Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Gregory Brown and John Evans

I'd admired both of their portfolios pretty much since I'd started modelling. We'd all spoken plenty of times before about potential bookings and finally managed to get the diaries together recently, which I was really excited about! I love their quirky props, the twisted shapes, the counterpoint in their work at which classicism meets weirdness... and the way the light wraps so beautifully around the models they photograph (I should probably mention that while I'm talking about both of them, they do shoot separately, one-on-one; for this shoot, I shot with Gregory while John shot with another model, then we swapped half way). I couldn't wait to see what location was in store for me; I'd originally been booked for a studio shoot, but things were changed at the last minute and it turned out to be an enormous, half derelict house, bought by a friend of Gregory and in the gradual process of being restored... So, huge scope for interesting shots!

Here are some of me by Gregory Brown (there are a couple of shots which appear in colour and in b&w, as I'm struggling to choose in these cases... Please comment if you are more decisive than me and have a favourite!):




Bongos in the window:

John Evans also sent me some photos. We couldn't resist the purple wall:
More pointe shoes:
And some doorways:

And THEN.... It turned out that the guy whose house we were shooting in was in fact a British champion helicopter pilot. When he offered me a quick spin in his purple helicopter, I could hardly say no, could I? England drives me mad sometimes, but seeing it from the sky is a beautiful reminder of how wonderful the land is. Such an amazing experience!!! These are from my camera:

 My hand - I'm flying the thing!!

The location (and my little brum brum):

I didn't actually realise Russell was quite the pro he was until afterwards... Bit scary when at the end of the flight around Warwickshire he claimed not to be very good at landing on grass, and seemed quite worried, telling me to brace myself for a skiddy landing, etc.... Eeek! What a tease. I didn't even feel the touchdown. Ha!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Sunday Times

The CD featuring my face - Schubert's Schwanengesang (Gilchrist and Tilbrook) - was reviewed in the Sunday Times yesterday. :-) It's an image taken from my shoot with Patrick Allen in May. Small moments of fame...

Saturday, 25 September 2010


One of the things that attracted me to working with Iain was his ability to create beautiful, light-filled, 'airy', soft glamour images, which are very fresh and romantic. These are more seductive than I usually do, granted, but they're still pretty tame and relatively innocent, and I'll never go beyond this limit.

First, some retro/vintage/pretty-style lingerie:


The following are from the final set we did. A bit raunchier than anything I usually do! I love the fiery set up.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Diamante and Pearls, Ribbon and Ruching, Beads and Blushes

I know, I know, it's been ages since I've updated! I've had a lot of exciting shoots recently but am reluctant to post without the images - hopefully I'll be able to remedy this soon!

Anyway, I was lucky enough to be asked recently to model for the new 2011 collection of Chanticleer wedding dresses, each made by the extremely talented bridal designer Tracey Salt in Cheltenham. One look at the Chanticleer website and I knew this would be a wonderful day; the dresses are exquisite.

We shot at Badger Farm, having stayed over the night before in the cottage. It was such a varied, beautiful location; the views all around were amazing (as you can see in one of the images below). It was a brilliant case of everyone pulling their weight and doing their bit; 2 models and 18 dresses to get through in one day (11 hours!), all with different hair and make up, and each needing help to get into and out of each dress, trains carried for walking outside between locations, beautiful shoes carried until the last moment for minimal mud-sinking, fluffy robes held to be thrown on between sets (there was a very cold wind on the day!)... We were well looked after! All in all, the shots below are due to the brilliant teamwork of the following:

Designer: Tracey Salt (Chanticleer)
Assistant: Natalie Russell (Chanticleer)
Photography team: Chris and Claire Hanley
Make up: Hannah Raison
Hair: James
Beautiful and lovely other model: Rachel Hetherington
Thanks also to Liz Parker, Tracey's mum, and for the gorgeous jewellery and shoes (which I don't have a link for but may be found via the Chanticleer website).

The theme of the collection is 'Back to Nature'. Each of the 18 dresses is named after a fairy. Cute or what! Here are the 9 dresses I modelled...









If you like what you see and are feeling bridally inclined, you can visit visit both Chanticleer and Chris Hanley Photography at this year's National wedding Show at the NEC, from October 8-10th October.

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Behind the scenes... :-)

 The Eeyore robe I fell in love with. WARM:

My mug:

 The princess dress, Oriana (Hhm, earring still with its tag on):

Tracey (designer) getting rather hands-on with my underskirt... I love my face in this. I don't think I'm totally sure what's happening to me.

'Get me to the location on time!'