Kara Riley | Fashion + Branding Photographer | Melbourne + Mornington Peninsula

35mm Portraits | Stefania + Artful Blooms

My recent shoot in collaboration with Artful Blooms in Dromana turned out to be quite possibly my favourite 35mm film portrait shoot to date! 

I worked with the beautiful Melbourne model Stefania Gertis on this artistic collaboration. I love shoots like these, where the entire purpose is to get really creative and see where the day takes you! I played around with double exposures and vintage Cokin filters to get some unusual creative effects. The beautiful pampas grass and dried palm leaves were so beautiful to use against the lovely blue ocean. I am loving living on the Mornington Peninsula, there are so many incredible photo locations!

These images were all shot on 35mm film using my wonderful Nikon Fm2 and my Canon 1n with some different prime lenses. I always get amazing results with this camera, I really recommend it.

Here are some of my favourite shots from the shoot, you can see the full series here.



My Mini Natural History Collection

I finally got to unpacking my little collection of nature bits! I love collecting things on my walks around nature, and these items are all so precious to me. I remember where they all came from and associate them with different memories. One day I’d love to have a big natural history collection in a room full of vintage drawers with specimens everywhere. I should have been a naturalist in the 18th century! 


Dreamy Floral Double Exposures

I recently shared a post over at The Runaway Hearts with all of the dreamy floral double exposure shots I’ve been working on. I had to share it again here because I had such great feedback and was thinking about creating another post as a guide to creating multiple exposures (Look out for that really soon!) See the full story here.


Here are some of my favourites shots…


Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

I recently visited Cranbourne Botanical Gardens outside Melbourne and had a field day taking shots on my 35mm film camera. Liam and I absolutely absolutely love spending time together exploring parks and gardens. He has an endless supply of plant knowledge and is constantly inspiring me to learn more about plants, especially Australian natives. Two pea’s in a pod, I know! Thank goodness we found each other. 


Here are some of my favourite shots from the day, the banksia’s are my favourite! 




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