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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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 Tourist in Your Own Town

Since I’ve settled down a little in life (well – I’m not travelling overseas as much these days since I brought the house and became all content with my dog and my man) I’ve tried to look for ways to ‘live’ my life locally.

My Mum has embraced this opportunity, especially since our Mothers Day jaunt a few weeks back. Yesterday, we met up in town called Fremantle for my Mum’s birthday.

View from the Round House

Fremantle has always been one of my favourite suburbs in Perth. It is historic, quirky, foody, and hippy-ish. I spent a lot of time there whilst I was studying film at Uni.

Fremantle was founded in 1829 and is located on the edge of the Indian Ocean. It has beautiful ocean and river beaches, a vibrant cafe and restaurant scene, and an eclectic choice of shops and markets. It also has some amazing history, of which I ashamedly wasn’t overly knowledgable about until yesterday when my Mum decided to take me around Fremantle to see some sights, to get a story and to take some pics for this post.

The Round House

The Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia – the state where I live. The Round House ‘opened in January 1831, just 18 months after settlement (of Western Australia), it was built to hold any person convicted of a crime in the settlement and was used until 1886′. 

The Round House

‘After it ceased being used as a gaol it became a Police Lock-up until the late 1890’s and then was used as accommodation for the Water Police, and afterwards as a storage facility for Fremantle Ports. When threatened with demolition in the 1920’s it was saved and later control went to the State Government before it was deeded to the City of Fremantle‘.

Mum was 'convicted' and put in the stocks

Unfortunately for Mum things didn’t end well, as she ended up in the stocks thanks to her love for pigs (she’s always wanted a pet pig):


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