Gold Coast Photo Shoot

Gold Coast Photo Shoot

_73A1256_73A1263_73A1227_73A1223_73A1311_73A1301_73A9986_73A1369_73A0033_73A0032_73A0030_73A0029_73A1314_73A1358A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of modeling for a talented fellow student to help him finish a project for his photography class. I’ve always loved photography, both being behind the camera and in front of it, so when I had the opportunity to hit the beach and be a part of a fun photo shoot I was thrilled to take part!

After finishing hair and makeup at my place with Alicia the makeup artist, we headed to the Gold Coast Sand Jetty for the first set of locations to do the swim suit shots. And I must say, it was certainly no walk in the park like one might expect. The winds were incredibly gusty, which had its pros and cons for the shots, but meant my well curled hair was destroyed within the first 10 minutes of arriving. I guess it gave me a genuine beachy wave look though ;). I also managed to cut my arm while posing on the rocks, so we had to take a quick break for it to stop bleeding before continuing. And hardest of all was the lighthouse pose, where I had to try my hardest to keep my eyes open during the massive sprays of salt water that drenched me in 20 second intervals.

I’m saying all this not to complain, because despite the cold, wind, and water, I still had an absolute blast. But rather I want to say that walked away with a new respect for those in this profession, because you never know the work that went into getting that one perfect image.

The second round of photos went a bit more smoothly, as we left the Sand Jetty to drive to Currumbin beach to take some photos at sunset. Here the wind had settled to a gentle breeze, however, a storm was rapidly closing in and we had to rush a bit to get the photos before the rain picked up anymore than it already had. But the results I think were beautiful and the dress I got to wear looked perfect against the beach backdrop.

I used to take modeling classes when I was younger, but stopped when I lost the passion for it. However, this day at the beach reminded me what I loved about it in the first place and why I would love to one day try it again. I see modeling as an art form, where the human body is the muse and the photographer helps turn it into an artistic masterpiece. And I think there’s something quite special in being a part of that creative process.

Jing and Fausto, the photographer and the videographer, were fantastic the whole day. They were super easy to work with and helped make sure I was as comfortable as possible while we worked, making the experience so enjoyable. The first 12 photos are the raw edits from the shoot, and the last three are the ones Jing edited for his portfolio. I’m in love with how the final images turned out, and can’t thank them enough for everything!

<3 Ash




  1. Janice Sacramento
    May 11, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    I see why he chose the last tree. The one with the sky half dark and half orange is great and the fact that you are looking toward the grey side gives the whole picture a somber look. Would not be as effective if you were looking at the orange/bright side. The one at the light house has the largest spray of water – very impressive. The one on the rock, you are in a good position compared to the other ones. If you pose for him some more, you will become very critical. You start to really look to the details and the backgrounds. Remember, no trees growing out of your head!

    • May 11, 2016 / 2:50 pm

      I’m glad you like them! Thanks for the great feedback 🙂

  2. Tracy Sykora
    May 6, 2016 / 4:38 am

    Great read! It was very informative on how a model’s working day can go. It isn’t always perfect as many believe. They put in many hours to get a couple of shots that they look for. I’m so glad you had this experience! You always were on the creative side and loved art. Those modeling classes paid off and maybe one day you can be blessed to do it again.

    • May 7, 2016 / 4:22 pm

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! And yes there’s always more to everything than what meets the eye. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to model again soon!

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