PROM 2018

Prom time is a big deal, not only for the graduating Year 12s, but also for their families, as they celebrate a major milestone. I was very honoured to be front and centre with my camera for Keeley and Henry, Mitch and Hannah, and Reghan and Meg.

Needless to say, they all knocked it out of the park.

My prom did not look like this… haha.

#prom18

KEELEY & HENRY

Toolooa State High

Shoot location: Gladstone Marina

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MITCH & HANNAH

Tannum Sands State High

Shoot location: Tannum Sands Esplanade + Red Carpet

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REGHAN & MEG

Tannum Sands State High

Shoot location: Tannum Sands Esplanade + Red Carpet

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Mother's Day

When Hollie Miers approached me with the idea of getting some photos taken with her gorgeous daughter Lilah, she had something special up her sleeve.

"Lilah and I have been flying solo for the 'best' part of four years since my marriage to her Dad broke down.  Ever since I've been wanting to get some photos taken to hang on our walls, to remind us every day what kind of strong and kick-arse women we are!"

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Cue Hollie's wedding dress:

"When I wore that dress, I truly felt like the most beautiful woman in the world - it was such an amazing gown and seemed crazy it's just been sitting in my wardrobe ever since,  taking up space!"

In an amazing transformation involving feathers, dye, flowers and a skilled dressmaker, Hollie created beautiful new memories out of an old one. 

"Lilah and I are going to dress up in my re-purposed wedding dress, and jump around like fairies in a forest while remembering what actually matters in life!"

We headed into Agnes Water's magical Paperbark Forest, and finished off our afternoon bathed in a glorious sunset at the beach - and in a perfect case of serendipity, the date of our shoot fell one day before Mother's Day!

Thank you Hollie and Lilah.  That was a really special afternoon to be a part of.

xx

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Andie Kids

Organic cotton? Check.  Unisex? Check.  Super comfy? Check.  Cute and classic? Check.  Made in Australia? You bet!

Andie Kids was started by two clever, Melbourne mums, who identified a gap in the market for cool, durable and comfortable unisex streetwear for children.

When the designers, Anna and Steph, sent a few gorgeous pieces up from Melbourne for me to shoot, we hit the beach to give them a thorough Queensland work out.  Needless to say they passed all tests with flying (and gorgeous) colours!

Maggie wears the Robbie Set, and the Sky's the Limit set.

Shop here:  www.andiekids.com.au

Chari Bag by Olli Ella

Beach Cart by The Beach People

 

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Family Business

Hayley Dennis has got a lot of balls in the air ... and she is going to show us how to juggle them!

This amazing business woman, wife and mother has just released her first mini E-book titled "Love and Business - 5 Tips to Stay in Love and Stay in Business".

Working in a very successful and demanding company with her husband, Hayley addresses a situation that more and more families are finding themselves in.  When asked what motivates her she says,  "I love working with my husband, and I love what we have created, but I still feel pulled that there is more that I can do to serve people. "

Taking snaps of this busy mum with her four clever, energetic and gorgeous natured girls, it was clear that, although life is very full, Hayley has ensured that her family is a tight knit group.

"It was simple to see that all of the questions I get asked are all based around the family/work unit and how to make it work successfully.

This has lead me to the path I am on now of helping couples and families in business master strategies and plans to ensure their business and personal lives thrive."

Hayley's book is available to download via her website www.hayleydennis.com  and follow her on Facebook via her page More than a Mum.

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Blow-ins from the Windy City x

These guys chose to swap the sub-zero, winter temps of home in Chicago, for a sun-soaked Christmas in Agnes Water this year.  

Needless to say, beautiful Agnes turned on the charm, providing the perfect backdrop for an impromptu family shoot.

All five of them were absolute naturals in front of the camera, and I can only hope that the memories of long, balmy, summer afternoons on the beach are keeping them warm... now that they're back in the big freeze!

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Beach Babes

Life is busy enough when you're a working mother, yet somehow the very talented Naomi Stubbs finds time amongst her full diary to write for the Australia-wide, Surf Dive n Ski blog.  I caught up with Nomes and her son (little heart-melter, Rossi), on a gorgeous, overcast afternoon at Tannum Beach, to snap some pics for her latest post.

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At home with the Wilczeks

Meet the Wilczeks!

A last minute location change saw us shooting at the Wilczek's beautiful family home in Yeppoon, and it couldn't have been a more ideal location! Between the chooks, the creek, the bikes and the trampoline, I was spoilt for choice, and when gorgeous Ange thrust a glass of wine into my hand, I knew this was my kind of family.

Location:  Yeppoon, Queensland 

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Dingle all the Way

When Grandad's Christmas wish is a calendar featuring photos of his 5 grandchildren, the divine Dingle family made sure it would happen.  We headed to beautiful Canoe Point and got snapping, but with each of these kids more gorgeous than the next, I found it almost impossible to choose my favourite pics, and had to leave that up to their mum!

It's little wonder that Grandad wants to look at this lot on his wall all year round! Such a fun afternoon with an amazing family.  

Merry Christmas Grandad! 

The divine Dingle kids.

The divine Dingle kids.

Daisy and Hattie

Daisy and Hattie

Emma and her girls.

Emma and her girls.

Rock-hoppers

Rock-hoppers

Miss Daisy - a photographer's dream haha xx

Miss Daisy - a photographer's dream haha xx

Stunning Hattie.

Stunning Hattie.

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Not too sure what twins, Daisy and Edward might want for Christmas ...?

Not too sure what twins, Daisy and Edward might want for Christmas ...?

Emma and Brian 

Emma and Brian 

Daisy

Daisy

The boys

The boys

Brothers

Brothers

Sisters

Sisters

Henry

Henry

Beautiful bookworm Martha.

Beautiful bookworm Martha.

Eddie

Eddie

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Areli Lipgloss

An Australia-wide model search was held to find the new face of Areli Lipgloss; a collaboration between Leesa Barr Makeup and activewear label, Areli. 

It was such a pleasure to be asked to shoot the campaign for these amazing brands, and even more so when I met the gorgeous winner, Hollie Miers, who was chosen from hundreds of entries. She totally nailed the Areli vibe, with her active lifestyle, sunny personality and killer smile, and was a complete natural in front of the camera! 

Areli is available via www.leesabarr.com.au or www.arelibyrikkilee.com

Special thanks also goes to Fitlife, Tannum Sands, for their support. 

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Nadurtha

Founder of Nadurtha Body, Verity Wallace, recently approached me, with the challenge of photographing a campaign to help her launch her all natural, organic deodorant overseas.  For this shoot, we couldn't really go past the brand new Honeymoon Chalets at Agnes Water. The sand is literally on the doorstep of these 5 star luxury cabins -  trust me, I'm already planning my next mini break here.  We recruited the super stunning Josie McAullay to round out our team, and she took it to the next level. 

www.nadurtha.com.au

www.agneswaterbeach.com.au

Instagram:  @nadurthabody  @agneswaterbeachholidays  @josiemmcaullay

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Back to Paradise ...

This time of year makes me feel nostalgic for brand shoots on location in my favourite paradise, Great Keppel Island.  I spent some time looking through the 'behind the scenes' pics I'd taken from our trips, shooting for Booty Eco Wear, Renee Loves Francis, Aquacove, Leesa Barr Makeup, and my own label, Bracewell.  These were some of the very best of times, spent with my collaborators, and dear friends, Kirsten Cunningham, Shannae Keiler, Sophia McLaren and Yasmine McGuiness. Couldn't resist posting a few...

Surf Dive n Ski

Brilliant blogger and stylist, Naomi Stubbs invited me to snap some pics for her latest submission to Surf Dive n Ski.

The brief:  One dress transformed into 3 completely different looks using accessories.

Rounding out our team for the afternoon was gorgeous model and all-round babe, Yasmine McGuinnes, and of course there was no better place to shoot than our own backyard (Main Beach, Tannum Sands). 

It's really not work when you get to hang out with these girls ...