(Spain, Yorkshire, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen)
Before embarking on my epic three-week-long North England and Scotland tour, I had a week away modelling in Moraira, Spain. I had the pleasure to work with a wonderful group of models and photographers – including one of my best mates, Devon Mayson!
And now for an outtake!!! (Devon is going to kill me when she sees I’ve posted this…Bahahaha!)
And here’s a more sensible figure nude shot by Ivan Rakk…
Despite doing a tour that took the best part of three weeks, the whole trip flew by! It was wonderful catching up with old friends and meeting new people. I started off travelling around Yorkshire, then on to Newcastle before heading off to Scotland where I visited Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen (and then on to Glasgow, Dumfries and Manchester as November began).
Here are a couple a the images from my North England/Scotland tour…
(Glasgow, Dumfries, Manchester, Eastbourne, London, Bristol, Southampton)
After finishing off my Scotland tour and stopping off en-route in Manchester for a few days, it wasn’t long until I was unpacking and repacking for a couple days in Eastbourne with my dear friend, Tim Bosworth and fellow model, Helen Diaz.
Helen Diaz and I had a blast doing a photo shoot with Tim on the first day and on the second day, Helen and I pretty busy working at our sell out duo studio day at Tim’s awesome studio, The Little Chelsea Gallery. I always love working with Helen, we have a great laugh together and her enthusiasm towards her work is inspiring!
I adore this image that Tim took of me on the first day of my Eastbourne trip…
(Berlin, London, Manchester)
At the beginning of December, Devon and I went to Berlin for a week (we did do some work… but I’m not going to lie, we did hit the Christmas markets hard!!). I had the pleasure of hearing Devon perform live with just herself and her guitar. I never tire of listening to that lady’s beautiful voice.
Between jobs, we also manged to squeeze in some downtime at a fair few museums and galleries (yes, we did manage to pull ourselves away from the Nutella-filled crepes and the Glühwein!) I utterly loved the Helmut Newton museum, it was incredible seeing his work blown up to huge proportions and displayed beautifully in a gallery, as opposed to admiring his work in a crusty old book from the library! I also dragged Devon around Checkpoint Charlie. As somebody who has a an interest is aspects of the cold war, this is a place I have been wanting to visit for many years and it did not disappoint…and Devon being the amazing friend that she is, put up with me whilst I read literally EVERYTHING (I know she enjoyed it really…perhaps).
As a little Christmas gift to each other, Katarina and I booked ourselves a day at one of our favorite studios, Hallam Mill, in Stockport. Katarina and I could probably be best described at mutual muses (if that even makes sense!!)… basically, Kat and I both like to hop on either side of the camera! Kat is by far one of my favourite photographers AND one of my favourite models to photograph. Because she’s weird and arty. So this was an excellent opportunity to photograph each other… Aaaand sometimes we like to set up the camera/lights together and both jump in on the photo… which is what we did.
Click here to view a selection of Katarina’s inpiring – and I guess a tad idiosyncratic – work. I promise you, her work is not contrived, she really is naturally and wonderfully that odd.
The image below is one of our joint self-portraits that we took during our day at Hallam Mill. A slice of cherry pie and a cup of damn fine, black coffee for those who can guess where we got our styling inspiration from…
(London, Milton Keynes, Welshpool, Birmingham, Stratford upon Avon)
I had some terrific photo shoots in April, so many awesome people! So to keep my post concise (Yeah, I’m aware I have a hideous tendency to waffle on…) So here is a small taster of what I got up to in April.
Photography by John Woodward…
(Essex, London, Hampshire)
May seemed to be a month of hanging out with Lucy Lu – Lucy is awesome, so I have no complaints!
Lucy and I were super busy together this month, first off we organised an event involving six photographers and six models in total at the wonderful and unquie Taliston house. It was stressful to organise, but on the day, it went so well and pleased with it.
Thank you to Anna Rose, Angel, Devon Mayson, Stephanie Dubois for being awesome.
After that, Lucy and I made our way to London, where we arranged a few duo shoots – unfortunately for one shoot, I managed to poke myself in the eye. Needless to say, my eye had swollen right up and looked a bit ghastly! Luckily for me, the shoot we had planned was a Sin City inspired shoot in which an eye patch went down rather well. In fact, very well. Serendipity!!
So all was well in the end… actually I was pretty chuffed/surprised by my quick thinking and resourcefulness!
On a final note… I also got to be a leopard!!
(London, Hampshire, Eastbourne)
June saw that I got to spend even more time with Lucy Lu – Hoorah! Time time we made our way to Eastbourne to work at our sell out two-day duo studio event (that was a bit of a mouthful) at one of my favourite studios, The Little Chelsea Gallery.
I got to be a man, a cat, a creepy doll, a 1920’s flapper girl… just to name but a few!!
Here are a few behind-the-scenes snaps!
July & August
I decided to take it easier in July and August and just stuck to local shoots. I felt I also needed to catch up and allow myself to spend quality time with friends and family. As much as I love my job, travelling around all the time can get pretty lonely (and tiring!). Plus it made a nice change from living out of a suitcase, travelling from place-to-place every few days, crashing wherever I can, whether it be a hostel, a hotel, a sofa or a floor! I missed my bed!!!
Here’s what we got up to!
(London & Southampton)
I eased off of on the touring during January as I was preparing myself for an huge Scotland tour, which was to occupy the majority of February (I love Scotland, so I had no complaints!). Instead, I took to local shoots around Hampshire and spent a few days working in London…
…And of course, a London trip wouldn’t be complete without a photo shoot, food crawl and gallery visit with Eddie Cheng!
Here’s what we got up to (before we decided that eating sushi was more important than taking pictures!)…
SCOTLAND TOUR! HOORAH!!
(Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dumfries)
Another fun-packed trip to Scotland! I adore visiting Scotland and in the time since I began touring there two years ago, I’ve made some wonderful friends. It’s the only place outside of my hometown of Southampton of which I feel truly relaxed and at home.
During my stay in Aberdeen, I modelled at a Photoclassic boudoir workshop (‘Soft and Gentle’) Below is one of the images taken during the workshop by Mr Photoclassic himself, the brilliant Howard Kennedy…
…And then John McNairn made me walk around in an old, abandoned hospital barefoot!! The pictures look excellent, so all is forgiven!
To sneak a peak at the rest of the images from this fab set by the awesome Mr McNairn, click HERE
To round my tour off, I stayed with my incredibly good friend, Katarina Marie. I had a go at photographing her (since she is also a fabulous model on top of being a very talented photographer), but then she took some pictures of me and blew all of my feeble attempts out of the water! She also succeeded in taking one of my favourite pictures of myself EVER!!
This one was taken on Valentine’s Day. I despise Valentine’s Day – whether I’m in a relationship or not. It’s the ficklest of all the fickle holidays. A commercial pile of shite. Expression should be expressed all year round, not just when the card shops command you to buy their tacky produce and when wilting carnations sold at petrol stations happen to temporarily increase in value. So, to express my thoughts regarding this annual display of cheap cards, roses perilously sheathed with thorns and the customary, disappointing sex – we thought it would be a good idea to do the most unromantic shoot we could concoct with resources available to us.
So on Valentine’s Day, after taking a few days off from modelling (except for a brief shoot the night before) coinciding with myself slobbing around the house for a few days – Kat suggested that it would be the perfect opportunity to do a shoot. Exactly as I was. Warts and all. That morning, I had woken up with my hair in a frizzy, greasy bun. Additionally, I totally forgot to take off my make up from my shoot night before (naughty), so so I had make up smudge everywhere. Basically, I looked like the Joker having a bad day. I then put on a random satin body suit and Kat dished up the cold leftovers from the night before and asked me to plant my face in it. Standard.
So there we have it…
‘Happy Valentines Day, Motherf*ckers’
(Southampton, London, Isle of Wight)
Upon concluding my Scotland tour, I decided that it would be very sensible to chill out during March. But what can I say? I’m a sucker for photo shoots and I find it difficult to turn down work. I also worked with some lovely people, so that’s good.
I kept it all local though, so I was kind of sensible. Sort of.
Anyway! Here is a small selection of images from a shoot I did with the terrific Pablo Ray