Testing is very important, trying new ideas, the latest equipment, new ways of working and networking with new professionals such as a models, makeup artists and stylists. This week I had the opportunity to work with model Nikki Hafter on a varied fashion, beauty and art nude photoshoot. It was wonderful to work with Nikki; throughout the session we captured a series of looks which will add to both our portfolios.
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.
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.
April is nearly here and its time to update my blog with my latest work. I have been shooting a great deal of model portfolio work this month so I decided to sneak in some testing. I contacted some London Agencies and found Chloe images below from the shoot. These new shots are fab and will make a great addition to My Portfolio.
Itching to shoot some editorial fashion, the opportunity came when Lifestyle Monthly gave me the chance to shoot the magazines January fashion feature. Researching a theme, I thought I would use my history degree and add an element of historical significance.
The concept I came up with was Military Revolution; and Steven SpencerStylist went to work putting together some amazing outfits for our models; including some great props from the Army.
Michelle Proctordid an excellent job with the models hair and makeup, and we shot on location at the Malmaison Liverpooland the Liverpool Central Library. Please pick up a copy of Lifestyle Monthly for the full feature.