Birds of a Feather

Last week I photographed beautiful Sophie. We first shot together for the first time when she was 15, and I always love seeing her grow as a model with each shoot. Keep scrolling to see some of my favourites from the day.

Model : Sophie Collins @ The Models Au / Viviens model management

HMUA : Claire Warmenhoven

Photographer / stylist : Marissa Alden

Wearing : Alice McCall / Colette Hayman

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Preparing for your Headshot Photoshoot | Melbourne Headshot Photographer

Headshots can be a big deal. They are the first thing a client will see when you’re auditioning for projects and can impact how you are perceived in the industry. But updating your headshots shouldn't be stressful, so I have created a little list of a few things to consider when booking a photographer and preparing for your shoot.

Finding the Perfect Photographer -

There are so many headshot photographers, but finding the right fit for you is important. Start by browsing online and looking through portfolios. You want to find someone who is reputable and has a portfolio to match. Start by sending out an email to any photographer that you’re wanting to work with and enquire about pricing and what their packages offer. Find someone who aligns with your vision and will be able to produce images that can be used by your agent (if you have one) and will look professional when applying for auditions. You also want to find someone who can capture your true self and will make you feel comfortable and relaxed when shooting.

What to Wear -

I get this question a lot and it is probably the number 1 thing most people will worry about before a shoot. My number one rule is keep it simple! You want to be the main focus of the images, so plain and simple is always great. I always recommend bringing along a white t-shirt or simple white shirt. Black, white, grey and neutral colours are always great. Denim also shows up really well on camera without being overpowering. Once you have some simple looks, feel free to bring along any edgier or unique pieces for a few more personal shots.


Communicating with your photographer -

Another important step is communicating with your photographer. You want to tell them what you are looking for and make sure that you are on the same page. If you can, send through some inspiration images of photos that you like. This could be posing, lighting or hair and makeup inspiration and will help your photographer get a good idea of what you are after. If you have a backdrop colour choice or any other preferences, letting your photographer know beforehand will help save time on the shoot day.

Hair and Makeup -

If you are wanting to have your hair and makeup professionally done, most headshot photographers will have this as an optional ad on. If they don’t, enquire if they have any recommendations. Once you have booked in your makeup artist (whether via the photographer or on your own) arrive to the shoot barefaced. If you have any inspiration bring it along to the shoot to ensure that you and the makeup artist are on the same page. I would recommend a natural look, enhancing your features in a subtle way. You want to look like yourself as clients are going to want to know what you look like.

Summer Sessions - Emily

With Summer just around the corner, it was a perfect time to start shooting at the beach and shoot the first of my Summer sessions. Being based on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, I decided to take advantage of the stunning beach locations by offering natural light outdoor sessions. These can be of a swimwear or editorial style (or both) and can be shot at the beach, park or any natural light location. Keep scrolling to see some of my favourites of my shoot with beautiful model Emily Nash.


Meika Woollard

Last week I shot with the beautiful Meika Woollard. She's only 14, Voted one of the 100 most beautiful faces in the world and has already gained over 400,000 fans on Instagram, she is definitely a face of the future. 

Wardrobe : Alice McCall 

HMUA : Claire Warmenhoven 

Photographer : Marissa Alden 


L'Officiel Kazakhstan Editorial

New work published in L'Officiel Kazakhstan. 

Model : Chloe Balfe @ Vivien's Model Management 

HMUA : Sophie Knox 

Photographer / Stylist : Marissa Alden 

Wardrobe credits : Cassandra Renee Couture / Torrance 


Melissa Juratowitch

Recently I had the pleasure of doing a little shoot with beautiful model Melissa Juratowitch. I remember watching her on Australia's Next Top Model when I first started photography (which she went on to win) and thinking that it would be so cool to do a shoot with her one day, so it was nice to be able to work with her a few years later. My original concept was to shoot in studio, but half way through the shoot I changed my mind and decided that I wanted to experiment with natural light instead. Here are the results. 

Model : Melissa Juratowitch @ Pride Models 

MUA : Claire Warmenhoven 

Photographer : Marissa Alden 

Styling : Asilio 


Cover for GT Magazine

What a nice surprise to see my shot from last year of the beautiful Sophie Collins featured on the cover of GT Magazine in the Geelong Advertiser. Sophie is only 16 and is one of my favourite models to work with. Definitely keep an eye on this face, she is destined for big things. 

Model : Sophie Collins @ Pride Models

HMUA : Claire Warmenhoven 

Photographer : Marissa Alden 

Sunday Life Magazine cover of Actress Lily Sullivan

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of photographing Actress Lily Sullivan for Sunday Life Magazines April 15 issue. Lily's break out role was in the movie 'Mental' when 17, and has since acted alongside Daniel Radcliffe in 'Jungle' and a lead role in 'Romper Stomper'. Lily is now playing the starring role as Miranda in the remake of 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' which is soon to air on Foxtel and BBC. Keep scrolling to take a look at our shoot together and read Lily's interview about her new role. 

Photographer / stylist : Marissa Alden 

HMUA : Claire Warmenhoven 

Wardrobe : Dress Hire AU 


A Dustland Fairytale

New editorial 'A Dustland Fairytale' featuring beautiful pieces by One Day Bridal. Always a pleasure shooting with Emily and Sophie, the laid back and just-for-fun shoots are always my favourites. Keep scrolling to have a look at my favourite shots from the day. 

Model : Emily Nash @ Chadwick Models / @ Brazen Models

HMUA : Sophie Knox

Photographer : Marissa Alden

Designer : One Day Bridal   


Digital Photographer Magazine Article - How to shoot a fashion portrait

New article for Digital Photographer Magazine (UK). I always love reading about other how other photographers shoot, so it was such a pleasure to be able to share some of my tips and tricks with Digital Photographer Magazine recently. In this issue I revealled how I shot and edited this image of actress Mary Kennedy, including my lighting set up and photoshop techniques. Pick up a March copy to read the full article. 

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