I realised the other day that I’ve not shared my vintage styling work with you all in quite a while, and as it has been keeping me so very busy, it was overdue!
Valentines Day weekend was one of our busiest in a long time. The team and I rocked up to Ballarat in country Victoria to run a mini beauty salon for the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. I’ve learnt (the hard way) that these festivals are not something where you can combine business with pleasure. After eight or more solid hours on your feet, transforming ladies into visions of retro loveliness, what you really need is a cup of tea and a good lie down!
What I find particularly rewarding about these events is the diversity of women who come to see us. Women of all ages and very different backgrounds. Those who love makeup and getting dressed up on a regular basis, as well as those who haven’t touched a makeup brush in decades! Seeing the looks of delight as we reveal the transformations and the warm, heartfelt letters of thanks we received in the following week, is a reward beyond measure.
Seeing our work appear in bridal blogs and magazines is an honour I don’t think I’ll ever get used to. I had the pleasure of working with It’s Beautiful Here for an editorial shoot in Hello May. With beautiful gowns by Neveka, the ladies created a Jayne Eyre inspired bridal feel; complete with overgrown woodlands and wild flowers.
Working on Weddings and other special occasions is such an immense honour and privilege. Being invited in to someone’s personal space and helping them to create a perfect memory of their day, is nothing short of marvellous. Seeing the excitement, nerves and joy all bundled together in a room full of happy women as they prepare to make the big leap. Best friends tell stories of their years together and anxious family members potter about the kitchen making tea and sandwiches to keep themselves busy and focused.
While I’m often not there to see the final walk down the aisle, the pure joy and emotion that comes back from these talented photographers is something I’ll always treasure. My team and I travel all over the countryside (indeed all over Australia), bringing our brushes to bear on bridal parties of all backgrounds and ages.
Now, as I look toward the rest of 2015, I’m planning out dates for our full day hair and makeup workshops for cities all around Australia. So if you would like to come and play with me one day, drop me a line!