Is this the real life?
Or is it just Fantasea? ;)
Photo shoot gal Alex here to tell you why I pretty much have the best job in the world…
Because of this:
Yep, basically because I get to do things like spend time hanging out in Byron Bay with an awesome photo shoot team, bringing the campaign for our Fantasea collection to life!
Since this shoot was all about the beach, we put together a total beach babe team: our photographer Carly and hair and make-up artist Phoebe are both based in Byron, while two of our models (twin sisters who are probably better known as ‘DJ Twins’) are Gold Coast gals. And of course, we also had our gorgeous third model Roxy (she’s from the UK, but also works in Byron frequently!) marketing boss-man Matt, social media boss-lady Michelle and myself.
Oh, and jL, who tells me he should be considered an ‘honourary beach babe’ ;)
We first worked with Carly on our Wonderlust shoot back in February – such an awesome campaign, and still pretty much my personal fav. We really wanted to capture that same outdoor magic on this one, so we were super excited to bring Carly back to the BM fold. It did mean moving the shoot dates around a bit, as she was booked to do some work in New Caledonia (such a hard life, right?) but we love her so much we decided to make it work :)
I mean, remember these?
Yep, that’s why we love her!
In the days leading up to shoot, I was running all over Brisbane sourcing all the props we needed to create our castaway-esque set: tiki torches, coconuts, shells, scuba gear… and one giant treasure chest. I then had to pack all of this (and Matt) into my not-so-spacious car the night before the shoot. There seriously wasn’t an inch of space left. Did I mention I’m pretty good at Tetris?
Once we got to Byron, Matt and I immediately went out to scope out the beaches for a good location. We decided that Wategos Beach would be the best option – despite the fact that it’s pretty much the busiest spot in Byron Bay. We never did like taking the easy way out!
The next day started bright and early, with the whole team squeezing into our little beach shack motel for hair and make-up. Phoebe pulled out all the stops to get dem siren vibes – and absolutely nailed it.
One thing about shooting in a natural environment is… you have to deal with the natural environment. In this case, that meant battling the freezing cold winds all day – it might be Byron, but it was still winter! Our models were absolute champions about it – despite having to sometimes wear shorts and swimsuits, they dealt with the cold like pros. Looking at some of the pics, you would think they were basking in summer sunshine.
We also had to work around the tides and the weather… in particular, the torrential rain that we realised was forecast to hit our area around 2pm. Panic stations! We went into overdrive mode trying to get all our shots in as we watched the dark clouds get closer and closer.
We must have done something to please the photo shoot gods, because 2pm came and… nothing but sunshine.
With the clouds passing and the forecasted rain never eventuating, we decided to use the rest of the afternoon to re-do some of the shots we had rushed through earlier in the day, to make sure we got everything absolutely perfect.
jL got us through those last few hours by keeping us entertained with coconut juggling and Tom Hanks impersonations. And a bit of beach Olympics… Rio has nothing on Byron!
Eventually, the tide came in and we were forced to call it a day, but we were really happy with the number of shots we ended up getting through. Just goes to show what you can do when you have such an awesome team to work with!
With cars packed again – including taking half the beach back with us thanks to the amount of sand now covering the props and clothes – the BM team reluctantly said our goodbyes to Byron Bay and headed back to HQ.
It was a long, exhausting day, but as always, totally worth it. There really ain’t no photo shoot like a BlackMilk photo shoot! One week we’re creating the magical world of Unicornia, then we’ve got sirens on a beach, and next… well, you’ll just have to wait and see ;)
Until next time!
Love, Alex xx
Pssst: if you haven't actually seen the collection yet, check it out here!