MECCA MUSE

LIZ SUNSHINE:
PHOTOGRAPHER & FOUNDER, STREET SMITH

LIZ SUNSHINE PHOTOGRAPHER & FOUNDER STREET SMITH LIZ SUNSHINE PHOTOGRAPHER & FOUNDER STREET SMITH LIZ SUNSHINE PHOTOGRAPHER & FOUNDER STREET SMITH LIZ SUNSHINE PHOTOGRAPHER & FOUNDER STREET SMITH LIZ SUNSHINE PHOTOGRAPHER & FOUNDER STREET SMITH

1 INFLUENTIAL STREET STYLE BLOG. 4 CAMERAS.
10 MINUTES TO GET READY.

There’s something about street-style photographer Liz Sunshine. Make that a few things. She has an innate style radar that enables her to spot a killer look from a block away (“often I’ve had to chase someone down the street, so sneakers are definitely part of my uniform!”), a genuine ability to chat with just about anyone, and a sunny disposition that well and truly lives up to her surname. Yet when it comes to posing, she’s not so sunny. “I don’t do well with peacocking,“ she admits. “I love the idea of candid. I’ll snap someone if I think they have a great outfit but I’ll move on before they’ve finished posing.”

We’re long-time fans of Liz’s digital style portfolio Street Smith, now one of the most-referenced street-style sites in the country, and challenged her to work both sides of the camera to produce her own self-portrait series for this story. The MECCA #skinfluencer also gave us her professional take on style: on the street, in the beauty cabinet, and at home (which she shares with husband and street-art photographer Dean and their son Harry).

LINDA RODIN
LINDA RODIN
LINDA RODIN LINDA RODIN

IN THE BEGINNING:

"[Five years ago], it was an exciting time because street style was really just beginning here and I was constantly seeing amazing girls here in Melbourne that weren’t being celebrated. I got a taste for that aesthetic and was able to take it a little bit further and define what Street Smith is about."

ON WHAT MAKES A STREET SMITH-WORTHY LOOK:

"I’m drawn to the ‘undone’ girl and a natural approach to styling that’s polished and consistent. Think: (blogger) Nadia Fairfax, (fashion icon) Christine Centenera and (ELLE editor) Justine Cullen. Also anything that catches my eye and is put together well. It could be the girl in all black or it could be a red dress, running across the road for a date. I would never shoot a girl wearing thongs. Even if everything else is amazing.

Style is ‘everything’. Beauty has to be considered; it’s doesn’t matter how much or how little at all but it’s always how it’s put together. For me, it’s top-to-toe; hair and beauty are integral."

LIZ SUNSHINE
LIZ SUNSHINE

ON MAKING TIME FOR MASKING:

"Having my own business and an energetic child means I don’t get a lot of time to myself. I will often go through very hectic periods with Street Smith, like Fashion Week and racing season and at the end of these stints masking is a great way to give back to my face."