Shoe: UK size 8.5
Caelan is an up and coming fitness model from the naval town of Southampton. He started working out at his local gym in July of last year, and has since seen vast improvements to his physique. As his hard work started to pay off, Caelan began to give fitness modelling a go, and has already received much interest. He is also looking at entering competitions next year, and one day hopes to be a future Mr Olympia in the Men’s Physique Division. As one of his favourite quotes states, “Never let anyone or anything come between you and your dream.” Although his fitness career is beginning, Caelan will be continuing with his studies and hopes to attend Bath University. Eventually Caelan hopes to be living and working over in Australia.
I travelled down to the coast to shoot with Caelan and shot in the picturesque Victoria Country Park, and made great use of the beach area and small marina. His prior shoots have all been strictly fitness based, but he quickly adapted to the different ideas and the final images are some of my personal favourites. The images are a mix of mine and Caelan’s choices from the shoot – when I received his selection, I was happy to see that it closely matched my own. Often when shooting with models used to fitness, there can be a fine line between showing off the model’s physique and the artistic side of the image as a whole – so it’s great when both these factors blend seamlessly.
It only took Caelan a couple of weeks to prepare his physique for the shoot. He says one of his tips is that the key to a great body starts in the kitchen, and that diet is 70% of the work. The gym takes the other 30%! I look forward to watching Caelan’s progress and successes over time, and hopefully to shoot again for other projects.
10 Random Questions with Caelan…
Life in Living Color: What songs are on your gym playlist?
Caelan Dillon: My gym playlist purely consists of Drum and Bass! Got to get that extra ear pump while working out. Sub Focus – Turn Back Time is my all time favourite to work out to!
LiLC: What terrible song or movie do you secretly love?
CD: I have to say I have a soft spot for The Notebook, it gets me welling up every time!
LiLC: What’s the most unusual name you’ve heard?
CD: Well, my own! Although it’s original, it’s notoriously hard to pronounce. Try saying my name like this: ‘Kay-Lan’
LiLC: If you and your best friend both wanted the same thing, would you let him have it?
CD: No, I’d have to have it!
LiLC: What’s your karaoke song?
CD: My favourite karaoke song has to be Naive by The Kooks. I’ve become a master at singing it due to all the hours I’ve been singing it in the shower.
LiLC: Do you have any unusual fears or phobias?
CD: My biggest phobia has to be of the unknown. I’m one of those people who would 100% take the opportunity to see what their future has in store for them.
LiLC: What city would you like to live in?
CD: It has to be Bath. Beautiful city and the high street is packed with shops!
LiLC: What’s your morning routine?
CD: My morning routine mainly consists of trying to force myself out of bed then running for the bus because I overslept!
LiLC: Would you be a dinosaur or a dragon?
CD: A dragon! Because then I could fly.
LiLC: What’s your most annoying gym habit?
CD: It has to be walking around the gym and catching a glimpse of my pump in the mirror, then suddenly performing all these poses to ‘check out my conditioning’ haha.
Enjoy the images below, and if you’d like to get in touch with Caelan, then e-mail email@example.com with “Caelan Dillon” as the subject header.
Shoe: UK size 8
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Hazel/ brown
Several months ago Liam messaged me through my Facebook page to ask about modelling opportunities. At the time I didn’t have anything available, but liked Liam’s look and invited him to keep in touch – especially as he lives only a couple of miles away from me. A previous shoot was set up, but due to a change of heart it was postponed. Liam kept in contact, looking for advice in getting into modelling as a career. I pointed him in the direction of accredited agencies. I had a last minute cancellation and invited Liam to shoot that very afternoon. He jumped at the opportunity and we spent the afternoon shooting.
Liam’s self-confidence and enthusiasm made for a great shoot. As a person he’s very comfortable with himself which was a lot of fun to work with. He took direction well and threw lots of his own personality into the mix and I hope to work with him again before too long. Liam plays football (striker CF) for Farnborough Town FC which explains his great physique that he’s very proud of. Surprisingly he’s not a big gym-goer, but prefers to keep in shape through his sports.
10 Random Questions with Liam…
Life in Living Color: If you were famous, what would it be for?
Liam Richer: A professional footballer!
LiLC: Do you train at the gym alone or with a partner?
LR: I don’t go to the gym.
LiLC: What would be in your dream sandwich?
LR: Something with high protein… a meaty sandwich.
LiLC: What was the last film you saw and who with?
LR: The Fast and The Furious 6, with my best friend.
LiLC: Have you ever entered a talent competition?
LR: I ‘ve never entered a competition.
LiLC: What do you wear to bed?
LR: A tiger onezie… or just underwear.
LiLC: Which famous people can you impersonate?
LR: I can’t do any impressions!
LiLC: What’s the most expensive item you’ve bought out of your own pocket?
LR: My Nike Air Max 90 trainers.
LiLC: What was the last song you listened to?
LR: 50 Cent – feat The Game – hate it or love it.
LiLC: What’s the last practical joke you played on someone?
LR: A slap-cam. It didn’t end too well.
Enjoy the images below, and if you’d like to get in touch with Liam, then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with “Liam Richer” as the subject header.
It’s time to vote for your favourite Model of the Week from the month of February. I’ve worked with some great models this month, so check out their various photos on the Previous Models of the Week tab, and in the blog posts and cast your vote for Karl, Ben, Jack or Charlie. Voting will also open on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!
While chatting with a guy I worked with early last year, I mentioned I was looking out for models for the new Model of the Week series. He was quick to suggest a good friend of his, Charlie Wheelhouse, who had recently been signed with Paulo-Ribeiro Management in London. Despite being my youngest model so far, Charlie was everything you could ask for from a professional model – from turning up right on time, to being flexible and keen to work in front of the camera as well as a natural easy-going personality. While definitely not a sportsman myself, I’ve been keen to do a few sports related shoots, and the theme of basketball came to mind. Unknown to me, Charlie was previously on a team and knew the game well – and how to pose with the ball even better.
Charlie was spotted by a model scout in Bromley, Kent while shopping, and was invited to come to the agency to test. He’s currently on the new faces board, and has done several shoots with various photographers – including the popular Boys by Girls series. He’s looking forward to the opportunities in the future that come with age and experience. He’s also studying media, and hopes to go into that field alongside modelling.
We settled on Battersea Park as the shoot location, a place I’d never been to before – and one I’ll definitely visit again. It’s a huge park that contains a childrens zoo, an athletics centre, a huge Chinese pagoda and beautiful lake complete with waterfall. After visiting the park, we managed to get a few shots on the Chelsea Bridge, linking Battersea with Victoria. Charlie just happened to bring along a great baseball jersey that perfectly matched the colours of Chelsea Bridge.
10 Random Questions with Charlie…
LiLC: What’s the tallest building you’ve ever been to the top of?
CW: Big Ben, on my tenth birthday.
LiLC: What’s your first thought upon waking up?
CW: Where’s the food at?
LiLC: What do you do to prepare for a photoshoot?
CW: Just stick my headphones in on my way to the shoot and listen to some tunes! Mainly listen to The XX and just zone out on the train.
LiLC: If you were Prime Minister, what’s the first law you would pass?
CW: I would make pet tigers legal. That would be awesome!
LiLC: What toppings would be on your dream pizza?
CW: Donna Kebab and chorizo… heaven!
LiLC: What are you scared of?
CW: I’m so scared of dying… I wish they would hurry up and invent an invincibility potion!
LiLC: What would you do if you won the lottery?
CW: I would buy a stupid amount of animals and make my own little private zoo. But only the cool dangerous animals… like snakes and lizards.
LiLC: What’s on your fridge door?
CW: Nothing, it’s boring!
LiLC: Who was the last person to send you a text message?
CW: T-Mobile telling me that my 3G has almost run out. No such thing as “unlimited internet.”
Enjoy the images below, and if you’d like to get in touch with Charlie, then e-mail email@example.com with “Charlie Wheelhouse” as the subject header. If you’re interested in working with Charlie, then visit his board at PRM Agency.
Last year I had an awesome shoot with aspiring fitness model Declan Rath. Regular followers of my work will be familiar with the striking images we shot with his motorbike and leathers. At the time of the shoot, Declan was training with a young but promising fitness model by the name of Jack Godfrey. Over the past year, Jack’s already great physique kept improving, until he was ready to start shooting. This was Jack’s first photoshoot, fitness or otherwise. He quickly took to being in front of the lens and was a keen and eager model to work with. Over this year, Jack is looking forward to entering several fitness and physique competitions. As well as this, he is currently in college and in the future hopes to pursue a career within the police force.
Coincidentally, our shoot took place in the same place as Declan Rath’s – an army training ground bordering Surrey and Hampshire. It’s a great place to shoot, with a variety of backgrounds and woodland areas. On the day of the shoot much of the training ground was in use, but we made great use of the surrounding areas, and the floodwaters made an interesting and unusual setting for some of the images.
10 Random Questions with Jack…
LiLC: Do you have any scars, and how did they occur?
JG: I have a scar across my eyebrow. Why? I went down the stairs on a wheely chair.
LiLC: Tell us a joke…
JG: How did the Italian chef die? He pasta way…
LiLC: What are you most proud of?
JG: Achieving my physique, I have trained very hard.
LiLC: Have you ever been in a newspaper?
JG: Yes, headline: GODFREY IS HATTRICK HERO!
LiLC: Who would you like to play you in the movie of your life?
JG: Tom Cruise.
LiLC: Do you have any lucky items?
JG: My bear, Honey. He’s a lad.
LiLC: What websites do you visit often?
JG: Por… Facebook.
LiLC: What’s your favourite athletic brand?
JG: Hench Nutrition or Nike.
LiLC: If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
JG: A T-Rex, they go fully in!
Enjoy the images below, and if you’d like to get in touch with Jack, then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with “Jack Godfrey” as the subject header.
Illustrations by Matt Skingsley
Recently, I have had the pleasure of getting to know a talented young artist by the name of Matt Skingsley. We met through the social media giant that is Instagram – a perfect creative platform for both of us to use. Matt’s work is varied and diverse, and stunningly beautiful. Part of the appeal are his deceptively simple outlines, and clean backgrounds, allowing his subjects to take centre stage. Looking through his portfolio you can find a great mix of famous faces (and bodies) such as Samuel L Jackson, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga – as well as a host of models and well, beautiful people.
Last year upon returning from a trip to South East Asia, Matt made the courageous leap of faith to leave the monotony of a safe 9-5 position, and make a career out his art. His love for his work clearly shines through in all he does, whether it be magazines, bridal invitations, celebrity portraits or personal commissions. Matt surprised me with a beautiful portrait of one of my photographs of Lee Aaron Williams recently – and hopefully will be the start of a great professional relationship!
Check out Matt Skingsley’s work at the following places:
City: Dudley, West Mids
Height: 6ft 2in
Shoe: 12 UK
I spotted Ben on Instagram a while ago, and thought he would be a great addition to my Model of the Week series, and I’m sure you will agree. After leaving a request on Ben’s profile, I thought nothing would come of it, until I received the first e-mail moments later. Despite being quite a distance from London, he was happy to do the shoot, and even used the time in London for a family shopping spree on Oxford Street. Ben is a regular gym goer, and generally will visit three or four times a week and takes good care of himself. In addition to the training, he attends college and in the future hopes to be found in the Financial District of London as a stockbroker – hopefully with plenty of modelling on the side.
With the widespread floods and highest rainfall in years, we were initially concerned about whether the weather would co-operate, and kept an eye on the ever-changing forecast. Despite some muddy ground, we found Mother Nature to be on our side and got a great mix of sun and shade. The shoot took place around The Hub in Regent’s Park, a fantastic sports facility. For those not familiar with London, Regent’s Park covers 410 acres and includes London Zoo and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – a popular venue for musical revivals and Shakespeare performances. On arrival, we were greeted by over a hundred Boston Terriers, out on a regular dog-walk meet up.
We shot a variety of looks, in jeans and sportswear – a particular favourite of mine was Ben’s parka coat, and we got some stunning close up images that I hope you’ll love! Check them out in the gallery below.
10 Random Questions with Ben…
Life in Living Color: What was your favourite childhood vacation?
Ben Robinson: When I went to Walt Disney World in Florida, when I was 8 years old
LiLC: What is your most essential appliance?
BR: My phone, I probably couldn’t live without it!
LiLC: What hair products do you use?
BR: I use Lynx hair gel and Moroccan oil
LiLC: Tell me about your dance skills…
BR: My dance skills are terrible, I cannot throw shapes
LiLC: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
BR: I’d love to go to Italy, the food there must be amazing!
LiLC: What do you have for breakfast?
BR: A bagel, banana, yoghurt and orange juice every morning
LiLC: What’s your favourite quote or saying?
BR: “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”
LiLC: If you could speak another language, what would it be?
BR: I’d love to speak Italian
LiLC: What nicknames do you have?
KH: My nickname at college is ‘Selfie Ben’
LiLC: What’s the most annoying song in the world?
BR: Baby by Justin Bieber will always be the most annoying song ever!
Enjoy the images below, and if you’d like to get in touch with Ben, then e-mail email@example.com with “Ben Robinson” as the subject header.
Due to the popularity of other offers, I am pleased to announce my February Sale starting today – for one week only!
EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE INCLUDES
2-3 hour location shoot
6 fully retouched and styled images of your choice
Special discount on any extra images
Contact me quickly to take advantage of the offer, as I will be offering only a limited number of shoots at this price. Make sure to read the terms and conditions below, and feel free to get in touch with any questions.
50% deposit required by Tuesday 18th February 2014, with balance payable by the date of the shoot
6 images are included in the price. Any extra images are chargeable at a special discounted rate.
Shoot must be taken between February 18th 2014 and April 20th 2014.
Shoot locations included: Central London, Guildford, Woking, Ash Vale, Reading, Basingstoke and Farnham. Other locations may incur travel cost.
Shoots are self-styled, makeup artists or hair stylists are available but will incur extra charge
Every shoot I do is unique and treated on a very individual basis, I look forward to hearing from you so that we can work together!
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Height: 5ft 8in, 173cm
Shoe: 9 UK
Hair: Dark brown
Karl is an actor-model from the city of Liverpool, and has worked in the worlds of stage, television and film from a young age, recently appearing in the acclaimed production of The Ciggie Run by John Evans. In December, Karl put his modelling skills to great use and released his own calendar, which sold out within a month of being on sale. I contacted him for an exciting new project that I will be working on throughout the year, and arranged to shoot with him as part of the project. We shot some fantastic images, most of which will not be released until the project is complete, however I arranged with Karl to feature him as Model of the Week to preview just a few photographs. He has a very loyal fan base through social media, and we just can’t keep everybody waiting for so long! Luckily, Karl was visiting London to take part in Soccer Six, so I was fortunate enough to be able to work with him and Gemma, a member of Karl’s wonderful management team.
Prior to the shoot, we felt that an urban feel would best suit Karl’s personality, and where more urban to shoot than central London? I am often deliberately vague when it comes to clothing suggestions for my models – I like to see what they bring along and let that assist in the direction of the shoot. Karl’s clothing theme was black, black or black – and he brought along a variety of stylish outfits, with a little splash of colour here and there. I have to note that Karl’s footwear was pretty awesome and worked great with the urban theme. Karl worked well on a cold and rainy day and completely put his trust in my various ideas – while putting in several of his own. Some of our favourites from the set were shot on the iconic Millennium Bridge, providing a link across the Thames from the Tate Gallery to St. Paul’s Cathedral, and you can see a few of these below. Other images were shot in Leake Street. Regular viewers to my website will recognise this great location – which is transformed every single day by talented graffiti artists from across London. It’s one of several locations in London, where graffiti as art is welcomed and encouraged – providing an exciting and dynamic hidden art gallery.
10 Random Questions with Karl…
Life in Living Color: How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Karl Hughes: 42
LiLC: If you were a superhero, what would your superpowers be?
KH: Super strength and flight
LiLC: What was your last dream about?
KH: I was in a world full of candy, and I saved the planet by eating the Candy Monster!
LiLC: Tell us about your cooking skills…
KH: I’m fantastic at cooking… microwave food.
LiLC: What’s your favourite film and why?
KH: I can’t pick one film, as I have a new favourite every year
LiLC: Who are your current or all-time favourite music artists?
KH: Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber
LiLC: Would you ever go on Big Brother?
KH: Never say never!
LiLC: What’s the worst sound in the world?
KH: My mum’s hoover
LiLC: How often do you buy new clothes?
KH: Whenever I have money
LiLC: If you could ask your future self one question, what would it be?
KH: What is your profession?
LiLC: How long could you go without talking?
KH: 30 seconds. If that.
Enjoy the images below, and keep your eyes open for more news on our exciting project! If you’d like to get in touch with Karl, then e-mail email@example.com with “Karl Hughes” as the subject header.