I was visiting my parents on the hippie commune I grew up on in-between lockdowns when I received the call to shoot pop extraordinaire Troye Sivan for the cover of ElleMen Fresh in China.
I have done a lot of shoots for musicians, but I had never shot fashion before.
Here I was up on a mountain in the middle of nowhere, having Zoom calls in the dark with the clients in New York and Beijing from my Mum's tiny solar powered bush house.
Putting creative briefs together for a Gucci and Cartier styled photoshoot for one of the world's biggest pop stars under these conditions, I could not have felt more like a fraud.
It wasn't until the day before the shoot where I sat down with Troye to go over the schedule where he mentioned that he had selected me because he loved my In Australia series. This series is the furthest thing from a fashion reference and it was a big exhale moment for me. It was such a great feeling to have a body of work that is so personal and meaningful to me be a reference for a project of this scale.
Though flying back into Melbourne knowing I was heading for another lockdown and border closure was unsettling, the actual shoot was amazing! I had an incredible, supportive and talented team that pulled rabbits out of hats to make this shoot successful during a global pandemic.
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