This year (2018) was the year that world renowned vintage hair and makeup artist Miss Rockabilly Ruby toured the world with her talented photographer husband Charles for their Primp and Pose tour.
The tour included 10 cities in four countries, teaching her hair styling class to over 300 students with 20 portrait photo sessions.
We were very lucky and honoured to host their Queensland and final leg of their tour in September. I'd like to think they ended their tour on a high, because, koalas!
What many people do not realise, is how far in advance we have to plan these events. I was in communication with Ruby and Charles since September 2017, locking in venues and dates, while trying to contain my excitement and keeping this massive news on the down low until they announced their tour in January 2018.
So I thought I'd share a little insight into what we all got up to in the whirl wind four days they graced our Sunshine State.
It was well established early in our conversations that koala cuddling would be a high priority during their trip. And when the Friday turned out to be their only 'free' day in Queensland, we swiftly scooted down to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to spend some time with our Aussie animals. It is always fun to be a tourist in your own country. We had a great day hanging out and feeding the kangaroos while buying time before the koala cuddling. Literal tears of joy were held back (just!) as Ruby and Charles both got their special 5 minute cuddles with a koala. You can see more in their video linked at the bottom of this blog post.
After Lone Pine, we went into Southbank Brisbane for a nice lunch and a quick walk around before Ruby and Charles caught an Uber to pick up their hired camera equipment and went home to their accommodation for the night. While I also made my way home, to the Sunshine Coast, for the night because #mumlife and a good nights rest in preparation for the next day.
Saturday was the 'Pose' portion of the tour, featuring a full day of photo sessions at a stunning architectural Air Bnb in Brisbane. Ruby had prepped me the day before for how long shoot days are, so I packed extra coffee and snacks just to be safe.
Jasmine from Naturally Vintage Hair and myself were the assistants for the day, assisting with curl setting, makeup brush cleaning and light testing for Charles. It was such a privilege to work with and alongside Miss Rockabilly Ruby soaking up all her knowledge, tips and tricks like a thirsty sponge!
Not only was I able to assist in their hair styling, but I was also tickled to see three of my pinup idols; Miss Bettie Butcher, Miss Sapphire Siren and Miss Citrine Velvetine doing what they do best during their photo sessions with Charles.
So with five ladies all primped and posed, it was then my turn! We had been going since 9am and I sat in the hair and makeup chair at around 8pm. Ruby did the most amazing pageboy with my hair and I was in love with my makeup look. I am so excited to see my photos from Charles and to share them with you all.
Ruby started packing up all of their luggage whilst Charles and I were shooting. Then it was a massive game of Tetris to get everything (including all the hired camera equipment) into my small car. By the time we were on the road back to the Sunshine Coast it was around 1am (told you shoot days were long). See, we don't look tired at all!
Sunday was the big day for the Sunshine Coast Pinup School, hosting Miss Rockabilly Ruby's beauty school class at the Black Box Theatre in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast. Prep for the day started at 9am, setting up the space and getting the hair models ready.
It was an amazing class! I sat front and center madly taking notes. I thought I had already learnt so much from her the day before, but she went into such detail on how to recreate her signature hair styles during her class.
Photos by Charles Torrealba (Silver and Soul Creative)
And of course I also had my Beauty School certificate signed by Miss Rockabilly Ruby accompanied with a token photo.
After the beauty school I took Ruby and Charles for a little site seeing cruise in my 64 Ford Falcon XM to Mooloolaba for dinner. That night we all happily greeted our beds with satisfaction and exhaustion! 5am Monday morning and we were up, had the car packed and ready for our farewells at Brisbane airport.
It was short and sweet, and most definitely an experience I will never forget. I have adopted all of my new techniques to provide my clients with the best hair ever and have gained a valuable friendship with my creative idols.
Check out what else Ruby and Charles got up to during their Australian tour through their eyes: