Model of the Week – Jude Moore

Jude Moore

JM001-web Nationality: British
 County: Essex
 Height: 5ft 11in
 Waist: 30 in
 Chest: 34 in
 Shoe: 6.5
 Hair: Brown
 Eyes: Green

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.


Jude’s Gallery


Model of the Week – Callum Aylott

Callum Aylott

IMG_0719-web Nationality: British
 County: Hertfordshire
 Height: 6ft
 Waist: 32 in
Chest: 38 in
 Shoe: 9
 Hair: Auburn
 Eyes: Brown


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.

Callum’s Gallery




Model of the Week – Reece Kerridge

Reece Kerridge


IMG_4002-webNationality: British
County: London
Height: 5’10
Waist: 30
Chest: 35
Shoe: 9
: Brown
Eyes: Brown

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!

Reece’s Gallery


Tuesday’s Top Ten: Ten More Models I’d Love To Work With

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…! 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 where you can customise your own hoodie.



Model of the Week – Jordan Isaac

Jordan Isaac

: British
City: London
Height: 6’0
Waist: 28
Shoe: 9
Hair: Dark Brown
Eyes: 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!

Jordan’s Gallery



Tuesday’s Top Ten: People I’d Love To Work With

Welcome to the second installment of Tuesday’s Top Ten! Today I’d like to share with you my Top Ten People I’d Love To Work With. Now, please note they are not in any particular order, and if any of the great guys featured here happens to see this… please don’t hesitate to drop me a message!


1. Francisco Lachowski
Francisco, sometimes known as Chico, has had a highly successful modelling career and recently became a father. He is highly sought out for advertising and gallery exhibitions. Born in Brazil, he launched his career after winning Brazil’s Supermodel of the Year contest.

2. Diego Barrueco
Diego is a highly popular model based in London. He is represented by agencies all over the world including the UK, USA, Spain and Italy. His Instagram account currently has almost 200,000 followers, and he runs an interactive Tumblr account.

3. Justin Barnhill
Justin is from North Carolina in the USA, and has done print work for many of the most famous and exclusive brands in the world. He was featured in HERO magazine alongside Colton Haynes and is represented by agencies worldwide.

4. Zac Efron
Although he had roles in several TV shows, it wasn’t until High School Musical that ZEfron appeared on the worldwide radar. He’s one of the few Disney Channel stars to have successfully made the leap from teen heartthrob to legitimate movie star. He’s shown his versatility through movies ranging from Hairspray to Bad Neighbors to The Paperboy. I have to say though, sitting through the latter movie was quite distressing!

5. Thaddeus Nelson
Thaddeus hails from Utah, just outside Salt Lake City. Before I got into portrait photography seriously, I had the pleasure of being work colleagues with him, although we never did have the chance to shoot. One day in the not too distant future, I will make that happen!

6. River Viiperi
River really began his modelling career at the age of 19, and comes from the party capital of Ibiza in Spain. He runs several very popular social media accounts and this year launched his own clothing brand. Sadly the shipping costs to the UK almost match the reasonable merchandise costs – but on my next trip stateside you’ll definitely be seeing some of his range featured in my work!

7. Colton Haynes
From Wichita, Kansas, Colton began modelling for A&F when he was just fifteen. He sprung to popularity appearing in the TV show Teen Wolf, and went on to play a major role in Arrow. After starring in several music videos, Colton released a few music tracks. This year he participated in A&F’s Search for a Star campaign.

8. Harry Goodwins
From London, Harry is represented by some of the world’s top agencies, and is currently in Top 50 list. He’s done many editorials and covers, and continues to appear in fashion shows worldwide.

9. Tom Daley
Since representing Great Britain in the 2008 Summer Olympics, diver Tom has been constantly in the nation’s public eye. He went on to win a bronze medal in London’s 2012 Summer Olympics and became the star of a reality celebrity diving show.

10. The Rosas Twins
This is where my Top Ten technically becomes a Top Eleven! The Rosas Twins are currently represented by RED New York and are from Barcelona, where they are extremely popular and have built a large fan base through social media. I’ve had the pleasure of discussing a future shoot with them, and while plans are currently on hold – watch this space!


Mondays Revisited


Trent and Luke are two of the nicest guys, and fun models to work with… they recently ran away to Yorkshire so I haven’t had a chance to catch up with them or shoot for a long time, so I decided to make one of their photos my “Monday Revisited” this week.

I tried a number of different things with the image, but kept going back to the same look – which happened to be very similar to the look I gave the original set. It shows that often things just work. As I usually do, I went from the original RAW image and worked on it from there. The original series was used in my 2014 calendar, so I was quite restricted on the dimensions of the image. The most drastic change I’ve made actually is to crop the image lengthways in order to really focus on their faces.

The black of the Life in Living Color shirts works amazingly well with the red, so I made sure the red tones of the rug were enhanced, and kept the darkness of the blacks. I added an extremely soft vignette, so much that it’s barely noticeable but it does help to draw the viewer to the middle of the image. Both Trent and Luke are truly blessed in the skin department, and I needed barely any retouch at all, just a little shading of some overly light areas which I achieved with the clone stamp tool.

Make sure to check out Trent and Luke’s YouTube channel at – they’re already at over 26,000 subscribers and I’m sure it won’t be long til 50,000!



Model of the Week – Jack Andrews

Jack Andrews

IMG_2829-webNationality: British
City: Reading
Height: 5ft11
Chest: 37in
Waist: 32in
Shoe: 8
Hair: Dirty Blonde
Eyes: Blue

I started work recently on a project based around the name Jack, and put the name into Instagram’s user search out of curiosity. One of the first entries was Jack Andrews. At first glance I was pretty sure he was from the US, perhaps California, not that I’m stereotyping or anything! Upon messaging him, I was pleasantly surprised to find how local he was to me – only about half an hour away. He’d done a bit of modelling before so he readily agreed to arrange a shoot with me.

Jack turned out to be a very down to earth, very intelligent individual with, despite being in his early twenties, a lot of life experience. He’s currently working in Reading, and one day hopes to work with sea turtles in their natural habitats. He’s keen on travelling and experiencing new cultures. Jack’s up for new ideas, and we came up with quite a few along the way that we weren’t able to do at the time due to either not having the appropriate clothing or necessary equipment at the time – hopefully we will get to realize some of these ideas on the near future.

Our shoot took place on a small island near a park in Reading that Jack knew about. I’ve shot in Reading before, but not hugely familiar with the area – except for the location of Nandos and the (now closed) Disney Store! It was a great area that I hope to revisit sometime soon. Having modelled before, Jack was easy to work with and knew what would work well with the camera. Image wise, I knew I definitely wanted most of the photos in colour – both for the Model of the Week set and for the Jack Project. Naturally, a few of the images shouted out for the black and white treatment where colour just wouldn’t have the same effect.

I loved the responses to Jack’s 20 Questions – I hope you do too!


20 Questions with Jack…

IMG_3107-webLife in Living Color: What do you do to prepare for a shoot?
JA: It depends on the feel of the shoot and the desired shot, but before every shoot I recite my own personal mantra to help me ease into the zone.

LiLC: If you could relive one time in your life, which would it be and why?
JA: If I could relive one time, it would be February 2012 – I went to Botswana to visit my best friend and self-proclaimed soulmate. We had a wonderful time and I met so many new and awe-inspiring people. I had some great experiences to add to my personal progression and went on a journey of self-discovery.

LiLC: What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
JA: The biggest risk I’ve taken would be flying to Johannesburg by myself and travelling from there to Botswana alone.

LiLC: What three things do you absolutely have to do every day?
JA: Pee… haha, listen to music and make someone smile.

LiLC: What got you interested in modelling?
JA: The reason that sparked my interest was the idea that you can capture a moment in time and portray it in a way that makes the audience feel something. In my opinion, it is an art and art should always spark a reaction/emotion.

LiLC: What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you?
JA: On a family holiday we went for a Banana Boat experience. When we were propelled off its slippery surface, my brother pushed me under the water to use me as a float. The ocean was so deep I thought I was going to die.

LiLC: What’s the last book or movie that really made you think?
JA: I read the book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrarri by Robin S. Sharma and that really made my mechanical mind work overtime to process all the information that was presented to me. If you ever have the time, I recommend it as an eye-opening read of colossal proportions.

LiLC: Who are your inspirations?
JA: I have far too many to name, but here are three that spring to mind: James St. James, Oscar Wilde and Buddha.

LiLC: What was the last website you looked at?

LiLC: Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
JA: I have a fear of phone calls. I don’t let it get in the way of life though!

IMG_2859-webLiLC: If you could spend a day with anyone in the world, who would it be, where would you go and what would you do?
JA: I would spend a day with Oscar Wilde – I would like to find a serene opening in a secluded forest and write creative poems and let our imaginations run free.

LiLC: What countries have you visited, and which was your favourite?
JA: These are the countries I’ve visited in no particular order: Spain, several islands in Greece, South Africa, Botswana, England, Wales. I can’t say I have a favourite, they all have a deep connection to me and many different memories.

LiLC: What was your most embarrassing moment?
JA: When I was in primary school I was involved in the school choir. We would travel to London annually to perform and on this particular occasion we performed in the Royal Albert Hall singing Yellow Submarine by The Beatles. I started singing, and unbeknownst to me I was singing at the wrong time. Everyone stared and I can safely say I have never had so many eyes glued to me at the same time before!

LiLC: Tell us about your first date.
JA: My first date was in Starbucks. It went extraordinarily well, but as life changes we grew apart.

LiLC: Who was your first crush, and who is your current crush?
JA: My first crush was Orlando Bloom in Lord of the Rings. My most recent crush would be Ian Somerholder.

LiLC: What are your favourite websites?
JA: Stumbleupon, Tumblr, YouTube… and The Mind Unleashed. That’s four.

LiLC: If you had three wishes, what would they be?
JA: That money was no object, free healthcare for everyone and last but not least – happiness.

LiLC: If time froze for one hour for everyone except you, what would you do?
JA: Plant thousands of flower seeds anywhere and everywhere that the earth would take them.

LiLC: What songs are on your “Most Played” list?
JA: Hole – Malibu, Nirvana – Come To Me, Mr Probz – Waves, Pink Floyd – Time, the list goes on and on and on.

LiLC: What’s your first thought upon waking up?
JA: Today is going to be a great day!

Check out the gallery below, and if you have any more questions for Jack, then e-mail with “Jack Andrews” as the subject header.


Model of the Week – Lewis Thompson

Lewis Thompson

IMG_2678-webNationality: British
City: Leicester
Height: 5ft11
Chest: 38in
Waist: 30in
Shoe: 8
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown

Lewis is a model from Leicester, and is signed with Nevs, a high-fashion agency based in London. I met him through Instagram and started talking now and again through Snapchat about the possibility of a shoot sometime. Nothing much came of it for a while, but I liked Lewis’ previous work, and his sense of humour that comes through continuously through social media, so made sure to stay in touch in the event that Lewis was available and in London.

I was supposed to shoot a different model at the weekend for this feature, who dropped out a couple of hours before the shoot time, so I quickly arranged a replacement to shoot yesterday afternoon, who called to postpone due to other commitments. Just as I was thinking I had no model for today’s feature, I got a Snapchat from Lewis asking if I was about in London later that afternoon. As fate would have it, he was in town for another shoot and had some time to kill before his train home in the evening. Less than two hours later I was up in London and met up with Lewis in Highbury & Islington.

As he’d already had a long day, we decided to take it easy with the shoot, and just shoot some casual photos in the area and see what came of them – and possibly do a themed shoot at a later date. I ended up getting some of my favourite images to date! Lewis is great in the fact that he doesn’t take himself too seriously, so we were able to have a good laugh while shooting. I had to be quick to catch the serious expressions as a laugh was never far away. London is full of interesting characters, but I don’t think I’ve seen so many at one time as the ones Lewis and I encountered on a walk down by Regent’s Canal!

Because the feature was for today, I actually got to ask this week’s questions face to face rather than by e-mail, causing a lot more laughs and a few witty answers that cannot be included here! After receiving some feedback on questions, you’ll notice that I will mostly now be keeping the same questions – possibly with a few changes here and there.


20 Questions with Lewis…

IMG_2703-webLife in Living Color: What do you do to prepare for a shoot?
LT: Although I don’t really do anything, I find I spend a little longer getting ready than usual.

LiLC: If you could relive one year of your life, which would it be and why?
LT: When I was 16 or 17 I missed out on football trials at academy level with Aston Villa and Birmingham City FC.

LiLC: What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
LT: Becoming a model – a new experience going out and meeting new clients and visiting new places.

LiLC: What three things do you absolutely have to do every day?
LT: Wake up, have two bowls of cereal, and have a cup of tea!

LiLC: What got you interested in modelling?
LT: I liked the idea of being called a model. I also like meeting people I wouldn’t usually meet, and being able to show off character in the photographs – and also the fashion side.

LiLC: What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you?
LT: I was in a house fire when I was younger. That’s something I’ve never forgotten.

LiLC: What’s the last book or movie that really made you think?
LT: Marley and Me. Ever since my mum got a dog I’ve been really attached to them. I don’t live with my mum so it’s weird I’m so attached to the dog!

LiLC: Who are your inspirations?
LT: David Beckham in a way.

LiLC: What was the last website you looked at?
LT: It was actually my portfolio page on my agency website –

LiLC: Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
LT: I’m actually quite shy!

IMG_2648-webLiLC: If you could spend a day with anyone in the world, who would it be, where would you go and what would you do?
LT: I’d spend it with my mum and go to a different country – maybe start with Spain. We get on well so we could go anywhere and just chill for ages.

LiLC: What countries have you visited, and which was your favourite?
LT: I’ve only been to France. I’m hoping to travel more soon.

LiLC: What was your most embarrassing moment?
LT: I attended a group interview for a job, and had to stand up and talk about myself. I had a choking fit and thought I was going to faint.

LiLC: Tell us about your first date.
LT: In primary school I had a “date”, and we gave each other cards and flowers. She gave me a cringey card with “Lovebirds” written on it.

LiLC: Who was your first crush, and who is your current crush?
LT: My first was called Sarah. My current is Myleene Klass – from the Littlewoods adverts!

LiLC: What are your favourite websites?
LT: My favourites are clothing websites such as Asos. And also Instagram.

LiLC: If you had three wishes, what would they be?
LT: I’d be a little taller, I’d be Italian, and own a mansion.

LiLC: If time froze for one hour for everyone except you, what would you do?
LT: Rob a bank! Then I’d kidnap Beyoncé…

LiLC: What songs are on your “Most Played” list?
LT: ScHoolboy 6 – Studio, The Weekend – What You Need.

LiLC: What’s your first thought upon waking up?
LT: Am I late for work??

Check out the gallery below, and if you have any more questions for Lewis, then e-mail with “Lewis Thompson” as the subject header.


Behind the scenes photo from my shoot with Lee Aaron Williams for the 2015 Life in Living Color calendar.

Week Roundup

Behind the scenes photo from my shoot with Lee Aaron Williams for the 2015 Life in Living Color calendar.

Behind the scenes photo from my shoot with Lee Aaron Williams for the 2015 Life in Living Color calendar.

So this week I’ve been back out photographing again, and I had a great shoot yesterday with performer Nick Woodford in Guildford. I seem to have this uncanny knack of attracting crowds in the quietest of places – we went to a location by the river that I often use, as it’s versatile with different scenery and pretty quiet. Not yesterday at 3pm! The very place I planned to shoot just happened to be a check-in and rest point for the annual London to Brighton walk – and I’m pretty sure all of them arrived at 3pm of course. Plan B was to head over to an old wood and stone bridge over the river – we got there to find around 20 students celebrating the end of their exams by hanging out right on that very bridge. Still, we managed to get some great shots so it was definitely worth it.

I’ve been working hard on the calendar of course, and completed another image for it – I can now announce that Lee Aaron Williams will be making an appearance, and we shot a fantastic woodland scene. The photo here is just a behind the scenes preview of the full images to come… keep your eyes peeled for more! I’ll be completing the shoots over the next few weeks so will be making regular announcements. Lee joins Chris Baxter in the lineup – with some truly creative stuff coming up.

One of the truly challenging things in the life of a photographer is the schedule. I often have people on a waitlist due to waiting to hear back from people on their availability – however if things work out well this week I’ll be in several locations over the course of the next week with some great new faces – plus another calendar shoot!

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