Monday Photo-day: Featured Photographer Julissa Shrewsbury

From this week on I’m opening up Monday’s Photo-day feature on Reflections from a Red Head to other lovers of the art-form, and other budding / up-and-coming uber-talented photographers (Please contact me if you are interested in being featured).

This week it is my pleasure to welcome the first photographer to be featured – Julissa Shrewsbury, the Director of New Work Photography.

About Julissa Shrewsbury

I had the pleasure of meeting Julissa in person a few weeks ago when I was the ‘victim’ of a photo-shoot. Well – that was a lie as I actually signed up for the photo shoot in order to get some ‘professional’ shots taken, and even though the nerves were incredible, Julissa made me feel so relaxed, and really helped to guide me through the entire process.

Julissa received her first camera as a primary school graduation present and immediately forced her little sisters to model for her so she could practise. She has always loved words and pictures, and grew up snapping photos and churning out fairy stories on an old green typewriter.

Julissa worked as a primary school and performing arts teacher for several years, sharing her love of words, pictures and also dance with children. One day she made the decision that she wanted more time to herself and went back to University to study what she loved – words and pictures. Julissa now runs her own photography business, and is fulfilling her passion for creating beautiful images that make women feel good….she also still writes stories now and then.

About New Work Photography:

New Work Photography specialises in fashion, commercial and fashion/art-inspired photography for women through personal shoots and events.

‘Your red carpet experience is their priority and pleasure’.

For More Information

More information regarding Julissa and New Work Photography can be found at the following:

NW Blog

New Work on Facebook

newworkphoto on Twitter

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Moments in Time

Holding Hands

Image by via Flickr

At times it feels like there is way too much ugliness in the world. War, famine, death, destruction, economic turmoil…sometimes it seems hard to focus on seeing anything beautiful.

But beauty can be glimpsed within all kinds of moments – either shared or witnessed. All you need to do is open your eyes and focus on seeing the beauty that surrounds you.

The old woman who shines whilst sharing the memoirs of her and her husband, who is now just a memory.

The little baby looking up in awe at the strange world around them.

The pregnant woman, who in all her glory, emits a sense of strength and pride.

The old man revelling at the sight of his grandchildren growing and exploring the world.

The teenage boy showing such pride over his ‘new’ car, brought with his own savings.

The grown man, moved to tears at his younger sisters wedding – and then embracing his grandmother in his arms during the dance.

Your Grandad holding your Gran’s hand tenderly as they walk through the crowded shopping centre, after 50 years of marriage.

That sparkle in the eye, those moments of joy, that feeling of warmth that encompasses your body, smiles – and possibly laughter.

It is when people are truly at one with the moment that beauty shows itself.


Celebrating the Red-Headedness

Being a red-head can be a curse or a blessing.

For most of my life, I thought it was a curse. Pale skin, freckles, red-hair and blood that is extremely tasty to mosquitos. Oh and the constant, incessant teasing from people. I do recall being followed down the street by groups of boys commenting on how ‘ugly’ red headed girls were, and how they would never go out with one. This also happened on the bus, in the cinema, in night clubs…pretty much everywhere. I even got it from the female species. How I loved being heckled by so-called ‘bronzed, blonde Aussie goddesses’.

Well, a few years ago I decided that enough was enough. I decided that I liked my hair colour – and so did everyone else, as why else would everyone be dying their hair red (even the blondes). I also decided that I was pretty. As one friend recently put it ‘the guys were always eyeing off Janine and she never noticed or thought it true. But it was true!’ Thanks Karina : ) Seriously, I never did notice! 

So, today I celebrate my red-headedness. 

What would you like to celebrate about yourself today?

Get your groove on and celebrate







How to Be a Red Head: Love Your Skin!

TOTALLY gratuitous plug for something I wrote that has been accepted and published on a website called How to Be A Red Head, cause I am more than qualified, being a red head and all : )

Hehe okay it’s not easy for me to tug my own chain but I’m excited…so here it is – Love Your Skin.  An for all those red heads out there, or people that know red heads, send me ideas on what to write about re: Red heads and their health!

My mass-producing freckles

My sun kisses