Meet Liz Sunshine from Street Smith! The fashion photographer is renowned for documenting people and places, with her work often see on Vogue and Who What Wear. 

How did you get into fashion photography?

I fell in love with photography when I was in my late teens, and the fashion part was a natural connection when I later worked in retail to pay my way through uni. I booked my first real fashion photography gig when I was 23 and haven’t looked back.

Three words to describe you?

This is a hard one… right now I would say. Obsessed, Lucky and Dreamer - but not in the daydream sense, more in the forward-thinking futuristic sense.

What does a typical day look like for you?

As a freelancer, there are no two days the same, but there is a rhythm and days are made up of similar tasks and events. Emails, meetings, location scouting, packing equipment, shooting, editing, unpacking, experimenting… repeat. Some weeks I shoot every day, other weeks it’s all admin and planning.

Which is your favourite look from The Iconic X Talulah capsule?

When I first saw the collection, I loved the palm print mini, which is why I also chose to wear it. But as the shoot progressed and I saw all the dresses in action I was surprised to find the pink and black polka dot dress my favourite. The whole collection is really diverse and I feel like there is something perfect for everyone especially coming into Spring.

Where do you go for fashion inspiration?

I mostly look to social media, I follow diverse accounts from fashion influencers, artists, sculptors, brands, tech guys. Anyone who is posting interesting content daily.

Where has been your favourite destination to shoot?

It’s not where I’ve been, but where I’m going … I’m off to Paris (fashion week) in a week and a half for 9 days and feel like I already know how much I’m going to love it. I’m really looking forward to shooting in such beautiful streets and before some of my favourite shows. I also, of course, love Melbourne City.

How would you describe your personal style?

Classic, understated, and sometimes unexpected. I generally run a very classic wardrobe, wearing black and buying pieces I expect to last me a lifetime, but I’m also not afraid of colour or experimenting, so sometimes you’ll see me in something experimental, just because I felt like wearing it.
Which Talulah X The Iconic style was your favourite look of the exclusive collection?

I’ve been a fan of Talulah for so long, so it’s amazing to see the brand and it’s designs evolve over time. The Iconic is very lucky to get their hands on this collection, the Belle black and pink polka-dot dress is my absolute favourite. Major 80’s, puffy sleeve moment.

What are your top tips for accessorising a statement piece?

Choose what kind of mood you’re in. If you’re feeling loud and bold, don’t be afraid to clash colours and prints with out there earrings, scarves and shoes. If you’d like your dress to do all the talking, pair back accessories with neutral tones - think tan sandals, dainty gold earrings and a cute cross body.

How would you describe your personal style?

I get asked this question so often and to be honest, my style changes everyday depending on my mood. I’m not big on defining my style into a certain box or category but whatever I choose to wear, I like it to be put together and well accessorised. You’ll never see me looking bare.

Who is your style icon?

Rihanna. She’s the perfect mix of style and attitude. You can’t have one without the other. I’ve also really been liking Kendall Jenner’s looks lately as well.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Extremely varied. As a freelancer, it could be being on set all day styling or creatively directing. On a more quiet day my time is usually spent creating content, answering emails, pitching ideas or sourcing. It’s always fun to end the day with an event or launch party, or just a wine in hand in general.

Where do you look for styling inspiration?

I’m very into streetwear and celebrity pop culture, so seeing campaigns, concepts and the general aesthetic from brands like Vetements, Off-white and Yeezy is definitely inspiring in the sense that it’s game changing and different to the norm.

What on-trend accessories are you loving at the moment?

Not so much an accessory, but I’ve been into mismatching my earrings for a while now. Something about it is very effortless and cool, and it makes any outfit look interesting.

One piece in your wardrobe you can’t live without?

A long sleeve black skivvy - instantly makes anything chic!