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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Piano & Leaves

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! 🙂

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Yellow Flowers in Iceland

… & lupins and Christmas trees!

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ve hopefully already seen two blog posts from my wonderful adventure to Iceland with Alex Nason, Bragi Kort and fellow model Lucy Magdalene.

I posted:
– ‘Black Rocks, Snow & Rushing Water
– ‘A Herring Factory, a Piano & a Window

And now here’s a little post with images taken of me posing in some of Iceland’s vegetation – flowers & trees. These are all by Bragi Kort.

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The god of the Tiber river

I had SUCH a nice shoot (as always) with Imagesse in September last year. We drove from different ends of the country to meet in Wiltshire at a beautiful estate, and it was such a pleasure to explore and see what images we could come up with there and in some nearby locations. I even got to sit in Poseidon’s lap (well, I was absolutely convinced it was Poseidon, silly me making assumptions based on the beautiful lake we were next to, but we later researched and discovered it was the god of the Tiber river!). Looking forward to working with Imagesse again (along with another favourite photographer and a beautiful model friend) in Cornwall in May. 🙂

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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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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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Two’s Company

It was a total pleasure to work twice in quick succession with James a while ago – during the first shoot we had at a beautiful location near my house (15th century ruins, a river… and the mist was rolling in during the early morning so atmospherically!), I mentioned that a model friend of mine, Jessamyne will be staying with me for a while the next week as she was visiting from LA. He snapped up the opportunity to photograph us both together (we hadn’t officially advertised it) and went for dreamy, pre-Raphaelite-esque styles, towards which Jessamyne & I naturally gravitate in taste/style anyway. It was lovely! For that second shoot, the three of us went to my local ancient woodland and basically played around in the trees with flowers in our hair… bliss! During her stay, we did lots of sightseeing around my hometown, Oxford, and I saw it in a fresh new light (I already was in love with it, but now I’m even more so) – we did the open top bus among other things, which I really recommend. Honestly, you can’t walk a single centimetre here without incredible history, literary figures, politicians, world events, science and arts and all sorts of eminent leaders jostling along with you.

(The rest of the time we basically did face masks, watched period dramas and ate vegan chocolate with figs… :-))

I’m looking forward to seeing Jessamyne again later this year in wonderful Australia! It’s going to be amazing!

With thanks to James for letting me share these photos. 🙂

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