Monday, 4 December 2017

Guffogg's Guest - Ben Moorhouse

Welcome to 'Guffogg's Guest', formally known as 'Where When How Wednesday'. The series in which I interview creatives about their journey into the creative world, their works, and what makes them tick. This week I'm interviewing Dunstable based retoucher, Ben Moorhouse.

Model - Freyja Phoria


Hi Ben. Thank you for taking a little time to answer some questions for me. How is it you found yourself tinkering with peoples images?

'I’ve always been into photography, and used to “edit” my photos but it was literally just using sliders in whatever program I was using. When I was doing wedding videos with a friend, one couple only wanted photos doing instead of video. Of course we said yes, no problem. Taking the photos was fine, but then it came to editing. After reading reviews I signed up to Adobe and got the photographers pack with Photoshop and Lightroom in it. 

It was a bit of a crash course in LR, but it got me started. From then I started getting more in to photo editing, mainly just going back over my old ones. I always used LR if possible. I had ventured PS before, but it was so complex and different to what I’m used to, I tried not to use it. Looking back, I should have definitely opened it sooner as now I much prefer working with it. 

I had a shoot with a model from Purpleport who recommended it to me. After signing up and putting some castings out for free editing, I found I had a knack for it and now do it as much as possible.'



Possibly a risky, polarising question, but, what's your editing programme(s) of choice?

'Currently the Adobe suite. I use PS and LR for photo editing, but Premiere and After Effects for video editing for my day job. I have recently got a Wacom graphics tablet, and am planning on getting some drawing programs for that, but that needs to be researched once I’m a bit better with freehand drawing with it, or when I have free time.'



Most things over time change and develop. Since starting, how has your work changed?

'It’s improved exponentially. I came across my old Myspace page that had some photos I “edited” and they are as you would expect. How I could have thought they were good at the time is beyond me. Even in the past year though, and especially since learning PS and using the tablet, I’m doing my best work yet. Considering how reluctant I was to open PS, it’s been an absolute game changer. I wouldn’t have dreamed about doing this kind of work a year ago. I’m also doing more of my own photoshoots, something I never did before. I’m building props and learning new techniques to try and create some really cool stuff.'



Have you had a go at, or do you think you'll ever have a go at editing your old work to see how it looks with all you've learnt since?

'I haven't yet. There's a few that I think I'd like to go back to and see what I can do now. Some of my really old projects have been lost though due to old hard drive problems, but certainly the projects from the last 2-3 years I would to revisit. Lessons were learnt and everything is backed up twice now. Some photos I took I may not be able to improve on much, when I started out everything was a big learning curve, so the raw images certainly weren't as good as they would be now.'



For your work, where do you find your inspiration?

'All sorts of places. I watch a lot of anime and that's always a good source, lots of scifi/cyberpunk. But it depends on what the image is I’m trying to do. For one photo shoot I did of my friend dressed as Jesus, I spent a good few days looking at renaissance and religious paintings. Currently I’m doing research for a new project I want to do involving a sort of crowned alien goddess. On top of the anime, I try and read as much as I can, William Gibson, Alfred Bester and Philip K Dick are my favourite authors. Books, films, computer games, music, inspiration can come from anywhere. Anything can randomly put a thought in your head and it grows and evolves the more you think about it.'

Model - Freyja Phoria


You mentioned it so despite the un-photography nature of the question, I can geek out a bit and ask it in good conscience...What's your favourite computer game? I'll accept current favourite if "of all time" is too hard!

'Depends how far you want to go back. I'm 33, and have been playing games since the 80s, such as Doom, Gauntlet and Wolfenstein. I don't think I have an absolute favourite, but Bioshock, Metal Gear Solid (on the PS1), Half Life, and the Fallout series are amazing. I recently tried speedrunning Resident Evil 2 with a friend to see if I still could. That was a great game. Most games nowadays can't compete with the older generation. Save for ones like The Last of us and Heavy Rain, everything is just cookie cutter, same old tedium.'

Model - Freyja Phoria


On an almost daily basis image sharing sites and apps like Instagram contain many editing blunders. Obviously you don't now, but, have you ever made any silly blunders in an edit?

'Ha. I still do, but it seems to be on my own work. When editing pics there’s a lot of checking to make sure everything is ok. With mine, I get to a point that’s possibly the end and say “yep, that’s good”, then later once it's been through LR or is uploaded I notice maybe a bit of green that wasn’t removed from the green screen, or a smoke effect ends where I didn’t warp something far enough. By the time I notice it, it’s too late to go back, so I leave it as it is. Or for your readers I should say, I never make any mistakes and everything I do is always perfect.'



In one of my smoother segways... Speaking of Instagram blunders, one of the most prevalent is the "wobbly lines" associated with the thinning of body parts. In the past I've made my feelings on this subject known, but as someone who edits images of people more often than I do, I'd be interested to know yours. What's your stance on thinning people with post processing? Do you do it? Do you outright refuse? Do you refuse if asked by the photographer but oblige if asked by the model? Do you only do it if needed for an uber-stylised effect?

'That’s a difficult one. I do do it, but it's not a common thing I do on every photo I work on. Certainly, for stylised shots where it’s called for, it's not an issue for me. I’ve been asked by photographers to slim parts of a model, under their requests. Bring a waist in a bit, or make a bum a bit firmer, but the full on head to toe body reshaping I wouldn't be comfortable doing. People should comfortable with their bodies, but from the perspective of a photo retoucher, and I don’t want it to come across like I’m a scumbag, I wouldn’t get work if people were fully comfortable with themselves. People are what they are, they have their blemishes and scars, but I can remove those and create the illusion of perfection, just for one image. However, I think it’s best to deal with it on a picture by picture basis, or client by client basis and see what works best for the image.'



I think the fact that your body retouching is upon the request of the model rather than media pushing an image, and that you want people to be comfortable in themselves, keeps you away from scumbag status. I hope the answer is no, but talking about the likes of Instagram retouching I have to ask. Have you ever received a retouching request that warranted the response "no...just, no!"?

'I haven't yet, but you never know what the next request will bring!'



If people want to see more of your work, or use your services, where should they go?

'Currently I have my work on Purpleport and Instagram. I am in the process of doing a website, but things always come up and delay it.

They can find me on PP and Instagram ben_moorhouse_photography or can email me benmoorhousemedia@gmail.com'

Model - Freyja Phoria


Lastly, what's your favourite joke?

'Ha. I couldn’t possibly say, it might offend your more innocent readers.'


I'd like to thank Ben again for taking the time to answer a few questions for me, be sure to check out all the links above for more of his work, as well as the links attached to the images for the other creatives involved in creating them.

Ian
https://facebook.com/guffoggthegeek
https://twitter.com/guffoggthegeek

Monday, 20 November 2017

Guffogg's Guest - Em Theresa

Welcome to 'Guffogg's Guest', formally known as 'Where When How Wednesday'. The series in which I interview creatives about their journey into the creative world, their works, and what makes them tick. This week I'm interviewing Milton Keynes based model, Em Theresa.

Photographer - JTD-Photography,  Taken At - Natural Light Spaces


Hi Em. Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for me. Normally at this point I'd ask about modelling, but in planning for this interview one question came to me that I need to ask first... How does someone decide to try fire eating? Did you have a particularly bad meal one time and think to yourself "I never want to taste food again"?

'The fire performing is actually largely my partner’s fault – I take him to a lot of circus shows, and he particularly likes the fire performances. While I have been injured too badly to do professional aerial training in the past 3 years, I figured why not try fire as it is something we can do together and another string to my circus-y bow after I recover and return to aerial training. It tastes about as good as you expect and the paraffin aftertaste lasts a good few hours afterwards!'

Photographer - ManCave


Back on track...it probably won't last... How did you come to find yourself a model?

'I came to modelling relatively late, at 27. I started off as an aerialist (which I also started relatively late at 24!) and got my very first modelling job with London College of Fashion as a model/aerial hoop performer for a show 3 years ago. Afterwards I missed the creativity – but had torn both of my hamstrings leaving me unable to continue as a professional aerialist till I healed - so I looked into photo modelling. After paying for a portfolio building day, I joined PurplePort and nearly 3 years later here I am!'

Photographer - Iain T,  Taken At - Natural Light Spaces


I hope you don't mind, but out of the somewhat morbid curiosity many people have, I have to ask, what happened that resulted in the tearing of both your hamstrings?

'It was two separate incidents, both doing oversplits between aerial equipment. I tore one then moved on to splitting mainly on the other side and 6 months later tore than one as well. I was stretching very intensively, but doing no strengthening work on my legs and so they weren't strong enough to do unsupported splits (with both feet supported but nothing under my butt) - lesson learnt there! I've been in physio and seeing a PT twice a week for the past couple of years and my legs are much stronger now.'

Photographer - Orson Carter


A lot of models I've interviewed have a variety of styles within their portfolio. Yours however is possibly more varied than most. Was this variety something you always planned on having? Was it a case of you happened to try a style, liked it, then added it to the list? Was it photographers and other models telling you that your look would fit a certain style?

'Thank you! Variety is certainly something I have aimed for in my port and my shoots, so yes I would say it has been largely intentional. I love to have variety in my life, it is a big part of why I love this job so much, being able to do a different thing every day.'

Photographer - Iain T,  Taken At - Natural Light Spaces


Is there any style, theme, idea you haven't tried, but would like to? Maybe someone reading can help make it a reality!

'I have shot it before, but I like doing vintage/pinup and don't often get booked for it.'

Photographer - Drew Paul,  Taken At - Clayfield Images Studio


On PurplePort, at the time of writing this, you're coming up on 300 references, all positive (for non-PurplePort readers, think Yelp or Trip Advisor but with less bitchy restaurateurs). What's the secret to this success? Do you ply them with sweet treats? (FYI chocolate covered peanuts, M&M's or cheaper alternatives are fine!) Are 200 of them fake profiles? Or, and I suspect this is the case, boring answer as it is, are you just hard working?

'I’m still surprised by how well modelling took off for me to be honest, and really grateful that I have the opportunity to make a living doing what I love! If I had to guess I would say it is a combination of taking the business aspects of modelling, and my reputation as being reliable, very seriously – even right at the beginning. Having a slightly unusual set of skills and being a people-person have likely contributed as well I should think.'

Photographer - JTD-Photography


It has has been demonstrated by various videos on YouTube, creatives occasionally end up suffering for their art. Which brings me to your images 'Siren' and 'Once and For All', both of which took place around a rusty shipwreck. Whilst stunning, the images look like a tetanus shot waiting to happen. Did you have any mishaps shooting them? Or for that matter, have you had any mishaps befall you whilst shooting in general?

'Oh, the shipwreck shoot. That was an amazing experience, and getting down the cliff and onto the wreck was something we all approached with extreme care – but really it wasn’t as dangerous as it probably looks. My degrees are in geology, so climbing across rocky sea shores and climbing about on cliffs are familiar territory to me anyway. The trip organiser (JTD-Photography) had planned that shoot extensively too, including important things like tide times and the weather, and he and Blofeld walked ahead of us models as pathfinders. Brunutty and I were perfectly safe and neither of us had any mishaps.

I have had things go wrong on shoots, but largely of the “getting caught in the nude in public” kind rather than injuries! I’ve had bruises, blisters and burns from aerial kit, pointeshoes and fire but that sort of goes with the territory. I once tried a fire trick called ‘teething’ where you hold the lit wick between your teeth only. Except this was outside, and a gust picked up and blew the flame onto my upper lip and burnt me...so I am very careful now where I do fire!'

Photographer - Button Moon,  Taken At - Natural Light Spaces


Again, curiosity forces me to ask, what's the funniest instance of "getting caught in the nude in public” that has happened to you?

'It wasn't funny at the time, but quite early on I was shooting nude in a National Trust garden. It was very late in the day and there was no one else about except for a guy in a tractor in the next door field a few hundred meters away. I figured, well he probably can't see me and if he can he isn't likely to care. Unfortunately wrong on both counts...instead of walking over he decided to drive his tractor out of the field, around the clipped bushes and across the lawn to come scold us. I was wetting myself he would call the police but luckily he settled with a good tongue-lashing and throwing us off the site.'

Photographer - Boo Photos,  Taken At - Natural Light Spaces


Within your PurplePort profile you state that you model full time. Something that comes up a fair bit on internet forums is the whole going full time thing, be that modelling or photography. Do you have any advice for models who want to go full time?

'To be honest, at 3 years I still think of myself as fairly new – certainly compared to some of the big names out there. But, I think what I did do right from the very start that might have been really helpful was consider modelling as a business, and act accordingly. So as an example, I did a lot of research (read: lurking) on PurplePort and the other sites before announcing my presence, to find out exactly what is expected of a hired model. Equally I have only gone full time in the past year, at the end of my PhD funding period, which suited me well as it allowed me to learn the ropes whilst not being wholly reliant on modelling for income.'

Photographer - Arrow Photography London,  Taken At - Natural Light Spaces


Modelling can, and has been used at times to raise awareness for various issues and causes. If you could model to raise awareness for a cause or issue, what would it be?

'Yes, it can – and via the studio I co-own (Natural Light Spaces) we raise money for charities at our events; this coming Christmas party we are supporting Help For Heroes. For me personally, at some point I would like to arrange something to support the JR Oxford air ambulance and/or MIND or another mental health charity, I need to look into which one.'

Photographer - Lee Scorpion,  Taken At - Natural Light Spaces


All fine choices to help. When's this years Christmas party, and where can people find info, book tickets (if needed) etc?

'The studio party is the evening of the 2nd December, info and tickets can both be obtained by emailing: naturallightstudio@outlook.com there is a flyer on the studio facebook page as well.'

Photographer - Dag Nammett,  Make-Up - Heather Akernan,  Taken At - Natural Light Spaces


If people want to see more of your work, or book a shoot with you, where should they visit?

'Either my purpleport page: https://purpleport.com/portfolio/emtheresa
My website: www.emtheresamodel.com
Or Instagram: @emtheresa.model'

Photographer - Gary Smithdale,  Make-Up - Heather Akerman,  Taken At - Natural Light Spaces


Lastly, what's your favourite joke?

'Ah tricky, as I am more of a fan of one liners and (de)motivational quotes than jokes per se. My long-time favourite has to be “All things are possible, except skiing through a revolving door”. It just makes me smile.'

Photographer - JTD-Photography,  Taken At - Natural Light Spaces


I'd like to thank Em 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.

Photographer - Doug Watson,  Taken At - Natural Light Spaces


Ian
https://facebook.com/guffoggthegeek
https://twitter.com/guffoggthegeek

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Where When How Wednesday - Jade Lyon

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 Hove based model, photographer and welder, Jade Lyon.

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?

'Hello,

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.


Ian
https://facebook.com/guffoggthegeek
https://twitter.com/guffoggthegeek

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Where When How Wednesday - Candy Heart Photographer

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 Stirling based photographer Claire of Candy Heart Photographer.

Model - Arabella


Hi Claire. Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. How was it you came to pick up a camera?

'My Grandfather owned one of the first Photographic shops in Stirling and as such I spent a lot of my childhood around cameras and processing. There was always a camera lying around in our home with a half used roll of film and I had itchy fingers so it didn't stay half used for long. I used to dread my Mum coming back from town with the developed prints I would always get in trouble, there would only be images of birds, flowers, trees and random objects and I would be in the bad books again.'

Model - Maleficent


That sounds awesome. I'd have loved, actually I'd still love a camera shop in the family to play in. Is the shop still going (and if so, still in the family?) or has the likes of Amazon ruined it like they ruin so much?

'The shop closed when my Grandfather retired but I have so many happy memories from that time and sure I caught the bug for photography from my  Late Grandfather, a wonderful man who like many others of his time served his country in the second world war, he was my hero and still is, I don't think a day goes by I don't think of him. I actually got my apprenticeship because he was so well known in photographic circles in our area. My boss figured if I was Sandy Jamieson's Grandaughter then photography would be in my blood.'

Model - Belle Eve


Your business name, Candy Heart Photographer, is quite unique in as much as you haven't followed the majority and just used your name (have you? it's not your real name is it?), or your initials followed by photography/photographer. Why did you choose Candy Heart Photographer?

'I liked the idea of playing on Eye Candy and originally thought of Heart Candy but it didn't flow as well as Candy Heart, which sadly is not my real name but what a cool name it would be. Unfortunately I was named Claire along with a billion other girls in the late 1970's.'

Model - Kuro,  MUA - Jennifer Mills


I believe you took a break from wedding photography in order to pursue model photography. What led to this decision?

'I have had a successful career at Weddings since 2008. I was blessed to be fully booked for the last 5 years with my maximum of 30 a year and so anyone would think I am  fool for giving it up. There are a few reasons that led me to step away from Wedding Photography. 3 years ago I was asked to shoot Student Make-up Artists Graded Units at a local campus and after 3 weeks of Beauty, Fashion & Avant Garde looks I was well and truly hooked. I worked with the college for a further  2 years while my sister studied there also so I was there go to photographer. I won 11 Societies awards in that time and 2 of my Front Page Images are collaborations during this time. I have always been artistic, I'm also a Singer/Songwriter and I make all the headpieces for my shoots and also customise clothing so the arty side of this type of photography really appealed to me and still does. Another reason is you don't have to people organise a crowd of half drunk folk that don't really want their pic taken whereas a model is fully committed to it. Weddings are stressful and very tiring, I've done lots of 12 hour shifts at them where you are not even offered a refreshment or meal when you have been on your feet all day and I often came home exhausted and stressed and it wouldn't matter how many times you told a Bride when she should expect her photos she would still be pestering you every other day. I started to dread them. That factored in with illness, that took the doctors a year and a half to diagnose and the fact that I am fortunate to have a lovely Husband bring home the bacon I decided to stop taking further bookings.'

Model - Claire's Husband


Mmm bacon...sorry, I have a problem! Despite no longer shooting them, do you find yourself on the receiving end of friends and family requesting you shoot their weddings? or their friends weddings?

'I don't actually mind shooting Weddings for my family and close friends but that's where it ends. I'm covering one of my Best Friends Weddings next year and I'd have been well miffed if she had gotten someone else. One of the best weddings I ever did was of close friends who got married on a beach, it was my idea of heaven.'


How would you describe your model photography?

'Now this for me is hard. Others will probably look at my port and define my style in seconds but I'm clueless here. I don't think I have a style. This is a hard question for me. If anyone has the answer let me know.'

Models - Sissa & Bristbro


Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from for your model shoots?

'The ideas for shoots usually come from Films,books, people or things I love. i.e Mermaids are fascinating to me, real or not, I had to do a mermaid inspired shoot. I customised clothing over 5 weeks and made the Crown for it and the Beautiful Artemis Fauna brought it all to life. I love Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights so that was another mission accomplished, so to speak. I am also a big horror and Halloween fan and Autumn is my fav time of year so with October coming up I have lots of ideas and cant wait to shoot them all. I also do take on board the ideas of my models. I had a lovely model Natasha approach me with her idea of Feathers on her face and to date that set of images has 4 Front Page Images so always be open to others concepts.'


Halloween and horror fan...you're one of my people! Is there any films in particular you want to do shoots based on?

'I don't want to go all guts and gore more spooky and gothic I would say. I'd love to do Bram Stokers Dracula, Interview with The Vampire, I'd like to try turning a model into Annabelle doll and I've already done a Carrie shoot. There are actually too may to mention.'



I hear you have a knack for putting the people you shoot at ease. What advice would you give to photographers who've recently stated, or want to start shooting people, so they too can put people at ease?

'Just be yourself that's all you can do. I never go straight into shooting with a model, we will have a cuppa and a chat first, I will show them around and discuss costumes etc with them and by the time we go to shoot the ice has been broken. I can appreciate that many photographers do not have this luxury as they are paying for time and may not want to use the first half hour for chit chat but I find it works for me. All my shoots are relaxed and i'm not expecting to get every minute out of the model, I'm not a clock watcher. Also in pre-comms there have been a few messages between us which helps, I wouldn't just book someone then not speak to them again until just before a shoot, I'm usually bouncing ideas back and forth. I always have snacks too and plenty of Teas, Coffee and juice on offer. People appreciate that you have thought of the little things and their comfort.'

Model - Bibi Beauchelle


No matter how much you can put people at ease, or well prepared we are for shoots, mishaps can and do happen. Have you found yourself on the receiving end of any mishaps?

'Far too many too mention. Accident Annie here. Its actually a running joke...."Whats she going to break this time/or trip over"

I broke a light the first day I used it straight out the packaging hadn't even took a photo yet!'


I can relate to that. The one and only time I used studio lighting (thankfully cheap eBay stuff because I didn't know if artificial lighting was for me), I knocked one over busting a bulb and bending the stand. Have all your mishaps resulted in only your gear getting hurt or have you ended up hurt as a result?

'Thankfully no one has been seriously hurt. I did have a light explode from overheating once and that was very scary. The client ended up with burn holes in the bottom of her dress but she was thankfully unharmed, I did however burn my hand. Luckily the offer of free photos saved me from what could have turned into a  very tricky situation. And guess what, it was those cheap eBay stuff you mentioned. Lesson learned I only use professional grade lights now with fans and I'm always switching them off between sets. I have had a torn shoulder which I got when I switched from a D700 to D800, I'm not blaming the hefty weight of the 800 but all the same it happened the same week I got it.'

Model - Luna Nothing


Obligatory off topic question time... As I write this I am coming the the end of The IT Crowd on Netflix, so I'll be looking for something to watch. What show(s) are you a fan of?

'I'm a massive Twin Peaks Fan and have just finished the much awaited Series 3, only took 25 years! If you are into both wonderful and strange then it's for you. Besides that I loved Sons Of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Stranger Things, The Returned, The OA, Prison Break, Ozark, Designated Survivor.'

Model - Natasha


If people want to see more of your work, where will they be able to find you?

'I've recently relaunched my Instagram which I had neglected and I have a website which is still a work in progress. 

http://www.instagram.com/candyheartphotos
http://www.candyheartphotographer.com'

Model - VIxen Bite


And finally, what's your favourite joke?

'Its a dad Joke, old and  naff but it makes me laff....... Star trek star William Shatner has decided to drop his new ladies underwear business after deciding that SHATNER KNICKERS was not a great name for it.'

Model - Artemis Fauna


I'd like to thank Claire 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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