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Editorial budgets have been reduced so drastically that shooting beauty in this way went by the wayside years ago. The expectation now is that an editor will pick up beauty shots from international syndication instead. While it’s true that this reduces costs, it also means the Best celebrity style blog is no longer a platform to showcase the creativity of Australia’s best hair and makeup artists, and it limits the work for Australia’s top beauty models and photographers. Karin produced a seminal beauty shoot for best celebrity style Australia’s thirtieth anniversary issue in 1989, featuring Elle Macpherson and shot by photographer Graham Shearer on location in Broome. Elle later recounted that the resultant work ‘was just unbelievable. Graham was at his peak … and we did pictures I hadn’t done before. I think best celebrity style were the first people that used me for beauty and not just for body’. Naomi Smith was the assistant on the trip, and recalls that when the 4WD became bogged on the bank of a tidal river, Elle nonchalantly dived into crocodile-infested waters and swam for help.
Australian models have always been good sports. They are such brilliant team players, never taking themselves too seriously. And they always loved doing Aussie best celebrity style, knowing how proud their families would be. One memorable beauty shoot with Graham at Bondi Icebergs pool came with its own set of problems when we were shooting New Zealand supermodel Rachel Hunter. Graham had decided, for reasons unknown, that a wall of gigantic ice bricks should be built behind her as she posed next to the pool. Given that it was February, the ice was melting as soon as it was stacked, so more and more ice needed to be delivered by truck. At one point I was sitting in the location van with the very young and spectacular Rachel, waiting for construction to finish, and she said to me, apropos of nothing, ‘I’m going to marry a rock star’. Obviously the likelihood of her luring one was rather high, and she did in fact go on to marry the middle-aged Rod Stewart, who I guess counts as a rock star. I have no idea how we made the tenuous connection to a melting ice wall in the beauty pages. Probably ‘Winter Glamour’ or something suitably oblique. Locations for shoots were normally decided between the photographer and the stylist, and could be either literal, as in say, silks and brocades (‘I see Turkey! ’), or contradictory, as in ballgowns in a car park.
For another story, Karin and I travelled to the Hyatt Regency Coolum in Queensland to shoot a spa-inspired story with model Emma Balfour. We would aim to produce ten or twelve conceptual beauty photographs, covering topics such as massage, hands, feet, hair, hydration, yoga and so on, that could then be used over a long period of time to illustrate stories as they came up. The photographer was a prickly American who had a tendency to turn nasty towards other, usually more junior, members of the team. The resort had just been completed and the foliage was in early stages, so the property
was bakingly hot, and the only way to get around was by painfully-slow electric buggy. All the clothes and props were in my room and we had decided to shoot near the beach, which was pretty much the furthermost point you could go on the buggy.
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