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Reflecting: My 2015 – January, February & March


(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!)…




(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…


Taken at Photoclassic’s ‘Soft and Gentle’ Workshop ©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

The Hospital Attic

©John McNairn

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’


‘Happy Valentine’s Day, Motherfuckers’ @Katarina Marie Artist



(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


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Posted by helenstephensmodel on June 10, 2016

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