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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. 

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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!

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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
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BEHIND THE VLOG: Welcome to New Zealand

Would I get lonely? Would I be homesick after a few days? Could I actually survive without washing my hair every two days? 

All very legitimate questions that flashed across my mind multiple times during my first 24 hours in NZ. 

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BEHIND THE VLOG: Welcome to New Zealand
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2016 Year In Review

Every encounter is a chance, and people come and go for many reasons but I love the fact that people leave a lasting impression on me, and I do for them as well. It’s nice to know that in 40 years time, I’ll still be thinking about the people I met this year, and hopefully, they’ll be thinking of me too.

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2016 Year In Review

From the Archives: Photographing Tavi Gevinson

I'm a firm believer that photographing someone's portrait is the most intimate way to get to know them, thus, I have a list of people I one day want to take photographs of. Most of the people on the list are people who inspire and motivate me in some way. They have influenced my life in and I feel that they would be interesting people to very briefly get to know. Tavi Gevinson and Bill Murray are tied at the top of my list.

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Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.

The beauty of fashion week is that whilst it may seem like a very well styled mess, it always seems to come together beautifully, and this year was no exception. The calibre of the shows and seminars were above and beyond previous years and I hope that is reflected in my visual feast.

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Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.
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An Insider’s Guide to Photographing Fashion Week

I’ve been photographing fashion week since the wee age of seventeen. I’ve captured the collections of designers such as Alex Perry, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Dion Lee. I‘m not going to lie and pretend to be humble about having done this. It’s pretty fucking cool.

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An Insider’s Guide to Photographing Fashion Week
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A Hawaiian Adventure

Hawaii, whilst part of the USA, felt more like a separate entity, caught between two worlds. The laid back, no worries attitude mixed with a sense of paranoia that anyone and everyone could sue you was quite the sight. Only the cash we carried in our hands and the big chain fast food restaurants reminded us that we were in a state of America.

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A Hawaiian Adventure

From the Archives: Homeland

The first three years of my high school experience were tough and at times really, really frustrating, but they were also fun. I was really unhappy just before I left but now as I'm getting older, I keep questioning whether I was actually depressed or just being a *~moody teenage girl~*. Regardless, I still consider my time there special.

From the Archives: Homeland
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Test Shoot: Sebastian

I took Sebastian to my favourite cafe, Chez Dre in South Melbourne. I have this awful habit of 'wining and dining' my models before we shoot. It kind of tends to ease any tension that's always associated with meeting a person for the first time, and it also provides for some good photo opportunities. 

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Test Shoot: Sebastian
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Baby Steps

Of late, I've been thinking a lot about my self-esteem which is something that has been so cripplingly low for over half of my life. I have been questioning what exactly lead me to think so poorly, about myself, my appearance and who I am as a person. There isn't one defining moment but rather it is a collection of fragmented moments of my past that have been weaved together by my brain.

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Baby Steps
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Runaway

The problem for me right now is that I’m not quite qualified enough to get a job in the field that I’m studying. Even though I’m saving up for an overseas holiday with my best friend and need all the money I can get, I can’t get out of the rut that is: I’m just not passionate about what I’m doing with myself while I’m on holidays.

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Runaway
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Snapshots from Sydney

As I calmed down from being in absolute awe of my new surroundings, I made myself a pot of tea and sat at the table. Windows wide open, the breeze carrying the voices of people conversing on the ground below up to my fifth-floor abode. I began reading How to be Parisian, a book my best friend and her family bought for me for my birthday. This is what I had been wanting to do, to just get away. 

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Snapshots from Sydney