As regular visitors to Life in Living Color will notice, I enjoy working with a wide variety of models from a range of different backgrounds, including performers, fitness models, fashion models and even newcomers to the modelling world. The fitness world in particular is a very tight community and while it’s very competitive, the people are generally very supportive of each other and are welcoming into their network. Charlie is no exception to the rule and is particularly professional, not just in regards to the shoot, but also in regards to his interaction with his social media followers. You can find him on Facebook at CharlieLondonFitness.
I invited Charlie down for the shoot, and as he was coming a fair way invited him to bring along a friend along. It turned out he knew my friend and previous model Chris Baxter and was meeting him anyway for a shoot with Beyond Genetics. Chris is always fun to shoot with, and I made sure to get a few duo shots that you can see in the gallery below. Many of the shoot suggestions were Charlie’s, prior to arriving he sent along a few images as a mood board and we worked with those as well as a few spur-of-the-moment ideas.
Outside of his model career, Charlie works as a personal trainer in London and also as a promoter through social media, promoting various clothing for up and coming brands. As a model, he had clearly done his research on my work, noting that I book models face first, body second which is very true. Fortunately Charlie is one of the few people for whom face and body really are both photogenic. Enjoy the Q&A video below with Charlie and Chris, and let me know what you think of the gallery!
I got talking to Reece a while ago through Twitter, as we share a similar love for all things musical. Reece is a musical theatre student, currently studying at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, Surrey. I’ve always been a fan of the old-time shows, and we decided to shoot in that style, full on shirt and tie, waistcoat, slacks and brogues. The images are quite different to my usual style, as I wanted to pay a small homage to photographs of the 1920s and 1930s. To achieve the effect I raised the exposure and contrast of the image, but then darkened the blacks in the image. I adjusted the skin tones slightly, and then added a black and white overlay of the same image. To get the black and white effect without actually being either black and white or sepia toned, I simply faded the black and white layer by about 40% to give this great old style look.
Reece has a great outgoing and fun personality, and was a lot of fun to work with. I look forward to seeing him in the West End one day!
Mitch and I have been attempting to set up a shoot date for quite a while, and finally we managed to make it happen! Originally I was planning a series around Princes and Heroes but I’m particular, and funding for the exact props I wanted was pretty difficult to gather all at one time. Hopefully this series will be kick started again in the new year. Mitch is one of the “Heroes” I’ve spoken to for this series along with a few other faces. If you have, or know someone who has, that “Princely” look, please get in touch with me.
Mitch is a personal trainer from Surrey, and got into modelling after entering a fitness competition. Since the competition he has been approached by several photographers and is currently looking for the right agency to work with and advance his career as a model. He is very close to his family, and each of his tattoos symbolizes that fact. Take a look at the video below to learn more about him!
Oh, and a big happy birthday to the Model of the Week series! This week marks a year since starting this project, bringing you 53 new models, all featured on the Previous Models page.
Having worked his gap year as a Detainee Custody Officer, Josh is currently studying criminology at Brighton University. Alongside his studies, Josh is a keen competitive sportsman and is actively involved in several sports including football and golf. He names travelling the world as one of his goals in life, and made a great start by putting his passions together to help build a new school in Kenya. I was introduced to Josh through a previous model, Will, and was very glad of the introduction.
Surprisingly, Josh hasn’t had a great deal of modelling experience before, but was a natural in front of the camera and had a few great suggestions of his own. We ended up shooting a range of different looks over the course of about four hours and had a lot of fun with it – as you can see from the images. I’ve always wanted to put together some “Tumblr” style images, which is where the idea for the hashtag writing came from. The word choices were from Instagram’s most popular tags – a preview image has already gained a high number of views.
Having lived over in Florida for several years, I seem to have lots of American style props laying around, so we worked with the flags and cowboy hat too. To round out the shoot, we did several standard shots, both underwear and fully dressed so as to show off Josh’s natural versatility. Enjoy the Q&A video and the gallery below, and as always feel free to send a message to let me know what you thought of the collection!
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City: Gothenburg, Sweden
Hair: Dark Brown
Daniel and I started talking together through a mutual appreciation of each others work, but didn’t think a shoot could actually happen due to us being in different countries. We arranged a shoot several months ago when Daniel was visiting London, but due to time constraints unfortunately it didn’t happen. Luckily Daniel enjoyed England’s weather so much that he just had to return and we arranged to meet up one afternoon. It was a fairly quiet afternoon so we headed over to one of the London parks close to Paddington station.
Daniel has modelled before several times after being seen through social media, and was asked to promote a couple of underwear brands, including Pump which he used for the shoot. He is a very creative individual which can be seen through his unique tattoos, and was also a dancer for Sweden’s national team – taking him to competitions and shows in lots of different countries. Find out which ones by watching our short interview below! He has a very laid back and open attitude towards ideas and shooting so it was fun to work with him, and also gives me an excuse to visit Sweden one day!
I met Josh through close a close friend who was serving in the army out in Afghanistan. Josh was his partner in crime so to speak, so I got speaking to him through Facebook. He’d modelled before as a child but not for a long time, and was interested in giving it a go. Originally we had arranged to shoot earlier, but he relocated to another town and it was harder to get together – but we finally made it happen and met up locally.
The first thing I noticed about Josh was his striking green eyes, followed by his many tattoos. Watch the video below to find out how many he has, and which was the first. Our shoot took us to Ash Vale in Surrey. Unfortunately being a weekday the army training ground was in use, however we made the most of the surrounding area. We also headed up by a nearby canal where we shot the Q&A video, and made use of some graffiti.
For the editing style I wanted to do something a little different, and while I did a couple of the shots in colour, I stuck mainly to black and white. After doing the main retouching on each image, I gave the photos a grainy look, and finished them off with a matte style magazine finish. Check them out below and as always, feel free to message me and let me now what you think!
Zac Aynsley is one of the UK’s most recognisable faces in the fitness world, with a Facebook fan base of almost a quarter of a million, as well as more than fifty thousand followers on Instagram. Part of his popularity is due to his easy-going and open personality – comfortable with people of all diversities. Another part is due to his incredible physique that he puts down to hard work and a great mental attitude towards training. Several months ago he started a new YouTube channel which is increasing in popularity – there’s a link to his channel at the end of the video below. His fans range from aspiring fitness competitors to admirers of the male physique, and he’s in high demand for various projects – he was recently flown out for a trip around the USA with several high profile fitness photographers.Zac and I had been chatting for a while prior to actually getting out and shooting – he’s not in London often, so it was great to finally catch up with him. It ended up being a very last minute shoot, he wasn’t expecting to be in London, and I had an hour and a half to get ready and meet him in the city and I’m so very glad I hadn’t any plans for that afternoon. We headed across to Battersea Park area, as Zac was staying nearby anyway, and used several locations along the edge of the river.We hope you enjoy the video and new images!
Justin is an actor, singer and dancer from Surrey. He trained at the D&B School of Performing Arts in Kent and has since had a wide variety of credits to his name. Currently Justin is part of the London cast of Wicked, understudying the lead role of Fiyero and covering a variety of other roles. Prior to Wicked, Justin has appeared in musicals such as Evita, Peter Pan and Dirty Dancing, and has also done voice over work for the final three Harry Potter movies.
I met up with Justin near the Apollo Victoria Theatre about three hours prior to the matinee performance, where a group of young fans were already eagerly awaiting the cast’s arrival. We headed over to a covered mall close to Victoria station that has an outdoor upstairs level and got a variety of shots. Adding to his talents, Justin told me he is also a keen gymnast/tumbler, so we decided to get a few airborne shots at the same time. This was very well received by several tourists who stopped briefly to watch.
Whenever I shoot on location, I like to explore the area a little bit, and the real find of the day was a small side street with terraced housing. Because it looked so different from the rest of the area, it almost had a film studio-like feel to it. When editing, I took the different scenes into account, and these ones are a little more vibrant in tone. Enjoy the images and Q&A below!
10 Questions with Justin…
Life in Living Color: If you could relive one time in your life, what would it be and why?
Justin Thomas: Either my family holidays skiing or to Barbados, or my recent holiday with my girlfriend, Lauren.
LiLC: What got you interested in performing?
JT: My sister was auditioning for a local production of Oliver! and didn’t want to go alone. I went with her and got the part of Oliver, and now I’ve been performing ever since.
LiLC: What got you interested in modelling?
JT: I enjoy taking care of my body and appearance so it’s something that comes relatively easy to me. Also the money isn’t bad either!
LiLC: What’s the last movie you saw that really made you think?
JT: I watched the Purge 2, and it’s scary to think that the laws in the movie could one day be enforced. Hopefully not though.
LiLC: Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
JT: I’m half Dutch.
LiLC: What’s your first thought when you wake up?
JT: Either Lauren… soppy I know… or FOOD!!
LiLC: If you could spend a day with anyone in the world, who would it be, where would you go and what would you do?
JT: Lauren, my girlfriend. We would go on the most amazing luxury holiday somewhere hot. Or Bruno Mars, and just spend the day with him jamming and playing on a rooftop terrace in LA. Or… Arnold Schwarzenegger and go to the gym.
LiLC: What was your most embarrassing moment?
JT: I don’t know… there’s been way too many!
LiLC: What tattoos do you have or would like to get?
JT: I don’t have any. I would like to get one at some point but I don’t know what I want and I’d have to be 100% sure.
LiLC: If time froze for everyone except you for one hour, what would you do?
JT: I’d either go to all my favourite shops and get some nice clothes, or rob a bank!