimed “shy introvert” come alive in front of the camera and embrace this opportunity . You can read more about it on Deb’s BLOG
Behind the scenes: Deb Smith transformation
I photographed Deb at my studio in Flagstaff Hill, Adelaide. I was so impressed with Emma’s work when she did my makeup that I asked her to join me for this shoot. Deb and I had a wardrobe consultation prior to her shoot, where we discussed her outfits, the accessories and details around the day.
I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have met and photographed Deb. Her life story is truly inspirational and it was refreshing to work with someone whom has conquered life’s obstacles along the way, takes nothing for granted, live and work with passion and possesses such a beautiful soul. Also, a big THANK YOU for agreeing to be interviewed and sharing your thoughts about this Glamour session with the viewers. I have no doubt this video will resinate with so many woman out there.
Model: Deb Smith Photography by: Nadia Marlow Makeup by: Emma Flemin-Soubrier
“Once you have seen someones beauty, it can never again be unseen”
I had the utmost privilege to photograph Jay, a registered and certified personal trainer/fitness instructor also a force to be reckoned with on the squash courts (South African Junior and Senior colours). Hair up in a pony, shorts/three quarter pants and a shirt, a touch of foundation, bit of mascara and perhaps a splash of colour on her lips (for a special occasion) and this gal is on the go. Being the self proclaimed tomboy she is, all this “faffing” was a first for her.
During the pre-shoot consult we decide on a casual singlet and jeans, and to glam it up just a tad with the black lace bra. The aim was to start with a couple of casual shoots to make her feel relaxed and smiling naturally, which is hard when you’re staring down a photographers lens, reflectors up in your face and an assistant fixing everything from make-up to hair to wardrobe between clicks 🙂
The backlit lingerie images are some of my absolute favourites. It was an extremely bright summers morning and the light was just streaming into the studio. I used my backdrop stands and some old tattered net curtains to diffuse the sunlight and we shot a series of images here that left me totally speechless.
It’s all about You, and all about having FUN with it!
Usually when the client/model 😉 is keen I like to push the boundaries of my comfort zone a bit, and often with ABSOLUTE winners like these! We were going to shoot this outfit on a black/grey background but instead decided last minute to use the raw brick wall in my garage. I wanted moody, dark, hauntingly beautiful images in this dress, and Jay may I say, you rocked the shot!
A special shout out to Natalie Hinksman for doing Jays make-up and assisting with the lifting, carrying, moving, holding, tucking, pulling and all the things assistants do on shoots like these xox