Love the Salon Cheltenham Spa Photoshoot

Last week I was commissioned by Love the Salon in Cheltenham to shoot their entries for the Wella Trend Vision competition 2013. It was great working with their Talented styling team.

Throughout the afternoon we shot three distinctive looks, I wish Graham and the guys all the best for the competition and hope to work with them again soon!

Vidal Sassoon Summer Shoot

I love working with the team from Sassoon, over the past two years we have created some fabulous hair photography. This week the stylists wanted to experiment with hair extensions adding a fringe and using movement we shot some interesting shapes.

The images are great, thank you to all those involved, I look forward to working with the Liverpool Team on their next project.

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Three Days TO GO!

With only three days to go I have been busy making the final preparations for the Exhibition. The last prints arrived today from DS Colour Labs in Manchester, and I have been busy framing.

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Posters are now up all over Liverpool and I am hoping to have a good turn out on Friday and Saturday. Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, meeting new people and receiving feedback on my latest projects.

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Vidal Sassoon a Legend of Hair Dressing

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It was just a few days ago that I learned Vidal Sassoon had passed away on the 9th May at his home in LA at the age of 84. From an early age I have always been aware of Sassoon’s work as my mother visited a Sassoon Salon once a month for her geometrically perfect hair cut.

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Sassoon was a legend of hair dressing and his ability to bring geometry to the technique of hair cutting and styling will live on. This man liberated women from hair curlers and sticky hair lacquer.

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“I’ve had so many star-quality clients, but when a working girl comes in and she’s saved five shillings to have a great haircut once a month, I treat her like a princess.” Vidal Sassoon

 

I have worked with Sassoon Stylists for many years and know without a shadow of a doubt his legacy will live on. In tribute to Sassoon see below some of the work I have completed with Sassoon Styling Team’s over the years.

Kit Model Test

Your Portfolio is the most important asset to any model, photographer, fashion stylist, hair stylist and makeup artist. To be competitive you must update your portfolio regularly with new work taking the opportunity to learn new skills, helping to provide your future clients with the best photography possible.

 

Religiously I test twice a month; either working on my own projects or collaborating with other creatives on theirs. In 2012 I will be doing a great deal of Testing, if you are a model, designer, fashion stylist, makeup artist, hair stylist or retoucher please get in touch.

 

This week I arranged a test with Kit from Nemesis Models at the Liverpool Studio. Kit was looking for some Topshop style edgy photography for her book and we spent half a day working on several looks. The images look great and I’m looking forward to working with Kit again the near future. Nita Malata did a wonderful job with hair & makeup.

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Yes i’m still testing & its important

As a photographer you should try new techniques and ideas and setup test shoots. You are only as good as your portfolio and your book should always be kept updated with new looks and trends. In my opinion a photographer should aways be shooting, a test can be simple or very complex depending on what level and how much money and time you have to invest. 

For me it all starts with an idea, being inspired by a film, an advert, a magazine or even a work of art. My most recent test shoot below was a simple idea inspired by an Agyness Deyn shoot; I wanted some fierce portraiture for my book. I found model India Lownds and Makeup Artist Francesca Dalla-Riva who loved the ideas; we spent the afternoon working on these looks.

 

Beauty Works Campaign

I’ve been working with Beauty Works Hair Extensions for sometime, and this week it was great to be shooting their spring campaign.

Model Charlotte Moore looks gorgeous and radiant in the images. Charlotte’s Makeup and Hair was styled by Nick Kershaw who created some flawless looks.

I’m sure the new hair extension products will be well received I’m looking forward to working with Beauty Works on future projects.

Advertising Photographer Liverpool Manchester, London, Leeds

Advertising Photographer Liverpool Manchester, London, Leeds

Advertising Photographer Liverpool Manchester, London, Leeds

Beauty Testing

Last week I setup a test shoot with make-up artist Ruth Manion Palmer and recently signed model Martha from Boss Model Management. Taking inspiration from Noise Magazine, we wanted to create a series of fierce images.

 

Different evening looks allowed for Martha to unfold before our eyes. I do like working with new models as it’s a good opportunity for me to direct and learn how they are using their body, and what works well with their facial features as they too are learning for themselves. Fortunately for us Martha’s porcelain skin tone and petite facial features were perfect for the looks we were re-creating.

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The Curse of Vogue

Everytime I walk into WH Smith or Magma my wallet takes a pounding. I ruffle through all the latest fashion magazines, Vogue, Pop, Dazed and confused and quite recently Noise magazine. Nine times out of Ten I end up purchasing them.

 

My shelves are filled and my wallet is empty, it is the curse of Vogue. Noise magazine on the other hand featured some amazing beauty photography this month and the images inspired me to shoot a test.

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Working with a model agencies new faces is exciting, you never know if your going to work with the next Agyness Deyn. I arranged to shoot Kristie one of Boss Models newest additions and called upon Debbie Lezemore an extremely talented makeup artist to put her skills to work. Kristie even though one of Boss’s new faces was very natural in front of the camera.

 

Sifting through the results I picked out this image and had it retouched. Already the shot has received some excellent feedback from the agency and has made a wonderful addition to my book. Considering the pounding my wallet has taken I am banning myself from WH Smiths for the next month!