Posts Tagged '2011'

Kyary Pamyu Fairy Kei inspired photoshoot

Last week I did a Fairy Kei/Kyary Pamyu inspired photo shoot over the weekend.  This shoot was my first one where I had to create a set for it.  It took alot more time than expected but it was a good learning curve and in the future I am very keen to construct more sets for future shoots.  For those that are not familiar with Fairy Kei or the celebrity Kyary Pamyu here is a mood board so you have a better idea of the style the photo shoot was influenced from.

Here’s a bit of background on both the styles just FYI.

Fairy Kei is a style that started In Japan and mostly consists of pastel colours.  Fairy-kei, also known as “Spank girl” (after the pioneering Fairy-kei brand Spank!), is one of the most recently developed Japanese fashion styles. The style takes a palette of pastel colours and mixes it in with 80s vintage clothing, inspired by kitschy characters like My Little Pony, Popples, Care Bears and Jem & the Holograms. The look often includes tutus, mini frilled shorts, T-shirts with cartoon characters, vintage reebok trainers, scrunchies, silly badges, acid wash denim, bright coloured hair and hand-made accessories in pastels or sparkles.

Kyary Pamyu started as a fashion blogger, and then began her professional career as a model for Harajuku fashion magazines such as Kera! and Zipper.  Known for her unique fashion and popularity amongst the youth culture crowd in Harajuku, Kyary rose to fame by promoting her own line of fake eyelashes as well as going into a singing career releasing her popular hit “PONPONPON”

So here are some of the final shots of the day, I’m very happy with how they came out, shout outs go to Magdeline and Mitch for being my models and providing me with their awesome wardrobe, Set design and wardrobe styling done by myself as well as the photography.  Enjoy guys :).

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Tiger and Bunny cosplay shoot

A while back I did a photo shoot with Cosplayers Min, Jen and Jill from Perth whilst I was there on holiday.  They did a cosplay based off an anime series called Tiger & Bunny, Min did Kotetsu Katsuragi, Jen did Barnaby Brooks and Jill did Kaede Katsuragi (Kotetsu AKA Tiger’s daughter).  It was quite a difficult day as lighting kept on changing due to the sunny and suddenly overcast lighting which unfortunately affected some of the photos.  Most shoots I’ve done alone, however more and more I’m finding that I will need assistance on shoots in the future as the need for reflectors or flashes will be needed on future shoots if my images are to remain top notch quality.  Besides the lighting the shoot went well.  We sourced out several locations and spent most of the day shooting.  We shot till the night however the secondary photographer did most of the shooting as there was some technical difficulties and in the end I could not shoot anything at night.  We ended up finishing at around 2am in the morning, exhausted and tired but very satisfied with what we got from the day.  Here are some pics from the shoot, thanks go to Min, Jen and Jill for power housing it through the day, you guys were great, and secondary photographer Wilson. for letting us use your awesome factory :).  Enjoy the shots, if you would like to see more you can check out my deviantart site here.


Food in Perth review: “Beluga”, “The Avairy” and “Sherbert”

For the holidays this season I went back home to Perth for a while to spend some time with the friends and family.  Once I returned I was lucky enough to be invited to dine at some new restaurants, well new to me at least :).  One of them was called Beluga located within the Claremont Quarter quite close to KOKO black.  A fine dinning restaurant with a lovely interior, top notch staff and food which was to die for.  We went in a group so we ordered a few entrees to share so we could try all the different varieties.  We ended up ordering the gnocchi, braised clams, stuffed zucchini flowers (which were amazing!) and the tortellini.  The stand out was the clams and stuffed zucchini flowers however the gnocchi and the tortellini was good but nothing to scream about.  Mains were a bit touch and go, some were incredibly delicious and some just didn’t make the mark.  For example the Pork Belly which I ordered was not crispy, meat was dry and the crackling was chewy.  A chilli mussle broth, whilst the mussels were tasty the sauce was watery and bland.  If you were to order a side of bread to dip into the sauce I honestly wouldn’t bother as the bread itself would taste better by itself.  A lamb shoulder which was mouth-watering, seasoned nicely with herbs and lemon rind, marinated, slow cooked to perfection and was just divine.  A Duck confit with a lovely salad which I thought was the best dish of all, and some Barramundi fish sticks accompanied with celeriac on top.  Don’t be perturbed by the name of the dish, it was a lovely, tasty and light, although the serving size was a bit small it was still very nice.  All in all it was a good experience, I would say definitely give it a go, prices average about $30 for a main and about $20 for an entree depending on what you order.

Gnocchi

Stuffed zucchini flower

Tortellini

Clams

Lamb shoulder

Pork belly

Duck confit

Chilli mussles

Baramundi fish sticks

Next place I tried out was the fairly new ‘The Avairy’, a roof top bar and restaurant. Very nicely designed so extra points from me (I’m a sucker for a good interior) , unfortunately I only partially saw some of the Aviary as my friend and I decided to eat on the roof top bar area.  Lovely setup with faux grass, colourful stools, undercover bar, plenty of room and a great view the atmosphere and ambience of the place is ideal for some drinks after work and/or lunch date.  We sat down and proceeded to look through the menu, although alot of dishes didn’t seem to stand out it seemed it was your typical run of the mill kind of stuff.  Alot of pizzas, steak sandwiches, salads, the usual but a little more directed to the upmarket crowd.  We decided on a salad and a pizza in the end and got ourselves a lovely pear cider to sip on in the 35 degree weather.  Our salad came out first, an apple smoked chicken with mixed lettuce, candied walnuts, crutons and prosciutto and an array of other ingredients, it was quite delicious and surprisingly filling although my only qualm would be the presentation of the salad could do with some work.  Next came our chorizo with rosemary, and potato pizza garnished with fresh rocquette on top.  A lovely thin pizza with what tasted like a white sauce for a base instead of your usual tomato base, with sparing ingredients the pizza was also a tasty dish.  My overall opinion of this place is good food and great atmosphere although a little pricey for what you get.

Rosemary and potato pizza

Smoked chicken and candied walnut salad

Last destination was a bakery located in Maylands called Sherbert.  I met up with another friend at this quaint little cafe with cakes leaning more towards your older traditional and simpler styled baked goods.   I had the lemon and carrot cupcake and my friend had a nice cake with a passion fruit icing on top (I couldn’t remember exactly what cake she bought).  The cupcake itself was quite nice although the icing on top was a bit too sweet and overpowering, when i bit the 2 together all I could really taste was the icing and not the cupcake base which was quite nice by itself.  My friend’s cake was very good, even though the icing is spread thin it still has a definite kick to it.  The ratio of cake to icing was just right making this a perfect cake for a cup of tea.  Extra points for serving on cute little decorative plates and cudos to the excellent and fast customer service.

Lemon and carrot cupcake

Perth food, you did not disappoint and I look forward to returning to you to try more of your delicious delights, plus friends and family are a good thing too 🙂

Victoria’s Kingdom Fascinator shoot

Hi guys, so about 2 weeks back I did a photo shoot for Victoria’s Kingdom, a local Lolita brand in Melbourne specializing in Lolita accessories.   We had already done product shots earlier on in the week so all that was left to do was the fascinators.  For this we required models and a studio so here are some shots from the day.  Shout outs go to the ever lovely Annie who also runs a blog called Archadian Skies, who was one of the models and also did the make up for the day, and Siera, epic cosplayer, model and always full of laughs.  If you’d like to see more of Victoria’s Kingdom accessories you can check out their website here at http://www.etsy.com/shop/victoriaskingdom.  In the meantime enjoy these shots of the lovely ladies :).

Melbourne Tweed Ride

A few weeks back I attended the annual Melbourne Tweed Ride for 2011, clad in the closest thing I could find that resembled tweed I headed down to Melbourne Fed Square with 2 other friends/participants.  The Melbourne Tweed Ride is an annual event in which participants clad themselves in tweed (as much as possible) and ride about town on some of the most snazziest bikes I had ever seen.  This was my first tweed ride so I didn’t know what to expect and I tell you what I wasn’t disappointed.  Lovely lads and ladies were clad head to toe in some very dapper outfits, some not necessarily tweed but very snazzy none the less.  Here are some shots of the day of the outfits and bikes and you can see the rest of the photos here on my flickr site :).

One Day in Paradise 3rd Birthday

This year One Day in Paradise turned 3 years old!!  Congratulations to Marie the proud owner and local Lolita here in Melbourne.  In traditional Lolita fashion there were lovely cakes, drinks, tea and sandwiches all laid out for the pickings.  A DJ playing awesome music, great company and all the fabulous dresses!!  The whole event can be seen here on my flickr account, but for now I shall leave you with shots of the day and outfit shots :).

and before I forget, it’s not a party without…………….

MACARONNSSS!!!!

Lolita meet up: Cooking with Alice

About 2 weeks back I was invited to an afternoon of cooking with one of the local lolita’s, Alice, who was kind enough to host the get together at her house.  We started off the day by visiting the Victoria Markets to buy ingredients.  After we got what we needed we headed back to her house to begin the cooking/baking process.  All the loli’s brought a variety of recipes including both sweet and savory dishes, a few examples were apple and goats cheese tarts, smoked salmon with dill and cream cheese and cucumber on crackers, apple crumble, an assortment of cakes, mini pizzas and more.  Here are some outfit shouts of the day along with food shots and Alice’s adorable apartment.


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