Derby Day marked the beginning of one of the most anticipated weeks of our calendar year - The Melbourne Cup Carnival. Slipping into my white tiered top and skirt - that only arrived the day before - with pink shoes and a pearl crown on top, I drove to Flemington. A chilly morning turned into a perfect Melbourne blue-sky day as the punters began to arrive. 

My ninth year working trackside, I have been shooting Spring Racing for longer then I can remember and somehow still love the thrill of documenting race goers in their beautiful threads... but really whats not to love. Though I don't sip champagne in marquees or dance the day away stopping to take a punt somewhere in the middle of the madness, I do think I have one of the best seats in the house. Hanging out in the Birdcage for most of the day, doing laps to chase beautiful moments, capturing for Vogue Australia. On the door list of all my favourite marquees, Emirates, Lavazza, Lexus and Myer, I get to indulge my senses as I walk among their exclusive guests, looking for something exceptional.  Then back to the media room to download with our team of four and chat to the talented photographers who sit beside me.

This year the Derby Day dress code was interpreted in shape and texture, as much as print and traditional lace. My favourite looks, inconsistent, as I try to keep an unbiased style eye and appreciate individuality.  

These are some of my favourite moments of the day, make sure to check out the full gallery shot for Vogue here

What look speaks to your personal style? x

words + photography: liz sunshine