The Modern Muse luxury portrait photography by fashion photographer Cindy Kavanagh, Sydney Australia

Testimonials

STORIES OF TRANSFORMATION

A few of our favourite testimonials by women we've had the pleasure to photograph. No matter what their age or life experience, all had an insecurity of some form. They describe how the portrait experience gave them confidence and opened a door to see themselves in a new light.

Natalie

"The whole process was joyful from beginning to end. There's so much I love about the entire thing...you really think of everything. I love that the final pictures are the result of this fabulous collaboration between the two of us - that both you and I are woven into the art, that neither of us could have done it without the other. I love that you have so brilliantly encapsulated me in the shots, they are all very much different parts of me, parts I didn't even fully appreciate in such a tangible sense. I love that all that input resulted in those prints and that they in turn remind me of that process and that amazing day I had with you and your incredible team. I love that I now have something to treasure that's entirely unique to me... and some sort of legacy. Each photograph brings up emotion for me."  – Natalie Hay

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The Modern Muse luxury portrait photography by fashion photographer Cindy Kavanagh, Sydney Australia

Romy

"'New Mum Portrait' doesn't begin to describe the high fashion editorial experience with Cindy; where I felt like a supermodel not only because the photos turned out looking like a magazine spread, but because the overall experience from start to finish was the embodiment of luxury. If a personalised fitting in designer fashion followed by industry professional hair and makeup stylists is an experience you'd enjoy, polished off with a slide show viewing in a serene setting accompanied by champagne look no further. Looking forward to the next occasion to treat myself to more photos!" – Romy, new mum

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The Modern Muse luxury portrait photography by fashion photographer Cindy Kavanagh, Sydney Australia

Danielle

"My experience with Cindy and The Modern Muse was next level. From the planning stage through to the delivery, I felt completely seen and supported in my desires. Seeing myself through Cindy’s eyes and lens was surprising and delightful. I’d come out of lockdown feeling a little lacklustre and this gave me back my mojo. Often, we feel we need wait until we are somehow more ready for an experience like this -and it is an EXPERIENCE- but it’s the doing of this stuff that reminds you how magnificent you inherently are. Cindy and her team made me feel special and safe in what can often be a vulnerable thing.I absolutely loved my session, and my images are to die for." – Danielle Colley, Integrative Life Coach

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Jaimie

"Cindy is my favourite photographer to work with. She makes you feel like you’re the most beautiful creature in the world, and she makes you comfortable and at ease. Her gentleness, passion, curiosity, and love for every aspect of her subjects make you feel incredibly special. As a former fashion model, I have shot with many wonderful photographers over the years, yet Cindy’s portraits are the ones that grace the walls in my home and that seem to resonate and express the real me. An ultimate example of this is I thought I would never shoot a nude – but when Cindy asked me, I said “Yes!” – Jaimie Webster Haines, Mum, DJ and designer

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Skye

"My shoot with The Modern Muse was transformational! Using the archetypes to create a portrait concept with Cindy was an incredible process. I'm very uncomfortable in front of the camera and this was a creative way to step into a new space and find my confidence. The shoot day was so much fun and I now feel much more confident in front of the camera. One of the 3 images we shot on the day was with my daughter. After losing my husband, I'm usually the one taking the photos, but now I have a beautiful and powerful image of my daughter and I at a pivotal point in our lives. Cindy really "got me/us" and it shows in the authenticity and tone of the shot, and I just love the final shot." –Skye Garside, Mother / Leadership Consultant 

Paris

"Shooting with Cindy was surreal in the best way. I feel like she turned me into an art piece. It’s such a revelation to break beyond the confines of my insecurity and be able to lose myself in the moment. The finished photos are stories within themselves. I feel so grateful to have been able to have this experience.” – Paris, law student

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The Modern Muse luxury portrait photography by fashion photographer Cindy Kavanagh, Sydney Australia