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Monday, September 11, 2017

Creative strategy and creative content for Golden Milk

We all know I created a kickstarter campaign to raise money for Ms Hoa in Vietnam. It was not only a life changing experience, but it opened up my world to turmeric and curcumin. And thats why I love creating content and working on creative strategy for golden milk. Its like revisiting an old friend. Not to mention that me and one of the co-founder's Naomi got along like a house on fire. 
How long did we chat in that cafe? 
More about the brand? Well like I say. You are the brand and so I would like to share more about Michael and Naomi. 

Their journey started almost 15 years ago, somewhat by accident, maybe it was just destiny.

One of our co-founders, Michael, was a travelling on a fairly exhausting schedule back and forth from the UK.

On one particular trip he hadn’t slept for almost 30 hours, got off the plane and went straight back to his desk in London. This punishing schedule did nothing for his immune system and overall health and it was at this point that he realised something had to change.

Michael’s journey to find a solution to his general health problems led him to countless Western medicine practitioners in search of answers as to why he was always so tired and run down. He saw practitioners from London to the United States and all over most of Australia.

Long working hours and a fast paced lifestyle, along with a lot of flying, meant Michael’s immune system just could not cope with the stress of everyday life.

Eventually Michael thought there had to be a better way, so he turned to alternative medicines and natural products. A healthy lifestyle, lots of sleep, a lot less work and a focus on consuming fewer processed foods, Michael has now found a road to recovery.

Naomi, our Managing Director and co-founder shares a similar outlook on life. She loves the healthy, clean living philosophy too – but still enjoys a cheeky glass of wine or two. Golden Milk was something Michael and Naomi discovered on their journey towards a healthy lifestyle, but they found the ingredients were often difficult to source and very messy and time consuming to prepare.

The result of many countless hours in the kitchen is our delicious drink we call Golden Milk by Golden Soul. They say laughter, sunshine and enjoying life is the best medicine - we hope you enjoy life and our Golden Milk just as much as we do too.

So I look forward to working creatively for this brand. And having a cup or two myself. 
Kate Xx



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bali Yoga Retreat. Yes Please!


I am a yoga retreat junkie- if there is a downward dog in a beautiful location to be had- Im there! But Yoga is not just about the postures and breath. Connections are made between amazing people. Okay Im not going to lie, its never 100% perfect. There is always that person that falls asleep in Yoga Nidra and snores loudly who bugs me. Im no saint! 
But generally every yoga retreat I have been to I have connected with someone amazing. And there is one in on October. In Beautiful Bali. 
Join a great group of people from the 21-28 October for an exclusive 8 day escape held in a luxurious jungle hideaway. Less wellness retreat and more wholesome holiday. Expect champagne on arrival, a nutritionist designed menu cooked by our in-house chefs, daily meditation on the grounds of a local temple, infinity pool five steps from your bedroom door, on-site pampering and much more. This is a holiday that you will return from feeling completely renewed and refreshed, where you don't have to think about or organise a thing - you just need to arrive, relax and enjoy a full week devoted solely to you and your wellbeing. What turns a yoga retreat into a lifetime experience. Its facilitator. 
Ashley Hunt leads amazing Yoga retreats. Because she is transparent about the struggles that lead her to meditation in the beginning. Ashley claims she is no healer or a guru. She is  just a real person who has seen tremendous effects from a regular meditation practice. Before meditation Ashley claimed she had zero confidence. She cried often and let people treat her like rubbish because she had no self worth. She was uninspired and unmotivated, and lacked direction and purpose. I think we can all relate to a time when we faced confidence challenges, or at least have a loved one who did. 
But a daily meditation practise turned that around and prepared her for the next challenge. Rheumatoid Arthritis. The mindfulness tools that Ashley had developed over the years kept her strong, and saved her from giving in to the illness. Despite it, she is able to live a full and happy life. So I could not recommend a better retreat. One that transforms you.

Enjoy, Kate Xx



































Thursday, August 17, 2017

Model Kristen Parlievet

This winter has bought some beautiful moody skies to Sydney which not only allows even light to fall on the model, but also allows for some cracker moodscapes.

I had model Kristen Parlevliet come to Sydney from Melbourne and we created some great images.

So first to the #moodscape! I was feeling sad as a creative project of mine had just finished due to the incorrect logistics forecasting (yes…not my strength, as a photographer). So I wanted to create an image that showed how I was feeling.

This was a first for me as I usually would just create “beautiful images,” and not think through the mood I was in. However I was very aware of this and wanted to channel this sad feeling in my images.

So this is the finished product:















































Kristen has the most AMAZING smile that makes anyone feel happy, just by being around it.



So I also created some beautiful shots showing her great personality. I just waited until I was in a better mood before I edited them, so they would be as vibrant as possible!

















































Thank you to Emerald city hotels for providing accommodation for Kristen. The hotel is located on Cremorne point, which is an amazing part of Sydney overlooking the harbour.



















We also created some photos inside the penthouse of Cremorne Point Manor. If you are planning to get married, it is the perfect place to get ready with the girls and have the backdrop of a lifetime in your photos.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great video of an Australian bush journey

This is a great video made by my sister in law.

Love the Australian out back and Stephanie Freeman has captured the journey so well.

Cant wait for more!



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Stopping a creative project is very hard. You feel a sense of loss. I can only describe that in an image. This photo I created on Monday the same day I announced my creative project Chocumin was no longer.
















You can purchase a print at Saatchi  Xx

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How to look good in photo's

Kate Branch née Kate Shearer
Many years ago.....I look so serious!



























Wow. There has been quite allot of movement with my book "How to look good in photo's" Last month it hit the top 30 in lifestyle photography on Amazon. Glad to see you are all striking a pose! Here is a #flashback to my modelling days (long ago....before the I-phone!)

Thanks Amazon for the amazing experience. I never thought I would write a book, but I had so many tips and tricks I wanted to share and how many workshops can a girl run! Xx



Thursday, June 8, 2017