It's the one essence, but it moves us in different ways.
Where inside worlds and outside worlds come together.
Last month I had the pleasure of traveling to the little paradise of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to photograph Jess and Cam. They were married next to the beach, surrounded by family and friends who'd all made the trip to be there with them.
Shots were had. And there was lots of laughing.
Working alongside the lovely Moon & Back film team at this heaven bubble on earth.
Madrid pigeon people watching.
I've been sitting with these photos for quite a while now.
Time to let them out and move forward! (follow the link)
They're part of my journey the last few years, wandering my way through life- and thoughts and countries.
I hope you can find something for yourself in them.
Saru is someone I've photographed a few times and become friends with through that. I believe she delayed the first photo session 4 or so times, as it was edgy and confronting for her. We both got there happily though.
The second lot of photos- total breeze. Each time I see her she's more centered in herself. More comfortable being photographed, but more comfortable just being herself.
Saru, I see as this sagely feminine wisdom. She feels a lot, is affected, and has lived many sides of life. Different cultures, different careers and different challenges. Alongside that she loves parks, nature and extra hot chili hot chocolate..
I want people to be themselves and feel loved as they are. Any time I give solid attention to someone, get out of my own head and really notice them, that's what I see. It may be easier to do from the outside sometimes because then there's not that personal, critical voice going on. It's more compassion and awe.
Vanessa is a bold, go-your-own-way firecracker with an extremely sweet heart.
She created Dancing Eros- which is a movement to bring women back to their pleasure, to themselves and to their desire. The details of her as a person are really beautiful. She's in her own lane for this life, and people like that seem to uncover interesting things- cause she's gonna discover it from the inside and from her own experience.
I often see her as a truth-barometer. She is genuine in how she responds- so if she's responding to something, it's honest and she is feeling it.
Authenticity seems natural- and necessary- to her. And in that she's very real and human, and giving permission to others to open up.
Recently I met with a beautiful woman, Elena of InTouch Kinesiology to photograph new portraits and images for her branding.
Through the process she went inwards often, eyes down or closed, to keep connected with herself. And what I loved was that 'inward' seemed like such a nice place to be. Like going home to herself. It wasn't an escape or hiding, it was a re-centering or soothing.
She would look up again with a smile- and it felt like her heart was glowing out through her eyes, it was so warm.
I fully understand this myself and how confronting it can be to stare into a lens and be seen. And I'm always working on that inner connection. So it was beautiful to witness in Elena.
It's like can we face the fight/flight response- calm ourselves- breathe- and stay fully present in our bodies.
It's a great analogy and practice for life, which makes me love this work.
Plus! The photos flowed really easily and clearly in line with her intuition and vision. Another one of her gifts.
I don't even know where to start with Bethany. She is a multi faceted spirit who tells trees about her travels- is still very real and grounded- and she does not like having her photo taken for too long. (There will be backlash.)
She is a trove of wisdom, insight, and new ways of connecting ideas, with a fiery undercurrent that sometimes comes out.
We explored the Rhododendron Gardens near Melbourne. I hope you enjoy the trip.
This is what I see happen with photos. And actually with myself in my own life.
We start off facing the camera and feeling confronted. Uncomfortable, in our heads, unsure, exposed. So seen. And thinking about that.
But we can start to get into our bodies. Breathe. Shake it off. Feel what it is to be standing here, with ourselves, and our own energy.
Make some noise. Feel open and accepted. Feel at ease. Or powerful. Or embodied.
It's one thing to be in your body and feeling energised and expressive.
It's another thing to be seen in it -- You might fear how you're perceived. You might fear not being accepted. Or pretty. Or perfect enough. Or loveable.
And it's another thing again- to see yourself in it.
To face your own judgements -- or your acceptance. Be your own mirror. Because ultimately that's the acceptance we need.
And it's our fear, which we imagine other people are thinking.
So what lets you get into your body? What lets you relax? Open up?
It can be a skill we build over time- a feeling of inner security. It can be being in an environment you love. Doing something you love. Moving, dancing, exercising, singing, yelling. Changing your stance. Waking up. Getting energy out.
You're responsible for your own power in your body. And it flows a lot easier when you can accept yourself. Being imperfect, and human, and here.
What are you generating. What are you creating.
Photos taken by Tali Brash. Thank you for pushing my edges!
Armelle is a gorgeous, joyful woman with sparkly eyes and a sexy french accent.
She's spent the last 2 years following something she loves, shifting careers and studying shiatsu.
Often when I take portraits we chat, and often I hear some awesome helpful things about other peoples journeys and discoveries.
Among other things Armelle mentioned that when doing something she loved, it made tough times easier too.
"…the more I do what I love the more I love myself. The more I love myself the more I can love others. The secret of a healthy cycle.
I still struggle with doubts, fear of the unknown, scarcity but it's part of the journey!!"
"I've learnt that the only thing stopping me from being me is me. It's my attachment to who I think I am now and the fear of letting go of this identity."
This has started happening with some photos.
I'm merging some of my worlds and keen to experiment more with it.
I've been painting for a little while now but it's been lacking form and faces.
And I've been taking photos for a longer while now but it could do with some experimenting and growing.
Let's see where it goes
A few months ago I took portraits of the beautiful and charismatic Tali Brash, for her one woman show called The Voices of Tali. It's since been a sell out and wholly amazing to see.
www.talibrash.com for any updates on future shows.
The show was about these different voices inside her, so we captured images of them- these different expressions and edges of herself. She has amazing presence, and goes fully and openly into all of the energy.
In the same vein, she turned the camera on me afterwards to push me to my own edges to be seen in. That's for another day to share.
But here are some of her portraits. Such a great person to work with :)
I'd like to share some images from one of the most beautiful places I have been.
I don't know if words could justify it. But it is like a glowing cavern of heaven, light, dark, nature and awe. Something in the air feels different, and even with the crowds of people there was something quiet about it. Some unique reverence and celebration. I don't think I've felt that in a man-made place before.
Gaudi was onto something, with his colour.
Along with Purple Ribbon I had the pleasure of spending my New Year's Eve on the beach, photographing the wedding of Danyelle and Clinton.
What beautiful people. There was so much heart on the day and I've loved going through these photos. The love and respect between these two shows. Along with their family, friends, and golden retriever Churros, they made the day amazing. What a great way to start the new year, thank you.
Please see the whole story here.
This is delayed so there might not be as much of it left now, but who knew there was snow so close to Melbourne? It was beautiful, cold and stark at the time.