Sunday, 23 August 2015

A story full of sea

Having spent this morning unpacking from yesterday's trip and re-packing for tomorrow's, and while listening to Eska's debut album (she fits somewhere between Joni Mitchell and Laura Mvula, I think; though those elements are disparate and she very much does her own, unique thing!), I thought I'd show some photos I've just received. In April, I was able to fit in a shoot with Perry (Imagesse), who I've worked with many, many times now, while in Cornwall primarily for another shoot for The Wool Company. We always end up in some very beautiful places (often beaches!) and I love his storytelling imagination which whirs while I pose. In fact, these images were delivered to my inbox yesterday with a long story written to accompany them! In between the images below, there are some snippets of his words and phrases...

'...When I was walking a quiet section of the coast path on the rugged wreckers coast...Somehow I had stumbled on a secret cove...'

'I made my way down a set of steep steps ...I found myself absolutely alone in that pure new world...'

'...The rhythmic mantra of the ocean...'

'...I made my way, to the glowing brightness which led me out of the cave...'

'...I discerned something else...' 

'...something smooth and curvaceous...' 

'...moving through the cove...'

'...My mind started to work overtime...' 

'...if she had not come from the land...' 

'...she must have come from the sea...'

'...she remained in my vision...'

'...then she turned and walked purposely towards the sea...'

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Balancing Act

I've just finished packing for my third shoot with a photographer who's working with me this time in my nearby ancient woodland tomorrow morning, just for an hour. Having amused myself with the curation of some very fanciful outfits (I love it when I'm given free rein with styling, even if there are only so many sets you can get through in such a quick session!), I thought I'd update with some images sent to me which were taken in Vienna.

(I need to get myself back to Vienna again soon - SO much to see and do there!)

As you can imagine, some of these were a bit challenging, but challenges are fun, are they not? :-)

(Organisation and set design by Roland Pum)

By Peter Eibler:

By Manfred Klejna:

More by Peter Eibler:

Hope you are all having wonderfully balanced weeks.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Hot Earth & Hammocks

Two blog posts in one day? I just had this urge to show you these, too, after being shown the hammock image during a little trip to Germany (which had me modelling for what I know will be some very special images! Can't wait for those chemicals to do their thing...) - I bought a hammock in Costa Rica (with beautiful design and colours, lugged back very happily in my treasure-filled backpack) and am just waiting for that perfect garden with that perfect arrangement of hammock-able trees... It'll be worth the wait. :-)

By Steven Billups:

(With the wonderful Meghan)

Bluebellia and filmic head flicks

The lovely Rob Ellis came to visit me in Oxfordshire when the bluebells were out, and did some marvellous things with different cameras and effects... I love these!

 (I also think this next one is kinda cool, where I'm just wearing my big padded coat and a head flick...)

(Head flick sans coat...)

Monday, 13 July 2015

Awakening Sun: Early Portraits

A couple of days ago, I shocked the various animals in my vicinity - yes, as anyone following me on instagram will know, I am basically Cinderella (minus the mice, thankfully, as cute as Gus-Gus is) - and got up at a casual 4.30am. When I get up this early it's usually:

1. some ridiculous TV/film call-time, upon arrival at which I am usually dressed in some corset or other and left to roam for tea until things get moving.


2. a sunrise shoot!

At the moment, I'm doing some lovely little shoots around my local woodland (about 5 mins from my house) in Oxfordshire, and it's just one of those facts of life that the light gets a bit magical either early or late. I emphatically do not consider myself a morning person, but I definitely quite like feeling like you've done a 'day's' work by the time most people are getting around to having some breakfast, and it can be such a peaceful experience, so I actually quite like morning shoots.

This particular blogging exposé comes with some images taken by Paul Lock, who wanted to focus on portraits in the morning sun and has already sent me some gems.

(I did the make up myself and am wearing in some of the shots a headpiece made by one of the lovely ladies at Chanticleer Brides the first time I modelled some of their beautiful wedding dresses, a million years ago.)

I can't not mention the fact that this shoot was Paul's first ever outdoor shoot with a model. I think the images are extra-impressive bearing that in mind!

(Oh, and further to the Cinderella thing, we saw a beautiful deer in the field, which gazed calmly at us for a while before sashaying away through the crops, and at the end, I turned around and saw a very interested cow watching me.)

Without further a-moo (sorry I'm not sorry):