Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Playing with the new lens :D

Well I do hope everyone had a really great christmas :D

I had a fantastic time with the family and future in-laws.. Got some fantastic gifts (I will post some x-mas festive pictures in my next blog).

Anyhow quickly heres a couple of shots we took tonight with the new lens..

Check out my bloody awesome hat and the beautiful necklace.. (both Christmas gifts).

Short and sweet!

Filling up my diary for the start of the year, if you fancy a shoot then please get in touch :D


Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Christmas is almost here :D

Well Christmas is only a few days away now, Everything I needed to do has been done. I appear to have some cold/flu going on and have had it since last Friday so I really hope it's gone before Santa visits, wouldn't want to infect him with the cold :(

We did get some shit news a couple of weeks ago, which will really effect our future. I wish I could comment more on it and release my inner anger but at the moment its not confirmed either way what the situation will be. Just have to remember Rory and I may loose a shit load but we will still have each other and that is the main thing :-D

I need to remind myself this is mainly my model blog so I will update on recent shoots, A couple of weeks back I got to work with Editions of you (GaryMck), he was visiting family up in Perth and at the last minute decided he fancied a snow fashion shoot so my bags were packed, I loved the way he worked... So quick, he knew exactly what he was after and just shot it.. We managed so many different locations in one afternoon (I have attached a picture at the top of this blog).

I also finally worked with Stephen Wales, its only taken me about 2 years! I met him a long long time ago at contrast studios and everytime I went there we would talk rubbish to each other. He is such a nice person so it was great to shoot with him, we shot at mine and done a variety of fashion and some nudes (It seems like I am doing more and more fashion these days). He has been struck down with flu recently so no pictures as yet but I am eagerly checking my inbox daily!

I had another shoot with the awesome John - Fox, as usual we had great fun. This was our 3rd shoot together! He even brought me a massive print of myself from one of our previous shoots and it looks superb in the lounge. This time he arrived with lots of wires (I have been told they are network cables).. Trying to get them to stick to my body was impossible, I got a little carried away at the end and done loads of silly face pictures. I have a disk in the next room of the images so I will post them on a different blog.

I think this week has been the week of getting Disks, I have 5 sitting through there.. Strangely most of them are fashion shots, not sure what it is about fashion but I always feel they are half finished even if they are fully edited... It might just be me striving for perfection or something but little things niggle me more when im looking at clothed shots.

We are off tonight to spend the evening with Jenny and Stuart (Rorys workmate). They are a wonderful couple with the sweetest little cat EVER so the camera may have to come along. Thankfully they have a massive tv too which is good because ours decided to die last night.

Well i think I have rambled enough for now.
If I don't post again before Christmas I really hope everyone has a great time with their loved ones.

I also hope all the parcels I sent out arrive before newyear!


Monday, 6 December 2010

and now..

Is a general update on the life of Chrissie, I have actually been pretty busy recently..
I know most people struggle in December but I'm still hitting my average weekly shoot number :D
(and no I'm not including Rory in these statistics).. Well not always ;-)

It has been so cold in Scotland recently, we spent about 10 hours getting home from Elgin (its meant to take 3 hours). The snow has been crazy, our gutter and part of the drain pipe collapsed a couple of mornings ago, thankfully it was 3am and no passers by were harmed but I got the shock of my life the sound of it scraping down the side of the building outside my bedroom window was pretty scary,, I thought someone was at our bedroom window running a knife along the pane (virtually impossible unless they also had big ladders or a cherry picker on the go and we would have heard them if they had that type of equipment).

I wish I could say I was all ready for christmas but thats a lie, I have got Rory 5 things (can't say what they are on here though because I know he reads my blog from time to time to see what I have been saying about him).. I did buy a tree and put it up, its 6ft tall and black with white lights... I have never really liked tinsel so went arty and got big black feather boas for my tree, you can hardly see them but I think it was a genius idea and i imagine by next christmas my craze will be dominating peoples livingrooms :) I have some of the presents Im sending down south to friends but still have one to buy and I don't have a bloody clue what to get him, his girlfriend said something funny but my type of humour is pretty different to most peoples for example I think 'cockpit spray and car lube' are hilarious but others just look at me like I am from another planet when I spot a tin and giggle..

Been catching up on reading recently so off to read a book before I fall asleep! Its 4am now but it was worth staying up late to do a blog, had a shoot yesterday and have another on Thursday so I'm sure I will be updating again soon. Rory is very behind with editing and I have told him to concentrate on his shoots he recently had with Sarah & Esther so I have let myself be put on the back burner so he can sort out their images!

Anyways nitey nite

Drac-In-A-Box with David Porter

Well this was a fun shoot while I was up north..
Infact David is the reason I went up North in the first place :D
I have been a little bit of a fan of his work since I first spotted it so it was nice to get up and work with him.
Strangely we didn't do much nudes :-S

We were shooting some of the Drac-In-A-Box new steampunk (i think thats what it was called) collection for their website


The funny thing is that when I started as a model and was buying too many clothes for my wardrobe I remember coming across the dracinabox website (i think I even bought a few things from it), I remember thinking "I would bloody love to be on that website" and its now reality.

I love the images David shot, I have seen them on his facebook and it kind of gives me a little confidence boost. I'm not 100% sure about me as a fashion model yet. Statistically speaking I'm tall enough but I'm so used to not faffing about with clothes now and its so difficult trying to make clothing look good rather than my body.

Anyhow YEY!!

Elgin - Single Speed - Neil

Here is one of my favourite images of the day (to be fair though from what i have seen so far everyone did a pretty good job)
Although theres still one person who I worked with who is sending me over a cd from our session, We done some funky fashion so fingers crossed they turned out well too :D

So yeah this is by the talented Neil, such a beautiful softness to it!


Elgin - The lovely Sarah (Zombie Sazza) & Mike (Abzloon)

Behind every great man is a great woman...
and behind every great woman is a great man......
So by my reckoning Sarah & Mike are great :D

I was going to give them separate blog entries but its so difficult to find different describing words for them, they are both such genuinely lovely people. I worked with the for a couple of hours while I was doing my studio day. They were such fun to work with!

Its soo bloody nice meeting and working with people who are as passionate about their creative work as I am!
It shows how much they love what they do and In a way they reminded me of Rory and I when we are shooting..
I guess thats also partly down to the fact Sarah is a model/photographer much like I am.. (Well I use a camera and take pictures but not really got the guts to call myself a photographer yet... one day).

So the lovely picture of my back is by Abz_zoon and the one of me with the lovely swishy red material is by Sarah!
I <3 them!!!

Quincy - Elgin

Well I was booked to do a day at Elgin Studios.
I was really looking forward to it, the space was the main attraction...
Having been there I now see so many different attractions with it.
Geoff the owner really takes care of the place, everything a model might need/forget is there and he has a well stocked up fridge. Can't thank him enough for his hospitality while I was there :D

Seeing as I was going to be somewhere in a nice big studio rory booked the last hour, we have never worked in a big studio just the two of us before so it was a nice opportunity for some full length stuff which we can't do at home because of the skirting boards lol

The 'box' one was my idea, had spotted it the day before in the studio and thought it would look cool on my head... and I think I was right :D

Leaves with Robert John Hughs

Several weeks ago now (Yes Im far behind)
I had Robert John up /down to Perth for a shoot, just some basic stuff really nothing fancy.
One of them might not be an image which would stand out for some,but its simple and naturally me and I think John captured me very well!
I guess sometimes me as a model sees something in an image which others might not notice/like .

So much to update on....

I often feel like when I do a 'mass' update I miss some really super images so no more *heres a shoot from this date and heres a shoot from someone else*. Ofcourse this may take me awhile and I'm going to have to go back and read my last few entries to see where i got up to and if I can remember any funny stories I will drop them in too.

These updates are not in order and my image uploader is not letting me preview which order the images are in either which is a bummer. All these are Rorys images, we had to have another shoot with the bustle and shrug worn with a corset and I got 2 new corsets for the price of 3! :D I'm very much in love with the underbust black and white one although I wish my boobs filled out a bit more in it but never mind.

Again the bustle and shrug are curtesy of Gothic Diva Designs, we are holding onto it to shoot it against a different backdrop and outside when it gets a bit warmer than -15 (which is what its reported to be this evening).

Monday, 22 November 2010

Gothic Diva Designs

We have a couple of pieces on loan to shoot for Gotic Diva Designs this week, I searched high and low for a white corset yesterday in Perth and couldn't find one anywhere. We managed to shoot a few pictures without the corset but we know they wont be much use to the designer (she likes them and one without boobs is useful) but we know with the white corset we can do a much better job for her so we will have round 2 later in the week.. Must go buy a white corset now :D


Bus museum

Well heres the pictures I promised, I have to be honest though there are soo many I love so I might have picked the wrong ones but Im sure we will continue editing them slowly and putting them up. I LOVE them!

Thank you so much to the Scottish Vintage Bus museum for letting us shoot there, Can't believe Rory never told me before that his bestfriends dad runs the place!! I left a pair of shoes there so we will have to go back!! was bloody cold though so maybe hold off until summer. I think he said there was over 100 busses there. He opened for us and just left us to it.

I also got to work with a bloody kick ass MUA for this shoot - June Long, I really couldn't have dreamed for someone nicer. She is a star and I hope she likes the pictures as much as we do!!



Well I had a very mad week (was fantastic) but mad.
As I have mentioned before I was sending Rorys mum and my mum on a cruise, well the time arrived. 3am wakeup to drive down to the airport the weather was horrible driving down. It felt really strange seeing our parents walk off together to catch a plane, if the weather had been better we would have took some pictures but it was windy/raining and dark.

Seeing as we were in Glasgow anyway we arranged to meet up with Demetrios (a nice young Greek photographer I had worked with a couple of times before),He is leaving Scotland destination unknown but more than likely will end up in London or Ireland so we had to see him before he left we also needed a little hand shopping in calumet.. We had a little bit of money to burn and going in alone was not wise.. We ended up only spending a small % of what we thought we would (somehow in the week our parents were away we managed to burn all the money on other things though). By the time we got back to Rorys mums house that evening we were shattered... (we didn't know it at the time but we picked up a speeding ticket in mums car on the way back home... dammit).

Saturday we went up to Perth to pick up more of our stuff, I needed to get some clothes to shot in and collect my makeup.. I think we done a little shoot on Saturday afternoon (no pics edited yet though). We also investigated a building I had spotted last year when I was down visiting his mum, its an old hotel... The door is wide open but we were both too scared to just walk in! lol

Sunday we headed off back to Glasgow to work with Sarah (Valentina Velvet), we booked contrast for a few hours because we really were not wanting to trust the weather forecast that day. I shot Sarah a little at the end and Rory shot us both, I even got to wear one of Sarahs big gowns along with a beautiful gold and ivory corset.. It was nice to feel like a princess!

We did find some snow on the way home but it was dark/cold and scary so it wasn't as productive as the studio haha!
Sarah as always was fantastic, she really is one of the nicest people I know. She won the title of ultimate rock chick (I think thats what it was called) for Rock radio a couple of days later so mucho congratulations to her for that.

Monday was another trip to Perth, picking up a camera from one of Rorys friends. He was shooting the beautiful Esther Kungu in Edinburgh that evening and our camera might have struggled a little. I was acting as an assistant, as was Craig mcguire and we had Nicola our hairstylist from team hallway along doing the hair..

Never thought we would shoot outside the parliment buildings, the police went past but didn't bat an eyelid :D we also had a few drunks standing about watching.

We didn't get back home until after midnight, was a really long day but worth it. I say it all the time but I am really proud of Rory and how is photography is coming along.

Tuesday we had a little shoot together in Rorys mums garden (not edited yet either)... He has only
done one edit from this lot and its not my favourite but here it is..

Then here is some by the fire, I actually burnt my leg while shooting this..

Its amazing how the 5d actually makes my legs look a million times longer!! :D

Wednesday I think was more pissing about going from our flat to Rorys mums with stuff.. We needed 2 car trips iin the end getting it all back home with us..

Thursday I was planning on going into Edinburgh but by the time we woke up and got ourselves sorted I didn't have time. I went some shopping in Dunfermline though which was nice :D just got little bits and pieces for our bus museum shoot which was on Friday.. (I will do another blog with that)..

I think thats all I got up to :D

I know its turned into a bit of epic reading but nevermind..

Next post will be pictures.. Thats a promise!


Tuesday, 9 November 2010

A poem by Sarah

Big thanks to the beautiful Valentina Velvet for writing this poem about me!!
Was such a nice surprise to see it in my inbox so thought I would share it here.

Chrissie Red - A Mental Scots Chick

There was a tall Scots chick called Chrissie Red,
Professional art nude who loves tea, toast and bed.
There was never a figure you ever did see,
She bends into shapes that confound you and me!

She's such a crazy lady who suffers no fools,
And good on her, 'cause there are lots of tools,
Who masquerade as togs behind shiny Nikons,
Imitating David Bailey, their favourite icon.

The 6ft goddess is a freckled red head,
With legs to die for and a brilliant street cred,
Renowned for her humour and sharp witted ways,
You'd be wise to listen to the advice that she says.

She's professional, friendly and funny to boot,
She'll strip off her naked-jumper and do poses to suit,
But only if you're a photographer with her kind of style,
Like Eddie, Barone, Paul Cox and Nick Giles.

You'd be mad not to book her and see her in action,
She's different to the norm and thats the attraction,
She'll give you images you could hang on your wall,
She's a down to earth girl with beauty and all.


I also posted a nice picture of us from our last shoot together, we are all working together on Sunday so very excited about that :D



Saturday, 6 November 2010

A day in Perthshire with Ian Patterson!

Well technically its Sunday now but I will still think of it as Saturday seeing as I have not went to bed yet :D
I was out yesterday (technically not actually yesterday but the day before).

Ian is from a little bit further up north and he fancied doing some autumn type stuff with me (the trees kinda match my hair colour ya know).. Off we went, it was a bloody miserable day for weather, actually pissing it down thankfully it stopped for a short while enough for us to get me in a field and make the most of the sun while it was out.

I would say we got lost and walked miles in the wrong direction and ask a priest for directions but no way did that happen ;-)

Anyway here are some of the pictures, Thanks soo much to Ian for sending me them over. I had a great day despite the crappy weather and I wont forget the 5th of november in a hurry!

Next blog will be my firework pictures.

Rory and I were meant to shoot a model today but she decided at 8.30am that she had flu, we wont be bothering with her in the future.. Not that we were put out but we really can't be bothered with flakey models who can't be arsed coming to a shoot, considering she had never shot before and was getting the travel costs back we thought it was kinda rude.. The 2 negative no-show feedbacks on her profile should have given it away but we gave her the benefit of the doubt..



Thursday, 4 November 2010

An afternoon at Contrast

Well here are some shots from the shoot where I was horribly late for :D
Thanks very much to Andy Ritchie for sending them over to me, much appreciated.
He sent over a few but these are my favourites and the ones I wanted to share with y'all!

Andys purestorm

Time is going too quickly....

Ok so I have been shooting my butt off recently, still waiting on pictures and no doubt will upload some when they arrive. As some of you know, I won a cruise a few months ago online... Sadly my anxiety wouldn't stand for the travel and staying on a boat so my mum and mother in law are going, it only hit me last night that its next Friday they go away, We are designated cat sitters so will be based down at Rorys mums house for most of the week, We have a fair list of plans.. The pictures attached to this blog are from a random day we went out over the summer and just took a couple of shots quickly in the field as the sun was setting. Its these type of pictures that are special to me because if Rory had never learned to use the camera it wouldn't have been possible unless I happened to be out with another photographer at the right time.

I have been thinking about some things recently, and I'm sure I wont be the only model who sometimes feels like this.. I have seen thousands of images of me over the years, some awesome at the back of the camera/ some terrible and some which have the potential to be something really special if processed with care and time and that vision.. I have no control usually over how things are edited sometimes Im asked to edit for people but usually not. Its frustrating seeing beautiful nude images which just need a tiny bit of work on them come out looking bad because of bad editing.

Meh... I guess im a little spoilt sometimes, If Rory edits something and I think it could be better I tell him.

So while we are away we plan on shooting some new models, or well different models. One of which is a fantastic fashion model, 6ft tall and beautifully stunning, she is signed to one of the agencys up here too so will be nice to work with her.


Monday, 1 November 2010

Been a tadge busy...

I'm forgetting what I have done recently and fallen behind on lots... Sorry!

Wednesday I was out shooting with Craig Mcguire, I think I have some pictures from him on my other computer and I know theres an email in my inbox I have to reply too but as always with e-mails I know if i sit down and reply to 1 I will get 5 more eeek. Sorry Craig :(

Friday I was out meeting a photographer and on the way home I decided to take some pictures beside the river... Which is the first picture on this page.

Saturday I was down in Contrast working with Andy Ritchie doing mainly artnude type images, It was the morning from hell (not the working with him part but everything before it). I hate being late for people, infact it made me cry because I was soo worried. So off to the train station I went, thinking I would arrive in Glasgow with at least 45 minutes to spare and gabber/do my makeup, an announcement came out saying the train was delayed by approx 25 minutes (it was the type of announcement that you know if you waited around the delay would get longer and longer and then just be cancelled) so thinking on my feet I called my mum, asked her if Rory could borrow her car, so we ran along to her work all my bags in tow and called her insurance people, sat on the phone for 30 minutes in a state worrying about the battery going dead or them saying no, we finally got through and I gave them all the details, apparently they were unable to put him on the insurance.. So we were back at square 1.. I had 1 hour to get to Glasgow and no transport to get there, this is when I started crying.. We had a last ditch attempt at getting a car, Rory contacted a workfriend and she said yes, while she was calling her insurance we ran for a taxi and thought even if we get to her house and find out we cannot immediately put him on the insurance it would be better than being even more late by sitting around in town. We arrived at her house, she was still on the phone (grrr). I called contrast, explained to Con (the owner) about my nightmare morning and he said he can switch the booking times by 1 hour and explain to the photographer what was going on, I was thankful but still felt like a div. At 12.52 we finally got on the motorway (my shoot was originally meant to start at 1) and with the roadworks on the way and average speed of 40 MPH I knew even getting there at 2 would be amazing.. So with the foot very firmly down we arrived in Glasgow city centre at 2.08, there was so much traffic so I decided to just jump out the car and make a run for it... Sadly when I was 2 minutes away from the studio I noticed Rory driving by infront of me... ARRRRHHH! Anyways I made it, thankfully the photographer was cool about it all but it could have been much worse... I usually have little sympathy for people who no-show or make up crap excuses but being in the situation where I really couldn't have done anything else has made me think again about how somethings are really out with out control. If Jenny never let us borrow her car I would have been totally and utterly f£$ked which would have resulted in a no-show from my part.. Although in the back of my head getting a taxi was the last option.

So after my frantic fluffing around on Saturday I was shattered by bed time. Sunday Rory and I decided to go do some autumn fashion (or well stuff with clothes on). We took a walk down the riverside and had some take away coffee with us to keep our fingers warm. I collected some leaves because I want to do something with leaves soon. We got home and done some stuff with my new skirt :D

Now its Monday, I'm shooting Tomorrow in the flat (in the middle of tidying just now), also shooting on Thurday and Friday this week so its a little bit more than my usual average shoots a week just means when the weekend comes I can chill out a little and catch up on E-mails/Editing and everything else I have been putting off doing this week eeeeeeeek..


Tuesday, 26 October 2010

painting with light..

Well Simon, Rory and I had a bit of a sleep over the night before the groupshoot and at midnight I decided we should all go to a castle I had visited recently to lightpaint it. Simon is always up for a bit of torch action as is Rory so off we went, maybe not the best idea when we had to be up early the next morning but thankfully we all survived the next day (just)..

I was doing all the red flashing light bits, so totally a team effort as it was a big site to attempt to do.. Not sure if it would have been possible with just the two of us.

Anyhow, I have lots to catch up on. I was shooting last week and have been editing the pictures for the photographer (hes not too good at photoshop) still have some to do and send over to him but once im done i will post them up.

Should get to bed actually, its nearly 3am and im shooting with Craig tomorrow for a gothic clothing shop in Edinburgh..
Friday I have someone over and then on Saturday I'm off down to Glasgow for a shoot so its busy busy busy. Gutted I will miss the fashion show in Perth as we were asked to shoot 11 models for the salon but it looks like Rory will need to take on that job on his own which is a bit of a bummer but cannot be helped!

Anyhow adios amigos


Deed flowers..

Well... my birthday flowers were dying so thought we should use them as part of a shoot, this is totally not what I was intending going for, we attempted a full length nude shoot amongst the dying flowers but it didn't look right and despite Rory standing on the windowledge haphazardly it just wasn't working. Never mind, the one which looks a bit blurry is actually a mistake... the heater was causing the lens to steam and I thought it looked cool so there you go :D

As always we did shoot some nudes at the end of this but none of them have been edited yet and to be honest they are not too different to ones we have done in the past so not much point in rushing to throw them up.


My first groupshoot....

Ahh for some reason the preview of images is not coming up on my little edit screen which is a bit of a bummer really.
The group shoot went really well, Rory and I had a great time meeting everyone and it was nice going as a photographer rather than a model :)

Lynnie brought along her friend Kaz who had never modelled before "(the girl with the purple hair). I started doing some shots with her in the hallway then moved into the studio set-up and shot Lynnie.. I had lots of smoking breaks inbetween then grabbed Erica and her mate Suzie for a wee shoot, took them downstairs to the lower hall and got them rolling about on the floor :-)

Was about to pack up and spotted this 6ft gorgeous lady, asked her if she wanted a shoot to which she replied "yes yes", so took her out the back, her name was Violeta. I have never met anyone more bouncy and full of life before, she was off her head (in a good way) pulling fantastic poses and bouncing about. I would love to have her over to work with her properly sometime and she said she loved the pictures so fingers crossed I can persuade her.

I want to take a moment to mention a special someone in my blog - Allan (twentytwentyimages) is sadly departing from Scotland next month to move over to south Africa, he will be missed a great deal by me.. He is always welcome to holiday over here with us. Safe trip allan