Claudia and Jack were presented at the St Mels Debutante Ball on the 1oth of May, 2013. Photography took place at her Aunts property in the last light of a sunny Autumn day. They both possessed confidence and endearing charisma which made them a pleasure to photograph and I’m sure captivated everyone’s attention at their presentation.
On the 19th of April, Brianna partnered by Taylor and Alyssa partnered by Jake had the pleasure of being presented as debutantes at the St Brendan’s Debutante Ball. The deb couples I photographed in the late afternoon at Alyssa’s property. Everyone involved was gorgeous to work with and I’m confident both couples had an awesome night to remember with their enthusiastic and easy going attitude.
Photography by Jamile
Stephen and Erin promised their love to each other surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends under the tree canopies at the beautiful Euroa Butter Factory on a sunny Saturday-the 6th of April. This wedding was everything a wedding should be; personal, fun, tender, light and most importantly a supportive celebration of the relationship between Erin and Steve. It was a such pleasure to document. Congratulations Erin and Steve.
Photography by Jamile
Played-This Old Love by Lior
On Saturday the 23rd of March Bronte, Kyle, Ebony and Sam celebrated their debut. Bronte I’ve known since I met her and her sister sitting in the gutters outside our houses when I was 5 and Bronte 3. It was a delight to photograph her so mature today with her friends before their deb and also able to attend. We gathered for photo’s in a popular local bar/cafe Noble Monks which proved the perfect location for photos and the opportunity to relax nerves before the Debutante ball. Here I present to you the Debutante’s-Bronte partnered by Kyle and Ebony partnered by Sam.
Truthfully the world is dark and we often develop light and happy beliefs to cover the fear of the dark. It’s sometimes easy to slip in to the mentality that if the light is made up then we should pursue the dark because that’s more sincere. But to deny the world of light simply because the darkness is more honest is harming our right to live. And we are here. We can’t deny that we are living. We are alive. So we should respect our place and give ourselves the best chance at surviving by facing darkness-admitting it’s there and not trying to hide it but not without forgetting to continue to embark on the light because even if the light is less authentic-it exists to make life worth our time. In these self portraits I express the darkness I’ve been feeling due to a heated heart and chaotic mind. I won’t forget the light is there and waiting for me when I am ready for it.
In my regional town Debutante Ball’s are a rite of way. And it’s no secret that one of the the best parts of being officially presented to society for the first time is the dressing up! Why not have the outcome documented? Contact me to photograph your debut portraits this upcoming deb season-I’ve already booked a few, so get in quick!
Photography by Jamile, Various dates 2011
Played-Nutbush City Limits by Tina Turner
It’s not an uncommon social theme and issue for many but one I feel the need to contribute to. Judgement. It’s often associated with my age demographic who are growing to discover many new things about them selves-testing their personal boundaries while facing the judgement of others, in conjunction with trying to gain acceptance and belonging. It can be tricky. And I’m learning that the judgement isn’t something that stops after high school. It’s obvious that judgement isn’t sought after. One can tell scrolling through a Facebook news feed where it’s not uncommon to find a fresh thirteen year old’s status declaring ‘You know my name. Not my story.’ or an assertive ‘Don’t judge me’ and even an angst filled selfie on Instagram featuring their middle finger captioned ‘I don’t give a fuck what you think!’ No one likes to be judged. Yet it’s inevitable. As humans we automatically create ideas about someone due to what we hear and see. Sometimes it can be a good thing. It alerts that ‘gut instinct’ that someone might be dangerous or at least someone to be cautious of. I think what the biggest issue with judgement is, is not that it happens but more the limitations it puts on someone. People don’t like to be boxed in to your interpretations of them. I believe it’s important not to protest your judgements or let them stop you from getting to know someone. Don’t be so surprised when someone isn’t what you thought them to be. A judgement is a mere perception of someone. Some people mistake their perception of another to be who they really are. Give people the chance to expand your perceptions of them. Even more so today it’s easy to think you know someone over social media but it’s not an uncommon report that what someone is like online can be ever so different to how they appear in person-so don’t stop at Tumblr. Converse and give people time to give you the pleasure of getting to them. Or if conversation and time isn’t a possibility for everyone you encounter just remember that your idea of them isn’t worth enough to be accountable for who they are. You’ll appear ignorant if you pride yourself on judgement. Don’t be foolish. This rant isn’t an attack. It’s a reminder to respect your freedom enough to not let judgement limit you-to stop you from finding out more about another person and to be aware to not put a lock on others opportunities simply because of how you think of them. Rant finito!
Like most people who walk the earth music makes a huge contribution to my life. It connects me. It allows my emotions to free. It speaks for me. It relaxes me. It excites me. It delights me. It thrills me. It calms me. It drives me crazy in a good way. It makes me dance. And the biggest cliche of all but one I can’t leave out.. It makes me feel alive. Because of my passion for music I’d love to contribute more of my time with photography to the music industry. If your in need of someone to cover your gig, or need some cover shoots-Holla this way!
Photography By Jamile @3630 Shepparton, March 2011
Played: And the boys by Angus and Julia Stone
Public transport always intrigues me. People rush, waddle, glide, step and bounce in to this one moving vehicle which they more than likely don’t want to be on but for whatever reason they are here to stay .. at least until the next stop, or the stop after that. Every one aboard abides by the unspoken public transport etiquette; stand up when someone looks as though they need a seat more than you (but make sure you don’t offend the plump lady who isn’t really pregnant or the elderly women who really isn’t ‘that’ old), only make eye contact for more than a split second if you want to initiate sexual tension, gaze out the window if you don’t want to make conversation and if it’s busy quickly shrink your body and make space for everyone else. Each person is careful not to disobey these rules as there is limited ways of avoiding the consequential awkwardness and attention that follows a mistake in the confined space … unless they are close to the next stop-the craziest things happen in the moments chasing the next stop. Anyway, it isn’t the protocol behaviour that gets my interest in public transport. It’s simply the people that come together for a journey to all the unnamed places they go. All the many thoughts that are buzzing or merely humming in the minds of each and every person in that space. I wonder why they are here: whether they are consumed with their own lives completely unaware of their environment or like me are considering all the possibilities of what is occupying the thoughts of those surrounding and the type of people that embody them. So here’s a post to public transport: a people watching gold mine.
The time between the second and the eleventh of February I spent alongside many wonderful and creative minds filling our already well stimulated brains with information about leading the art’s world. We were handpicked by Regional Art’s Victoria from our regional areas within Victoria to participate in the Creative Leadership Program which took place in the city of Melbourne. The program included many enthusiastic talks from industry insiders and tours behind the scenes of significant arts corporations, workshops educating us about budgets, marketing, and finding funds all in relation to the arts world, the planning of an art’s project pitch to present to a panel of judges at the conclusion of the week, a ‘Day in the Life’ where each of us were placed to have work experience at a major art’s organisation, opportunities to network, and even programmed time to see theatre. Between all this ‘official stuff’ which already consumed and inspired our minds we squeezed in space to; hang out on ‘The Ledge’ or in the hallway sharing music and our stories at Queen’s College where we stayed, catch up on sleep or reflect about the day on public transport, spontaneously dance in the park at St Kilda or accept the invitation to contribute to an artist’s creative venture at their home, and also uncover the thrills and absurdities of Melbourne night life on late Saturday nights. I’m sure I can write on behalf of each of the ‘Creative Leaders’ that we are more than grateful for the industry insight, the formulation of potential career and personal opportunities, and the network of new friends acquired by being a part of this program, thank you!
Photographed by Jamile and where I appear in the photograph credit goes to Rika, Brendan and Sarah
Played a kind of rap song on the streets of Melbourne by a kind of non professional guy rapping on the streets of Melbourne.