September 14, 2013#

Lara Jade & Sue Bryce FROM WHENCE WE CAME

Lara Jade is a Fashion Photographer that shoots international Campaigns luckily she is also an incredible young woman and a friend of mine. I am a Portrait Photographer that specialising in Glamour and Beauty for the every day Woman. Lara started her career on Flickr shooting experimental self portraiture and then book covers. I started my business in my garage and started to get noticed in my industry by creating illustrative images and entering them into NZIPP AIPP and WPPI international awards. SO we are teaming up to teach a creativeLIVE workshop together to teach you how we started out.

This course is about

Illustrative Portraits / Conceptualising / Composite Imagery / Photoshop / Book Covers / Fine art / Getting noticed / Boosting your folio but mostly its about PLAY shoots staying inspired as an artist stretching your limits learning and experimenting with the creative part of your job when the Marketing and Business and Tax and time management ‘THE HUSTLE’ takes over and you forget you are a creative.

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Sue & Lara

I come from Blue collar parents and so does Lara thats what I love about her. I like people that worked their guts out to be where they are and bloody well deserve every success that comes their way. I met Lara about 18 months ago at a 3 day event we were both teaching at. When everyone was gone for the day and dinner was done there were TWO people sitting at the table with their laptops and chatting while they worked till midnight. You see she loves what she does as much as I do. We come from different Photography worlds but together we will show you the Professional Fashion side of styling and the domestic side, where we both came from and how we started with NOTHING and how we created with what we had. Lara will show you how she started and how she now works with amazing Professional Fashion stylists and I will work with locals and make as many of the outfits as I can on a budget.

I know Lara will say the same the education we got from this style of experimental portraiture not only invigorated our careers and our creative selves it made our career paths. I was working from my garage in the beginning I couldn’t afford to pay a stylist but then I found out of course they all wanted to play and finding models was the easy part. I couldn’t even afford sets or locations so I would make them on photoshop (see below) You don’t need a lot of money to do this. This about getting creative with whats available to you.

First I had to find a girl and get her to do the pose I wanted. I don’t ask people to pose without underwear as I feel it is easier to get them to move and feel comfortable my personal choice nude models are always available for a price. I stacked her up on boxes and took 12 shots 3 different hand positions.

Sue Bryce Comp 1
At the time I found out I couldn’t get my Hair Stylist there on the same day so I got him to make the piece on a different day on a friends head and I pasted it in

I needed to find a backdrop so I went walking the city and started shooting walls / textures tress etc I had no idea what I wanted. This I found on a big concrete wall.

Sue Bryce comp 2

I then found this antique chaise in a shop and asked the owner if I could take a pic she said yes. BTW it’s a mini little girls doll chaise. It didn’t have nice feet so I shot it like this at a few higher and lower perspectives.

Sue Bryce comp 3

I then flipped it, copied the arm sides as legs and changed the colour and my room was made

Sue Bryce comp 5

When I put her in the image I still didn’t know what I was going to put in her hand I originally thought a pipe. I then went back through my images at the same antique shop They had stuffed birds Dove’s crows and peacocks. I settled on a bird. The irony was her lower hand didn’t fit on the couch and looked like it was floating so I found a cage and put that in.

Sue Bryce Comp 6

This Image was then called letting go. It was never my intention at the time but what became was a reflection of where I was in my life at the time. Lots of letting go. It won Gold in Three international awards and contributed to me being named Portrait Photographer of the Year 2011 at the Australian APPA awards this was the most prestigious award I had ever won. The beauty of illustrative imagery is some people will love it and some people will hate it (none of that matters) sometimes it wins and sometimes it doesn’t that doesn’t matter either. But when you create it from your soul you can look at every day because to create art and work through you like this is the greatest gift of all.


  1. Thank you for being such an inspiration Sue!
    I love your work.

    All the best for you, always!

    P.s: I’d would love to see the final picture.

    • Simply wonderful!

      (It’s showing now. My internet is not the best!)

  2. You’ve just completely and utterly WOWED me and inspired me. (Again). Crank up PS skills time!!

  3. Can’t wait! this year the business and marketing have taken over me and I have hit a massive creative wall so I can’t wait to be inspired and feel refreshed and have two sets of fabulous shoes kick me up the backside x

    • Still haven’t received my wedding album from Chantal storrs Barbour, we got married two year ago next month. No response to calls messages or emails. We are devastated. Hope you’re happy with yourself Chantal! Not only have we lost out money , you haven’t fulfilled your contract and still persist in using our images on your website blog everywhere! Disgusting!

  4. Sooo beautiful, thank you for sharing your talent with us!! XOXOX

  5. Looks amazing! I was wondering how you created it, thank you for sharing!

  6. Your blog post couldn’t have come at a better time for me! i have been feeling a slump coming on, and once again you’ve inspired me, thanks. I can’t imagine you a and Lara Jade on the same set, what a thrill that would be to be there with all that talent and humility in one room.

  7. Sue, you have been such an inspiration for me this year. This image is even more magical knowing what you did to make it a reality. I’ve been so blessed to have discovered you through creativeLIVE, and I can hardly wait to meet you next week in the studio – I’ll be in your Photo Week audience, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

    Thank you, thank you for all you share with us.
    - r

  8. No words except – awesomeness – lol

  9. Thank you for constantly sharing your work and process.

  10. OMG! Now that is a piece of art! From the vision to execution. Wow! Just wow…

  11. I think this is absolutely beautiful and shows how anyone with a creative mind can make an amazing picture within a budget. I find it a little saddening though that you made the model unnaturally thin, especially when your boudoir photography gives the message that the average woman can be beautiful.

  12. Beautiful, Sue! Thank you for your honesty and story behind the image. And thank you for inspiring!

  13. Sue Bryce and Lara Jade. Two of my favourite photographers. Two of my favourite instructors. Two of my biggest influences throughout my photography career so far and both doing genres that I like most and want to fuse together. I can’t wait for this workshop. Consider it bought.

  14. Inspiring, love the story behind the image. Thanks Sue for sharing!

  15. Hi Sue, thank you so much for sharing your creative process. I am so glad i purchased your Creative Live course this week covering this exact style. I am really inspired to have a go.

  16. Gorgeous!

  17. Sue, I feel like I can’t thank you enough. You two have been so inspiring during the course. And the fact that you were eager to share your experience and knowledge with the rest of the world is simply beautiful. I’ve watched the whole course with bated breath and enjoyed every moment of it. It was incredible to watch you and Lara work, create and be so passionate about photography. You gave me strength to follow my dreams and develop in the direction I’ve been yearning to take for a long long time. So thank you again for your encouragement, empowerment , motivation, passion, inspiration and above all, for all the feelings you’ve evoked. You are truly amazing.

  18. Chantal storrs Barbour is a con artist!!!!!

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