Ahhh... sometimes I have a flair for the dramatic, and this just happens to be one of those times!
So, last week my fab brother and sis-in-law invited me up to Sydney. Dan is a brilliant photographer and Zoe is a wonderful professional makeup artist and they were kind enough to offer me a shoot for my website - what a killer team they make! I jumped at the chance and got myself up to Sydney quick sticks!
I was super excited to be spending some time with them and my sensationally cute niece, Akira but I was also excited and nervous all at once about having my photo taken. You see, I'm a pretty self-conscious poppet and the thought of having to 'strike-a-pose' in the middle of Sydney was a daunting prospect to say the least.
After Zoe worked her magic and Dan took some shots in the house we bundled Akira into the car and took off for Surry Hills, looking for some vintage and rustic style walls we could use as a backdrop. Zoe maneuvered the car like a pro through those tiny streets as we zipped around looking for the perfect location. We parked the car and wandered around - there were so many places to choose from! I knew straight up that Surry Hills was a golden suggestion by Zoe for the shots.
Surry Hills is a busy place. People up and down the streets, cars zooming around. I wondered just how I would go with so many people around. At one point I was precariously standing on an old abandoned terrace house's creaky verandah trying to look relaxed and natural as pedestrians wandered past, probably wondering what the heck I was doing there and waiting for me to fall through the floor. "You're not in Kansas anymore, Toto" I had to remind myself as my brother snapped away. A photo shoot in the street in Canberra would be something to stop and watch, but in Sydney it's most likely a day to day occurrence- nothing spesh.
In the end, we found this beautiful old whitewashed brick wall down an alley that was the perfect place. "Yippee!" I wrongly thought to myself, "no-one will see me here!"
How wrong I could be.
It seemed we'd found the party alley-way of the suburb, with people waltzing down it every two seconds, and me backing up against the wall with an apologetic smile. They all said hello and didn't seem to care what we were up to.
In the end we got some great shots - I was absolutely stoked! But we also got some doozies (which I will post next week). At one point I couldn't stop laughing and I had to 'shake it out'. Zoe and Dan were amazing... and so patient. I'm sure I was not at all what they're used to working with - but they managed the situation with grace, humour and an amazing amount of shared confidence - in themselves and me - which I appreciate more than anything. It's so soul enriching to spend time with people who love what they do - their passion for their vocations just beams out at you and you can't help but feel in awe in their presence.
You can check out the photos I've used on my 'About Me' page, and here are some more of the shots I love:
What about you? Have you been out of your comfort zone lately? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!
In the meantime, do what you love and love what you do!
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Hi, I'm Lisa. To me, creativity is more than just a thing I do. It's who I am. You can read more about my story here.