Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Moonriver: Lady of The Lake

One of the sweetest tragedies is someone who doesn't know how to dream, to imagine, to look beyond what is right in front of them.

Some say the lady of the lake is a dreamer, caught up in fairytales, and a world that is not hers for the taking.

Others say she is a wild thing that can't be tamed, that will never truly be understood.

She is a woman who isn't afraid to explore and experience new things, new ideas, new realities.

Moonriver, is for her.

"Moon river, wider than a mile
I'm crossing you in style some day
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you're going, I'm going your way

Two drifters, off to see the world
There's such a lot of world to see
We're after the same rainbow's end, waiting, round the bend
My Huckleberry Friend, Moon River, and me"

Moonriver inspired by the song of the same name

Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Photography by Katrina Lee Boultwood
Makeup by Kristy Wild
Dress worn as skirt - Spell Designs
Jumper - Vintage
Boots - Famous Footwear
Hat - Dotti

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Moonriver: Scarlet

Can you guess who did it?

Was it Mr Plum in the kitchen with the candlestick, or maybe Mrs Brown in the lounge with the rope? Or perhaps it was Miss Scarlet, a woman of fiery nature and a mind that wondered far away from where she'd ever been?

People are often lost at sea, in times where the fog guides ships off course and men to worlds unknown.

Could Miss Scarlet merely be the scapegoat for something much more sinister?

Kitten D'Amour, an Australian brand that favours styles inspired by ages past, transforms women into the Monroe of their dreams, or the Hepburn they so admire. Their garments are sewn in a way that tells a tale, some of romance, some of lust and some, like the tale here... of suspense.

Dress - Kitten D'Amour
Heels - Famous Footwear

Photography by Katrina Lee Boultwood
Makeup by Kristy Wild

Friday, July 7, 2017

Moonriver: The Bay

A place that is so un-mistakenly built for Winter, Melbourne is coated with a sheet of fog most mornings and as the days get shorter, Moonriver seems to whisper over the waves of the bay and I layer myself in shades of cream and tan. These frozen mornings where the blue of the sky reflects on the water below and the once bustling jetty is silent, sitting, waiting, for seasons to come.

Dress - Spell Designs
Knit - Atmosphere
Beanie - Sportsgirl
Shoes - Rubi Shoes

Photography by Katrina Lee Boultwood
Makeup by Kristy Wild

Friday, May 12, 2017

Love your mother

There comes a special time each year where we celebrate the importance of a very special person, or people in our lives, our mothers. For Australians this Sunday is that special day. A day where florists will be bustling, brunch outings had and handmade gifts prepared.

For me this day has always been one to mark, as I have for many years had three special mothers in my life. My darling mother Tara who I adore, and has showered me with love and wisdom from day one. My lovely godmother Leita, who I have turned to in times of crisis, no matter how small, for guidance or a deep and meaningful over dark chocolate and red wine. My nanna Lee, who showed me strength and compassion right up until the day she died, and still remains in my thoughts and dreams as a fearless wonder. She was such an influence over my life that I have named my own daughter after my nanna Lee.

This year, I look to these women and thank them for what they have given me. Now a mother myself I know that my own success as a mother will have been assisted by what I learned from these women. I feel in my heart that although I will make choices and be given challenges different from the mothers I have known and loved, they will be there to help me, earthside or in spirit every step of the way.

This year, my family will celebrate me and I have asked my husband that we spend the day just the three of us, soaking up one another and our darling pixie who is getting brighter and more animated every day.

(I've also requested a cliche mother's day gift, like a dressing gown or colourful mug because I'm all for corny and afterall it is my first Mother's Day)

This year, I would like to extend a thank you to the mothers out there, who have come to be mothers through having their own children, or being part of another child's tribe.

May we love these children with our whole hearts, and love ourselves as well.
May we recognise our blessings and celebrate our joys.
May we silence the inner critic.
May we smile.

These photos were from our family shoot when Audrey-Lee was only five weeks old, which seems like a lifetime ago now. I kept them in my back pocket to share on this special occasion. Three generations of women together as one.

Photos with my mother and my daughter...
by Natalie Duckett