In the May issue of Australian Home Beautiful check out Amanda Blair’s home. Amanda is co-founder of bespoke stationer’s Corban & Blair http://www.corbanblair.com.au/
This Brisbane apartment in the current issue of Australian House & Garden, was shot last year with my dear friend and stylist Kate Nixon.
It was the only day of my trip up to “sunny” Queensland that it actually wasn’t sunny but rather grey skies and rain.
Kate and I were a tad worried about the weather and shooting small spaces can be tricky at the best of times. We were both grateful that the verandah was under cover otherwise we would of had to re-schedule due to the bad weather.
The homeowner Wendy had an amazing collection of hand bags and luggage- check out the Prada trunk under the coffee table. My personal favourite was her yellow Hermes shoulder bag. Wendy was so lovely she even made us home made brownies. So despite the inclement weather it didn’t turn out to badly. We even scored the cover- who’d a thought?
Sometimes I will shoot a house and it may not be published for a few months and in some cases up to a year later. This all depends on what other homes the magazine maybe running; how many houses they have on their books and what season they think the house would suit best. So this house in the January’13 issue of Australian House & Garden was actually shot over a year ago on one of my regular jaunts to sunny Queensland.
The location was idyllic and the house was beautifully designed. Stylist Kate Nixon played up the view with her splendiferous styling of the jetty. Magnificent!
In the recent issue of Real Living I shot a couple of “Handy woman” stories. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the “Handy woman” page it’s a kinda DIY makes for around the home. They are generally cool ideas inspired by current trends. Stylist Erin Michael produced 2 projects, the first where she transformed a boring cabinet into a work of art and the second project Erin got a block of wood and constructed some cool wall hooks. I also managed to play around with some stop frame animation created for the new viewa app. Check it out…
I have just flown back from one of my annual trips to sunny Queensland. For the past few years stylist Kate Nixon and I have been commissioned to shoot houses in Queensland for Australian House & Garden. We go up once, sometimes twice a year to shoot anywhere between 5-9 houses in a stretch. Kate and I call it our “Thelma & Louise” trips as there is always a bit of driving involved which tends to make the days very long and arduous. We have Brisbane based assistant Max who greatly helps us out on our shoots. He is the “muscles” that we crucially need for lifting heavy furniture, he carries photographic equipment, loads CF cards to the laptop, helps Kate with props and generally he keeps the shoot flowing. We have to cover the exterior of the house, the gardens if poss, all the rooms: bedrooms, kitchen, living, bathroom, laundry, study & any other rooms that could be of interest from a design or lifestyle perspective, so there is a massive amount to get through. We rarely stop for lunch, we kinda eat on the go as we are always chasing the light so timing is everything. At the end of each day we manage to have a few laughs over glass of vino. The favourite part of the trip for me would have to be room service- so boring for some yet such a splurge for me, especially after such a gruelling day it’s just heaven! We are so fortunate that we get to see some phenomenal homes, diverse in styles and design and meet the most lovely & interesting people. In the end we manage to capture the most amazing shots & that makes it definitely worth it all!
In the October issue of Australian House & Garden I had a few house stories run and wanted to highlight for you one of my favourites.
This cute bungalow is located in the southern beaches of Sydney. It was the home of food stylist Saskia Hay who I have had the pleasure of working with in the past. Saskia appointed the clever duo Sarah Marriott & Meryl Hare of Hare+Klein to re-design the home into a relaxing coastal retreat. This would have to be one of my favourite kitchens ever- totally love the concrete bench tops.