Alex: The Fight of his Life by Yvette Martinette and Brian Bird

I am so happy to share with you something which is very close to my heart. With this project I wanted to do something edgy and different to raise awareness, not only of the plight of children with cancer but also of their strength and resilience.

I had the idea of portraying a child cancer survivor as a hero in a post apocalyptic setting, where they display their strength and endurance by fighting off enemies. I wanted  a way to bring home the irreversible changes they go through during their personal 'apocalypse' and that the fight against cancer never ends. They have to keep on fighting even after the apocalypse.

 

Planning started more than 11 months ago. I contacted  Ken Abbott  the creator of Scavengers of The Scarlet Wastes and asked if they'd be willing to work with the me on a  Mad Max/ post apocalyptic inspired shoot. They of course said yes .Together with Brian Bird from The Complete Pixel we set things in motion.

 

 

To help kids like Alex, please donate today: http://www.thekidscancerproject.org.au/donate

 

 

 

Alex  were very keen since he is a big Steampunk and dystopian fiction fan. The rest, as they say, is history and I  am  proud to present the video of Alex's journey. 

Read More about Alex Story here The Heart Project

We hope this will raise awareness and encourage more people to help fight cancer in children.

 The Battle 

The Battle 

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MILK BATH

*Please know that I am posting this with full permission from my husband*

Last night  I had my husband pose for me, it's not uncommon I do it all the time to test the light at venue's and so on. This one however took a bit of encouragement but I simply had to test a few things lighting and the mixture of the ''milk bath'' .There are a few techniques in getting the right mixture for this type of shoot.I have never done it before so I thought let me just see how it will work before I do the actual shoot with the client.

So I grabbed my packet of Coles Instant Milk powder and started the process.Grabbed a few flowers and I was set.Testing just the bath on its own won't do I need to see the actual skin tones in there. So my husband offered to help me out,I had him pose in a few different Maternity poses LOL  it worked out really well in the end.This is how I know my husband loves me with all his heart.What a great Sport he was.

I am contemplating  to print a few out and hang it on our walls ;) 

Milk bath sessions Now available ;) 


Penelope & Duarte

Its a beautiful Misty Morning and we are driving down to Orange NSW. I look out the window and everything feels like home sheep grazing in the meadows Roo's looking up to see who is passing by and horses everywhere.Today is the wedding of Penelope and Duarte at the very Romantic  Borrodell Vineyards.

We arrive at Borrodell and the views are to die for, and I am excited about the wedding. Fresh air and orchards everywhere makes the beautiful  backdrop  today .This Venue is every photographers dream multiple space to use Vineyards, Orchards beautiful painted walls and open space where there s just nothing but the view below.

Gaye Stuart is the owner of Borrodell Vineyard she greets us and makes us feel at home immediately. The staff are very professional and  friendly.Gaye has many years of experience in both  the winery and catering industry and her attention to detail is exceptional .

 

The Bespoke floral  arrangements where done by Libby Reimers from Botanica Flora which is based in the Family Nursery Anything Grows  located in Orange. Her style is Elegant and Luxurious the colors Libby used in her arrangements made me think of  paintings and beautiful things.

After the Ceremony , the band started and the beautifully prepared entrees arrived. 

a Few raindrops just in time to bless this wedding, luckily I had my ginormous reflector and my loving husband/assistant at hand to help cover the wedding party.

We are done and we made it before the heavens opened up completely Success.

The reception started and the atmosphere was electric what a great night it was !

Thank you Penelope and Duarte for sharing your special day with us.

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration Wedding Shoot.

 A beautiful Vintage  inspired hat by   Embelish Hats    see their beautiful website. Not only do they offer amazing designs but also workshops where you can create your own.

A beautiful Vintage  inspired hat by Embelish Hats  see their beautiful website. Not only do they offer amazing designs but also workshops where you can create your own.

 Model Fleur, Wedding venue Fernbank Farmstay, Wedding dress Sherry Bridal Couture, Wedding shoes Iron Fist.

Model Fleur, Wedding venue Fernbank Farmstay, Wedding dress Sherry Bridal Couture, Wedding shoes Iron Fist.

  Models Fleur & Tom, Wedding venue Fernbank Farmstay, Wedding dress By Sherry Bridal Couture, Wedding shoes By Iron Fist, Groom's  suit by  Montagio Custom Tailoring.

Models Fleur & Tom, Wedding venue Fernbank Farmstay, Wedding dress By Sherry Bridal Couture, Wedding shoes By Iron Fist, Groom's  suit by  Montagio Custom Tailoring.

It was a cold day on the beautiful Fernbank Farmstay. I have organised an inspiration shoot and this was the day .

As I walk into the kitchen I find Meg the owner of Fernbank Farmstay in the kitchen with a lovely couple, soon to be wed at the venue. They were going to make jam as part of their wedding favors. Now this is not your ordinary jam. The couple hand picks, with Meg, fruit from the venue itself and turns it into delicious bottles of jam. What a great idea and it makes the favor much more personal.

Meg has been the owner of Fernbank Farmstay for 27 years. When all her children went on their journeys she decided to share her beautiful property. The structure and design of the garden was developed by Michael Cooke Garden Design and the property is truly beautifully laid out. Meg describes her property as “heaven on earth” and she is absolutely right.

Justine Kelso from Fiddlesticks Floral Design was such a star! She arrived at Fernbank farm with a van full of flowers and started making floral arrangements and bouquets and pin holes to spare. Her arrangements are romantic with exceptional attention to detail. The flower arrangements are neat and organised and it is obvious that she has a clear vision of what the arrangement should look like.

 Bridal Bouquet from Fiddlesticks Floral Design. Wedding dress by Sherry Bridal Couture.

Bridal Bouquet from Fiddlesticks Floral Design. Wedding dress by Sherry Bridal Couture.

 Grooms Pinhole from Fiddlesticks Floral Design.Suit by Montagio Custom tailoring.

Grooms Pinhole from Fiddlesticks Floral Design.Suit by Montagio Custom tailoring.

 Bridal Bouquet from Fiddlesticks Floral Design 

Bridal Bouquet from Fiddlesticks Floral Design 

 

Jesline from iBlush did the make up and a stellar job as usual. I have worked with her a number of times in the past and she has proven to be excellent to work with, quick and precise. She managed to highlight the model's natural beauty, while matching the colours of the wedding and working on a tight schedule.   

 Model Rhiannon, Bridal Bouquet from Fiddlesticks Floral Design, Hair & Makeup By I-blush 

Model Rhiannon, Bridal Bouquet from Fiddlesticks Floral Design, Hair & Makeup By I-blush 

  Model Rhiannon, Bridal Bouquet from Fiddlesticks Floral Design, Hair & Makeup By I-blush 

Model Rhiannon, Bridal Bouquet from Fiddlesticks Floral Design, Hair & Makeup By I-blush 

 Model Fleur, Wedding dress from Sherry Bridal Couture, Hair and Make up by I-Blush 

Model Fleur, Wedding dress from Sherry Bridal Couture, Hair and Make up by I-Blush 

 

The custom made suits by Montagio are just beautifully made and fitted. I liked them because their suits have a vintage feel to them and they are custom designed and tailor made. The Montagio shop is in the Sydney CBD where they tailored the models suits to fit a few days before the shoot and we had no issues at all.   

 Venue Fernbank Farmstay, Models Ian & Rhiannon, Pom Poms from Fluffy decoration for any occasion, Wedding dress by Sherry Bridal Couture, Suit by Montagio Custom Tailoring.

Venue Fernbank Farmstay, Models Ian & Rhiannon, Pom Poms from Fluffy decoration for any occasion, Wedding dress by Sherry Bridal Couture, Suit by Montagio Custom Tailoring.

 

Sherry Tamin of Sherry Tamin Couture provided the wedding dresses. The wedding dresses where beautiful, elegant and fitted perfectly. They are situated in Rozelle NSW and their dresses are beautifully designed and custom made. Their attention to detail and delicate patterns are truly something special. If Lace is your thing this is your place !

 Model Fleur, Venue Fernbank Farmstay, Bridal Bouquet by Fiddlesticks Floral design, Wedding dress by Sherry Bridal Couture, Shoes  from  Iron Fist 

Model Fleur, Venue Fernbank Farmstay, Bridal Bouquet by Fiddlesticks Floral design, Wedding dress by Sherry Bridal Couture, Shoes  from  Iron Fist 

The model's shoes were from Iron Fist Ladies. These are not your ordinary wedding shoes. In fact they are not your ordinary high heels at all. Their unique style and design formed part of what made the shoot different and unique. They brought an edgy, punk rock detail which completed the overall look. Wedding shoes should be colorful and interesting .

 Shoes From Iron Fist 

Shoes From Iron Fist 

  Models  Fleur & Tom, Venue Fernbank Farmstay, Bridal Bouquet by  Fiddlesticks Floral design, Wedding dress by Sherry Bridal Couture, Shoes  from  Iron Fist, Groom's suit by Montagio Custom Tailoring 

Models  Fleur & Tom, Venue Fernbank Farmstay, Bridal Bouquet by  Fiddlesticks Floral design, Wedding dress by Sherry Bridal Couture, Shoes  from  Iron Fist, Groom's suit by Montagio Custom Tailoring 

 

The flower girl dresses were provided by Tea Princess and the girls looked gorgeous! Tea Princess is situated in Cronulla and they have everything a little girl can dream of. Their show room is beautifully laid out and everything is handled with the utmost care. Their Customer service is above and beyond and it will certainly put a smile on your little ones' face.

 Model Freya, Posy by Fiddlesticks Floral Design Dress and ??????by Tea princess 

Model Freya, Posy by Fiddlesticks Floral Design Dress and ??????by Tea princess 

  Model Molly, Posy & Floral headpiece by Fiddlesticks Floral Design Dress by Tea princess 

Model Molly, Posy & Floral headpiece by Fiddlesticks Floral Design Dress by Tea princess 

We accessorized the little girls with Vintage Angel wings.These are specialy hand made by Katrina Dale owner of Imagine for kids. Where you can find anything from wings to super hero capes.Imagine for kids are situated in Terry Hills Nsw . 

The fairy wings by Imagine for Kids made them look like cute fairy princesses. They absolutely loved their wings.   

 Models Molly & Freya, Flower girl dresses by Tea princess, Vintage handmade wings by Imagine for kids 

Models Molly & Freya, Flower girl dresses by Tea princess, Vintage handmade wings by Imagine for kids 

  Models Molly & Freya, Flower girl dresses by Tea princess, Vintage handmade wings by Imagine for kids 

Models Molly & Freya, Flower girl dresses by Tea princess, Vintage handmade wings by Imagine for kids 

 

We set up various scenes on different parts of Fernbank farm, using some of their fabulous props to create interesting settings. We used some decorations from Fluffy Decorations to decorate some of the trees and it gave a nice festive feeling. Their decorations are beautiful, gorgeous and fluffy!  

 Gorgeous Pom Poms by Fluffy decoration for any occasion 

Gorgeous Pom Poms by Fluffy decoration for any occasion 

 

Wedding Cakes where made by Jasmine from Project Cake. Jasmine is Meg's (owner of Fernbank Farmstay) daughter. What a great team they are! 

Jasmine worked so hard to bring a full wedding cake with dessert cakes for the shoot. The cakes are custom made with only the finest ingredients, to compliment any wedding or function.

Her creations are elegant, beautiful and delicious! I know because when the day's hard work was over, we all gathered in the kitchen at Fernbank Farm and had some coffee, cake and a well deserved rest. 

 Cake by Project Cake Flowers from Fiddlesticks Floral Design 

Cake by Project Cake Flowers from Fiddlesticks Floral Design 

  Cake by Project Cake Flowers from Fiddlesticks Floral Design 

Cake by Project Cake Flowers from Fiddlesticks Floral Design 

  Cake by Project Cake 

Cake by Project Cake 

  Cake by Project Cake 

Cake by Project Cake 

  Cake by Project Cake 

Cake by Project Cake 

50 Shades of Eyeshadow

Like what you see? Everyone wants to look their perfect best on a photo, and these days most of my clients are all about  the editing. I often get "will you photo-shop some make up on ,make me look beautiful''. Sure but that will cost you extra as most photographers including myself bill for editing.

It takes time to edit, to take the actual photos is nothing compared to the time we photographers put into our work after the shoot. To add extra make up on top of the normal blemishes and spots removal is very time consuming. Most people want to achieve the look of our bride here, long lashes, smokey eyes that pop; but to achieve this look photographer and make up artist have to work hand in hand. If the make up artist knows what she is doing then it makes the work load of the photographer lighter.

So lets rewind to the start of the morning and I will take you through the make up process for a wedding.

 

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Early Saturday morning and I arrive at the Harbor View Hotel to find artist Jesline Davis, owner of i-blush, busy with the second bridesmaid of the day. Four Bridesmaids full make up and hair, one Bride full make up and Mother of the Bride full make up.

Music is playing and the girls are talking and dancing, some where sleeping but all and all a very pleasant atmosphere.

Jesline starts with the hair and then moves on to make up, she is very precise and efficient.

 

 Jesline is doing hair and make up .

Jesline is doing hair and make up .

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In a blink of an eye Jesline had the rest of the bridesmaid ready.

I look at her make up kit which makes me feel like I am in a shop. I especially love two brands she uses. Nude from Urban decay and Nars they both have beautiful colors and it reminds me of the last time I actually bought make up. It was years ago. I know its sad but we working mums never have time for ourselves.

http://www.narscosmetics.com/

Soon it is time for the bride.

I took before and after shots and will show you the original photo before editing at the end of this blog. When editing a photo we photographers do the same as a make up artist. We add layers and remove blemishes. It is exactly the same thing but perfect make up makes for less time editing and it looks amazing. It is very important to choose your make up artist well before hand and go for a trial. I often hear people say that it is an unnecessary expense but I can assure you its not, especially for your wedding day. You will be photographed from every angle I CAN ASSURE you that.

From i-blush website ''i-blush [verb. redden - flush - colour - color / noun.  flush - redness - glow]
Jesline, founder of i-blush, is a professional freelance Makeup Artist & Specialist in Beauty Makeovers based in Sydney. i-blush specializes in all aspects of makeup including weddings, formals, special occasion, photographic, editorial, photo-shoots and television makeup or just for that little indulgence and pampering us girls need from time to time. We utilize professional makeup products like MAC, Mikavonk, Makeup Forever and Bobby Brown.''

What they offer ''Perfection and attention to detail is her forte. Jesline is a certified professional artist base in Sydney and is highly skilled for photographic portraiture, from smokey and mysterious to fresh and demure. Her eye for perfection and attention to detail is her forte. Whatever you are looking for in makeup Jesline is here to provide you with a service and experience like no other''

I personally can recommend Jesline and her team I have worked with her on several other occasions and very happy with her work.

 Jesline Davis

Jesline Davis

 And finally the outcome of the shoot. A perfect example of how the photo looked before and after I edited it. The filter that I put on it makes the shading of the make up just pop. I love these type of filters.