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: 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: Pets


One of my favourite subject matters – in both writing and photography – is my dog, Kahlua. She has been a little god-send to me, and I love her to bits. 

I have heard it said before that you should never work with animals or children, but I’d like to challenge that as some of the most beautiful photos I have are of both animals and kids.

Here is my homage to Kahlua, my 10 year old Maltese-Shihtzu.

My dog Kahlua

Kahlua with Attitude

Road Trip - Loving the wind in my hair

Doing what we love best...snoozing

Monday Photo-day: iPhone Photo Apps


This is my favourite photo. This is my niece Charlotte, and I adore her.

I can’t take the credit for taking the photo – that belongs to my partner Denis. He captured her innocence and beauty perfectly.

I thought this photo would make a beautiful pencil sketch, and I tried to convince my partner to draw something from the actual photo (as he is an amazing drawer), but in the meantime I tried converting it to a pencil sketch using a free App on my iPhone called PhotoFunia. I think it looks stunning.

Experimenting with iPhone Apps