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:

www.newworkphotography.com

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Monday Photo-day: The River


The river that flows through the city of Perth, where I live, was named Swarte Swaene-Revier (Swan River) by Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh in 1697. It was named so after the famous black swans of the area.

As the river is the centre of the city, and many of the surrounding suburbs, so the river is the centre of many of the locals lives, including my own. As a child, I have memories of swimming in the Swan, knees sinking down into the black muck, reaching into the murky waters to grab a fist-full of mud and fling it at my brother. My Mum had swimming lessons in the Swan when she was at school, and always shares the tale of when she was a teenager, swimming in the river, and feeling something bump her leg…the river has been known to have many inhabitants…along with the prawns and crabs we used to fish for were dolphins and sharks.

These days I work in a building directly across from the Swan. Here are some photos of the historic Swan River that I took during a lunchtime last week:

The River: Lens: Buckhorst H1 Film: Kodot XGrizzled Flash: Off

Swan River via Retro Camera Connector for iPhone

Stalking bird

Bird at lunchtime

Monday Photo-day: A Walk to Work


Last week I had to drop my car in to be serviced before work. As I drove to the car yard, I tossed about in my head how I would be getting to work once I handed over the keys.

I could take my chances on public transport? Hmmmm really – that option was never part of the equation. I mean, it’s Perth! Public transport is infamous.

My second option was to batter my eyelids and try to convince someone at the car yard to drop me off near work. It was only 10 minutes down the road…surely it wouldn’t be hard?

OR I could walk it. I estimated it would take just under an hour, max.

So I put my decision in the hands of the elements – would the rain stop and clouds clear to allow me to walk, or would the wind pick up, predicted thunder storms hit, forcing me to resort to my lashes?

As I neared the car yard, the rain stopped, sun starting to peek around the clouds. There was my decision made for me. Why not try and walk? [Great idea, apart from the fact that I had left both of my umbrellas on the kitchen table at home]. So I threw caution to the wind and set off on my journey.

The walk took me 50 minutes, but it was well worth it – aside from the much needed exercise. As I walked down the road, passing the houses, racecourse, river and parks, I was reminded of why I love to travel. It is because of my love of walking and exploring – the chances to soak up the surroundings, to smell the air, to notice the quirky differences between houses, the chance to get back to nature, and the joy of exchanging ‘hello’s’ with people walking their dogs.

The morning in question was especially beautiful as the sun was still rising.  As I walked I caught shimmers of sunlight in the droplets of water on the leaves of the trees.

Luckily I had my iPhone with me so that I could capture some of the beauty.

Sunrise

Tree at Swan River: Hipstamatic Connect for iPhone, Lens: Jimmy Film: Kodot XGrizzled Flash: Off

River through bars: Hipstamatic Connect for iPhone Lens: Buckhorst H1 Film: Kodot XGrizzled Flash: Off

The Swan River

Rain drops

And in a way, it was a sign that I have made the right move last week – the clouds may finally be clearing from my life.

Monday Photo-day: A Drive in the Country


Today’s photos were taken in December 2010 on a drive from Perth to Kalgoorlie.

For those not from around these parts, Perth is the main city I live near, and Kalgoorlie is a mining town about 7-8 hours away from Perth. Kalgoorlie is where I spent a majority of my childhood.

At about 6am in the morning Denis, Kahlua and I embarked on our first ever road trip, which was also a chance for me to share my ‘memory lane’ with my partner and dog.

There really is nothing better than hitting the road early. You miss most of the traffic, the air is fresh, it’s not too hot yet (as it’s Summer is December here),

On the road

and you get to see some of the most unique countryside…

The country