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Summer of Love

November 30, 2016

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Gypsy Vintage Bikini | Warrior Necklace | Bodychain

Rings – Flamingo | Imaginary Air | Crystal Chain | Triple Bar | Triple Zeta Turquoise

 

Trilook | Necklace | Roundie | Cleo DusterCuffs 

Rings – Stacking Rings  | Saddle Ring  | Phobos Deimos

 

Moroccana | Dainty Drop Necklace | Vivian Belly Chain | Tryggia Duster

Rings – Crescent Moon | Aura | Crystal Chain

 

I’ve decided that this upcoming summer will be known as the Summer of Love. It’s going to be full of family, friends, sunsets, picnics, festivals and it’s already begun. I’m filling it with everything and everyone I love….and as much festivities as possible!

This past year has been amazing, though we have been faced with many challenges as loved ones around us have fallen seriously ill. This has really awakened me further to how precious and fleeting life is. What a gift we have, and I don’t want to spend a moment longer not living my dreams, and sharing life with the people I love the most.

So the summer of love has started. These pics are just the beginning of my mermaid days by the beach with my family and friends. Frolicking in the ocean in my trusty Del Maar Latin Swimwear of course, feeling the love, playing in the sand and surf with my beloved family.

This year we’ll be heading home to Melbourne to celebrate a very big Finnish/Australian/American Christmas, with many extra special birthday celebrations thrown in, and some fun New Years festivities in Byron Bay to follow. I can’t contain my excitement when I think of being with my whole family once again.

I’d love to hear about your plans this holiday season, and what you are grateful for this year, so if you feel like sharing please message me here or leave me a comment below :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Celebrating 40

October 10, 2016

Here’s a beautiful recap of the night from the amazing Indi Film

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Birthday Girl – Helen Janneson Bense

LocationSunsets Room, Cottesloe Beach Hotel

StylingPretty Willow

Styling Assistant – Novi – Sjahrir-Bradbury

FlowersA Little Bohemia

LightingMicktric Events

VideographyIndiana Read

CakeLottie and Belle

Chalkboard Signage  – Look Who’s Chalkin’

 

 

Outfit Details 

Lost Love Dress

Goddess Lariat | Swarovski choker | Roxy choker | Farrah Bodychain

Flower crown

Shoes (similar)

Rings – Torchlight | Anna Beck | Samantha Wills

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique | Jadore Extensions

Tan – Perth Mobile Spray Tans

Nails – Sienna Byron Bay (Winter)

 

What a magical fairytale my birthday was this year. I truly felt like a boho princess dressed in white flowing lace, dripping in golden jewels, and adorned in the most beautiful flower crown sprinkled in glitter. It was hard to believe I was turning 40 as I have never felt younger and more alive.

We were totally blessed with the amazing talents of the Pretty Willow team, who created and styled the most beautiful and inspired space. Tapping into everything I love, candles lined the entrance leading into a magical lounge reminiscent of a Moroccan Oasis. We couldn’t have been more cosy with all those beautiful creamy whites and blush tones, and the stunning scents of A little Bohemia’s sparkling florals wafting in the air. It was such a dreamy, love filled space for us all to connect and enjoy, created for the true bohemian at heart.

Our guests started the night off feasting on platters of yumminess, fun cocktails with pretty sprinkles, whilst snapping polaroids in our own bohemian inspired photo booth. Pretty Willow set up the cutest white peacock chair adorned in giant Proteas and lush greenery from A Little Bohemia. There was even a little space for our guests to peg their polaroids on so we could capture all those precious moments. Meanwhile the dance floor was heating up with african drummers setting the mood, bringing us all together in dance and laughter.

The night was filled with all my dearest friends, new and old, heart felt speeches that touched us all, and some hula hooping fun for old times sake. We feasted, we bonded, we shared, we danced, we cried tears of joy and we laughed until our bellies were stitching. We all felt the high vibrations of love swirling through the room on this very special night.

You only turn 40 once and we certainly celebrated to the nth degree with one hell of a party. I’m so grateful to all involved for bringing together the most amazing birthday ever. Special thanks go to Pretty Willow, A Little Bohemia, Micktric Lighting, Lottie and Belle Cakes, Look Who’s Chalkin’ and Indi Film.

There are not enough thanks in the world for my amazing husband, Bobby, who organised this wonderful night for me. My heart is so full of love and gratitude for this incredible man. Your unwavering commitment and unconditional love has me forever by your side and grateful for every moment I have with you.

And lastly, here’s a few of my thoughts on how it feels to be 40…..and I must say so far it’s F**KIN AMAZING! Each decade I discover more happiness and peace within myself. I’ve never felt more confident in my own skin, which of course brings about a more relaxed movement and flow through life. I’m fully embracing what is and where I’m at, super excited for what lies ahead. Here’s to the next 40 and living life to the fullest!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Sunset Lovers

September 13, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense | Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Location – City Beach, WA

 

Outfit Details

Wrap Dress WhiteWrap Dress Maxi  Cream | Higher Zip BootsMarho

Jacket – Boda Skins

Jewelry – Bindi Wrap Choker (black + camel) | Warrior Necklace | Iggy Bralette

Rings – Moonstone | Rainbow Dream | Midi

Belts – Hayden | Marita

Hats – Carmen | Alaska

 

“That was her magic, she could still see the sunset, even on those darkest days” Atticus

I feel so grateful to witness nature’s creations each day as a new painting in the sky is born with every sunrise and sunset. I stroll along the shoreline, the sun kissing the horizon bidding it goodnight, with the promise of a new dawn, new opportunities, more magic. My passion and inner joy bubble beneath the surface ready to burst as I bare witness to the overwhelming beauty. I dance ever so lightly along the beach, embodied by my childlike exhilaration, and sense of total freedom to be myself. Aware and present, embracing the moment, my heart beats with the rhythm of the earth and I am home.

I hope you all get some nature time to soak up those magical sunset skies wherever you may be in this wonderful world.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

One Love

August 8, 2016

PhotographerBobby Bense

Drone PhotographyLongest Way Round

Creative Director/ModelHelen Janneson Bense

AssistantSophie Ferguson

Macro Photography/Assistant Styling – Longest Way Round, Sophie Ferguson

Props – Pretty Willow

FlowersA Little Bohemia

StationaryThe Little Press

Hair Styling – The Nest Hair Boutique

 

Outfit Details

Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta Dress

Canyon Moon Mesh Duster – Spell Designs

Faux Fur Stole – Review

Three Stone Love Ring – Alice Or Jewellery

Dark Romance Neck Collar + Cuff + Crystal Stud EarringsGold Dust Nights Cuff + Ornate Ring Set Ring Set + Necklace – Samantha Wills

Aeon Diamond Rings | Custom Diamond Lariat NecklaceAristides Fine Jewels

‘Summer is Here’ Hat – Sarah J Curtis

The Strathberry Nano Tote

 

HairThe Nest Hair Boutique | Blakk Extensions

Nails (Aura)Sienna Byron Bay

Spray TanPerth Mobile Spray Tans

 

As she strolls along the deserted beach, time stands still. Her beloved gently embraces her and whispers….”One Love”. Mother nature as their witness, they stroll into the golden horizon, hearts full of dreams, and infinite possibilities for their magical life ahead.

My dream was always to have a bohemian beach style wedding in my favourite and happiest of all places. To walk barefoot upon all that white sand with a vibrant turquoise ocean backdrop. I am beyond blessed after making this a reality in 2008 with my beloved husband Bobby, and now being able to co-create my vision (with a few style updates) with the most amazing team of Perth creatives. It was so inspiring, not to mention fun, creating this together. The day was perfect, and it almost felt like my wedding day all over again. The sun shone, the champagne flowed, beautiful connections were made. It’s a wonderful feeling to work with such passionate artists, who all love what they do so much, and do it so well.

This entire shoot was styled from such a personal place, a true reflection of my style and all that I love. My vision was for a neutral palette of ivory and creams, brought to life with a contrast of varying natural textures, a theme combining both delicate and bold attributes, symbolic of the strength that comes from vulnerability. There’s a magical, free flowing vibe that evokes the vision of a relaxed bride, centred by her presence, empowered by her connection to nature, strengthened by her unconditional love for her husband.

The amazing Pretty Willow and her stunning collection of bridal props, and A Little Bohemia’s floral artistry, together created the most beautiful sacred space; the perfect setting for a barefoot bohemian bride, to simply relax and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. Dressed in the most divine Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta Dress it really was a dream come true. The delicate lace and flowing silhouette embodied the carefree spirit and vintage romance that I had envisioned. As an immense jewellery lover, I wanted to create multiple jewellery looks, so I paired some of my favourites from Samantha Wills, Aristides Fine Jewels and a very special 3 stone diamond ring created by Alice Or Jewellery. Each diamond represents the 3 loves of my life – my husband Bobby and our 2 children, Jade and Jacob. I love jewellery with a story, and this ring is infused with so much love for my family; a daily reminder of what is closest to my heart.

I’m so grateful to everyone who helped contribute to this day. It was beyond magical and captured everything that One Love means to me.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Sunset Spells

July 9, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense

Creative Director/ModelHelen Janneson Bense

LocationPandawa Cliff Estate | Uluwatu, Bali | North Beach | Sorrento Beach, Perth, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Superstar Romper | Bindi Wrap Choker | Hayden Belt | Portofino Faux Fur Jacket

Upper Eastside Playsuit | Portofino Faux Fur Jacket | Bindi Wrap Choker | Didi Boots (Stone) | Hat (similar)

Rings – All the Phases | Delicate Crown | Drop in the Ocean | Andromeda | Beaded Crest | Beaded Chevron | Phobos Deimos

Romance Lace Crop | Starlight Bodychain | Bikini‘Summer is Here’ hat 

In my Dreams Romper | Crossover Bodychain | Mesh Necklace‘Summer is Here’ hat 

Nails | Tan

 

‘The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” Jacques Cousteau

Mesmerised by these dreamy landscapes and the mystical energy swirling amongst the pastel sunset sky, forever spelled by the wonder and beauty of it all.

So grateful for this gift of life, to experience the simple things like watching a sunset, the smiles on my children’s faces, the warm embrace of my beloved.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Sisterhood

June 22, 2016

PhotographyBree Hannemann

ModelsLeila, Marlei + Kai

Location – Northshore, Oahu, Hawaii

 

Wearing:

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Dainty Drop Necklace

All Seeing Eye Ring

 

It’s so beautiful to see sisters in the community supporting one another, inspiring one another, and lifting each other up. Too often we compare ourselves, diminishing our joy and love for who we are, we forget how wonderful it feels to honour and embrace the beauty and gifts of those around us. And to remember our own magnificence at the same time. I love spending time with my kids for this very reason. They remind me of the most important things in life. Being present in each moment, taking each moment as it comes (you never know which moment will be your last), and allowing your joy to completely bubble over so you can fully express yourself without fear of what others will think. This is probably the best thing they have ever taught me. I love the freedom of being me.

These beautiful images from the amazingly talented Bree Hannemann speak deeply to my soul. Photographed  in one of my favourite places on this planet, these divine pictures emit so much joy, connection, innocence and beauty. I hope you can feel it too :) And I hope you allow your joy to bubble over and feel free to be exactly who you are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

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