It's by no means finished and I already have a LOT of brand new photos to add to it, bits and pieces to edit and sort out and general perfectionism-type tweaking and tampering to do (I also really need to work out how to make the contact form work!), but I decided it was silly to wait until some magical moment when it became 'perfect' before uploading it, as a) people keep asking me where my website is, and b) there will never come such a moment. I also intend to update it fairly regularly, so it will always be a work in progress in a sense.
The beautiful image on my homepage was created by Pat Brennan of www.moonmomma.co.uk. I was absolutely blown away when I saw her interpreation of a photograph of me taken by Keith Cooper. I had waffled to her vaguely about the possibility of something twinkly and unique, having admired her enchanted style for a long time, and she knew exactly what to do. I couldn't be more thrilled and grateful! Go and visit her website if you haven't already!
I have twelve individual, themed galleries on my new website. Please go and check it out!
The following shots, taken by Rebecca Parker (Moonmomma's daughter!) at Ravenshaw, near Birmingam, will go into the 'Faerie' gallery. Becky came along to a shoot I did with Tim Pile and also did the make up for me here (and the headdressing).
(Tangent: I was so inspired by Becky's incredible, enormous make up palettes... again... that I've just gone and ordered my own from ebay. There's a Hong Kong based shop on there which does the most incredible range of professional quality make up at incredibly cheap prices. I am so excited, having just ordered 96 colourful eyeshadows in a range of shimmer/matte textures, 88 nude/brown eyeshadows, 66 lip colours and 28 blushers. Considering how slimline and light the palettes are, with their glossy lids with mirrors inside, this will, believe it or not, probably weigh less than my current more mis-fitting make up collection, and possibly even take up less space.) I absolutely love having my make up done by other people, not because I'm not skilled at it (I'm pretty good at it, having had years of experience doing it on myself), but because it's always interesting to see what choices other people make when considering your face and colouring. I would never think to use peach eyeshadow on myself as I generally suit cooler tones better than warm ones, but Becky made it look incredible.
Tim and Becky are good friends and often shoot together nowadays; I think they make an excellent team. Their complementary approaches mean they can help each other consider fresh ideas without overlapping too much and getting the same images. Becky is interested in portraiture and beauty (amongst other things), focussing on the emotion and expression of the model, while Tim has a wonderful eye for the larger picture, spotting locations with eye-catching potential and using shapes and perspectives to create a scene in which the model can insert herself. They are both great to work with and the location, a peaceful never-ending garden with bridges, lakes, reeds was simply beautiful. Such a relaxing place to be in.
Anyway, I very much hope to be able to show some images from Tim soon, to show what I mean, but, for now (finally, I'm getting to the evidence) here are some from Becky which show me as a bit of a faerie queen. :)