These are just some of the portraits taken on a recent shoot with Jeff Wilson, in a beautiful, historical outdoor location here in Oxfordshire.
There are so many things I want to say here, but my mind has gone blank from the overwhelm of different possibilities, so I’ll stick (briefly) to the here and the now: I write this with a green smoothie (of true pond sludge-esque proportions) to my left, with my hair hanging in wet strings post walk-and-shower, and with a desire to cultivate peace in myself today. On my walk I listened to the beginning of ‘The Ruthless Elimimation of Hurry: How to stay emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world’ by John Mark Comer and wonder if you might like it too.
The earrings are pressed, dried bluebells, a gift from Eva Gifted Hands. (I want all her jewellery!)
Shooting with Jeff is always a total antidote to the rush of multi-dimensional living, running a small business and balancing all else; it’s a slow move from tree to tree, or 15th century wall to door, with a flurry of different angles and plays with light and lens. (Then the quick, skillful-if-I-do-say-so-myself dash to get changed from head-to-toe in a public area, pausing behind the largest tree in my vicinity).
I’m including some smiles here, for fun… And because it was fun.
Never hesitate to send me a message if you’d like to practise your photography or art on a willing, creative-minded victim. 🙂
It was absolutely wonderful to meet New Zealander and ex-farmer Bill Irwin (and his lovely and creative wife, Cherie) when I was in Australia most recently in November. He’d been in touch for a long time hoping to photograph me and even kindly sent me a calendar of his brilliant photography of NZ landscapes hoping to entice me over (I’ve actually already been to NZ and was in awe of the scenery there, but this trip was pre-modelling days and it certainly made me want to go back… NZ modelling trip still pending..!). I’m so glad our paths finally managed to cross. As is the magic of the internet, we finally got together at Zoefest in Noosa. I really enjoyed shooting with Bill and absolutely love so many of his results – I’ve shared a few on instagram already but it’s nice to put the collection in one place here on my blog.
We did a few shoots in the end. One just outside Bill’s accommodation, using some body jewellery Bill and Cherie had brought. I loved channelling some slight bellydancer vibes for these, and felt like an amazonian warrior of some kind, among those gorgeous fresh leaves.
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…
Catching up again… This time with a little handful of images by David, who I remember had an enviable poetry collection in his home as well as a load of creative enthusiasm. I love the moody whimsy in the first shot here, and everyone knows I can’t keep away from pianos. (…And I suppose the same can be said for leaves, this last being a clue as to my occasional absences here!).
I’m having what feels like the first concetrated ‘modelling admin’ day in forever, keen to book a few more shoots in Holland this summer and in July onwards. I model just a handful of days per month, now, so do catch me if you can! 🙂
To warm us all up (I am particularly addressing my fellow northern-hemisphereans, here, and if tomorrow’s snow forecast is anything to go by we need all the help we can get), here are some images taken in the balmier, English countryside with Stuart Johnson, who was a pleasure to model for in these beautiful locations. Some of these images have already seeped into my instagram account, but it’s lovely to show a fuller collection. I felt like I was in the south of France for some of this shoot – so good to look back on now!
By the way, many of the images in this post are unedited – in fact I believe most are straight from camera. I actually think this sort of suits the carefree vibes we ended up doing.
I had a really nice, laid back shoot in Gloucestershire with Mike Bradbury last year, dropping in on my way home from a couple of shoots at a studio nearby. I love these simple, relaxed shots we took in his home studio (in between chats). The eagle-eyed among you will notice I didn’t point my toes in the casual sitting shots – I really like this about them. I have to admit I often find the propensity for art models (and I do include myself) to point their toes to be a little too unnatural and (ironically) awkward looking sometimes – it can be such a beautiful finish to a line, which is why we so often do it (and some of us have dance/ballet backgrounds from which this trait is perhaps borrowed), but sometimes it becomes a bit too much, in my opinion, and I see it slightly overdone at the loss of the natural feeling of an image (and I get that not all images are meant to look natural!). I think there is a lot to be said for a more authentic, less ‘stylised’/gymnastic way of being in photos, now and then. (Cue everyone looking at my toes now… eek!)