Country: St Vincent & The Grenadines
Height: 5ft 11in
Waist: 29 in
Chest: 40 in
Chico is an exceptionally talented and versatile model who has worked with photographers from all over the world. Currently he is signed to Grace Model Management in South Africa and recently spent some time out there with them. A dual national of Barbados and the UK, Chico and I started discussing the possibility of shooting while he was living in London but never settled on a theme or a shoot date. Several months later, I was out in the Caribbean, in a small cafe in St Vincent trying to get some internet and send some messages home. I checked Instagram, and one of the first posts to come up was by Chico, with a location also in St Vincent! Prior to this I was not aware that St Vincent & The Grenadines was home for Chico. I was leaving that day, but returning two weeks later, so we arranged to shoot – and who better to find a location than a local?
The country really is a beautiful one, with stunning beaches and lush green forests, and Chico really excelled with his choice of locations which included a secluded rocky beach and an old unused factory with several old abandoned vehicles outside. A good friend of Chico’s was keen to promote his fashion brand Tivoli & Fache and supplied some of the clothing for the shoot. As expected, Chico was fantastic to work with, and you can see more of our work together below, or on his agency page!
Height: 5ft 11in
Waist: 30 in
Chest: 34 in
Earlier in the year I did a few shoots for Vanity Hype magazine. Jude contacted me as he was interested in having some photographs done and being featured in the magazine. I contacted them right away but unfortunately my travel commitments meant the shoot didn’t happen for a while. In the meantime, Jude had the amazing opportunity of being signed with ADAM Models of New York. Jude has a great deal of personality and character and was great fun to work with, able to understand my ideas and also throw plenty of his own ideas into the mix, which led to several pages of the magazine being devoted to him.
The original plan was to get some beach and ocean scenes in Southend – unfortunately in Britain we don’t have the luxury of consistent or predictable weather which chose the very hour of the shoot to become windy, cold and wet. We quickly changed plans for an indoor shoot, and while we tried to keep close as we could to the original concept, we ended up with some creative and different shots that we never would have got if the weather had co-operated. I look forward to shooting with Jude again in the future, several of the images you can see below are among my personal favourites.
Height: 6ft 1in
Waist: 31 in
Chest: 37 in
One of the first things I notice is when someone has great hair, and Levi definitely has that. I met him through a friend of mine that I was working with in Orlando, Florida. While I was back in the UK, Levi was doing a show with her overseas. Since graduating Masters Performing Arts College, Levi has focused on dance, working with world-renowned choreographer Paul Roberts and performing at the Brit Awards with Kanye West. He starred in Jack Garratt’s Chemical music video, and has been featured in multiple pantomimes and even the occasional flash mob.
Regent’s Park is a wonderfully versatile area, and a goal of Levi’s was to get several different looks that he can use for different kinds of castings. The late autumn colours really lent themselves to this idea and Levi had brought with quite an extensive wardrobe to play around with! Often the simplest ideas can make the best shots – particular favourites for both of us were the black and white bench shots you can see in the gallery below.
Waist: 32 in
Chest: 38 in
Callum is no stranger to the camera and has an extensive modelling portfolio behind him. He is also a talented performer and trained at The Urdang Academy in London. With his striking looks and versatality, Callum has already picked up a social media following, particularly via Instagram and Tumblr. He is currently represented by Grantham Hazeldine and W Athletic.
Before the shoot happened, I had been talking to him about shooting but never able to commit to a date that suited us both. On this occasion, I was shooting with Sam Reynolds for my 2015 calendar and the idea came up to shoot them both together, and also separately for the calendar. Several days before I had been introduced to a beautiful lakeside area in Surrey and noted that it would make a beautiful shoot location. Although the day was not warm, fortunately it was sunny and we were able to get a number of great shots that you can see below.
Waist: 32 in
Jack is from Oxfordshire and works in London. We started talking a while ago on social media with a mutual love of theatre. While I’ve worked with many actors, dancers and performers, this was the first time shooting someone who aspires to be behind the scenes – or rather, in charge of the scenes! Jack is an intelligent and motivated individual and I have no doubt he will be extremely well-known in the theatre world in his future, having already started putting his career together working in various roles in several West End theatres.
I always enjoy a shoot that reflects the personality and passions of the model, so London’s theatreland was an obvious choice. We spent a couple of hours walking up and down some of the city’s most famous streets and included theatres such as the Garrick and Wyndhams. Check out the gallery below for more!
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!