Pinch Me!

Dear Friends,

Dreams come true in the form of converted churches and styled vintage items. Cheryl’s church has been on my dream location list since I first discovered her Instagram account @albertandgrace and fell in love with her home by way of a Country Style magazine article.

Recently I shot a fashion lifestyle campaign at the very same church, and while I can’t share it with you just yet, I can share some gorgeous shots I captured while the model had her hair and makeup done.

If you are vintage aficionado like yours truly, you may also want to follow Cheryl’s Instagram shop, where she sells equally delightful vintage wares. But you will have to be quick! Cheryl’s following is full of fellow vintage lovers poised to type SOLD almost as soon as an item is listed. Or, if you are interested in learning the art of styling from a master, keep an eye out for her workshops both locally and interstate.

Prepare to swoon over her considered details in the photos below. xx

PS. If you are looking for an AirBNB photographer, get in touch. admin@christinalowrydesigns.com

Unexpected Magic

Dear Friends,

I tend to be an over thinker, which is quite helpful in terms of organising for a shoot. I plan every little prop, table, stand, tools etc. that I may need for the day. I sketch out a shot list to give me direction. But I always leave room for the unexpected, as that is where the magic is.

So it was with the shoot I did yesterday. The planned location fell through after the loss of several cattle on the farm and a broken down excavator. But when Jeff called from Summer Land Camels, a new location appeared the day before the shoot. We’d hoped to have some rustic buildings in the shoot, but I had only seen an open barn used to store feed on the farm. But there would also be camels and fences and I knew we would get great shots. However, on the day Jeff took us for a tour out the back of the farm and introduced us to two stunning old buildings full of history and charm, which became the locations for the shoot! Plus the camels of course.

Enjoy the beautiful shots below, and if you fall in love with the jewellery, keep cups and bags, visit Michelle’s beautiful online store, Rancho designs.

Here’s to the unexpected! xx

Client: Rancho Designs @ranchodesigns

Photographer: @christinalowryphotography

Model: Joanne @joanneartmodel

Location: Summer Land Camels @summerlandcamels

Clothing: The Wolf and i @thewolfandiclothing

Lets work together!

Dear friends,
I’m looking for brands to work with in the coming months. I want to show your work, tell your stories, create images you are proud of. I want to help you reach your audience. I want to connect with small businesses and barter our skills. I want you to email me and tell me about yourself, your business, workshops or products. If you’ve been thinking about it, I want you to act. I look forward to hearing from you!
Christina xx

email: admin@christinalowrydesigns.com

Notes from the day

Dear Friends,

I’ve been submerged in the world of children and homeschooling lately, until I made time to sit at my computer to draw breath, and allow time for my own creativity and experimentation. It reminded me of my university days, playing in photoshop with dust, scratches and frames without an expected outcome. The images below are the results and are practice for a bigger project I am working on.

In garden news, I have finally managed to grow flowers from bulbs! I brought packets of grape hyacinth and pink anemones in Winter, like small shrivelled onions, and potted them up in Terracotta pots on the deck. I kept my expectations low, as bulbs always seemed to me to be the foray of experienced gardeners with potting sheds and green houses, and not suited for mere humble gardeners who are accustomed to packets of seeds and trays of seedlings. Possums nibbled the sprouts, but prefer the potted parsley, and so the plants grew. And what beautiful flowers they have grown! I am emboldened by my success! I foresee a plethora of pots, bulbs and flowers in my future.


I started and finished reading ‘The Strawberry Thief’ this week. It’s been awhile since a book really carried me away into another world. I found myself pleased that the Doctor was running late so that I could get in a few more pages while I waited. Though it is part of a series, which includes ‘Chocolat’, I’ve not read any of the other books nor seen the film. And yet the book was whole, despite references to the past likely detailed in the prior books. But the language, the characters, the whimsy, the richness and complexity. I stayed up past my bedtime and read it in two days. I do love a book like that, and I’ve picked up ‘Chocolat’ in the hopes of furthering the feeling.

Take care. xx

Collecting

‘Prop collecting’ is always a great excuse for a little second hand shopping. I love old things. Perhaps because I spent weekends antique shopping with my parents as a child. There is just something magical about old items with their patina and history.

Recently I discovered these beautiful pieces at ‘Reverse Garbage’ in Brisbane, whilst on a homeschooling excursion about sustainability. Old shoe trees, film tins, wire and a shearing tool. A parcel was also waiting for at the post office - a wooden handled pair of secateurs from Exchange Store Nundle. I’d been on the hunt since reading Annabelle Hickson’s gorgeous book, ‘ A tree in the house’, deciding that like Annabelle I needed a pair in my glove box for those moments of foraging discovery. I wanted to avoid plastic or bright colours, and this lovely pair fit the bill nicely. Now I’m ready to snip a sprig of wattle or a gum nut laden twig while out adventuring with the children.

I photographed these lovely pieces on an old trestle table I found at the Beenleigh markets. It was falling apart and missing a support piece of wood. When I asked my husband to help me fix it up he suggested I’d be better throwing it out, astonished when I told him I’d paid $50 for it. But the patina! It is by far my favourite surface to photograph on. I keep it leaning against a wall in the garage until I need it, then I open it up and drag it beside the garage window and shoot with the natural light in my make shift studio. It brings back memories of my Grandfathers shed. We weren’t supposed to go in there, as he built boats and there were tools and wood shavings everywhere. But we would sneak in occasionally to marvel at the old jars full of nails, and his old benches covered in pots and tins and tools. I can still recall the smell.

Bespoke Cabin Shoot

Nestled amongst the leafy hills of Mount Crosby is a reclaimed wood cabin, built by the capable hands of Skye Kelly and her father. You may have seen it featured in the Frankie SPACES magazine. It is such a treat to have had the opportunity to shoot there on so many occasions now that I have lost count.

Recently I brought together several brands and we shared a delightful day at the cabin shooting their gorgeous products. These are a few of my favourite shots from the day.

Makeup artist: Rianna Schuh Makeup Artist

Hair stylist: Earth Palette Hair

Model & Styling: Mumma Gypsy

Location: My Bespoke Cabin

Brands: Little Concrete Jungle

Homelea Lass

Earth Fibre

Sinead Buckney Jewellery

Lara Chapman Paintings

Interested in a shoot? Send me a message about what you have in mind! admin@christinalowrydesigns.com

Summer Land Camels

The shoot at Summer Land Camels for the launch of their skin care products nationwide in chemists and health food stores was amazing. It was a full day shoot and was such a huge undertaking. The paddock in which we set up this shoot was a way aways from the main house and I walked back and forwards so many times I lost count. There were so many people involved in making this shoot come together, from Kate at Zec Media who I pitched the idea to, to Jeff the co-owner of Summer Land Camels, Jaqui who is in charge of the skin care side of the business and is a makeup artist, the camel ladies who lead the camels, farm hands carrying tables and chairs, Jayne, Clinton and Dean who set up their amazing tent, Caroline, Georigia and Emerson the models. Plus the brands that came on board to supply clothes and jewellery for the shoot. Oh my.

Once everything was set up all eyes are on the photographer to bring it all together, direct the models and capture it beautifully to fulfill the vision. Thankfully, I tend towards overthinking, which means I am organised with everything from shot lists to suncream, banksia bough to camping table and chairs, spare batteries and extra SD cards. Once I started clicking I found my groove and filled an SD card with over 2,500 images. It all came together perfectly.

One of my highlights of the shoot was riding on a camel and shooting the girls in front of me on another camel. A truly memorable experience!

Thanks so much to everyone involved! xx

Models: Emerson, Georgia and Caroline: @mummagypsy

Hair: @earthpalettehair

Make up: Jaqui

Bell Tent: @glampinghireco

Emmy's white dress: @sewamiclothes

Georgia's white top (with jeans) and brown floral dress: @all_the_wild_roses

Caroline and Georgia's linen outfits : @thenaturalthreadco

Jewellery: @sineadbuckney

Bags: @mahsonandco

Jeans: @outlanderdenim

Photographer: @christinalowryphotography

Overcast Inspiration

Rainy days, sick children and an explosion of creativity have lead to lots of mini photoshoots around my home these past few days. The house is covered in flowers and the laundry is out of control. But, one must follow their inspiration…

Bright and Quirky

So much planning goes into a photoshoot. So many messages going back and forward. Permission for location. Model availability. Shoe size. Mood boards. Shot lists. Rescheduling when the shoot date gets rained out.

But then, when it all comes together, it is so exciting and wonderful. And so it was with this shoot. It really pushed me out of my comfort zone to shoot such a bright and quirky theme. I ran with it though with additions like giant balloons. The makeup, hair, clothing and jewellery all came together beautifully to create a stand out collection of images!

Clothing: Schudio

Bangles: Lovell Jewels

Earrings: Made by Kellie

Makeup artist: Rianna Schuh Makeup Artist

Hair stylist: Earth Palette Hair

Styling: Mumma Gypsy

Models: Dakota and Holly

Location: Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

Group shoot I

This shoot was a dream come true! The first in my offering of group shoots, where five brands buy in to a styled model photoshoot. A way of creating affordable high quality content for creative small businesses.

Pitching the idea, finding complimentary brands, creating a vision for the shoot, pulling together make up, model, location, props - it was an exciting juggling act that came together perfectly!

The weather was glorious, the location stunning, and the luxe boho travel theme that I had envisioned was brought to life before my lens. I delivered 150 high resolution images to the clients in an online gallery that they can use as they please. And by tagging each other in their posts, they are able to have their work exposed to new audiences.

I’ll be offering one of these shoots each month for the rest of the year. Email me to express interest so that I can match you to other creative brands and create a theme for your shoot! admin@christinalowrydesigns.com

Clothing: The Natural Thread Co

Jewellery: Sinead Buckney

Bags: Pouch Design

Candles: Aromapot Soy Candles

Scarves: Homelea Lass

Model: Caroline @mummagysy

Makeup artist: Rianna Schuh Makeup Artist

Hair: Earth Palette Hair

Caravan & Props: Scouted Design

Family Shoot

I’ve had a lot of practice photographing my own children, and those photos mean the world to me. Facebook often surprises me with photos from several years ago of my eldest as a toddler, looking so much like my youngest does now. How I cherish those photos. It’s such a gift to be able to capture other families and create memories for them, and photos to look back upon as their children grow like wildfire.

I drove to the country to capture this gorgeous, connected family amongst the grass and hale bales of a cattle farm. The tenderness, laughter, playfulness and love had me choked up as I edited these pictures. That first sad face was a passing moment as she battled hayfever from cuddling a horse, but it was quickly replaced by giggles and giant leaps from hay bale to hay bale. xx

Woody Point

I had no idea there was a shipwreck so close to home. So, the children and I decided upon a history excursion, and of course I brought my camera. xx

Made Of Australia

I used to avoid possible rejection in my business, but now I embrace it. 
I’ve reached out to many businesses with my photography services and sometimes it’s a yes and sometimes it’s a no. I now know not taken the no’s personally. I may not be to their style, they may not have the budget, the time may not be right. But every no is one no closer to a yes. Like when I photographed at @madeofaustralia recently.

Model: Anna-Marie

Location: Made of Australia warehouse

Stylist: Mumma Gypsy

First Day of Winter

I’m terrible at separating life and work. The two are so entwined for me. Wherever I go, I’m weighing up locations for a possible photoshoot. As I hang the clothes on the line I’m listening to podcasts. When I flip through a magazine I’m tearing out pictures for my inspiration journal. My creative life is as much a part of my life as mothering or keeping a home. And yet, I’m ok with that. Actually, I feel blessed that the two mesh so well that I can’t imagine one without the other.

So, on an overcast day on the first day of Winter I bribed two of my children to pose for me so that I could shoot them in a little patch of nature on the side of the road that I had been driving past and coveting for some time. xx

Homelea Lass

My Mother taught me to knit as a child. I think it took me longer than usual to learn, as she’s left handed and I’m right handed. And yet somehow we managed. Years later she taught me to crochet in our back to front learning style. And now I am teaching my children those same skills.

For those without a crafty relative to pass along such skills, one can always turn to Lynda from Homelea Lass, who not only teaches traditional crafts like crochet, she also sells beautifully handcrafted pieces, yarn and patterns.

It was my pleasure to shoot several of Lynda’s gorgeous pieces with an equally gorgeous model in a beautiful cabin in the mountains. xx

Model: Julieta Roldan

Location: My Bespoke Cabin

Make up artist: Rianna Schuh

Hair Stylist: Earth Palette Hair

Stylist: Mumma Gypsy

Elves in the wardrobe

I’m a huge believer in buying from op-shops and saving clothes from landfill. And when buying new, my belief is in buying less and buying well. When I first became a mother I found it difficult to justify spending more for an item of clothing that would last longer, when I believed that the child would either outgrow it or wear it out. But the more I have educated myself on throw away fashion, the more I appreciate pieces of clothing made to last, not to be worn out, but to be handed down. And the more conscious I have been with my children’s clothing purchases. In other areas of my life I choose not to patronise big business, in favour of small businesses and handmade items, and I realised that their clothing should be no different. So, I was really pleased to work with Elves in the Wardrobe and Typically Red on this photoshoot. xx

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Pip Keane Design

Sometimes life throws you a curveball and the plans that made perfect sense beforehand suddenly don’t fit so well in the new scheme of things. So it was when I started homeschooling my children. I’d been running my jewellery business and online shop for seven years around being a mother to three, with the intention of working full time in my business when all my children were at school. But after my second child went to school, that all changed. Three terms of tears every morning left us both an anxious mess. I urged my husband to consider homeschooling and eventually he agreed. My eldest also decided to leave school and join his sister at home. It worked beautifully for the children and our family, but not for my business. I struggled on for over a year, keeping up with custom orders but never finding time to design and make new collections. My business had been my creative outlet, but it began to feel like ‘work’. I sought other ways to fulfill my need for creativity and found myself back at photography.

I’ve always loved photography. I studied it as part of my major and as electives at university, but when I completed university and started working in the jewellery trade, I never imagined I would return to photography for more than documenting my children’s growth. And yet, while I worked in my jewellery business one of my great joys was designing photoshoots for my new collections. Thinking up a story, collating a mood board, sourcing props and locations, models and hair and makeup. I loved the creative jigsaw puzzle of putting a shoot together and working with other creatives.

I realised there was a real gap in the market for affordable lifestyle and product photography for small businesses. I invested in a four figure online course that I had been dreaming of taking for three years. I’d been on the waiting list that whole time, knowing that the time wasn’t right, until it finally was. I announced that I had closed my online store and was taking a break from the bench to pursue my photography, and was meet with support and a flood of jewellery orders!

And then, I started my photography business in earnest and used the skills I learnt at university, in my years in retail jewellery and in my own business to help other creatives pursue their dreams. One of my first shoots was for Pip Keane Design. I reached out to Brisbane artist Tiel Seivl-Keevers to shoot in her studio, and together with model Annaliese, makeup artist Rianna Schuh and hair stylist/stylist Caroline Ross we created this fabulous shoot featuring Pip’s jewellery and Dogstar clothing.

After the shoot I felt that I was exactly where I was supposed to be. xx

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Babes in Linen - Testimonial

“Christina is an absolute joy to work with and has such a beautiful eye for detail. I am a new small business owner and talking with Christina about the direction of Babes in Linen and how I wanted the bedding to be visually presented, she offered sound advice and ideas. Christina just knew how to capture what I was thinking. She is a great listener not to mention a very good business mentor too. After speaking with her I sent off a few bags of bedding from my linen range and Christina worked her styling magic. Within days I had photos. The most beautiful photos that were tastefully styled in settings that I had only ever dreamed of. Photos that showed the colours of the linen in true form and with such clarity. Christina is a brilliant photographer but she is also a great thinker and resourcer of props and shoot locations. I am so pleased that I get to work with her and look forward to what is to come. I suggest you do the same.”

Veronica Lang

Founder & Owner

BABES IN LINEN

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