All credit for inspiration for this range goes to Dad. In a creative black hole with a deadline looming we threw the spoodles in the car and headed to the farm from our riverside freezing beach shack in Barwon Heads, where we were living in early 2015. Driving around the farm checking the racehorses, mares and foals that all happily cohabit in tree lined paddocks amongst sheep, kangaroos and birds, Dad suggested the breeding industry as something to use. This led us to ‘Sport of Kings’.
Once the sampling of designs finally was approved, the planning of the photoshoot as the second most favourite part of the job started. Logistically this is an Olympic sport to get the right model, on the right day, with the right team, all the samples here, dogs babysat and us on a plane with mountains of luggage and also trying to remain on the surface a normal person.
Very luckily through old friends from Melbourne (thanks Ady!) and family connections (special thank you to Leah at Inglis) we were so happy to be able to shoot at Inglis Newmarket Sales complex in Randwick, Sydney. The most prestigious sales ring in the Australian Bloodstock Industry. The nations finest horses are sold here with famous names bidding at eye watering prices. Surrounded by towering fig trees, box hedges and how lucky timing for us a flowering magnolia tree the heritage listed historic barn built in 1906 is the most beautiful building. Lace trimmed verandahs, slatted wooden stables, time clock and cobblestoned floors taking you straight back to another era.
Through the lovely Leah we were introduced to delightful Dee! Who allowed us to use the bay mare Ebony for the day. Testing the nerves of both our model Lise (side note a Norwegian incredible beauty - who also I will never forget telling me about having dolphins in the water during birth while I was about six months pregnant…still laughing…. the silence in the room!) We had lashing heavy rain and heart jolting cracks of thunder, all day. Plus Randwick is directly in the flight path of Sydney airport. Running through the rain carrying shoes, accessories, outfits, 6 months pregnant, dolphins, thunder, rain, incredibly Ebony didn’t put a hoof out of place all day.
As the whole complex has now been sold to make way for the booming Sydney housing market, we were so happy to capture forever a piece of Australian racing history in this photoshoot.
A very big thank you to everyone who was involved to make it happen.