CT Creative Talent Magazine
Meet our Cover Star UK Lingerie Awards In-Between Season Fashion
issue 14 DEC 14
The Fashion Magazine with Creative Flare
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Welcome to the WINTER issue of Creative Talent Magazine Creative Talent, or CT Magazine, is the brain child of North Yorkshire based fashion, advertising and pinup photographer Sean J Connolly.
In this issue we have a real treat for you, we welcome our newest If you would like to have your work featured in a future issue member of the creative team Orla get in touch, we are always looking for photographers, Wallis!. Orla has been hard at work models, make up artsts, stylists, designers, writers, bloggers, well you get the idea. So if you want to showcase your work to on loads of stuff for you this issue, make sure you check out her 'Inâ€? the world, get in touch. Between Season Fashion' article on (page 42)
How Do I Get Involved? EASY!
I am also honoured to bring the awesome talent of Jordan Lewis, a 1. Like us www.facebook.com/CTFashionMagazine very talented illustrator and designer (page 10) Plus, have 2. Follow us www.twitter.com/CT_FashionMag you ever wondered what a top MUA does on set? Find out as we go 3. Email us your work getinvolved@CTMagazine.co.uk behind the scenes with North West MUA Jane Bellis (page 72) . Jane's Also don't forget to share our website work is amazing and it is nice to show you a different side to this www.ctmagazine.co.uk world we call fashion..
Sean J Connolly, Editor www.seanjconnollyphotography.co.uk www.twitter.com/SeanJC Becky Magson, Copy Editor BeckysBoudoir.blogspot.com Orla Wallis, Fashion Writer
COVER CREDIT Photographer - Yaasmin Model - Samantha Yore
If you have not yet heard, we launched our new website this month, with more features, articles and chances for you to get involved. Check it out now and, as usual, get in touch if you want to be featured â€? www.ctmagazine.co.uk
IN THIS ISSUE
4 - COVER STAR
Yaasmin - Fashion Model
10 - FASHION ILLUSTRATOR / DESIGNER Jordan Lewis
42 - IN-BETWEEN SEASON FASHION Orla Wallis
50 - UK LINGERIE AWARDS
Find out who won at the UKLA 2013
52 - ICE QUEEN
Photo Editorial by Graham Kenneth Short
72 - BEHIND THE SCENES OF A NORTH WEST TOP MUA
Find out what happens when we go behind the scenes with Jane Bellis
ON THE COVER
50 Meet our Cover Star
UK Lingerie Awards
42 In足Between Season Fashion
Photographer and Retouching - Samantha Yore Photography Model - Yaasmin
FASHION MODEL - LONDON ENGLAND What is your name and where are you based? I’m Yaasmin, based in London. How did you get into modelling and how long have you been doing it? My sister entered me in for the Sony Ericsson competition 'Eyes Wide Open' campaign where I was chosen by the famous photographer Juillian Edelstein, one of the world’s most influential and celebrated portrait photographers. She gave me good guidance and direction. I’ve been modeling since for about 3 years. What types of modelling do you do? My shoots normally are vintage, beauty, fashion, jewellery, editorial, bridal, advertising and I’m also a fit model for M&S. Have you modelled for any well known brands or names? My first shoot, the Sony Ericsson campaign, Bentley, Marie Claire. I’ve done catwalk modeling for designers such as GHOST and John Lewis. I’ve also modelled for an up and coming brand Betty & Betts luxury leather and fairtrade accessories. Where is the furthest place you have travelled for a shoot? Paris. What do you think makes a good model? Willpower, versatility and personality. Who is your favourite model? Kate Moss. Have you met any famous photographers? Yes, the first photographer I ever met was Juillian Edelstein for the 'Eyes Wide Open' Sony Ericsson campaign who has also shot Woody Allen, Nelson Mandela and Kate Moss. I’ve also recently had a shoot with Sean Collymore who worked with Gwyneth Paltrow for the cover of Marie Claire magazine. I even met Nigel Barker, a judge from “America’s Next Top Model,” in Bluewater shopping centre!
Photographer and Retouching - Samantha Yore Photography Model - Yaasmin
I'm a traditionalist when it comes to holiday seasons such as Christmas, which has always been a very old fashioned occasion for my family, and is where the idea for my shoot for this issue started. I passed a shop window display in Guildford last Christmas, and saw a magnificent dress covered in baubles. I immediately took a photo and kept it in my idea bank to work on when I had the opportunity to. I started looking through my other ideas to find colour schemes, concepts and poses to use with my own design, resulting in the images you see in this issue. My style of modelling is inspired by, and therefore may resemble, the work of German models Ophelia Overdose and La Esmerelda, UK based model Morgana and also Maja Stina, whom I had the fortune and pleasure of working with in November of this year. My plan for the future is to continue working with brilliant teams of people. I will be travelling to Manchester, Birmingham, Staffordshire and London for some agency work, and I'm also looking to take my work out of England, starting with Wales and hopefully going as far as Germany! Between my shooting trips, I will be at home working on new costume designs and shoot concepts to create more pieces of art. Until then, it would be greatly appreciated if you would check out my facebook page and subscribe to keep up to date with my latest behind the scenes photos, first look at finished shoots and exclusive news!
Alice Thorpe - Photographer - Doncaster www.alicethorpephotography.co.uk
What is your name and where are you based? My name is Alice Thorpe and I am based in Doncaster. How did you get into photography and how long have you been doing it? I have been interested in photography from a young age, always being the designated photographer. I invested in my first DSLR camera at the age of 16, since then two years have passed and I have been involved in a wide range of shoots. What types of photography do you do? At the moment I am 'testing the waters' with the types of photography that I do, therefore I couldn't define certain types. Although things I have done in the past include: boudoir, creative makeup/editorial style, catalogue style, kids and families, dancers, wedding, sport. I much prefer shooting creative fashion and makeup shoots as these types of shoots allow for ample experimenting and creativity from all parties involved. Have you photographed any well known brands or names? I have done a number of shoots with the well known American martial artist Mike Chaturantabut who was the original blue power. I travelled with him on part of his UK XMA tour to document him meeting his many fans. Do you prefer working on location or in a studio? It is hard to say which I prefer. I enjoy the control that I have in a studio environment in terms of lighting and the environment. However, I love the challenging element that location shoots bring. What do your friends and family think of you being a photographer? Everyone's extremely supportive of what I do. They especially love that they have a photographer that will provide them more affordable services due to 'mates rates'.
Photographer: Alice Thorpe Model: Robyn Cusworth MUA & Hair: Vanessa Dawson
What preparations do you do before a shoot? I get together with the amazing makeup artist Vanessa and we discuss what we want to achieve from the shoot. We both get to work gathering props - in this case I handmade the crown and flower head band - and look at poses and techniques we can use, then I'm set to shoot.
What do you think makes a good photographer? I think every good photographer has to have a passion for what they do. If they don't, there is a great chance that their work would be mundane, and that lacks sparkle and flair. What's your favourite shoot you have done? I have trouble with picking favourites! I would have to say that all the work that I have produced when working with Vanessa are my favourites, as I find working with someone who shares the same vision and passion as myself really makes for a great experience with great results. The MUA, Vanessa Dawson, has her own hair and beauty salon based in Doncaster called Goldilocks. She has worked and trained with the likes of Gary Cockeril who is Katie Price's makeup artist. She does prom and wedding makeup and much like myself has a passion Photographer: Alice Thorpe for creative and editorial style makeup which is why we Model: Robyn Cusworth make such a great team.
MUA & Hair: Vanessa Dawson
Robyn Cusworth is the model in the images. At the age of 18 she has excelled with her modelling and whilst she is studying at university in London she takes part in a number of shoots. She is a truly gorgeous girl inside and out and I feel privileged to have worked with her on a number of shoots as I strongly believe that she will go far.
Photographer: Alice Thorpe Model: Robyn Cusworth MUA & Hair: Vanessa Dawson
Photographer: Alice Thorpe Model: Robyn Cusworth MUA & Hair: Vanessa Dawson
Jordan Lewis - Fashion Designer and Illustrator - Wales jordanmarielewis.wix.com/jordanmariedesigns
What is your name and where are you based? My name is Jordan Lewis and I’m a Graduate Fashion Designer and Illustrator based in Wales. How did you get into illustration and how long have you been doing it? I’ve been into Design and Illustration ever since I can remember and wasn’t happy unless I had a pencil in my hand. As a young child I was very quiet and only really expressed myself truly though my art work. It’s an act that I believe comes naturally to me and I’ve never known or felt any different. What types of fashion do you illustrate? I have many contrasting styles of illustration and although I’d say my style of art is distinct with its quirky, graphic elements, I don’t limit myself to the types of fashion I draw. I tend to draw faces a lot, but for a long time have concentrated on depicting my own garment designs on figures. I like to add variation to my work and use a range of styles from mixed media and digital, to still life and pop art. Have you worked with any well known artists, designers or names? I have yet to work with any well-known names in the industry as I have only recently graduated with my degree, but would absolutely love to join forces with magazines and well-known brands in the near future. It is something I am very excited about. Bugs Galore The piece ‘Bugs Galore’ is a Fashion Illustration of the statement outfit from my Graduate collection for Spring/Summer 13/14. My womenswear collection consisted of six outfits in total, three of which were shown at the runway show in Cardiff Museum in 2013. I designed this statement jumpsuit from scratch, right down to the print on the fabric. I am experienced in Print Design and so love to use this technique on the clothes I create as a Fashion Designer and then proceed to demonstrate via illustrative media.
‘Black Paradise’ is a piece inspired by the time I spent alone in New York a few years ago. Its bright colours represent the wonder and brilliance of the city, whilst the inverted effect symbolises looking into ones self for guidance in a city that can sometimes be overwhelming. I like to vary my style of illustration depending on the mood and brief to which I am working. For this image I used mixed media, influenced by bold abstract qualities, creating something striking and prominent in appearance.
Do you prefer working on location or in a studio? I currently work from home in my mini studio, but would like to experience more of the thrill of working on location. I have worked outdoors which is great, although if I had to choose, I’d probably rather have a large studio covered with photos I’ve taken, a comfy chair and a big desk with a bit of background music to get me in the zone. That to me sounds like heaven! What do your friends and family think of you being an illustrator? My friends and family are really supportive of my work. They understand that art is my passion and I love their different reactions when I show them my creations. I have realized that it takes a certain type of person to understand and appreciate the work of an artist. Although I am surrounded by great people, I have come across those on the way who really didn’t understand the power and importance of art and told me it was a waste of time. I’ve spent a lot of time justifying myself along the way but have come to the conclusion that you just can’t appeal to everyone. What is the furthest place you have travelled for an exhibition? I haven’t had my own personal exhibition yet, but enjoy visiting other gallery exhibitions in the mean time, when I have some free time. I recently visited the Andy Warhol exhibition at the Palazzo Blu in Pisa, Italy, which was really great. As a Fashion Illustrator himself it was uplifting to see his style of work on the covers of Vogue and Bazaar and made me feel inspired for my own future in the same field.
This is an illustration entitled ‘The Plot.’ The focus is on the face, in particular the eye, which connotes feelings of darkness, enveloped by some kind of mysterious enigmatic force. I chose to call the sketch ‘The Plot’ because to me, that is exactly what I see through her vision – stone cold revenge. I like to depict these subtle characteristics of models using Fashion as the medium; it makes images more interesting and as a Designer you can relate feelings on the face to the garments on the body.
What preparations do you do before an exhibition, or before drawing your latest illustrations? I don’t really have any distinct preparation methods before I start drawing although the inspiration can arise at any time of day or night and I need to act on it immediately. If I see a certain object or shape and an idea pops into my head, I have to write it down or start sketching straight away whether its on my hand or on the back of a beer mat! I keep a little note pad next to my bed because sometimes I dream of a really cool idea and jot it down as soon as I wake up. What do you think makes a good illustrator? I think the main ingredient for making a good illustrator is passion. If you truly love what you’re doing, then you never have to work a day in your life. People tend to ask me a lot about the Designers and Illustrators that inspire me and although there are works of art I admire, I find my biggest source of inspiration comes from the quotes of philosophers, primarily the words of Rainer Maria Rilke – “Believe that with your feelings and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.”
This is one of my most favourite fashion illustrations, influenced by the theme of metamorphosis. The butterfly portrays the process of such transformation, complimented by vibrant colours in a quirky, whimsical manner. The inspiration came from changes in my own life, and as I do with everything else, I decided to express this on paper. It is one of my most recent pieces of work and exudes my passion for colour and style.
Whats your favourite illustration / design you have ever done? I don’t think I have a singular favourite piece of work. As clichéd as it sounds, I love all my creations equally, as something different is represented in each and every colour, line and shadow. Who is your favourite fashion designer and why? My favourite Fashion Designer is the late and great Lee Alexander McQueen. He combined both Art and Fashion in such a way that no one could ever compare. I love watching his runway shows unraveling a story and emphasizing such taboo subjects, almost as if you were watching a movie. He wasn’t just about the clothes; he was about the mind, body and soul.
Model - Alexa Star Photographer - Sebastien Degardin MUA - Jila Lazemi
Hair: Charlotte Rae at Conrad Blandford Hairdressing Model: Sophia Senior Makeup: Samantha Justice Wheeler
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Hair: Charlotte Rae at Conrad Blandford Hairdressing Model: Sophia Senior Makeup: Samantha Justice Wheeler
Model: Ieva Dubova
SIIC Jewellery - Style Is Incalculable - firstname.lastname@example.org
My name's Belinda Phofu, I'm 20, originally from Johburg but I'm now based in Johburg and Pretoria. The name of my jewellery brand is called SIIC, which stands for Style Is Incalculable. The reason I chose that name in particular is because when I first began making rings one of the things that people would always say when they would see my rings is "Awwww,Belinda ,wow dude! This is so sick!" I liked the way the word 'sick' had a ring to it, so I decided to call my brand that, however I wanted the word to have a meaning behind it and not just be based on slang. Since one of my goals is to make it as a stylist ,I decided to call it sick spelled SIIC so that together it would mean 'Style Is Incalculable'. This is something that I strongly believe in - style/art knows no boundaries. I've never really thought of myself as a designer, I've always just thought of myself as someone who creates; just simply exercising my creativity, which is something that I've always done throughout my life, just through different methods. I began making rings about a year ago when I was unable to go to varsity due financial issues. So making the rings kept me busy whilst looking for a job which proved to be not easy. It also acted as a stress reliever, because not being able to go to school was something really heartbreaking for me. I'm happy to say that I finally managed to get financial aid so I'll be going to school this year! Whoop whoop! *does happy dance* Once I saw that there was a demand for my work I began making rings for people. At first I started on a "first time is free basis" because I wanted to get a solid foundation of loyal customers first. I don't draw any of my designs mainly because I can't draw, so as weird as it sounds, I just see things in my head and make them. I wanted to go into clothing as well but the problem is that I don't own a sewing machine so making the clothes always proved to be hassle as I would have to borrow sewing machines. I don't have any preferences in terms of where I like to work. Most of the time I'm just sitting on top of my bed fiddling with wire and before I know it I've made a ring. Most of my rings are never premeditated ,they always just usually happen. I'm inspired by anything and everything from my emotions to tangible things like brooms or leaves.
Friends and family have been really supportive and very surprised that I actually make my own rings. I guess they never really thought I had it in me. I've take full advantage of social networks which is how I showcase my work. I also always wear my work, which helps my marketing. I don't have a team behind me so I need to make sure that things like marketing and advertising are taken care of, which has proven to be a challenge at times. Transport has also been a challenge as at times I'd get orders from people who live quite far so trying to get the rings to them is a mission, which acts negatively on someone like me who is still trying to build a name where every customer counts. I've always tried to be unique in everything I've done. My creations are very resourceful as I use anything to make my rings. From wire to buttons to pins. I believe in working with what you have and being innovative and creative about it. Ultimately God is my favourite designer. Just from looking at plant life and nature as a whole one is able to see how much creativity actually lies in nature. I do look up other creatives, like photographers, poets and writers, most being people just like myself trying to make it. One of my favourite designs would have to be the first ring I ever made, which is the one with the chain and black string. It has a lot meaning behind it because it was that ring that started everything.
Photography - Ashleigh Godsmark Makeup & Hair - Emma Louise Elliott Model - Rachel Donnelly
Photography - Alison Greenwood Photography Model - Gina Franklin
Photographer: Ceri Vale â€“ www.facebook.com/vale.images.model.portfolios Model & MUA: Amy Packwood - www.facebook.com/MissAmieAlternativeModel
Model: Charlie Lister Photography: Andy Bradley MUA: Aimee Le Masurier Outfit: Elite Bridal Wear
Photography 足 Dean Bromwich Model - Emma MUA: Vicky Robinson Photography: Amethyst Photography Model: Gemma Jo Antwistle
2 piece suit: Albert Martincich
Black Top: Rockit vintage Skirt: Vintage Necklace: Topshop
Emma Barrow - Fashion Photographer
Dress: Rockit vintage Gloves: Clea Broad
Dress Top: Christina Adami Headpiece: Clea Broad
Model: Hayley Rawlings - Hair Stylists: Tracie Gunningham (lead) & Shelby (assistant) at Envy Hair MUA: Rebecca Searle - Stylist: Naomi Olivia
MUA Lyndsey Sheratt www.facebook.com/lyndsey.sherratt Photography Dianne Biggs at Cygnus Photography www.facebook.com/pages/Cygnus-Photography/198839396827442 Model Cat M Sleigh www.facebook.com/cat.sleighmodel
Photography - Brogan Ryan - www.facebook.com/broganryanphotography Blonde Model 足 Scarlett Ward - www.facebook.com/scarlettwardmodel Brunette Model - Niamh Brighton - www.modelmayhem.com/3173559
Photography: David Clic Model : Belle Noir MUA: Sam Galton (Divine Beauty), Samantha Lyann Photography: Steve Weys of Yer Tiz Photography Model: Samantha Galloway Location: Dartmoor
Colette Bray - Make Up Artist www.c-braymua.com
What is your name and where are you based? Colette Bray from Croydon though I like to say national & international as I am constantly on the move abroad for my work. How did you become a MUA and how long have you been doing it? I first started as a model over three years ago! As the shoots got more creative I expanded my skills to make up artistry, being taught new techniques by experts in the field from top artists such as Yolanda Otero and loving every day since. What types of make up do you do? I do all genres of make up. A human is a canvas of great beauty and I as the make up artist enhances what the client asks for. Have you done make up for any well known brands or names? My first shoot was organised by myself to promote a wedding dress company based in Plymouth, Serenity Gowns, working alongside a top South West photographer. Ever since I have been organising photoshoots. Do you prefer working on location or in a studio? In regards to working on location or studio, I adore studio controlled light just as much as I love the element of challenging mother nature. What do your friends and family think of you being a make up artist? My family and friends are extremely proud of me, I get so much encouragement from my loved ones. What is the furthest place you have travelled for a shoot / assignment? The furthest place I have been for a shoot and assignment is the West Indies. Where would you like to go for a shoot? I must say that I would like to travel the globe, touring overseas is part of the job and I gotta say it is the best part.
What preparations do you do before a shoot / assignment? Well before every shoot I review the looks with the team for whatever the associated theme may be. I'll get my full kit ready for the assignment as unexpected changes can occur at any time. What do you think makes a good make up artist? I would have to say being reliable to every shoot and communicating between one another to know exactly what is wanted from a shoot or assignment. Matters can change in an instant and without knowlege of what is wanted as a make up artist you need to be prepared for any unexpected changes that may happen. What's your favourite shoot / assignment you have ever done? My most favourite shoot was more of an accomplishment, when I worked with John Ivey in Plymouth. It was my first make up photoshoot organised by myself and promoting Serenity Gowns. It was very productive being published in a top magazine. What is your favourite brand of make up which you use in your kit? I have many brands in my kit, to name a few are Inglot, MAC, Laura Mercier, Barry M and Sephora. All products are brilliant and the variety from each range is fantastic. Also, not forgetting my airbrush kit. All products and brands have a different purpose which is essential to my kit. Who is your favourite fashion designer? I adore the Ted Baker range for its sophisticated sleek style. I create my own mix and match style, if someting catches my eye I'll wear it.
Model - Hannah Spence MUA H - Colette Bray Photographer / Retouching - Rus Turner
Photography: Irena Kabelis - www.irena-kabelis.com Model: Estela Zernosekova
Model - Hannah Stevenson MUA - Samina Sarmad Pro Mua Photography - Junior Ayub
Photography 足 Derek Barret - ThatPhotoPlace.co.uk Model - Silver (Kay-Marie Hooper)
Photography - Natasha Harding Model - Caitlin
Photography - Rhian Kirkby Model - Victoria May
Photography - Dewa Ariadi Models - Caperucita Roja & Andrew Brotherhood MUA: Teresa Catherine & Caperucita Roja
Photography: Jamie Penfold (Jamie Penfold Photography) Model: Hannah Dowling MUA: Kristina Foster Director and Stylist: Donna Hartley-Redfearn (North East Wedding Planners)
Photography - Graham Gilbert - www.facebook.com/gmgilberttography Model - Lhotse-Lou - www.facebook.com/cheekylhotseLou
Photography - 13th Life Photograhy - 13thlifephotography.500px.com Model 足 Paige Defiled - www.facebook.com/PaigeDefiled
Photographer - David Clic Model - Belle Noir MUA - Sam Galton PT Coach 足 Mark Whitehand
In-Between Season Fashion
Article by Orla Wallis
Now Christmas and New Year are officially gone and forgotten about, a new fashion season awaits: new collections have hit the shops and overshadowed whatever was left of AW in the sale racks. Looking back, AW13 gave us an eclectic mix of punk, goth, grunge and its key colours included grey and scarlet. With the upcoming SS14 we've got florals, metallics, pleats and sheer panels to look forward to. But, what about the time in-between? Yes, it's that awkward time of year again where we've gradually moved away from AW fashion, but we're not quite ready for SS just yet. However, there's no need to panic because, although it's true that most of us won't be ditching our coats and scarves in favour of some shorts and swimwear any time soon, there are still some trends ready to embrace now to get us through the awkward, in-between season period.
Although traditionally pastels are reserved for SS, last season designers broke the mould by making these summery, sherbet shades ready-to-wear for AW. The fact that they were hugely popular last season isn't a bad thing, in fact, it's great news because now we don't have to venture to the back of our wardrobes to Photography: Kyle Insley dig them out in time for Spring, nor do we have to chuck them to one side until Fall. Look no further than Model: Lauren McGee Stylist: Rachael Sadler pastel shades for a colour palette that will carry you Makeup: Claire Glauch through to the new season with complete ease. Miu Miu and Mulberry showcased pastel pink coats and jackets last season and Chanel, Zac Posen and Calvin Klein's SS14 collections are busy with these sherbet shades.
Again, for those of us who pay close attention to the changing seasons â€“ and by this I'm not referring to the weather I mean of course: Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter, florals are usually synonymous with SS. Yet, apparently last AW was all about breaking tradition as designer collections and high street stores alike were busy with dark floral prints. Make the most of your winter friendly florals whilst it's still acceptable to showcase wintery colours.
Ankle boots Photographer: Karen Burnard Model: Colette Bray
Before the overhaul of gladiator sandals and flip flops descend upon us, there's still plenty of time to get some wear out of your ankle boots! The easier-to-wear alternative to the knee high boot has seen a huge increase in popularity in recent years, and, why shouldn't it have? These AW favourites are perfect for puddle dodging, lengthening those legs and for working into
your SS wardrobe. For those frosty February mornings team your boots with some woolly socks and when it starts to get a little warmer swap the thick socks for cutesy frills. Wear them with your jeans, dresses, shorts and skirts; these shoes are definitely all-season friendly.
As far as colour palettes go, monochrome will always be a trend that manages to transcend seasons. This year, forget the oxblood and ditch the navy blues in favour of two colours that never go out of style. Designers such as Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Lanvin and ChloĂŠ- to name a few, all had entirely different takes on this classic colour trend, yet were united by their obvious appreciation for its continuous and unwavering popularity. My advice to those of you struggling to get a grasp on this year's changing colour palette: if in doubt, monochrome it out.
The Two-piece Suit
Model: Charlotte Lister Photographer: Becci Drake Retoucher: Mj Jahami Hair & Makeup: Zara Abraham
Nothing says sophistication quite like a two-piece suit and if there's anything that absolutely should transcend all seasons then it's 'sophistication'. A two piece suit is a staple piece and can be mixed and matched with an array of colours, prints and textures depending on the popular trends of the moment. Plus, due to its ability to accommodate an array of different trends, this is one look that really can be all-season friendly. Don't believe me? Look to Ralph Lauren and Valentino for the inspiration. If you want to look chic all year round then wear it to work by day, dress it up for drinks with the girls by night, just whatever you do make sure you get a two piece suit this year.
With all the sunshine we've had lately, it's not surprising really that sunglasses are very much trending at the moment. I know summer is a long way off and that most of us aren't even thinking about our holiday wardrobe yet, but even when it's freezing outside as long as the sun's shining then it's perfectly acceptable to break out your sunnies. Trust me, nothing looks more chic than a pair of Miu Miu's or Marc by Marc Jacobs shades teamed with your cosy winter mac. Plus, if you think ahead and shop for your summer shades now, you'll beat the summer holiday wardrobe mayhem that will occur around about May time and last until late August. So, dress like a fashionista and shop like a pro â€“ don't wait around to shop for your summer shades and when possible, break them out.
Photographer: Amy Spires Model: Natasha Phelps Designer: Jennifer Cordell
Hi everyone, my name is James Hinnells, I am a photographer based in Ashford in Kent. I originally got into photography purely as a hobby & as a way to get out and get more exercise, which was about 3 years ago now and things have matured & expanded quite extensively since. I have only really been doing model photoshoots for the last year, as nightclub/event/wedding photography etc has rather monopolised my time until now. I like to not think of myself as having any particular kind of photographic style, my main emphasis is always primarily on trying to achieve the end results that the model/customer/myself want to see whilst doing my absolute upmost to keep the shoots light hearted & enjoyable. Studio or on location, Is a preference I’m often asked about, to which there is no simple reply as every shoot has its own criteria & levels of practicality (but I think personally location shoots are the best as they are often the more spontaneous). My friends and family have all been very supportive of my endeavours into the field of photography which has of course proved very helpful & encouraging on more than one occasion. Preparation for a shoot is often half the battle to obtaining the final images that you’re after. I always try and arrive at a shoot about ½ hour early so I can try and focus myself & if it’s a location shoot this extra time comes in very handy to locate various different individual locations for certain shots, as well as giving time to check light levels etc. A good photographer not only needs to have a creative eye, but often more importantly they have to be able to get on with & manage the people involved in the shoot (often people that they’ve never met before) as nothing ruins a photoshoot faster than upset models/mua’s etc. The gorgeous model that starred in the accompanying photoshoot is named Miss April Louise Potter from Dover in Kent. Whilst she is a relative newcomer to the world of modelling her natural aptitude & fantastic personality make her a joy to work with. The image featured in this autumnal style shoot was taken in Russell Gardens near Dover.
Photography: James Hinnells
Model: April Louise Porter
Photography: James Eldridge - www.jameseldridgephotography.com Model & MUA: Sister of Sinister - www.facebook.com//pages/Sister-Of-Sinister/293045294043073 Designer: Vain Budgie
Photography Paul Castleton (Castleton Photographic) www.facebook.com/CastletonPhotographic Model Miss Storm missstorm.deviantart.com
Photography - Kelley Photography - www.fatimakelleyphotography.com Model 足 Dollface Janel
UK Lingerie Awards 2013 Article by Becky Magson
Celebrities and designers descended onto the Covent Garden district of London last month, as the Freemasons Hall played host to the UK Lingerie Awards. In it's third year running, the annual event that celebrates the hottest names in the intimate apparel industry saw internationally renowned brands and leading retailers take to the pink carpet. Gossard, Figleaves and Debenhams were amongst those critiqued and nominated through a professional panel and public voting system to reach the final. The grandeur of the art deco building set the bar high, promising an evening of glitz and glamour. Bucking the trend on previous years' sit down affairs, casual drinks and nibbles were served up to guests dressed to impress. Cocktails specially created for the night were provided by mixologists from top London night spot, Mayfair's Aura, alongside a more sedate wine bar affair ensuring all tastes were catered for. After sampling the fruity UKLA and Knickers in a Twist drinks, the chilled white wine â€“ and Becks for editor Sean Connolly â€“ were a refreshing tipple and kept us on our feet throughout the night. Live music and low mood lighting maintained an evening of buzzing entertainment, allowing guests the opportunity to let their hair down and meet fellow lingerie enthusiasts. Famous faces made appearances throughout the night, with X Factor finalists Kingsland Road and Sam Callahan mingling with guests, and McFly's very own Danny Jones with girlfriend Georgia Horsley, the official face of the awards, also enjoyed the evening.
The Only Way is Essex's Amy Childs graced the pink carpet alongside lingerie designer, Alexis Smith. Breast awareness charity, Coppafeel, made a lighthearted entrance with the presence of giant fabricated breasts, spreading the word on breast cancer education. A theatrical styled awards ceremony officially marked the purpose of the occasion when guests were led into the main hall to hear the nominations with TV personality Millie Clode announcing the category winners. Representatives from each winning company took to the stage to claim their awards, seeing Gossard return for a second gold statue accolade, achieving the covetable titles of Lingerie Brand of the Year and the public voted UK's Favourite Brand of the Year.
Becky and XFactor's Sam Callahan
"This year's list of winners is a true testament to the talent, creativity and sheer determination that can be found within the UK lingerie industry. The creation, and indeed retail, of intimate apparel can be a tricky business and tonight has quite rightly applauded the people working in the industry who are the best at what they do. "For the first time this year we opened up the event to consumers and our People's Choice Awards were a huge success with 12,000 votes cast. The fact that Gossard won Lingerie Brand of the Year from both the public and our esteemed panel of judges shows just how switched on UK lingerie shoppers are, and why it is vital that we get them excited about what goes beneath their clothes."
Sarah Blackman, editor of Lingerie Insight magazine, creators of UKLA
Something Wicked was the lingerie brand recognised as the Independent Directional Brand of the Year.
Eveden owned Freya Lingerie walked away with the Marketing Campaign of the Year for the 12 month Deco 365 campaign.
There were many worthy winners this year, with one of our favourites being the independent brand, Something Wicked, who are flying the flag proudly for Northern businesses, proving that you don't always need to be in the capital to be successful. A huge congratulations to all the brands who were nominated and saw their efforts acknowledged with recognition by the industry's leaders. I also wish to extend my gratitude to Marianne Trotta for inviting us to the excellent evening. See you all again next year!
So, Who Won? UK Lingerie Awards 2014 - Winners
Fuller Bust Brand of the Year: Elomi Swimwear Brand of the Year: Pistol Panties Post Surgery Brand of the Year: Anita Care Maternity Brand of the Year: Lorna Drew Hosiery Brand of the Year: Jonathan Aston New Designer of the Year: Madame Supertrash Independent Directional Brand of the Year: Something Wicked Lounge & Nightwear Brand of the Year: Olivia Von Halle Shapewear Brand of the Year: Spanx Sports Bra Brand of the Year: Panache Sport Marketing Campaign of the Year: Freya Deco 365 Boudoir Lingerie Brand of the Year: Maison Close Independent Retailer of the Year: Dolci Follie Multiple Retailer of the Year: Rigby & Peller Digital Retailer of the Year: Figleaves Department Store of the Year: Selfridges Regional Department Store of the Year: Jarrold Lingerie Brand of the Year: Gossard The UK’s Favourite British Designer of the Year: Janet Reger The UK’s Favourite Lingerie Retailer of the Year: Debenhams The UK’s Favourite Lingerie Brand of the Year: Gossard Lifetime Achievement Award: Gillian Proctor
To find out more about the UK Lingerie Awards contact Marianne Trotta on 0203 176 4237 or drop her an email email@example.com You can also check out the website or send them a tweet!
Photography - James Scrivener Model - Monika Januszkiewicz MUA 足 Gemma Thompson
Photography Nigel Hollingworth – Clear Lens Photography Model Leanne Stephen - Cherri Pi
Rebecca Toplis - Photographer - Rotherham www.eaglephotography.co.uk
Photographer: Rebecca Toplis for Eagle Photography Model: Megan Lever Hair: Helen Hopwood
What is your name and where are you based? Hi, my name is Rebecca Toplis and I am from Rotherham, UK, based in the Rotherham/Sheffield area. How did you get into photography and how long have you been doing it? I got into photography about 9 years ago when I used to go to local gigs and started out doing band photography, but when I went to college I grew a passion for fashion photography, where I went on to The University of Lincoln to study it and came out with a BA(Hons) degree in Photography and Moving Image, and I have been a graduate for a year and half now. What types of photography do you do? I like to specialize in fashion photography but I enjoy doing weddings and family shoots. Do you prefer working on location or in a studio? I prefer working in a studio as it is more convenient for lighting and for the model to get changed etc, but I enjoy location shoots more as you never know what you are going to get from it and there are so many locations. What do your friends and family think of you being a photographer? My friends love me being a photographer as I am always doing shoots with them and they like the free photos at the end! My family is really supportive of me and always want to know what photo shoot I am doing from day to day and want to see the images when finished and always give me their honest opinion on them. What areas do you cover and what is the furthest place you have travelled for a shoot? I cover Rotherham as it is my home town and some areas of Sheffield, aIthough I am willing to travel, and a few places I have been are Nottingham and Bishop Auckland. What preparations do you do before a shoot? My preparations before a shoot always include a ‘to do list’ to make sure I have everything. I contact the model the day before the shoot to see if they are still up for the shoot, and if I am doing a wedding it tends to be about a week before to finalize everything. I always get my camera and gear ready the night before so it is one less thing to think about on the day. What do you think makes a good photographer? I think a good photographer has to be understanding and listen to a model and not make them do something they are not comfortable with as this will come across in the end photo that they are not comfortable, and will give the photographer a bad repetition. Also, a good photographer knows their camera inside and out and doesn’t just use the ‘auto’ setting. What's your favourite shoot you have ever done? I have too many favourite shoots to just pick one, but one of my favourites I did was a little mermaid shoot on location in an old quarry in Lincoln. The end photo came out better than I hoped for, the model was great and it was a really good day. Another one was for a competition for Chevrolet to celebrate 100 years, and I did a flapper girl beside a brand new Chevy on an old cobbled street, and this was to show how far they have come in a 100 years; this was also in Lincoln but on the famous steep hill which got a lot of attention from locals and tourists.
Photography: Trev - www.facebook.com/trev.wordley Model / MUA / Styling: Phoenix Renella
Graham Kenneth Short Fashion Photographer County Durham
Make Up Artist County Durham
Model County Durham Feature by Orla Wallis Images from the Ice Queen Shoot
Graham - photographer
Graham Kenneth Short, originally from Walkergate in Newcastle Upon Tyne, is a Durham based photographer who specialises in environmental and creative portraits. Graham's interest in photography began at an early age when he received a camera as a Christmas present. As a child, he was artistic and spent his time drawing, sketching and painting. His interest in art and photography continued right up until college where it further developed in to an interest for film and cinematography. “I studied film quite a lot in my spare time and I had ambitions to become a film director. I guess you could say I was ambitious, but also naive.” Unfortunately for Graham during this time issues with his personal life intervened and he made the decision to leave college and start working full time to support himself and his then girlfriend. Looking back, he recalls this as: “A decision I would later regret.” Despite this, Graham continued to work hard pursuing a career in retail and eventually became the manager of a city centre camping and outdoors store. However, it wasn't until after the birth of his first daughter Katie that he revisited his interest in photography: “My wife, Helen, and my mother chipped in to buy me my first 35mm SLR camera. I used this to take pictures of my little girl and this is what rekindled my interest in photography; having something gorgeous to photograph and really appreciating the value of capturing such moments on film.” With his interest revived, and with the encouragement from his wife, Graham continued practising photography in his spare time. However, it wasn't until after the hit of the recession and the loss of two jobs, one in 2008 and another in 2010, that Graham considered it could turn into something more than just a hobby: “Both of these events reinforced my desire to be my own boss and drove me onwards to get better with photography. This is when I really began to take it seriously as a potential career.” Ever since he made the decision to take his passion for photography more seriously as a career option, Graham has experimented with several different genres of photography: “For the last few years I have been trying all sorts. To date, I have found that I love photographing babies, I love photographing environmental portraits and I really love doing creative make-up and beauty portraits. ”
With several years professional experience and a lifetime of personal interest, Graham has learnt a lot about photography and believes a lot of what makes a photographer 'good' lies in the decisions that they make: “There are several choices a photographer should make about how they shoot a particular subject. These include the choice of lens, direction, power, colour, quality of light used, location and angle. All of these decisions should ultimately be consciously considered before the shutter release is pressed and all with the aim of eliciting that emotional response in the viewer that you, the artist, want to elicit.” As well as learning a lot about photography as a skill, Graham admits he has also learnt a lot about himself. He admits that: “When I'm shooting, I try to consider the emotional reaction of the viewer. I know that a viewer reacts well to a good story so I try to think through the story of the shoot and incorporate ideas that I hope will convey aspects of the story.” He adds that: “I feel quite strongly that for a photograph to be important, for it to have meaning and for it to evoke an emotional response in the viewer, it should show the viewer something that they care about. And people, by and large, care about other people, hence my preference for portraiture.” In order to prepare for a shoot Graham admits that:Photographer: “I spend time visualizing in Steve Weysthe of images Yer Tiz Photography my head, then scouring the internet for images of similar subjects, themes, style and Model: Jade Mary technique. I find Pinterest a fantastic way of gathering images for this purpose. MUA and Hair Stylist: Lien Vy My Pinterest account is my scrap book and mood board. Sometimes if I'mEuston, not sure about how to shoot Location: London something, I'll do a mock up shoot in my own time to rehearse.” Photography isn't one of the easiest professions to break in to and Graham admits that he has a lot of people to thank for their support and encouragement during his time as a photographer: “I have a lot of friends that are supportive and my family have been great throughout the last 8 years. My Mum and dad bought me my first Digital DSLR, and every Christmas or birthday the collection of gear has grown.” He adds, despite his wife Helen being a massive support and one of the main reasons he decided to pursue his career, that: “Since my photography has got to the stage where I am confident enough now to be shooting with other creatives in the local area, the green eyed monster called jealousy has reared its head a few times with my wife. Completely unnecessarily of course, but it had meant that her support for the career she pushed me to pursue in the first place has begun to wane somewhat.”
With a supportive family that have been behind him throughout the duration of his career it's hardly surprising to discover www.facebook.com/hannahjophoto that one of Graham's favourite shoots to date has been a rather personal one: “I did a family portrait session with my parents, sisters, wife, kids, brother in law and nephew, in the garden of my late Gran's bungalow. I positioned the family beneath the branches of the big apple tree we used to climb as kids. It's an important photograph to me, and when I look at it, I remember all the wise words she said to me over the years and the promises I made her.” In the future Graham hopes to continue working in photography. He added that: “If I ever do make it into fashion photography I'd love to be shooting for perfume and aftershave advertising. There is something I find fascinating about creating a photograph that conveys the mood and feeling of a scent. It SHOULD be impossible, but it IS in fact doable.” However, in the meantime, Graham is quite content having the freedom to just spend his time creating photographs that: “are so powerful they do some good in the world, even if it's something as simple as making just one person rethink their point of view, or feel inspired to take action themselves.”
Faye Hunter - model
To start with i just want to thank both Tara and Graham for letting me have the opportunity to work with them, there both super talented at what they do and deserve more recognition then what they already have. Ive been in the modelling "circle" for 3 years now and within that time iv'e had to do many concepts that combined different styles and included shooting at many various locations and having to adapt my style for the chosen concept whether it be a soft, delicate look for vintage wedding dresses, or the grudger look for 90's fashion. I had so much fun shooting this particular theme of "The White Witch" I really tried to channel all the anger that the "white witch" may of been feeling by keeping my eyes fixated and really trying to express that feeling through the "focussed look". All in all i think on everyones efforts whether it be Grahams excellent eye for a good shot or Tara's keen eye for detail with her Make Up skills we truly did recreate the Ice Witch and succeeded.
Tara Shenton - make up artist
My name is Tara Shenton and I live in Consett, Co. Durham. I started doing make up as a hobby and I am self-taught. My main job was teaching art at the time. When I got made redundant I decided to try and make a career as a make up artist. I have been doing make up now for a couple of years. I do bridal make up, glamour,p pin up, anything I’m asked really, except special FX as I’m not fully confident in that area. I love to do creative, avante garde make up most as I feel it allows me to express my artistic side. I prefer working in a studio over outdoors as I feel I can be more precise with my work when there’s the right space available. I have really high standards and it bothers me if things aren’t ‘just right’. I happily work on location if required though. My friends think it’s really cool and useful that I’m a make up artist. They all try to get in first for their make up done when we go out. My family, I’m not sure see it as a real career choice. They believe that I am talented but have watched me struggle in an over saturated market where most people seem to be doing time for print work. The night before a shoot, I organise my make up kit and make sure all my brushes are cleaned. I need to be organised like this and know that I have got everything or I can't sleep! I think there are many elements that make a good make up artist. A good eye for detail, being precise, knowledge of colour theory, being able to listen to the client and visualise the finished result. I don’t necessarily believe a make up qualification makes a good make up artist as I think in a lot of creative professions you either have ’it’ or you don’t. There’s that creative element about it that I think you can’t really teach.
find out more To find out more about Graham, Faye and Tara check out their facebook pages. Make sure you give them a like and share them with your world. Photography and Retouching - Graham Kenneth Short
www.facebook.com/Graham.Kenneth.Short.Photography Make Up Artist - Tara Shenton
www.facebook.com/tarashentonmakeupartist Model - Faye Hunter
Model: Stevie-Kay Oliver Photographer: Simon A Drew Studio: Loud And Flashy Ashington
John Ivey - Fashion / Glamour Photographer firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is John Ivey, I specialise in Fashion and Glamour photography. I was privileged to do a BIO a few issues back in CT Magazine, so this time I'm just going talk about the photos. I was requested early October 2013 by my agent to provide a number of sets for Winter releases. The first images of model Sharon Chapman I took on location at the Royal William Yard, Devon; it’s a wonderful historic location with strong cold granite, old wooden doors, rusty nails and powerful lines wherever you look. We went with a theme of Russia with Love. Prior to the shoot we visited the location and looked at potential spots. I took notes of weather conditions, time of day and where shadows were falling, hoping the weather would remain the same or close to the conditions. On the day of the shoot we left early and arrived at the location for about 7.30am. One of my decisions was to use as much natural light as possible and get bounce from other buildings as being white / grey granite they added to my desire to capture very soft shots, and so I needed that first light to wrap gently around the beauty of Sharon's face. We moved from location to location and ended up in the residents’ accommodation, the entrance leading to the hall being very powerful but the light was dreadful, so being a bit disappointed, we decided to explore a little and just started going up flights of stairs till we couldn’t go further. There was this little window with such soft light coming through its dusty glass which was helping to soften light even more, and I knew I had to take full advantage for its pure simplicity and divine light. This was one of those moments when it all comes together and the light creates the magic. I would rate this still as one of my favourite portraits with natural light. Model: Fiona York
Colette Bray excels as a professional model and I had the great pleasure to work with her on a number of projects. As I mentioned earlier, I needed sets for my agent and some other magazines, and so I was hoping to complete this shoot. However, with such mild weather, mother nature did not want to give up its glory to the very last moment, keeping me on edge at all times, each night hoping for a really good frost with zero wind producing the gold and reds in leaves, what we consider Autumn. After what seemed ages, she prevailed in her wilderness, which fell amazingly on the weekend Colette was down. We had already talked and discussed prior to the shoot so she brought down a number of Autumn and Winter outfits. We left early on the first day of the shoot making our way to a local place of beauty where I knew there be a great back drop of foliage and the sun should just be high enough to embrace the colours and make them pop out without draining the colour. Over the next couple of hours we moved swiftly around this location taking advantage of the good light and shadows, but by late morning, after a lot of moving around, we called it a wrap and moved on to the studio to do a number of fashion shots. Later that evening I was able view the dayâ€™s work and I was happy with the Autumn set. The images just needed post production now, and so I turned my thoughts and focused on the following morning for the Winter shoot. As with all my shoots, I leave early, but today for two reasons, one being the light and secondly, I was shooting in built up areas so wanted quite peaceful streets. I knew one of the Winter jackets out of the collection that Colette had brought with her was a very strong bold blue which gave me deep concern, as it can be an unflattering colour and extremely difficult to place into a location being so powerful, so I needed a structure with power, lines and simplicity. Not to lose either the model or back drop, I choose a local shopping mall, which ticked all the boxes, and as a bonus had blue lines running through it completing to each other, and so on this shot I decided to shoot more harsh and bold with brought in flash. In postproduction I changed the angle to increase the desired result of a more pleasing dramatic feel of fashion. Model: Colette Bray
Behind the Scenes: North West Makeup Artist & Stylist Jane Bellis â€“ Winter Creative Shoot
Photography: StuArtful Â Models: Jasmine Barnet, Rebecca Cisson Mua: Jane Bellis Paperself Lashes, Bellissimo Cosmetics, CND Creative Colour Pigments This is the part of my job I love the most: collaborating with photographers, models and designers on specialist shoots that really get the creative juices flowing! The latest outdoor, primal, grungy winter shoot has to be one of my all time favourites with free reign on location, outfits and hair/makeup. We really had a great likeminded team which shows through the fabulous final shots! After meeting model Jasmine Barnett at Liverpool Fashion Week, where the look - although very beautiful - was also very mainstream for us alternative kinds, so we decided it would be great to get together and do something really different. Over the space of a month, Jasmine, myself, photographer Stu and our other model Rebecca went backwards and forwards with mood board ideas and costume designs (the very talented Jasmine designed and made everything herself), and I scouted the area for locations which would be both suitable for the concept and easily accessible with all of our gear!
On the run up to the day of the shoot we all realised how cold the weather had suddenly become and played around with the idea of shooting in a studio â€“ but the girls were adamant that they could handle it and the rough, rural outdoors was what we needed to get the winning shots! We used my salon as a base on the day to get the girls ready, which caused quite a stir with my regulars I can tell you! When it comes to creative hair & makeup I am nearly always out on location or studio based so although people get to see the finished result, they very rarely get to see behind the scenes! When we started adding hair pieces and twigs and the amazing Paperself Lashes who kindly sent us some of their beautiful creative eyelashes to use, nobody could concentrate on what they were doing and all eyes were on the unusual goings on in the makeup area!
I have all the respect in the world for models like Jasmine and Rebecca who will suffer the elements and be open to all sorts of ideas without complaining once if it means creating a beautiful shot, even more so when the coats and shoes came off and the tiny pieces of leather and fur came out on display in the middle of a forest on the coldest day of the year! We had the girls climbing up trees and on stone walls, in castle ruins and barefoot on muddy ground in all sorts of awkward positions, and they managed it with elegance and grace and without a single complaint as I watched on in my furry boots and warm coat â€“ hats off to you girls!
I’ve always enjoyed working on location as I feel it offers greater creative freedom than the confines of a studio – however it does provide us muas & stylists with some problems, not least carrying kit bags over turnstyles, up steps and through fields of cows – and then having to find a flat surface to work from in the wind and the cold, but I love the challenge and am always armed with my trusty tool belt which I try to keep on as much as possible at all times – you never know what you might need! Photographers always amaze me on location shoots, I’m very good at interpreting a concept and mood board into Hair & Makeup terms but am always in awe of photographers such as Stuart who manage to carry all their gear and set up a shot with lighting and angles so perfect that the ideas you have had swimming round in your head instantly come to life in the most spectacular way. My heart was in my mouth a few times when he balanced on the edge of a high stone wall in order to get the shot he wanted, but as always, the end result was well worth the trouble it took to get there. We had a great couple of hours playing in the woods, up trees and in the old castle ruins and the most important part I play in these situations is keeping a close eye once the shot is set up for stray hairs, makeup touch ups, and of course wardrobe malfunctions! Although the biggest part of a mua/stylist's job is done prior to the shoot, taking the blank canvas and using their creative skills to achieve the required look – the job is far from done, and you need to be there on hand for the duration of the shoot (no matter how cold it might be, or tempting to go and get coffee!) It’s like the makeup artist or hairdresser that travels to a bride on her wedding morning and does her stuff before shooting back to the salon leaving the poor bride to get herself into her dress and disturb her newly applied hair & makeup! Half a job won’t guarantee you the results you need to become recognised as professional and credible in your field, and I like to pride my success over the years on that attention to detail. Once back at the salon, so the girls could defrost, we decided we couldn’t waste the opportunity to use the salon space for the last hour as a mock ‘studio’ and get the girls lit differently for some alternative looks. This gave me the chance to tweak their looks and get even more creative which of course doesn’t take me much convincing!
After all the hard work and preparation, I absolutely love the finished result â€“ I love the fact that the addition of the fabulous Paperself Lashes that were used in the recent Hunger Games films, along with the use of some CND creative pigment powder (originally created for nails!) allowed us to create something really ususual and beautiful. Pushing the boundaries and looking for new ways to creative images is what fuels my passion for creative makeup and has done for the past 17 year â€“ my brain is now whirling with ideas for the next one!
Model : Belle Noir Photography: David Clic
Liz Coles - Photographer - Cornwall
www.facebook.com/LizColesPhotography What is your name and where are you based? Hi my name is Liz Coles and I’m based in Saltash, Cornwall. How did you get into photography and how long have you been doing it? I’ve been doing photography on and off since I was about 12-13 alongside my dad. I went to Pcad Plymouth College of Art and did some courses on digital photography and studio lighting which sort of grabbed me and I enrolled on a level 3 photography course and then onto a FD degree course. What types of photography do you do? I do pin up, fashion, family portraits and soon, pet portraits. Have you photographed any well known brands or names? I did the catwalk for PCad last year for the fashion students. I’ve had my photos published in Now & Forever magazine and also one photo in Bizarre magazine. Do you prefer working on location or in a studio? I prefer to work in the studio as I find that's my comfort zone, although I have done location as well. What areas do you cover and what is the furthest place you have travelled for a shoot? I will travel wherever I’m needed and the most I’ve travelled so far is Barnstable and Crediton, Exeter and Bristol. What preparations do you do before a shoot? Charge my batteries, clean my lens, make sure I have what I need for the shoot, like memory cards etc. Making sure the hair and make up artists are all prepared and that the model has what she needs.
Model: Danni Rundle Photography: Liz Coles Portraits
Model: Melissa finch Photography: Liz Coles Portraits
Model: Adele Green Photography: Liz Coles Portraits MUAH: Trude Bosence Barnstable
What do you think makes a good photographer? Someone that spends time with the client and listens to what they want to achieve from the shoot as well as yourself. Whatâ€™s your favourite shoot you have ever done? My all time favourite shoot was with the talented photographer John Farrar, doing a shoot with him was absolutely amazing and we have become great friends. Another favourite shoot was a maternity bump shoot with a fellow photographer and chocolate shoot. Who is your favourite fashion designer and why? Alice Vandy is awesome as she produces great clothing and is also a Cornish girl who designs clothes that are out of this world. I was asked to photograph a fashion catwalk in Newquay but it was bad timing for me unfortunately. Iâ€™d like to thank Trude Bosence for all the hard work she does for me with hair and make up. Also like to thank all the models for their time and effort with me.
Kevin Chiswell - Photographer
Model: Josi Way
Photographer: David Clic Model: Belle Noir