Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Where When How Wednesday - Belle Eve

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 Edinburgh based photographic model, Belle Eve.

Photographer - Stratographic


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?

'Thank you! Ah well it all began about a year ago, I cant remember how exactly how it came about but a family friend had asked me to do a few shoots with him, over a few weeks we had a shoot mini shoots and then eventually I worked at a local camera from there I decided to go for it and sign up to pp and the rest is history.'

Photographer - Keir Siewert


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?

'Simple, organic. I like to just be me and let people take what they wish from the image. I tend to work with the photographer and try and blend both of our personalities together. I do my hardest not to be type casted, I am always up for something new.'

Photographer - JamesW


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?

'All of it is definitely a challenge but I do struggle with travelling and being away from home so much. It may shock some people but I am actually not much of a people person and I do really struggle with this sometimes but this only really becomes and issue 4/5 days into a very busy tour and I just begin to feel like I need some me time.'


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?

'My family, mainly my little brother and my partner they are so supportive and encouraging with everything they could possibly do. Always pushing me to keep going. They are both so stubborn to they set goals and they go and get them no matter what.'

Photographer - Klikker


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 that sits framed in my home (one of very few), it's a picture of my little brother's hands clasped together and I don't know why but that image just makes me feel so at peace.'


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?

'I've had flour thrown in my face, lights falling on my head, I've been in the sea in the Shetlands in 5 degrees, I've been in dirty pools in pretty dresses, I have no idea where I could even begin.'

Photographer - Fossiec


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?

'This year I have a million tours, a lot of model days and hopefully some fun projects to come. The future, I honestly have no idea lets see where life takes us. I would like to go back to school at come point but I'm in no rush right now am just taking on whats thrown at me.'


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

'Honestly, my scarf. I'm sure many photographers who have worked with me have noticed this grotty black scarf wrapped around my neck (or face head and shoulders) I'm a cold freak.'

Photographer - DavidM220


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

'My website http://belleevemodel.com
My purpleport and I'm on twitter and Instagram'


I'd like to thank Belle 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
http://facebook.com/guffoggthegeek
http://twitter.com/guffoggthegeek

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

No Posts This Week...

Due to recent events I have taken the decision to suspend publication of posts this week.



If you were affected by the events, you have my deepest sympathies. If you weren't involved, please, go spend time with loved ones, make sure they know how you feel, you never know what might happen tomorrow.


Below are resources available to you, should you need them..

0161 856 9400 - Emergency Help Line

http://ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk/CSIPS_Public/upload/choose - If you have any images/dashcam footage from around the time of the event.



Normal posts will resume week commencing 29/05/17.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Where When How Wednesday - Melissa Tongue

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 Oxfordshire based photographic model, Melissa Tongue.

Photographer - Tony Ornstien


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?

'Well it was a bit of a surprise for me, I didn't really know I was going to model until I was in a car on my way to a casting! My mum had modelled for a few beauty companies when she was younger and knew I was always interested in seeing her old photos. I was 14 at the time when she saw an advert in our local news paper casting for a teenager for a uni project and exhibition. So with me fitting the requirements, My mum booked me in and whisked me off to meet this lady. Of course only telling me moments before I meet the photographer what was going on.

I got the job and worked with Pamela for 2 years on her project. The project was about teenage emotions and life. It was a fun project to work on and made me realise modelling was my life.

Unfortunately to go from there to where I am now I had to  spend some money. I got caught in one of those "free makeover and photoshoot" offers and ended up spending over 2 grand on a portfolio! Luckily for me that set me off online with a port and I built up from there.'

Photographer - Jake41


From what I've heard of those scams, you were lucky to get usable images. With the benefit of hindsight, was there any warning signs that any newer models reading this could look out for?

'I hear a lot of these companies use the terms such as "free photoshoot" or "free makeover and shoot". I think the best thing is to stay clear! But if you really want to go ahead then I think the only way to check out what you are actually getting for free is to ask. I was 16 so I wasn't even thinking about asking how I get the photos. The bit where they get you is when you view the photos and then a sales women offers you "discounted" prices for the photos if you buy that day. Of course the photos are nice and you want to buy them otherwise you come away with nothing. So you end up purchasing photos for stupid amounts of money.'

Photographer - Orson Carter


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 kinda have a mixed style, I think nude is always seen differently to people. The first time I said to my mum I was going to do some nude modelling she asked 21 questions but as I explained to her it's more artistic and focusing on the body shapes and how the light falls on me. Luckily for me my direct family see this too and are fine. I know since I started nude work at 19 I have gone through more glamour and erotic nude and have seen there is such a fine line between those and adult. I always say as long as I feel comfortable at what I do then it doesn't matter if someone views my style differently to how I view it. I think I'd say I'm a fashion model who's gone a bit rebellious. I have the fashion figure but I can make great shapes too!'

Photographer - John Peri


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 had no self confidence when I started. Due to bullying about my looks and how skinny I am I felt like my body was wrong. Taking a plunge into nude modelling was a challenge but luckily my first nude shoot was with a photographer I am now great friends with. He said to me to think about all my hangups and ask myself what's the worst these hangups can do to me. Of course it's all in the mind so nothing was the answer. We took a few photos and agreed if I was still unsure we would delete the photos and I wouldn't have to ever do nude again....but I loved them! I hadn't seen my body like this before with all the shapes. So my confidence just went up and up from that moment.

Portraits are hard to do though. I think because I was born with an offset jaw, portraits are always harder as I have to move my mouth across and of course trying to look relaxed when it's not a natural position is very hard to do. Oh and smiling! Models never smile'

Photographer - Sensual Art,  Other Model - Melissa's Partner


Since taking up modelling, have any of your bullies shown up with vastly altered opinions? Plus/or do you find yourself having the urge to post pictures, tag them, and point out you get paid for it? I would, but that may say more about me!

'I have had a few of the male bullies tell me how hot I look now but I try to just ignore them. I don't want to know people like that. I do have a few on my social media and I don't hold back with posting.'

Photographer - Silverlight


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 have always looked up to my Mum, She was amazing at modelling and so pretty. I also look up to the top models on these sites, You always learn from each other and I admire all of the models here as it's not an easy job at all. I don't really have famous people I use to look up to as I find I can relate more to us mortals'


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 think all images I have created have some meaning to me as it's a story of my journey through modelling. It's hard to pick individual ones as they all have something about them. The first image I ever shot, my first photo abroad, my first photo modelling alongside my partner. Too hard to choose!'

Photographer - Sensual Art


Let's make it easier for you, does your partner have a favourite image of you?

'Ha easier for me but hard for him. We have spoken about this today over lunch and I have to say he was struggling too! There's just sooo many. So he came up with a photo from a photoshoot I did with a good friend of ours Rick Martin (Sensual Art on Purpleport), PJ (my partner) was the location scout and reflector holder (hence his fav photo lol). PJ took us to a bluebell woods and I have to say it was the most bluebells we have all seen in our lives! Rick was very happy to the point PJ received a big sloppy kiss and a hug from Rick'

Photographer - Sensual Art


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?

'I think the funniest and most embarrassing time was actually at a life modelling session. I had been called in last min to my local life modelling class due to having a model pull out. I went in as usual, said hi then headed off to the loo's to get into my robe. It was a pretty busy night and when I got back into the room I noticed it was time to start. So I took my spot on a chair what was set up, thought yes sitting pose to start, perfect! So I dropped my robe and all I saw was blushing people all over the room and the lady who runs it starring at me in horror! I was there for a portrait class not a nude life class! I found the funny side and laughed it off. I now always check what class I am at before I get undressed.'


They invited you back then?

'Yes thank god! We now make it a joke at the beginning of every class'

Photographer - Penny Hardie

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 actually wanted to retire in August last year. It was a decision I made after having a run of cancellations and looking at getting a mortgage. It was a hard decision as I have been doing this 12 years but stability is everything at my age. But since then I have had a flood of shoots come in so I am back to shooting when I can. Evening after work, Weekends and even a tour I have booked in with my annual holiday leave!

So here I am still going...Just need to remind myself not to over do it!'

Photographer - Starglider Photography


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

'Oooo tough one! I think my top three things are - My car! Travelling for shoots is a must and getting to those remote locations, Orson Carter cough cough it's a must. Chocolate! I'm not a tea or coffee drinker so I need something to get me going in the mornings. Phone! My diary, address book, internet of knowledge and of course camera to catch those amazing locations I travel to.'


Mr Carter has you going here, there, and everywhere?

'Orson Carter lives in Narnia and it's the only way to travel to him! You will find this awesome photographer in the heart of Somerset but public transport is a pain!'

Photographer - Simon Morton


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

'Purpleport - http://purpleport.com/portfolio/xxmrmthxx
Modelmayhem - http://modelmayhem.com/xxmrmthxx
Instagram -  @meltonguemodel
Twitter - @meltonguemodel
Facebook page - http://facebook.com/melissatonguemodel'

Photographer - Mike Stone


Actually, just one more thing...and quite possibly the most important question of the whole interview, as you mentioned it in your must haves, what's your chocolate of choice?

'Another tough question!

Galaxy, Fruit and nut bar, creme eggs, although at this stage of post Easter not so much! Big fan of a Twix as I can say well it's not chocolate it's a biscuit so even though I've eaten 3 chocolate bars already, I'm allowed this as technically in my eyes it's a biscuit.'


I'd like to thank Melissa 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
http://facebook.com/guffoggthegeek
http://twitter.com/guffoggthegeek

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Where When How Wednesday - Holmax

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 Hull based photographer, Richard...known on Purpleport and other parts of the net as Holmax.

Model - Madison Horn


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 photography?

'I've always been a bit obsessed with taking pictures right from being a kid shooting endless blurry pictures of ducks. I was sick of poor quality out of focus shots, admittedly probably more my fault than the cameras, so for my 18th birthday I asked my parents for a nice Olympus bridge camera that I'd seen advertised.

Once I got it, I thought I'd better learn how to use it properly, so I bought a couple of magazines. Within a fortnight I'd quickly realised it wasn't what I wanted at all and went and swapped it for a Canon EOS600 film slr. My parents weren't very chuffed, but for me it was a revelation. It went everywhere with me. At the time (late eighties), I was on a yts training scheme and was on £35 a week. At least £10 of that went on film and processing every week. All the pictures were pretty poor, but at least they were sharp!'


Photography, especially online, tends 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 an image 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 wouldn't say I have a particular style, although I do tend to shoot a lot of lingerie, nudes and portraiture. The main thing I aim for is to make it classy looking and actively avoid 'cheesy glamour'. I generally shoot things for my own and the models satisfaction rather than to chase 'likes', but as it turns out, the styles I do seem to be quite popular. I do however have quite a few shots that I love and think "that's got to be worth an fpi", only to find people obviously don't share my point of view. But to me that doesn't matter. It's all about producing shots that both myself and the model like.'

Model - Mischkah


Photography can have it's 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 photography particularly challenging?

'19 years ago, I had an accident at work which left me paralysed from the upper chest down with no feelings below my nipples and worst of all, no stomach muscles to keep myself upright unless I have a hand on my knee to support myself. When I first had my accident I had to give up photography. Trying to use the viewfinder while flopped forwards with my head virtually between my legs was impossible. Then around 8 years ago came the Panasonic g1 with a flip out screen and fairly fast live view autofocus.

That, along with a tripod enabled me to take up a much loved hobby again. My main problems nowadays is moving equipment around as being in a wheelchair puts a lot of things out of reach such as if I want my lighting set up high. Every model I've worked with has usually doubled up as being my lighting assistant, passing me bits and pieces, lifting lights up to the height I require etc. Nobody seems to mind though and we often have a joke about them being there as an assistant first and a model second.

I'd love to shoot outdoors more, but it's very awkward with the gear I have to carry, but I intend to do a lot more this year. I have quite a few friends who have volunteered their services. I think it's more of a case of they'd like to be in the company of a beautiful model and will carry my camera gear if they must, lol. On the odd occasion I have shot outdoors or on location, I've generally taken another fellow photographer with me to assist.

I'm sure my non photographer mates would do a fine job, but having a fellow photographer assist me is far easier as they tend to know what they are doing and often come up with great ideas during the shoot.'



When we've chatted in the past we've talked about your disability, and you mentioned it just then. As the carer for a disabled wife we've had to find workarounds for things people take for granted. Have you found your disability has made many aspects of photography particularly difficult, or impossible, and have you come up with workarounds for them?

'Probably the biggest problem I have is moving gear around the house and studio. I have every tripod, light stand, reflector etc on wheels which certainly makes life a lot easier. The other issue is lifting lights up to the height I want them, but the models I work with are very understanding and are always happy to help.

Recently I had an epileptic fit which has unfortunately resulted in a driving ban which has made things a bit awkward lately due to the fact I live out in the sticks so a model getting a taxi from Hull station to mine along with a train fare (I always pay travel costs) is unrealistically expensive. Consequently, at the moment I'm restricted to only working with models that can drive or get a lift to my place.'



Do you find the fact you're disabled affects people's perceptions of you and your ability as a photographer before you shoot? And after you've shot with them do you find that their views have changed?

'I don't advertise the fact I'm in a wheelchair for fear of it putting people off working with me, but I always make sure they are aware of it before they agree to a shoot just so there are no shocks for them.

Perception wise, I think most people are surprised at how well I cope and wouldn't have ever realised I am in a wheelchair from just looking at my pictures. I must be doing something right as I get lots of models coming back for second, third or even a forth shoot. Although that's probably out of necessity as I spend so much time talking I tend to forget to take any pictures'

Model - Madison Horn


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?

'Gavin Prest who is also on purpleport and a good mate of mine is a huge inspiration for me. We often shoot together, sharing the cost of a model for the day. While he's setting up in one room I'll be shooting in another. He has such an imagination and his pictures always tell a story. He's also full of great advice and has been very helpful. It really helps me to up my game when shooting with him. The worst thing is that I think I've got some great shots until I look at the back of his camera and find myself slightly envious at what he's produced in the same location with the same model. But as a model recently said to me "envy is the killer of joy". She really hit the nail on the head with that one. I never try to emulate Gavin, we both have very different styles. I just wish I had his attention to detail and half his imagination.

Photographically wise, I have a huge collection of playboy magazines and I love the style and highly polished look. It's probably the style I find myself trying to emulate above all others. Glamourous but very tasteful.

Another photographer I admire hugely is Miss Aniela http://www.missaniela.com Her pictures are out of this world and her photoshop skills are insane. I just wish I had a tenth of her budget and access to the locations she shoots in.'


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 took a shot of my son when he was a couple of weeks old being held up Lion King style by my ex wife which hangs proudly in my office on a four foot square canvas. I honestly don't think I'll ever better it. It says to me "this is my son and heir, the very best, my life's work. He is the future, the boy that will become a man. The person that will carry my name into the future".

The funny thing is, while making this shot, he decided to do a pee all over my ex wife!'



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

'One that particularly springs to mind is a shoot I did with Madison Horn, a great model and a great friend of mine.

The story goes something like this:

"I know, let's do a bath shoot" she says.
"Good idea" I say.
So after what seemed like an age setting a tripod up just right over the bath and sorting the lighting out we begin. We get some great shots.
"Wouldn't it be great if we tried it with the jacuzzi on" I say.
"Fab idea" she says....

Now the jacuzzi feature hasn't been used for at least five years as I always get showers. After lots of messing we finally figure out how to turn it on. Now I don't know if we got the settings wrong, or if the thing was just exited at being used again, but it started off slowly, then without warning I'm pretty sure it had an orgasm.
I was soaked, my camera was soaked, I nearly had a heart attack, Madison couldn't do anything for fits of giggles which went on for at least the next two hours, and god only knows what the neighbours thought when they heard me yelling "turn it off" multiple times at the top of my voice. They're already very suspicious of the comings and goings of some very beautiful women from my house at all hours.

I learnt from that to never work with jacuzzi baths again... And, for the love of god, never listen to Madison's bright ideas again!!!

Pretty thrilled with the results though.'

Model - Rachelle Emily


We've talked about your start in photography, we 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'm hoping to do a lot more outdoor shoots this year and try some different things. I'm currently planning a shoot with a dancer in some old abandoned farm buildings. It's not something I've ever done before and am really looking forward to it.

Long term, I really just want to continue to improve in all areas of photography and editing. I've always said to myself that I'll know I've made it when the likes of Carla Monaco, Tillie, Mischkah Scott, Ivory Flame etc want to come and shoot tf with me. Thankfully I have some outstanding models who are happy to come and collaborate with me for which I'm very grateful, and I've also had the honour of shooting with the above models I've mentioned, but if they ever want to come do tf, that's when I'll finally think "I must be half decent".

I've no desire whatsoever to turn professional. Having to do it day in day out would very quickly drive me insane. I just enjoy doing the odd shoot every three or four weeks and trying to improve with every shoot I do.'



We can't really talk photography without discussing gear, so...what is your 'go to' equipment that you find yourself gravitating towards the most on shoots?

'I shoot with a pair of Sony a99 mk2's and my go to lenses are my 50 and 85mm f1.4's.

Lighting wise I have four Elinchrom elc pro hd's that I use in my studio and around the house. I've recently bought three Lupolux continuos Fresnel lights that I'm hugely impressed with. They allow me to focus the light from a broad spread or down to a very tight spotlight. I can also alter the colour temperature of them with the push of a button which is so much easier than using gels on my studio lights.

I wouldn't be without my trusty Gitzo and Manfrotto tripods. They make life so much easier for me in my situation.

Other lenses I have/use are 16-35mm f2.8, 35mm f1.4, 100mm f2.8 macro, 135mm f1.8 and a 70-200 f2.8. All great lenses and bloody expensive, but the 50 and 85 spend more time on the cameras than all the others combined.

I'm also lucky enough to live in a huge bungalow which is great for shooting in although I do tend to decorate it according to what it'll look like in a photo rather than what it's like to actually live with!

I also have a good size studio at my home which I'm giving serious thought to extending as I'm starting to run out of room with all the gear I have. I really should sell some of the hardly used stuff but can't bear to part with it.'



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

'You can find my purpleport portfolio here: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/holmax
Or my website: http://holmax.com
Or on facebook: http://facebook.com/richard.goring.10'



Once again, I'd like to thank Richard for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. Be sure to check out the links for more of his work, and the links attached to the images for the other creatives involved.

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

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Where When How Wednesday - Amelie Alden

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 Southampton based photographic model, Amelie Alden.

Photographer - Shutter Imaging


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 was 17 living alone and looking for cash in hand work, a local studio had advertised wanting normal people to do makeovers on for a few quid for their portfolio, so I did that, he invited me back, the rest is history.'

Photographer - Degsy


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?

'A celebration of sexuality, sensuality and the female form. Oh, and a bunch of tacky bread and butter stuff in between of course. As you said, it’s subjective - it is up to the viewer what to make of my work.'

Photographer - Macman


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?

'Separating myself from my body in photoshoots. There are some parts of my body that personally I don’t like or have hangups with, however as a model, your body is your product and it’s been chosen for it’s features, and it can be very limiting if you focus on your hang ups - for the photographer as well as the pose.'

Photographer - Darren Lee,  Taken At - Sandon Studio


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 love pre raphaelite paintings that show nude forms with a lot of sinew, muscle tone, and in flowing poses mimicking movement. I get a lot of inspiration from other models, too - not only Purpleport but I am addicted to Pinterest.'

Photographer - Macman


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?

'An art nude set shot at Haytor on Dartmoor - there was the most overwhelmingly beautiful sunset I ever saw which almost brought me to tears how amazing it was, and how close we were to it, and it was just a beautiful place and experience and shooting art nude there felt even closer to it all.'

Photographer - Hugh Jorgan


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?

'One time in a forest, I climbed across a fallen tree which was lying across a stream. I carefully positioned myself into an art nude pose to realise I had also positioned myself over some sort of wasps nest. It was to say the least both scary and funny trying to manoeuvre off the tree butt naked without falling in the stream or being stung/screaming.'

Photographer - Raphael


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’ve been modelling ten years now and am pretty happy where I am - I’m in a place where I can pick and choose my shoots, live in a free and easy way, and volunteer in other fields - that’s where I might build a new career in future. But I’m quite happy like this for now.'

Photographer - Arrow Photography


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

'Of course makeup/hair bits. But I think the right background music is important, it can make or break a mood or expression.'



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

'I am pretty low key but I like instagram, and would love it if you followed me - I’m @ameliealdenmodel and I regularly post behind the scenes and shooty bits.

My most up to date portfolio is publicly displayed at: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/ameliealden1'

Photographer - Hugh Jorgan


I'd like to thank Amelie 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
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