The photograph I’ve chosen for this week’s Throwback Thursday has always been a firm favourite, both with myself and viewers. It was shot just over a year ago, in Surrey, with fitness model Declan Rath. The conditions were perfect for shooting, with just the right mix of cloud interspersed with sunny spells, and the colours just seem to work together naturally. Although the shoot was a while ago, I’m still regularly asked to repost images from this shoot – so here we go!
Chest: 34 in
Waist: 30 in
Shoe: 9 UK
I originally approached Ronnie in regards to a large social media project I’m working on. I’ll be posting updates about that project as I have them – but if anyone has a spare couple of thousand pounds laying around, I’ll be more than happy to put them towards the project! Ronnie was keen to start modelling with me, and we shot messages back and forth for a while with various ideas. To that end, I decided to edit most of the photographs in different styles.
Right up to the night before the shoot, the plan was to shoot in and around London’s Hampstead Heath, but due to unforeseen circumstances the plan was changed at the last minute, and we used the versatile Regents Park. I’ve shot at this beautiful location before, so regular viewers of my work may recognize some of the places used.
Ronnie is a talented footballer and plays semi-professionally for Watford. He also works as a football coach, passing his skills onto younger players. In his free time, Ronnie has developed a large social media following and through this has been asked to promote and model for various up and coming clothing brands.
10 Random Questions with Ronnie…
I had Ronnie choose 10 random questions from a list, and found he has a secret to happiness most of us take forever to discover – and no, it’s not a hair product.110
Life in Living Color: What’s your favourite party trick?
Ronnie Norris: I do enjoy body shots.
LiLC: What hair products do you use?
RN: Got 2 Be styling wax and gel effect hairspray.
LiLC: Do you have any siblings?
RN: A baby brother and sister.
LiLC: Where would you like to see yourself in ten years time?
RN: Hopefully modelling. If not either a fireman, or something in the sports industry.
LiLC: Put your iPhone music on shuffle – what song came up?
RN: Or Nah – The Weeknd.
LiLC: What was your most embarrassing moment?
RN: Doing a lap of honour around the QPR stadium while I was playing for their youth team, I sprinted into the goalpost and fell over while all the fans watched!
LiLC: How many Easter eggs did you get, and what was your favourite?
RN: Only one, as I’m not a fan of chocolate. I did get some new clothes, my favourite being a black floral t-shirt.
LiLC: If you could model anywhere in the world, where would it be?
RN: Australia, in the outback, just enjoying the beautiful surroundings and nature. Some of my relatives live out there. Or a tranquil place like the Maldives with crystal clear water, and the surreal experience.
LiLC: What hidden talents do you have?
RN: I’m a singer, and also play semi-pro football for Watford.
LiLC: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
RN: Nothing. I feel that I am who I am, and the best thing to do is to love yourself and love your life, not wishing for a better one. If you want something then work and try to make it happen!
Enjoy the images below, and if you have any more questions for Ronnie, then e-mail email@example.com with “Ronnie Norris” as the subject header.
The Walt Disney Studios Corporate HQ is based in Burbank, California, and is one of only two major Hollywood Studios to not offer tours or admit the general public. My visit here was very much on a who-you-know not what-you-know basis, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to visit twice. Stepping into the Studio lot, you’re immediately transported back in time to some perfect piece of Americana. The original building where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was inked and painted still stands, although is now a small office. The studio has two striking landmarks, the first being Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat of the Animation Building, and the other being the Team Disney HQ that features the Seven Dwarfs holding up the building, while a bronze statue of Walt and Mickey look on. To the side, statues of Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse sit together on a bench surrounded by bronze handprints of various celebrities, artists and technicians that have made many of our favourite movies possible – from The Sherman Brothers to Tom Hanks.
Although most of the movies are made in various studios around the world, the Walt Disney Studio is very much a working lot, and produces many of the Disney Channel TV series. There are seven sound stages on the lot, including the Annette Funicello stage and the Julie Andrews stage, which was home to both Mary Poppins and the Princess Diaries.
The Walt Disney Studios is also home to the famously private Walt Disney Archives, where a dedicated team carefully preserve and house paperwork, props, costumes and even set pieces from years gone by. I was privileged to be able to visit the archives on my second visit, where items such as the bedknob from Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the wardrobe from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe were on display, as well as a number of Academy Awards. The four images featured here are just a tiny glimpse of this beautiful Studio.
You’ll recognise Rafael, or Raf, from this month in my 2014 calendar. As you may be able to work from out his name, he’s the perfect blend of Italian and Brazilian, and is one of my most popular models. I’ve been trying to persuade him to shoot again soon, so if you have any influence let me know!
The images below are some previously published images, plus some outtakes from the calendar shoot. It’s also given me a chance to revisit the images, have another look through and do some fresh edits. Hope you like!
Last minute should be the theme of this past week! It’s been an up and down week with last minute bookings and last minute cancellations galore – and turning the negatives into positives. Today I completed the images of Model of the Week, so make sure to check back on Wednesday for these! Lots of great feedback has been coming in about the interview section, so if you have any questions you’d like to put to the models, please shoot me a message!
This past week I visited Leatherhead in Surrey, after spotting a great location from the train window when I shot with Joel. I found a beautiful quiet little park, with clear a clear stream and mini waterfall. I shot here with Will Gandey and Felipe Bejarano (pictured). Look out for some more test shoots of Felipe coming soon – this guy was brave enough to take on the cold water and get some awesome water shots for me. I also had a fun shoot with performer Joshua Moore in London’s Leake Street.
On Tuesday I finally managed to pin down Jonathan Hill, and worked on a new editing style. The images were debuted on Facebook and garnered over 1,000 views. Now if only all those viewers would hit the like button, I’d be in business! We shot in Aldershot, Hampshire, on the army ground. It was warm and sunny which made for a great retro summer feel.
I’ve found that a few people I’ve been speaking to regarding shooting have been approached by certain model advisory services. These are basically glorified photography studios with very vague descriptions that mislead you into thinking they’re an agency. Remember, an agency that asks you for any registration deposit, fees for test shoots or charges for images should be avoided. It’s possible that “scouts” follow various artists social media accounts – and use these to approach young aspiring models. Remember – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is – so do your research and don’t be blinded by their skillful assurances that you’ll be modelling for Vogue next week. I recently had to speak to a receptionist at a particular “advisory service” that shares its name with a fruit. She was exceptionally skilled in avoiding certain questions, especially when it came to money.
I’m looking forward to the coming week, today and tomorrow will be pretty busy for me – and currently planning to be in Oxford on Friday for something totally different. As always, my plans can change on a dime so keep watching this space for updates! I still have a limited availability, so if you’re interested in shooting with me, don’t hesitate to send me a message, or even direct message me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Kik or iMessage! All details can be found on the Contact Page.
Time for the Saturday Sale!
Today only, I’m offering two free extra images to everyone who books their photoshoot with me today. Not only will you get the images that are already included in the package, but you’ll be able to choose two more at no extra cost.
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It’s time for the second Follower Friday already!. This new feature focuses on my great Instagram followers, and everyone can get involved. Simply follow @LifeLivingColor on Instagram, and tag your favourite photo #LifeLivingColor. I’ll choose eight photos every week to feature here, and also give a special shout out on Instagram!
I definitely wasn’t anticipating so many responses, and find it incredibly difficult to decide (you’re such a good looking bunch!) so this week I enlisted the assistance of Danny and Joshua to help me out with the choices. The aim was to choose a variety of people – so here we go! Keep hashtagging those photos with #LifeLivingColor – and soon it may be you!
Here’s the latest Follower Friday:
Today’s Throwback Thursday is an image I shot with Lee Aaron Williams in Guildford, Surrey. A few days prior we had shot a few images in the same location, one which we loved – so we decided to return and take full advantage of the light and location – and this is one of the results.
City: Camberley, Surrey
Chest: 36 in
Waist: 30 in
Shoe: 10 UK
Eighteen year old Jordan is an aspiring footballer from Camberley in Surrey. He was suggested to me to photograph by one of my social media contacts – I messaged him, and although he’d never modelled before, he was certainly up to the challenge. Due to some technical challenges we actually did the shoot twice – which turned out to be a blessing in disguise – as we got some great lighting and some new shots that were not thought of the previous time.
It took a while to choose a suitable location for the shoot, and Jordan suggested a small park close to the town centre. It turned out to be a great choice, as we discovered a neglected and abandoned tower at the top of a hill close by. Upon doing some research I discovered that it is locally known as Camberley’s Obelisk although it’s actually a tower. It was built around 1770 by merchant John Norris, but the reason for the tower is not clear. About 30ft of it’s original 100ft is still intact, and although an internal staircase has been removed, iron gates close it from entry. On our visit, we found one of the gates open, which allowed us some great shots inside the tower.
Originally I thought to shoot in black and white, and asked Jordan to bring clothing of those colours. As well as this, he brought along a few other items, which worked equally well as you can see in the images below.
10 Random Questions with Jordan….
I had Jordan choose 10 random questions from a list. Make sure to carry mistletoe in your pocket… and be cute about it!
Life in Living Color: What’s skills do you have?
Jordan Powell: Football. I’m hopefully going to America soon on a scholarship.
LiLC: What’s your worst feature?
JP: My eye colour… I wish I had blue eyes.
LiLC: Tell us about your first date.
JP: We went to see American Pie, and got the last seats. They were at the front, and it was a bit awkward during the sex scene!
LiLC: What’s under your bed?
JP: Nothing. But it’s so comfy having a king size bed with memory foam mattress to myself.
LiLC: What’s the first thing you notice about a girl?
JP: When they first meet me – if they’re confident… or all shy, which is cute.
LiLC: Have you ever been to hospital?
JP: I’ve had a number of operations, including a hernia and stitches to my head.
LiLC: If you were born a girl what would your name have been?
LiLC: What’s your favourite Disney movie?
JP: Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. are both so sick!
LiLC: If you could relive one moment in your life, and not change a thing about it, what would it be?
JP: Too many to pick from, but one would be saying yes for going to trials with Reading or Fulham when asked..
LiLC: Do you have any superstitions?
JP: Refusing a kiss under the mistletoe causes bad luck
Enjoy the images below, and if you have any more questions for Jordan, then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with “Jordan Powell” as the subject header.
In late 2012, my friend Bryan and I did a road trip from Anaheim, California to Salt Lake City, Utah. We decided on the scenic route, and on the way took in the shortest leisure Las Vegas trip possible, and drove through the stunning scenery of Arizona. Several friends from that area of the country were a little confused as to why I’d want to travel through the desert – but the scenery is beautiful and the state is home to a number of protected national parks and reserves.
The highlights of Arizona were the Glen Canyon Dam, and entering Monument Valley from the Arizona side. For someone who has a mortal fear of anything higher than a two storey building, Glen Canyon dam was equally amazing and terrifying.It’s over 700 ft high and took more than 10 years to complete.
Monument Valley is instantly recognisable from any number of Western movies, especially those directed by John Ford, for whom the area was a favourite spot. Over the years it has played host to Stagecoach, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump and even Doctor Who.