Early in May I had my first shoot with a young local model called Alix. It was one of those golden evenings full of summer promise.
I was to have three more shoots with Alix before the year was out.
Two days later I finally got to work with someone who had been on my Want To Work With list for a long while - Rebecca Tun. She was spending some time at a cottage in Kent that is often used as a location for photographers, and the portrait shoot was entirely interior.
The next shoot was significant for being the first one planned speciifcally with an Instagram editorial sequence in mind. Since that shoot the remainder of 2016 became heavily focused on this style of working. It was my second shoot with LilyNicole and we were blessed with continuing good early summer weather, which was ideal for a casual in-the-country set, styled with a 'sticksandstones' vibe in mind. [The sequence uploaded to Instagram was given a richer, more-golden-toned edit than the ones uploaded to the linked gallery.]
The next day I had my second shoot with redheaded Beth and the weather couldn't have been different. Torrential rain meant we had to shoot entirely indoors which wasn't the original plan. This was also my first shoot with MUA artist Lu (Luciana), who gave Beth a beautifully understated natural look.
Next up it was back to Little Chelsea studio for a set with long-legged, long-haired Inesa.
The following day it was up to Birmingham and back in James Beddoes' studio for a shoot with big-haired beauty Dionne. I was so pleased with Dionne's presence in front to the camera I knew for sure I'd jump at the chance to work with her a second time.
It was also a shoot in which I featured some necklaces by claudiamadethis...
And that was just May for you.
At the beginning of June I did a shoot with Beth's sister, Meg, a dancer.
Then I had another shoot with Helen. It was only a brief one but sometimes you don't need very long...
The next shoot produced some of my most popular images from 2016. The only things marring the memory of the shoot are i) it was the day following the 'Brixit' referendum and ii) the car suffered a minor 'prang' when collecting Olga, the model, from the station.
The shoot had been a while in preparation and planning. Ruby, the MUA I work with regularly, had arranged use of a horse and the weather was set fair.
A couple of days later I did a mixed location shoot (seafront and park) with Francesca, who was great to work with.
June, and the first half of 2016, culminated in my first shoot with Kelly, and the first at a superbly versatile location, as represented by these two very different images from the same shoot.