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Hey Australia.... support "Shave for a Cure" any way you can!!! #2 by Mark Elshout

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As many redbubblers know, my friend, model and fellow-redbubbler Melia is having a little battle with Leukemia. Melia has been going well with fighting her illness but the chemo has taken its toll.

Coming up in March is the Leukemia Foundation’s “Shave for a Cure” campaign and Melia has, in between hospitalisation and a couple of nasty bugs, been doing her bit to promote the campaign in the hope that one day they will have all the answers to Leukemia and to other cancer related illnesses.

If you can, support the many people who take all their hair off in an effort to raise funds for research. For Geelong people, Soft Cafe in Geelong West are having a function on March 12th from 4 till 6pm. All proceeds donated to Cancer research.

Photo shot with Nikon D700 and my NEW 3-head flash kit with soft boxes and other gizmos!!

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My interest in photography began back in high-school when I used my mother’s Olympus OM-1 to shoot sports events. I learnt to understand film, light meters and other technical issues. I bought my first SLR, a Nikon F70, when I finished uni and became more focussed on shooting portraiture, landscape and photojournalism. Since then I have not looked back opening my own business in 2009 specialising in portrait photography.

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  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...almost 5 years ago

    Another stunning shot, you looking great with those lovely eyes

  • She does have great eyes that photograph so well. And her lack of hair really helps to draw attention to them which was my goal.

    – Mark Elshout

  • Trish O'Brien
    Trish O'Brienalmost 5 years ago

    She’s still beautiful Mark, someone with such lovely eyes will always be beautiful – and she makes that jewellery shine! Please give her my best wishes for a speedy recovery – and true admiration for her strength and spirit!

  • I agree Trish. Her eyes sparkle even more without the hair to distract! I am sure she will read these comments but will pass your message on.

    – Mark Elshout

  • Cadence Gamache
    Cadence Gamachealmost 5 years ago

    Wow! Great image, Mark! What a wonderful way to show your support and raise awareness! :D Is the model Melia? She’s beautiful :) Will be sending lots of positive thoughts her way! <3

  • Thanks Cadence. This is Melia. She is about 7-8 weeks into her treatment and perhaps another 4-5 months to go with a bit of luck. I am sure she appreciates your thoughts.

    – Mark Elshout

  • mandreasen
    mandreasenalmost 5 years ago

    she is still gorgouse! what a perfect head she has!!!

  • I agree mandi. She pulls off the hairlessness brilliantly.

    – Mark Elshout

  • Shannon Paskaruk
    Shannon Paskarukalmost 5 years ago

    love it, what a beautiful girl!

  • Thanks Shannon. It is a very new look for her. Basically her hair fell out to the point where it was best to shave it all off as of about 3 weeks ago on the eve of her birthday. She carries the look very well I think. Everyone else seems to agree.

    – Mark Elshout

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1almost 5 years ago

    An amazing and touching image, it went straight to my heart (and to my favorites), all the best to her. Hugs.

  • Thanks Gina. I am sure she will read the comments and no doubt appreciates your wishes.

    – Mark Elshout

  • JackieSmith
    JackieSmithalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful pose, eyes and model!!!

  • Thanks Jackie. Glad you like the shot.

    – Mark Elshout

  • gobucki
    gobuckialmost 5 years ago

    Another brilliant one.

  • Thanks Matt. Glad you like it.

    – Mark Elshout

  • verero
    vereroalmost 5 years ago

    This is a beautiful photograph – I really like the light and the pose. But even more than that: what an absolutely gorgeous girl! Those eyes are just incredible. She’s pretty much perfect and I wish her all the strength she needs to win her battle!

  • Thanks Verena. I was just telling her that via text on my phone. Her eyes really zing when the hair isn’t distracting from them. I will have utilise this rare opportunity and take an entire portfolio of this new look of hers I think!

    – Mark Elshout

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks Scott

    – Mark Elshout

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