Josh got in touch with me after seeing my work on Facebook, and was interested in some kind of collaboration. He is doing a foundation art degree, covering many aspects including photography and I offered to have him come along and assist with one of my shoots. Being that he has done a lot of photography, Josh was interested to see things from the model’s point of view and how to work with people to get the best out of them. I had some time available so he came by. The shoot was also an experiment in differing art and editing styles, which explains the wide range used here.
In the future, Josh aspires to be a fashion photographer and takes inspiration from the famous photographer Karl Lagerfield. After his course in Surrey has come to end end, he will head to either Bournemouth Arts or Nottingham Trent to continue his studies – and then hopefully some travel before ultimately settling in the United States.
Josh turned out to be a very down-to-earth and immediately likeable guy, and actually really enjoyed being in front of the camera for a change rather than behind it. Being used to photography, Josh was interested in picking out the images, and we had several differing views on the final shots! Because models are usually critiquing themselves, and photographers are critiquing the overall image, it’s not often that I hand over too much input on the final selection, unless of course a client is looking for a very particular image.
We both hope you all enjoy the final images!
Nick is a model with Fusion Management in London. He got in touch with me after I put out an open casting call for this series. I don’t often put out open calls as I’m usually inundated with messages and usually don’t find the right look that I’m after. Nick has great characteristics, an ease in front of the camera, and open to ideas. He also has a fantastic physique which definitely helps!
Aside from modelling, Nick is also a keen sportsman and plays a variety of sports including Football, Rugby, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis and Squash. He’s at home on the snow too, and is a capable snowboarder and skier. His own fitness is of great importance to him as he currently works as a personal trainer.
The shoot was relaxed and laid back, and we managed a few different settings as you’ll see from the images below.
I’ve recently had lots of questions and requests about the upcoming 2015 Calendar, featuring some of my most popular models from the last year. I still have one space available, so now is your chance to feature in the 2015 Calendar. The process is easy, simply send me a recent photograph by e-mail or social media by Thursday 30th October. Entries will all be considered, and five will make the shortlist. The five entries will then be up for public vote!
The shoot will take place next week, between 3rd-9th November depending on availability and can be done in one of the locations listed below.
No cash alternative will be given.
Prize includes two hour photoshoot with four images, plus a fifth image featured in the calendar.
Entrants must be available and able to travel to one of the locations on a choice of dates/times between 3rd-9th November.
Travel/accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the entrant.
Calendars are published via online as-needed publishing. At-cost discount will be provided for up to 10 calendars.
Entrants must be 16 or over by the time of the shoot. ID may be requested.
Agency represented models are welcome to enter, but MUST provide written permission from their agency if shortlisted.
Possible locations for the shoot:
Hampshire: Farnborough, Fleet, Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton, Portsmouth, Alton
Surrey: Ash Vale, Frimley, Camberley, Woking, Guildford, Farnham, Leatherhead, Bagshot
Berkshire: Reading, Wokingham, Ascot
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!
Voting is now open for September’s Model of the Month! Select your favourite model from the four below, and hit the yellow VOTE button. Voting closes at midnight tomorrow – 27th September 2014, and the winner will be announced on Sunday. You can also vote on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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!