THIS is exactly the house I always dreamed of photographing (and living in, but I’ll tick that goal later) when I started out. Emma Peel is a copywriter, radio announcer and DJ (She hosts one of my favourite PBS shows - Switched On!), Danny Walsh is an engineer and very talented musician and they live with their beautiful daughter, Joni, and their other beautiful daughter Marsha, who was still inside Emma at this point! It was such a pleasure to be invited into their amazingly unique home.
Katia Carletti is a potter and Rohan Fraser is an artist and they live together in this cute and quiet home in Adelaide with their Mini Lop Rabbit, Tilvie. Even their dirty dishes pile is the prettiest I've ever seen! I love both of their work so much, and I was very lucky to be invited into their home to take photos for frankie magazine's SPACES Volume Four, a publication that it has been my dream to shoot for since first laying my eyes on Volume One! It's available lots of good Aussie newsagents, or click here to buy online or search for stockists.
Katia and Rohan fed me with the most delicious (and most beautiful looking) pumpkin soup and home baked sourdough while I was halfway through shooting their house. YUM! What kind folks they are.
Singer-songwriter Mojo Juju and burlesque performer-costumier Frankie Valentine. These two women make a strikingly creative and accomplished duo. This photo was taken in their suburban home in Melbourne’s north, as the couple approached their seven-year anniversary. The photos form a series looking into Mojo Juju and Frankie’s home life, a behind-the-scenes view of these two incredible performers that we rarely get to see. They were taken to accompany an interview by Madeleine Dore for the website Extraordinary Routines, which explored their daily routines as individuals, and as a couple.
Sometimes I can't believe I get to meet the inspiring people I do and see the amazing homes I get to step foot in because of my job. My time with Georgia Frances King in her street-art-collecting parents' home was right up there with the best experiences so far. Georgia was previously the editor of Kinfolk magazine, assistant editor of Frankie magazine (my two favourites!), and is now the new Deputy Ideas Editor (what a cool title) at Quartz in NYC. Have a read/look at her interview feature over at Extraordinary Routines.
I love what Georgia had to say about the curse of being busy. "When people are asked how they are, their answer so often is 'I’m so busy.' So I banned those words from my vocabulary and decided that I wasn’t going to define myself by how busy I am." - Georgia Frances King for Extraordinary Routines.
Photos from my visit to Tai Snaith's drool-worthy home for Extraordinary Routines. Check out her insightful interview with Madeleine over on the Extraordinary Routines website, where she talks slowing down and balancing motherhood with her art practice.
"I never used to have enough time but now I feel like that’s all just a concept – you decide how much time you have, you choose that. You can work instead of watching Broad City, or first thing in the morning. I’m just starting to feel a bit more in control of that." Tai Snaith for Extraordinary Routines.
I feel very lucky to have participated in a workshop by the legendary Paul Barbera last weekend. We were able to take photos (and watch Paul work his magic) at the Robin Boyd Walsh Street house, a beautiful and functional modern home designed by Boyd in 1958 for himself and his family to live in.
I met many other wonderful photographers and got so much out of Paul's lessons, and feeling very inspired right now! Paul has been inspirational to my work for the last 5 years, and his way of working and methodology align closely to my own aspirations. It's so encouraging to know that someone with Paul's simple and understated style can make it big in this industry - you don't need the big lights and flashy super constructed photos to impress. If you're reading this Paul, THANK YOU! If you're not familiar with Paul Barbera's work, check it out, especially his blog Where They Create.
Here are some of my favourite shots from the day.