Last month I started a new series on my blog where I recap all the fun and cool things I did for the month. You can catch up on the previous one here and then come see what I did in February.
It feels weird that the 2nd month of the year has come and gone and it would be nice if time slowed down. February marked my 5th month living in Australia and luckily, it’s been such a nice and easy transition for me.
The month started with another photo shoot but with my new friend Myriam. I have had the idea for suburban style photo shoot for a while now so I was happy to finally have it executed. Without much planning the whole photo shoot came together with the outfits and locations we shot at in Caulfield. Once it goes live you can see the full set here.
One of my goals for 2019 is to spend more money on experiences and I’d like to congratulate myself for doing a good job of that this month. The first event that peaked my interest was Sugar Republic which is a pop up candy inspired art installation. If you know me you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of sweets and candy so it was right up my alley. There was different rooms filled with different art installations all related to candy so there was lots of color everywhere. You can see all the photos from my experience at Sugar Republic here.
The second event I checked out was Swell 4.0 which I bought on a whim not knowing what I was getting myself into. I found out about the event by looking at Broadsheet Melbourne and the description was pretty ambiguous advertising it as an immersive music experience. First of all, the new Espy is so beautiful! Each room makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time into a glamorous exclusive country club. I didn’t take many pictures because I was too busy being mesmerized. Anyways, the event was definitely different than anything I’ve been to before. At the beginning we were given a mini booklet that had clues leading you to a different room in the Espy where you would experience music in an immersive way. My favorite one was without a doubt the performance in the pharmacy. The setting was insanely intimate with a live band (sadly don’t remember their name) playing their music with the sun setting through the windows in the background. Overall I’m glad that I took the time to go experience something new by myself. I discovered the Espy and got to capture this oh so stunning sunset in St. Kilda.
The last event that I checkout in February was the Melbourne Retail Festival which features a bunch of different brands showcasing their collections. It was good to for me to force myself to get out of my comfort zone and go network. I went as a freelancer and was able to learn about some awesome independent designers and fashion labels.
Lately, I’ve been trying to collaborate with other photographers on creative photo shoots and this month I met up with Aisha to plan a shoot. We met up at SamSam Korean Chicken and Beer in the CBD and I tried a chicken schnitzel for the first time which was good. While munching, we put our heads together to plan a type of shoot neither of us have done before. The shoot is happening the first week on March and we booked a studio for it, so I’m very excited to see the final images. Here’s the mood board for the shoot to give you an idea.
A few other food places that I tried in February include Drumsticks & Co in Caulfield and if you like Lemonade in LA then you’d love it. It’s a salad bar style fast casual restaurant that has a variety of chicken, sandwiches, and salads at a decent price. Their salads are seasonal, so I don’t remember the name of the salad that I got, but I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. The other place I tried was an old school burger joint in Caulfield called Tuck Shop Take Away that specializes in burgers and shakes. My friend Myriam and I shared the minor burger which has all the basics of a classic burger with a side of chips. The burger was good but not the best burger I’ve ever had in my life. As a sweet treat I got the salted fantale milkshake and it was tasty but wasn’t thick whatsoever, so I was pretty much sipping flavored milk. I finally tried Nando’s
Photography wise I’ve been trying to shoot more guys to grow my portfolio and make it more diverse. One of my first ones was with Samuel and I’m really happy with how the final images turned out. I found the location by googling the best places to shoot in Melbourne and it didn’t fail me. We met up at the Bowen Crescent overpass during sunset to catch that golden hour. It’s always fun when people who have never really modeled before are down to trust me and try something new. Once the full photo set goes up you can view them here.
A cool opportunity I got this month was shooting some tees for Original Threadheads which is an independent brand that focuses on comfy graphic t-shirts. They let me pick out a couple shirts and shoot them in anyway that I please. I got my friend Myriam to model the other shirt and we shot around Caulfield and in the Tuck Shop Take Away burger shop. I absolutely love how the images came out because of how laid back and chill they are which perfectly represents the brand.
When it comes to personal things I’ve decided to take a leave of absence from the digital media program I was supposed to start in February to spend the year just working and saving money. If I’m being honest, I’m in no rush to get another degree since I graduated university only two years ago. In my adolescence, I wasn’t the best at saving money from any of the jobs I had so I feel that it’s necessary to make up for lost time to help me get to where I want to be.
By taking a leave of absence it will also allow me to spend my free time working on passion projects, collaborating with different creatives, and traveling to beautiful new places.
What did you do in February? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create, and grow!