Gee Whizz!! I can’t believe 2014 is nigh – where the devil did 2013 go?!
Although 2013 was a bit of a pants year for me, as modelling is concerned. I had to take a huge amount of time off thanks to epilepsy!!
But on the bright side… my year had many positives too. My time off gave me time to reflect, time to get myself better and to aim to get back doing what I love – modelling!
I discovered how wonderful and supportive people can be in times of need. All the help and best wishes I received really touched me, it really spurred me on to work out ways to sort out my condition, learn to cope and get my life back on track. Also, thank you for everyone’s continuing ‘Welcome Back!’ messages, your kindness has been a total boost! I’m certainly glad to be back!
Although shooting was very limited, I did get the chance to shoot with some rather smashing people:
To name but a few….!!!
I guess I have been very lucky, despite the circumstances!
And, of course… there is also the highly exciting project that I have been doing with photographer Matt Thompson. The project is called Helen’s Story. It’s a set of portraits taken by Matt accompanied with extracts from my (rather personal!) diary. This project is so important to us as it is a subject so close to our hearts.
We wish to spread epilepsy awareness and help alleviate the many stigmas associated with the condition. It’s not just about the seizures either, it’s about actually living with the condition, whether you have the epilepsy or if someone close to you has. It’s about family, friends and relationships…. Hopefully we can eventually reach out to people, not just those with epilepsy, but with other conditions and how they learn to deal with it.
I’m pleased to say that the reception we’ve received for this project has been amazing – it certainly was worth the 14 months of blood, sweat and tears! It’s also been wonderful to hear your stories and experiences too on our Facebook and Twitter pages, whether you have epilepsy or not. We all have issues to deal with in one way or another.
The project will be published and exhibited in 2014 – Eeek!!
Well I guess 2013 hasn’t been so bad after all… but here’s to an even better 2014!!!
Happy New Year!!!
Love Helen xx
OooohEeeeeee! Super-dooper busy January coming up…
…And I’m now taking bookings folks!
This month I’ll be based in Southampton, London and Birmingham – although very happy to travel to surrounding areas too!
Southampton: 3rd-6th, 17th-20th & 29th – 31st
Birmingham: 22nd – 27th
January Studio Days:
London 10th: BlingShot Studio
Birmingham 23rd: TipTop Studio
(Slots only £50 each – All inclusive!)
Birmingham 25th: Studio day and Lighting Tuition Premier Studio Days. Various styles and lighting set ups covered. I’ll be modelling from portraiture all the way to nude.
10:30-4:00 and only £125 for the entire day! Crikey!
Message me for bookings and further details!
Busy, busy November!!
Not only was I involving myself in lots of shoots in areas local to my hometown of Southampton and spending a week modelling up in London, I was also lucky enough to spend a few days working in The Netherlands, my first shoot abroad!!
It may not seem a big deal to most, and most models of whom have been modelling for as long as I, have already jetsetted around the world ten times over! But for me, it is a great achievement. It is the first time I have ever been well enough to model in another country – hurrah! Now I have some serious catching up to do as far as travelling is concerned!
I stayed in Marc Vreenegoor’s wonderful studio in Ter Aar, Holland. The studio is awesome and so modern. It also has a very clean and comfortable area for models to stay. Marc really made me feel at home. He got me chocolates and has an espresso machine too. Win!
We got so much done on our shoot and achieved many different styles. I had so much fun trying on lots of different outfits and creating a variety of looks with Marc to make the shoot a versatile as possible…
The next day I shot at a fancy, shamantzy hotel with both Marc and another awesome photographer, Lars Bemelmans. The hotel room was African-themed and there was much shooting potential. I think we got some great shots with a mixture of boudoir and art nude. I had such a hoot working with Marc and Lars with both their very different shooting styles – it definitely kept me on my toes!
Here are a few taken by Lars:
And some from Marc:
On the last day I had a splendiferous day to myself, wandering the streets of the beautiful city of Amsterdam, enjoying the galleries and museums (and hot Belgium waffles with melted chocolate!)
Hopefully it won’t be long before I return!
Love Helen x