Monday, December 23, 2013

Girls & Boys: J, V and Baby

This couple may look familiar to you as I've posted about them in the past. A few weeks ago J asked me to a mini maternity shoot. It seems like this year is a year of firsts in terms of learning new photography styles- my cousin asked me to do a engagement shoot AND I shot a wedding for the first time in the first week of December. It's nice to know that people trust in my photography skills, I do still get bouts of "shit am I good enough?!?" which is normal I think. So not only was it a lovely gesture for J to ask me, but it was also an honour. One day baby will see these photos and it's a nice thought to know I was apart of that moment.

J has yet to give birth, please keep her in your prayers for a safe labour and and a happy and healthy baby.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Girls & Boys: Rey and Ruby

Hi Friends,

So this instalment of the Girls x Boys series is of Rey (my cousin) and Ruby (my cousin-in-law BOOYAH!). This mini shoot was my first foray in engagement photography (pressure was on). I'm not going to lie, it was hard and a great learning curve. As I said before my weakness is 'model'/people direction. I tend just to snap away, but I'm learning to ease in normal conversation with a few jokes to make everyone comfortable and for the images look more natural.

These pictures may have been posted a little too late, as the wedding was last Saturday. It was an awesome day to say the least- it went by too quickly! Ruby looked amazing, think Audrey Hepburn classic chic. They married at Rey and my childhood parish, we had our first Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion rites at that church, so it was lovely to see Rey and Ruby wed there. The reception was so much fun, a lot of drinks were had and copious amounts of dancing too. The speeches were tear jerkers- my sister and cousins were crying their eyes out. It was lovely to see our two families come together and as Ruby's father aptly said "Our names match Diamante- Cruz, which translates to Diamond Cross".

I really do believe Ruby and Rey belong together. He had a crush on her during high school- he used to stalk her. haha. And I remember on one of our clubbing nights during our university days... Rey mentioned Ruby while we were in the car on the way to the club he said "If she is there it's fate man, it's fate".

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

ebay Sale!

Over the years I've accumulated a sh*t load of vintage and thrifted clothes, it's my weakness. I can't walk past a Salvation Army store without having a browse and eventually leaving the store with purchased pre loved wears.

So now I am going to sell a few of those items on ebay, along with a few shoes I haven't really worn. I think it's time I let go and let someone else have a crack at pre-loved goodness. Items that are available for sale include tops, blouses, dresses and shoes.

Click here to see items on sale, prices start at $9.99 AUD.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Happy Birthday Raver Ria


Today marks this blog's 8th Birthday! Yay! It's strange to think that my Raver Ria blog has been floating around the World Wide Web for 8 years. It has evolved from it's early days of juvenile university and life ramblings of 2005-2007. To heavy image inspiration of the art, fashion and photography worlds during 2008. It documented my London life and European travels from 2009-2010, as well as other travel journeys to date. To chronicling my progress of learning photography- via my lomography "Lomo Love" Holga updates and my mini Girls and Boys photo series. And of last year my foray in black and white film photography and dark room processing.

Who knows how long this blog will run for, hopefully til I'm 80 years old, how rad would that be! But until then Happy 8th Blog Birthday Raver Ria! To the readers of this blog, whoever you are, thanks for continually dropping by.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Life Lately

Hello October!

I realised that the last time I posted something was late August (shame on me). So below is a collection of images via Instagram of what went down during September, namely, my birthday... Booyah! My dirty 30 was not so dirty- quite tame actually. The first day of Spring saw Tim and I take Bear on the Bondi to Bronte Beach walk- he lost his sh*t when he jumped out of the car. It was his first time leaving the west and entering the fresh beach air of the east. Toward the end of September it was an art, music and bridal shower love fest. Carriage Works had a brilliant contemporary international art fair. My friend Marc DL had a DJ set at The Argyle in the Rocks and one of my best mates, Luke, his band Pocketful of Soul performed at the Opera Bar in Circular Quay.

You can download Marc's music via Sound Cloud. He recently released his Sophomore mix tape which is brilliant. (click here to get ALL his mixes)

If you're in Sydney make sure you check out Pocketful of Soul, support Sydney live music! They will be performing at Opera Bar again this long weekend. (Click here to see where an when they are performing)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Girls: Rachelle


Once again Rachelle has graced us with her beauty for the Raver Ria Girls series. These shots were taken at Parra Park at the start of winter. That particular section of the park reminds me of English gardens- Cambridge University comes to mind if I were to compare it. Mini photo shoots are not without it's dramas- money shot = me standing in thick bush= loud ruffling in bush= Rachelle sprinting away yelling "SNAKE!!!!"

There are a few more shots I took of her that is live on The Cruz Collective site. What is The Cruz Collective you ask? Well it's a creative blog my sister, cousins and I are collaborating on. It is still in it's infancy but we aim to bring inspirational art, design, travel and photography content for dreamers, creatives and creatives at heart. Be sure to check it out if you want to know a little more about my gorgeous cousin Rachelle, there is a mini interview you can read... and just pop on by to snoop around and tell us what you think.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Free People: Roshambo

Happy August everyone! Here is the last instalment for Free People's Roshambo series featuring Sheila Marquez and Christopher Abbot. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lomo Love: Elephant Nature Park

Elephant Nature Park is located in Northern Thailand in Chang Mai. It is a rescue and rehabilitation centre for elephants- some came from illegal logging, street begging, or were injured from land mines. The facility offers day trips where you learn about the herd and you also have a chance to bath and feed them. You can also volunteer for a longer period of time and the property has house loggings for guests.

The founder, Lek, created the park as a sanctuary for elephants to live in a peaceful environment. There are a little over 30 elephants and each has a story. The demeanour of these beautiful animals are definitely different of those who are working elephants- circuses, tour trekking operations etc. They are much healthier and treated with a lot more respect, physical abuse is not used to train the animals at the park. It is said that Thai elephants helped build Thailand and are greatly revered, it's unfortunate to know there are a lot more that aren't treated as humanely.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Checking in

Hello internet friends!

Just checking in to say g'day because it's been a while since I've posted something. Life and laziness gets in the way of blogging.

Alas, there will be more posts- of the Lomo Love kind. Whats not to love about lomography, Holga cameras and film?! Yeeww!


Sunday, June 09, 2013

Lomo Love: Krabi

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Krabi's Tiger Cave Temple was one of the most brutal climbs I've done in a while. I could have easily fallen to my death, 1237 steps off the side of the mountain. I was a weezing/ gasping for air/ hot mess when the boyf and I reached the top, I air punched the sky with victory for making it. No pain no gain, I am glad that I pushed on through because the view was spectacular.

If you plan on doing the climb. I'd advise you do it in the morning, as it's a lot cooler. Also, a big bottle of water is a life saver too.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Cockatoo Island Part 2

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I've always been drawn to eerie, moody, pensive things. I'm glad that these photos sort of turned out that way, a cross between the mood of The Virgin Suicides and an industrial Twin Peaks. Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO world heritage site, that was once a convict penal establishment (convicts were relegated to hard labor), it was also a reform school and ship yard. It is situated in Sydney harbour at the junction of Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers. This place has the ability to make you feel extremely isolated, you forget that you are in major city. The mood is cold and there is an odd sense of something lurking in the shadows. If you were to stay here by yourself, you'd probably go mad. With it's large warehouses that once inhabited ships, the metal frames feel as though it would collapse on you at a moments notice. There are underground tunnels, sand stone forts and high stairs that lead to the look out point- the height renders you to vertigo. I like how the island is used as an art venue. However, I think one of the downsides of this is the abundance of space. Sometimes I find art exhibitions don't maximise the use of the landscape to it's full potential.

Friday, May 31, 2013

J & V

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"Will you be my homie?" was part of my mates J and V's wedding vow. We all laughed out loud when they said this. It was quite perfect really, and sort of sums up their relationship and them as my friends; you are guaranteed to laugh (a lot), no bullshit and straight up people. I love these guys, and I owe it to the city of London for introducing me to these two folks (and my old flat mate Rodders). And tonight we fly out for J's birthday weekend, Adios.

Images shot by Me.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lomo Love: Thailand Part 1, Ao Nang

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It was 10 years ago when I first went to Thailand, 19 and I had no idea about shit. Now I like to think I am 10 years wiser, and a hell of a lot travel savvier. Thailand was somewhat of a gate way travel drug, that further fuelled my teenage dreams of wanderlust.