VAMFF 2018: Behind The Scenes at Ginger & Smart

Backstage at VAMFF is a whirlwind of volunteers, stylists, hair and makeup artists and frantic models. Not to mention the designers doing last minute patch ups and alterations. The lighting is unpredictable - it literally changes year to year, show to show - and you kind of have to do the best you can in the few seconds you get as each model walks off the runway and shimmy's into their next outfit.

VAMFF 2018: Behind The Scenes at Ginger & Smart

VAMFF 2018: Gala Runway Street Style

Ah, Melbourne fashion week, where influencers, b-grade celebs and people with too much disposable income pretend that the humble little #VAMFF competes with the glamour of Paris Fashion Week.

VAMFF 2018: Gala Runway Street Style
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Paris Photo Diary

Start off by roaming the streets of Montmartre, down past La Fayette Galleries, Boulevard Haussman, The Louvre, arriving at Pont Neuf and then getting lost along the Left Bank until you see the Eiffel Tower.

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Paris Photo Diary
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RYLAND: If Not Later, When?

When you photograph commercially 99% of the time, sometimes it is nice to step back and actually craft an image instead of capture a moment, which I have since learned are two very different ways of shooting. 

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RYLAND: If Not Later, When?
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(Another Blog Post About) Why I Love To Hate Instagram

When people find out what I do for a living they always tout back with something like, 'oh my sister's boyfriend's cousin wants to be a photographer but is finding it so hard to make a living off it!' 

My reply as of late has been: stay away from Instagram.

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(Another Blog Post About) Why I Love To Hate Instagram
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London Photo Diary

On a mid-November day, I boarded a flight that would take me to the other side of the world, literally. Finally, I was heading to Europe. After years of dreaming, wishing and fantasising, I was on my way. 

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London Photo Diary
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How I'm Staying Organised in 2018

While some people thrive off being organised superstars, I'd rather do my work and think about where I'm going to file the paperwork later. This hasn't worked so well over the last year... so here's how I'm trying to stay organised in 2018.

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How I'm Staying Organised in 2018
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Thoughts for Black Coffee & Cigarettes

I kept telling myself that it was okay. That I needed to finish university, satisfy what everyone thought I should be doing post high school, continue to grow a life with my boyfriend and eventually it would happen. Inside however, I was plagued by the feeling that the longer I left catching a flight to Paris, the more the city felt like a dream world that my mind had made up to escape from reality.

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Thoughts for Black Coffee & Cigarettes
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A Week On Maui

When I travel somewhere new, I like to do the least amount of research possible. Partly because I am in fact lazy, but also because I prefer getting tips off friends, locals, and sometimes even my barista.

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A Week On Maui
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Snippets from New Zealand (Part 2)

I thought to myself, I could live here. In the middle of nowhere so far away from civilised society where the ocean meets the dense mountains. Where the water is crystal clear and blue where the birds can be heard and the stars seen. This is where I could live. 

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Snippets from New Zealand (Part 2)
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Snippets from New Zealand (Part 1)

The fact that I visited New Zealand ten months ago is shocking. The fact that only now am I sharing my photos from my time there is alarming. Sometimes I do this thing where I work so hard on my client work that I forget that I have other images I need and want to edit. Finally however, I've managed to power through my files and release these into the wild (yay!).

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Snippets from New Zealand (Part 1)
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Cold Blooded

I've always wanted to photograph/film something based off a song or album that particularly resonated with me. So the fact that I actually pulled this one out from my head and into the world makes me so deliriously happy.

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Cold Blooded
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Test Shoot: Charlie

It's not as if I don't have content. In actuality, I have content coming out of my ears, for use of a better term. There are hard drives of untouched, unearthed content just waiting to be shared with some kind of internet audience. No longer will these shoots be gaining dust because I'm promising to myself - and you guys for that matter - that I'll be posting them here.

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Test Shoot: Charlie
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A Morning At Hanging Rock | Life Updates

The hardest thing about having a creative and entrepreneurial mind is that not every idea hits you at the right moment. So much stuff gets in the way of my ideas: money, work, lack of time, resources. But it's important to keep chipping away at the mould until you eventually break through - persistence is key.

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A Morning At Hanging Rock | Life Updates

Test Shoot: Christian

It's been a while since I've done a portrait shoot. This is mostly due to the fact that I've been too busy climbing mountains to spend some time shooting some more *~fashion~* images, but I've also been feeling a little uninspired in this department.

Test Shoot: Christian
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Working Remotely: 3 things I struggled with in Hawaii

Working remotely might seem like a dream, but often it’s more hard work than one would imagine. Sure, you get to travel and earn a living simultaneously, but you also need to put in the hard yards before, during and after your trip. Keeping clients happy whilst you are also traveling is tricky. Time zones, adventures calling your name, and an endless to-do list can be hard to navigate – but also very rewarding! 

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Working Remotely: 3 things I struggled with in Hawaii

Manchuria

After shooting for six years, I've found that my hunger for creativity and ability to harness inspiration passes me by faster than the days of the month. Everything comes and goes so quickly that I often don't get time to react. 

Manchuria
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The Ultimate Australian Backpackers Guide to O'ahu, Hawaii

The ultimate Australian backpacker's guide to visiting O'ahu, Hawaii. How to save money and live your best life whilst enjoying everything that the island has to offer.

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The Ultimate Australian Backpackers Guide to O'ahu, Hawaii
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Hiking to Heaven

We were prepared to have to turn back and attempt the hike another day, but we weren’t prepared for the beauty we were about to encounter as we ascended.

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Hiking to Heaven

#Instagate - Fake influencers, advertising & obsessing over numbers

From buying followers, paying for automation and features on other accounts, utilizing comment pods and, heaven forbid, the Instagram mafia, people are finding new ways to up their following and boost their engagement rate in a desperate bid to seem more credible and steal market share - and people are angry about it!

#Instagate - Fake influencers, advertising & obsessing over numbers
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How to stay Fucking Motivated

Last year I was interviewed on the radio, (I know, I still can't believe they let me broadcast my thoughts LIVE for everyone to hear either) and one of the questions I was asked was, 'If you could give a TED talk on any topic at all, what would you pick?'

My answer was, 'How to be fucking motivated!'

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How to stay Fucking Motivated