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The best thing we did in 2015

The best thing I did in 2015, was this amazing shoot by Beautiful You Portrait Studio, To all my friends who contributed and organised this for my 40th, thankyou so much! Love you all!   – Elle

we love hearing words like this and what a wonderful way to celebrate a milestone in life.

All images copyright Beautiful you 2016

What does MYOB have to do with portraiture?

Last month gorgeous Brooke of “Brooke’s Books” came to the studio for some new corporate shots.  We got talking about all things TAX ( stick with me here! ) check out a bit about Brooke below and her gorgeous new corporate shots she is now using for her business.
Who are you?
I am a registered BAS Agent, award winning MYOB certified consultant and the owner of a Bookkeeping and Consulting company.
What do you do?
My aim is to assist and empower small business owners, especially women, in managing their business finances. The majority of my time is spent consulting with new and existing business owners on the correct accounting software package and providing assistance in the areas they maybe struggling with.
What is your business?
We provide a variety of services which include;  accounting software solutions, one on one and group training, consulting, as well as a range of bookkeeping and BAS services. We also work in conjunction with the two leading software companies in Australia, MYOB and Xero.
How does your business help the busy woman today?
My business focuses on the day to day running of a small business. I find the majority of my clients feel overwhelmed when it comes to keeping their BAS up to date or remembering when they need to lodge their superannuation. With our focus on cloud accounting, we take the pressure off managing GST, invoices, expenses and payroll. At Brooke’s Books we are a support hub which give the business owners freedom to get back to what they do best.
Where have you used your new headshot?
I had my photos taken for the Every Women Expo which I attended this year. One of the photos was blown up to a life size poster and was used on the walls of my display stand. I have also used the photographs for business cards and brochures.
 links www.brookesbooks.com.au  FB : Brooke’s Books  Instagram : @brookesbooks_

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Interview with life coach Elise Carr

Last month model and life coach Elise Carr visited our studio.  After her session we sat down and chatted about herself, her role as a life coach,  her insight into the world of Tantra and I have to ask her for her yummy recipe for her Naked Model Shoot Bomb Raw treats!!

Enjoy ladies till next time

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Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I’m a holistic life empowerment coach with a focus on the Divine Feminine and Yoni Power as well as sacred sexuality and spirituality. I work predominantly with women who are ready to step into and live a holistic empowered life from the inside out through bespoke one-on-one coaching, in workshops, talks and through my speaking and writing in Australia and around the world. I’m also a Reiki master, Tantra practitioner, artist and model, currently writing my second book on the power of the yoni!

How did you begin? My work must have started in the womb as I have always felt a calling to learn, gather and apply as much knowledge and wisdom as possible to assist and guide others to shine their light brightest for the greater good.

What is StellaMuse? StellaMuse is a platform to bring together all of what I do to share with an international tribe of StellaSouls so they may insight action in their own lives! On stellamuse.com I aim to inspire and ignite a flame of inner knowing, a belief in self, to fuel an unwavering commitment to a holistic life – be it by finding life purpose and changing your career, awakening your sacred sexuality personally and in your relationships, healing traumas, clearing stagnation and further expanding your consciousness to connect deeper with yourself, your beloved and unity with all.



What events do you having coming up? My next event is the Stella Shakti Temple at Yoga Alchemy in Northbridge on Sunday August 30th. This is a sacred, safe space offering potent, juicy, wisdom to enrich, awaken and empower your life in a practical way while connecting your physical, mental, energetic and emotional selves. Part of what the women attending will learn includes how to awaken their Divine Feminine Shakti and how to apply Divine Shakti Energy in the every day. The ladies will learn about the Yoni and apply its power to change their life from the inside out. There will also be a raw vegan high tea dessert, guided mediation and workbook. Ladies can CLICK HERE for details and tickets

Any advice to woman about how to rekindle, rediscover their sexuality? Start with yourself, by yourself. As women we are programmed to give and put others first, thus wanting to please our partner before ourselves. But to truly connect with another on an intimate, heart connected, soul entwined level, you must first commit to exploring, owning and honouring your Divine self and all of who you are.

The Stella Sensual Rekindling is something I suggest to clients and which I enjoy practicing myself:

  • Start with creating a time and space just for you (on your bed, on a cushion in front of a mirror, on a towel in the backyard!)
  • Slow down and connect with your body temple
  • Breathe. Complete deep breathing has the power to transform your life!
  • Relax into the physical connection by being alert to your emotions. How do you feel? What feels nice? What makes you feel sexy? Awakened? Light? Safe? Protected? Nurtured?
  • Notice the energy shifting in your body. What are the subtle effects inside of you that you can begin to notice and become aware of?
  • Enjoy this, sit with this, breathe this in, allow it to move through you
  • When you feel ready say thank you to your perfect, Divine body temple and all that you are
  • Know you can come back here, create this space and reconnect with yourself whenever you choose


Can you share your yummy raw chocolate recipe of those amazing treats you brought to the shoot?

Sure, my Model Shoot Bombs are a fav raw organic treat of mine to whip up for the team, to enjoy after a shoot or as an after dinner delight!

* All ingredients are organic, pure and sourced locally when possible

Naked Model Shoot Bombs:

3 cups of cashew/hazelnut mylk pulp (after you make some Amazing nut Mylk use the pulp that is left over to up-cycle as the base of your Bombs!)

3 heaped tbs of organic almond butter (I’m a fan of Artisan)

6 pitted and soaked medjool dates

½ tsp of Himalayan salt

½ tsp of pure vanilla bean powder

¼ tsp of cinnamon

2-3 tbsp of maple syrup

3 tbsp of cacao nibs

2-3 heaped tbsp of cacao powder

1-2 heaped tbsp of carob powder

3 tbsp of coconut oil (I love Wild Harvest)

3 tbsp of macadamia oil


  • Combine in a food processor or mix by hand for a chunkier consistency.
  • Shape into marble size or golf ball size balls and place in the freezer to set.


Model Shoot Bomb choc coating:

1 cup raw cacao powder

½ cup of Jarrah honey – as it’s medicinal! (For a pure vegan option you can use maple syrup, Agave syrup or brown rice syrup – please note Agave is very sweet while the brown rice syrup is not as potent, so play with your measurements for your ideal sweetness!)

½ cup of coconut oil

½ tsp of sea or Himalayan salt

(You may enjoy adding a couple of drops of essential peppermint oil if you desire an extra choc minty taste to bite into!)

3 tbs of cacao butter (melted using the double boiler technique)


  • Once you melt the cacao butter add your coconut oil to blend in with and combine.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until an even consistency is made.
  • Prepare a flat dish, tray or plate suitable for the freezer and line it with bake paper to ensure your Bombs don’t stick.
  • Removed the naked Model Shoot Bombs from the freezer and place them one at a time on a large fork – individually dip and roll them around in the raw chocolate.
  • Place them one at a time back on the lined dish of choice with a small gap between each.
  • Once you have coated each of them once pop the Bombs back in the freezer and allow them to set for 2-3 minuets before removing them and repeating the dipping process another 1-2 times. (Triple coated is heavenly!)
  • Once double or triple dipped return the Bombs back into the freezer and allow them to set for at least an hour.
  • Serve your Model Shoot Bombs on their own as a dessert or enjoy with a warm mug of chai or herbal tea. They are perfect after your shoot or at the end of the day!


If you love those you’ll also love Super Stella Bliss Bombs


With Love, Elise. XOX



A new shoot style

A few weeks ago I was lucky to have gorgeous model Georgia Gibbs stop by the studio to shoot for an ongoing project I’m currently shooting called 5min with for online blog Style Voyeur its a very candid raw photo session and and interview with the model involved. You can see it here online  http://stylevoyeur.com/2015/03/5minwith-georgia-gibbs/

This got me thinking of the way photography is changing and the style of womans photography is changing  I guess maybe we are more liberal than every before and we don’t feel scared to embrace who we are and show it through photographs that we can keep as memories forever. So last week I tried this really raw lighting style with a pre wedding shoot client and the results were amazing!!  A modern approach to shooting sexy photographs of woman which is both classy and sexy all at the same time. I would love to know what you think! If you came in for a photo session would you like this style of shooting?

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Georgia is a model with London Management Group

Lingerie  by www.aimeecherieintimates.com

Wall ART





We are so In Love with this image of one of our clients Legs!  ok ok she has such beautiful long legs but it just goes to show that sometimes the most abstract images can make the most beautiful wall art canvas prints!  I love the idea that this can sit as a huge art print on your wall in your home and nobody would even know it was you unless you told them!!!!



I never do this…



Meet Eve… dancer, singer, performer burlesque dancer!  Eve came  into the studio last month to get some gorgeous shots of herself and to tell us about her new Lingerie party business “I never do this”   We had so much fun shooting Eve she has no worries at all posing and just spent the afternoon dancing around the studio.  I asked her how she does it.. as most girls can get really shy once the camera is turned on them.. Eve gave this great advice.. “You just have to let yourself relax.. forget about what you look like, what you are feeling like and just continue to move… the photographer will stop you if they see a great pose. Play upto the camera like you do in the mirror!”

great advice!!

Here is a little bit about Eves new venture.. I Never Do This is an at home shopping/ party concept designed especially for the women of today.  We offer a safe, comfortable and fun environment by bringing the shop to you. In the convenience of your own home or chosen venue, the stigma attached to purchasing adult products under normal retail circumstances is removed and replaced with a few hours of fun and relaxed entertainment with friends.

I Never Do This offers an exclusive range of lingerie, nightwear and adult products. Whether it’s a Hens Night, Couples Night, Birthday, Christmas Party, Fundraiser or just a get together, we will help you experience a very special night filled with games designed especially for you and your guests. So what are you waiting for, maybe you should try this…?   https://www.facebook.com/ineverdothis  Email Eve –  ineverdothis@mail.com

Side note –  Boudoir shoots are one of our most requested shoot session but they rarely make it onto the blog.. we believe these sessions are private sittings and intimate photos of yourself for you to share at your own discretion. We only shoot tasteful female boudoir shoots at beautiful you studio. if you are interested in a nude shoot or a couples session I can refer you to the other photographer based in our studio Janet Craig. Our Boudoir blog post are only posted with full permission by the sitter.

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photo shoot mood boards

Before any photography sessions we sit down with you and have a one on one conversation about what you want to wear and what you would like to look like for your portrait session.  These details help us determine the style, vibe of your photoshoot. from how we do your hair and makeup ( do you like your makeup natural or do you want serious glam or even something as simple as I’ve always wanted a Marilyn Monroe red lip ) to how Stef photographs you and the lighting she uses.   One great way to prepare for your shoot is to put together a mood board of ideas. ( Did you know before any magazine, fashion shoot or model portfolio shoot this is what the creative team does to prepare for the shoot? )  A mood board can contain anything from style of clothes, lighting, location, accessories, hair and makeup trends and ideas anything that inspires you and helps us achieve an incredible picture for you.   Over at Beautiful You HQ we are compiling some mood boards on our Pinterest page to inspire you.

This first Mood board title “Opulence”  is up on our Pinterest page to give some thursday inspiration. The Pinterest link can be found on the top right corner of our website.