Portrait 365 : 271 – 279

October 15, 2014




“Motherhood is something that is difficult for me. It’s amazing but it’s overwhelming because someone needs you around the clock. That was a big thing that I had to get over.”

I first met Cleo on set of a film clip I was directing and producing. I had no money, and she came and did hair and make-up on a million girls for love. Now, she’s rocking cutiecoolz nails in Sydney. You want some stand out nail art??? Cleo is your girl.

Portrait 365: 272 jonathan


“I have a 21 year old and a 23 year old kid, and I’m very proud of them. My 23 year old is a photo journalist on the Thai/Burma border, and my 21 year old is a talented musician. I credit them to my partner of 30 years. She is very wise. It’s not always been easy but I think it gets easier as you get older. I see more about who she is by her actions than I do by her words.” 

Portrait 365 : 273 Raffles


Some of you may recognise this adventurous eating, pint sized chef from BoyEatsWorld. He’s a charming, darling little character, and it was a pleasure to meet him. Go check out Aleney’s wonderful blog. It’ll make you want to pack a bag, and eat your way around the globe.

Portrait 365 : 274 Tika


“I don’t cry. No one deserves my tears. One time I broke up with a guy and I thought ‘this is a sad moment, you should cry’, so I went to the shower and I made the noises and pulled the face, but… nothing.”

Portrait 365 : 275 Jessie


“My first heartbreak? I’m always the heartbreaker. I’m waiting for my karma.”

Tika and Jessie are amazing women. They have a fashion label called Wolftress where they travel the world finding dwindling arts in villages and draw them into their designs so as to keep the arts of the world alive. I’m blessed to have met such inspirational young ladies. Keep an eye out in next month’s Renegade Collective magazine for my article about them.


Portrait 365 : 276 Kelly


“I was 19 when I had my first kiss. A little bit late. He was a Australian Hungarian boy who became my boyfriend. The most memorable thing about it was just that it was my first.”

Kelly was at the Kings Cross Festival with Harajuku Gyoza, whose slogan is dumpling and beer. I fell in love with her.

portrait 365 : 277 Will


“I can’t really tell you about my first heartbreak. I don’t really think about the past. I’m more focused on the future. I’m an anti-sentimentalist.”


Portrait 365 : 278 Jason


“I cried when my son was born. I was surprised, overjoyed, anxious, unprepared and full of respect for my partner. He’s now the apple of my eye.”

I recently went to Glebe Fire Station to see the launch of new Network 10 series “Firies” and I bumped into an old childhood friend from Coffs Harbour.  It was a truly lovely surprise.



“I moved to Australia from France to be a dive instructor and I met someone and fell in love.I went back to Paris and sold my stuff, came back and got married – it lasted two years. I found Australia hard because although I thought I knew English, speaking it every day was tiring.”

I met Freddie at ProBlogger and we caught up for a tea and a chat. We totally clicked. She has a great blog called WomenLoveTech.


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  • Reply Aleney @ BoyEatsWorld October 15, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    You gorgeous thing! Thanks for featuring Raffles in your portrait series, he’ll be as chuffed as I am. Though I’ve got to say he is rockin’ that Firies uniform! 😉

  • Reply Sonia from Sonia Styling October 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Once again, you capture and tell the stories of people so beautifully. x

  • Reply Nicole - Seeking Victory October 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Isn’t Cleo stunning! And the two young women- super inspiring. You do meet the most interesting people.

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