Where are you originally from?
Madeleine Roux: Melbourne, Victoria – I grew up on a farm with my Mum and siblings and also with my Dad along the Peninsula.
Madeleine Gill: I grew up in a small country town called Mount Gambier in South Australia, but this will be my 3rd year residing in Melbourne. I loved growing up in the country but I’m definitely a city girl!
What is your first memory of picking up a camera or taking a photo?
MR: I had an obsession with disposable cameras and I would have one nearly every month as a kid. I also had the camera’s that printed the image straight away (I still have some of them stuck on my wall) – I would then hand them out to people as if it was a gift.
MG: On the weekends, in my early years of high school, my friends and I would go on adventures to old abandoned buildings and I’d always take my parents digital Sony camera with me to take photos of them. After a while I started making them dress up in long gowns and costumes and my love for photography began there.
How did you get from that moment to where you are now?
MR: I am still obsessed with taking photos, but I have a better understanding of why that is. It’s just something I feel confident doing and it acts as a little escape. I have also experienced a lot of different types of cameras and practiced the form more.
MG: A lot of persistence and patience! My Grandpa saw my passion for photography and brought me my first Canon DSLR camera so I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without the support of my friends, family and lots of other creative people that I have worked with on projects.
What have been some of the highlights for you of late?
MR: I have recently started working with Australian brand Life With Bird and it has been terrific. The team are absolutely brilliant and I feel so excited to be able to take photographs for them. I also enjoy meeting people within the ‘creative’ community through photography and social media – there are a lot of incredible people out there.
MG: At the beginning of the year I was able to launch my website! Since then I have been working with a number of different models from different agencies in collaboration with stylists, makeup artists and designers. The last few months have been pretty hectic with shoots and publications but it helps to keep me organised and professional.
You’re both at uni – what are you studying and how does that lend itself to your photography?
MR: I am studying Media Communications – and it’s a very hands on course. It teaches students about television, radio and film – the technical and production side. It also has elements of written work; a lot to offer. It’s a very creative course and I couldn’t recommend it more. It allows me a time to practice different methods and even get critique from people within my course.
MG: I’m studying my third and final year in a Bachelor of Communication Design at RMIT. This course has opened my eyes to a number of different creative careers that I can incorporate my photography skills within. I have always had strong conceptual and innovative ideas and a dream for me would be to use my photography skills to work within a successful studio workplace or be a creative director.
Tell us about this shoot – what was the inspiration, who did you work with and how did it happen?
MR: I have always wanted to shoot at the Pink Lake in Melbourne – and Madeleine and I had been keen to work together for a while (we met each other purely from admiration of each others work). I also love pink and red together. My mum used to dress me in pink and red when I was little, there is something so youthful about that combination, and I also find it very feminine. All my mood boards are created through Pinterest – I can get stuck on that for hours. Madeleine thought of the brand (Casper&Pearl) and also used inspiration from her own closet. The models we chose also inspired a very sisterly vibe – they are both so damn adorable and easy to work with.
MG: To me, this shoot was a chance to do something creative and just have a lot of fun! Some of the clothing pieces were supplied by one of my favourite up and coming clothing brands, Casper&Pearl and we used two beautiful models as our muses. Our vision for this shoot also wouldn’t have been complete without the amazing makeup work by Maria Irving!
What did you shoot with?
MR: I shot with my baby, the Canon 5D Mark III. I also used a reflector – but most was naturally lit.
MG: My Canon 5D Mark II.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about what you’ve been up to?
MR: University has been consuming my life – and I am enjoying it. Although, I always love planning a shoot with a team and doing it on my days off. I find it very relaxing and fun. I am also shooting a bit of street style around Melbourne for a few places, which is fine by me. I love being able to go up to strangers to tell them they have good taste. They deserve to be told that they are being recognised.
MG: I’m very busy with uni assignments at the moment that involve working with a number of different clients- so that takes up majority of my time! However there is always time for a shoot and I have one coming up that I’m very excited about, you’ll have to keep an eye on my website and social media platforms to see the end result!