What made you decide to come for a shoot at the Photo Studio?
My parents gifted me a photoshoot as a Christmas present, as they’d heard me express how I’d like to see how I look when all professionally made up. I have never particularly liked how I look on camera and found myself shying away from photos for a long time. Then I realised how few pictures I have of me and thought “that’s no way to document my life! I’ll have nothing to look back on!”. Even if I still have a work-in-progress relationship with my appearance, I think my future self will be grateful that I have these snapshots to look back on in 30 years time.
We love your style… how did you put your styling looks together for this shoot?
My sense of style has gradually emerged as I grew up. I’ve tried out many different looks and styles over the years before finally discovering what I enjoy most and feel most comfortable in. Putting unique outfits together is something I didn’t know I loved so much until I decided to try it, and then I found it just came naturally. My main goal for most of my outfits and for these photos is to create a “character” of sorts; a look that has an atmosphere or story behind it that you can see at a glance as that is what I like best about photography and works of art.
Have you used your portfolio for anything since?
I’ve uploaded most of my pictures to my fashion blog – crowrunner.tumblr.com, and also my instagram @catinawitchhat. I’m thinking of using them to apply for some alternative modelling companies just to see if I can get a few casual jobs as I’d love to do location photo shoots.
How would your friends describe you?
Mysterious, smart, creative, determined, brooding, cat lady – “Spork” (Melbourne).
What is your best childhood memory?
Probably when my family took me to the Lake District in England. I remember sprawling green hills with stone walled sheep paddocks and Druidic circles, vast stormy moorlands of heather, and gardens of pretty flowers with those fat, fuzzy bumblebees and rabbits.
What do you see yourself doing in the next 10 years?
Hopefully in a happier place with a more stable and structured life. I’m still figuring out a lot and that uncertainty can be both daunting and paralysing with the choices it offers. It’s the double-edged sword of hindsight – it needs time and distance before you can see just how the pieces are falling into place.