Iris and I had first planned to work together in 2014 when she was working as a tennis coach in London, but those plans fell through when she suffered an ankle injury. As soon as I realised she was now living far closer to me on the south coast we arranged a shoot in my favourite studio, the Little Chelsea Gallery, Eastbourne.
What a varied and creative model she is and our shoot ranged from period costumed to artnude.
In fact, this artnude shot proved to be one of my most popular photos of the year.
Isabelle is a photographer rather than a model. We met in the photographers’ ‘pit’ at Brighton Fashion Week, and I could see that she had a face and demeanour suited to my style of shooting. I suggested some heavy stylised eye makeup for the shoot and Isabelle bravely traveled to the location by bus with her makeup pre-prepared.
We did the shoot in Stanmer Park. I chose the same location for my first shoot with Mai.
From the moment she sat down in the smart surrounds of Stanmer House and started playing with the leaves of a houseplant, I could tell we were going to produce some fabulous photos.
This photo of Mai reclining in an old tree was the first of three photos of mine to be showcased by Breed.
I did two further shoots with Mai during the summer and was highly disappointed when she decided to return to Hong Kong and Japan following her graduation.
One of the best models I worked with in my first year was a young Londoner named Danielle. That had been a street shoot in and around Brick Lane. I was keen to work with her in the studio so arranged a special shoot with designer Isaac Raymond to coincide with Danielle’s release from A-Levels.
I booked Ruby Lonsdale to do the makeup and Danielle modelled a gold dress.
The next shoot was with MaryAnn, a MUA and hairstylist rather than a model. I had first come across her during a Halloween group shoot in 2014. We shot on a fabulously warm summer’s day and got some tremulously beautiful outdoor photos.
I very much hope she’ll agree to model for me again some time.
I like to create varied work, but it is still pure portraiture that satisfies me the most, and my next model provided me with what I think are my two best natural light portraits of the year. We conducted the whole shoot in a small living room at her shared student flat. It’s remarkable what can be achieved when the window light is good, and your model has such natural radiance.