Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Where When How Wednesday - Miss Pixie

Welcome to 'Where When How Wednesday'. In these weekly posts I'll be interviewing creatives about their journey into the creative world, their works, and what makes them tick. This week I'm interviewing Miss Pixie, a talented model based in Cardiff.

Photographer - Siren Arts

Firstly, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for me. We should probably start at the beginning...when and how did you come about getting into the world of modelling?

'I had a friend who was doing some glamour modelling at the time so I joined her on a shoot to see what it was like. At the time I was more interested in alternative fashion modelling rather than glamour, but this was my first introduction to the camera and my friend Tammy was so helpful when I was first starting out.'

Photographer - Kestrel

Most things, especially online, tend to fall into specific genres and/or gets described as being a specific style. The trouble with this is it's quite subjective, the style someone views something to be can often differ to the style the person creating it views it as. How would you describe the work you are putting out there?

'I try to do as many styles as I can to keep things interesting. I feel the work I put out on my website and places like Purpleport has some artistic merit but I've had some trouble other places on the internet. One person can look at what I would consider a beautiful artistic nude image and consider it art and another person can view it as pornography. It's a tricky subject.'

Photographer - Chris Parsons,  Studio - Full Moon Studio

Photography, modelling and their related skills, as with most things, can have their share of problems. I personally have a particular problem with self confidence. This confidence issue can and has caused me issues with my photography. Do you find any aspects of modelling particularly challenging?

'I think most people have some issues with confidence if they are models, photographers, artists or most other jobs. I have days that I feel confident and the shoot is going great and other days when the lighting isn't so flattering and I think my nose looks huge in every image. It's hard not to be vain as a model! Another problem is that you meet so many photographers, models, make up artists etc...I try my hardest to get along with everybody but sadly it doesn't always work out like that. These days I stay well away from any gossip and I just turn up to the shoot to do my job which I love.'

Photographer - Blofeld

In my series 'Foto Inspiration Friday' I share the people, images, places etc that I find give me inspiration. Who, or what, or where do you draw inspiration from?

'I'm probably most inspired by my good friends who are out there doing what they love it doesn't matter if it's there full time job or just a hobby. I also love Instagram for a bit of daily inspiration. I follow models, photographers, fitness pages, craft pages and all sorts of awesome people.'

Sometimes images hold a special significance to us. It can be the first image we ever made, it can be an image drawing attention to a cause close to our hearts, it can simply be an image of someone we love. Do you have an image or images that hold a special significance to you?

'I have an image of myself and my awesome friend Ryo Love in a boat taken on a freezing cold day in February by crazy talented photographer Salleh Sparrow. It's one that's really special to me as the shoot was an amazing team effort and the image makes me think of our crazy friendship and all the things we've been through together.'

Photographer - Salleh Sparrow,  Model & Make Up - Ryo Love,  Hair - Jade Pointon,  Wardrobe - Miss Overdose

Photoshoots can sometimes leave you open to scary or funny situations. What's the scariest or funniest situation you've found yourself in on a shoot?

'Probably too many to remember but recently I did a photo shoot that involved someone throwing water balloons at my head. The photos are actually incredible and nobody was harmed with water balloons but it was a little bit crazy.'

Photographer - Alex Keen Photography

We've talked about your start, we've talked about your current work, let's quickly chat about the future. What have you got coming up this year, more of the same? Any special projects? Plus in regards to a more long term plan, where are you hoping your creative journey will take you in the years to come?

'I plan on ageing disgracefully and I hope to be out there making images for quite a few years to come. I work hard at the gym to stay in shape so I won't be going away soon. One thing I've learned over the last couple of years though is that sometimes less is more. It's not about being the busiest model and doing all of the shoots you can. I want to love every shoot that I do and sometimes it's important to have a break or a rest.'

When I speak to photographers I ask about their gear, it's only fair you get to geek out you have any go to items you can't live without?

'I'm a big fan of gorgeous lingerie, latex fashion and have a bit of a weakness for beautiful shoes. Last year I sold a lot of my modelling wardrobe. You can only have and use so much stuff I guess! It's great to have some really unique things that you can bring to a shoot, but photographers also request more basic items a lot such as a white shirt, a little black dress, denim shorts, black heels, white and black lingerie sets.'

Photographer - Hi Stakes Photography

Now for the shameless self promotion part of the interview...where can people find you and your work?

'That will be at my nice and shiny new website'

I'd like to thank Miss Pixie 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.


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