Flinders Quarter - Festival of the Independents

If there’s one thing we love here at Prince and Mercer, it’s the opportunity to get behind small and independent businesses. We love the big brands, don’t get us wrong, but there’s something uniquely special about locally designed, handmade, and Melbourne-centric goods and services. When approached to manage the social media for Flinders Quarter’s inaugural Festival of Independents event, we jumped at the opportunity.

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Encompassing the area of the city bordered by Flinders, Swanston, Collins and Elizabeth Streets, including Campbell Arcade, Centre Place, Cathedral Arcade, Manchester Lane, Scott Alley, Centreway Arcade and the iconic Nicholas Building, The Festival of Independents is an opportunity for Melbourne residents to support small and independent businesses within the Flinders Quarter.

With meet the maker style events, jewellery exhibitions, special offers and samplings, the businesses have rallied together to ensure the event represents all facets of the precinct, from hats to homewares, coffee to cocktails, and accessories to artworks.

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As we head into the Festive Season, we encourage you to think locally in your purchasing decisions. With such a wealth of talent at our doorstep, choosing to support just one local retailer can ensure the survival of the small and independent businesses that make Melbourne such a unique city.

The Festival of Independents will be held on Thursday December 6th from 4pm - 9pm.
For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/FlindersQuarter

Presented by: 
Metro Tunnel 
John Holland
Cross Yarra Partnership

Supported by:
City Precinct

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Hospitality Showcase

At Prince and Mercer, we love our hospitality clients, and we’re proud to say we’ve worked with some of Melbourne’s best. Ensuring that the images we capture are consistent with the personality of each business, we work with some amazing photographers to capture content that showcases our clients’ offerings in the best possible light. From fine dining to quality coffee to blow-your-mind burgers, our hospitality clients are a diverse bunch. Here are a few of our favourites.

Kings and Knaves Espresso

Kings and Knaves Espresso


One of our long-standing clients, Syracuse Restaurant and Wine Bar is located in Bank Place in Melbourne’s CBD, between Collins and Little Collins streets. With meals that draw inspiration from Sicilian cuisine and a dessert menu to die for, thanks to Chef Philippa Sibley, the Syracuse team curate an ever-changing menu that offers a diverse and exciting dining experience.

Our focus for shoots with Syracuse is to showcase the diverse range of food and beverage offerings available, from breakfast and coffee to dinner and dessert. We also assist in the promotion of their dessert events, which take place regularly throughout the year.

Syracuse Wine Bar and Restaurant

Syracuse Wine Bar and Restaurant

Syracuse Wine Bar and Restaurant

Syracuse Wine Bar and Restaurant

Syracuse Wine Bar and Restaurant

Syracuse Wine Bar and Restaurant


Perfectly situated next to Flagstaff Station in Melbourne’s CBD, Kings and Knaves Espresso has just celebrated their first birthday, and have cultivated an ever-increasing crowd of loyal, raving-fan customers. The team at Kings and Knaves understand the importance of collaborating with Melbourne’s food influencer community, and part of our social media management strategy for this business is influencer collaborations and events.

Working closely with local suppliers including (but not limited to) Rooftop Bees Honey, Noisette Bakery, Northside Fruit and Veg, Chai Addict, Sot Cakes by Mork, The Fitzroy Naturopath Team and many more, we love that Kings and Knaves stock and support local small businesses.

Kings and Knaves Espresso

Kings and Knaves Espresso

Kings and Knaves Espresso

Kings and Knaves Espresso


Down Church Lane, behind an unassuming facade, is Saving Grace. One of our go-to establishments for team meetings over burgers and a glass or two of wine, Saving Grace has it all. Outstanding food thanks to the Burger Boys team in the kitchen, six rotating beer taps offering the best of the season, a meticulously curated wine list (we recommend the Grenache if you’re a red wine lover!), and cocktails for when the night calls for something a little bit extravagant.

A highlight of our work with Saving Grace has been their promotion for 2018’s Good Beer Week. Teaming up with BrewDog for a week-long tap takeover, the Saving Grace team created a special menu matching BrewDog’s beers with Burger Boys burgers, creating the opportunity for cross-promotion for both parties. We also facilitated food blogger visits in the week leading up to the event to generate interest and content.

With plans in the pipeline for some innovative and exciting events, we can’t wait to bring you more great Saving Grace content.

Saving Grace Bar

Saving Grace Bar

Saving Grace Bar

Saving Grace Bar


For businesses already confident in their ability to manage their own social media channels, we also offer content creation packages. If you have a special event coming up that requires fresh promotional images, or if your feed needs a refresh, shoot us an email. Let’s talk!

Kirk’s Wine Bar

Kirk’s Wine Bar

La Kuaizi

La Kuaizi

Kirk’s Wine Bar

Kirk’s Wine Bar

Bottega Restaurant

Bottega Restaurant

Journal Cafe

Journal Cafe

Butcher’s Diner

Butcher’s Diner

Whisky and Alement

Whisky and Alement

Luxe Bite

Luxe Bite

Neapoli Wine Bar

Neapoli Wine Bar

Rice Paper Scissors

Rice Paper Scissors

Anna Vasily July Content Shoot


We love being able to flex our creative muscles for our monthly content shoots for Anna Vasily Design. With new colours and shapes to work with every month, we have the freedom to explore colour and texture, safe in the knowledge that these pieces photograph beautifully.

With such stunning pieces to work with, we wanted to showcase this range in a real home to demonstrate how easy it can be to integrate pieces that may usually be relegated to "special occasions only" into everyday life.


Using a palette of velvety doe brown, burgundy and lush greenery, this shoot had an opulent, yet accessible, feel. By combining the Anna Vasily pieces with the sort of glassware, cutlery and additional extras you would find in most homes, we were able to create an achievable style that any customer would be able to recreate in their home. We love presenting these pieces in a 'real life' setting, as it allows potential customers to imagine how these pieces could fit into their own home. 


We're always on the hunt for unique and impressive desserts, and when we came across Don't Lose Your Temper we knew we were on to a winner. Made locally in Melbourne, these sweet treats were the perfect addition to this shoot, adding an element of interest without drawing attention from the dinnerware pieces. They were also delicious, as one would expect! 


This home in Melbourne's Fitzroy had gorgeous natural light, and provided the perfect location to achieve the lifestyle images we were hoping to, in addition to the required table setting images we capture for the client each month. 


We have some really exciting shoots for Anna Vasily in the works, and we're looking forward to bringing you more new content shortly.

Thin Lizzy July Content Shoot

Social media is an ever-evolving platform, and it is crucial for brands to maintain a steady flow of new and innovative content to keep their feed looking fresh and followers engaged. One of the things we love most about working with Thin Lizzy Beauty is that they recognise this and have monthly content shoots written into their contract. As an agency, this allows us to respond quickly to the release of new products, and ensured that recent changes to the brand’s packaging were able to be promoted quickly and seamlessly across all their social platforms. 

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For this month’s content creation shoot, we  continued to collaborate with beauty influencers and fans of the brand, Carmen (@mybeautyheroes) and Casey (@thatmelbournebrunette). Each of these lovely ladies created a look using the Thin Lizzy range, with two wildly different - yet equally stunning – looks as a result.  

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This shoot was also a great opportunity for us to capture images of the brand’s new packaging. Over the past few months Thin Lizzy has been transitioning from their long-standing royal blue and lavender packaging to a more modern (and absolutely stunning) rose gold look. This new look reflects Thin Lizzy’s positioning in the market as a go-to for both established and up-and-coming influencers and make up artists, at a price point that makes it accessible to all. 

There’s plenty to celebrate this month, with Thin Lizzy being named as New Zealand’s top selling face brand for the month of June, and also hitting the 10,000 follower mark. Reaching this milestone, increasing the Thin Lizzy Instagram account at an average of 800 followers a month has been a hugely rewarding experience for the Prince and Mercer team, and the creative freedom and support from the Thin Lizzy team has enabled us to build a genuinely solid partnership with a brand that we truly love. 

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A driving principle behind everything we do at Prince and Mercer (especially for our photo shoots) is to go the extra mile – for us, this means thoroughly researching our brands, hours spent scouring Pinterest for inspiration, and finding the perfect props to ensure our images are on brand and on point. For this shoot, we contacted Wholesale Satin Robes to provide the gorgeous customised blush satin robes below for our bloggers. The robes photographed beautifully and our bloggers were thrilled with their bespoke gift to take home as a memento of the day.

This small extra-mile gesture encouraged extra content creation from our bloggers, built a relationship between the two businesses and led to a content extension, with Thin Lizzy offering a pair of  matching robes as a giveaway for International Friendship Day. We believe strongly in the power of collaboration, and this is a great example of how we do it.

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We filmed our bloggers as they created their look from start to finish, with Rachel from This Very Now videography. Video is a fantastic medium that offers additional content for brands while creating a really personal connection with followers. Neither of our bloggers had participated in a shoot like this before, and it was really heartwarming to see their confidence build throughout the shoot. 

Thin Lizzy will continue to roll out their new packaging across the entire range over the coming months, and continue to develop new products to add to their roster. We’ll keep you updated on new products as they’re released to market, and will continue to showcase their work here on the blog. If you like what you see, head over to @thinlizzybeauty and support this fantastic brand. 

Syracuse Restaurant Content Shoot

Those familiar with Melbourne's dining scene are sure to know - and love - Syracuse Restaurant and Wine Bar. Located in Bank Place between Collins and Little Collins Streets, in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, Syracuse serves up some seriously delicious modern Sicilian fare. More than just your average Italian cuisine, Sicilian food also has Greek, Spanish and French influences, with perfectly balanced flavours and a focus on fresh produce. 


With the launch of their new winter menu, and with their dessert degustation "A Sweet Soiree" coming up, a content update was required. For all our hospitality clients, due to the seasonality of produce and offerings, we recommend shoots every 8 weeks to ensure the freshest, most relevant content. 

The main focus of this shoot was to showcase some of the desserts on offer at the upcoming event, "A Sweet Soiree", to be held on Wednesday 1st August. Boasting a five course dessert menu created by Philippa Sibley, Australia's Queen of Desserts, with an impressive array of perfectly paired wines selected by sommelier Florian Valieres, this event is sure to be a crowd pleaser. 

Tickets are still available for this event, and available here.



Thin Lizzy Blogger Shoot

Our client, Thin Lizzy, has experienced significant growth across their social channels this year – and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down any time soon. Having expanded their offering from the original 6-in-1 to a whole range of cosmetic staples, Thin Lizzy has evolved to become a surprising addition to the makeup bags of many a beauty blogger. 

As they roll out their new look branding, Thin Lizzy are also developing some seriously solid blogger relationships, facilitated by the Prince and Mercer team. 

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For this month’s content creation shoot, we collaborated with two of our favourite up-and-coming beauty bloggers to create some fantastic content. 

Our bloggers – Kershia (@theloveoflipsticks) and Jessica (@jessicablackk) – created two looks from Thin Lizzy’s Get The Look competition; going from a soft and subtle look to a more dramatic one, using Thin Lizzy’s products including the new Perfect Wing eyeliner stamp.

Thin Lizzy’s latest product release, the Perfect Wing, takes the time and hassle out of creating a perfectly symmetrical winged eyeliner look. Available in four sizes from a 6mm stamp up to a bold 12mm, the Perfect Wing has a left and right stamp for ease of application, and a liquid eyeliner to complete the look. 

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The Get The Look Campaign is a Thin Lizzy initiative to discover the best up-and-coming beauty influencers, offering the opportunity to represent the Thin Lizzy brand in an upcoming television commercial. With 15 categories ranging from Pretty and Polished to Smokey and Sultry, the competition is designed to showcase the versatility of Thin Lizzy’s product range, while discovering fresh new talent such as the two lovely ladies involved in our shoot.

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We filmed our bloggers as they created their two looks to provide additional bonus content for our client. Seriously impressed with how confident and at ease our bloggers were in front of the cameras, we love how the video clips turned out – we can’t wait to show them off on our social channels! 

This shoot was a fantastic opportunity to capture some on-brand product and lifestyle images with Thin Lizzy’s new packaging, while solidifying the relationships we’ve made with some of Melbourne’s most enthusiastic beauty influencers. 

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Anna Vasily x Donut Day

We're huge fans of sweet treats here at Prince and Mercer, so when one of our favourite clients asked us to shoot an Inspiration piece for Donut Day, we jumped at the chance. 

With a brief of, "beautiful platters, beautiful flooring, beautiful shoes and beautiful donuts", we channelled our inner Kate Middleton and set about sourcing floors and footwear for the shoot. We already knew where to go for Melbourne's best donuts - Doughboys Doughnuts on Bourke St. 

Working with the request that all the donuts featured in the shoot be fairly impressive, we selected a range of pink, white and chocolate donuts from the weekly order sheet provided. We couldn't have been happier with how beautifully they photographed. 

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With the food component taken care of, we set about sourcing similar flooring to the examples we were given in our brief. A quick call to the knower of all things tiles and flooring, Dara at Byzantine Design in Prahran, and we had our answer - the stunning range of vinyl floor rugs from the Byzantine Design x Bonnie and Neil Collection.

Available in a variety of designs and colours, we were able to take our pick of the collection, and though we didn't want to pull focus from Anna Vasily's stunning glassware, we did want to complement the range with the perfect floors. 

Pictured above is the Seventies Black Vinyl Rug, and below is our favourite, the Cuban Blue Vinyl Rug. You can check out the entire range of the Byzantine Design x Bonnie and Neil Collection here

Finally, a quick online shop for some classy heels to accommodate our models, and we were in business. 

Having secured the gorgeous light-filled space, Studio Local in Northcote, all our photographer needed to bring was her camera - and a step ladder. All images taken by the wonderful Grace Petrou, our photographer of choice for Anna Vasily content. 

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Whilst we believe that every day should be Donut Day, we certainly enjoyed the opportunity to capture these images for our client. And the leftover donuts? They were delicious. 

Festival Of Steve ll Live Like Steve


The annual celebration of the Modern Man, Festival Of Steve, showcases local designers and retailers, stylists and outfitters to celebrate Melbourne's modern, stylish gentleman. Now in its sixth year, the festival is hosted by City Precinct and supported by City of Melbourne.

The event will be held at The Kelvin Club on Saturday, June 2nd from 12pm – 6pm. 

For those who aren't members of The Kelvin Club, this is a fantastic opportunity to see inside one of the city’s oldest and most exclusive members-only establishments. 


We invited five of Melbourne's most stylish fashion influencers to "Live Like Steve" for an evening; suiting up and stepping out to experience the hospitality of some of our favourite City Precinct members. 

The gents did just that, and our Steves - Steve Tilly (@stevetillystyle), Stephen Kotsanlee (@theyoungagent), Jack Reynolds (@itsmejack), Austin Levine (@officialtinno) and Nathan Leung (@mr_nl) - hit the town.


Staying in the heart of the city at The Adelphi Hotel, our guests were greeted as they entered their rooms with an enviable range of goods from City Precinct members, including Mr Elk, Athletes of WineBloom BoyMitchell McCabe MenswearFour Pillars GinLaneway LearningStyled by Sally and Carl Nave Bespoke Tailoring

The first stop of the evening? Men's Biz in the Royal Arcade. Our Steves enjoyed a whiskey tasting and quick lesson in the finer points of men's grooming before venturing to Kirk’s Cellar Bar to enjoy their European-style menu with matched wines .

All Steve-d out, as the evening came to an end the lads then returned to The Adelphi Hotel to get a luxurious night's rest. 


A huge thank you to all City Precinct members who donated their time, venues and goods to the evening. For readers wishing to Live Like Steve for a day, head over to www.festivalofsteve.com.au for event details. 


Saving Grace Bar x Good Beer Week

Good Beer Week is one of the most important weeks of the year for Melbourne's hospitality industry. It's a fantastic opportunity for Melbourne beer lovers to try brands and styles of craft beer they may not usually be able to access easily, and to visit new and interesting venues. This year, our client Saving Grace Bar has teamed up with BrewDog Australia and Burger Boys to bring patrons a beer and burger pairing menu with a difference.


Throughout Good Beer Week, Saving Grace will be serving up six taps of BrewDog beers, each paired with a Burger Boys burger. By considering the aroma and flavour profiles of the beers and the flavours of each burger, Saving Grace have put together six unique pairings that are sure to be crowd pleasers. 


For those unfamiliar with BrewDog, this Scottish craft beer company has a cult-like following, particularly throughout Europe. Gaining notoreity for their Richard Branson-esque marketing antics, BrewDog have brewed a beer at the bottom of the ocean (seriously), projected themselves (naked) onto the houses of parliament, held a “funeral for generic beer” to celebrate their launch into Sweden, and driven a branded BrewDog tank down Camden’s High Street in London. BrewDog are also an environmentally and socially aware company, building an eco-brewery and donating 10% of their profits to charity.


Established in 2014, Burger Boys hit the Melbourne's burger scene and quickly became a favourite Brunswick locals. Now a  prominent feature in the city's ever growing burger scene, Burger Boys operate as a pop up kitchen in number of venues in an around Melbourne's CBD. 


These images were captured by one of our favourite food and venue photographers Arianna Leggiero - find her on Instagram here. We love shooting our hospitality venues, as no two shoots are the same. Sometimes a venue is busy, sometimes we intentionally schedule shoots outside of peak trading times so we can take all the space and time we need to get well staged images. We organised this particular shoot outside of peak trading time, and were a little relieved that we were packing up just as a group of 30 arrived for Friday afternoon drinks!



Good Beer Week is a great opportunity to get out and try a few new venues, while supporting local businesses at the same time. Located at 32 Church Lane in the city, not far from Southern Cross Station, Saving Grace is one of the bars you should definitely have on your Good Beer Week to do list. 


Even though the algorithm keeps changing, and many brands are finding lower engagement rates with their posts, Instagram is still one of our favourite ways to connect with customers and fans. Here are five super simple tips for getting the most out of this platform:


Don’t be a cheater

Buying likes and followers is a really inauthentic way to build a following, and it can backfire. As you grow your following, you want to be engaging with the people who take the time to leave a comment on your page. If you’re sifting through hundreds of computer-generated, generic comments, you may miss the opportunity to connect with a legitimate follower who has taken the time to leave a comment on your feed. The community you build from genuine connection is worth so more than the vanity metrics of likes and followers.


Improve your photography

Social media platforms are mostly visual platforms, if your photos aren’t beautiful, your feed – and your brand, by association - will look amateurish. You just need your smartphone, a bit of an understanding of light and composition, and some basic editing knowledge. If you’re time poor, don’t know how much you should pay a photographer or overwhelmed at the thought of doing it yourself, there are a number of social media agencies who can organise this for you at an affordable rate. (Insert plug for our affordable, effortless and super professional services here)


Get involved

For many niches, it can really help your brand to have yourself in the photo. If the thought of being photographed brings up traumatic flashbacks of school photo day, consider having some photos taken of you just going about your daily business. Images that capture you in action will always look more natural and authentic than a front-on photo taken against a blank wall. Have fun  


Be consistent

This is possibly the most important of these tips for Instagram success. Be consistent in the images you choose and how they’re edited. If you’re doing it yourself and loving it, try aps such as Lightroom, VSCOcam, and a Colour Story to take your images to the next level. Engaging professionals? Try to stick with the same photographer or photographic style, and if you’re rebranding, phase into your new image to avoid confusion. We’ll be sharing how we took one brand from inspirational quotes and regrams to a clean, curated feed in a later blog pos.

Also, really try to be consistent in the number of times you post per week and what you post about. Develop a brand voice and remain true to it. And those raving fans who like, comment on, and share everything? Be consistent in doing the same for them in return. Scheduling tools such as Grum can help you batch schedule your posts for the month to ensure consistent delivery. 


Use Instagram lives and Instagram stories to stay front of mind

Instagram live is a fantastic tool to make sure you’re seen by your followers. Not only does it allow you to have a direct conversation with your followers, you can also give them a peek behind the scenes. If you save your Instagram live, it will remain on your stories for 24 hours and you’ll be one of the first pages they see in their Stories. As an added bonus, you’ll be building up your confidence in front of a “live” audience and learning that one little tongue-stumble isn’t the end of the world.

If Instagram Lives are a little daunting, consider Instagram Stories. Instagram favours users who use all of its features, so if you’re not keen to get in front of the camera to do a video, you can always create a still screen image to include on your stories. We use InShot and Canva. There are so many apps and programs available to create still images, so have a play around and remember – you can always delete an image if you don’t like it.