Several weeks ago I was on facebook and my friend Amy (the make up artist) liked a page called Pose Project Management and I was intrigued. Basically the premise of the page is to connect up and coming photographers, models, stylists, hair and make up artists and get them to collaborate on projects (for free) to build their portfolios. It’s a free community to join, none of the artists are paid they just receive photos as payment. There are dedicated “suburb” groups within the community which make it really easy to find people close by to work with, you don’t necessarily have to travel into Sydney CBD to do work.
“Gown & Stones”
Pose Project Management post new “inspiration images” in the Western Sydney folder every week just like this one above. Anyone who’s interested on doing a job that will result in a similar image to this, puts their hand up and says “I’d like to be photographer/model/etc” then the Pose Team select who they think should participate. Once the team is chosen we’re given our own private group to discuss details like date/time/styling.
For “Gown & Stones” I was selected as the photographer. Kirsty was chosen as the model and Amy was the make up artist. This was my first Pose photoshoot and I couldn’t have asked for a better team. We didn’t have to recreate the inspiration image exactly, it was just to give us a bit of direction to get us thinking about similar locations, weather, outfits etc. It was good because we didn’t know each other really, what we like or what our personal style is. The image kept us all on the same page.
Amy and Kirsty started getting ready around 7am and I joined them at 8am and we were at our location, Yarramundi Reserve by 9am ready to start shooting. Kirsty brought along this gorgeous crotchet gown to wear and it was perfect, I may have even fell in love with it! There was no fog, it was warm in the sun, we had clearing skies and the air was still. It was so quiet you could hear ducks wings flapping against the water as they flew and skimmed the surface. I found myself knee deep in freezing water (it was about 6-8 degrees) at one point just so I could get the shot I needed… I made a mental note to buy gumboots. Kirsty is wearing uggboots underneath that dress… lucky thing!
Thank you Kirsty and Amy for being totally awesome and I hope you love the photos!