Being my own photographer and editor allows me the freedom to make art that satisfies me. My photo shoots are an outlet for my creativity as much as they are an advertising tool. It also means that I can control the amount of editing that goes into my images and in most cases a little skin smoothing and lighting correction is all that's needed. I am a tall and voluptuous woman and am absolutely proud to show off my body!
The Executive Suite
March, 2022 - Shoot inspiration can come from anything. Sometimes it's an outfit. Sometimes it's a concept. Sometimes it's a phrase in book. And sometimes it's an amazing location. When I spotted this jaw-dropping location in mid 2021, I knew I absolutely had to shoot there and as a gift to myself for achieving some personal goals I pulled the trigger and invested in what would become my best shoot yet.
One of the things I love about this location is the mid-late 60s vibe, adorned with wood paneling and neutral tones, finished with a contemporary finesse. I felt like I had stepped into a scene in Mad Men, a masterpiece of modern television and an incredible exposition on the social themes of gender, race and so much more. As my photography and media services business often allows me to stretch my Manhattan Ad Man muscles, I feel that I have a personal relationship to subject matter, and as a multi business owner I felt great joy in creating a shoot that explores a workplace feel - even if I appear a little more sexy secretary than boss lady for your viewing pleasure.
As I get closer to 30, I do feel that I have to elevate my brand to match the wonderful growth that comes with this period of my life that has allowed me to step into my own. I know who I am, I know what I want and I know how to get it. Best of all, I have the confidence to pull it off.
The intention behind this shoot was to give a "work hard, play hard" vibe. Our story, - that of myself and most of my lovers - is one where we leave our busy and bustling worlds behind to enjoy the high luxury of each other's company. 21 year old Glengoyne Scotch, Bollinger, oysters, charcuterie and a magnificent rare grass-fed dry-aged steak take us through a glorious day and evening, while waffles, farm-fresh berries and whipped cream offer us an indulgent breakfast after a magical overnight or weekend away in spa and wine country - And of course I couldn't resist the urge to exhibit my love of sci-fi with mugs from Star Trek and Star Wars, very cheekily on display.
Of all my shoots, I feel this is the one that best represents me, my life and the things I desire most. This is who I am. A woman with an incredible work ethic who loves what she does and adores the finer things in life with excellent company. These are the wonderful experiences I most enjoy with the gorgeous humans who bless me with their patronage. I hope to enjoy them with you too.
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November, 2021 - This shoot was a bit of a break from the tradition of a lavish spread and beautiful country escapes. I had been planning this shoot for over a year and with the beautiful backdrop of Torquay's beaches I was able to explore the most complex, ambitious and high concept shoot of my career. I endeavored to bring to life my idea of the Divine Feminine which I believe represents the virtue of all women in the duality of softness and strength that they possess.
I begin with lovely (yet very restrained for me) beach picnic spread with Coffin Bay oysters (my favorite!), a beautiful fruit basket and light charcuterie to give you warmth, summer and fantasies of sweeping me off my feet to a romantic and indulgent tropical weekend away.
Then, I make a move into the irresistible exploration of my namesake Venus - goddess of love and beauty - with a gorgeous high quality, printed silk, custom, hand-made corset as the feature, depicting Botticelli's Birth of Venus. Wearable art. As a life-long student of history my love affair with Roman/Greek mythology dates back to childhood and this was truly a personal and deep wish-fulfillment to be able to bring my own representation to life.
My love affair with this particular sect of mythology extends into my wide-eyed wonder for all things astronomy, for much of the planets, stars and comets are named after Roman mythological characters. To contrast the most feminine of the Gods with Jupiter, the masculine god of gods powered by lightning and strength and inspired by the recent beautiful close up pictures of Jupiter I found a swirling gown and a landscape to offer my interpretation. I encourage you to check out my twitter for the side by side comparison!
The white satin slip in the water is a tip off to The Odyssey with the concept of the Siren. A beautiful feminine presence that lures sailors to their doom with the Siren call - a little reference to my own vocal abilities. Though, I would like to think I lure men to pleasure...
Then we come to the editorial part of the shoot. I was channeling sports illustrated editorial with the white and yellow swimsuits. A little more light-hearted and fun to balance out all the deep and beautiful mythology.
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An Experiment In Light
October, 2021 - This mini self-shoot wasn't a particularly conceptual shoot. With the end of Melbourne 6th lock down fast approaching I wanted to get one more little project done without the distractions of life out of lock down. As we were approaching Halloween I went with a little theme of a bunny, but that's really as deep as it gets. I have my eye on some new lighting equipment, but while I prioritise other goals a little cellophane and dash of creativity helped me achieve this slinky little set by myself in my bedroom.
Love & Lunch
March, 2021 - The inspiration for this shoot was a longing to revisit the ancestral motherland while we're all stuck in Australia thanks to the pandemic. Born in Australia to immigrant parents from Southern Italy, I was spoiled with delicious lunches of antipasti and home made pizza. Food, for me, is about stimulation. Food that can stimulate my memory and fill me with joyful nostalgia is perhaps one of the ultimate sensory experiences. Pairing that with sex and good company is next level, top tier invigoration and pleasure! These hungry eyes would love to share a beautiful afternoon or evening with you exploring these sensations.
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November, 2020 - This shoot was the beginning of my evolution into Venus Van Gogh (formerly Venus Rayne). For the first time, I really wanted to flex my creative muscles and throw myself into a project that was planned down to the detail over 10 months. The works of Lewis Carroll have inspired my imagination since childhood and I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to play with the beautiful imagery and underlying themes of adventure and fantasy. After all, our bodies are a Wonderland for each other to explore!... perhaps even over a luxurious high tea for two!
A collection of my favourite images from 2018 - 2020