Endless horizons were literal and figurative - we were in the middle of of the outback - I swear I could see the horizon curve with the earth - and, I was with the most magical shoot team I could ask for, all of us knowing we were about to create something truly special.
Up until now, the Auguste Girl was all about the ocean. Our shoots had predominately been shot by the sea, and when I realised this, it really got me thinking... Our mantra, #SheLivesFree is all about changing things up and living a life beyond boundaries, and I realised that that was exactly what we had to do for our next shoot. Auguste was headed for The Outback!
The muse was an obvious choice - one of my closest girlfriends Cisco.. It's been said that the atmosphere changes when Cisco walks into a room, and I can tell you she has the same effect in the middle of the desert.
Amongst our team members was my dear friend and our Photographer, Trevor King. I adore working with Trevor - he has an amazing energy and no shot is ever too hard for him to capture. His style is really recognisable, it's the perfect marriage of light and movement, muse and garment. All these aspects fall fluidly into place when Trevor is behind the lens. Also, along for the ride was our stylist Charlotte Stokes, who helps me make my daydreams a reality for each campaign shoot, and our gorgeous Hair & make-up artist Jasmin.
We flew into Adelaide and hired a big van to road trip to the Prarie Hotel in Parachilna, located between the desert and the Flinders Rangers. The Prairie is a gorgeous space - so warm and inviting - much like the owners Jane & Ross Fargher, a beautiful couple who grew up in the area. They really knew the land, and spoke about it with a quiet passion that made me ridiculously excited for the two days ahead. The food they served was amazing (as was the legend, Grant Rasheed, who served us) and I slept peacefully despite my excitement to rise with the sun and create some magic.
At dawn the next day, Ross took us (along with a packed lunch) to see our first location. He drove us an hour deep into their land past kangaroos and emus who checked us out suspiciously, until we found an old barn. It had a charm that only comes with age, and history, and people sitting around telling stories. It was perfect weather, cloudy in the morning and sunny in the afternoon. After a full day's shooting we headed back to the Praire, where an amazing meal waited for us. Afterwards, we all went outside into the freezing cold, to see a sight I had never seen before. You think you can really see the stars from Byron Bay... But this view was something else entirely, like someone had put the Byron skies through a kaleidoscope.
Image by Trevor King
The second day didn't run as smoothly...
We woke up early to go location scouting, but on the way back into town got a flat tyre. Stranded on the road for two hours, and behind schedule, we decided to try out the desert road that faded into Flinders Ranges as a backdrop.
Those two hours flew by - the images were gorgeous. And the whole 'stranded girl on the side of the road' concept was actually real - no acting there! We were rescued with a spare tyre by our assistant Louie and journeyed on to the next location. Never one to turn down a dare, Cisco ended her shoot day by stripping off and running naked through the red sand - a #shelivesfree moment and an amazing photo opp.
Back at the hotel, we had another amazing meal before falling into our pillows. I dreamt of red sand and highways that night.
As we boarded the flight in Adelaide the next morning, the whole last two days felt like a dream, filled with with laughs. (Lucky we have the photos to prove otherwise).
A big thanks to Jane and Ross for your warmth and hospitality, and to Grant for your laughs - we miss you, and of course a massive thank you to my magical team, who as always, made some serious magic with me.
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