American photographer Susana Victoria from Vestige Photography flew to Australia on the 21st of February with pinup model, makeup artist and hair stylist Lindy Sue. They arrived with a suitcase full of lingerie from Girdlebound and hair accessories from Modern Nostalgia and Swell Boutique and planned to do photoshoots in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and submit the photos for publication. Kat Creasey from My Little Rockabilly organised their visit and spread the word so they would have a full schedule of photoshoots during their visit.
When I picked them up from the airport at 11am, they were sipping on beers so I knew we were going to get along just fine!
They were staying with me at my apartment so we dropped off their things and jumped on a tram and headed to the city. We saw a busker on the street beatboxing into a didgeridoo (is a musical instrument developed by Indigenous Australians) and it was AWESOME to be able to show the gals a small part of Australian culture.
Watching a busker on the street beatboxing into a didgeridoo
We walked over the Queens Bridge, and over the Yarra River to get to Southbank. I thought they would enjoy the view of Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck 88- a building 88 floors high with awe inspiring views of Melbourne from the observation deck of the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. Aaaaand we drank crownies, a terrible Australian lager- thats all they had!
On the Queens Bridge, crossing over the Yarra River
At the top of the Eureka Skydeck
That night we went to Bimbo Deluxe, a bar in Fitzroy for $4 pizza and pints of beer.
Beers and pizza at Bimbo Deluxe
First day of shooting was at the LuWow, a relatively new bar in Melbourne that’s decked out in the most amazing tiki decor!
Lindy Sue doing makeup on the first model
Lindy Sue did a quick pose for Susana in a cute swim suit.
Lindy Sue modeling
Tiki hair accessories from Modern Nostalgia and Swell Boutique
Louella Deville, one of my favourite Melbourne alternative/fetish models came by for a quick shoot, it was so good to see her! She is amazing, so beautiful and deadly in front of the camera, her shoot took 20 mins because she bangs out her poses so perfectly.
Louella Deville getting hair and makeup by Lindy Sue
Louella Deville modeling for Vestige Photography
Lindy Sue, Louella Deville and Susana at the LuWow
That night we went to Polly, a cocktail lounge in Fitzroy for drinks and a quite bite to eat. Polly has the most amazing chairs to sit on- I love big over the top antique furniture when you cant decide if its really beautiful or really ugly. We met with Susana and Lindy Sue’s friend Sierra who had travelled 8 hours on a train to hang out for a couple of hours- what a doll! We went to the Carlton Hotel, one of my favourite bars in the city for a few drinks before heading home.
Sierra, Susana, me and Lindy Sue at Polly bar
Street art in Fitzroy
Susana, Lindy Sue and I at the Carlton Hotel
Sierra, Susana and Lindy Sue
The final day of shooting was at the Tiki Bar and Lounge in Richmond.
Lindy Sue doing my hair and makeup
Lindy Sue modeling
Susana really wanted to try kangaroo meat during her stay so we went to a little mexican place that had kangaroo burritos! They were delicious, but there was too much going on to really get the taste of game-y the meat is.
Susana trying kangaroo for the first time
We went to Brunetti, an italian style cafe and cake shop for coffee and cake. We went to St Kilda to watch the sunset and walk along the beach.
Lindy Sue at Brunetti
Lindy Sue and Susana at Brunetti
Susana and Lindy Sue at St Kilda beach
I dropped the gals off at the airport so they could fly to Sydney to continue their Aussie visit, my apartment smells like candy and hairspray- I miss those two!!
Dancing in Ayr's apartment
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