The high point of my shoot with Jammy, near her home in Horsham, was a hard sun sequence shot at the side of a skateboard park. Some photographers avoid harsh sunlight and find every way they can to shade and soften it. I actually like it. Partly, I think, because we get so little of it in this country. Our English daylight is naturally grey and diffuse so much of the time it is rather glorious when these bright sunny days come along.
As well as the open sunlight I enjoy portraiture in dappled light, and models have to get used to me asking them to position and incline their heads very precisely. Jammy was hugely obliging.
Barbara first came to my attention on Instagram. I loved her short-haired androgynous look and was thrilled when she agreed to do a shoot with me.
I decided to return to the same natural light studio I had used with Nina Sever, and booked a MUA I had worked with in Brighton on one of my very first studio shoots. Tanya Marie McGeever is currently one of the most interesting individuals on the UK photography scene. She started out as a model, then gave prominence to her work as a MUA. She has recently started modelling more frequently again, and has become a photographer too. Quite a few models have recently turned to trying things out on the other side of the camera and it’s great to see - especially when they get results as good as Tanya does.
When she’s working as a MUA Tanya is a true team player, watchfully on hand throughout the shoot.
Laurence is a Belgian model who travelled to Kent to spend a few days shooting out of ‘Tim’s cottage’. I had never used the venue before. Or worked with a Belgian model. I'd be more than happy to do both again!
What turned out to be the biggest and possibly the best shoot of the year happened towards the end of October, with a team consisting of designer Michail Jarovoj, Italian model Alessia Vaccaro, stylist & blogger Savina Nikolova and MUA Olukemi Kolawole. Quite a number of images from this shoot have been selected fro the Front Page (FPI) on the Purpleport website.