What an incredible privilege to shoot with Mel for the fifth time! (Want to see the evolution? Check out one of our previous mini shoots here). It is always a pleasure to photograph Mel, and this time she brought her beautiful family along.
You might recognise Mel from her Instagram (or mine) – she’s a total boss on socials and has a beautiful personal brand. This was another layer for her collection, and it was a completely different look and feel from our earlier shoots, as always!
Mel is usually the mood board QUEEN with a prop-heavy style (which I also love) but I was excited to see her stepping into a different direction for this shoot. She showed up completely as herself, with no props to “lean on” (her words – click here to see her post for more) She just wanted to soak up the moment, adapt to the present, and make magic together.
Mel discovered this gorgeous location on a family outing and I’m so glad she shared it with me. It’s a secret spot by Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast (near Burleigh Headland), and I’d love to do more shoots here! The beach, the ocean and a little bit of forest gave us a wonderful variety of looks. We did the photoshoot mid-morning because Mel loves warmer, golden light.
For a change, Mel and I started this session without a specific direction , and in the end, it gave a connected-to-earth, spiritual, feminine vibe. We experimented with simple but different poses, sitting by the creek and the ocean. She also wanted to show the “unpolished” side of her life and capture a more real version of the chaos that is her yoga practice with Todd and Vela.
It was so nice to meet another layer of Mel – she’s become such a good friend since working together on so many shoots, and I felt privileged to meet her family and capture their dynamic as part of the mix.
Scroll down and see how our spontaneous photoshoot turned out amazingly.
Mel’s IG: @melissa.hatha.yoga
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