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!
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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!
My last “Top Ten Models I’d Love To Work With” post proved very popular – and I definitely struggled with the list, simply because there were far too many! Here are ten more guys that I would love the opportunity to work with… so if you’re one of them and happen to read this… firstname.lastname@example.org! As before, no particular order to the list.
1. Ben Jacobsen
Ben is currently a designer in London, and has modelled for several high profile publications and photographers.
2. Didier Cohen
Didier is an American model/DJ and also a successful Australian media personality, appearing in Celebrity Apprentice and as a judge for Australia’s Next Top Model.
3. George Shelley
21 year old George is a singer and currently in the band Union J, after appearing on the X Factor.
4. Igor Kolomiyets
Igor, from Ukraine, has had a varied modelling career, and has worked with some of the top photographers. He is with ONE Management, NYC.
5. Bryant Wood
I’ve recently been talking to Bryant about a possible shoot in the not-too-distant future. He’s an American self-represented model, who’s travelled the world for various shoots.
6/7. Jack & Finn Harries
Jack and Finn are British twins who took the YouTube world by storm, and are two of the most subscribed YouTubers. They own their own company, and recently travelled to India on the Rickshaw Run.
8. Garrett Clayton
Garrett Clayton is well known for his role in the campy Disney TV movie, Teen Beach. He’s currently working on the sequel.
9. David Bertozzi
David Bertozzi is a model represented by NEXT Canada. He’s popular for a lot of “outside-the-box” work.
10. Brandon Cole Bailey
Brandon is a model from Florida, now working out of New York. He is represented by several agencies worldwide, and is known for his well defined, flawless, photographic style .
Hair: Dark Brown
I met Shaun through mutual friends and a previous model. The shoot was originally planned to be a summery themed shoot featuring three guys, however after two of them failed to arrive, Shaun and I decided to go ahead and shoot anyway. We headed over to Regents Park in Central London. I’ve used the area before, but this time we aimed for the gardens rather than the main sports area of the park. It was also a great location to shoot the video too, when we could get away from tourist chatter long enough to film!
Shaun is signed with Zone Models, a high-end commercial and fashion boutique agency based in London. They cater for a wide variety of ages and looks, and Shaun was eager to get some fresh images for his book. My original plan was to edit almost all the images in black and white, however when I returned home and looked through the images, the colours of the park and outfits Shaun chose for the shoot really called out to be edited in colour. I went with a slightly washed out look with the images as I wanted to give them an almost vintage feel and made a conscious effort to keep the green tones a little lighter, and deepen the brown tones to make brown the more prominent colour in the set.
A lot of my images have deliberate strong definition, but with Shaun’s set I decided to keep the original definition of the images, which I think worked very well!
Make sure to view Shaun’s gallery below the video.
One of the best things about being a photographer is that no two days are ever the same, and you never know what’s going to happen! Here’s ten of my favourites, but you’ll have to message me to get the full story…
1. When the old ladies thought Chris was naked in the woods.
2. When the Japanese tourists physically pushed me out the way to take a family photo with the Sixties Girl Group.
3. When I almost fell in the Thames, but kept the camera above my head.
4. When I didn’t know Paul was a porn star.
5. When George brought his chicken to the shoot.
6. When the fashion students decided to borrow Dan in the middle of our shoot for their own project.
7. When the tourist took a photo of me photographing Demeanour Models, and I took a photo of her right back.
8. When one model was accidentally displaying too much and we had to shoot the set over again.
9. When a man was taking photos Sam on his iPhone from across the river.
10. When the duo I was shooting invited their friend along, and then didn’t show up. (The friend was awesome though!)
Hair: Dark Brown
Jordan is a musical theatre student and model from London. He started modelling recently and we got talking after he showed me some great photographs he shot with Camden Image. He’s currently going into the third and final year at The Urdang Academy, a well-known and respected performing arts school in Islington. I was surprised to learn that Jordan has only had a couple of previous shoots, as he was easy and natural with the camera and arrived extremely well-prepared for the shoot. As a creative person, I enjoy collaboration and incorporating ideas, and Jordan had brought along a few extra items with him. The blue jacket is an item that he surprised me with, and it looks great in the images. In fact, his preparedness prompted yesterday’s Top Ten Tips.
I had been researching London, and heard about a “secret” garden nearby Tower Bridge, one of London’s busiest tourist attractions. It took us a while to find it – thank you Google maps! – and I was unsure if it was an open venue or not, as there wasn’t much information. It was a challenge to find, and we came across it eventually almost by accident. The gardens were fairly large, but hidden from view by high stone walls, but once inside it was a beautiful mix of stone arches and greenery. It really wouldn’t have gone amiss in a live action Jungle Book movie, as the vines and shrubs were allowed to grow freely around the arches. We only saw a few people during this part of the shoot, and I hope it’s one of those places that stays a secret!
The second part of the shoot was done in a quiet street opposite an interesting little cafe just a couple of blocks over. Again, within spitting distance of thousands of people, but wonderfully quiet and peaceful – that is until just after 5pm, when the street got fairly busy with people heading home from work! Jordan threw himself into every aspect of the shoot, and as a result I now have some of my favourite images to date. Have a look at the photographs at the bottom of the page, and let me know what you think!
I work with a lot of new people, and really enjoy it. I’ve been asked on more than one occasion if I prefer working with new models or experienced ones, and my reply is always the same – I don’t necessarily have a preference. There’s definitely pros to each: an experienced model will be used to being in front of the camera, and understand exactly how he’ll come across in the images. A new model you can often capture something raw and different.
There are a few tips that most experienced models already know and guaranteed to earn big brownie points from your photographer. None of the below tips are aimed at any particular experience, they’re just simple small things that can be overlooked – or small things that you can do to exceed expectations. Here’s my top ten tips!
1. Bring the correct items
Your photographer will usually discuss with you before the shoot what they’d like you to bring and what’s being supplied, and don’t be shy to ask and suggest. After you’ve agreed, make sure you do indeed bring those items with you as they can’t always be picked up at the time, and missing a wardrobe item is probably not going to score you a free one if you said you were going to bring it. Bonus points: always carry a plain white t-shirt and jeans as they’re pretty versatile.
2. Iron your clothes
A little thing that sounds fairly obvious, but is occasionally overlooked: perhaps the shirt looked fine out the dryer or not that bad when you picked it up. It’s always smart to find a couple of moments to run an iron over it anyway. Creases can be more evident in a photograph, and it saves lots of time during editing.
3. Push your comfort zone, but don’t be afraid to say no
During the shoot, different ideas may come up. If it’s not harmful and doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable try pushing that comfort zone. Try different facial expressions and body angles. On the same note, don’t be afraid to say no to situations or ideas you don’t feel comfortable in.
4. Be honest
Be honest with your photographer. Prior to the shoot if you don’t understand something or aren’t comfortable with an idea, say so. An example would be not to say you’re comfortable doing a shirtless shoot and you’re really not sure about it. Often the photographer will need a specific look for his portfolio, or a strong idea in mind. Agreeing to an idea then arriving and changing your mind is unlikely to have you invited for another shoot or referred to others (Unless there are other factors making you uncomfortable, in which case make apologies and leave). Maybe the photographer will elect to go with someone else if you decline the idea, but he will remember your honesty and may have you in mind when another project arises.
5. Trim your nails
Something else that sounds really obvious, but comes down to attention to detail. Trimming nails on photoshop can sometimes be quite a detailed task – so make sure those finger and toenails are kept in check!
6. Check with the photographer before applying makeup or hair gel
You know how it is, the day of the shoot arrives and suddenly Vesuvius erupts all over you! Don’t worry about this at all, your photographer should easily be able to rectify spots. By all means bring a small tube of base/foundation along with you. This is especially true if you like to use makeup to enhance facial contours or body shapes for a shoot – always check first. Hair too, unless a particular style has been decided in advance, bring the hair gel/spray with you and try some different looks.
7. Be prepared and exceed expectations
Keep a few small things ready in case of a last minute shoot. This will make you look awesome in the eyes of a photographer. Usually details of what to bring should be discussed before a shoot, or the photographer will have the items to hand already – but it’s great to be extra prepared. Try preparing a small bag with some hairspray, some sunglasses, jewellery if you wear it and any other small props that you think could come in handy.
8. Be aware of your pockets
This is something the photographer will remind you of, and will think you’re uber professional if he doesn’t have – remove bulky items from your pockets such as your wallet or phone.
This is one of the best tips I can give you – if you’re expected to be clean-shaven for the shoot, be clean-shaven. If you’re not sure, ask, and if it’s left to your discretion choose either stubble or none. Remember details can be a lot more obvious on a static image so make to remember shave the morning of the shoot even if you think it’s passable. One of the benefits of this is that you’re likely to get photos faster as the editing time might be reduced.
10. Be patient
This can be a frustrating part of modelling – not knowing when the images will arrive. Photographers will usually give a timescale, but remember there’s a whole lot more to do than just download the photograph onto a computer and hit send. One of my favourite images is one of those “What people think I do/What I actually do” memes that depict photographer handing over a polaroid for a ton of money on one side, and then being in front of a bank of computer screens at 3am on the other. If you’re paying for a shoot, you have a right to expect the photographs in a relatively quick timescale, but if it’s a TFP shoot it may take a little longer. If you haven’t heard within a few weeks of when the images are supposed to be ready, you have every right to follow up, but try and avoid insisting to see them immediately you arrive home. If you’re being paid for a shoot, don’t assume that you will receive copies of the images or even see them at all. Always check if you’re not sure on your compensation.
I hope you enjoyed reading through this list, and that it was helpful! Feel free to send me your tips or comments.