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Melbourne portrait photographer health & lifestyle magazine cover story

Woman doing yoga in a park on the cover of INhealth magazine


Hey ho! Sharon here, with an update on a magazine cover story I photographed of an inspirational lady.

Inova is a US-based health and hospital service provider. Although based on the east coast of the USA, the Spring 2019 cover story of Inova’s INhealth medical & healthy lifestyle magazine was slated to feature Australian patient Dina McPherson. Dina was back in Melbourne following a successful surgical heart procedure in the US, and enguaged me as a Melbourne portrait photographer to do a photoshoot for the cover story.

Doing portrait photography means I get to meet and work with all kinds of people, which I love. Working with Dina was a 10/10 experience – this woman is truly incredible (you only have to check out her CV online to see all the amazing things she’s achieved in the film & television industry) and she hasn’t let heart surgery slow her down or impact on her quite frankly phenomenal levels of positivity and drive.

The magazine asked for two concepts to be shot: “Yoga in the park” and “Working out at the gym”. Each concept would illustrate how Dina has bounced back after surgery and was back in the swing of her healthy lifestyle of regular exercise and keeping fit.

Dina loves spending time in the tropical Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria here in Melbourne so we arranged access to shoot there, as well as at her local Fit’n Fast gym.

In the end the Park concept was selected for the story, but we love some of the gym shots too!

A few of our favourite photos are below, and you can read Dina’s story in INhealth magazine online.

All images by Melbourne portrait photographer Sharon Blance.


woman doing yoga in a green park in Melbourne Australia

“Yoga in the park” photo used for the double-page spread in the magazine

Woman in a park with yoga mat and water bottle

Woman in a gym holding a barbell with weights

Woman in a gym holding a barbell with weights

Woman in a gym holding a dumbell

Woman in a gym surrounded by weightlifting equipment holding a water bottle

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