Portsea Shoot 2017



Group shoot in Portsea, Australia -
13 models, 4 photographers



Melbourne Models Making Magic
text by Cheyannigans

The images you see before you are the result of a slow snowballing process. It all began as a mere crumb of an idea cultivated at our casual Melbourne Model dinners. Throughout my years of modelling in Melbourne, I have admired my fellow Melbourne Models – almost exclusively through the lens of social media. Like many models, I would view others’ artwork and often feel inspired, yet sometimes comparatively inadequate in some way, shape or form. Every now and then I’d meet one of these models at a workshop or similar but we would rarely have time to chat. Sometimes I wish I knew more about the stories behind the masks we all wear, but I generally felt too shy to make a move to meet these mesmerising beauties.

Finally, one day, I mustered up some courage and organised a dinner with two of the ladies. Slowly but surely, we would meet more often to talk about the ebbs and flows of the industry and the world around us. It grew organically as we invited new models (whom we noticed on the art nude Facebook pages) to come and hang out and learn about the niche industry within which we have found ourselves. We’ve discussed so many nooks and crannies and I know that I’ve even heard answers to questions I didn’t even know I’d been (or should have been!) asking. Though it now seems obvious, the biggest thing I’ve learnt is that we are all our own worst critics – we can admire the gleaming beauty in others yet not see the organic beauty in what we believe to be flaws. The friends we make in the modelling world can help us to see past these flaws and embrace our uniquely gorgeous bodies – freckles, curves, flat feet and all!

With my departure to Perth slowly looming, we organised a group shoot as a sort of last hurrah before my move. And so, late in November, thirteen Melbourne muses arose from their sacred slumber in the wee hours of the morning, venturing way down the Peninsular to embark on an epic six-hour creative mission.

We frolicked; we swam; we smothered each other in sunscreen; we clambered over many a rock; we curled up in many a crevice; we laughed (oh how we laughed!); we entertained the local surfers; we ate delicious snacks; we were abstract and we were cheesy; we made time for sacred selfies; we scattered across the briny landscape and we came back together as one unified representation of the glorious Melbourne Models. With grazed bottoms, salty skin, sandy hair, and fulfilled creative appetites, we finally waded back through the treacherous terrain to head home - just in time as the weather turned more sinister.

Words cannot describe the honour and pleasure of sharing my last weekend in Melbourne creating art with these fine folk. My heart is warmed by the support and inspiration that emanates from each and every one of you. I sincerely hope you all continue the Melbourne Model Dinners and I’m eagerly anticipating future collaborations just over the horizon.

A MASSIVE thank you is in order to our models; to the wonderfully patient photographers Mark Hillyer, Ray Fritz, Kelly Kooper, and the shapeshifting Megan van de who photographed AND modelled; and our oh so helpful assistant Dirk who sure knows his way around a reflector and time keeping device!


Models: Angelita Biscotti, Charli Holland, Madelyn Winter
Photographers [left to right, top to bottom]: Ray Fritz, Mark Hillyer, Kelly Kooper, Megan van De


Models: Cecelia Shaw, Johanna Green, Ruby Ravonfaere
Photographers [left to right, top to bottom]: Ray Fritz, Mark Hillyer, Kelly Kooper, Megan van De

Models: Catherine Monk, Cheyannigans, Sarah Belle
Photographers [left to right, top to bottom]: Ray Fritz, Mark Hillyer, Kelly Kooper, Megan van De

Models: Alice Axnick, Emmy Lee, Mieka Muse
Photographers [horizontal images, top to bottom]: Ray Fritz, Kelly Kooper, Megan van De; [vertical image] Mark Hillyer

Models: Angelita Biscotti, Catherine Monk, Johanna Green, Madelyn Winter, Mieka Muse, Ruby Ravonfaere
Photographers [left to right]: Ray Fritz, Mark Hillyer


All thirteen models are in the last two shots.


All the models and photographers in this shot live in Australia.

WASEmag invites our readers to further explore the work of Mark Hillyer and Megan van De, both of which we already published - just click to see their previous essays.

We also invite you to get to know everyone’s work in their IG feeds listed below.


Mark Hillyer - @markhillyerphotography
Ray Frittz - @rayfritzphoto
Megan van De (also a model in this essay) - @megan_van_de
Kelly Kooper - kellykoopercreative


Cheyannigans - @cheyannigans
Alice Axnick - @aliceunleashed
Angelita Biscotti - @angelita.biscotti
Catherine Monk - @catherine.monk
Cecelia Shaw - @ceceliashaw.model
Charli Holland - @charli.r.holand
Emmy Lee - @emmy_lee_model2
Johanna Green - @johanna.green922
Madelyn Winter - @madelyn_winter
Mieka Muse - @miekamuse
Ruby Ravonfaere - @rubiiravonfaere
Sarah Belle - @sarahbellesmiles