Stepping out in Katoomba / by Mike Stacey

Ama needed some pictures for the modelling agency Romel Management and we'd been trying to do the shoot for about three weeks but each time we tried to shoot, it was freezing cold. Not just cold, really cold. Upper Blue Mountains "sleet with wind" weather and as the outfits were pretty skimpy, well it just wasn't on. Until last Sunday! A balmy 14 degrees with a 'fresh' breeze -  perfect. Thankfully the sun was out in force.

Ama and Gina from GIAN Designs had worked out three outfits to shoot plus some variations from a beautiful sparkling sequin dress to casual jeans, boots, T shirt and jacket. So Ama, her partner Joel, Gina and I piled in the car with a boot full of clothes and cameras and headed into K-Town.

First up we shot the casual look out on the outside area of the Cultural Centre then spiced it up a bit with a couple of different jackets and a Fedora type hat against a grey wall just off the main street.

It's always interesting shooting in public like this but to make it more interesting Ama wanted to spice it up a bit for our own portfolios. Of course I didn't object. Just alongside the grey wall was a classic white wall in full midday sun. So off came the T-shirt, black jacket stayed on but open - the hat and jeans stayed on!.

Next up it was up to the Carrington for some shots in Ama's amazing sequined dress and another outfit from Gian Designs.

After a quick schooner in the Carrington we piled back in the car and legged it down to Mitre 10 at Wenty Falls where there was a bright blue corrugated iron wall which Ama thought would go well with her final outfit, a sparkly blue skirt with sheer blue top. The spot we shot at was only about 30m off the highway on a side street and in full view of the slow, sometimes stationary traffic from all the Sydney weekenders heading back to town.

DARK SIDE, everybody's got one.

All up a fun shoot which went for a good 4 hours or more so we were all pretty knocked up at the end of it all!