As I set up my new studio space, I found myself reflecting on all of the photography adventures we had at the original Pinup HQ - which mainly involved me shoving beautiful models in the hedges around the house.
So may I present: an ode to the hedge - the greenery and seasonal flowers that allowed me to take advantage of a natural backdrop, and the stunning women who made the portraits shine.
Using the hedge started when I was photographing a series of bridal hair looks for use in our portfolio.
Model: Sienna Ridgeway
Model: Madison Hadland
The hedge out the front of the house boasted some of the most beautiful flowers which ranged from white to lilac with beads of yellow. Forgive me that I am not a 'plant person', I merely appreciate the beauty of nature for what it is, not what it is called.
Catie's shoot was entertaining, as she was the daughter of a neighbour who I convinced to let me style for the series. Using the hedge out the front also meant her father took the opportunity to embarrass her as he came out the front to see her all dolled up and wedged in the hedge.
Model: Catie Loch
Mid shoot with Frankie in the studio I remember saying 'Wait, let's chuck you in the hedge'. And I am so glad I did! Her fiery locks and pops of colour from her dress made this set one of my favourites by far. She was not afraid to get in it and her expert modelling poses made this pure joy to shoot and edit.
Model: Frankie Deville
A good friend also provided me the challenge to take some photos to update her modelling portfolio for use with an agency. This was an agency who strongly encouraged their models to be natural and non-airbrushed. So I had to add in some shots in the hedge to showcase Elle's natural beauty.
Model: Elle Williamson
The last time a model was framed by the hedge was Natasha after our shoot for the Pastel Pin Curls series. Her newly dyed yellow hair screamed to be surrounded by dappled light and splashed of yellow.
Model: Natasha Crowe
Makeup: Elizabeth Martin
While we kiss goodbye that chapter of our life and welcome a bright new future in our new house, I will always cherish that hedge.
The new location for Pinup HQ features gardens of Australian natives and wide open spaces. I am excited to see what I can capture in the natural beauty of trees and flowers that remind me of a childhood building cubby houses in the bush.