Friday, 29 March 2013

Black and Whites :D

Image By Peter Jay

Its not that "common" for me to be photographed and turned into BW - Quite a few people have the perception that artistic nude means Black and white nude figure which isn't strictly true.. not that I have labels on it really but usually people keep me in colour because of the hair or the gorgeous colours in the landscape I happen to be placed in.

Anyhow March was a fairly busy month for me - no complaints, most of my shoots were actually inside studios which is a rare treat for me.. I have no idea how some models don't get "bored" with studio work, having nothing to pose with/against or around is tricky and after a couple of hours you really feel like you are repeating yourself or doing the same things over and over again only changing clothing.

Still its nice to be warm and I do very much love the images I've posted with this blog.

Yes.. I'm wearing shoes and no clothes, Its not something I do often but I think it worked for these shots.. Plus I got them at a fantastic price and had to make use of them :D

The Peter Jay and Andrew Millar shots where taken on my recent studio day down in Elderpark Studios in Glasgow. It was fab being back in my old "hood", the studio really is a 3 minute walk from my old flat, makes me wish I still lived there though. I don't have any studios within decent walking distance from my new house.

I also had a shoot up in Aberdeen with Abzphoto, in the new reddawn photography Studio - I have to say its a pretty awesome space and the owner is a great laugh.

Images By Abzphoto

Images by Andrew Millar

I have nothing at all to moan about in this blog. 

Everything is super at the moment, Wedding planning is all working out well. My venue is booked, I have my dress and I booked my wedding photographer and makeup artist. Everything else will fall into place in time. I really don't know why anybody stresses out so much -  The only part I'm fearing is having a panic attack during my vows :-)

I do have quite a lot more images to share, I will get to them eventually. I have a pretty hectic April (Well the first fortnight is a little busier than I'm usually happy with) but it will all work out and every penny towards the wedding and bills helps at the moment so its all good!

Happy easter everybody

and thanks again to the fantastic studios who have "housed me" recently and the talented photographers featured in this post. I really couldn't do all this without you lot!!


Thursday, 21 March 2013

An Afternoon with David Porter

This is another short and sweet blog - just lots of pretty pictures :D

All taken by the talented David Porter - they also feature fellow model Raven Ember who kindly let us shoot in her wonderful home!

I'm awaiting lots of shots back from various shoots..

Not to forget I also have some editing to do - all in good time they say!

Thanks to David for sending these over, as always its much appreciated :D


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Part 2 - Digital images

Well I posted some of the film shots from the shoot I had with Billy - Monkey Twizzle..

I always feel like I post way to many images :D I just find it difficult to narrow them down.

Hope you liked some of them :D

Of course I do!


Monday, 18 March 2013

The Bonds we create

I had typed up a huge post about how my computer recently died and other random crap nobody really wants to read.. I did end with something quite interesting though so scrapped the whole post and have decided to start again...

So the title of the blog is - The bonds we create..

What I mean by that is sometimes friendships - but in modelling photography/world its not always so.

Anyone reading this has probably got a close group of people we work with regularly, I have several. All images are by somebody who I have a special friendship with, when I first started modelling over 5 years ago he had also just started to do photography (he started a few months before me). I remember seeing his work and it inspired me, I messaged him - or he messaged me - I can't remember which. Anyway that message started off what has turned into years of images.

Technically my first "booked in" nude shoot was with this gent.. (although I filled in for another model the day before our booked shoot so he turned out to be the 2nd person I shot nudes with). During the first year or 2 we worked together about once a month. Gradually we slowed it down, the traveling down to Glasgow wasn't ideal and life got in the way so I think its every 6 months or so now. I really should make it every 3 months!

To me there is something intimate in working with somebody - obviously not in a sexual way.. Not really even in a friendship way. Its deeper than that but something I cannot describe in words, a feeling of comfort and ease. Its difficult to create that "ease" with people who are strangers so for me I love the messaging exchanges before a shoot and chatting on a shoot. I feel like if I know somebody I will be able to get them what they want from the shoot.

 Like I said its difficult, sometimes we are faced with people who despite being fantastically nice people that "spark" isn't there and its not something I think I can turn on and off. Hell even when working with people who I normally bond with I struggle to find the spark. Maybe thats down to me being a human and having "off" days - and the photographer too.

I don't think I've ever worked with Billy and not felt the bond and spark, his house is like a safe haven for me. The smell of incense wafting through the apartment. Its strange but despite not being at home and there being another person in the room I'm able to go into another world and prance about in the way I would if nobody was watching. People really do lie when they say they can let go on all shoots. Or maybe I just have more trouble "letting go" than others. I'm always very aware of my angles/expressions and try not to do any which will look rubbish, because I never want to look rubbish. With Billy the strange thing is that no matter how much I let go - hangups at the door he still manages to capture it beautifully. Maybe thats more down to his skills at lighting me.. Who knows!

Is a photograph of somebody "letting go" and creating the shapes/lines within the set the photographer has created an artist? can a model be an artist in what she does? So are infact the photographers my muses/my inspiration? I don't see myself as an artist but I like being part of creating art. Am I more involved with the image/art than a printer would be? am I as much of an artist as a camera is? without the camera there is no image and without a model there is no model in the image.

Given that I can't find the words I ideally wanted when I started this post I have decided to retire it and go off and ponder my thoughts for awhile :D

Enjoy the rest of the images <3 nbsp="" p="">

ps- these are just the film cameras images and not the digital ones.. So I will probably have another blog with similar images soon haha!