Beautiful Ghost Town …

12 Mar

Stunning for so many reasons…

A shoot with Lee Sandwith …

9 Mar

I worked with a the beautiful Lee Sandwith on a photo shoot recently. I was chuffed she asked me to model but unfortunately it was an intensely hot day and hair and make up was difficult to control in the middle of this bushy landscape with just a hand mirror a tiny make up case and not much else. We had to carry just the basics because we jumped a fence (with a no trespassing sign) to get to here! It was a no-glam affair with quick clothing changes happening with barely a twig to cover modesty. Thankfully there was no one else around. Just Lee and I and the sun reminding us that Melbourne sometimes decides it can do summer too…

 

Beautiful Brooke Frazer shots …

1 Mar

I heart metomimi …

23 Feb

One of my clients, the talented Ann Brennan, makes beautiful art. I follow her blog and get inspired when I see stuff like this…

beautiful animals …

22 Feb

Illustrations by Julien Pacaud

Sins of the therapist (beware the email deal)…

17 Feb

The words “Forgive me father for I have sinned” should be on the lips of many beauty therapists and salon owners.

In my history I’ve seen therapists come in from having a fag out back, reeking of smoke only to breeze into their next facial booking. I’ve encountered, as a client, therapists padding about the salon in worn rubber thongs and grubby bare feet. There have been therapists who cannot pronounce the names of ingredients who have also given advice to clients that contradicts both gravity and science while trying to make a sale. My heart sinks each time I bear witness.

Today I went for a treatment package my beautiful sister Fiona bought me for my birthday. She figured even a therapist needs a little therapy, some TLC.  She’d bought the package with the best of intentions on one of those discount sites that emails you a weekly deal. Fiona and I  learned today that sometimes ‘too good to be true’ is indeed too good to be true.

I walked up the stairs to the centre and was greeted by an eight-week-old pug dog. No one was around (except another client who was waiting and offered to take this photos)  so I played with this little one for a while…

When someone came out, barefoot and in tight black jeans, I was told to sit in reception and put my feet into the foot spa. It was a DIY situation for a while there. I sat in the corner, flicked on the spa and eyed the tools laid out on a towel on the floor. I was tempted to grab the implements and start.

The power went out and the spa stopped and the cavernous space was filled with echos of staff talking loudly on mobile phones, voicemail played on loudspeaker, conversations clear and, well… loud. The salon owner grumbling about the state of things in the same room as clients.

My facial enzyme treatment was lovely, though, with no stereo, I had provided my own relaxation music on my iphone for the treatment. While my little gadget didn’t provide surround sound it was music and I was grateful. My sound quality was a little better than the therapy room artwork (note it’s a 16 x 20 frame without a picture in it).

Facial over, I was a little alarmed when I got off the treatment bed and saw some of the ‘professional’ products laid out on the bench.

Back at reception three staff members were sat around the front desk manicuring each other. One handed me another flier and ‘hoped to see me soon’. No one stood to show me out or stopped their nail filing. I left them and my favorite staff member (below) to do their thing and quietly left…

A little lax…

2 Feb

I’ve been a little lax in posting of late. I seem to have no words but I am loving poring over beautiful photos. I am still in love with Oprisco’s images, so here are some more…