For the interiors shots in Monty's Shack at Coaster's Retreat, I was beyond delighted to be able to use a suite of divine products to create that tropicana-luxe feel that makes the perfect lifestyle setting for my summer hats.
With thanks to the beautiful and talented people behind Homeworks Design (for the retro tropical cushions), Goss Lingerie (for the white lace robe), Olsen Design (for the interior screen using "The Great Shalimar" fabric) and Bethany Linz (designer of the Great Shalimar fabric) for their kindness in lending me their beautiful products for my photo shoot.
That's all! With a smile,
Here's my behind-the-scenes pictorial of the photo shoots for the Carolyn Unwin High Summer 2015 collection of summer hats.
Just to make things far more complex than they probably needed to be, I ended up doing two photo shoots in two of my favourite locations - Cremorne Point, Sydney and Coaster's Retreat off Palm Beach in Sydney.
The Cremorne Point shoot allowed me to capture all the wonderful angles and reflective surfaces of the new ferry pontoon with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House often popping up in the background. And as you can tell from the grin on my face, it was fun!
Goofing around in the new Diablo Henley.
Loving that iconic Harbour Bridge & Diablo Henley.
Now I see what I look like from behind. With a design that didn't make the final cut.
And the Coaster's Retreat shoot, revisited the site of last years shoot, capturing the unique Australian beauty, light and colour of Australia's Pittwater.
Critical infrastructure in the romantic light of sunset.
With thanks to Brittney Bloomer, Simon Kenny, Maurice Parker and Peter Girdis for making it all possible.
It never seems to last long enough but maybe that's part of why it seems so precious.
It's officially autumn and yet, it's still warm and sunny in Sydney.
So as I prepare to welcome autumn, here are five perfect images that sum up the supreme joy of summer to me.
My little photographic homage........ to summer (clink!) ......
With a smile,
Images of my Sirocco hats in their various guises.....and photos I took at one of my favourite spots in Sydney - up the top.....it can only be beautiful Pittwater.
With a smile,
I'm finding it hard to take blogging seriously & I can't help but think of a great T-shirt I once saw walking the streets....and it said "No one cares about your blog". Brutal but funny and probably pretty accurate. And yet, I was recently asked these questions in an interview by lovely Brittany May for her Fierce Females Blog, so welcome to Blog Post #3. I am shamelessly ripping her off and....
It's all about me.........
1) What is it that empowers you most?
It’s the inspiration of beautiful images, music and views. It’s people doing beautiful, giving things all over the world and the companionship of people across nations and cultures. We are all human; there are more similarities than differences and I find that quite inspirational.
2) What is it that you love most about yourself?
That’s a tough question. I find it easier to talk about what I don’t like and what I would like to improve (my memory and spoken language skills). I think maybe what I like most about myself is that I like most people and generally find interesting and positive things in them.
3) What makes you feel most beautiful?
I like the feeling of being strong and energetic and healthy which I get when I stick to a regular exercise routine. I was never a sporty child or teen and it was only in my mid 20’s that I really started to exercise. It took me a long time to realise that while I didn’t like doing the exercise, that I liked how it made me feel afterwards and on a day-to-day basis.
4) Who is your biggest role model and why?
I don’t know that I have a role model. I don’t think I know anyone or have seen anyone who is doing and living the way I want to live (not that I’ve achieved nirvana yet, but I’m working towards it).
5) Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
All those women all over the world who live quiet lives, with no hope of escaping the drudgery and menial tasks that they need to do every day in order to support their families and in the hope of building a better future for their children.
6) If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
One of those Bond girls, but not the ones that die and not Moneypenny. One of those ones who gets the Bond – don’t care which one – they’re all worthy.
7) What is your biggest life goal?
To establish and develop my own brand as a profitable and growing business. I would like to effectively marry the creative side of my personality and the need for business discipline and success, to be able to independently look after myself, those I care about and those who deserve a break.
8) What is your biggest accomplishment?
Completing my MBA (Masters of Business Administration).
9) What is your favourite quote?
If you will forgive me – it’s not a quick quote. I can’t think of a quick snappy quote – most of them sound like they are off the back of a bathroom calendar. So….it’s a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley called “Ozymandius” and it goes like this (feel free to sing along).......
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
I love it, because it puts everything in perspective.
10) If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
Just go for it. Don’t be scared. Or if you are scared, just do it anyway. Get out of school, but know that you will need to continue your education and learning for your whole life, dump the small-minded careers advice you (kind of) got and go for it doing what you are good at and what you love. It is possible to make a living doing all sorts of fabulous jobs that don’t exist in your hometown. There is a huge world out there full of wonderful people who can help. Find your community by being positive and happy and let yourself enjoy thriving within it.
11) What does feminism mean to you?
It doesn’t mean man-hating. It means freedom and not being blocked in your ambitions, achievements and sucking the marrow out of life. Sometimes I even find it hard to realise when I am being blocked by others, because cultural and societal limitations that are placed on and around woman are so long-standing and can be quite insidious and sometimes they can seem quite well-meaning.
It’s good to hear the opinions of others, the comedy of Caitlin Moran (British comedian) and nothing replaces the wise counsel of close girlfriends!
So to conclude - enough about me. Let's talk about you. What do you think of me?
Of course, there is so much more that I love about summer, but that's another conversation with myself......
With a smile,