I could never have imagined in my whole life that I would have the courage to stand up in front of a huge crowd in my 50’s get up and talk in front of them (usually I would cry ). But to get up and show the town where I grew up what I had become was so empowering. The nerves were a big problem from the moment I found out I had been picked to compete. (more…)
Ballarat Beat 2014… Wow. A month later and I’m still on a high after being announced as the first ever Miss Ballarat Beat. (more…)
Having won two consecutive crowns the previous year (Miss Old Skool 2013 and Miss Jailhouse Rock 2013), it had been suggested that perhaps I ‘retire’ and try my hand at judging. Well, there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to take to the stage on my own beat! (more…)
My story – What a fantastic event!
Allow me to introduce myself I am Miss Cleopatra Portman (formerly Miss Alley Kat). Miss Ballarat Beat was my first ever pinup competition. I decided to participate because I love everything vintage especially the clothes and the cars. My passion for the 1950s scene started through cars as I am a tragic car buff owing a few vintage cars. (more…)
Where to begin? My Pinup story begins only 15 months ago. My daughter told me she was going to enter the MPA competion 2013 i said what a great idea and sighed …” I wish that I could enter but they ( the organisers) would not be interested in someone of my age entering … its only for young girls .. I would love to have a pin up photo of me with a car oh well “ (more…)
While I’m out of my depth when it comes to describing in detail the finer art of fashion fields and parades, I can still appreciate the effort put into these classic contests and prefer to let my lens do the talking. These brave and beautiful ladies look the part as they parade in full fifties fashion right down to the quintessential accessories! This post war period of style stands alone thanks to its vibrant colours and flamboyant style!
Once again it was time to slick back the hair, don and old school garage shirt and put on your favourite dancing shoes, jump in the classic custom cruiser and make your way up to the historic town of Ballarat for the Ballarat Beat Fest! This annual event is put on each year thanks to Arthur Mats and his team seeing many local and international acts booked for the four day event! Acts such as the Lincolns, Rock a Dees, Billy and the Headliners, Lucky 7, Starliners, Hanks Jalopy Demons and many other rockin cool cats belt out their brand of the cool fifties jive while eager punters soak up the vibe either kicking back with a Tiki cocktail from one of the numerous venues hosting the groups or taking to the dance floor with their favourite partner for a romp around the polished tiles!
This weekend we had the opportunity to photograph the esteemed Fashions on the Field at the Geelong Revival. This part of the event is growing in stature every year seeing some beautifully dresssed ladies and gentlemen in period correct attire right down to the accessories!
The contestants competed for the honour of (more…)
An exclusive dinner for twenty five hand-picked guests with a special international guest and hosted by the top sales reps of Suntory! This was a great event and an interesting way of introducing Mount Gay Rum and the many cocktails that can be created from it. Each serving came out with a different Mount Gay inspired cocktail giving the guests an insight as to how well a cocktail can go with a meal. (more…)