Recently I was contacted by an up and coming model to shoot her portfolio. The lovely Breannen had made it through the internet submission for Australia’s Next Top Model and was due to submit a portfolio for the face to face interview. We chose to do this shoot on location at Mt Tamborine Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens are such a beautiful place with loads of different scenic areas at your figure tips, it is the perfect place for a shoot like this.
On meeting Brea (as she prefers to be known) I was struck by her warm and inviting smile, she looks and acts a little bit of a tomboy but it didn’t take me long to discover her “girly” side. The day was overcast and the light was just magic for these photos. As we start Brea has a fresh face (little to no makeup) for her profile pics needed for her upcoming submission. The green garden backdrop at the front of the Gardens was just perfect against her white tshirt and jeans.
After a clothing change and make up (applied by Ebony), Brea was set to go to our next location within the Botanical Gardens, we wandered down the garden path with the lakefront gazebo in our sights. The aqua dress Brea is wearing compliments perfectly her lovely skin and long dark hair, which is apparent in the photos I am capturing.
Our last outfit for the morning was a striking red gown with a red beaded headpiece, she looked like Xena, a warrior princess, naturally we found a location to bring out the best in Brea and the dress.
As I am photographing I am getting to know a little about Brea. Brea had a difficult childhood, coming from a broke home, a father who was interested in things other than Brea. Brea was lucky enough she had a mum who was always there for her and loved her greatly. Brea’s difficulties didn’t stop there, unfortunately she was also bullied at School, for being one of the boys. Brea dreamed of being a model, she had a passion for being in front of the camera, with all the troubles within her life it was hard for her to believe that she could achieve her goals.
When watching the last season of Australia’s Next Top Model Brea found herself relating to one contestant, she was one of the boys, lacked social skills and confidence in herself. Brea saw so much of herself in this person and watched as she grew and succeeded, Brea knew deep down it was the right time to follow her dream.
Since our shoot Brea has heard back from the selection team at Australia’s Next Top Model, unfortunately due to her height she hasn’t made it to the next step. Irrespective of the decision of the selection team Brea will continue to push forward and pursue her dream into the modelling industry. I wish her all the best, I know my camera and I love her and I see big things in her future.
Until next week.