Portraiture (a face off; one player only)

I should be replying to quite a few emails rather than updating my blog, but it’s Sunday and I’m getting SO good at work/life balance these days (lucky, since I recently spoke as an expert on a panel about the subject, invited as one of Oxford’s female bosses in relation to my natural skincare range, Leafology) – and today although I did detour to the studio to make a fresh batch of the hair serum I make out of 17 different plants(!) and pack a few orders ready to send tomorrow, I also spent a hefty amount of time this weekend relaxing, going for an afternoon drink and a walk around one of Oxford’s parks, going for dinner, reading, booking flights for my quick modelling trip to Holland which is happening at the end of this month, watching Harry Potter with my fat cat on my lap, watering plants, pottering and getting some exercise…

STILL, a blog won’t update itself, and I love squeezing these posts in to give a little window into shoots.  I’m keen to share some photos from one of my all-time favourite photograpers to work with, Jeff Wilson.

The problem(?), I’ve just realised there are at least 85 photos to show you and, basically, I’m going to inflict them all on you, right here right now. These photos are from 3 of our most recent shoots, at Upper Mills Studio in Gloucester, Pozer’s in Swindon and a BEAUTIFUL outdoor location with 15th century ruins/walls in Oxfordshire, which I’ll take you to if you ask…. Jeff has this knack of making me look very ethereal and romantic and he also, like me, loves to do a mixture of outdoor natural light and studio set ups. I’m very grateful to him for taking and sharing so many excellent photos! They are collected with great gratitidude – and of course we’re working together again soon.

Here’s an update from a few recent shoots we’ve done…

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Botticelli dreams + 3D rock textures

I love these shots by Stephen Wong (creator of the free digital magazine celebrating the artistry of nudes, ION magazine), taken when I was in Sydney recently. It’s at a location I’ve been to many times (I think I’ve now been to Australia about 6 times and almost every time had at least one shoot in this spectacular spot!), but each time has been different, and Stephen definitely made the most of the incredible rock structures. I love the textures and incredible dips, grooves and colours as well as the warm glow that shines through the final edits. It was a really windy day and I was DEEPLY jetlagged after just flying in from England (I have been told my phonecalls home were making very little sense), but it was such a good shoot and I threw myself into what felt like channelling some kind of Botticelli/Venus situation.

Stephen had such a cool set up to create some 3D images, of which I’ll include a few (at the end of the post), but also sent me plenty of the single images too. He sent me off with a few pairs of 3D glasses so I could see his results once he sent them through to me – one of those ‘my job is so cool’ moments, and hey, it’s a bonus that the glasses look so fetching… 🙂

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Sunflowers & Dungarees

Today I’m sharing a collection of images I’ve been sent by Colin (Capture77) taken at Big Shot Studio in Leighton Buzzard, when I’ve dropped by for a few studio days over the last few months. I really love his style and we are definitely on the same page in terms of taste. All styling is mine, though it was Colin who suggested I bring dungarees (nice to do something different!). Hope you like these as much as I do…

The sunflowers one was the last set we did after one of the days (I think it may even have been the last frame), and it was a case of me grabbing them when I spotted them in the studio and demanding we shoot with them(!). Sunflowers, for me, are a symbol of self-belief and confidence. If you are into this kind of thing, they represent the solar plexis chakra and I was once told to visualise them in order to boost feelings of self-esteem and personal power. The portrait that resulted, below, definitely channels this, and I love it for that reason.

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(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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