Byron Bay is a beautiful small town in the middle of the very large Australian countryside, so I was a little bit worried about working as a model here. I joined Chic Brisbane & made use of my law degree, getting a side job in marketing. To be honest I had become a bit tired of the anxiety that accompanies never knowing where the next job is coming from and feeling like a human coat hanger at times. I wanted to put my happiness first and Byron was where it was at - I hoped everything else would fall into place.
However moving to Byron Bay has actually revitalised and re-inspired me. Just by walking down the street, every one is wearing unique prints on simple designs. There are a lot of amazing brands located there which inspire me more & more every day, as the style is exactly how I (attempt to) dress - effortless yet beautiful.
Byron, being the creative hub that it is, teems with creative talent, tempting all of the great photographers, make up artists/hairdressers, stylists & models down from the nearby Gold Coast & Brisbane. I personally have never been more inspired having taken a little break to fully appreciate the world I live in and how lucky I am to be able to model as a career, helping to bring designs to life working alongside such talented people in beautiful locations.
I’ve started modelling for the love of it again, instead of seeing it as work. Here’s the results of an awesome day I had recently just adventuring around the Byron hinterland, shot by Leila Joy.
One of my favourite things about driving around the countryside is all of the farms selling their organic food via honesty boxes on the side of the road. We found cute tied up herbs in jam jars in one little hut and a table overflowing with oranges, grapefruits and mandarins. I've become so much more mindful of eating organic healthy food since moving to Byron, becoming vegetarian and on my way to veganism because there is literally no need to eat dead animals produce when there is so much amazing food naturally available!
We drove up to Federal which is a teeny tiny 'village' about one street long buried deep in the countryside, with a ridiculously good Japanese restaurant, Doma.
For a one street village, it does pretty well.
Exploring is the best way to shoot as you discover new places too. We borrowed the back yard of a quirky cafe/shop called Alchemy that I can't wait to go back and visit.
How good does it feel to do something purely because you love it as opposed to 'having' to? I find that I embrace every moment way more than I used to nowadays, as I try to disconnect from my phone and just appreciate the simple pleasures of life down to taking a deep breath of fresh air.