Travelling Model Project

The Travelling Model Project documents the life of an international travelling model. The model is Aurora Sprengel or @poetic.minx ( The images and videos show an intimate and behind the scenes view of what this life entails.

A selection of images and the full version of the video above available in the $10 PHOTOSETS, CANDIDS AND PROJECTS tier

Featuring Aurora Sprengel (@poetic.minx) Video & Edit: Mike Stacey Music: Gary Clark - 'Bright Lights'

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So this is what was created from 1:15AM to 5:20AM on 30th November. It was the the last third of a 12 hour creative marathon - the first two thirds was shooting and editing the previous video “Anchor-less”.

The soundtrack was the inspiration and was played a lot in Amsterdam a couple of months back. The rest fell into place spontaneously, don’t know what the neighbours thought.

Featuring: Aurora Sprengel @poetic_minx
Video & Edit: Mike Stacey @staceymikephoto
Filmed in the Blue Mountains, NSW
Music: 'Haters' - Deorro & Will Sparks


This video was made last week in some of the most amazing atmospheric conditions I’ve seen. There was a front coming through, clouds were building and there were light showers in the air. The light was crazy.

We essentially made it up on the spot, or Aurora did anyway. I shot it mainly from inside her shadow, which was tricky obviously as she was moving around a lot. The soundtrack was chosen whilst driving around in the car later that evening, the song ‘Black Dress’ by Insightful came on and I knew right away that was going to be it. Later that evening when viewing the footage Aurora had the idea of shooting some portrait sequences which were used as ‘counter viewpoints’ and mixed in throughout the story. The whole video was edited that night in about an hour or so.

We we're shooting that night until the sun came up - 12 hours of creative effort all up including another video (aptly names ‘Haters’ which was conceived whilst we were in Amsterdam a couple pf months ago) and a heap of stills.

Stay tuned for ‘Haters’, which will be out soon.


Featuring: Aurora Sprengel (@poetic_minx)
Video: Mike Stacey (@staceymikephoto)
Edit: Mike Stacey/Aurora Sprengel
Music: 'Black Dress' - Insightful

Vanity Fair

This shoot with Meluxine was years ago now and was shot mainly for the ADORNED series that was exhibited at GalleyOne88 in Katoomba during August 2016. The large format portrait work followed up on initial shoot with early collaborator and dear friend Bianca Wolff. I had seen a few shots Meluxine had done with a tin plate enthusiast and given her long modelling career and vast experience I knew she'd be familiar with the large format workflow. I’d also worked with her before was confident she could hold a pose for the required length of time.

During the week GIAN Styling and I got hold of some jewellery which would fit the film portrait theme and it looked fantastic hanging off Meluxine's neck. She also had her own things from Mexico that she brought along and added to the mix. True to form Meluxine's look and gaze, not to mention hair, were perfect for these shots and I loved shooting with her again. 

We shot in Vanity Fair Studios in Sydney, run by Christine Dengate, and with Christine and Gina's help, managed to arrange the lighting to be something similar to what I had worked out with Bianca last week. 

After spending only an hour snapping off about 15 sheets of 4x5, we headed out into the courtyard outside the studio to shoot some fashion/nude stuff. Hope you enjoy all these free images.

4x5’s for ‘ADORNED’