Perth. Australia - Bringing Glamour back - Eddie and a make shift garage studio

When I think of Eddie these are the words that come to mind. Happy - Fun - Gorgeous - Hilarious - Beautiful - Confident and someone who is a Fabulous Friend. I've known Eddie for over 15 years now so I can say these words confidently. It is her enthusiasm for life, adventure and self confidence that I love about her. I asked to take her picture. Sometimes.... it's not easy to have your picture taken. You might feel vulnerable at first. Or a little nervous. Sometimes when I take a woman's picture I see a flicker of self doubt. She often has no idea how beautiful she is at that very moment. Knowing Eddie as I do I was surprised to see this flicker.

It was just a flicker but I understood. We talked about how skinny we were back 'in the day'. Myself I have recently moved countries to come back home and started this new venture to becoming a photographer. The road, so far, has been .... a roller coaster. It's exciting and nerve wracking trying something new and unfortunately along this road I have put on a little... or a lot of weight in the process. So when I saw this flicker I knew exactly how she felt. I also knew that I could quickly change her perception. 

Oh my gosh we laughed so much while taking these! Eddie was the most fabulous model, stepping into my make shift garage studio and making it look good.

Oh and Eddie and I have a combined LOVE for snow. There is something about snow that is a little mischievous. Snow is gorgeous! It's a fun adventure, promotes laughter and good times - kind reminds me of Eddie :) 

"My photos look stunning! THANK YOU" - Edina Boross

"My photos look stunning! THANK YOU" - Edina Boross

Cape 2 Cape MTB - Day 4

The Final Countdown!

Day 4!!!!! Day 4!!!! OHHHHH WE MADE IT!!!!! It's day 4 and the racers are about to ride from the beautiful vineyards around Margaret River to Dunsborough. I dropped the team off at the Colonial Brewery and with the entire support crew set off to the first check point. 

The entire support crew consisted of 3 Mums, 6 kids and me. How to keep 6 kids entertained while waiting for the riders?? With a game of crocodiles and lava of course! While the riders powered through another 60km we may have stopped at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory to sample it's delights :) 

This is it!!! The FINISH LINE! Day 4 arriving in Dunsborough to the cheers of the crowds. Some very exhausted yet elated riders and some very proud supporters.

Happiness is evident as they relax with a well earned beer. A few injuries, some dirty faces, bruises here and there, a little (or a lot) tired but finished. An one very proud supporter here.

They said they would never do it again..... I don't believe them :) 

If you knew a rider in the Cape to Cape MTB event I might have taken their photo! Click the link below to view the gallery and use DOWNLOAD PIN 9725 to download images.

http://mareealdred.pixieset.com/cape2capebikeevent/

Cape 2 Cape MTB - Day 3

The light shinning down on the grounds around Xanadu Winery the morning of day 3 was absolutely gorgeous. A sense of achievement was the vibe in the air. They were half way. Two days done... two to go.

Do you know a rider in the event?? Click this link to view the gallery and use DOWNLOAD PIN 9725 to download images. 

http://mareealdred.pixieset.com/cape2capebikeevent/

The guys in our team were most excited about the The Pines. A day of jumps and fun with the rain drizzling to keep them cool. 

The support crew and I were met with energised high fives smiles. Loud cheers and thank you's for supporting in the rain. We had music playing and the kids had made pom poms. 

The best support crew any rider could ever ask for - The Pines, Margaret River.

The best support crew any rider could ever ask for - The Pines, Margaret River.

Matty just riding by looking uber chilled. Gone were the dusty faces of day one and in their place it was all smiles.

It was still a 40km day on a bike... no rest for the wicked. 

I need to point out how proud I am of our team. Of all the teams! As a non bike rider I imagine each of these days literally as my worst nightmare. 3... sometimes 4 hours on a bike. Lets face it these seats aren't made for comfort. Powering through scorching heat or rain smacking you in the face! An to top it off the event wasn't over yet!!! Day three down... one more day to go.

Cape 2 Cape MTB - Day 2

Day two. No point in lying the boys were not super excited to get back on their bikes but they cracked a smile for the camera this morning. Wait Craig... is that a banana you have??

Do you know a rider in the event?? Click this link to view the gallery and use DOWNLOAD PIN 9725 to download images. 

http://mareealdred.pixieset.com/cape2capebikeevent/

Confession time.... as part of the supporting team we assessed how tired the boys were, took into consideration how far away the first spectator point was from the start line and thought we had plenty.... more than plenty of time to make it to the forrest before the boys rode through. We even went into Margaret River to grab ourselves a cheeky coffee before heading to the check point. Our guys were in groups 3 & 4 so middle of the pack. Well weren't we surprised to arrive only to find we had missed them by two whole groups! Sheepishly and feeling a little guilty that we had severely underestimated their stamina and riding ability I snapped a couple of photos of the fabulous riders in group 6 and we jumped back into the car and speed to the next check point hoping to see the team on the sand track!

Doesn't the forrest just look gorgeous to ride through though! 

Rowdy looking chilled giving us a wave as he rode down the sand track. We were cheering, waving our yellow balloons and streamers as the riders past us. They had been riding for 40km at that point... only 20km to go till the end of day two.

Simon's is riding the most expensive bike out of our team. His bike broke today. Here he is pictured (bottom right), repaired, behind but powering on.

Simon's is riding the most expensive bike out of our team. His bike broke today. Here he is pictured (bottom right), repaired, behind but powering on.

Joy mixed with exhaustion, mixed with joy and a glass of delicious red wine at the finish line -Xanadu Winery.

Cape 2 Cape MTB - Day 1

Have you ever heard of the Cape 2 Cape? No? Think 220km from Augusta to Dunsbough in the south of Western Australia.... 4 days .... on a bike!

Do you know a rider in the event?? Click this link to view the gallery and use DOWNLOAD PIN 9725 to download images. 

http://mareealdred.pixieset.com/cape2capebikeevent/

Meet 3/4 of our team pictured here looking mildly enthusiastic not having a clue as to what lay ahead.

Simon: always wore dark colours. Trained for approximately 2 months. Bought a new $3000.oo bike for the event. Most expensive bike in our team. Carbon fibre and all that fancy stuff. Had an unfortunate bout of gastro two days before the start.

Next we have Craig. Craig is pictured standing next to Jay. Both trained on the bridal trail leading from Glen Forrest to Mundaring. Only rode 50km back to back once before the event. 

Jay. Instigator to enter the event. Bike enthusiast he also did the odd spin class while working away on his FIFO roster. Brought two bikes to the event just in case.

An finally meet Chris. Convinced by Jay to enter the event after a particularly good spin class whilst working away. No other training. 

The race started here in the gorgeous surrounds of Augusta. The pack was about to leave this coastal town and head up a dusty track, up inclines known as hamstring hill and onwards towards The Farm.

The Farm where we as spectators had a clear view of the riders coming through. Their faces covered in mud, exhaustion from some and crowd pleasing wheelies from others. Adults and kids stood cheering on the riders - waving flags and streamers and clanging a cow bell. This was my favourite spectator point as the crowd cheered, the riders gave us high fives and fist pumps! 

From here they didn't have long to go until the finish line at the end of the first day.

The morning of day one I got these of our team staying at the campsite together for a before photo.... you know the one where they are smiling and excited... maybe a little bit nervous about what lies ahead. That photo where their eyes are full of energy, wonder and excitement for what is to come. 

Jay - before and after ... absolutely knackered.

Chris still smiling at the end of day one.

Day one... yeah ... that was a bit harder than expected eh Craig

Simon ahh... you've got a little dirt... on your face 

Meet Rowdy and Matty. Both rode without gloves, bikes worth about $500, trained for about 6 weeks prior and didn't even own lycra let alone wear anything aerodynamic. Exhausted, weary and successfully made it through the first day.

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