Shot by Baker: Kitten Lebow

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Model: @kittenlebow
Photographer: @shotbybaker
Southbank, VIC Australia

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Always Bet on Red

When it comes to redheads… they grab attention. A colour like red is not a wallflower background colour and instead shouts out from the page or canvas laid upon. Red even jumps out of photographs and signs… like in this webtorial.

The colour red represents physical energy, lust, passion, and desire. Packed with emotion ranging from intense love to anger and violence — representing both cupid and the devil. It is a hot, strong, stimulating colour that represents excitement and energy.

Red is the colour of passion.

Passion is the opposite of neutrality.

Think about what happens when you take a passionate colour like red… and add some skin.

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Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your Instagram?

A: I can feel exceptionally shy and awkward doing everyday things like phoning to make an appointment, ordering food or returning an item to a store. This really surprises people as I tend to come across as a bubbly, noisy, extrovert, even online.

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Q: Do you think nude art photography can be both artistic and also erotic? How do you draw the definition?

A: I think the human body is a little like a Magic Eye image. It is layered with meaning and can transform as your perspective changes. Our bodies can be seen as purely functional, a simple contrasting shape on a horizon. They can speak to our… experience and impact on the environment. They can be sensual, or emotive, or sexual.

I think the category an image falls into depends on social cues, context and intention — both of those creating the image and those viewing it. The weight of art or erotica can be carried in a pose, an expression, an angle, what is shown and what is hidden from view.

Both are beautiful. Both have their place.

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Q: When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?

A: I’m quite a spontaneous person and I love trying new things — though I am not always so great at following through on my bright ideas or good intentions! In an ideal world, I’d be travelling with my favourite people, but I’m far more likely to be found sampling a new Australian gin, dancing around my kitchen in very fancy underwear, having a leisurely breakfast (and dessert) with friends, patting an alpaca, listening to a true crime podcast, binge watching a new tv series or making my way to the front of the mosh pit. Or sadly, scrolling through my phone. Instagram steals a lot of my time!

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Q: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

A: Emerald green. There is just something about that colour that has always drawn me in — even before I was a redhead. It is deep and bold, with just a little bit of old school glamour.

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Q: What’s your favorite snack?

A: It’s a tie breaker between fresh warm doughnuts and hot chips. Resistance is futile on either of those fronts. I would happily eat both every day and preferably one after another. I can’t go past that salty sweet combo!

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Q: What is your all time favorite movie and why?

A: A tough call, but I would have to say Fight Club. I’m a big Fincher fan, but I particularly like the nameless main character, the use of narration, the visual layering, the way that you notice something different every time you see it and its refusal to give you a simple answer tied up in a bow. Palahniuk, Pitt, Norton and Bonham-Carter is a recipe for gold, honestly.

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Q: Come the weekend, what’s your favourite thing to do?

A: Wake up to a day with no alarm, no plan and no expectations

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Shot by Baker: Dahlia Black

 

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Model: @iheartdahliablack
Photographer: @shotbybaker
Port Melbourne, Australia

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The Devil’s Elixir

Doing business and raising babies.

Mother of two, pinup model, social worker and tattoo studio owner Dahlia Black breaks all molds.

I admire any woman who can juggle a successful career, healthy lifestyle and family life. Dahlia carries herself with so much grace although her children shall grow up thinking shes a badass someday for pursuing her dreams.

She looks like an elixir of colour and passion but if you manage to sit her down for five minutes, you shall soon realise she is an entrepreneur.

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Q: If you did not have the career you have now, what would you want to be doing?

A: I’ve always aspired to be a police officer, or to work in the field of criminal psychology. I’m pretty content with where I am now, but I could still pursue those options down the track.

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Q: Tell us about your kids?

A: I have two kids, a one year old boy and two year old girl. My daughter is a fiery little thing, she’s so stubborn and strong. And my boy is a sweet, giggly and gentle soul who LOVES his Mama. They are the best, ever.

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Q: What is your parenting style?

A: I don’t really know how to describe my parenting style, I’d say it’s very affectionate and loved up parenting – my children are always told how beautiful, special and loved they are!

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Q: How do your kids feel about your tattoos?

A: Sometimes I don’t think they even notice that Mummy is any different to anyone else, it’s the norm for them. One day I’m sure they’ll think I’m so uncool though! Ha

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Q: Have you ever faced any discrimination due to being a tattooed mom? What happened?

A: I do get a lot of judgemental looks, which I noticed a lot from hospital staff while I was pregnant actually. I haven’t had any outright rude comments to my face, but have definitely felt judgment from other parents.

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Q: Tell is about your tattoos? Who did them? What do they mean and which one is your favourite?

A: Most of my tattoos are by my darling husband Aaron Smith, at our tattoo studio Faith Hope Charity Tattoo in Flemington. Majority of them don’t mean anything, I love traditional tattoo imagery which is why I have the style that I do – I do have a few pieces that are special though. My favourite would probably be my stomach piece.

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Q: With such a busy schedule and so many kids – how do you make time for your family? Do you have any tips on balancing a successful career and family?

A: It’s really hard for us to make time to enjoy each other’s company, but we always have at least one designated day of the week where we go out as a family. I don’t really have any tips on how to manage, I’m of the mind that a short term sacrifice is worth it for a long term pay off – so missing a few things now because I need to work hard means that I will have more time/freedom/money to enjoy everything when I’ve established myself properly.

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Q: What is your idea for “me-time”?

A nice bubble bath, or a relaxing massage are my favourite me-time activities.

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Q: Would you rather fight a vampire, werewolf or a zombie? Why?

A: Oh, that’s hard. I think a vampire would be the easier fight of the three so I’ll go with that!

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Ingrid M. Calderon-Collins

sometimes

…I want hands deep in my geography,
memorizing where it hurts
to trail through me, pulling at my weeds
watching flowers bloom, from my chest cavity

want oiled fingers, on my butchered rose
tongues eating at me
like they’re starving

but see, sometimes i’m soft…

and I picture us laughing
with beers to our lips
drunk kisses,
and falling asleep
till the sun creeps in

you wake me
with no morning regret
just a glistening sweat
of the hours you’ve spent
soaking in all my debts
that I’ll never pay off
at least

not yet…

 

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Shot by Baker: Julz

Shot on location in Waikiki, Hawaii

To be a mother is to be a warrior!

First and foremost she is a mother of three, personal assistant, runs her own businesses, and is a model, traveller, and motivator well known in the creative industry. How does she do it? Julz gave me some tips while we ventured in a hired convertible and chose spots around the island of Waikiki, Oahu for our shoot, ending the day with drinks and an equally gorgeous sunset.

 

SbB: When did you know a career in beauty was for you?
L: I’ve always had an interest of beauty/make-up. As young as 4 years old; I remember standing in front of the beauty section and would not move until my mum brought me make-up.
While I was studying beauty therapy, I had an international make-up artist recommended to pursue further into make-up.

SbB: What prompted you to becoming a freelance beautician and masseuse?
L: When my dermatologist consultation was not sufficient enough for me. My curiosity gained a perfect opportunity to educate others of their self-worth and care.

SbB: Today’s woman is busier than ever. You’re a prime example! What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?
L: Glam eyes (darkening the outer corners of your eyes) and red lipstick.

SbB: How do you approach a style-conscious women of “a certain age” who wish to remain current but fear looking as if they’re trying too hard. What are some comfort-zone-friendly ways to rock the latest trends?
L: Go subtle; use natural tone colours and false eye lashes.

SbB: Speaking of age appropriateness, let’s consider the flip-side. Is there an age you, as a makeup-artist and mother, consider too soon for girls to begin wearing makeup on a regular basis?
L: I believe from 17 years old is reasonable on a regular basis.
Teenagers need to preserve their youthful skin.
Unless you do dancing and have an exceptional skincare regime.

SbB: Currently, what are your favorite beauty trends?
L: Bold; defined eyebrows and flawless bronzed skin.

SbB: What three makeup item should no woman leave home without?
L: Moisturiser, brow promenade and lipgloss.

SbB: Come the weekend, what’s your favourite thing to do?
L: If I am not working; my favourite thing is to stay in bed as long as possible with my partner listening to me snore.

Shot by Baker: Miss Dea Capri

The World is Her Oyster

Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
@shotbybaker

Dea is a pocket rocket with attitude… and elegance. A fish out of water some may say. Whilst her Oriental looks will distract you, her German accent will intrigue you. Working 9-5 was only holding the now-travelling freelance model down. Whilst she toured through Australia we met up and made magic during the setting sun along the beach line of Port Melbourne.

SbB: When did you know a career in modeling was for you?
DC: Many times. When I was 15 scouters asked me on the streets if I can join their agencies. After I’ve been often asked by photographers directly.

SbB: What genre of modeling do you enjoy most?
DC: I love fashion shoots with other models, I like trashy arty shoots and outdoor.

SbB: How hard is it to be a freelance model, and what challenges do you face?
DC: I take it easy. The biggest challenge every week for me is to not miss the flight, to find my shoot locations and hotels/transportations who allow dogs, because I try to keep her part of my life.

SbB: What are some of the most enjoyable destinations you have visited so far around the world while touring?
DC: Most fun I had in Sydney/ Melbourne. That time was crazy. London and NYC also gave me special memories. When it just comes to good vibes and less wild stories then it was Los Angeles. I felt so good.

SbB: In what circumstances, if at all, do you think nude art photography can be both artistic and also erotic? How do you draw the definition?
DC: When I started modeling I did loads of art nude, but since my tattoos, I’m more into glamour nude. Nude art means to be part of the picture, to complete it like a tree in the garden, whereas erotic means to express emotions but be more impressive and human.

SbB: How many tattoo pieces do you have altogether?
DC: 8, but will finish my arm sleeve very soon.

SbB: What’s the main influence behind your bodywork?
DC: Tattoos are sexy and make you look even more unique.

SbB: What do you think your tattoos say about you?
DC: My tats say that I have an eye, taste, and love the trashy cool look.

SbB: Come the weekend, what’s your favourite thing to do?
DC: Weekdays or weekend, I’m a freelancer, so for me it’s all the same. I never drink so I just wanna have a long dance night, waking up on the beach with my dog.