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Copyright: Mark Russell

… The Whys and the Wherefores…

As a full-time freelance ‘muse’, I work with photographers, painters, designers and artists of various media, whether they be amateur hobbiests or experienced industry professionals, working indoors or out, for exhibitions, workshops, commercial publication or for-the-fun-of-it creative portfolio building. I am represented by agencies, but take many bookings independently and directly. I have worked with world-class, award-winning photographers from all over the globe, yet many of my favourite images were shot by (near-absolute) beginners with a drive to create something special. My goal is to inspire, to bring into being something that will last and which I can be proud of, and to be the catalyst for expressive and eye catching artwork. When working with me you’ll find that I’m confident enough in my strengths to deliver, while collaborating and listening to you with the aim of bringing your ideas (however vague or particular) to life. I welcome new ideas, concepts and experiments whole-heartedly.

Copyright: Jeff Wack

Copyright: Jeff Wack

Intentions & Styles of Work

I don’t believe that ‘nudity’ and ‘sexuality’ are the same thing. Nudity in its purest sense is merely neutral. An image of a fully clothed person can easily be far more provocative than that of a fully nude person. Furthermore, being nude is not necessarily a shameful or vulnerable state to be in. The propensity of some to equate nudity with pornography is merely a symptom of visual illiteracy, and thankfully the majority of people can and do appreciate beauty and art as being ‘something’ different from that which deserves to cause offense.

Personally, through my work I aim to help create images which are beautiful, interesting, or powerful; not shocking or distasteful (and my personal integrity is more important to me than money; I never undertake erotic, bondage, explicit, ‘adult’  or objectifying styles of work). I prefer to be involved with artful projects which celebrate the human form in its many contexts while inspiring in a positive way. I also want to inspire those looking at images of me to create something themselves, and to know or feel something new about humanity via what I am projecting. I believe that modelling can be a spiritual and truly creative endeavour; I love the fact that I get to play an array of different roles and explore aspects of myself, womanhood, character, narratives and stories.  I meet an amazingly wide range of people under the umbrella of ‘artists’ (from the poetic eccentrics to the meticulous technicians), and when I look through my portfolio it’s just a huge catalogue of some amazing moments I’ve been lucky to have experienced. I look forward to many more!

I am very expressive and emotive, and personally find images the most appealing and interesting to look at when they show some character and feeling (authenticity, naturalness, femininity, moods, intrigue and sensuality, etc.), and I hope/think this probably shows in my work. My dance background and empathy has instilled in me a huge and largely unconscious understanding of body/facial language and movement, which is enormously important in modelling.

I am described as having a ‘pre-Raphaelite’, classical ‘English Rose’ look and love working in historical, artistic, experimental or painterly styles. However, I also enjoy versatility, from classical, dreamy and sensual styles (showing emotion, innocence, truth and glamour), to theatrical, abstract or stark (plus a good dose of ‘the strange and the beautiful’). At the other end of the spectrum, I equally enjoy working in mainstream commercial genres and am available for fashion, beauty, portrait, lingerie, boudoir, wedding, theatrical and dance/movement projects.

Copyright: Steven Bruce

Copyright: Steven Bruce