Model – Location PhotoShoot

Oh my, it’s hot!  You know it’s hot when at 5am in the morning you’re sweating before throwing gear into the car and the ice in your frozen drink melts within 5 minutes!  That is how my day started on very hot and muggy Sunday morning in January.  Where am I headed at 5am on a Sunday morning?  I’m heading to photograph models represented by Mystique Model Management on location at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and QUT.

A fellow photographer and owner of Mystique Model Management, David met us on our arrival at the Botanical Gardens and we starting scouting our locations and getting set up – we were keen for shade as it was set to be a record breaking heat wave kind of day!  Both David and I are photographing today.  We have 18 models to photograph, nine each and we have two very experienced makeup artists working with us – Morgan of Morgan Leigh Makeup Artistry and Amy Cannon of Beauty and a Beast Makeup Artistry.

All the models outfits have been supplied by multi award winning designer Niki Teljega of Niki Teljega – Fashion Label.

My first model for the day was Holly Priscilla.  Holly’s hair and make up has been applied by Morgan Leigh.  Holly is relatively new in the industry and discovered by David last year when an existing model, already signed with Mystique, encouraged Holly to ring and attend a casting day.  The rest they say, is history.  Holly is an absolute delightful person and a dream model to shoot with.

Holly didn’t hesitate to do anything I asked.  Her first outfit was a gorgeous floor length gold Couture gown, complete with 6 inch heels.  Holly made the gown look even more stunning.  I photographed her standing in amongst trees, branches and leaves, in a clump of bamboo where she was getting eating alive by mozzies (whoever said modelling was a glamorous life, clearly haven’t tried it)

Model Holly Priscilla

Holly Priscilla


Holly’s second outfit was a form fitting little black dress, plunging neckline with a little bling on the waist, it really showed off her figure and allowed me to show off the curve of her body and capture her at beautiful angles  – truly she is every photographer’s dream.  Using the bright green clumps of bamboo as our backdrop made Holly and Niki’s outfit the stars in all my photos.


Holly Priscilla - Model

Holly Priscilla – Model

A little more about Holly: she loves fashion and commercial modelling;  She would like to be seen as an inspiration for women everywhere to be fit and healthy; her dream is to become an ambassador for a large fitness brand, as she loves to travel her goal is to combine traveling to exoctic places with shooting on fashion assignments.

In my opinion Holly is well on her way to achieving these goals and will be an international model to look out for in the future.

Stay tuned for more adventures of the day in future blogs.

Until next week,



In Front of the Lens – My Glamour session

In March this year I blogged “Exist in photos for your children” after watching Sue Bryce, and got more than I bargained for in the process.

As a women’s glamour photographer I am always behind the lens, taking the shots and guiding women in their posing to get those amazing shots and to help make them feel good about themselves.  Last weekend I chose, a little reluctantly, to put myself in their situation and get in front of the lens.

A photographer and good friend of mine, Vikki, who runs La Dee Dah Portraits agreed to “shoot me”.  Vikki creates these beautiful classic Hollywood glamour style portraits and I really love her work and wanted a photo of me like this.  For those who know me personally know I have lots of internal struggles including weight and self love, so this was extremely nerve raking, but remembering Sue’s comments from March I was determined to push through.

Last Saturday, amongst a group of good friends (who just also happen to be photographers) I got my glam on, with makeup and pampering by Tami of Dr Dread.  Then it was time for Vikki to take over – Wow getting in front of the camera is hard and those poses – yep ok I get it now.  The experience was daunting, I was so nervous every time the camera came up I froze.  In my head I was trying to get the pose down and that just made Vikki’s job a whole lot harder, it was hard to relax and be guided and give that trust to someone else.

Vikki had a tough job.  I was not an easy “client” but in the end she was able to break down the barriers and get some beautiful photos.

Now viewing the photos is a whole other realisation, initial thoughts that run through are, ‘oh my – is my face really that round’,  but then something happens and you overlook all the imperfections and just take in the beauty, of yourself.  For me I never realised how beautiful my eyes, actually seemed to smile.  It took these photos to show me that.

I now know how my clients feel and I appreciate the experience more.  The lesson is to share that trust and to find within yourself the beauty that we all have. “Be your own kind of Beautiful”.  Not just a phrase, but a way of thought.  Be proud of who you are, always.

Thank you Vikki for your time, patience and the beautiful photos.  I am forever grateful. x

Hollywood Glamour

Hollywood Glamour

My Fav Glamour Photo - A much softer side of me

My Fav Glamour Photo – A much softer side of me

Until next week.


Merry Christmas

We are getting closer to Christmas and today’s blog, well it is not really a blog – It is a gift.

To all of my present and past clients and readers I want to give you a gift, A makeover and Photoshoot plus a 8″ x 12″ print all for just $100 (worth $325).  l want you to come and Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

My Xmas Gift to You

My Xmas Gift to You

The small print – this voucher is valid for bookings on Saturday’s for the month of January and February and must be booked and paid prior to 31 January 2014.

Merry Christmas, stay safe and enjoy time with loved ones.


Spring has Sprung

Spring is here – the weather is warming up, the doona gets pushed aside, you sleep with your feet out of the covers, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, the parks are full of ducklings and assorted chicks, the cat wakes up and wants out and the snakes are on the move, all sure signs that we are now in Spring.

Birds are Back

Birds are Singing – It must be Spring

Flowers in Springtime

Flowers in Springtime

It is time to pull out those cute colourful dresses, organise a pedicure and slip on those comfy sandals that have been in the back of your cupboard for the last few months.

I love this time of year, it inspires creativity, clean ups, clean outs, an excuse for new clothes or shoes or both oh I could go on and on.

Spring 2013 looks like a return to pastel colours, floral and girly-girl styles – my kind of trends.

Pastels and Pattern Dresses are back

Pastels and Pattern Dresses are back

I sat down with Meg from Chanc3Industries and asked her some for some inside goss and tips on the makeup for Spring, here is a little bit from our chat.

Meg, what are you seeing as the make up trends for this season?

“Make up trends for Spring 2013 are following the lead set by the major fashion houses reflecting the faces on the catwalk, fresh and flirty with a touch of grunge glamour”

Can you describe a feature look for the season?

“A big look of the season is pink in bright fun shades and lots of it!   The key to nailing this trend is to focus on one area (eyes, lips or cheeks) in an eye-catching shade of pink leaving the rest of the face matte and fresh for maximum effect without over doing it, keep hair simple and team with a powder blue dress for blondes or pale lemon for brunettes.”

Pink is In!

Pink is In!

I believe Retro is back, have you seen or heard anything?

“Yes it has made an appearance however rather than the 50’s inspired look that has been featured the past few years big name labels such as Moschino and Louis Vuitton have opted for a mod 60’s inspired look.  This doesn’t mean ditching the cat eye but making your lines thicker and the addition of twiggy like bottom lash lines will give you a more on trend guise.  White eyeliner is also a red hot way to emulate this trend.  Hair is also following this trend with a modern take on the beehive and lots of volume.”

Twiggy Style Makeup  Image from Tumblr

Twiggy Style Makeup
Image from Tumblr

Grunge was always associated with the post party panda eyes, is this what is coming back?

“Oh yes, I remember those panda eyes, however there is no need to fret – Grunge glamour being redefined by houses such as Diane Von Hurstenberg and Versace who featured their models with a neutral lid smudged with kohl on the bottom lash line.  This look is simple to achieve at home simply apply kohl or powder liner to bottom lash line and blend.  Keep the rest of the base neutral and matte concentrating on contouring the cheek bones and hair tousled and carefree.”

Lastly is there anything else coming back?

“Lashes are back!  Spring sees the return of big, voluminous statement lashes.  When wearing dramatic lashes aim to keep the rest of your make up simple with neutral eyes (think shades of gold or bronze with a metallic element or soft pastel colours with a well-defined lash line) and a nude lip to avoid the drag queen effect.  The key to this look is more is less to achieve a graceful doe-eyed appearance.”

Lashes are Back!

Lashes are Back!

Thanks, Meg for taking the time to chat with me, there is sure to be a look for everyone this springtime.

Meg from Chanc3Industries Photo from a recent maternity shoot

Meg from Chanc3Industries
Photo from our recent maternity shoot

All these new trends have given me some wonderful creative spring-look ideas that I’m keen to see transformed in photo sessions.

Stay tuned for the finished products.

Until next week.


Studio shoot with Kristin

For the last 3 months I have been so busy writing with the intention of you getting to know me a little better that I neglected to share this photo session with you.   After all my blogs are not just about me, they are also about the amazing and wonderful people that I meet though my photography.

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Kristin, a lovely young lady who is currently studying to be a registered nurse and has taken up modelling in her free time.  It was to be a fun shoot and we decided on a theme of casual glamour.

I called upon the lovely and talented Meg of Chanc3Industries to do Kristin’s makeup and hair and then we headed into the studio for this session

Here are some of my favourite images from the day.  Enjoy

You are Beautiful

Black and White Beauty

Glamour Photographer

Just standing here looking Glamorous

I am Beautiful – Don’t mess with me!

Glamour Photographer

Kristin – Natural Glamour


Kristin – You are Beautiful
Natural Glamour

Kristin  My personal favourite from the day

My personal favourite from the day

If you would like to book your own shoot, I would love to hear from you.

Until next week.


What is Glamour Anyway???

What do you think of when I say that I am a Glamour Photographer, do you think I photograph Models or Magazine cover girls?

It may surprise you to know that what I do is photograph real women – yes REAL. Women like you and I. Women who don’t always feel like we are slim, trim and attractive yet we also have features and assets we are wishing to enhance.

The Lovely Aisha

The Lovely Aisha

Glamour photography is not photography and photo-shopping which leaves you looking like a Barbie doll. Glamour photography is photographing you in a way that will define your best features and allow your inner beauty to shine. I like to say glamour photography is capturing you, at your best, naturally.

Aisha - Naturally beauty captured with emotion

Aisha – Naturally beauty captured with emotion

Did you know women such as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Naomi Campbell and Ava Gardner are known as our most famous glamour icons. Now even though all these women are famous, they were not always considered glamorous. They embraced their beauty and developed a very classical look and style. It was only then that the world saw them as glamorous. These amazing women (and many others) captivated us all and made glamour photography desirable.

Nicky - A Classic Glamour Shot with a Modern Edge

Nicky – A Classic Glamour Shot with a Modern Edge

On further digging I uncovered the history of glamour and I was surprised to learn that glamour was originally said to be a spell cast by a witch to make somebody see things in a different way. Interesting, don’t you think?

I am not a witch who will cast a spell over you so that you see yourself in a different way, I am a glamour photographer with a passion for capturing you as you’ve never been photographed before. Let’s embrace glamour and love it and most importantly allow me to photograph you how others see you, beautiful and classically glamorous.

Nicky - Showing the Makeup and Hair - How Beautiful

Nicky – Showing the Makeup and Hair – How Beautiful

Aisha - Beautiful, Emotive, Stunning

Aisha – Beautiful, Emotive, Stunning

Until next week,


A You Are Beautiful Shoot with Tanya

Recently I photographed the beautiful Tanya with a You are Beautiful experience package.

It was such an honour to shoot this lovely person who has a heart of gold. Tanya is a wife and Mum to two gorgeous boys, a photographer and also a good friend.

Together, Tanya and I chose her outfits and matched some special jewellery pieces before Melinda Gavin applied her beautiful makeup and hair style. This was Tanya’s chance to sit back and enjoy a wonderful pampering session to complete the You are Beautiful experience.

Getting our Glam on

Getting our Glam on

With Tanya all ‘glammed’ up we headed into the studio for our photoshoot.

After the You are Beautiful experience I asked Tanya to share her thoughts and feelings about the session.  Tanya told me that she had so much fun and was surprised just how comfortable she felt at all times during our session.



Tanya then shared with me how she felt when she first saw her photos: “For the first time ever I’ve looked at myself in a photo and said “Wow”, I look pretty. I love them so much I can’t stop looking at them.  Everyone who see’s them thinks they are amazing and my Dad loved one photo so much it bought tears to his eyes.”

Tanya - You are Beautiful

Tanya – You are Beautiful

Black and White Beauty

Black and White Beauty

This is why I love what I do, making people see and feel how beautiful they truly are.

Tanya - You are Beautiful

Tanya – You are Beautiful

To book your You are Beautiful photography experience with Solo Images Photography please contact me on 0421 279 213.