Day three of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival brings us to Crown Oaks Day (aka Ladies Day). Oaks did not disappoint. The Ladies came in all the feminine glamour that my lens could wish for. Gowns, adoring floral, lace and bright colours, complimented with delicate bows, boaters and head bands, completed impeccable outfits. The seasons finest designer bags paired with killer Valentino rockstuds stole the show, and possibly the flesh of the brave ladies who wore them for hours (the heels that is). And what would ladies day be without the dapper gents who put in as much effort to get that perfect head-to-toe look.
I enjoyed Oaks very much this year. I even took a moment to have a chat to the lovely Bec Hewitt. Bec is a real sweetheart and down-to-earth, which of-course the media doesn’t like to portray. Don’t believe everything you read on the news stand!
Fashion on the fields is quite a step away from my traditional street style photography, but nevertheless I was still in my element, spotting and snapping the most fashionable Race goers having a good time.
Well it’s a wrap from me, that was my final day at the races, and I sincerely want to thank everybody for their support – PR agencies, my photographer buddies for hanging out with me, and all the fantastic people I got to meet and snap along the way. Oh, and thanks for the love regarding my coverage for What Would Karl Do too, I’m glad you are enjoying my take on fashion on the fields.
Lastly but not the least I want to thank the following people:
- Jess Dempsey of What Would Karl Do for selecting me to work with her and for being a pleasure to shoot
- Bared Footwear for saving my feet with stunning and comfy heels
- Ezaraj for my beautiful and sparkly head piece
- Lexus and Lavazza for welcoming me into your marquees with exquisite hospitality.
So here are the shots taken in and out of marquees and my “Birdcage street-style”.
Always Karen xx
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You would think by now that both Jess and I would be so comfortable with each other, and no challenge would ever deter us. Well, lingerie was definitely one of our most recent, challenging and new experience for the both of us. It was Jess’s first time getting in front of the camera in lacey bra and knickers (wait, wasn’t she one of BONDs Boobicon Ambassador?); and my first time directing her body in a way that her curves were accentuated in all the right places for the entire 3 hours. We had 5 different looks to nail, and by the end we were pretty chuffed by our efforts. Hard work, but was all worth it.
Even though this shoot was no different to any of our usual fashion editorials, but I thought I’ll share a few handy tips to take away when preparing for a blog or editorial shoot, especially if it is your first time as a fashion blogger working with the photographer, other team members or client.
- Know exactly what you want to achieve, ie, colour and theme
- Pull together your favourite reference images whether it is the poses, expression, locations, hair, makeup and wardrobe styling. It will give your team a sense of your direction. We called this the “mood board”
- Prepare your outfits/looks well in advance. It’s useful if you could show them to your photographer so he or she can finalise the location of choice
- Brief your team so everyone in on the same wave length, and an opportunity for every to collaborate and suggest ideas
- Have your brief signed off by your client before you start shooting. This will avoid later disappointment or any misunderstandings
- On the day, bring all your outfits (steamed and pressed), any props, food and great energy
- Anything can happen on the day of the shoot, so be prepared to be flexible and try different things. It’s all about having the collaborative spirit!
- What normally helps is to go through a few images on the back of the camera (or better, tether the images to the computer screen) together so you have the opportunity to adjust any clothing, props, expressions before fire gunning another set of useless images.
What Photographers should do:
- Photographers should always be a part of the creative process, so make sure you are given updates and provide feedback where neccessary
- Scout and choose locations in advance that would match the theme and outfit styling
- Don’t be trigger happy on set. Compose the shot in camera, and wait for the moment before snapping
- Make sure all the settings (ie, exposure, lighting) is correct before shooting
- Give verbal direction, even if it means using your hand to guide them. If you want to move their body, always ask for permission before making contact.
- Make your client happy and comfortable in front of the camera, including your team members. Never demand but have an energetic and collaborative spirit
- Never over edit your images ie, skin smoothing to the point where the it starts to look like a plastic doll
- Always go through your images, cull and select only your top favourite images for presentation. Trust me, your client won’t have time to go through 1000s and 1000s of images
- Choose filters wisely if you intend on using them. If your client wants to keep the images clean and have clarity, then don’t use filters with lots of fade that will wash out the detail of the clothing.
Lastly, have fun on set even if it means braving the cold and stormy weather.
I hope some of these tips will be useful, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask away.
Ok good night sleeping beauties and enjoy what we have created for Triumph Australia. xxx
makeup and hair // AIMMEY PHAM
talent/styling // JESS DEMPSEY
lingerie // TRIUMPH AUSTRALIA
Well it’s a wrap from me!
It’s been a incredible week of shooting at the races, and even guest speaking at an RMIT for my good friend, Tiffany Newman (@thiswithin) who is teaching the students on Social Media Marketing #boom!
Anyway I really hope you have been enjoying all the coverage I have been snapping up for What Would Karl Do. Once again, thank you so much for the fun, laughter, great conversations and of-course your stylish race wear. Your support and love means so much to me.
Until next time, see you again in a year! xxx
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Can you believe it is the 1st of November today, and I already have a cray cray super organised friend who has already put up her Christmas Tree!? Let’s just park Christmas aside for moment, because the most anticipated Melbourne event of the year has kick started – it’s Derby Day at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Driving into Flemmington Racecourse was quite horrendous with the downpour of rain, but thankfully the weather held up and all the fashionistas turned up in their stylish monochromatic outfits for a fabulous time at the Lexus and Lavazza Marquee.
My favourite outfits of the day (in no particular order) were Jess Dempsey in Dolce & Gabana lace ensemble as dressed by the Outnet.com and headpiece by Danika; Jacqui Felgate in Nicholas the label and Milinery Jill big bow head piece; Helen (Designer for Thurley) in her own custom designed Thurley dress ; Kate Waterhouse in white Stella McCartney top and wide legged pants and Nerida Winter hat; Margaret Zhang in Dion Lee and Sarina Suriano Jewel headpiece; Jessica Gomes in Ellery’s trademark bell sleeved dress; and the beautiful ladies in Louis Vuitton.
Anyway, I’ll let you decide … enjoy the snaps! For more images, please visit What Would Karl Do.
Special love and appreciation to S.Wallis for dressing me this year to keep me comfortable and stylish xxx
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Enjoy the highlights from VAMFF Day 4 Street Style …
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