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English Roses

One of the things I love most about Portrait Photography is it’s ability to evoke pure honesty.


Portraits are revealing. The eyes will always tell you stories that cannot be told. The mouth will always show emotions that want to be hidden. What is revealed in front of the lens is oftentimes as surprising, as it is illuminating. It’s a beautiful and privileged thing to get to know someone so well this way.


I always have such a great time with my clients during a photoshoot- sharing stories, chatting, laughing and listening to my clients’ lives, loves and everything in between. Yet it is in the seconds of holding a little moment-capturing device between us, where I have the incredible privilege of finding who that person truly is, at the core. Simply standing so near someone, framing their eyes, expressions, and mannerisms is an opportunity like no other for understanding another’s essence.


Inevitably, not once have I walked away from a shoot without a new empathy, a new lesson and deeper appreciation of the unique soul and personality behind the face of my subject. This is why I absolutely love to do what I do. Everyone has a different feeling. A unique gift. A unique story. I truly do believe eyes are the windows to the soul.


I first met Delphi many moons ago, when I lived in England. Besides being struck by her fabulous name, she struck me as a beautiful soul. A strong character. Many years later, nothing has changed. I always described her as an English Rose. A natural beauty with no shrinking violet bones in her body. I had the absolute pleasure of realizing this all over again as I photographed her in Sydney earlier this year.


A super big thank you to Fab from BeautyByFabiola for complimenting Delphi’s natural beauty with a super feminine hair and makeup styling for this shoot.

"I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe the happiest girls are the prettiest girls" Audrey Hepburn

"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person" Audrey Hepburn

“The happiest girls, are the prettiest girls” kept coming to my mind, over and over as I processed these pictures. I googled the phrase and realized it was a quote from the original English Rose herself, Audrey Hepburn.