THESE TWO : MARIANNE AND BEN
Throughout the history of fashion, photographers have found muses and romances with many a captivating model, resulting in the creation of beautiful, magical imagery. Recently, we at Chasing Unicorns have fallen head over heels in love with the otherworldly model Marianne Roussety, who along with her photographer boyfriend Ben have been shooting dreamy photographs together for Chasing Unicorns. Resplendent in her natural beauty and with a smile that lights up the world Marianne is the idyllic Chasing Unicorns women. The Chasing Unicorns aesthetic is a strong, instantly recognisable one straight from the heart, soul, mind and hands of Sarah herself, it is very rare that anyone else is entrusted with the styling of the brand due to it being such a personal vision and extension of Sarahs own extraordinary style…Marianne and Ben being the only two given free rein to create as they please with our pieces. This free-spirited nature loving duo are the sweetest pair, complementing each other to perfection, they radiate a quality that makes you want to get to know them and spend time with them in the hope that a little of their radiant love will rub off on you just as it does in the dazzling images they create for us. We love these two so incredibly much and wanted to share with you an insight into their story, love and life xx
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR DAY TO DAY LIFE
M- Our day to day life generally consists of Ben getting up early and going surfing or taking surf photos, I wake up at about 7 - 8 am and cook myself a nice lil bread and avo breaky. Sometimes if Bens back early we enjoy breaky together. That's probably the most consistent part of our day and week, then after about 9 am anything can happen from photo shoots, editing, painting, organising shoots, emailing, hanging at the beach and more surfing.
HOW DID YOU TWO MEET, WHAT IS YOUR STORY?
B- We actually meet on everybody's favourite social media platform......... (tinder) haha, nah, we actually meet on Instagram. We had some mutual friends on Instagram from Portugal where I was staying at the time and where Marianne had been and was going back too. I spotted Marianne through one of their Instagrams and left a cheeky comment on one of Marianne's painted cheeky bum photos and after a few comments were exchanged I then told Marianne to add me on facebook to talk easier, as I don't think Insta had private messaging yet!! Lucky Marianne had already booked some tickets to return to Portugal, so we could meet in person. Marianne stayed with me in a little fisherman's hut I was renting and within 4 days or so days we were deeply in Love… and here we are now in Byron Bay, still deeply in Love.
YOU GUYS COLLABORATE A LOT PROFESSIONALLY, HOW DO YOU MAKE THAT WORK?
B- I think it came about fairly Organically, Marianne already had quite a few followers on Insta and I had a camera and passion for photography through bodyboarding and surfing. We started off taking photos for brands in exchange for clothing. After almost a year I was getting tired of wearing Marianne's clothes (haha) and together we decided it was time for us to get paid. We both left our day time jobs in carpentry and retail and decided we could make enough money to survive through Modelling, Photography and art. Our first year was both super exciting and stressful at times. Our joint bank account didn't go above $3000 and went down to the hundreds quite a few times. We have grown into a more professional business and learnt so much over that first year of committing to our passions. The year 2019 (now) has been a lot more consistent with jobs for us, We have built some beautiful relationships with brands and people that we can create with on a regular basis.
WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS, INSPIRATIONS AND INTERESTS?
M- Nature is probably what inspires us the most, whether it’s for Ben's surf photography or our work together, or even my art, nature has always been a big inspiration for both of us. Our passions are creating which includes art, photography and a lot more.. as well as working with like-minded individuals and brands that align with our conscious vision!
WHAT DREW YOU TO A LIFE IN BYRON BAY?
M- We first came to Byron two and a half years ago after travelling in our van for 5 months! We loved Byron so much and ended up finding jobs and staying for 5 months before we had to go back to Adelaide. Being back in Adelaide, we both found full-time jobs where we worked for a year. Both Ben and I are extremely creative individuals and we felt like we needed to live our creative life to the fullest and working 9-5, 5 days a week, was great to save money but it was just not fulfilling. So we decided to move back to Byron, where we fully trusted ourselves and gave our creativity a chance! It really does all work out when you focus on that one thing that you truly love and desire.
WE LOVE THAT YOU TWO TRAVEL THIS WIDE WORLD CREATING BEAUTIFUL IMAGERY TOGETHER, WHERE SO FAR HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO SHOOT?
M -To be honest, any raw and untouched spot in nature for us is extremely special, but in terms of places where we've travelled, New Zealand was incredible. SO many amazing spots in such short distances of each other. We were in awe of the mountain ranges covered in snow where we shot in the Tongariro National Park, North Island.
WHAT IS ONE THING ABOUT THE OTHER THAT YOU COULD'NT LIVE WITHOUT?
M - Just one?? That’s hard haha!! I'd say everything. I love how joyful and funny Ben is. I could also not live without his passion and love for life and nature.
B- One thing I couldn't live without is Marianne's Loving and embracing energy. Our Hugs and the connection we have is really important and special as well.
WHEN YOU GET A QUIET MOMENT WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO THE MOST?
M- We love to relax, be in nature, surf, read a book here and there. eat yummy food. Take in the beauty of this magical natural world xx