Greece: Rock [Post #3]


So, in my last post, I mentioned about finding the big rock and just having to climb up it. Most photographers who’ve worked with me before are not surprised in the slightest (they’re sat there thinking, yep, that sounds about right). I feel like I should mention here that I’m really quite clumsy (and anyone who’s spent any length of time with me is recalling at least one occasion where I’ve completely stacked it for no reason at all, while being completely sober). So I guess for some people, me climbing rocks isn’t such a good thing. They worry! But for me, it is a good thing. I like to climb. I love my job because I can climb trees, big rocks, whatever, and it’s not considered ‘weird’, it’s considered ‘getting the shot’. It’s great!

Anyway, so there we were, me and Rick, it was a lovely day in an olive grove, taking photographs… And suddenly there is a huge boulder sticking out of the ground. Two seconds later, I’m up there and voila. We have these lovely images. It’s fun being me.

The first shot in this post will seem familiar to anyone who’s been reading these posts so far. That’s because you’ve seen it before. It’s the exact same image in Greece: Fashion [Post #2]. The rest are new though, I promise.

After the shot you’ve already seen, there is a fairly classic art nude shot, followed by two more implied shots. I really like these because of the heavy shadows cast by the leaves of the surrounding olive trees and the strong sunlight. They cast a pattern on my body that almost looks like an outfit, like I belong in nature (probably because I do, I always feel at home when I’m working surrounded by nature). I think that strong shadows can really forge a connection between model and surroundings. This interaction plays an important part of why I love these images so much, and why I gave this rock its very own blog post, despite there only being five images in total!

[Here, I am talking about photographs 2, 3 & 4]

Finally, the last image is one of my favourites from the whole trip. It is a black and white edit of me curled up on the rock. When you look at it for the first time, it takes a moment for you to notice there is a model in the shot too. I like shots like that. Images that make you look more closely, or double-take to see things you didn’t pick up on before. I think that this is because the image is in black and white, so the contrast of my tanned skin colour against the paler colour of the rock isn’t as noticeable… It’s almost like my body becomes an extension of the rock. Integrated into nature.

Am I getting too weird? Okay, I’ll just let you look at the pictures…


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I hope you liked these images. It’s just a  quick post to appreciate how awesome it is when you unexpectedly find a big rock! (I’m such a loser, I know!)


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Greece: Vintage [Post #1]

So this is the first of a series of blog posts dedicated to my trip to Greece in November 2017.

They are going to go as follows (and I will add links as they get published):

Greece: Vintage [Post #1]

Greece: Fashion [Post #2]

Greece: Rock [Post #3]

Greece: Tourist [Post #4]

Greece: Ruins [Post #5]

Greece: Classical [Post #6]

Greece: Abstract [Post #7]

I’m excited to write about my trip and share some of the work I did there with you.


Basically, this series of blog posts is being written because I was lucky enough to get to work for a whole week in Greece. I was invited there by a fantastic photographer called Rick, who goes by the name Garden of the Muses for his photography work. He took me to some amazing places and I saw so many wonderful things. I’m not surprised that the photographs from the trip are all so good! You can access his website by clicking here if you’re interested in seeing more of his work.


When I was looking through the images Rick sent me (while I was back in cold, rainy England!), I saw that he had edited several of the images with a particular style. They really jumped out at me. I think it gives the images a certain timeless quality that I can’t really explain. I decided they would form a great little group of images for my first blog post, to introduce the sort of work we did.

I’ll be honest, some of the poses in the images I’m about to show you are a little clumsy for my tastes (well, I can’t nail it every time can I?). I probably wouldn’t have liked some of these images if they had been edited differently (and by differently, I guess I mean, in a more average kind of way). But they seem to really work in this style for some reason and I’m not sure why. It just goes to show that editing really does make a difference to the image.

[The poses I am talking about  here relate to photographs 3, 4 & 10 in particular]

There are also a few images in this post that are included in future blog posts, just edited differently (by differently, I mean black and white). These images in black and white are among my favourite images from my time in Greece. I feel like those same images in this particular editing style makes them into something else, and I like them for a whole different reason. I’m not even sure if that paragraph reads well, so I hope you understand what I’m getting at. Basically just that these images in this style are awesome. Those same images are even better in black and white and you’ll see those in other blog posts. I think that makes a bit more sense. Maybe. Moving on…

[Here, I am talking about photographs 2, 7, 8 & 9 in particular]

It’s amazing how something simple can change your opinion of a photograph. That’s why I decided to give these images a post of their own. I’m not going to say much else in this post. I’ll shut up and let the photographs speak for themselves.


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I hope that you like these shots as much as I do. There’s just something about these images in this editing style that makes them so different. I can’t explain it, and I’m probably making a mess of trying to explain it. Let me know in the comments which ones are your favourites! If I had to pick just one, I think it would be number 9!


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“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation” – Oscar Wilde

This is me writing the blog post that I don’t have to write. I got other people to write it for me. I was going to write something, but then I thought, why write something myself when I can get other people to write it for me? Okay, so I’m kidding, obviously (everyone knows I love to witter on about nothing in particular!)

But I did think it would be cool to ask people I’ve worked with to choose their favourite image of me.

So I did.

I contacted some of my favourite togs and requested that they pick their favourite image of me.

One they’ve taken.

A few of them got back to me with an image and a little something to say.

*I’ve decided to order these images in order in which I met each photographer (not necessarily, the order in which the photograph were taken as a few people I’ve worked with on many occasions!)*

So here we go, I’m taking a back seat on this one.


Paul Smith (Cellar Door Images)

https://www.facebook.com/cellardoorimagesuk/

https://www.instagram.com/thecellardooruk/

Misuzu

The image I’ve chosen of Misuzu comes from our very first shoot in March 2015. She’d very graciously stepped in at the last minute to fill a cancellation I’d had and I wasn’t really sure how well the session would turn out. I needn’t have been worried as she completely blew me away with her posing skills and her ability to emote on demand. I wanted a Peter Lindbergh feeling to this set and Misuzu was able to provide that slightly vulnerable and yet completely connected to the camera look that such a shot demands. I love the natural light, the shabby backdrop, the £3 charity shop outfit and the texture in the floor and chair. Exactly my sort of image and Misuzu is a vital component in it.

I love this image too. Clearly a favourite since it is the main picture on my website. One of my very first paid shoots… Just as I was figuring out that modelling could really be my job! I have several favourites with Paul, but I think this one will always be up there.

Here is a link to a fantastic set we did that was published on the NIF Magazine website: http://nifmagazine.com/warehouse-times-paul-smith/


Phil Lonergan

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My favourite image created with Misuzu is the light sabre triptych. The concept of this image had been in my head for months and I had really struggled to find the right model to do it justice. This was the first time I had worked with Misuzu and she made it so easy to get the images I wanted. The shot was captured using a light sabre in a totally darkened room, a 15 second exposure with an off camera flash on the final pose. I did some final editing using Photoshop and Lightroom. We didn’t just take a picture we created a fantastic image.

This was a fun shoot. Lots of playing around, experimenting and giggling. One of my favourite shots from this shoot was a more classic art nude shot, but with the light sabre in there as a prop!


Stephen Plant

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This photo is from my first shoot of many with Misuzu. Not only taken in Spring bust also you might say in the ‘spring’ of our seasons working together. Misuzu’s natural beauty, grace, elegance and poise even though she was fairly new to modelling impressed me so much, not to mention her character and personality- and many shoots later still does. We have co-created so many memorable and beautiful images together bur this one always appears in my mind first.

Whenever me and Steve shoot together, it always a fun shoot. Not only because we get on so well, but because I learn so much about nature each time (fungi, insects etc) and get a nice day out in the countryside with his glamourous assistant Mickey (his beautiful canine companion).


Buzz

http://www.fujixphotography.co.uk

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When I was asked a while ago by Misuzu, to pick my favourite image that I’d taken of her during our shoots, I had no idea how tricky such seemingly easy question could be. We’ve shot together in my lounge, in a hotel room and at the side of lake. During the shoots we’ve managed to shoot some very different looks, using natural light and a variety of strobes. I have never come away from a shoot with Misuzu feeling anything other than delighted. On getting the images from the camera onto the big screen of the computer that delight usually only increases to something like elation.

I generally tend to “see” in black and white and the setting on my camera are such that I can take black and white jpegs straight out of the camera and to Social Media with no post production. Once I have the RAW images downloaded onto the big screen I refine the images using Silver Efex Pro. Maybe it’s just me but the world always looks better in stunning shades of monochrome.

I have at least one image from each of my shoots with Misuzu printed out and displayed somewhere, and I initially thought that one of these might be “my favourite”. However, on looking through the images from our shoots together I finally decided on one from our “Beauty and the Beast” set. We’d been working up by the lake at Joel Hicks Studio and already had a great set of images taken on the jetty. In search of something a little different we wandered away from the lake and came a across an excavator and dump truck. As usual, with Misuzu I suggest something that involves danger, a ridiculous prop or something just plain stupid. Misuzu gives me a hard look, then smiles and happily goes along. It pretty much always works out and we manage to produce something really nice. On this occasion she had to traverse a patch of long unkempt grass and climb onto the tracks of a large dirty excavator whilst maintaining some degree of dignity and ultimately being somewhat, mostly, completely naked. Whilst Misuzu negotiated the aforementioned assault course, I busied myself with modestly setting up camera and pleaded with her to “be careful”. As usual, despite the midges, the spiders, the lack of clothes and the hard uncomfortable steel tracks, Misuzu managed to pose as gracefully as ever and without any complaints.

The contrast of gentle beauty and grace against the waiting power and energy of the excavator are things that bring me back to this image time and again.

I don’t think I have anything more to say. Buzz covered it all. Pretty much. Totally. I’ll just move on…


Derwood Pamphilon

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I was inspired to photograph Misuzu in this setting to show her elegant shaping in the huge space of this disused industrial location. I love the symmetry and elegance it portrays. This is one of many fabulous images that we shot together and my firm favourite.

It was so much fun to shoot in this location. It was funny because my feet were black from the dirty floor by the time we had finished! I love my job!


Michael Szabo

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I love this image because the outfit choice (orange dress, sunglasses and hair style), along with the shape of Misuzu’s body and the tones of her skin. It was a tricky shot to take due to the composition consisting of very light and dark areas, but the Nikon managed to capture it perfectly.

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I always love what Michael does with the shots from the shoots we do together. I’m particularly fond of his photoshop work but I have to agree that this one is one of my favourites too, despite the fact that it has had very little done to it!


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Of course, I had to add a favourite of mine thats mine. Does that even make sense? Anyway, I love this picture because it’s quirky, dark, creepy and weird.

How do I manage to quote myself on my own website? *cough* narcissist *cough*


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World Photography Day!


Hello! This is just a quick post in honour of World Photography Day!


I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of my favourite images with you all. These aren’t necessarily the best images I have, but they are all ones that I love because they’re a bit different. I have chosen images that are all black and white (I definitely have a preference for the monochrome!). I really hope you love them as much as I do.


Before I show you these few images, I would just like to take a moment to thank everyone I’ve worked with. Thats photographers, studio owners and make-up artists. I’m very lucky to have worked with some amazing and talented people, and without them, I wouldn’t be able to do this as my job. I’m very grateful to you all.

I’m also very grateful to all of the people who support my work by sharing and commenting and liking. As an artist (yes, I am an artist, I just use my body instead of paint, or whatever!), it’s always good to know that your work is appreciated by people who aren’t in the same business as you. It makes it all worth while. Thank you 🙂


As today is all about the photography, I’m literally just going to post my chosen images below and not ramble on about them as I usually do. Today, the images speak for themselves.

Photography is a powerful form of art. It captures a moment in time and freezes it forever. I think that’s a really beautiful thing. I hope you enjoy these images.


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Thank you for taking the time to read this, have a beautiful day ❤


 

My Year

So on this day, 23rd January 2015, I had my first proper photo shoot as a model.

 

I’ve always being in front of a camera. My dad always had one shoved in my face on family holidays and days out (I make it sound like I wasn’t too happy about it, but evidently, I was!). But this first shoot, exactly one year ago was different. It was being a real model, having someone other than my family want to take pictures of me for artistic purposes… That a lot of strangers are going to look at. My job seems a little bit odd when you put it like that…

 

I was so nervous on that first shoot. It was cold, it had been snowing. I hadn’t started wearing my contact lenses by this point so when we were shooting, I was blind as a bat and couldn’t see a thing. Luckily, the photographer, Shelly, was very kind and was used to shooting with new and experienced models. He wasn’t about to let me freeze myself to death. We only shot for a little while before retreating to somewhere warm that serves coffee and food to warm up.

 

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This shoot is what made me realise that I LOVED modelling and being in front of a camera. I can’t explain exactly what it is that I love so much, but I knew it was something I wanted to do more of… So I did. As a hobby at first, working with people, building up my portfolio… Until before I knew it, I was good enough for people to want to pay me for my time. REAL money! This is when I realised I was actually a part-time model… And pretty good at what I do as well. In September of 2015, I officially went ‘full-time’. I’m so lucky to have found something that I love doing, that I’m good at.

 

I feel like I’ve accomplished so much in a year. I’ve met so many wonderful people and I’ve travelled around a fair bit too. My life is exciting and fun and I never know where my work will take me next. I wanted to write this post to share with you all (anyone who actually wants to read this drivel I’m putting out there!) what I’ve achieved in a year.

 

In 2015, I did approximately 80 photo shoots. On 16 of them, I was working with more than one photographer (either a group shoot, studio day or I was booked by more than one person). I worked with at least 15 people more than once (thanks for having me back!)

 

I did my first ever studio day in October at The Pit Studio in Nottingham. It didn’t completely sell out, but I arranged everything myself and it was still successful. Thank you so much to the people who came to be a part of this day with me. I really appreciate you!

 

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I went on my first modelling tour in Gloucester. I had so much fun, met the most wonderful people and it was my first time being by myself in a strange place. Everyone I worked with there was most welcoming and friendly. You can read more about my trip and one of the shoots I did while I was there by clicking here.

 

©John Gould

 

There are some people I would like to take the time to thank. People who have helped me to become who and what I am today.

 

Firstly, the person who puts up with me on a daily basis, my partner, Matthew. Obviously, he’s the one who tells me that I’m beautiful everyday (because he has to!) but he’s the one who makes sure that when I’ve had a lot to do or a lot on my mind, that I have a nice home to come back to and relax in. He makes sure I remember to take food with me when I’m travelling (sometimes I’m forgetful) and just generally being supportive of what I do. If it wasn’t for him, there’s things I probably wouldn’t have done because I was scared or didn’t believe in myself enough (studio day and tour included). I owe the fact that I’m living my dream, mostly to him. Thank you and I love you.

 

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Next, I’d like to take a moment to appreciate just how lucky I am to have two beautiful babies in my life… My rabbit and my kitten. I have a tattoo on my wrist of a bunny with his name written below it. Yorick, is and will always be the most important thing in my life. I love him more than I ever thought possible. I don’t really care if anyone thinks this is silly or odd… They’ve just never known the love that these little floppy eared balls of fluff are capable of. He’s the thing that make me smile when I’m feeling down, makes me giggle with the silly little things he does, lies next to me when I’m ill until I feel better and comes for cuddles when I’m watching TV in the evening. Without Yorick in my life, I’m not claiming that I wouldn’t be a model but it’s the little things that keep you going. Also, my kitten MJ (Misuzu Junior, my mom’s idea) is an awful, naughty, bitey, scratchy little demon… But I love her to bits too. When she’s not attempting to kill me, she’s nice to cuddle and fun to play with. I love them both and am fortunate to have found such joy in these tiny fluffy entities!

 

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I’d like to thank all the photographers that I worked with when I was still pretty new and was finding my feet and learning. I can’t name everyone (and apologies to the people I’ve forgotten) but these include: Kevin Sheldon, Paul Smith, Phil Lonergan, Trevor R, Phil Hawley, Dave Guntripp and Yvonne Guntripp.

 

Also, I would like to thank Mark Pendlebury. The pictures from the shoot we did back in May are still among my favourites. People still talk to me about those shots when I meet them. Thank you for making a memorable shoot, can’t wait to start discussing the ideas for next time.

 

©Mark Pendlebury

 

Next, I’d like to thank the people silly enough to have worked with me on more than one occasion! Paul Smith, Phil Lonergan, Steve Plant, Phil Hawley, James Garbutt, Brian Cooper, Dave and Yvonne Guntripp and everyone at Smethwick Photographic Society. I love shooting with all of you and hope to do so again this year. Let’s keep making magic.

 

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Special thank you to Brian Cooper. Mainly because he’s someone who I can go to with silly ideas which he brings to life with his photography. He’s one of the few people who will listen to my crazy ideas for tacky Hallowe’en and Christmas related shoots! We have so much fun and I can’t wait to see what trouble and mischief we can get up to this year!

 

Finally, I’d like to thank my friends for their ongoing support. A lot of the people who have been key to my success (photographers aside) are actually people I’ve connected with through veganism and have never met in real life but they’ve been so supportive and always have something nice to say! I’m very luck to have such wondeful friends. A big THANK YOU to: Phil Jones, Scott Gehrke, Cayce Kaban, Miguel Ramirez, Anthony Antich, Tony Moore, Ernesto Melchor, Danny Harrison, John Clancy and Katie Pearce.

 

Also, there are people I hope to work with this year and they deserve a mention here! Phil Simpson, Christopher Peet and Trevor Hamilton to name a few.

 

Thanks for putting up with this post till the end… I know it goes on a bit but I want the people who mean a lot to me to know that they’re appreciated! One last word… Thank you to everyone not mentioned here. Thank you to those who read my blog posts, like and comment on my work and generally makes my job the BEST in the world!

 

Stay in touch! I have a mailing list, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. You can also email me at toniamisuzu@icloud.com.

 

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“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.” – Ebenezer Scrooge

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Christmas seems to sneak up on me every year. It comes and goes so quickly… I wish it could last forever, it’s my favourite time of year. I absolutely LOVE Christmas.

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I love putting up my Christmas tree and decorating my house (after untangling all of the lights of course!).

I love listening to the same 10 Christmas songs that are on every Christmas album, EVER.

I love watching the same few Christmas films that I watch every year.

I love the feeling in the air as everyone rushes around to try and get everything done.

I love the relentless enthusiasm people have to make each other happy.

I love buying people gifts and watching them open them.

I love the lights, the tinsel, the laughter.

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Christmas for me, really is magic.

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So then, it seems to follow that as I love Christmas so much… And I love my job… Why not put the two together?! So naturally, I give Brian Cooper a call and we set about planning a shoot similar to the one we did on Halloween…. But this time, we cracked out the tinsel and lights!

Again, this shoot was thoroughly enjoyable, and  even better, I didn’t end up having to wash blood off my body when I got home (for this to make sense, see this post!). Anyway, enough of me waffling on… let’s show you some of the images we created!

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The first thing you need for a Christmas photo shoot is OBVIOUSLY a sexy Miss Santa outfit! The candy cane stockings really set this outfit off I think 😉

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I love these next two… Very similar pose, but each one has a completely different feel to it because of the facial expression. The first has an air of innocence about it… The second, more seductive. Which Miss Santa do you prefer?

The obvious next step in a Brian-Misuzu shoot… Is to take off the clothes… But let’s keep the hat and gloves (obvs.). I absolutely love this shot, AND it’s Facebook friendly. Winner 😉

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I don’t do hats. I always tell people this. Brian loves them… And to be honest… We HAD to get this shot…

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So after a Miss Santa… We move on to ‘Santa’s Helper’. Misuzu the Elf. I don’t know how these elves get any preparation for Christmas done when they’re so busy looking cute! I think ‘Elf’ suits me 😉

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“Dear Santa, I’ve been very, very, very good (most of the time)” This sounds about right!

Especially looking at this next image. There’s not much innocence in this one!

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“I’ve been very, very, very good.” I don’t think so… The whole naughty/nice thing is over-rated anyway… ‘Just give me my presents, or I’ll attempt to seduce you until I get them!’ is what this image is saying to me.

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The expression here… You almost believe that I DID try very hard… Almost…

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You knew there was a reason you didn’t quite believe that innocent expression… These two… Not so much.

Look closely… Read the sign… This is my favourite image from the shoot. Personally, I just think I’m really funny. I take the credit for this idea. I’m hilarious and you know it 😉

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The credit for these ones goes to Brian… He bought the sack and announced “I’m going to put you in this!” I didn’t bat an eyelid.

Typical Misuzu Style… Let’s do art nude… Next to a Christmas tree. That’s Christmassy, right?”

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I’m pretty sure that my goal with my modelling career is to do art nude in as many different settings as possible… In the Woods? Check. In a derelict building? Check. Covered in blood? Check. Next to a Christmas tree? Check. With baubles hanging from your nipples? Well the credit to this has to go to Brian… And don’t ask how we got that bow to stay there…

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No Christmas themed shoot is complete without being wrapped in tinsel…

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I’m waiting for someone to comment, “I like your baubles ;)”

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through the silly images me and Brian created for this festive season. We both had a blast… Lots of giggling because we think we have great ideas!!!

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We did shoot something for those who aren’t so fond of all the Christmas nonsense… So here ya go… Bah-Humbug!

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The last few images I have for you, are, in my opinion, very beautiful…. I love Christmas lights so much. Evidently, the way I can show this is by wrapping my nude self in them!

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I saved the best picture till last… So before I show you, I wish that everyone who is reading this has the most magical Christmas. I hope you’ve all had a great year this 2015, and if you haven’t, I hope 2016 holds better things.Whether you’re celebrating the end of a fantastic year and appreciating all that you’ve accomplished, or if you’re raising a glass to all the things you hope to do next year, I wish you all the best this holiday season.

I, personally, have had the BEST year. It’s not always been smiles and laughter, that’s just the way life is… But it was this year that I found my passion for modelling. I’ve worked hard and I’m doing something that I want to do. I’m where I want to be. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me to achieve this. You know who you are.

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“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!”

“With Opportunity, the World is Very Interesting” – Beatrix Potter

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I did my first tour at the beginning of this month. I spent four days in Gloucester. It was amazing. Not only was it my first modelling tour, it was my first time being in a new place by myself. I kept busy and had plenty of work while I was there, but also had time to explore and take some photographs of my own! If you’ve never been to Gloucester, I recommend you go. The cathedral is lovely and there is a Beatrix Potter shop too. I couldn’t resist buying myself a little Peter Rabbit toy as a memento of my trip. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a little bit bunny crazy!

Anyway, enough gushing about how exciting it is to be in a new town by yourself, exploring all things historical and literary…

On to the work I did while I was there! The only reason I was in Gloucester was because of a shoot I’d had planned for a long time. This photographer uses the screen name samthedog on PurplePort and his name is John Gould. John contacted me shortly after I started modelling saying he would like to work with me and we planned for the shoot to be in the summer. After two date changes, one because of John travelling and one because I was practically eaten alive on another shoot I had a few days before… We re-arranged our shoot for Tuesday 10th November 2015.

This shoot was totally worth the wait! Four hours flew by… But not without an array of incredible images! Some of them are included in this post. I wanted to draw attention to this set as I thoroughly enjoyed shooting it (and I’m sure John did too) and the results are fantastic.

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I’ll start off this post with my favourite image from the set and I’m starting with the high key images, simply because those are the ones we shot first!

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This picture to me, perfectly depicts beauty and tranquillity. The anonymity of this image makes it easy to relate to.

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This one is a slight variation on the first image… It depicts more grace than beauty, the way the hands are touching the body seem gentle, almost accidental.

Something completely different! These two images I’ve chosen to place side by side. They hold a very similar pose as the previous two images, but with a more abstract goal. What do these images say to you?

MisuzuReaching up. The goal of this image is the long line that extends from the fingers, all the way down the arms, the curves of the back, down the leg and to the toes. The thing I like most about this image is the harsh angle of the left leg, compared to the softness of the line as it traces all the curves and natural lines of the body.

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I’m not really sure what to say about this image. I love it but I’m not sure what it is about it… It’s just quite an unusual photograph!

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This is a pose I’ve done before… But it’s been shot at an angle, rather than straight on. The thing I love about this pose is the way it draws out all of the lines of muscle and bone on the back. By shooting it from an angle, it gives a whole new array of lines, more places for the light to hit and for shadow to form.

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Just an unusual pose to create a shape with the body. I think it’s rather effective!

These two images are posed to make the body look rather bizarre. With the first, not only is it an angle that you would not usually see in a photograph, it is a rather unusual pose! I love the way the hair pools on the floor and the triangle of negative space where the left knee is bent. With the second one, the body’s symmetry draws your eye and the cascading hair adds an extra feature to it.

Low Key

Now on to some low key images… A quick change of background and a quick change of lighting (and a cup of coffee) to create some images that are completely different to what came before.

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This is the low key version of the first image of the post. At a different angle and in lower lighting, it gives a totally different feel to the image.

 

These two images have an almost sinister feel to them to me. The first seems almost like attempted self comfort and the second seems to look almost like an escape. Maybe I’ve been watching too much ‘Criminal Minds’…

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Similar images to this can be seen throughout art nude photography. The low key lighting and the hidden face seems like it’s speaking about depression or anxiety, a darker mood.

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This is why I love low key lighting. Creative shadows preserving modesty and light catching the body to create lovely highlights. My favourite part about this image is the light catching the left arm, behind the body and the fact that the hair is the perfect length to just touch the floor!

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So many triangles in this image. Photography loves triangles!

These three images are all edging into erotica. The way the body twists, stretches and arches make these images. Again, the light skimming the body and leaving creative shadows.

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This is a lovely shape. The arch, the ribs, the expression. I love it.

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I remember taking this picture… I was lying on the floor trying to get my head around how to actually position my limbs in the way I wanted to in my head. Upon seeing the image, I think I did pretty well, but believe me, it wasn’t easy! At the time, I felt like I had eight limbs, not four…

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I started with my favourite image of the shoot… Now I’m finishing with my favourite low key image from the shoot. This speaks volumes to me.

[conclusion]

To conclude, these images are the product of four hours well spent. I say four hours and completely ignore the amount of time John spent editing… But four hours is easy to remember and it has a nice feel to it to think that all the magic happens within that short window of time! John, I just want to say thank you for a fantastic shoot and for all the great work that came from your side of the lens, all of the technical camera stuff I don’t understand and all of the meticulous work in PhotoShop! Until the next time…