Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Where When How Wednesday - Sophie Wighton

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 photographic model, Sophie Wighton.

Photographer - 13th Life Photography

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 began modelling in November 2015 when a photographer I met on a makeup job asked me to model for her. She recommended I sign up to PurplePort and I’ve been modelling regularly ever since.'

Photographer - LeoPhotography,  Designer - Jem Corsets

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?

'The majority of my modelling is very alternative. I have a lot of piercings and dress in Gothic clothing on a daily basis so this is reflected in my modelling. My appearance is an expression of my creativity, as is my modelling. It also gives me an opportunity to showcase my skills as a makeup artist.'

Photographer - LD Photography

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’ve found body confidence issues have limited me at times. Up until very recently I’ve only worked up to fashion levels, partly due to poor body image. I’m experimenting with pushing my levels now and have actually found that doing so has helped me to accept my body more.'

Photographer - Oakmist

When we've chatted in the past we've talked about the fact that you have Cerebral Palsy. 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 any aspects of modelling particularly difficult, or impossible, and have you come up with workarounds for it?

'I try not to let my disability limit me too much but there are some poses that are just impossible due to my poor balance and tight muscles. I also have to take my right hand into consideration when posing as I can’t open it so prefer to keep it out of images where possible. On the whole, I try not to let it limit me too much and strive to find alternative ways of doing things. I take this approach to everything in life, not just modelling.'

Photographer - 13th Life Photography

This question is sort of a two-parter... Do you find the fact you're disabled affects people's perceptions of you and your ability as a model before you shoot? And after you've shot with them do you find that their views have changed?

'I’ve been very lucky in that all the photographers I’ve worked with so far have been very patient and understanding when it comes to my disability. I suppose that because I make it very clear on my PurplePort profile that I have a disability, the people who are put off by it don’t contact me in the first place.

As for their perceptions changing, I think some photographers admire how little I complain and how much I push myself to get the shot. I put my all into every shoot, no matter how cold or uncomfortable I am!'

Photographer - Mike Stone

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 asked this on a regular basis and it’s a difficult question to answer! I’m an artistic person and I find ideas just pop into my head. They can be inspired by music, a piece of artwork, a makeup look, a specific colour or an item of clothing. It’s difficult to pinpoint specific sources of inspiration.'

Photographer - Mike Stone

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 a picture of myself and my favourite musician, Wednesday 13, from when I met him after a gig in 2014. My eyes are closed but I don’t care because I got to meet the person who created music that got me though some of the toughest times in my life, and he signed my favourite CD box set. My only regret is that I didn’t show him my 13 tattoo!'

Photographer - Mike Stone,  Studio - Scarlet Door

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 don’t think there have been any genuinely scary moments during my shoots, but I try to make them all fun. I love scrolling through the images and finding the ridiculous faces I pull. The funniest outtakes have probably been captured by Steve Morris when I accidentally put my hand in bird poo, and a similar face when KaosAdy poked me on the nose during a shoot with Stephotofocus. All my best outtakes make their way onto Facebook, I don’t like to take myself too seriously.'

Photographer - Mike Stone

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 to work with more of my favourite brands. I’m already the brand model for CyberloxShop UK and have modelled for and Jem Corsets, I would love to continue working with more brands and designers. I would also like to get published, perhaps in a Gothic or alternative magazine.'

Photographer - Oakmist

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?

'False eyelashes and platform boots! Eyelashes completely transform any makeup look, I couldn’t do a shoot without them. And my boots, well, I’m only 5’2”, I need the help!'

Photographer - Tim Williams

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

'On my Facebook page and my Instagram @Zombiispoph. I am also on PurplePort under Sophie Wighton (model page) and Zombiispoph (MUA page).'

I'd like to thank Sophie 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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