Hayden is an aspiring model living close to Letchworth. I first started chatting to Hayden through the social media giant, Instagram, where he is a loyal following. Inspiration for the shoot came from the cheeky but not explicit selfies. We decided to go with a similar theme, and throw some great fashion style images in there too.
The shoot take place in London’s affluent Kensington, and we took full advantage of the stunning park scenery in it’s full autumn finery. The indoor portraits were taken using a simple but effective wall as a backdrop, and bouncing the flash from the high ceiling. During the editing process, I made sure to accentuate Hayden’s eyes and lips, two of his best features out of many!
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Dan is a new, but fast upcoming model from Northampton. While just starting out in the industry, he has shot with some of the leading names in aesthetic male photography. He is very much a family man, and dotes on his one beautiful daughter.
Next year Dan will be making his competitive debuts in some of the UK’s top fitness competitions, including Miami Pro and UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation. As well as this, he has just signed an agreement with Machine Fitness to become one of their sponsored fitness models. He is becoming very sought after by fitness companies and magazines, and will be making plenty of appearances in the coming year.
The shoot itself took place around the South Bank, at various locations between London Waterloo Station and The Millennium Bridge. In keeping with my favourite style, the shoot was very spontaneous and we just went out and had fun with it. Dan proved himself very versatile, and brought along several different looks which we used to great effect under the bridge and around the South Bank Skate Park.
This was the first time Dan worked on a shoot in such a busy location, and he quickly settled into it. While setting up the shot in the skate park, Dan was approached by a student photographer and model, and generously posed for a couple of photographs, plus an opportunistic hobbyist.
I look forward to shooting again with Dan soon, we have been approached for a very exciting project, so keep following me on Twitter to keep posted! Check out the gallery below for our great images.
This week’s Model of the Week is actually MODELS of the Week. Louis (right) and Tayler (left) are students from the Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) in Guildford, studying Musical Theatre. Guildford has a multitude of schools devoted to the arts, and nurtures much of the West End’s top talent. PPA’s patrons include musical theatre stalwarts Bonnie Langford, Kerry Ellis and Hadley Fraser.
I met Louis and Tayler through social media networking and suggested they may work well together for the Model of the Week feature. Less than twenty-four hours later, the shoot was complete! Being that the shoot was set up so quickly, it allowed a lot of spontaneity throughout. The guys complement each other, and when we checked out what they each had packed it turned out that they had inadvertently brought 3 sets of almost matching outfits. This worked out perfectly for the shoot of course.
For the editing style, I decided to go with an American relaxed feel, with softer lines and muted tones which complemented them both perfectly. In an unpredictable season for weather. we were blessed with perfect conditions, allowing us to take full advantage of the spectacular views Guildford has to offer.
To learn more about the Performance Preparation Academy, visit www.ppacademy.co.uk – and check out the gallery below for more images from the shoot!
Courtney is an aspiring model living just outside of Central London. He is heavily into fitness and athletics, and hopes to do more modelling in the future. I met Courtney through Instagram, where he has over two thousand followers – as you can imagine he gets no shortage of “likes” on each image or video he posts!
We shot by the Regent’s Canal, close to King’s Cross in London, and made the most of a grey and rainy day. While we had to put up with that traditional British drizzle for most of the shoot, it did clear up a little toward the end – and the rain actually enhanced the look of some of the images.
Enjoy the images and check out the gallery on the Model of the Week page.
Joseph and I shot together earlier this year in London, with a smart business style theme. We got some great images and discussed the idea of shooting again, but doing something completely different. As Joe is heavily into fitness, he has quite the physique that we didn’t get to use in our last shoot. He talked about the idea of bruises, or cuts, having been beaten but not beaten down. As I’m not in the habit of beating any of my models, we enlisted the help of wonderful make-up artist Hayley-Jo Keatley, who is based just outside of London.
Several location ideas were bandied about, but none seemed to quite fit. I was planning a beach shoot with Daniel Hope (images to come soon!) – and the idea of a dark beach scene appealed. We shot in Southend-on-Sea in Essex, close to the Cliffs Pavilion. It was a pretty quiet day, especially for a weekend, but Joe did get a few inquiring looks from passers-by as the make-up was applied. When it was finished, he was approached by a concerned couple, who were relieved to discover the back scratches weren’t actual blood!
The shoot was very collaborative, we both had firm ideas about what we were looking for and had much discussion throughout about what would and wouldn’t work well. The best discovery was the underside of an old pier currently undergoing renovation. The natural light and shade under the pier was perfect, as was the weather, and we took full advantage of it.
After the shoot, I travelled back up to London with Joe, and he made the decision to keep the cuts and bruises on his journey home. It was interesting to see people interact with him differently, and disapproving looks from older beach-goers. It just shows how all of us subconsciously make judgements on all we see around us.
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The Color Purple
Where it’s playing: Theatre In The Park at Chichester Festival Theatre
When it’s playing: 15th July – 31st August 2013
Who it’s by: Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart, book by Mark Bramble
Starring: Christopher Fitzgerald, Tamsin Carroll, Anna O’Byrne, Aretha Ayeh, Jack North, Rachael Archer, Jacquie Biggs, Nick Butcher, Sophie Camble, Jon-Scott Clark, Leon Cooke, Stefan Dermendjiev, Faith-Louise Francis, Chris Gage, AC Garcia, Trina Hill, Jack Horner, Erin Jameson, Jasmin Kerr, Mitch Leow, James O’Connell, Michaela O’Connor, Max Parker, Tom Scanlon, Lucie-Mae Summer, Robert Tregoning
What it’s about: The life and times of the world’s greatest showman, PT Barnum.
Last night I went to see Cameron Mackintosh’s brand new production of Barnum, as I was lucky enough to be shooting with one of the show’s talented cast – Tom Scanlon. Chichester Festival Theatre is currently undergoing renovation, and an impressive custom built circus tent has been built to accommodate this wonderful piece of theatre. From the moment you step onto the wooden walkway up to the theatre, you’re enveloped in the atmosphere of the circus. The show is performed in the round, and it’s hard to imagine it any other way.
Barnum charts the rise, fall, and rise again of the title character brought to life by Broadway’s Christopher Fitzgerald who gives an energetic and believable performance. He and Tamsin Carroll, playing his wife Chairy, are well matched – their duet “I Like Your Style” is one of the show’s highlights. Seductive songstress Jenny Lind is played by Anna O’Byrne who not only sings beautifully, but gives the role just the right amounts of comedy and shrewdness. Barnum is truly an ensemble piece, with most of the cast present throughout – and any casting director would be hard pressed to put together such an impressive array of dancers and specialty performers – the show includes stunning aerial acts, stilt walking, and the tightrope walked by Barnum himself. The inventive choreography is by Andrew Wright and Liam Steel and the cast never miss a step, putting in more energy in a performance than most of us put in a week!
The challenge with Barnum has always been its book – and the premise of having each number announced like a circus act can feel dated – however director Timothy Sheader has tackled this by bringing us an “invisible man” puppet Ringmaster, brought cleverly to life by several cast members. Showstopping numbers come tumbling one after the other – all with new and clever spins – highlights include “Thank God I’m Old”, “Bigger Isn’t Better” and “One Brick At A Time.” William David Brohn is one of the most talented orchestrators in the business, and his new orchestrations are wonderful – especially in one of the show’s biggest storytelling numbers – “Black And White.” The show’s final big number “Join The Circus” is a feast for eyes and ears – filling the entire auditorium with aerial acts galore.
The theatre was full and the show received an unprompted standing ovation – as well it should. There is only a week left of the show, and as yet no news of a West End version – so catch it while you can! I only hope there’s a bigger life for this production in the coming months.
Great news, I’ve been published! The news came unexpectedly, and the images are from West End Eurovision. I was part of a team of photographers who covered this amazing event for the Make A Difference Trust charity. West End Eurovision is an annual event where the casts of many major West End shows perform a classic number from past Eurovision Song Contests, and compete for the top spot. The event is attended and judged by a team of celebrity judges.
BASELINE is a community magazine for people living with or affected by HIV & Hepatitis and is a media partner of MADTrust. My images appeared in a 3 page feature about the event, and also currently headline their website - http://www.baseline-hiv.co.uk
The magazine is distributed throughout various theatres and you can also order copies and read the online copy through their website. Check out the current issue here, http://issuu.com/janephillips/docs/bs16_issuu and flick to pages 20-22 to see my work!
I’ve also been asked my MADTrust to photograph one of the calendar pages for West End Bares this year, so watch this space for more!
Name: Shane Walsh
Shoot Location: Shalford Chantries
Shane is a talented and creative individual who made his West End debut in the musical Loserville last year. He’s an accomplished singer, dancer and actor with several years of training behind him. We started discussing the shoot a couple of months before we finally managed to set a date, and Shane was very clear and decisive about what he wanted to get out of the images. A concept featuring a woodland web of elastic was at the forefront of the ideas and took a surprisingly short time to set up. We didn’t quite get all that we wanted, as natural light was preferred and the elastic was dark, however we’ll hopefully set up again in the near future and use this as a test.
Shane is very comfortable with his body, and very aware of how it looks on camera, moving in different shapes and positions. The Chantries is a beautiful area with plenty of woodland and fields but can be a trek to walk up, so even during mid afternoon, it was peaceful and quiet. As you look around, there are many areas that lend themselves well to the camera. One such area was inside a hand-made fence of sticks, and contained a log timber pile we thought we could use. As we entered, it soon became apparent why it had been fenced, as buzzing could be heard all around and several bees started to appear. A quick exit was made to another part of the area!
We did a mix of underwear and fully clothed images. Shane’s wardrobe choices complemented him wonderfully and added a huge range to the photographs taken, and you’ll be able to see how versatile he is as a model. As well as all these talents, Shane is also an avid sports fan, and was keen to get some running shots for his portfolio. Again, the outfit chosen by him was perfect, with a figure hugging black shirt and shorts.
We finished the day with a completely different look, with Shane wearing a white loose fitting long sleeved shirt, with low neckline and dark red baseball cap. Atop the Chantries is a large, low branched tree that naturally forms a seat. I’ve used it before in a different way for my shoot with Lukasz Banach, and again it formed the ideal setting. The Chantries is fast becoming a favourite shoot location, being only a 15 minute walk from the centre of Guildford – a town that has easy rail links to London and the South Coast.
I look forward to finishing and sharing the images with you, so look out for them soon! Don’t forget to like this post, and tweet about it to your friends! I’d love to hear what you think, so feel free to use the comment box below.