December is traditionally an awesome month for many reasons, but this one is extra special for us here at illumin8me studios. Why? Because an image of ours (below) features in the December Issue of the UK published “Practical Photography Magazine”. I can’t begin to express how thrilled we are at being chosen by the editorial board – but, what a wonderful early Christmas present it is! Of course, this shoot with the very talented Noorjahan Allure was awesome in its own right; to have it individually selected for a double page spread is beyond our wildest dreams.
How did it happen, you ask? Well, not long after the shoot with Noorjahan, we posted a select bunch of images to our 500px.com page. This particular image not only received a large number of votes, but was soon selected into the Editor’s Choice gallery – which was an honour itself given the hundreds of thousands of images that get uploaded every day. Ever since its selection, we’ve received a multitude of new followers and likes, which continue even to this day.
Anyway, sometime in late August I received an email from the Deputy Editor of Practical Photography Magazine saying that they’d seen the image on 500px.com and were keen to include it in a forthcoming issue. To be honest, I first thought the email was SPAM because like they say about the internet: “if its too good to be true, its probably too good to be true”. But, after some correspondence with the magazine it was confirmed and we were on our way to appearing in the December Issue. We just had to cross our fingers that it didn’t get bumped.
The rest, as they say, is history. We are, of course, indebted to the awesomely talented Noorjahan Allure for working with us to create this image and the rest in the series. She is one of many talented creatives in Canberra that make the local photography and artistic community so great.
Next stop – Vogue. Hahaha.
Model – NOORJAHAN ALLURE | Hair and makeup – RENEE PAYNE | Assistant – ABBEY LYONS.