At the end of this scorching summer there were very few large blooms left in the garden. But never fear, I almost always have a stash of fake flowers on standby, just incase my subject is keen on a bloomin beautiful floral headpiece.
And oh those sweet freckles Emily!
"Your freckles are constellations that not even the sky can match" - Marthe Hagen
And while we are on the subject of Fake - nothing like a few fake lashes to add to the drama!
To view Emily's gorgeous transformation check out the before and after gallery here . . . .www.helenokey.com/before-and-after.html
To create different "looks" I sometimes get hold of wigs to mix things up when working with one model.
These are from a series I shot documenting a private collection of vintage clothing back in my student days.
My two years of photography studies in Hobart coincided with my nieces last two years of highschool, so when I was in need of a model for a project, good old Gracie would find time in her ridiculously busy schedule to come and play dressups with me in the fantastic studio at the Tasmanian Polytechnic.
Hours of fun! So many laughs were had during the making of these photographs.
Oh and Grace, I still have the out takes in the archives . . .
Pity I missed dragging them out for your 21st, oh well, it will give you something to look forward to at your 50th!
To check out more of my fashion images click on the following link . . . .
One thing that I love to do during a portrait shoot is to take fresh flowers from the garden and use them during the session if the client is up for it.
Red just happens to be my favourite colour, so I often gravitate in that direction and contrasted against a black background can create drama.
Simple petunias and a stunning profile equals dramatic portrait.
For more portraits with or without flowers, check out the portrait page on my website here . . . http://www.helenokey.com/portraits.html
Recently I had the pleasure of photographing the most gorgeous basket collection designed and made by the very clever artist - Roslyn Holmes.
They are currently on exhibition at the Ivy Hill Gallery Wapengo until Feb 14 2016.
Check them out if you are down that way . . .
Got a spare 2 minutes and 7 seconds? Check out this little video slideshow of just some of the highlights - while sadly I couldn't get around to view the whole programme, I gave it a jolly good try. Eurobodalla has a wealth of talented artists and I had the pleasure of documenting some of the fabulous art on exhibition plus the artists behind the work during the recent ten day River of Art Festival.
Crank up the volume and hold on to your hats! Helen
Here's a wee sneak peek from last Sunday's fashion shoot. While I don't want to give too much away before the up coming Outrageous Fashion Show, I am dying to share more images.
This is just a snippet of a fantastic felted headpiece by the very talented Keedah Throssell.
I'm so pleased to have met so many very talented designers/creators over the years and I love having the opportunity to shoot their work.
Mothers Day was spent with two mums and daughters working on documenting just some of the many fabulous wearable art creations by members of the Eurobodalla Fibre Textiles Artists Group for this years Fashion Show.
If you have tickets already for OUTRAGEOUS, then you are in for a treat . . . if you don't have tickets yet, bookings are essential and selling fast so be in!
If you are interested but not able to come to the show, watch this space . . . I will be posting some more photographs from yesterday fantastic fashion shoot later this month.
This years theme is OUTRAGEOUS - so anything goes! Included are outfits entitled "Fireworks" "Gilded Bird" and "Bra-ssy" to name just a few. Put together using mediums of wool, wire, feathers, films, upcycled "treasure" etc etc - the creativity of EFTAG knows no boundaries!
Many thanks to the designers who provided their garments yesterday, to Sue Barford for the use of her studio also to Monika for her fabulous contribution in the hair and make up department.
Young Molly and Alice were truly great to work with and they amazed me with their change in character with each change of outfit - a great team effort all round! Thanks everyone, Helen.
Currently I have a solo exhibition of portraits displayed at the Narooma Library on the beautiful south coast of NSW.
The Eurobodalla Shire Council have kindly given me this opportunity to show case my work through "SPUR" - a free monthly program of exhibitions and floor talks from the regions artists in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma libraries.
- Springboard - Promote - Unveil - Reveal -
A week today it will be my turn to take the floor and I will be talking about the stories behind the portraits on show.
My models are not professional models but everyday woman who are mothers, daughters, students and one portrait, "the Sea Princess" is quite literally the girl next door. She kindly allowed me to drape her in somewhat slimely seaweed for her Princess Portrait. She was a very good sport about it I must say, very stoic despite it not being the most comfortable of experiences! Bravo to you young Jess.
If you are in the area do pop by the library 5pm Wednesday the 14th of May - if not, I will post some photographs of the exhibition at it's conclusion on May the 23rd.
The last Sunday of every month a bunch of Blues musicians gather at Malua Bay to share their musical talents and I had the good fortune to be invited last sunday. Well I really should get out more - some great entertainment was on offer including singer/songwriter
Sarah Cowan of Sacred Cow
I find words difficult to describe the array of talent on display at the recent EFTAG exhibition "Hidden".
Here are just a few of the many wonderful works of art by the Eurobodalla Fibre & Textile Artist Group.
I'll let the photographs do the talking - enjoy! Helen