I am really not the one to turn down a opportunity to shoot and amazing model twice in a week so when I got the thumbs up from Chloe's agent that I could work with her again. I jumped at the chance ......having pulled swimwear from TJ Swim all I had to do was find a beautiful setting to do this editorial. After much thought it wasn't hard to go back to the Royal National Park again to do this shoot. But on this occasion we moved beaches from just around the corner from Bundeena to "Bonnie Vale Beach" As you can see in the pic's, the place is amazing and very easy on the eye. Not to mention a outstanding location for a swim shoot. My inspiration for this shoot was not only Chloe but the location it's self. So mixing the two together you get the editorial below " Close to Paradise"
Our breath taking location.
Close to Paradise
Location hunting in Sydney for a beach shoot can sometimes be taxing to say the least. So when I decided to shoot down in the Royal National Park, I had the choice of two beaches to chose from. The first one is Maianbar, which by the way will be the location for my next editorial in a couple of weeks, which you can check out on LaMode.
So that left me Bundeena, which is a small beach locked away in the corner of the national park. It is a location that is close to my heart because it is the spot that I used to shoot the first story in my book "Surface to Soul" (Please check it out via the link on this page) And not to mention one of the pic's from that shoot made the cover.
With it's golden sand and breath taking ocean setting how could I resist not shooting on Bundeena beach again. Especially after shooting up on the Northern beaches so many times. I thought it was time for a change.
So that leads me on to the amazing model I was able to book for this shoot Chloe Vialaret who resides from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She has not shot swimwear before. But you wouldn't of thought that as we effortlessly moved from one shot to the other. We did eight in total but as you will see there were so many amazing shots I had to fill this editorial with a lot more than that. I even found time on my trip back to take a snap of this dam. Everything about the Royal National Park in Sydney will "Leave you Speechless"
Leave Me Speechless
Swimwear: Auqua Swimwear
Photographer: Geoffrey Chuah
Make-up and Hair: Frances Fraser
Model: Chloe Vialaret
I try and make each and every editorial that I shoot for LaMode Magazine different. So when I was able to pull swimwear from Molly and Polly a Gold Cost swim brand. I was more than happy for that to arrive on my door step. I have worked with Molly and Polly's swimwear before. If you check out my archives from January 2015 you will see two story's that I have shoot with Molly and Polly swim. It's fun, colourful and not to mention easy to shoot. Some swimwear can be a little bit difficult to work with as the shapes it can create on the model can make it more than challenging. But with Molly and Polly's stuff it seem to flow from one shot to the next.
The goal was to make the shoot look tropical. Yes we did have rain and a thunder storm on the day just to make my life as a photographer a bit more difficult, but we battled through it and created what I think are some beautiful pictures. I do have a BTS video that is of me and my team hiding under a rock to shelter us from the rain. Just to show everyone what we had to deal with on the day.
On a dryer note LaMode Magazine will be doing fortnightly editorial's from this week onwards.....maybe the odd editorial thrown in there to mix it up a bit.
Swimwear: Molly and Polly
Photographer: Geoffrey Chuah
Make-up and Hair: Tracy Terashima
Around The World
I have had the pleasure of working with Brittaney twice over the last 4 years and each time I have worked with her there seems to be a connection straight way when we are shooting (Which is very important when you are working with a model or vice versa) That wouldn't be hard to do considering how long she has worked in the industry, not just here in Australia but not to mention Milan, Paris and Asia. Scoring major campaigns and editorials for big name clients.
So when I got a text from her (yes we are friends as well) to do a shoot for her modeling school I jumped at the chance to work with again!!!! I also managed to fit in a interview with her about her career, her recently started modeling school and why she jumped into this sometimes hearting but very very rewarding industry. Don't for get to check out the BTS video as well for a cheeky look at me and Brittaney working!!
Q:What made you want to get into modelling?
A:When I was younger I was quite overweight and when I looked at pictures of models they inspired me to recreate myself. Once I lost the weight I was then spotted by a photographer who put me forward to a major modelling agency and it all started from there.
Q:What's the most fun part about your job?
A:Getting to meet amazing people and travelling to incredible locations.
Q:You have recently opened a modelling school, what made you want to do that?
A:A lot of young girls have been approaching me over the years for modelling advice and how to get into modelling, so I realised there is real demand for something like this to be accessible from anywhere in the world. Therefore online was the natural progression for this so that people could do it in the comfort of their own home and as many times as they need to. Also there's very little information available about how the industry really works. So I decided to open up and share what really happens in the industry. I absolutely love helping people developed their skills and encouraging them to go for their dreams in life. Here's a link to the model school www.modelschool.brittaneyjohnston.com
Q:Is there any thing you don't like about modelling?
A:Every single profession has its draw backs, however I wouldn't be doing this still if I didn't love it. It is a lot of hard work and you have to be thoroughly committed to become successful.
Q:You have traveled a lot for work what is your favourite country and city?
A:Yes I have, pretty much all over the globe however I do really love Paris it's so beautiful and absolutely love the architecture.
Q:Is there a favourite shoot that you have worked on? Editorial and commercial?
A:I absolutely loved shooting for Marie Claire when I was on The Face Australia... Such a beautiful elegant editorial. Plus we got to shoot in an incredible old mansion. I recently did a music video for Phil Hancocks lastest song 'Orchsetra' we had to run across fields of super long grass filled with cobblers pegs, crawl through drain pipes with spiders and other creepy crawlies, run across unstable bridges and shoot in spooky old buildings :) all and all so much fun! It was a full two days until midnight of shooting :)
Photographer: Geoffrey Chuah@www.gcphotography.net
Brittaney Johnston@London management and Que Models
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