I am a firm believer in throwing yourself in the deep end. I love to try new things, I love to learn, and I try to keep improving all the time – and to do that you need to step outside your comfort zone. For me, in the last few months, that meant a huge leap into an area I’d always wanted to try – fashion photography!

Enter the beautiful Ashleigh McCallum, otherwise known as the Blonde Silhouette – fashion blogger and stylist, fellow tea enthusiast and all-round sweetheart. Working with Ashleigh has been, and continues to be, a huge source of inspiration for me – Ashleigh is always up for anything I throw at her and I love testing out new ideas with her. We’re keen to be the next Nicole Warne and Carin Olsson! I’ve learned a lot through trial-and-error about how to photograph to show off Ashleigh’s outfits and accessories, and using locations that are a little offbeat and unusual. Now I’m taking that knowledge with me to weddings and applying it when photographing the bride and bridesmaids in their dresses, detail shots of jewellery and intricate fabrics, and finding locations that will set the bridal portrait session apart – especially if it’s raining! It’s made a huge difference to my work, and I’m pretty excited to see how shooting fashion (and other areas outside my comfort zone) can help me improve for my clients this year!

Here are some of my favourites from my work with Ashleigh so far, and some notes and tidbits from me throughout. There are links to Ashleigh’s complete posts underneath the images from each look, and you’ll find many more with other wonderful Brisbane fashion photographers on her website at www.theblondesilhouette.com.au

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TBS006Huge thanks to Belle Èpoque Cafe & Patisserie in Emporium in Brisbane for giving us permission to use their stunning shopfront for our Paris-inspired shoot above. See Part 1 and Part 2 of Belle Èpoque on the Blonde Silhouette.

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TBS007See Paradise Print on the Blonde Silhouette

TBS044See “the Manhattan” – our very first collaboration – on the Blonde Silhouette

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TBS012See Running With Wolves on the Blonde Silhouette

The following three looks were all shot on the same day – Ashleigh is a wizard when it comes to quick changes and making subtle adjustments to bring out a new flavour in her outfit!

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TBS015See Ivory. on the Blonde Silhouette

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TBS017See Queen of Hearts on the Blonde Silhouette

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TBS020See Sour Cherry on the Blonde Silhouette

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TBS023See Turning Violet on the Blonde Silhouette

The following images are from our “Iron Maiden” concept – this industrial nook in the heart of West End absolutely has my heart, and it’s my dream to bring a bride and groom here one day for their wedding portraits!

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TBS030See Iron Maiden on the Blonde Silhouette

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TBS033See Strawberry Kisses, Summer Wishes on the Blonde Silhouette

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TBS037See Set in Stone on the Blonde Silhouette

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TBS043See Animal Instinct on the Blonde Silhouette

We now return to your regular programming!