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Dedication I dedicate this book to my father and my mother, for grounding me, challenging me, giving me the chance to do what I love and gritting your teeth and trusting me through all my mistakes and rash decisions. To Steve Lovett and Richard Orjis, thank you for helping me grow as an individual, for shoving artists and books at me when I felt like I couldn’t read another bloody book. For convincing me to take risks, to push myself out of my comfort zone and for always making me seem like it was my choice when really it wasn’t. To the models, Allannah Thomas, Keira Howat, Grace Simpson, Jade Beckhouse, Daniel Devoy & Kahu Fowler; thank you for letting me abuse you, shove the most random objects on you, making you feel uncomfortable and expecting you to make it look effortless at the same time. Without you, I wouldn’t have had the foundation to build this amazing portfolio; thank you for letting me capture your beauty. To the hair and makeup artists, Yasmin Allen from Bang Cosmetics, Sonia Nuku from I Heart Pretty, Mary from Mary Estelle Make Up & Fran Allison. Thank you for putting up with me and managing to make sense of my simple and sometimes unspoken direction on shoots. Not everyone can take “I don’t know, Ill let you have creative direction...” and producing the most amazing creations that fit effortlessly into the styling of my photoshoots. To my creative art family, thank you for helping me find myself, for laughing with me, for giving me a shoulder to lean on and above all thank you for making me feel like I’m apart of something bigger than myself. I love you all and I cannot wait to continue being creative along side you for many years to come. And to the viewers, thank you for taking the time to read this, this book has been a labour, but through that labour; I feel that I have found myself. That I have found my identity as an image-maker, as a stylist, a collaborator and as a photographer through every photo in this book. The interaction and reaction that you’ve had with my images is what I live for. There are so many moments during the construction of this book, that I doubt myself, even questioned myself at every corner. And even with all that doubt, we’re here.