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Urban Tropicana – Floral Bikini Creation

Urban Tropicana - Floral bikini creation with Julia Rose and Katrina Cram Photography

{Urban Tropicana – Floral Bikini Creation}

A floral bikini with an urban tropicana feel was the inspiration behind this stunning creation by floral artist Julia Rose. Vivid colours of pink, orange and green helped to emphasis the theme. It was a pleasure working with such a great team of talented artist for this shoot. The Bikini consisted of mini roses, green button chrys, snap dragons and asparagus fern.

Team credits:
Model: Jessica Cavallaro
Venue: Babalou
Headwear: Komorebi Bride
Make up: Sugar Mobile Make up
Flowers floral Concept: Flowers by Julia Rose
Assistant: Erin from Shoot the Groom

 

Urban Tropicana – Floral Bikini Creation with Julia Rose and Katrina Cram Photography

 

Features, media and mentions: Images have been featured on Wedding flowers by Julia Rose’s blog

 

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DRAGDOLL Cosmetics with Chelsi Hair + Makeup

{DRAGDOLL Cosmetics with Chelsi Hair + Makeup}

I had the privilege to photography this talented woman’s creative styling and her DRAGDOLL cosmetics a couple of times now here in my studio. It’s always a lot of fun with Chelsi and her team. One of the shoots was with a camera friendly snake as it was not the fist time I had worked with snakes before I loved it as the snake added great texture to complemented Chelsi’s creative styling with the makeup.

Wanting to branch out to create a unique & professional space catering for everybody and that being the driving force behind this 20 year old hair and makeup artist’s business; Chelsi who specialises in all hair services, technique cutting & colouring, specialised makeup SFX and hair extensions is the owner/operator of two hairdressing salons in Tugun QLD and Kingscliff NSW along with her vegan cosmetics range – DRAGDOLL.

Starting with a hairdressing apprenticeship Chelsi then moved on to a diploma of specialised makeup and has now been in the business for six years.

I asked Chelsi what did she find most challenging about your job?

“Always finding the next thing that can make your service totally different and impressive to the standard.” was her reply.

Chelsi runs her business full time and loves having the opportunity to make people feel sexy on the inside & outside she says.

I asked Chelsi what made you decide to utilise my photography services? she said:

“Katrina & I did a collaboration together, I loved the images so I continued to use her skills to promote my business & cosmetics line. I highly recommend working with Katrina, especially for studio shoots. Her set up is professional, spacious & she provides top quality work.”

You can find Chelsi and her DRAGDOLL cosmetics range through the above links via Facebook and on Instagram here: @chelsihairmakeup

DRAGDOLL cosmetics by Chelsi

DRAGDOLL cosmetics by Chelsi

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Lady in Red

Lady in Red

When asked what looks she wanted this budding young model replied with “something fashion like” for her second look she decided to leave it up to us.

I have said it before and I will say it again, I have the privileged to work with some of the most talented artist in our beautiful area and for this shoot my team consisted of the ever talented Amanda (make up artist) and Kendal  (hair stylist).

For Paige’s shoot I wanted to show 2 sides of her and thought having 2 completely opposite looks would be a lot of fun but keeping both looks with a fashion feel.

Look 1: A sleek natural minimalistic studio session

Look 2: A red theme based on big messy hair and bold makeup and of course lots and lots of red fabric, 6 meters in fact.

About the Model Paige Sundell:

I’m 21 and have been modelling since I was 16, I love that modelling allows me to be someone else for the day I love the transformations and the confidence it give me. At present I am signed with Reeder model management.

I love both my looks but look two was incredible, so much time went into the hair and make up which looked amazing, having material fashioned into a dress was something I have never I have never worked with before so it was a great experience. I really enjoyed myself during the shoot I would have to say that it was one of the best I have done so far, it was a lot of fun.

The thing I love the most about creative shoots is the finished product. There is so much time put into them it and it shows, the end products look awesome. I loved working with Katrina she made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera all of her ideas for the shoot were awesome and creative. I would recommend her to anyone wanting creative images for their portfolio.  She is great to work with.

About the Makeup artist Amanda Larsen Makeup Artistry:

I have only been doing makeup for about 3 years now. I started in Vancouver, Canada and then decided to make the move to Australia I love working with such talented and inspirational people. Also the creativity behind it all, I love seeing the reactions of my clients after a makeover.

I loved doing this shoot. Doing two completely different looks in different locations, one being in studio and the other on location, it was a lot of fun. I love doing creative shoots because you get to step out of your comfort zone a little bit and be a little messy. I love being able to transform someone into a look that tells a story and working with a team that can make that happen.

Katrina is an amazing person and photographer to work with. She has great ideas and when she gets an idea in her head she makes sure to find a way for it to come to life for her to capture it!

You can find me on Facebook at Amanda Larsen Makeup Artistry and on Instagram under: amandasmobile_makeup

About the Hair stylist Kendal Watts:

I have been hairdressing now for 10years now and my favorite part of my job would be the creativity and being able to completely change someone’s look by something simple as a blowdry or to a avant guard fantasy look. This year I plan on entering the Australian hairdresser journal awards (AHJA) I wold love to win one of these awards, so fingers crossed.

I loved the shoot we did there were two completely different looks, the model was great and looked stunning in both. I thought this shoot, it was lots of fun! It was taken in the studio then on location. It was amazing to see the look have such an effect being shot in a deserted quarry. I love creative shoots because it’s fun to step out of the salon and get play and style hair for looks you don’t get to create everyday.

Working with Katrina was great! She is an amazing photographer, fun to work with and really knows how to get amazing shots.

You can fine me on Instagram under:  kendal_wattshair

 

Along with the help of my two assistants Claire and Kahleah it was a fantastic day.

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The hair for look 1: For the hair I did a sleeked back low bun. I achieved this by pulling the hair back into a low pony tail then separated the pony tail into two, then with one section I back combed the hair all the way so it made like a padding then I pinned that into shape for the bun with the remaining hair I wrapped that around the padding to create a smooth low bun.
The makeup for look 1: I used very minimal makeup to make the model look natural. I did a bit of contouring to enhance her facial structures.

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The hair for look 2: For look two I went for a smoothed out root with tight Afro curl on the ends complete opposite from roots to ends a avant guard look , this was achieved by smoothing out the root putting in a center part then by using the rounded ends of two coat hangers to create a long u shape I then wrapped the hair in a figure 8 around the hangers crimped over it with a GHD straightener to heat the hair around the hanger once cooled it creates a tight zig zag shape that I brushed out to create massive volume on the ends.
The makeup for look 2: The second look was an avant grade look which was really fun to do. I first blockec out the models freckles, including her arms and chest. I then did really heavy contouring in red under her cheekbones and dark smokey eye with red lips to finish the look.

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Did you like Paige’s photo shoot? I would love to hear what you thought by leaving your comment below.

In the Studio with Mercer

A Little while ago now I had the pleasure to work with Tara from Mercer again in my studio. This time modelling for me was three stunning beauties.

Models: Chantel, Bridie and Zia

Make up and Styling: Mercer_

Clothing and accessories: Miek Australia

 

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Photographing Laurence

When I first met Laurence I immediately fell in love with her complete honest rawness. As a photographer it is hard to find someone who is so  comfortable in their own skin. Laurence is a budding young photographer and model, I have had the opportunity to photography this quirky young woman and we sat down to have a chat:

K – Hi Laurence, thanks for chatting with me today.

K – Tell me about your name?

L – My name is Laurence de Maere d’Aertrijcke. I have a long name due to my Belgian heritage, I was born in Belgium and Moved to Australia in 2001. It is a very feminine name in French, and quite common. The French masculine version is Laurent.

K – How old are you?

L – I am 20 years young.

K – When did you find the love of photography?

L – I started to take photos at a very young age, my first camera was a small benq brand point and shoot and I took it everywhere with me. Through high school, I ended up taking thousands of photographs, even if they weren’t very good I learned a lot.

In my chosen subjects I decided to join the photography class, I learned about black and white film and developing it myself, as well as editing photographs manually in the dark room. I was already hoarding a bunch of film cameras at this point and experimenting with various types of colour film.

I first began shooting with a film SLR, my dad’s Praktica bx20s with lovely metal lenses. I was in love, but could definitely not afford to develop three rolls of film every week. I tried my best to continue shooting with all kinds of film cameras, a holga 135, disderi 4 shot camera and my SLR were the favourites.

In 2010 I was gifted my very first Digital SLR, my parents bought me the most simple version, a Sony A230 at my request. I loved it like it was my baby. I grew out of it in the next few years, as I learned to shoot full manual in 2012-13 it [the Sony] was oversimplified and I was keen to find a camera useable with third party flash.

In 2012 I saved up and bought my Current camera, the Canon 60D and various lenses. I currently use Sigma lenses religiously, the 17-50mm 2.8 and 35mm 1.4 Art models the most.

K – What aspects of photography do you love the most?

L – I love the fact that a Camera can freeze a moment in time, and that it can be merged and manipulated into something else.

It’s an art form, but also a way to remember the most precious things in life. I’ll always be enchanted by the certain way the sun warms the kitchen on a Spring morning.

K – Film or digital? why?

L – If I had to choose and they were both a similar price (and I had a dark room/developing machine) I would definitely choose film. I love the texture, the double exposures, bright light leaks. However at the moment, I really enjoy the practicality of Digital photography. I can take a photo and finish it in 15 minutes, which I find is very satisfying.

K – I have photographed you a few times now, I love your rawness. have you always been so comfortable in front of the camera?

L – Thank you, when I was younger, (say, 10-15) I was very unnerved by people taking my photo, due to self esteem issues. However, as I grew older I started to care less about my physical appearance, and more about my internal issues. As I explored different styles and Haircuts, I wanted to be photographed as a memento of all the different versions of myself.

I also became much more comfortable in front of the camera as I didn’t have many friends willing to model for me at the time, and became a self portrait artist to add to my skills.

K – Is modelling a path you would like to peruse?

L – Modelling for me, is more of a self expression rather than a job. I enjoy being myself, and not having to pluck my eyebrows every week and do my nails all the time.

I would love to model for more photographers, and if I could take it professionally without being “perfect” I would. If in the future, there would be models of all shapes and sizes, with piercings, coloured hair, tattoos and hair growing in all the normal places, I would be very happy. I’m not plastic, and I don’t aspire to be. I do however, believe that Models must be healthy, not overweight, or underweight.

K – Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

L – I don’t know. I’d love to be overseas, with lots of new friends all over the globe. I will most likely be working full time (hopefully) and being a weekend warrior of photography and modelling. I don’t particularly want to work as a photographer full time as I believe I would burn out fast.

K – Thanks for taking the time to chat

L – You’re welcome, thank you!

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This shoot we decided to go for a Boho look and went for a walk around her amazing property.

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Alfred the cat followed us on our walk, so we had to incorporate him in a few shots.

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A Mini Glamour session in the studio just for something different.

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Testing out my new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. ‘look up’

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You can find Laurence’s photography  on Facebook and her website

Her modelling page can be found on Facebook

 

 

Fashion-Glam in the Studio

Fashion-Glam in the Studio with LuLu, Erin and Mercer_

What a fantastic late night we had in the studio. The idea behind this shoot was to create stunning glamour with a touch of high fashion thrown in = Fashion-Glam.

Models Erin and Lulu did an amazing job and I think pulled off the poses with ease. Not only did she jump in front of my camera but as always the talented Erin from Erin Strong Hair Artistry preformed her magic. Lulu an emerging model was an absolute pleasure to work with and both Erin and Lulu worked together as though they were one.

Now let me introduce Mercer_

This was my first experience working with Mercer_ and I must say this woman knows what she is doing! knew the concept for the shoot and delivered it with flair. Mercer_ supplied the clothing, styling and makeup for the shoot.  Here is a little more about Mercer_ and what they do.

Mercer_ is a Makeup and Styling company based on the Gold Coast of Australia.
With its diverse and eclectic bunch of team members, Mercer_ offers it’s clients a unique blend of creative, artistic direction and fashion editing.
It’s the exceptional eye for detail that sets Mercer_ apart from the competition and with over 15 years experience in the beauty and fashion industries, Mercer_ provides a professional and customised approach to:
• The flawless application of runway, high fashion and editorial makeup. Specialising in flash photography makeup application and studio lighting makeup application.
• The flawless application of makeup for weddings, formals or any special occasion.
• Editorial styling, direction and fashion editing
• Editorial, runway and high fashion hair styling.
• Personal styling and image consulting for individuals, small or large business and publications.
With a vast social and professional network of local and international photographers, hairstylist, designers, artists, media and film producers, Mercer_ really is your one-stop shop.
You can contact Mercer_ by phone:0407896875    .   email:mercermakeupandstyling@gmail.com    .     facebook (see link above)    and    Instagram: @mercer_makeupandstyling

All that is left to do is show you the images 🙂
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I asked Erin about her stunning hairstyling – “I created a spiral curl with straightened ends to give volume, contrast and consistency much like a mane of a lion showing Lu Lu in her raw state, her bare naked chest with her hair laying over her body – the wild animal within. For myself being photographed against Lu Lu I felt I needed to create the opposite image of a woman with sleek tied-up hair that in female culture is seen to reflect and denote the sexually repressed or uptight”

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