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!
Mitch and I have been attempting to set up a shoot date for quite a while, and finally we managed to make it happen! Originally I was planning a series around Princes and Heroes but I’m particular, and funding for the exact props I wanted was pretty difficult to gather all at one time. Hopefully this series will be kick started again in the new year. Mitch is one of the “Heroes” I’ve spoken to for this series along with a few other faces. If you have, or know someone who has, that “Princely” look, please get in touch with me.
Mitch is a personal trainer from Surrey, and got into modelling after entering a fitness competition. Since the competition he has been approached by several photographers and is currently looking for the right agency to work with and advance his career as a model. He is very close to his family, and each of his tattoos symbolizes that fact. Take a look at the video below to learn more about him!
Oh, and a big happy birthday to the Model of the Week series! This week marks a year since starting this project, bringing you 53 new models, all featured on the Previous Models page.
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 where you can customise your own hoodie.
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!
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Back to a busy week with quite a bit happening. I caught up again with the awesome Lewis Thompson as he was visiting London for another shoot. We went down the South Bank of the River Thames and did a suit shoot under the pier – as well as a few more casual images. I posted the first set on Facebook on Friday, so make sure to check them out.
I’ve been discussing with Chris Baxter for a while the idea of creating a poster of one of the photographs we took together, as he’s build quite a fanbase. The poster design made by Bulldog Design is now finished, and pre-orders will be open soon with a few different postage options. I’m still finalizing prices with Chris, but the pre-order will be at a cheaper rate than main release. Contact me if you’re interested in getting one and would like it signed by Chris.
I caught up with my good friend Debbie this week and went with her to see the musical Tonight’s The Night. It was a jukebox musical based around the songs of Rod Stewart – of which I knew about two. There were some great perfomances by the leads and ensemble that held together the typically flimsy sort-of plot. Guy wants to be cool, gets cool, doesn’t want to be cool anymore was pretty much the synopsis!
I also photographed not only this week’s Model of the Week, but next week’s as well – two very different shoots that I’m pretty excited about. Over the last week this site has seen a huge increase in popularity with FIVE times the usual number of views! This has prompted me to get more creative with ideas, especially with an increase of talented models following me through social media. While I’ve only done a couple so far, my Tuesday Top Ten feature has been wildly successful, so hopefully it will remain so.
Finally, have a look at the top right of this page. First of all you’ll see two social media buttons – make sure to hit them and follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Second you’ll see a button in a black box marked Send Me A Message. Do it! Even if it’s just to say hi.