earlier this year we flew to melbourne to shoot for a hairstylist friend, maria.
on the drive to the airport we passed the apartment we used to live in, right in the heart of the city. i couldn’t help it, a part of me ached for those times of wild freedom and youth. but the feeling was more a mourning of time passing than anything, those times were ugly and life now is just as it should be.
we had dinner with some of the team in a popular melbourne restaurant in the city. it was loud, crowded and dark and everyone who passed cooed at alba. an elderly lady offered to hold her while we ate and watching alba brought a glow to her eyes. i walked to the windows and showed her, ‘this is the city where mama and papa first met and lived’.
it was alba’s first time in a hotel room. after a family shower we all snuggled up in the big, fresh bed and fell asleep.
the next morning we drove an hour out to a big property beside a lake. it was idyllic. i explored, writing ideas in a notebook with a new friend who’d come to help, claire.
even though it was a job it didn’t feel like we were working. it was incredible fun running around and laughing and shooting. i felt disheartened before and this reminded me of why i loved shooting so much to begin with. the team was so kind and sweet they felt like family and that feeling of relief when you wrap up a shoot is terrific.
it is always so effortless shooting with alba in tow, with her papa wearing her and introducing her to all the wonderful little things of the earth. i have much to thank him for. he makes life run smoothly.
we flew home the same night and drove from the airport back to our cold, familiar house at 3am.
models: yani @ viviens
catherine @ scene
assistant: claire alice young
hair/make up: maria gullace @ mariagullace.com