JESSICA . Personal Project

In between shooting for my clients I sometimes get a chance to put together a shoot of my own where I get to work with some faves and together we make the magic happen.

I recently shot this story with the bombshell, Jessica Lee Buchanan while she was out here from South Africa, and collaborated with Max May, Marina Didovich & MyViolet to create these shots.

We based the shoot vibe on my usual black and white portrait style but this time left the colour in!

Hope you love 'em!

 

 

ASILIO camisole

ASILIO camisole

House of CB bodysuit

House of CB bodysuit

ASILIO dress, Cappellazzo Couture corset
Bordelle dress from Baby Likes to Pony

Bordelle dress from Baby Likes to Pony

Pleasure State bra, Bordelle harness and knickers from Baby Likes to Pony

Pleasure State bra, Bordelle harness and knickers from Baby Likes to Pony

Bordelle knickers and garter belt from Baby Likes to Pony

Bordelle knickers and garter belt from Baby Likes to Pony

Pleasure State robe & knickers

Pleasure State robe & knickers

Bordelle bra from Baby Likes to Pony, Lonely high waist knicker

Bordelle bra from Baby Likes to Pony, Lonely high waist knicker

IRO tee, Vintage Jean Paul Gaultier dress from Cara Mia Vintage

IRO tee, Vintage Jean Paul Gaultier dress from Cara Mia Vintage

Polaroid 665 Packet

Here's my shot that went into the Personal exhibition at Sun tonight. When my RZ67 was my work horse I shot a load of 665. It was black and white and produced a positive and a negative! It was amazing. Silvery blacks and FINE grain. Perfect for larger prints as the neg was almost double the size of a 6x7cm that the RZ produced. 

I shot most of the 665 on my Konica Instant press. A beauty of a camera.

When the 665 Type was discontinued like most other polaroid I bought a bunch from B&H and had then shipped over ready for that special project. I stored them lovingly in my fridge for that day for years. When the time came I did a test run for light and to my dismay the polaroid burst apart when I pulled the tag from the polaroid back.....Dried, torn and broken.

Naively I tried the next one in the pack, same result. Opened another box. Same polaroid confetti!

So this shot is my last gasp effort at remembering that format I once loved so much. Ive still got the Konica so hopefully one day The Impossible Project will bring back the glory days.

 

Setting Up

One of the many pluses of my job is the endless supply of new gadgets and gear I get to experiment with daily.  

Moving slowly in to the motion area has opened up a new avalanche of gadget glory! 

Here you see a 20 x 20 Foot scrim we are setting up ready for some sun shaping. Haven't ever used one before, it's basically a sail in the wind so more is more when talking about sand bags to hold it steady!

 

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From the Air

If you ever visit Queenstown or Wanaka on the South Island of New Zealand you've certainly made it to one of the most beautiful regions in the world.  

Ive been there three times for work. Two of those times I was lucky enough to go up in a helicopter to reach our locations.  

The view from the air is SPECTACULAR. The terrain that you cover flying out to Milford Sound changes constantly and is like traveling over different worlds. The scale, textures and colours are beautiful. 

Its not cheap to go above the clouds but it's worth every single cent. You will not be disappointed.

 

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Marie. Fresh Faced. Wanaka NZ

Snapped this pic of Marie fresh off the helicopter after we landed at one of the deer hunter lodges on the Minaret Station. One of my favourite days on location shooting. Every element of an outdoor shoot in a remote cold location fell in to place perfectly, even down to the fact the guys from Minaret flew out there at first light to light the fire for us in the lodge. Amazing service!

 

 

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Higher Ground. CBD Melbourne

The journey to the outer edge of the CBD is worth the effort to end up at Higher Ground. The recently opened eatery is housed in a cavernous space that was once a power station servicing Melbourne until 1981.  

The menu is quirky, not your regular bacon and eggs. I had the scrambled eggs with cauliflower, tasty combo. It's sister restaurant is Top Paddock in Richmond and the quality food made the trip across the city. 

 

Seating is layered over several heights helping fill the generous void

Seating is layered over several heights helping fill the generous void

You've made it.  

You've made it.  

Alpine Helicopters, Wanaka NZ

The guys at Alpine flew us to the Minaret Station Hunters Lodge to shoot a story for Grazia.
Couldn't have had a better day. One of the most beautiful spots I've ever had the privilege of shooting.
Originally a deer hunters shelter during the summer months back in the 50's before the use of helicopters changed the whole industry in the 60's.

Bedarra Island. Far North Queensland

After a long wait I finally was lucky enough to shoot at this little gem just off the coast from Mission Beach, QLD.
Ive always love the pictures from this tiny island and hoped I'd get there one day. It sits next to Dunk Island which is a 20 minute boat ride from the mainland. We also shot at Beaver Cay which is an even tinier sand spit 90 mins out to sea.