Caitlyn <3

We recently collaborated with Caitlyn (model & instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/___caitlynrose___/) and Gabrielle (makeup artist & instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/_makeupby_gigi/; Gabrielle also styled Caitlyn's hair). Caitlyn and Gabrielle were a dream to work with and we highly recommend both of them. We went to Racecourse Road for a cafe-themed shoot and incorporated some spring shots, too. :-) We took some photos at The Stables Craft Bar & Kitchen, Ascot. We also took some at Le Bon Choix, Ascot.

Caitlyn <3

We recently collaborated with Caitlyn (model & instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/___caitlynrose___/) and Gabrielle (makeup artist & instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/_makeupby_gigi/ ; Gabrielle also styled Caitlyn's hair). Caitlyn and Gabrielle were a dream to work with and we highly recommend both of them. We went to Racecourse Road for a cafe-themed shoot and incorporated some spring shots, too. :-) Here are the spring shots and we'll share the cafe-themed shoot next time.

Restless Legs & Itchy Feet

As well as portraiture, we enjoy travel photography. There always seems to be fresh inspiration around every corner. We aren't big on numbers but we have been to 20 countries to date. We are currently interspersing our regular Instagram posts with some shots from our international travels. If you enjoy travel photography as much as we do, we think we will find a lot to talk about over there. We welcome all tips, recommendations and local insights. Safe travel to fellow explorers! And hello from sunny Brisbane! :-)

Santorini, Greece

Prague, Czech Republic

Singapore

Dresden, Germany

Deogarh, India

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Florence, Italy

Paris, France

Cochin, India

Ghent, Belgium

Brisbane, Australia - our beautiful home for now

Brisbane :: A Local Perspective

We were trawling through our Twitter feed recently when we discovered something that inspired us. Ghent's tourist board has set up some Pinterest boards to help with navigating your way around the city. We thought that this was an excellent concept and we wanted to jump on board. We have lived in Brisbane for ~ 18 years between us. There are plenty of things that we don't know about Brisbane but we are more than happy to share what we do know. We want everyone to enjoy their time in our beautiful city! If you have any suggestions for what we should include, please don't hesitate to contact us and let us know! In the meantime, please find our ideas below. As we discover new gems, we will update our Pinterest boards. :-)

Brisbane, Australia

Le Festival, Brisbane French Festival

Brisbane | Foodies

There are plenty of reputable sites with food recommendations in and around Brisbane. These include The Urban List and The Good Food Guide. We have included some of our personal favourites below and you'll find more suggestions on our board:

Northey Street City Farm

Brisbane | Children

We have a little 1-year-old. We know how important it is to find things that keep the whole family happy.

Artwork on a traffic signal box on Adelaide Street, Brisbane CBD

Brisbane | Design & Art

Brisbane isn't necessarily synonymous with design and art (if that is a focal point of your travels, you should probably go to Adelaide or Melbourne or Sydney instead; the latter has recently opened up an exciting gallery, "200 Treasures of the Australian Museum") but that doesn't mean that there aren't some gems in Brisbane. We would love to find out about more!

Maleny Bird World

Brisbane | Day Trips

There are far too many amazing things to see within a day's trip of Brisbane to not include this board!

If you are not familiar with Brisbane and you're here to explore, welcome! If you're a fellow local, we would love to know your hidden and not so hidden favourites!

Brisbane :: Festitalia

Ciao! We recently enjoyed Brisbane's Italian Festival at Spencer Park, Newmarket. It was jam-packed with activities and interests for all ages. Honestly, who could say no to a gelato eating contest? Or a cannoli one, for that matter (and the fastest cannolo eater wins a dozen cannoli)? Or watching a master acrobatic pizzaiolo in action? Some personal highlights were the salted coconut and mango gelato (if you find yourself in Rosalie, check Gelateria Cremona out) and the baby animal pen (we might have gone back twice!). Oh, and the things we haven't mentioned yet are the flagthrowing exhibitions, tarantella dancers, gladiator chariots, parasol painting... in short, if you haven't been before, don't miss out next year! Buongiorno!

Toowoomba :: Steam Train & Carnival of Flowers (1/2)

One way (a very relaxing way) to get to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is to join the Sunshine Express Rail Tour and take a steam train. We hopped on at Roma Street Station, Brisbane. It was a memorable trip with all the charm of yesteryear. In our next post, we'll share some of the gardens we visited.

Beautiful ranunculus at Picnic Point, Toowoomba

Pretty pops of colour along the way :-)

The car shown above was just one of many to line the tracks and watch the train go by :-)

Some water!

Toowoomba is such a quaint and inviting city

You can choose to have lunch provided upon arrival in Toowoomba

This melted in your mouth - highly recommend!

A day of flowers + Dessert = Count us in!

We hope to see the tulips in Holland one day; however, this was definitely a special experience and only a few hours from home, too!

Peaceful country view somewhere between Toowoomba and Brisbane

Back at Roma Street Station after a long but relaxing day :-)

Brisbane :: New Farm Park

New Farm Park (Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005) is synonymous with picnics, roses, jacarandas, and fitness. Entry to the garden is free. There are plenty of free parking spaces. In addition, there is a cash-only cafe on site; it is located near the playground. If you want to be close to Brisbane City (the park is located only three CityCat stops from the CBD) but have enough space to clear those cobwebs, New Farm Park is the place to be. :-)

Our picnic suggestion (that we have borrowed from Parisian in Brisbane): drop into Chouquette on your way to the park (only about 5 minutes away) for some authentic French treats. We can guarantee (from personal experience) that you won't regret it! ;-)

Isabeau & Family <3

We had such a lovely day with Isabeau (Parisian in Brisbane) and her family. You will find Isabeau's stylish and on-trend instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/parisianinbrisbane/. Isabeau's makeup was done by Gabrielle Garner from Makeup by GiGi: https://www.instagram.com/_makeupby_gigi/. Gabrielle's work was impeccable and we highly recommend her! We will share some more pictures from the day as we went strawberry picking, too! :-)

Lucinda & Sean <3

It was an absolute delight and pleasure to do lovely Lucinda's maternity shoot. We explored and found the perfect spot in Samford, Queensland. Pretty sure Lucinda and Sean take out the award for cutest couple. You can find Lucinda's sweet blog here (https://www.serendipitylace.com/) and her instagram here (https://www.instagram.com/lucindaskeats/). The stunning outfits were from Nest Maternity (website: https://www.nestmaternitygowns.com/; instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nest_maternity_/). Enjoy!

Brisbane :: Ekka (2/2)

We enjoy going to the Ekka, or Royal Queensland Show. The Ekka is held annually in Brisbane and is our largest agricultural festival (22 hectares worth). We even get a public holiday (People's Day) in honour of the Ekka! From the famous strawberry sundaes ($$ => Prince Charles Hospital Foundation) to the baby animals to side show alley, there is something going on around every corner.

Brisbane :: Ekka (1/2)

We enjoy going to the Ekka, or Royal Queensland Show. The Ekka is held annually in Brisbane and is our largest agricultural festival (22 hectares worth). We even get a public holiday (People's Day) in honour of the Ekka! From the famous strawberry sundaes ($$ => Prince Charles Hospital Foundation) to the baby animals to side show alley, there is something going on around every corner.

Upma (model) & Jess (hmua) <3

We had a lot of fun shooting with the lovely Upma at the Japanese Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. Check out her instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/upmabravo/ & her facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/upmafashionista/. Jess, the lovely hair & make-up artist (instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/jess.k_makeup/), stepped in on the day and handled the pressure effortlessly. The shoot was undertaken for Hunter Creative (http://www.huntercreativenetwork.com.au/). The project was entitled "Tranquility". It was a pleasure working with everyone involved.

Maleny :: Botanic Gardens & Bird World

We enjoy being a tourist in our own backyard sometimes. There are so many beautiful places in and around Brisbane. Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World is located at 233 Maleny Stanley River Rd, Maleny QLD 4552. It's about a 1.5 hour drive north from Brisbane CBD. The Maleny Botanic Gardens currently cover 14 acres; we would recommend spending the best part of a day there - perhaps take a picnic! The Bird World section covers over 1000 m2 and currently houses over 300 birds, including Australian cockatoos, lorikeets, exotic parrots and macaws. The diversity of avian life is vibrant & fascinating! We highly recommend the experience. :-)