March and April got off to a highly significant start when, on the very first day of March, I had my first shoot with Alyx. And what a shoot it was! Never have I worked with a model who arrived with such a neatly folded set of outfits. We shot an amazing range of images - studio fashion, studio portraiture, natural light portraiture, informal lifestlye, punchy gel-lit work, and even a bit of street fashion. It was the start of what has been an ongoing collaboration.
A couple of days later I worked with Spanish cinematographer Beatriz Delgado Mena, taking some suited black-and-white portraiture while walking along beside the Regents Canal.
A week later it was up to Birmingham to work in James Beddoes' studio with a model carefully chosen to create a lighter style of portraiture. I love working in James's studio. It has so much great natural light as well as lights for standard studio work, and Georgia hit the desired mood perfectly, although this portrait shows she's perfect for a my moodier style of portraiture too.
I love taking portraits of redheads. And Beth has to be just about the most amazing natural redhead of all. She looks incredible, with hair up or down, as these two images show.
The later part of March was taken up with Easter and family visits.
April started in street fashion style with a second shoot with Alyx, on behalf of an indie cothing design company in Folkestone, The Quartermasters. Colin, the owner of Quartermasters, had seen my work on Instagram, including images of Alyx, and sent along some T-shirts for me to use in my next shoot with her.
The shoot went really well (except for the wind and the rain) and both Alyx and I are now official members of the Quartermasters squad, and listed on the website as contributors and co-conspirators.
The very next day began with a big disappointment. I was due to work in the studio with Italian model, Alessia, who had been the model for the highly successful team shoot last autumn. I was really looking forward to doing a different style of personal project portrait shoot with her. But she developed a soaring temperature and had to call the shoot off early the same morning. I didn't want to waste booked studio time so at 8am put out an urgent casting call for the same afternoon, not holding much hope of a response. I couldn't believe my luck when Tanya (who I had worked with twice previously in her role as MUA) messaged me to say that she was available and was ready to jump on a train down to London. Thanks for saving the day Tanya, and for bringing such a colourful dress.
A few days later I was in London at Wordcamp (Wordpress conference) and rather than stay on for the after party, encouraged by the success of my last-minute casting-call earlier in the week, I put out a feeler on Facebook to see if anyone was around in the evening for a short street shoot. My luck was in again and this shoot with Hannah resulted.
The next day it was back shooting with Alyx. We were in mid-flow when she suddenly noticed she was having some kind of allergic reaction, and a livid rash was rapidly covering her entire body. We had no choice but to abandon the shoot and get her safely dispatched home. Here's one from just before that happened.
It was in the middle of April I had my first shoot with Brooke, who has just recently featured in a beach-shoot wearing Nasty Gal swimwear. The April shoot was a different mood entirely. Ruby, my go-to MUA, turned Brooke's hair silvery for a pixie in the woods shoot.
These two months ended with two hours working with Helen Stephens at the Little Chelsea Gallery as part of her fund-raising studio day in support of Young Epilepsy, a shoot which ended up featuring a hippopotamus.