(Some of) the many faces of 2018

I’m not doing a 2018 version of my usual ‘highlights from each shoot’ bumper post this year – simply because I have the work of precisely 70 photographers I’ve modelled for this year that I’m yet to share! (What can I say – it’s been a busy one even by my standards!!!) So I’m keeping calm and carrying on, and doubling up this blog post to show the work of TWO photographers I worked with this year, with the theme of ‘portraits’.

First, I am delighted to show three of my favourite images here which were taken by Joe B all the way back in January(!). He was going (as you can probably tell) for a sort of ‘Hollywood’ feel to these, and it was really cool to see what he was able to achieve, especially as the studio technology was playing up a bit and it all became a bit of a challenge, skilfully worked around in the end with some striking results:69694-a1515186953714 (1)

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A Herring Factory, a Piano & a Window

When Bragi Kort told me the next location during our week in the westfjords of Iceland in June was going to be an abandoned herring factory, I was half expecting (/dreading) rotting fish flesh and a bed of bones. But it wasn’t quite like that, thankfully, and in fact Bragi was right to be so excited – it was a fantastic location full of massive shapes, textures, industrial machines and window lights. A photographer’s dream and I love so many of his shots I’m accidentally sharing 40-odd here all at once… Including some taken at one of the hotels we stayed at which (to my absolute delight) had a piano (and an open-minded owner!).

I think a personal favourite is the set with the huge upside-down, rusting cone-shape (basically it was a space ship). It was a bit precarious and we had to be careful not to get too close; we were actually very kindly guided around by the owners of the land for our safety, before being left to do our thing.

As you’ll see, I’m suffering from a horrible bout of ‘colour or mono?’ indecision, so am showing some of both. I think I’m quite drawn to the colour ones for many – I love the muted tones.

If you like the images below, make sure you’ve also had a look at this other bumper post, which shows a totally different side of Iceland – the outdoor moonscapes and magnificent beauty of the landscapes (with little old me frolicking about among it all).

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The Sunflower

Congratulations to Steven Billups who had the following two images juried into the Natural Nude exhibition at the SE Center for photography, Greenville South Carolina (one of the jurors being Kim Weston). The first is of me, hiding behind a sunflower (as one does) and the second, Dune Shadows, is of the wonderful Anoush Anou, a friend I haven’t seen in far too long (we once hiked the Grand Canyon together!) – hope to visit both of these people in the US when I visit next year! Anyone wanting info on that will hear from me once dates are planned if they’re signed up to my mailing list.

I can’t believe it’s been so many years since I was last in the US. I’ve been to Australia a lot in recent years and that’s taken over my far-flung travels a bit. Anyway, I’ve been home here in the UK for just over a week now – had such a creative time and shall be updating this blog with lots of results. I literally created a spreadsheet a couple of days ago listing all the shoots I am planning to blog; friends, there are 71 columns of photographer’s names. So, um, stay tuned..!

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Ella Rose Muse – 2018 Highlights

You may have noticed that each year I collate some of my favourite images and produce a video/slideshow. This is such a fun way for me to reflect on what I’ve been lucky enough to have been involved in – the places I’ve been to and the people I’ve met – and I set it to a beautiful, melancholic, dreamsome song called ‘Before I Sleep’, by English singer Marika Hackman. For every photo in this slideshow there were about 5 others I would have loved to have included – it was hard to select. (In fact, I probably should have used fewer images, so that they move more slowly, but self control in this regard doesn’t come naturally to me.)

Please enjoy this window into my world… Click on the image below (by Jeff Wilson) to go through to the video:

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Attenborough meets nude model

I’m about to fly to Australia. The last time I was in Queensland, Adam Hauldren and I wound our way to this famous curtain fig tree. A fellow Brit somehow surviving upside-down living on a permanent basis (must be awful living with all that sunshine..), he kept me entertained with a spontaneous (and rather impressive) Attenborough impression (see behind-the-scenes vid I posted on facebook here for some of it!!), and when the time was right (i.e. when we felt particularly rebellious and I dared to climb the fence, take my clothes off and very quickly and unobtrusively pose by this absolute honour of a tree, he took some photos over about 3 minutes in total, I would imagine. I, of course, felt hugely privileged to encounter such a place and treated it with respect as always (in general, for example, I always make sure not to trample wildflowers, when posing, or snap twigs – I bend them gently away instead if needed and blow gently at spiders or reason with them rather than do them any harm…). Here, I just stood briefly in the majesty of this enormous, spectactular and ancient tree, and felt the journeys of glorious roots at my feet. So wonderful. Thank you Adam for detouring us to this magical place!

Below the images of me at the curtain fig are a few of the infra-red portraits he took earlier that week. Infra-red + very little make up = brilliant, ghostly, etheral, other-worldliness. I think I look quite spooky! Aren’t the leaves lovely? And you can see all my veins! So cool.

Hope you like these! I’m sending out a newsletter over the next week with updates on all my antics and some upcoming travel tour dates, so please do sign up if you haven’t already. Filling in that quick form is the best way of making sure I send you a direct email when next visiting your area, too, and is a new system that surpasses all previous attempts at systems I have made over the years. (Can you believe I’ve been modelling all over this planet for nearly a decade? What a bizarre and wonderful way to spend time! Thanks for watching…)

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Venice & Blues

I’ve had a few more shoots with the wonderful person that is Jeremy Howitt, recently. There is a bit of a queue of images to share from what we’ve created together. For now, I’ll share some we did in exquisite Venice in March this year, followed by what is now our traditional escapade to my local Oxfordshire bluebell woods which bloom with breath-taking hues (of which I will never tire!) every April/May. This time we added an extra twist in the shape of Joy Draiki, a dutch model who was visiting the UK and who I contacted because of how certain I was that we would model together well. I think I was right… Our figures/looks are very similar/complementary and we hope to work together again at some point. I don’t often find models who work with me so well in terms of similarity in shape/mood/physique, and when I do (you’ll have spotted such occasions before on this blog) it’s really very lovely.

BUT BEFORE I GET TO THE IMAGES, did you know that I have a mailing list? Please sign yourself up – I’m about to send out the third-ever newsletter after I’ve written this blog post, and it will include all sorts of snippets of inside info (things like why you won’t see me much on social media, what I think about my body, when my next trip to Australia is, why junkyard golf makes a good date… etc…) as well as a list of my few remaining dates left for booking a shoot with me between now and the end of 2018. Importantly, there’s an option to include your nearest city when you sign up, so that I can directly email you when visiting your part of the world in future – many photographers find this really helpful. …And, the fact that this will only be my third newsletter in 7 months should reassure you that you won’t be inundated with spam if you sign up. 🙂 #spamisforlosers

Righty-ho then, onward with some images from that dreamy springtime jaunt to Venice I alluded to… I am so incredibly lucky that brilliant people choose to whisk me off to magical places such as these. Hope you like the results:

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Black Rocks, Snow & Rushing Water

Hope all my blog readers are doing magnificently well! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and I’ve had quite a lot of extraordinary shoots alongside running my self-created natural skincare business, Leafology, and working on other projects… I hardly know where to start, but I’ll skip around in chronology as always, I think – it’s more liberating!

VEF_3576I was invited to go to Iceland with Bragi Kort (photo guide and Icelandic local) and Alex Nason (US photographer), for a week-long jaunt a couple of weeks ago around the westfjords of what, to me, feels always like another planet. Iceland is like something utterly unknown. It’s basically the moon, though surprisingly green in places (well, it is the summer, sun never going down, ‘n’ all; when I travelled back from Heathrow airport to my home in Oxfordshire I was dismayed to feel darkness closing in in the evening – even after just a week of permanent light it felt utterly alien – claustrophobic, even!). Alex has sent some absolute gems to me by email, since we’ve all been home, and Bragi has edited about a million photos and sent me tons of favourites in various processing styles. Can you imagine the absolute overwhelm (in a good way) of not knowing where to start with sharing them? I’ve decided to apply some kind of order to my thinking, and divided all his edits into 4 categories (we did all manner of things, from mermaid-esque stuff to shots taken in a quirky hotel in the middle of nowhere, from an abandoned herring factory (yes, really) to lupins (which I am obsessed with) and from outdoor pools to…. a piano (constant love of my life; I write this having just come back from a piano lesson, during which I nailed a few more bars of Grieg and sighed at my utter forgetting of basic music theory since I did grade 8 a million years ago and let it all go to rust…). I also managed to bump into good modelling friend Anne Duffy (Australian-based star some of you will know) and met (and posed nude with 5 mins later) the wonderful Icelandic selkie Svala, as well as spending the week road-trippin’ with my brilliant roomie, US model Lucy Magdalene.

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