|Been thinking about getting some professional snaps? Maybe you need some fresh photos for your insta, bio, facebook, maybe you’re sick of having a sore arm from trying to get that right selfie angle – or maybe you just want some for fun. I’m all about portraits that feel more like a fashion shoot and I’m also all about that warm, grainy, 70s vibe and SO into portraits that DON’T scream “commercial white-wall headshot with perfect artificial lighting”. If your vibe is more Moonrise Kingdom tones meets Almost Famous styling but shot in something not too dissimilar from a Mad Men office then I think we could work something out. |
So how does a portrait session work? Let me answer all your q’s so you can book in and feel totally chill knowing exactly how it all works.
1. HIT ME UP
send me an email and tell me alllll about your dream portrait shoot. Into natural light and want to shoot somewhere pastel coloured at sunrise? Done. Want something dark and moody with cool coloured lights but have NO IDEA where to shoot? That’s what I’m here for. I spend WAY more time than I care to admit exploring the suburbs of Melbs for rad 70s locations.
2. LET’S MAKE A PLAN
We’ll work out the locations- based on what you’ve told me and what I’ve found that suits this vibe (and is within your budget if it’s a location we have to pay for). We can chat about colours and what you could wear that compliment you and your chosen location. You can even send me some snaps of possible outfits and I can help you pick the best ones- or I can bring some rad styling pieces like fur coats and go-go boots along. It’s totally up to you whether you want to book in an HMUA- I recommend it because I think you always feel more confident when you’ve had a professional make you look 22/10. But if you feel comfier doing you own or coming makeup free I totally dig that too.
3. SHOOT DAY!
We meet at the chosen location and take some snaps. I’ll guide you through posing so you feel comfortable and not too posey- so not into that super posed vibe. I’ll bring the tunes and we can spend an hour or two hanging out making magic! You can have a look at the snaps as we go too- I’ll be shooting both on digital and film!
So editing works in two ways- 1. I choose the snaps of you I think are the best and send them to your for approval for editing (a fave because sometimes other people can see our best angles better than we can ourselves. Plus way less stress/ deliberation on your end) or 2. You choose the snaps for me to edit.
I’ll send through the snaps within 5 days of the shoot for this selecting process, and then edits will be done within 7 days of selects being made. They’ll all be sent via dropbox for you to download at high resolution and keep forever. If you want any changes made just let me know!
And OF COURSE I have a super special deal for anyone keen to book in between now and the end of July for a shoot in the coming months. For a TWO HOUR portrait session, including location scouting, concept creation, all film costs and FIFTEEN fully edited snaps is only $450!
Just mention this post when sending me an email (email@example.com) to book in at such a super discounted rate. I’m so keen to hear from you guys and make some magic with you! Here’s a few snaps from past portrait shoots to get you all inspired ~
Recently the rad folk over at Heartbreak Hotel, Melbourne’s coolest Photo Booth asked me to create a campaign with their groovy props- sunnies, caps and wigs. The props inspired so many retro, Gucci, sporty vibes so I decided to create a lil series about a 70s skater girl. Dominik modelled and I grabbed some furry coats, some fluorescent tights and some roller-skates to style with the props.
We shot in June and had to wait three weeks for a sunny day which happened to be on a Sunday. We shot at a few rad local spots – a DIY’d skatepark in an abandoned lot in Preston and then Coburg Drive-in. We started shooting around 9am so it was totally freezing but Dom is a pro at embracing a theme and pretending like it’s a Summer’s day. The skatepark was totally abandoned- apart from a makeshift house which was home to a friendly local skater who woke up to find us hanging out in his backyard. I’d totally forgotten that Coburg Drive-In is home to the trash and treasure market on Sunday mornings- so when we got there the place was packed with vendors selling vintage wares from their car boots and families shopping. We decided to work with it anyway- the diner was open so we grabbed a milkshake and skated around the parking lot. So many people stopped and stared, confused at what we were doing. Having an audience kind of just made the shoot more fun though. On the way home we spotted a retro bus in a parking lot so we took some snaps there too.
Let us show you a little somethin’ somethin’. A pretty groovy wedding took place on April 12th, 2019 in Melbourne and boy, are we keen as mustard to show you the outcome…
Recently a bunch of the edgiest wedding vendors were working in cahoots and gave away a killer wedding for one lucky couple. The team of industry misfits, if you will, wanted to create something that hadn’t been seen for…well… 50 years. They put on an elopement-style wedding that was a total time-warp; a 70’s inspired wedding at Melbourne’s iconic Thornbury Bowls Club. Angi and James, two cool cats from Brisvegas, were the lucky couple that got to lay down their vows and in a helluvalotta style to boot.
I was lucky enough to take some snaps (on film and digital, as always) of the day and Till Death, the most badass videographer straight outta Freo, filmed the entire thing.
The bowls club looked cute as hell zjooshed up with plenty of bunting and fairy lights. A dinner table for 10 was topped with retro glassware and crockery from Betty May Vintage Hire. An empty wall with shelving was transformed into their personalised ceremony backdrop. “Happily ever after” neon and disco balls by Good Day Rentals were surrounded by a stunning floral display by Bloom Boy; plenty of daisies, Billy Buttons, Babies Breath and dahlias. The shelves were filled with beautiful photographs of Angi and James as well as treasures and nick-knacks from their own personal collection… and how could we forget the shagpile rug?
Killer Queen Creative primped and preened our couple – a real master of mod eye shadow and big Farrah Fawcett hair. After putting daisies in Angi’s hair for the finishing touch, man she was a total daydream.
Angi and James sourced their own threads and they did not disappoint. The bride wore bold purple floral flares and bell sleeves showing off her tatts in all their glory. An outfit change later saw Angi in a green shift dress and those white knee high vinyl boots, oh my! The groom rocked a pale blue Safari suit, slick hair and black shades – like a total badass.
Soul queen, Francesca Li Donni, dragged the bowls club’s old upright piano into the ceremony space and played “Didn’t I (blow your mind this time)” by The Delfonics as Angi walked down the aisle to her beau – swoon. Fran switched it up from soul to disco after the sun went down and the energy was electric.
Jac the Hitcher performed the nuptials in a velour disco tracksuit – she never shies away from a theme. The ceremony was 100% Angi and James – beer skulling, plenty of swearing, cheering and laughing and they sealed the deal by exchanging tattoo VOWchers designed by Frankenrot, the friendly resident graphic designer who also created their gnarly wedding invitations.
Far out, the food… ALL the party food from back in the day from devilled eggs, steak Dianne vol au vents and of course cheese fondu then Blue Lagoons to wash it all down -what’s a wedding without something blue?
Fat and Skinny Catering whipped out the “Margaret Fulton: Dinner Party” 1972 edition and put on a spread that was outta this world. Meatloaf, jellied vegetables, Spam-burgers and would it even be a 70s dinner party without those toothpicks with a trio of pickled onions, cabana and tasty cheese stuck into a pineapple? Let’s be honest, did it really ever go out of fashion?
Finally, the most beautiful wedding cake from Miss Ladybird Cakes to end the night; white chocolate and passionfruit mud cake iced in a colour palette not too dissimilar to your grandma’s 70s wallpaper. Can you dig it?
(most of these words are by Jac The Hitcher (slightly tweaked) because she sure can sum up one hell of a party)
Here’s the legendary team that put it all together – it was a trip!
Celebrant: Jac the Hitcher (@jacthehitcher)
Photographer: Em Jensen Creative (@emjensencreative)
Catering: Fat and Skinny Catering (@fatandskinnycatering)
Tableware and Décor: Betty May Vintage Hire (@bettymayvintagehire)
Neon: Good Day Club (@gooddayclub_au)
Videographer: Till Death (@_tilldeath_)
Florals: Bloom Boy (@bloom.boy)
Hair & Makeup: Killer Queen Creative (@killerqueencreative)
Musician: Francesca Li Donni (@francescalidonni)
Cake: Miss Lady Bird Cakes (@missladybirdcakes)
Custom invites: Frankenrot (@frankenrot)
Venue: Thornbury Bowls Club (@thornburybowls)
From classics like Bianca Jagger’s suit, to June Carter’s pastel blue lace mini and Cilla Black’s red velvet dress.
You all probably know by now I am NOT big on the whole traditional wedding vibe- and this applies to wedding attire too. I have no issues with a white gown, but only if it’s really you. I think it’s super important not to change your personal taste on your wedding day to suit others or tradition, and your outfit should definitely be a reflection of yourself. So I’ve compiled a list of some of my all time favourite wedding looks- where the bride’s totally embraced their individuality and went for something a lil different.
Jane wore a classic mini to her wedding to Roger Vadim in the mid 60s. Paired back with lil suede boots, such a simple and classic 60s look.
A universally agreed upon wedding icon, Bianca Jagger rocked up to her 70s wedding to Mick in an all white suit, styled with a veiled wide brim hat.
June wore a lace, pastel blue mini dress with a floral headpiece to her wedding to Johnny in 1968.
Pattie looked so cute in a fur coat and white tights at her wedding to George Harrison.
English singer and TV presenter Cilla Black’s wedding outfit might even been my favourite of all. She wore a red velvet mini with ruching and lantern sleeves. The cutest!
John and Yoko win when it comes to the most casual, low-key wedding attire. She wore a mini with socks and sneakers. John recounted the lyrics of his song “The Ballad of John and Yoko” to Yoko at their ceremony. Love!
For more alternative wedding inspo you can check out some of my absolute faves on the website – Dom + Javier‘s quirky Castlemaine elopement and Emily + Ben‘s shoot in Trentham. Stay tuned for the wedding of the century – The Kitsch Hitchin’ of our 70s wedding winners Angi + James – Their wedding is coming super soon!
Featuring the crochet dresses of Raquel Welch’s dreams
Castlemaine babe Kate from the iconic Jungle Boogie Vintage has just launched her online store- Sunny Days Vintage and I had to restrain myself from buying every single thing that I photographed (I mean vintage is one off so if I’d done that there’d really be no point doing this shoot hey?)
I worked on two shoots with Kate- one in lovely Castlemaine where we shot around her incredible bohemian house, and at her friends car yard which is home to some of the most amazing cars I’ve seen- I mean have you seen the bedford??? Dani modelled and killed it (as always) at bringing the Penny Lane vibes and Danee from Killer Queen Creative did hair and makeup but you already know that because she does ALL my shoots.
We’d only planned one shoot but worked so well together that I was lucky enough to be asked to do a second lil shoot by Kate- this time around my local burbs in the inner north. Kate’s super chill and an all round legend so she literally just sent me the clothes and let me do what I like with them (DREAM shoot!). I recruited local muso and general babe Rosie to come hangout and eat ice-cream with me so I could take photos of it and call it “work.” We honestly just spent the afternoon running around Preston, looking for rad houses and nice light. We even snuck into a wacky old italian bar and scared some old men, which you can read more about here if you really want to.
I worked on a lil video of the day which is up over here.
But most of all you should check out Sunny Days Vintage because HOLY MOLY. Also because I cannot buy them so you must so that I can live vicariously through your instagram photos of you wearing them. Please.
Sunny Days Vintage
labels + space cadets, tune in
So I’ve been planning this space shoot at the most dreamy secret abandoned space house for like, ever, but I’ve been waiting on some rad AF label to jump on board with the threads who are all about that space age vibe.
Full campaign including HMUA, babes, styling and snaps, at a super discounted rate because I NEED to shoot there, before it’s discovered. Just hit the button below if you wanna hear more about it, and see some top secret snaps.
Alternatively, accepting space cadet applications. I have a few spacesuits ready for ya if you wanna make this shoot about you.
But look, fellow space cowboys. You’d better jump right onto it because I’m only shooting there once, and I am NOT giving away my top secret location to anyone else (it took a LOT of creepy abandoned house exploring to find the perfect spaceship so I ain’t giving it up.)
A lil Priscilla inspired shoot with some of the coolest queens in the You Yangs.
Back in the Summertime I went on a roadie up to Broken Hill for a week. I’ll write more about the road trip another time, but I was so inspired by the drag scene in Broken Hill- especially at the Palace Hotel (which, if you’ve seen Priscilla, is the wacky hotel with painted walls and ceilings they stop in on the way to the desert), which is such a hub of creativity and now hosts the Broken Heel Festival every year. I decided to recreate a lil Priscilla inspired shoot when I returned back to Melbourne and so got in touch with some of the coolest local queens around who were keen to come out to the You Yangs for an afternoon of James-Bond-vibe cars, champagne and shooting in the sun.
All the queens styled themselves, did their own hair and makeup and were just all round incredible models. We had so much fun running around the bush in glittered leotards and high heels- I think we might have confused the locals driving past a little bit but it was well worth it.
GAÁL LAUNCH TODAY AND IT’S WHAT ETHICAL FASHION DREAMS ARE MADE OF
Melbourne’s newest eco-friendly fashion label, Gaal, launch for pre-order today with incredible locally made pieces inspired by the 70s. I was lucky enough to work with them on their campaign which is now up on their new website!
Almost a year ago now I was contacted by Brianna Gaal, co-founder of Gaal along with her partner Mathew- they were in the early stages of sampling and product development and she got in touch to plan a shoot. It’s probably pretty obvious by now that I’m a huge fan of ethical fashion, along with anything retro-inspired, so I was super keen to be involved and started compiling a list of possible locations. By the time we finally met in person a few months back I had so many locations in mind that I was so excited to share with them. We discussed their vision for the shoot and the brand, and they decided to go with the most amazing mid-century home, Casa Warrandyte for their campaign.
We somehow (I think thanks to Brianna & Matt’s incredible organisational skills) managed to shoot their studio lookbook AND campaign in one day- we began at Cat Scratch Studio in Brunswick (I recommend this place to everyone I work with- so cosy, homely and fun!) to shoot their pieces in the studio, had time for a quick lunch break and drove out to Warrandyte in Melbourne’s East for the campaign. It was a HUGE day with the most amazing team that I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with!
I’m so so excited to see Gaal launch- their first collection is absolutely beautiful, so well made, flattering and different. It’s so hard shooting with brands you LOVE because it’s incredibly tempting to spend all your money on their incredible clothes, and I definitely feel this way about Gaal’s collection. So keen to see where they go from here! Congratulations Gaal!
Em’s pre-order picks:
The Brooklyn Flare Pant in Sweet Potato
The Kaia Blazer in Sweet Potato
The Carolina Blouse in Pearl
A collaboration with a The Bearded Gypsy Vintage Co in Berlin!
Just over a year ago I was lucky enough to collaborate on a shoot with a UK based label in Berlin that was featured in sticks & stones! To this day it’s still one of my favourite shoots I’ve worked on EVER so I thought I’d revisit it a year on.
About a year and a half ago (after watching Amelie one too many times) I spontaneously decided to book flights for a solo adventure around Europe- I’m a romantic at heart and the idea of spending autumn wandering the freezing streets of Paris at sunrise, exploring vintage stores in Amsterdam and adventuring to the quirkiest pubs in Berlin was way too exciting for me not to book it, then and there.
I’m a HUGE fan of some of Europe & The UK’s amazing vintage and vintage inspired labels- and I knew I wanted to make the most of Europe as a backdrop for my photos, so I put out a callout for creatives to collaborate. Almost immediately Tillie from The Bearded Gyspy Vintage Co. sent me a message and although I wasn’t going to be visiting her hometown of London, she decided to fly to Berlin to meet me for the shoot!
Despite it being her first time in Berlin too, Tillie quickly pulled together an incredible team of hair + makeup artists, models and the most amazing location- a hotel in East Berlin that had been almost untouched since before the wall fell and was filled with quirky wallpaper and furniture. We spent the afternoon listening to music, drinking local german beers, and taking snaps around the hotel. In Melbourne I was used to one or two hour shoots; In Berlin, shooting comes second to drinking, dancing, chatting and exploring. We met mid morning for coffee and the day flew so quickly that we didn’t wrap up til 10pm that night. To celebrate we rode our bikes through the streets to Berlin’s most famous burger + beer bar (I don’t think we even arrived til midnight). It was such a fun day and I’m so so glad I got to work with such creative European talent to create these snaps! Hopefully the next time I spontaneously book late night flights it’ll be to London so I can work with Tillie again on another campaign!
A 70s inspired collaboration with some of my favourite local labels!
Secondhand News was inspired by the incredible Firecracker event space – a former mechanics warehouse in Northcote that’s been converted into an amazing space with a sunken lounge, 70s shag rug and the most amazing natural light.
I absolutely LOVE sourcing styling pieces from local labels to use in my shoots. For this collab I borrowed some pieces from Melbourne local Uncle Phuncle– who creates amazing 60s inspired fitted dress with matching jackets and belts, along with stunning printed blouses, Closet Mod– an Adelaide based handmade label creating the cutest minis and 60s throwback prints. I stumbled across Neon Punk a while back and have been wanting to borrow her earrings for a shoot forever! She’s also based in Adelaide and creates super cute earrings- like bowie vibe lighting bolts. All their creations tied in so well together!