|Model - Jade, Photographer - Christina Lou|
Hi Jade. Thank you for taking a little time to answer some questions for me. Whilst prepping for these interviews I browse the participants online presence. After looking at yours, and assuming you're not embellishing your age (having looked old since around 12, it will sour the interview if you're really 50 and look the age you do!), you started modelling in your teens. I also see you yourself are a photographer. Did one come substantially before the other or was it a pretty much a case of them developing hand in hand?
Yes I'm 26 and have always done both photography and modelling alongside each other. The photography came first as I always studied it. I never thought about modelling until my photography friends started to use me for their work when we were about 17. We had some fun shoots together exploring abandoned buildings or throwing me in sinks full of overflowing water. I guess it made me the hardy model that I am now! I'm up for most ideas (SFW!!!). Luckily this friend was a good make up artist as well as photographer so she would even be my make up artist on other shoots. Going to shoots together whilst modelling at a young age I think was really important. It was really my friend that pushed me into modelling and it turned out that I loved it!'
|Model - Jade, Photographer - Simon Burgess|
Whilst prepping for this interview I was admiring your 'Me & My Hasselblad' image. Can I hav...sorry, that's not what I was meaning to ask. At the risk of causing a ruckus on the internet, when shooting, of digital and analogue, do you have a favourite? If you do, and probably adding more fuel to the fire, why?
'Haha firstly, no you can't have my Hasselblad! Analogue photography definitely wins over digital! You can tell when something is shot on film. There's a lovely depth and feel to it. I still can't really describe what it exactly but I think there's a beauty to it. All though to be honest I don't shoot enough medium format as I should really.'
Speaking of analogue photography, and medium format...possibly one of my better segways...have you tried your hand at the whole "toy photography" thing? (with the cheap plastic cameras like the Diana and the Holga 120N, not like Danny Molyneux with his Lego)
'I never have tried the "toy" camera/ lomography type stuff actually! Oh I love Instax! But I only use it for snapshots with friends to then hang the photos around the house.'
|Model - Ingvild Deila (Actress), Photographer - Jade|
You shoot weddings. Often times people shot at weddings haven't "posed" for images before, nor do they like having their picture taken. As photographers it's sometimes our job to pose them, and put them at ease. As a model too do you think your experience on the other side of the camera gives you an advantage in this situation?
'I think being both sides of the camera has a massive advantage. A lot of models seem to be photographers now.... good ones as well! I don't take myself to seriously in front of the camera (as in I don't judge myself or criticise myself to much) so I guess I try to get that across to people. It should be fun not scary! I'm surprised that in a world of selfies people are still scared when a professional camera is pointed at them. What I love to see is the confidence someone gains at the end of a photoshoot when they've had a laugh and see they have good results. I guess it helps that I can demonstrate posing to them. However I do love it when a male photographer shows me how to pose because it's usually so funny!'
|Model - Jade, Photographer - Zaki|
Your modelling work is very fashion heavy, been that you're a fashion model... Anyway, what was it that drew you down this path?
'I'm really pleased that I have managed to stick with it and keep my work fashion based even though I'm a shortie at 5'4. I did try as many do to join main board fashion model agencies many years ago but they said, "come back if I grow any more" haha! So high fashion work was out the window but I'm pleased that height isn't actually much of an issue for smaller clothing boutiques etc.
It's funny because when I was a teenager I wanted to do more alternative modelling as I'm actually a bit of a metal head. It turned out though that people liked my natural look so I stuck with it. Maybe in another universe there's a dyed hair, tattooed Jade with all the piercings I always wanted. I'd like to meet her one day haha!'
|Model - Kitty, Photographer - Jade|
What tattoos, piercings, hair colours and the like is it you have wanted over the years? Is it your model work holding you back from getting them?
'I wanted my ears pierced all the way to the top and my nose pierced. I think I'm a bit over it now. All though I love the whole pastel hair colours at the moment. I do film extra work as well so that also stops me as I'm picked for a lot of vintage or period dramas/ films. It's good fun though so I don't mind staying as I am.'
|Model - Jade, Photographer - Amie Mcallister|
Your image 'Impractical Fashion', which I love by the way, something about it just, pops...Sorry! I was initially going to ask you about the logistics of the dress. Instead, what I'd really like to know is, did you cause a stir whilst you were out shooting it?
'The balloon dress for the Impractical Fashion photo was made by the photographer herself (Amie McAllister)! I couldn't sit down in the dress! In one shot I just about perched on a stool outside the horse racing game on Brighton pier. I did become a tourist attraction in that dress. There were lots of groups of foreign students that were asking to have their photo taken with me. Of course I didn't mind! I was like a circus attraction!'
You could have charged and made a fortune! I should imagine a balloon dress would be difficult to beat in regards to causing a scene, without involving nudity that is, but...is that the biggest stir you've caused whilst out shooting?
'I blame Zaki for a lot of crazy shoots I do but so far it hasn't been in public luckily haha! This photo...
|Model - Jade, Photographer - Zaki|
...was taken at the model/ photographer weekender at Studland Bay House. I was a bit concerned but we cleaned up after!
Also me and my boyfriend Rajk do some great stuff that's potentially risky. Such as this shot...
|Model - Jade, Photographer - Rajk|
...in our house with the letter on fire (I have a bowl of water under the table) but again it's never in public!'
|Model - Shannon Pagee, Photographer - Jade|
At the risk of making many of us feel inferior, as well as talented photographer, and talented model, do you have any hidden talents?
'My hidden talents aren't anything exciting! I can't stand on my head or do insane yoga like some models. My talents are much more practical. I can weld and angle grind and build things! I'm really looking to get back into conservation work. I like practical hands on in the mud conservation work at nature reserves. So if anyone reading this happens to have a job like this for me please let me know!'
|Photographer - Jade|
Now I know who to ask should I need anything welding...I'm not "responsible" enough to do things like that! Are there any talents you wish you had?
'I wish I could dance actually! I love dancing! I would have loved to have been a professional dancer. I will learn to Jive one day as I love the whole rock 'n' roll 50's parties. Even the Charlston as I love 20's parties and a bit of electroswing! It's such fun and high energy.'
|Model - Jade, Photographer - Zaki|
If people want to see more of your work as model, photographer, balloon wearer, where should they look?
'Instagram is the best place to find me @jadelyon. I don't put much of my photography on instagram though actually. You can find my photography at https://www.jadelyon.co.uk
I have Facebook pages as well of course. Jade Lyon Fashion Model and Jade Lyon Photography.'
|Model - Holly Stone, Photographer - Jade|
And last, but by no means least, what is your favourite joke?
'I'm really stuck on this one! I have the loudest laugh ever as well! Is is bad that I can't think of something really funny?!'
|Model - Jade's Sister, Photographer - Jade|
I'd like to thank Jade again for taking the time to answer a few questions for me, be sure to check out all the links above for more of her work, as well as the links attached to the images for the other creatives involved in creating them.