Levels

This is a post about levels. For anyone who works in the industry, you’ll know what I’m talking about. For anyone else, you’re probably like, ‘levels of what??’

Well, I’m here to clear that up. A model’s levels refers to what sort of work they do, and every model will have her or his own levels. For example, I work up to fine art nude but some models work up to fashion or lingerie or adult. The levels we refer to in the industry are sort of on a scale, usually getting more revealing/intense. The more revealing levels are referred to as ‘higher levels’ as understandably, not as many people are comfortable shooting them.

Not only do all models have different levels, those definitions of the levels vary depending on the model too, so it’s always important when booking a model to make sure you’re both on the same page. You’re usually pretty safe if you’re booking a model who works up to fine art nude and you’re only planning to shoot up to lingerie for example, but it gets a bit more tricky when you come to shooting the higher levels. In my opinion, communication is key here (a bit of advice for newer photographers there!)

I thought this post might be interesting for those who aren’t in the industry because you might see these words coming up and not really know what they mean.

As I mentioned, the way levels are usually put forward are in increasing intensity so that’s the way I’ve chosen to lay out this blog post. Be aware that this post is my personal opinion on what these levels mean and the ordering of those levels is the way I see them. This post is meant as a general overview because I thought it might be an interesting thing to explore and write about. Not all models will feel the same way about each level, so please keep that in mind (and I believe it’s up to the model, not the photographer to define these levels for her/himself).


Fashion

If a model shoots to fashion, it is fully clothed work, i.e. clothing that you would wear anywhere. This covers many different styles and types of clothing, as there are many different types of clothes! This label would cover anything from modern fashion, to period costumes, to outdoor wear, sportswear etc.

It is possibly worth noting here that just because someone is a fashion model, it doesn’t mean that they will shoot in any clothing. The model always reserves the right to say they don’t feel happy or comfortable posing in certain clothing, especially if the clothing is provided by the photographer (because obviously a model is unlikely to bring clothing of their own if they didn’t want to wear it, I guess!). Reasons for a model declining to shoot in an outfit could include: poor fitting or wrong sized items, not wanting to wear something somebody else has worn, or not wanting to wear something in a certain situation (like wearing evening wear in the middle of a high street).

I’m pretty easygoing when it comes to wearing stuff provided by the photographer. I’ve worn loads of stuff that I wouldn’t ever dream of dressing myself in because as long as the photographer is happy then I’m not too bothered. But that’s my choice, not every model will feel the same way. There have been occasions when I’ve said no to certain items of clothing and I’m always within my rights to do so.

Here are some examples of my fashion work. In order, the photographers are:

© Garden of the Muses © Brian Cooper © Michael Szabo © ASN Photography


Lingerie

Lingerie can cover many different types of photography from subtle shots of people in lingerie, to more erotic and suggestive work. It’s important to find out what the model is comfortable with in terms of posing and expression when shooting to this level. Lingerie shots with a more sensual feel to them are often referred to as boudoir and are usually shot on or around a bed/bedroom setting. Some models who work up to lingerie might be okay wearing sheer lingerie and some might not. Boudoir and sheer are sometimes considered separate levels to lingerie, so I will provide examples of each.

Lingerie shots: © Michael Szabo © Photopurity

Boudoir shots: © Paul Smith

Sheer shot by © Allen Sheffield and a Sheer/Boudoir/Erotic shot by © Phil Lonergan


Latex

I believe latex modelling is a separate level to fashion and lingerie, simply because the nature of latex. It might make some models uncomfortable, even if they shoot a lot of fashion/lingerie. Firstly, it’s skin tight. Secondly, it’s a bugger to get into sometimes, so unless you have a friend, fellow model, designer or assistant to help you, it might not be for everyone. Latex shoots would need more planning than fashion or lingerie anyway, so it’s unlikely that as a model you would suddenly be asked to model latex, but it could happen and if you wouldn’t be comfortable doing it, just say so!

I’ve mentioned in my other blog post about my time in Bulgaria that I modelled latex for the first time in october 2018. Here are a couple of shots of me wearing Kaoris Latex and a behind the scene shot of me and Stacie Mai applying shiner before we were photographed. If it wasn’t for Stacie, I don’t think I would have been able to get into some of the pieces I modelled over there, which is why I think latex should be a level in its own right! Photography by © Colin Grist


Topless

Topless modelling and glamour are often both confused. For me, topless modelling means that you’re naked from the waist up. Glamour is more about the lighting and the posing and isn’t always topless (although a lot of glamour is topless). What I’m trying to say is that just because someone models up to topless, it doesn’t mean they want to shoot glamour. I fit into this category. I don’t really do glamour, simply because I don’t think I have the right look for it (there are so many models out there better suited to this style than I am!) So although I’m happy to model topless, that doesn’t mean I’ll stand straight on to the camera with my hands on my hips and smile… I’m more comfortable with more subtle/soft styled images.

I know I’m repeating myself but make sure the model you’ve booked knows the style you’re going for if you’re booking them up to topless. Communication 😉

Also, mood boards are helpful.

Examples of modelling topless by © Kevin Sheldon and © Derwood Pamphilon

More glamour-type shots (this is about as glamour as I get!) by © Graham Savage and © Brian Cooper


Implied Nude

Implied nude is generally accepted to be images where the model appears to be nude, but nothing is on show. Think something that is Facebook or Instagram friendly. No female nipples or genitalia on show. So for example, a shot of someone curled up, or a portrait where the woman’s arm is across her chest. That sort of thing.

Implied nude is where things start to get a bit more tricky when we start to discuss whether the model has to be nude when the photograph is being taken or not. Some people say yes, some people say no. For me, as long as the model looks naked, why should it matter? Logic, right? Some models may feel more comfortable wearing a strapless top or nude coloured lingerie, if it’s not visible in the finished image.

For me personally, as I shoot up to art nude anyway, I’m not bothered about actually being naked but just covering up what needs to be covered up for the shot… But if a model doesn’t shoot to art nude, it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t shoot to implied nude. It’s just important to check first wether they would be comfortable being nude for the set and just not have ‘anything on show’ in the final images, or if they just want to sort of pretend to be nude (if that makes sense!)

Here are some exampled of implied nude work. Each of these images is deemed ‘Facebook friendly’ as there is nothing on show. In all of these images, I was completely nude (except for the mesh one of course, but I felt this was another example of implied nude, because you can tell I’m nude under the material but you can’t see anything).

©Paul Smith © Shihari ©Lightyear © Garden of the Muses © Joan Blease © Paul Smith 


Fine Art Nude

My favourite. There are many different names for this level such as: nude, art nude, fine art nude, classical art nude, figure, figure work, figure nude etc. This basically means that the model is naked but the poses are never explicit in nature and are rarely sexual.

When I’m explaining what I do to muggles (non-magic folk…. I mean, people who are not involved in the industry), I often say that they should think of the paintings you see in art galleries, but just photography rather than paint… And then they usually get the idea. Non-sexual nudity that depicts elegance, grace, and feminine beauty.

Some models will shoot what is called ‘full frontal art nude’ which is a half step above what I usually shoot to. This just means that they aren’t as bothered about posing slightly open legged in some shots.

I’m pretty sure that most people who follow my blog will have already seen plenty of my fine art nude images so I don’t need to post many here for you to get the idea. Just think of what I do most of, and that’s what fine art nude is! Note that most of the poses I do have my legs crossed in front so I don’t show ‘too much’.

© Kevin Sheldon © Garden of the Muses © Michael Szabo


Erotica

Erotica is one of those levels that is less about how much you can see and more about the general feel of the image. Some models who shoot to lingerie will be able to pull of an erotica theme without getting nekkid, so this level isn’t about the nudity per say. It’s all in the posing, the lighting, and the expression on the model’s face.

For me personally, I’m not overly comfortable having someone photograph my crotch, whether I’ve got underwear on or not, but that’s just me. I’m more at home with the crotch-facing-away-from-the-camera poses, especially when I’m shooting this more sensual style… Nude or clothed. Whenever I’ve been asked to shoot erotica, I just let the photographer know that I’m not comfortable with that type of posing and they can decide whether those poses are integral to their ideas or not (and either book me, or find someone who will shoot the poses they want!)

I once heard someone describe the difference between erotica and adult in a way that stuck with me. I can’t for the life of me remember who said this, but I like it:

“Adult is about what you can see. Erotica is about what you can’t”

I don’t think I can put it more succinctly than that! I really like that way of looking at it.

Here are some images from about three or four years ago that are on the edge of the fine art nude/open leg/erotica level. I don’t trust all photographers to shoot images like this: On this occasion, I did it because the photographer, John Gould was particularly talented at capturing such images and we had discussed this before hand.

A couple of images taken by Phil Lonergan, also about three or four years ago that depict an erotica theme that doesn’t revolve around complete nudity or explicit-ness.


Open Leg/Adult

I’ve lumped open leg and adult work together, simply because I don’t actually have any examples of either of these levels to show you since I don’t shoot them. But they are distinctly different and I’m guessing that models who shoot to these higher levels will all have their own comfort zone and their own definitions of what separates open leg and adult.

From my understanding, open leg work is rarely sexual in nature, despite you being able to see everything. Adult tends to be more sexualised and explicit. Also, there are many different types of work that come under the umbrella term of adult work. I’m not the best person to delve into that side of things! I’m sure that if you’re wanting to shoot to these levels then any model you’re thinking of working with would be happy to explain to you what they’re comfortable with and what they mean by the different levels that they work up to. I think, it’s just really important to have a conversation about these things with whoever you’re working with and make sure you’re both on the same page.

I’m not sure where these levels are for males because obviously shooting to art nude is as exposing for males as it is for female models shooting to open leg. I’ll have to ask a male model for clarification on this!


And that’s that, my post about levels! I hope that it’s not bored you too much and that if you didn’t understand what these terms were before (as either a new photographer, or someone not in the industry), then I hope that my ramblings have made it all a bit clearer for you and not just confused you!

One quick note before I sign off: I’d like to talk briefly about what’s called level pushing as it seems like a relevant side note to this post. The term level pushing refers to when a photographer attempts to get a model to work to a higher level than what she/he usually shoots to or has stated that they are comfortable shooting to on that occasion. This can come in many forms such as repeatedly asking for poses above the stated levels, belittling when the model declines, attempting to trick the model into posing in such a way, taking shots when the model is getting changed or moving between poses, refusing to pay the model if they don’t shoot to the higher levels, and intimidation/coercing/forcing the model to shoot those levels. I’m certain that I don’t need to explain why this is wrong to anyone reading this, but I assure you it is a lot more common than you might think.

Level pushing doesn’t always have to be sexual in nature, either. It can simply be asking a model to pose in a way in which she doesn’t wish to, in an outfit she is not comfortable in or with props she doesn’t want to be associated with. For example, some models don’t wish to pose in sheer lingerie but are happy nude. That’s her choice. Some models don’t want to pose with weapons of any kind. That’s her choice. Some models don’t want to smile on photographs. That’s her choice. Some models don’t want to have their hair/make up a certain way. That’s her choice. No means no, regardless of what you’re asking. I’ve had photographers repeatedly ask me to do something over and over and I believe this is level pushing and very disrespectful. No means no. It’s that simple.

I urge all models (particularly newer or part time models, who may not have come across this sort of behaviour before) to be aware that this is something that happens and know that you should only ever work to what you’re comfortable with. You’re the one in control, keep it that way. It’s your body and it’s your image that is being captured so anything you pose for should always, always be your choice. You also do not need to give an explanation as to why you’ve decided you don’t want to do a certain thing. You can simply say no.

I urge all photographers to keep this in mind too as it’s very easy to destroy all trust in the model-photographer relationship by not being mindful of this issue. If a model says no or that she’s not comfortable then that’s the end of it, you can just move on to something else! The work we do is creative and should be fluid. And let’s face it, if the model is not happy or comfortable then the pictures just won’t be as good, and that’s a fact.

I have personally dealt with level pushing on several occasions and it’s not nice. Being someone who is quite shy and anxious (I know, shocking, right?), I find situations like this particularly awkward. The more experience I’ve had, the better I am at dealing with such issues but it’s never nice. I love my job and I love meeting and working with people from all walks of life, from all over the world and I won’t let the few disrespectful people ruin that for me. I hope that by writing this post, it’s bringing a bit more awareness to this issue so we can stop it happening 🙂


Thank you so much for reading this post, and I hope it’s been helpful or at the very least interesting!


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“Woman’s nudity is wiser than the philosopher’s teachings” Max Ernst

So apparently, I can write the blog posts but actually getting around to posting them is another thing. Ah well, one step at a time, eh?

This post is another shoot from my time in The Netherlands, last March (March 2018). I travelled from Den Haag to Zwolle to spend the weekend with a lovely couple who go by the name Sybarite. I spent two full days with these guys and had a blast as we worked together through a variety of sets to create some amazing images.

I have to mention briefly that I was fed some absolutely amazing food in the time that I was staying there, too. Being catered for as a vegan in a household that isn’t vegan is something I’m very grateful for. I’m always wiling to just feed myself when I’m staying with someone as it seems easier, so when people go out of their way to accommodate my ethical food choices when it’s not part of their routine, it’s lovely. But anyway, this post isn’t about what I ate!!

Sybarite have many different themes that they work on with different models that cover an array of styles and levels. Before we started shooting, we sat and discussed the themes and chose the ones we were going to work on together. Some of them didn’t appeal to me and some of them were above my modelling levels, but there were plenty of the themes that I was happy to model and actually quite excited about doing!

All of the work I did over the weekend with Sybarite was nude, but you’ll be able to see just how varied the resulting images are and the many styles we worked on over the two days. I often say to people that nude work gives you so many more possibilities than simply ‘this is a shot of a nude woman’. It’s an incredibly versatile way of working and I hope that this post helps to show that!

For this post, I’ve chosen my favourite image from each set to share with you… Except for two of the sets (which funnily enough were the first and last sets I did with these guys). They were my favourite and I couldn’t reduce it to just one from each of the sets because I liked too many of them, so I chose my top three from each of those ones 🙂


This was the first set we did and you can tell why it’s one of my favourites, as you will with the last set too. Classical, and very Misuzu! This idea came to us spontaneously as I was talking about my recent trip to Greece where Greeks kept thinking I was Greek… Sybarite had the column and the material to give that goddess vibe and we just went for it and nailed it in just a few minutes.


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Okay, so this image is not exactly my usual style as I’m never overly into the bondage type of shots, but there’s more of a story here which is why I like it… What I mean is, that it’s not just bondage for the sake of it. It’s expressive and even though it’s a bit (very) dark, it works to get a feeling across but while staying classy with the posing.


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The Netherlands is a beautiful country, as depicted in this lovely landscape shot. I will tell you though, whatever plant that straw stuff used to be, it really hurts your feet when you’re walking barefoot (and there’s a shot of me sitting down in the same location and my god did that one hurt 😛 ) The Netherlands is very flat. I’d heard that before, but you don’t realise just how flat until you’re there. It’s crazy.


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This is part of a series about witches and magic. Right up my street! The ethereal and spooky look in this image was achieved through the use of smoke bombs and off camera flash. I was asked to try and rub dirt over myself for these shots, but it just wouldn’t stick to me because it was too dry and just kept falling off. I was gutted because I was looking forward to getting all muddy and grubby! Especially as it was the last set we shot on the first day.


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This image is from the first set we did on the second day. It’s a sort of sci-fi theme, where I’m supposed to look like I’ve been beamed down from a space ship or something. Like in the opening of the Mr Bean TV series. In fact, the photographer had a lot of fun when we got back to the house later that day by making a video using the opening of that TV show, but instead of Mr Bean getting beamed down, it’s this picture of me… I’m not even kidding! The grass was cold and wet, but it was worth it to get this image!


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I got to keep my shoes on for this bit, which was just as well because it was more dangerously spiky than the other landscape shot. And wet as well. But look, it’s flat here too!


And last, but by no means least… More classical Misuzu-style shots. This bridge was incredibly beautiful and set in a wonderful location. The scene looks Autumnal but it was actually taken in March, the start of spring. I’m glad this location looked the way it did because I feel like I’m very suited to that autumn vibe. Maybe it’s just because it’s my favourite season, or maybe it’s that my skin tone complements the hues of autumn… But anyway, we came across this bridge by accident and obviously had to stop and shoot here. It suits my classical posing style perfectly and you can see why they’re my favourites!


And that’s that. Thanks Sybarite for having me and looking after me while I was with you, and for taking these wonderful shots. I had so much fun!


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Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Thinking back to this time last year when I was writing about how great 2017 had been… I had no idea that 2018 was going to be as amazing as it was. I mean, wow. What a year!

I like sitting down to write a post like this at the beginning of a new year, because it’s a chance to reflect on what’s changed since this time last year. Am I still the same person that I was? No, not at all. None of us are. We are always changing and growing and realising new things about ourselves, surprising ourselves, exceeding our own expectations. And yeah, we are all disappointing ourselves too: failing at things we thought should be easy, realising we aren’t quite as good as we thought we were at something, and not all of the changes we face are good. But that’s the human experience. We have to take the good with the bad and just roll with it. But this post isn’t about anything bad. Because what’s the point in dwelling on the things that didn’t go so well (unless it’s something we can learn from, of course, but that’s for another day!) No, this post is about my amazing year!

I finished 2018 so full of love and gratitude. On New Year’s Eve, I was literally buzzing with energy all day because I’d taken the time to write down things I was grateful for and the good things that happened that year. Having a years worth of positivity on a page in front of you and on your mind does wonders for your soul. I’m not kidding. Give it a try sometime, it’s not too late.

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Me and Yorick on New Year’s Eve, 2018.

Last year, I started a new tradition. On New Year’s Eve 2017, I wrote a letter to myself. A letter from 2017 Misuzu to 2018 Misuzu. The idea is, you open the letter exactly a year later and if you feel so inclined (as I was), you write another letter to yourself for the following year.

When I sat down to read the letter I wrote at the end of 2017, I was surprised. After a year had passed, I’d completely forgotten what I’d written, so it was new to me. It was like a little bit of Misuzu captured in time, an echo from the person I was the year before. I had written such a  kind and thoughtful note to myself, it was empowering. I didn’t realise how wise I could be until I read that letter from the year before. I definitely recommend this practice. I know it sounds silly, but give it a try. You might be surprised.

But anyway, the reason I’m writing about the little tradition I invented is because that’s in a way what these blog posts are to me. The public version of the letter I wrote to myself. Something to look back on. If I’m ever feeling down in 2019, or things aren’t going according to plan… I’ll look at this post, or the one I wrote last year, and remember all the good and positive things that happened in previous years and be able to capture some of that positive energy I felt on New year’s Eve. A little gift to myself. And you’re along for the ride.

Of course, this post is also a good opportunity for you to see what I’ve been up to and read about things that you might have missed while dipping in and out of social media. Or if you’ve only just realised I exist then here’s a chance for you to get to know me a bit. It’s not entirely for myself. Not entirely.


So I’ve decided to split this post into sections because there’s so much that I want to write about! I was going to go through the year chronologically but there’s too much and it’ll be all over the place… So here we go. Travel. Duo modelling. Photography. Personal life. Music.

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A picture of me looking a bit gothy, just because it seemed time for a picture but I couldn’t think of a relevant one.


Travel

In March 2018, I did my first ever modelling tour outside of England. It was pretty scary to be honest! Knowing that I’d have to negotiate my way around a foreign country by myself, meet a number of new people, and knowing that I would not be able to speak the language (I try to remember basic phrases so as not to be rude but they never stick in my head, I’m bad enough with English 😛 ) was kind of a big deal for me. As it happens, I needn’t have worried as the people I worked with while I was there were fantastic. Such lovely, friendly people. I felt completely looked after during my stay, especially as I was feeling a bit out of my depth when I arrived.

The first photographer I worked with collected me from the airport on the day I arrived and made sure I got back to the airport at the end of my stay even though he didn’t have to. He also made sure I caught the right trains when I was leaving for a different part of the country and he was lovely to spend time with as well as work with. We got some fantastic images from classical portraits and fashion, to more quirky images.

I also stayed with a photography couple while I was there and they fed me amazing food (and they catered to me as a vegan even though they weren’t vegan themselves, which was truly wonderful!) and made me feel welcome in their home. The images I got from my two days I was working with them were amazing!

Going to a foreign country by yourself is something that I now know makes you grow and develop as a person and I’m so grateful to have been given this experience. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been able to do something like this a few years ago, so I’m very proud of myself for actually arranging this tour and going through with it! There will definitely be a blog post about two of the shoots I did while I was in The Netherlands.

My traditional red wine selfie at the airport, followed by one on my first morning in The Netherlands when it was too sunny to take a good selfie, then a selfie inside just before I started my first shoot of the tour!

Selfie on the canals of Amsterdam and a selfie outside Anne Frank’s house when I got a bit of time to explore in between shoots. Exploring this wonderful city by myself was wonderful.

In April, I went back to Greece for the second time and I stayed for nearly twice as long as I had in November 2017. I learnt so much about the history of Greece as well as working to get some more amazing images… Which I knew we would. I was lucky enough to visit The Devil’s Bridge on Friday the 13th (what are the chances?!) and I got to spend a day in Athens too this time. The experience of ascending the Acropolis and visiting the Parthenon was something I will never forget. As well as exploring more Mycenaean ruins, of course. Something I find extremely fascinating, it’s sort of becoming my thing. I’m grateful to be able to work alongside such a talented photographer to get beautiful, classical images as well as the opportunity to learn about the people who walked those sites 3,500 years before me. Magical. Expect more blog posts about Greece too!

There it is. The red wine airport selfie. And then a bathroom mirror selfie at the airport before I came home. In between these two pictures being taken, I’d had so much fun, learnt a lot and created some amazing art. Although, I was glad to be going home to cuddle with Yorick, I missed him like crazy as it was the longest time I’d spent away from him. 11 days without bunny cuddles is 11 too many.

Selfie from when I revisited my favourite place in the whole world: The Theatre at The Sancturary of Asklepios… And a selfie when I was on the Acropolis in Athens outside the amazing Parthenon. What a place, what an experience!

In October, I had a very last-minute trip. I went to Bulgaria. I was asked if I was available to go late on a Thursday night… The flight out was the following Tuesday afternoon. That’s how short notice this trip was! Saying yes to things is a powerful tool. I said yes, even though the prospect of travelling so far away from home on such short notice (and knowing that the weekend in between me being asked to go and flying out was hella busy!) was daunting and scary but I’m so glad I went. Not only did I have a great time and got some wonderful images from the five photographers that were on the trip, I experienced another culture that is so different to England… and I made a friend.

The other model on the trip is a wonderful latex/fashion model called Stacie Mai. She is amazing at what she does, I mean, like… WOW. But not only that, after spending the week together, we realised we’d become really close.

On this trip, I also met Rosie, the daughter of Colin Grist from Pathways Studio in Chester who organised the trip. Rosie was there helping Colin to renovate the house he has out there, which is where we stayed for the first half of the trip. She was also there to help look after everyone and she was very good at that. Rosie is amazing. She’s funny, kind and really worked hard to ensure everyone was okay. Rosie also made me amazing vegan food and was conscientious enough to ask me about veganism so she knew she was feeding me food I was happy with. I think that was very thoughtful. She also got me an avocado for the road. That girl sure knows the way to a vegan girl’s heart.

I’m grateful to have been asked to go on this trip, I’m grateful for the places I visited and the things I saw while I was there, and I’m grateful for the new friendships I’ve made because I said yes.

The last red wine airport selfie of 2018 and a selfie with Dobby who I made friends with after a 3 hour flight and 5 hour car journey through the night to get to our destination. I miss Dobby.

Me and the wonderful Stacie Mai before we boarded the plane and again when we landed in Bulgaria. We were very drunk by the time we landed and I don’t fully remember getting there. Oops.

Some behind-the-scenes shots (taken by Stacie) of me modelling on the streets of Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria.

On the way  home: the pre-flight selfie and the onboard selfie. I love this girl more than words can say. She is a gem 🙂


Duo Modelling

Prepare for an awful lot of selfies… You have been warned.

So I’d been modelling for a full three years by the time 2018 rolled around and do you know what I’d not really done any of? Duo modelling. I’d done the odd bit where I was in the same frame as another model very briefly on group shoots and at photography events, but it was literally just the odd shot. I’d never done a shoot where the sole purpose was to be modelling with someone else. Weird, huh?

In January, I was asked to do a shoot with Phil Bruce, a local male model, by Kevin Sheldon, the photographer who was the first person I ever worked with and he’s the one who runs the studio I help out at (more on this later). It was January and it was cold, but we had a giggle and got some wonderful shots of the two of us walking around Rudyard Lake. Phil made shooting with him easy because he’s very outgoing and funny and you can’t help but have a good time when you’re working with him. He’d done a lot of shoots with other models, so I was a bit nervous to be working with him if I’m honest, but I needn’t have been. He was great.

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Me and Phil Bruce in January.

It wasn’t until August last year that I did another duo shoot. A photographer I’d worked with a few times, Danny, had also worked with a model from Wales called Leaf. Me and Leaf had been chatting for about a year about possibly doing some duo work together as we both love each other’s work but it never really happened until Danny suggested booking the two of us together. We both jumped at the chance.

So in August, me and Leaf spent an afternoon running through woodland, climbing trees, getting into rivers/waterfalls and frolicking along the beach while Danny took some pictures of the two of us. It was lovely. The next day, we were joined by Silk, another model from Wales. Danny shot the three of us together and we all got on well, creatively and personally. It was a really lovely day. Considering I hadn’t done much work with other models, I was surprised at how natural and how easy it was to work alongside these amazing ladies. It just sort of happened, and I didn’t really need to think about it, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was.

In September, me and Leaf organised a duo studio weekend at The X Factory which sold out really quickly. We were impressed by that and we spent two hectic days at the studio, climbing into windows, rolling around in the dust on the floor, draping ourselves over each other and bending ourselves into different shapes. We were exhausted by the time we’d finished, but we had such great fun and some of the pictures from those two days were just outstanding. This isn’t the last time me and Leaf will be collaborating!

A quick selfie in the middle of my duo shoot with Leaf and a group selfie after our trio shoot the next day with myself, Leaf and Silk. These ladies are wonderful to work with.

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Me and Leaf outside the studio on the first day of our duo weekend in September by the sign I made with our names on.

Rolling into August, I met Kelsey. A photographer friend of mine Phil, who I’ve worked with on numerous occasions, had worked with Kelsey and thought the two of us would look good working together and would get on well as people. So we arranged it. A full day shoot, me and Kelsey in Delemere Forest. Phil was right, me and Kelsey do look good as a modelling duo and we got on better than I could have imagined. So we organised a duo studio weekend for October, which went well. We also did some duo self portraits that I’ve yet to edit (sorry Kelsey!) and we generally just chatted and had a laugh in between photographers coming to the studio. We have decided that in 2019, we will be working together a lot more so have come up with a reduced rate for the two of us together. I’m looking forward to the good weather so we can get creating in the wilderness again!

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Me and Kelsey on our duo shoot in August. We have more antics planned for 2019, don’t worry 😀

So I won’t go on too much about me and Stacie because I’ve already written a bit about how we met in the previous section on travel, but I’d like to elaborate a little if you’d let me.

Me and Stacie got the opportunity to model together on the trip and we created some fantastic results. I’d never modelled latex before and that’s sort of Stacie’s thing. So she introduced me to it. It’s always fun to try new things, but having someone who shot a lot of latex to show me the ropes was beneficial. I’m sure part of me and Stacie becoming close was due to us having to be all up in each other’s faces all the time but also, we just clicked. And on top of that, I bet nobody could not be friends after one of you (Stacie) was trying to pull a bit of latex up over the other one’s naked butt (Me). I’m pretty sure she saw wayyyyy more of me than she ever wanted/needed to during that trip but hey, if we weren’t friends before that moment, we certainly were after!

I’m so grateful that she was the other model on the trip because I feel like I’ve found a friend for life. Despite living a bit of a distance away, we’ve already seen each other a few times since then with more plans to meet up on a regular basis, along with Rosie of course.

Two selfies from Bulgaria of me and Stacie. I was so lucky to be modelling alongside her and spending so much time with her.

Me, Stacie and Rosie. These two girls inspire me. I hope to see a lot more of them in 2019.

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Here’s the three of us reunited in early 2019 ❤

There’s a model local to me called Vivian Blue. I’d never met her until this year. Photographers seem to think that all models know each other but it’s not really true. I rarely get to meet other models (unless I’m doing duo work with them, which as I said, I’ve only started to do this year!) so even though we live pretty close to each other, we’d never crossed paths before.

I was helping out a photographer on his shoot with Vivian and that’s how we met. We started chatting and decided to organise a duo weekend together. I did some duo self-portraits of the two of us and we used those to advertise the weekend. We sold out all of the slots. On the weekend, it was freezing because it was November but we soldiered on, getting some cracking shots and having a bit of a giggle along the way (like when Vivian was trying to zip me into a catsuit and the zip broke, and when she accidentally hit me in the face with a metal bar… yep, these things happen!)

The funny thing is that me and Vivian started modelling at the same time. We are the same age. We are the same height. We have a similar build. We shoot similar styles. The only real difference is that she’s very pale and I’m quite tanned. It makes a nice contrast.

We did a Christmas themed group shoot in mid December too. It was even colder than it was on our duo weekend, but we got through (just about, with the help of coffee and hot water bottles!) and I can’t imagine anyone else I’d rather be freezing my ass off in silly Christmas outfits with 😛

Me and Vivian Blue on our duo weekend and again at the Christmas themed group shoot we organised!


Photography

So as most people will know, I’ve been helping out at a local studio called The X Factory. The photographer who set it up, Kevin Sheldon is the first photographer I ever worked with. He asked me to be involved and to help him out. In return, I could use the studio whenever I want. Sweet deal. I ended up working there an awful lot since August and I was there so much that there were times when I was considering just taking a sleeping bag and staying there! I had so many amazing shoots in that space last year with an array of photographers. I have done so much work in that space that I’m proud of. I hope that this continues into 2019.

I organised several duo days (as mentioned in the above section) and I’m rather proud of myself for this because a lot of work goes into making such events run smoothly and the majority of the days I organised alongside other models sold out completely which is absolutely amazing.

In the space, I also did a fair bit of self portraiture. I feel like my photography has come along so much this year and having a studio space with such character and amazing light to play with was amazing. Due to the amount of photography I did in 2018, I was able to design my latest set of business cards using all my own images. I thought that was pretty cool!

My photography has just been getting better and better and I’m really proud of the images I’ve created. My self portraiture is something I pride myself on. It’s a great feeling to know that the whole process start to finish was all my own work. Expect to see more of this in 2019.


Personal Life

So I won’t bang on too much about my own life because I’m sure that’s not overly interesting to anyone else but me and I still want people to read my posts, even if my main motivation for writing them is for myself. But some things need to be noted.

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Here’s a picture of me dicking about in a tree on a walk in summer. Nothing if not a big kid!

In February, I participated in InCoWriMo. For those who don’t know, it stands for International Correspondence Writing Month. You write a letter to a stranger every day in February. And I did. I have made some amazing pen pals with people all around the world because I participated in this event. I already had a few pen pals, but InCoWriMo simply expanded my world-wide network of friends.

My pen pal from Canada, Sonia, definitely deserves a shout out. We have been writing to each other for over two years now and we basically write each other novel-length letters and I absolutely love and treasure our friendship. I keep all the letters I’ve ever received and Sonia had to have her own folder because of the sheer volume of lengthy letters we have exchanged. I love it. Thank you Sonia for your friendship, your letters and your thoughtful gifts on my birthdays and at Christmas. Also, I want to mention my pen pal from New York, Jonathan. I love the letters we exchange and although he’s been having a tough time, he still manages to write to keep me updated and he even sent me a wonderful and thoughtful Christmas gift.

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I don’t have any pictures to do with writing letters so here’s a random picture of me from June when I crimped my hair for the first time.

Now I’m pretty sure that absolutely everyone who knows anything about me will know that Yorick is my best friend in the entire world and I love him more than anything. He turned 5 this year. Obviously he has a million presents and a little party, because how could I not celebrate my fluffy boy’s birthdays?! We had a wonderful day, he was very spoilt. I enjoy every snuggle, every bunny kiss and I even treasure the moments when he gets cross with me for one reason or another and tries to ignore me. Yorick, you’re the best!

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Here is Yorick on his 5th Birthday enjoying his birthday breakfast of parsley (his favourite, mine too), coriander, celery, mint and cavallo nero.

Halloween this year was fun. I didn’t go anywhere. I stayed in. I watched horror movies with my other half. You all know that I still dressed up though, right? I even did a quick little photo shoot just for fun. Playing around with liquid latex was interesting and I’m pretty happy with the results I got considering it was the first time I’d ever used it and basically was winging it! If you haven’t watched Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ yet, then I recommend it. It was amazing. I have yet to read the book though. It’s on my wishlist so I don’t forget!

Anyway, I made a yummy Halloween themed dinner (vegan, of course!). I had an amazing time.

My pumpkin this year. I was pretty proud of him actually. Then a selfie after I’d done my Halloween make up. And finally, the Halloween-themed dinner I made: Mashed potato bats, mummified sausages and pumpkin patch veg (carrots as the pumpkins, kale as the grass and broccoli as the trees). Clearly I have too much time on my hands/am never going to grow up.

A couple of my Misuzu Photography shots from Halloween featuring my liquid latex skills and excessive photoshop on the background to make the shots look tacky because that’s allowed when it’s Halloween!

Something weird happened this year. After being someone who despises sport (yes, that’s a strong word and I mean it 100%), I was tempted into watching the last few World Cup games this year because England got really far. I mean wow, well done England! Getting as far as we did was pretty exciting. I watched the final even though we weren’t in it and was happy to see France win (I wasn’t a fan of the Croatia team in general). But anyway, when it was over, I found myself feeling a bit lost, so I ended up getting drawn into the Nation’s League after that. Possibly just because of Harry Kane *swoon*. I’ve been watching a lot of football in the last half of this year. I actually understand the offside rule too. Get me. I’m really getting into this football nonsense, and I barely recognise myself while I sit there cheering on our team and shouting, ‘come on lads’ (I’m not even kidding, I genuinely heard myself saying that and thought, ‘who the hell am I? What have I become?!’) Embarrassing, considering I’ve always thought watching sport was pointless.

Here’s the best part: because of my sudden newfound interest in football, me and my partner decided to start watching American football. And do you know what happened? I absolutely fell head over heels in love with the game, I’m not even exaggerating. New Orleans has always been a bit of a thing in our household. We celebrate Mardi Gras every year and there’s rarely a day that goes by where New Orleans jazz and/or blues isn’t played at some point. So the obvious choice for an American football team to support would be the New Orleans Saints. As it happens, the Saints have been having an amazing season and ended up getting the first seed in the playoffs. Woop. Good time to start supporting a team, eh? Anyway, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara work their magic on the field. One of my close friends in America even sent me a Saints shirt for Christmas which was amazing. Now I’m a proper fan. Fingers crossed to see the Saints in the Super Bowl this year! #WhoDat #WhoDatNation #NewOrleansSaints

Selfies in my super awesome New Orleans Saints Football shirt. The first was just after I got it on Christmas day and the other two were taken just before the first Saints game of 2019 🙂

I continued my avid reading this year. I read a total of 52 books. That’s not quite as many as I read in 2017 as I finished that year having read 57 books in total. A lot of my time for reading comes from spending a ridiculous amount of time on trains, which I just haven’t done this year as most of my work has been local. But I set a goal and reached it. One book a week on average. You can see the list of what I read in 2018 by clicking here if you’re interested at all.

I also wrote a short story in 2018 called ‘The Railway Rabbits’ based on my favourite bunny. Of course, Yorick is the main character. Who’s surprised? Nobody. I’m super proud of this story and a lot of my close friends and family have already read it and I’ve had a lot of positive feedback on it. I’m grateful to everyone who’s read it so far for taking the time to read my little bit of silliness.

Nothing to do with writing, but some pictures of me that I feel capture my personality a bit. They are both from a trip I took in June with my friend. We spent a day at Dovedale. The first picture is me being silly as usual. The second is on the stepping stones where I modelled once back in 2015. My friend said, ‘do a pose like you did that time you shot here’ so I did. It looks a bit less impressive when you’re wearing a Harry Potter hoodie and Converse shoes, but still. The memory is there.

I also wanted to note that I had an amazing Christmas. We had an extra guest at Christmas which was a welcome change! I’m always one to try and spread the magic of Christmas to anyone and everyone, because I love Christmas and everything it stands for. Having an extra person around to share in the festivities was lovely.

Also, I was very much spoilt at Christmastime. I had so many people express gratitude towards me, lots of wonderful Christmas cards with touching messages inside, and even had some unexpected gifts from people whom I didn’t expect to be on their gift list. I’m so grateful and felt very loved and appreciated this year. Particularly thoughtful gifts I received this year include: Books (obviously a good choice with me, especially since my wish list is probably 90% books), New Orleans Saints shirt, remote trigger for my camera (for my self portraiture), a book about whales (I love whales), a banana (yep, you read that right), a llama travel mug, Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, and a personalised book about me and Yorick.

Thank you to everyone who made my Christmastime special with messages, letters, gifts and hugs. I felt so much love and positivity this holiday season. It was amazing, definitely my best Christmas so far.

Two silly Christmas Day selfies. I love Christmas!! Check out my amazing Christmas jumper!

Two selfies from before Christmas. The first one was just before a Christmas party where I wore jingle bells in my hair and had a stash of candy canes in my bag. I am Christmas personified. The second one was showing off my fab Christmas t-shirt. Dinosaurs + Christmas = Super Happy Misuzu.

Selfies with my family. Me and my wonderful nan on the left (she hasn’t really got the hang of selfies yet, bless her) and on the right, me with my grumpy dad and my beautiful mom.


Music

So I usually write about the bands I’ve seen that year, because music is important to me. So here we go, I will try to be brief as I’m sure if you’re still reading this, you’re waiting for me to wrap it up.

In February, I went to see Bowling For Soup (my favourite band) for the second time and it was pretty last minute. I couldn’t really justify the cost of the tickets, travel, hotel, merch, drinks, food etc. when the tickets went on sale, but I found myself in a position to be able to afford to go a few days before the event. I was lucky to get tickets to be honest as most of the places were sold out, but I managed to get tickets to see them in Manchester. I know I would have regretted it if I missed the chance to see them as they are an American band, so it’s not like they’re always touring the UK!

So I got tickets and me and my partner went to Manchester to see my favourite band! They were being supported by a band called the Aquabats! that I hadn’t heard of before, but I absolutely love them now. Their set was so full of energy, it was funny and lively. They even had inflatables that they threw out into the crowd. At one point, they sent a child out into the audience crowd surfing on an inflatable slice of pizza. I’m not even kidding. It was great fun.

Of course, seeing Bowling For Soup who have been my favourite band for the majority of my life (not an exaggeration here) was just amazing. I’m so glad I was able to go. Also, being in Manchester means going to get falafel too, which is always good.

MC Bat Commander of The Aquabats! followed by Bowling For Soup (in order left to right: Gary, Chris, Jaret, Eric) and a gig selfie of me and the other half in the crowd 🙂

In September 2017, I went to See Jaret Reddick, the lead singer of Bowling For Soup, in his solo acoustic tour called Heartache and Hilarity. I went by myself. In London. It was a proud moment. The gig was amazing. More personal than their usual shows, and very touching. So when I found out that Jaret was coming back for Heartache and Hilarity Too, and he was bringing The Dollyrots with him (another of my favourite bands)… of course I had to get tickets and go, this time dragging my partner with me. It was amazing. I also got to meet Kelly after the gig too, one of the highlights of last year for me!

The gig was in Liverpool and so I got chance to explore a bit of Liverpool, rather than simply going there for work and coming straight home, which had been the deal on my previous visits to Liverpool. I found an all vegan pub for dinner before the gig and a then found a place that was all vegetarian and did a vegan breakfast for us to refuel the morning after. We also visited The Cavern Club, which was amazing. I can’t believe it had taken me 27 years to go there. If you haven’t been yet, you need to get down there. It’s an experience.

Mirror selfie of my outfit for the gig, and a pre-gig selfie of me and Matt waiting in line outside the venue!

Luis and Kelly of the Dollyrots on the left and Jaret Reddick on the right.

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Kelly was hanging around after the gig. This woman inspires me. I’m so happy to have been able to give her a hug and get a quick picture with her. The Dollyrots truly love and appreciate their fans and I think that’s wonderful.

Me and Matt in The Cavern Club and me in The Cavern Club wearing merch from the gig the night before!

In November, I got to see Reel Big Fish. From backstage. No kidding. That was really really cool. I saw their sound check, hung out on the tour bus, and watched the entire show from backstage. Everyone was really really nice to me while I was there. I will treasure the experience of meeting these talented people forever 🙂

Me and Billy Kottage outside the gig venue… And me wearing his hat, because why not.

Two selfies with Matt Appleton (one after soundcheck and one just before the band went onstage) and a selfie with Ed Beach after the set.

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A shot of the band as they were going on stage. I just thought this was pretty cool 😛


2019 Goals and Resolutions

So, onto the main reason for this post. Below is what I wrote were my goals for 2018 as it seems like a good place to start. I’ve just copied and pasted it from the post I wrote at the beginning of 2018.

My Goals for 2018

So I’m just going to write down a few things here that I want to achieve this year. Some are more personal, and some are more to do with my modelling work. If I post it on the internet, then I have to try twice as hard to achieve them. That’s how it works, right?

Anyway, here goes:

  • Blog more (first post of 2018, check!)
  • Plan more modelling tours, including Scotland and Ireland (because I’ve wanted to do that since I first started modelling!)
  • Go back to work in Greece again, if Rick will have me!
  • Put more effort into my own photography.
  • Read at least 52 books this year too. Because only good things can come from reading more.

There, it’s on the internet now, so I have to try extra hard. Accountability. It works wonders 😛

I did some of them. Okay so I always say I’m going to blog more and I never get around to it.I blogged a bit in 2018, as I wanted to but I’m going to try extra hard to actually achieve that this year.

I didn’t plan as many modelling tours as I wanted to because I was simply too busy locally, especially in the last half of the year. There’s still so much of England that I haven’t explored yet and so many photographers I’ve yet to work with who are simply too far away so I desperately want to travel England more this year… As well as going abroad again, obviously.

The last three goals, I did achieve. I did make it back to Greece, I expanded my own photography more than I could have possibly imagined and I hit my goal of 52 books as I mentioned earlier.

Three and a half out of five for 2018 isn’t bad going! I’m going to try extra hard this year to hit my targets and achieve my goals. And here they are:

  • Travel to Europe as much as last year, if not more.
  • Blog properly (come on now, Misuzu. You can do it. No excuses).
  • Organise modelling tours to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. It’s about time you just did it.
  • Continue to develop your photography skills and aim to sell some of your work.
  • Read another 52 books at least.
  • Write another short story. Or two. Go for two. Shoot for the stars. Also do something with the story you’ve already written, don’t just let it sit there on your hard drive, for goodness sake!
  • Take the chance to see the bands you like when they’re playing near you.

I think these are attainable goals. And they will make me happy. So I’m going to do it. here’s to an amazing 2019.

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I feel like this needed an image at the end so here you go. Throwback to summer when it was crazy hot and I constantly felt like I was melting.


That you to anyone who made it all the way through my rambling, slightly self-absorbed post. I love and appreciate you more than you know. I hope 2019 brings you everything you want and more and I’d like to wish you a slightly belated Happy New Year. Go out there and smash your goals and achieve your dreams!


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Questions and Answers

So every year I say I’m going to write more on here and every year I end up getting too busy to actually do that. Ah well, that’s life. I’m taking a bit of time to write this post because it’s one I’ve been wanting to get down for a while. The purpose of this is to answer some questions I commonly get asked about my work.

Being a freelance fine art model isn’t something that people expect to hear when they ask me what I do. A lot of people don’t even know it’s a job. And I understand that. If someone had told me this is what I’d be doing before I started doing it, I would have laughed at them. But here I am. Doing what I do. I love it. I love my job, I love being able to express myself creatively and get paid for it. Living the dream. I don’t make loads of money doing this… I do it because it’s fulfilling and fun and I genuinely think it makes me a better person. I’m so much more confident than I used to be because of my work. And I think that’s truly wonderful. So I want to share a bit of insight with you here.

I gave people who follow me on social media the chance to ask me stuff, so most of the questions I’m answering here come from my followers. Thank you to everyone who responded and asked me questions. There are a couple of questions I’ve included that are ones I’ve put in, simply because they’re questions I get asked a lot. I hope you enjoy reading my responses!


What made you get into modelling?

Well, as I said, I never thought I’d be a model. I always had people saying to me, “You should be a model!” but I never really thought anything of it. That’s just something people say as a compliment, right? So I was never thinking to myself that modelling was something I wanted to get into.

I went to university and got my BSc in Psychology from The University of Kent and then stayed on to get my MSc in Forensic Psychology. I moved back to Stoke after I graduated and while I was thinking about what I wanted to do with my life, I started working at Evans (a plus sized clothes shop) with my older sister. I actually quite enjoyed my work there. I got to work with the customers to find clothes that made them feel amazing and confident. That’s a really priceless feeling. Anyway, while I was working there, my dad was setting up a photography business and asked me to help out as a second photographer on a shoot he was doing because I could just about stumble my way through working a camera. He had hired a model through a website called PurplePort and after working alongside my dad with the model he had booked, I remember thinking to myself that I bet that would be a really fun job.

So I signed up to PurplePort, thinking I could get into modelling as a bit of a hobby. This was in January 2015. I quickly got asked to do a TF shoot with a local photographer (a TF shoot is one where you don’t get paid but instead are given images from the shoot to use for your portfolio). It was fun. I enjoyed it a lot, despite it being absolutely freezing! After this shoot, I did a few more TF shoots and was pretty soon having people contact me asking to work with me, and asking what my rates were. People wanted to give me money in exchange for my modelling after just a few shoots!

I started getting more and more modelling work and was becoming quite popular as a model. In September 2015, I left my part time job at Evans and went into modelling full time. I don’t regret my decision one bit. I feel like I’m living the dream! This isn’t what I thought I’d end up doing but you only live once, so I figure that I may as well spend my time doing something that I love and am thoroughly passionate about 🙂

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An image from my first shoot back in January 2015 on location in Staffordshire.

©Kevin Sheldon


Are you a full time model?

Yes, I am. Modelling is my only job and my only source of income. I often get asked what my ‘day job’ is… And well, this is my day job. The work comes and goes. Sometimes I’ll be shooting every single day for two weeks solid. Sometimes I’ll only have a handful of shoots in a month. That’s just what it’s like being freelance. However, just because I’m not shooting every day doesn’t mean that I’m not working. Admin is a huge part of what I do. A lot of behind the scenes work goes in to me making the most out of modelling as a career, and it’s not all just pulling poses while someone clicks away! Responding to messages, putting out casting calls, reviewing mood boards, researching the best travel options, uploading images, organising images I’ve been sent, writing references for people I’ve worked with, posting on social media, and writing blog posts (like this one). So when I have some ‘down time’ from shooting, I’m actually still working… Just catching up on all the admin I haven’t had time for while I’ve been busy shooting! I think I spend as much time in front of a computer screen as I do in front of a lens 😉

I also spend a lot of time travelling. Catching trains around England… And more recently… planes to Europe. Greece, The Netherlands and Bulgaria are already ticked off the list! It really is a full time job!

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A shot from my shoot with the duo known as Sybarite in Zwolle, The Netherlands in March 2018.

©Sybarite


Do you have some sort of dance of gymnastic background? You seem to have a wide range of movement and flexibility in your posing but also a grace and subtlety to your work.

I get asked this a lot. Firstly, thank you. I really love hearing that I manage to convey grace in my images because that’s what I’m going for. I often say to people that my aim with my fine art nude work is about femininity, beauty and grace, rather than nudity. To me, the nudity is an almost incidental aspect of this type of work.

But anyway, no I do not have any gymnastics or dance background. I am quite possibly the most clumsy and least co-ordinated and graceful person in the world… Which I find pretty amusing given the type of work I do! I do yoga on a daily basis but I’ve always been really flexible anyway. That’s about the extent of my ability in this area! The way I pose does have a dance-like beauty to it, but those shots are usually taken just a second or two before I fall on the floor 😛

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A location shoot in Staffordshire, October 2016. This location involved a huge climb but it was so worth it!

©Stephen Plant


Some of your portfolio involves low-key lighting and environments that accentuate the interplay of light and shadows or silhouettes. These work well with you as the model. Is that a style you enjoy and how much of it is led by yourself as the model or is it an avenue that the photographer wishes to pursue?

I really love low-key work. I prefer dark and moody images in my own photography and I think that is in part because I love those dark and moody images in my modelling work. Playing with light and shadow is a lot of fun. I enjoy shooting this because it’s a bit hit and miss sometimes, and that makes the results even more exciting when you get it right. It also means that the model and photographer have to work more as a team, which makes the whole process a lot more enjoyable. For me, anyway!

With regards to the second part of the question, it’s usually a bit of both. Some photographers will book me if that’s a style they want to shoot, because they know it’s something I’ve done a lot of and am competent at. That goes for photographers who’ve never tried this style before as well as photographers who specialise in that type of image.

If I’m on a shoot and I see the potential for low-key or silhouette work, I will always mention it to the person I’m working with in case it’s something they would like to try. Very few photographers have a solid plan of what they want to shoot and are quite happy to just go with the flow, incorporating my ideas with theirs to create something unique in whatever studio or location we are working in. Not all studios or locations would be suited to this type of work; but when it’s an option, I’ll always point it out if I think it’s something the person I’m working with would be interested in.

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An abstract low-key shot from a group shoot in October 2015.

©Steve Betts


Do you think art nude works best in colour or black and white?

Ah, this is one of my favourite debates. There are some photographers out there who will insist that art nude must be black and white. This is because when you have an image in black and white, the light and dark parts of the image are more prominent and this is important in art nude work. However, I do think that omitting colour altogether from art nude photography is a bit too restrictive. Colour images have their place in art nude photography. Especially if there are interesting colours in the frame offering a complimentary colour or stark contrast to the model or other parts of the environment.

Personally, I lean towards a preference of black and white images in general, so would say that the majority of my favourite art nude images of my own work have been presented in black and white. However, sometimes there is an art nude image that just works in colour and by converting it to monochrome would lose some of the magic that I see in a particular image. So basically, my answer is a bit of a non-answer… I think generally black and white works best, but there is no blanket rule.

A monochrome and a colour shot taken at a Mycenaean bridge on my first trip to Greece in November 2017.

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Do you prefer studio or location shoots? Or is it just down to the weather/environment/assignment?

It’s very rare for a shoot to be booked on the agreement that ‘it’s a location shoot but if the weather is bad, we move into a studio’. This is mostly just because you have to book a studio and if you didn’t use it, you’d still have to pay for it! It tends to be that I’m booked for more location work in Spring/Summer/Autumn with some studio work in Spring and Autumn when the weather isn’t as predictable; and pretty much exclusively in studios over Winter (with the odd crazy photographer who still wants to work on location during the colder months!).

There are some ideas that will only work in a certain place, whether that’s studio or location so that will dictate where the shoot needs to take place. In colder months, you don’t have the option of working on location as often. And that’s just how it is.

In terms of my preference: if I had a choice between working on location or in a simple white wall studio with studio lighting, I’d always choose location. It’s more fun and inspiring. A little unpredictable in terms of weather, light, and of course, there’s always the chance that you won’t be able to shoot somewhere because of a loss of access, other people being around etc. But that just makes it a bit more exciting!!

I’m happy working with a few studio lights and a backdrop, don’t get me wrong, and these shoots can be really fun and crazy too. But generally, you’re quite limited in what you can do. They’re great for controlling the environment for bodyscapes, portraits or working with projectors etc. but it would all get a bit boring very quickly for me if I was visiting the same studio all the time. But not all studios are the same. There are an increasing number of natural light studios appearing. They’re usually based in old factories, warehouses or houses and offer something different again. These studios are more interesting to work in because you can always find something different to shoot, without the worry of having to postpone a shoot because of bad weather. These sorts of studios I class as almost like location work and I enjoy working in them very much.

Studio days are pretty fun (this is a day when a model is at a studio all day and photographers book hour-long slots with them) and of course, this can only happen in a studio really, so studios are good for that reason. These events are a good way to meet a lot of new photographers in one day, or work around a theme where photographers would only want about an hour each anyway.

Generally, I’d say I prefer working on location amongst ruins or woodland, with natural light studios as a close second, followed by a more traditional studio environment. But I do love shooting wherever and I enjoy the variety!

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A shot from a location shoot in Staffordshire, October 2017.

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What’s your routine on the day of a shoot?

I’m not sure I have an actual routine for a day when I’m shooting, especially as each shoot will require different things from me, but here’s the gist of it:

I make sure to contact the photographer a couple of days before a shoot to check everything is still okay for the shoot and to see if they have any last minute ideas that I may need to pack for.

I usually get my bag packed the night before so I don’t have to worry about it in the morning! I will look over past communications with whoever I’m going to be working with to make sure I’ve got items for all the themes we’ve discussed.

If I’ll be working through lunch or travelling for a while, I’ll also make sure I’ve got food ready the night before too. I quite enjoy cooking, and with me being vegan, it’s not always easy to buy food on the go so I always make sure I’m fully prepared!

I’ll often wash and straighten my hair the night before a shoot too, because this can take me about an hour (most people don’t realise that my hair is naturally somewhere between curly and wavy, making it a bit too unpredictable for shooting!). If I’ve had a busy day, I’ll wash my hair at night and straighten it in the morning, but mostly I will just go for it and get the drama over with the night before 😛

On the morning of a shoot, I’ll get up and have my breakfast (the most important meal of the day) and slowly start to get ready. I always give myself plenty of time so I don’t have to rush. My make up is always better when it’s been applied with care, rather than in a rush!

Then I’ll get dressed into clothes that I will have chosen the night before. I make sure to wear clothes that don’t leave many marks on the skin (something you learn pretty quickly as a model) and make sure that it’s both comfy (especially if I’m travelling for a while) and easy to get into/out of (to maximise shooting time if in a studio but also to make things easier if shooting on location!)

And then I’ll make my way to my shoot or wait to be picked up, depending on the shoot. If I’m travelling, it’s usually by train meaning I have a 30 minute walk to the train station. I always make sure I have extra time because I don’t like being late and having to rush. I will have worked out what time I need to leave the night before.

That’s about it I think. If I’m being particularly good, I often wake up a bit earlier to do yoga and meditate before I leave. I find it’s a great way to set yourself up for an amazing day. But lets face it, we aren’t always that on top of things 😉

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A yoga themed self-portrait from January 2017. The pose is called crow pose or bakasana and is an arm balance.

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A lot of your work is art nude. Do you find it weird at all being naked in front of photographers?

I think that unless you’ve been involved in shooting art nude in some way, wether as a model, photographer, make up artist, designer etc. then the concept of nudity in this environment may seem a bit odd. For me, this is my job so I don’t even register that I’m naked when I’m working. If I was on the streets and suddenly had no clothes on, sure I’d notice and it would be really weird… but when I’m working, it’s just normal!

I specialise in classical fine art nude… So being naked is just what it is. My body is the tool I use to create the art work that I do.

Sometimes, I have to actively try to remember that not everyone sees nudity in their daily life as much as I do, so I have to be mindful of that. I’m always looking at work from my friends who are models or photographers, so I’m seeing the nude female form all the time… and it’s not weird for me. Strangers sitting next to me on the train, however, might find it a bit shocking that I’m casually browsing pictures of beautiful naked ladies as they appear on my social media. But never mind.

Anyway, off track a bit. No, it’s not weird for me. And thinking back, it wasn’t even weird in the beginning either. If I’m there to shoot art nude, I’ll whip my kit off and get to it. Professional, like. I’m not overly body confident… I mean, we all have those things we aren’t 100% fond of with regards to ourselves, but I’m totally at ease when I’m working nude around photographers. They’ve booked me looking the way I am and they’ve already seen me naked before we’ve met so there’s little point in me getting all self-conscious about it! That’s the way I look at it anyway.

I have to laugh sometimes when we’ve stopped for a coffee break on a shoot and halfway through my coffee, I’ve realised I’m still nude. And often, the photographer hasn’t noticed either. That’s how not weird it is!

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A behind the scenes shot of me setting up for a self portrait shot, taken on my trip to Bulgaria in October 2018.

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Is your job ever scary? You go with photographers you’ve never met before by yourself to locations, and sometimes in foreign countries.

My job would seem pretty scary if you don’t know everything that goes into booking a shoot. At least, the way I go about my work, it’s not scary anyway.

I know sometimes friends and family who don’t know the industry get a bit worried about me. In their eyes, I’m swanning off into the middle of nowhere with complete strangers who are probably axe-wielding-maniac-serial-killers… Or jetting off to a different country to meet someone who is likely just running a human traffic operation. And I understand this view. But it’s wrong.

Most of my work comes through a website called PurplePort, which I’ve mentioned earlier. On the website, models and photographers leave references for each other when they’ve worked together. I always look at the references before agreeing to work with someone. I don’t often work with people who have no references for my own safety, and just because someone has references, doesn’t mean that I will work with them. I’ll always look at the quantity and quality of the references before agreeing to work with someone. I’ve learnt to read between the lines a bit with them too. If someone has references that are pretty basic, then I’m always extra cautious to check them out. I also look for things like who has left the references; I look to see if models I recognise have left positive references or if they’ve been to studios I know, things like that. You can tell if someone will be fun to work with on the length of the reference people have written after shooting with them. It’s a good system and I know that PurplePort are careful to remove people who aren’t genuine. It’s also common practice to message others who’ve worked with that person too. If someone has left a negative reference, I’ll find out why by messaging whoever left the negative reference, and then deciding if I still want to work with them.

Even if there are positive references, it doesn’t always mean that someone is 100% safe. I always make sure that someone knows where I am and who I’m meeting. I have also been known to do a bit of internet stalking on people too, just to make sure they are who they claim to be. It always pays to be extra cautious and I’ve found that I have to trust my gut. If I get any odd feelings about working with someone on the basis of their communications or things they’ve said to me or asked me, then I won’t work with them. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

I have worked with people who don’t have any references but always in as safe a way as possible: making sure I’m not going to be anywhere alone with them (I don’t accept lifts from them, for example). I make sure in this situation that it’s a group shoot with people I trust, or that I’ll be working at a studio where the studio owner will be around; or go with another model or a make up artist, or take a chaperone with me. Everyone has to start somewhere and there will have been a point at which everyone had no references!

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A shot taken in Den Haag, March 2018 on my tour to the Netherlands. I stayed with the photographer and I’d never met him before. This is a great example of checking someone out beforehand… I really enjoyed spending time with Shihari and will be staying with him again next time I visit Den Haag 🙂

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How do you choose who to work with?

I work with photographers of all levels of experience and ability. Part of the thing I love about my job is getting to meet people from different walks of life, and we are just converging over one thing we have in common: our desire to create art. I think that’s a pretty special thing.

I don’t particularly choose people to work with. Nine times out of ten, they’ve chosen me. As long as someone isn’t dodgy (see my answer to the question above!) then I’ll work with them. I don’t care if someone is a professional, has been doing photography for their entire life… or if they just picked up their camera the day before.

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A location shoot in Staffordshire, taken in June 2018. Yes, those balloons are tied to my nipples.

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What’s the weirdest thing you’ve been asked to do for a photograph?

I love this question. And I get asked it a lot. I’ve been asked to do many strange things in my job… and it’s all part of the fun! I don’t know if I can answer the weirdest thing, but I can give some pretty fun examples:

  • More than once I’ve been asked to get into a cage, but the best one was when I was in a bird cage and there was just enough space for me to curl up into a ball. The cage had to be lowered onto me. It was only good for a few shots though, as I couldn’t really give much variation of the pose as I wasn’t able to move!
  • I was once asked to wear a cat mask and was given a fake rat to play with. Me being me, I immediately got into character and had the poor little fake rat (called Scabbers!) dangling out of my mouth my his tail!
  • I was at a studio once where there was a coffin in the corner. Of course I got into it and we got some shots of me coming out of the coffin as if I were a zombie!!
  • On a Christmas themed shoot, I was given a ‘Santa please stop here sign’ and told to do something creative with it. So I sat on the floor with my legs apart and put the sign between my legs. I found that pretty funny 😛
  • Recently, I was on a trip to Bulgaria with another model, four photographers and the guy who ran the trip. We all stayed in a villa in the second part of the week and once we’d chosen our bedrooms, me and Stacie Mai (the other model) realised there was another room off the one we had chosen. It was this weird Playboy themed room, with mirrors over the bed (I wish I was joking!) and playboy cushions etc. One of the photographers there likes to take Polaroid pictures and so we got a set of super tacky polaroids in this room with me and Stacie. They were so much fun to shoot but really tacky! It was amazing.

I’m aways up for shooting weird stuff so these are just a few examples of the whacky things I’ve been asked to do. There’s likely a hell of a lot more anecdotes I could give, but I could probably write a book on them, so I’ll leave it at that… For now!

Two of the aforementioned Polaroids from Bulgaria 2018. Modelling by me and Stacie Mai. I love this set so much. It couldn’t get more tacky if we tried 😛

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And that’s all for this post! Thanks again to the people who asked me questions. I really appreciate people taking the time to think about what they would like to know. If this post has sparked any further questions from anyone, let me know and once I get enough, I’ll do a round two! I really enjoy taking about my work, and having the opportunity to answer questions people might have is really cool. Thanks for reading this! 🙂


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Greece: Abstract [Post #7]

In case you didn’t read Greece: Classical [Post #6], I’ll reiterate what I’d said at the start of that post:

I’ve just realised that I had intended to post #6 and #7 in this Greece series a while ago… Like, months ago… And… Well… I forgot. Oops? I have since been back to Greece to work with Rick again (earlier this year, in April). But I figured, since I’d already written this post (and the previous one!) before I went to Greece for the second time, that I might as well post them! So… Sorry it’s a bit late, but here it is, Greece: Abstract [Post #7].


So this post and the previous one consist entirely of pictures of olive trees. Okay, not just olive trees. Photographs of olive trees, with me on and/or near to them trying my best to reflect their beauty and shapes with my body.

Most of the work I did in Greece revolved around the olive trees. It was part of an ongoing project that Rick has been working on. So there are a lot of these type of pictures. I’ve split them into two types, so I don’t overcrowd one post.

In the first post of these two, Greece: Classical [Post #6], I showed you the images with a more classical posing style.

This post, Greece: Abstract [Post #7], is where I will be showing you more abstract posing, but still with the olive trees.

Are you still with me? Good. Is this introduction sounding a bit familiar??


Okay, so I’ll admit I was a bit tempted to copy and paste most of the previous post in this one, just to be weird… but I figured that would probably be a little bit boring for anyone who’s following this series of posts. And it wouldn’t be funny after about 500 words. It would just be annoying. So I’ll just assume you’ve read the previous post and continue on.


The last post was a more classical take on fine art nude photography. This one is not. I said before that most of what I do is the more classical style of things and I said how much I love it. Because I really do.

But there is one thing I like more than classical fine art nude modelling. And that is the style I will be showing you here. The more abstract style of fine art nude. It is my absolute favourite.

So when Rick described his idea for these shots to me, all to do with becoming one with the tree, as though I was the spirit of the olive tree itself…

I first thought to myself, ‘yey’. And then I thought about how this really is the sort of thing I love doing most. It is the absolute best. And I get to do it in Greece!

It was fun to be able to be a bit weird with the beautiful old olive trees. All in the name of art. I love my job, I’m so lucky to get to do this.

The posing in a few of these images is similar, but I couldn’t choose which one I liked best, because of the way the trees or the photography vary in each one. They all have a reason for being included here.


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I love how this tree gave me a little ledge to get off the ground. There is an emotion of sadness about this shot, and the sunlight isn’t as harsh or strong as it is in some of the other shots. I think it really gives this image a bit of something else, it’s a bit softer. I think also, because Rick captured some other olive trees in the frame, but also there was a lot of bare ground in this location too, it feels a bit more secluded (less crowded by other trees) than some of the shots we got.


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This is one of my favourite shots from my entire time in Greece and one of my favourite shots ever. It is very much about becoming one with the tree, but still with that softness I mentioned about the previous image. I love it!

[What you don’t get a sense of from this shot, is that in between shots, I kept nearly falling off from my little perch. I’m genuinely not as graceful and ladylike as I look like I am in the finished product… But hey, falling over and stumbling around is the fun part. Capturing amazing art in the process is the part that makes the scrapes, bruises and slight embarrassment at my clumsy nature all worthwhile!]


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This would be quite an awkward pose if it were meant as a straightforward, classical fine art nude shot. But for something a bit more abstract, it really works for me. I feel like I succeeded in making shapes with my body, while staying true to the lines of the tree (you’re probably there thinking, ‘you’ve lost me’), but the reaching up really captures that idea of being one with the tree.


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I don’t know what it is about this shot, I just love the asymmetry of the pose and the stark contrast in the editing style. It’s definitely an odd shot, but that’s a good thing. I feel like there is a story waiting to be told about this image. Maybe one day, I’ll write it.


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The thing I love most about this image is the weird angle it’s been taken from. I don’t know why but it just makes the whole image for me. I see this as almost like mother nature crying out for humans to stop destroying the planet. Or maybe that’s just the vegan in me…


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This image is pretty much the same pose as the image above it.. But because both images have different olive trees in them and have been taken from different angles, have different levels of light on them and been edited differently, you get a completely different image. I like them both.


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The height of this tree is what makes this shot work for me. It looks so tall, strong and open; which contrasts the small, closed off nude figure at its roots. Magic 🙂


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This shot is really different to the other images in this post. I think that’s why I really like it. It’s very anonymous and definitely keeps in with the theme of becoming one with nature. I can almost see myself merging with the trunk. it’s definitely one where you have to look at it again to figure out what’s going on in the shot. I like photographs that make you do that.


Number 2 and Number 7 are my favourites from this post. I really enjoy making shapes with my body. Weird ones. Curling up into a ball, arms and legs at opposite angles. It’s fun to shoot too. I hope the pictures were worth it! Let me know which one is your favourite!


And that’s it for my posts on my November 2017 trip to Greece! I hope you’ve been enjoying reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. I apologise for being a bit weird sometimes. Actually, I take back my apology. I’m unapologetically weird. It makes life more fun.

Stay tuned for the next adventure! ❤


And I’m also sorry that I forgot to post the last two posts in this series until just now 😀


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Greece: Classical [Post #6]

I’ve just realised that I had intended to post #6 and #7 in this Greece series a while ago… Like, months ago… And… Well… I forgot. Oops? I have since been back to Greece to work with Rick again (earlier this year, in April). But I figured, since I’d already written this post (and the next one!) before I went to Greece for the second time, that I might as well post them! So… Sorry it’s a bit late, but here it is, Greece: Classical [Post #6].


So this post and the next one are going to consist entirely of pictures of olive trees. Okay, not just olive trees. Photographs of olive trees, with me on and/or near to them trying my best to reflect their beauty and shapes with my body.

Most of the work I did in Greece revolved around the olive trees. It was part of an ongoing project that Rick has been working on. So there are a lot of these type of pictures. I’ve split them into two types, so I don’t overcrowd one post.

In this first post of these two, Greece: Classical [Post #6], I will be showing you the images with a more classical posing style.

The next post, Greece: Abstract [Post #7], will be where I will show you more abstract posing, but still with the olive trees.

Are you still with me? Good.


When people ask me what I do, obviously I say ‘I’m a model’. After clearing up the initial confusion with most people where they assume I must be really famous and in magazines and fashion shows all around the world (oh if only), I let them know that, actually, I’m a freelance model and that I work mostly with photographers to create artwork.

If they’re comfortable enough understanding that this can be an actual career (“No, I don’t have a ‘day job’, modelling is my ‘day job’…”) then they usually ask me what kind of stuff I do. This is the point where they struggle to shut me up as I love talking about what I do, because I love what I do.

I’m predominantly a classical fine art nude model. At least, that’s what I consider myself to be, therefore, that is what I am. Right? Anyway, by that, I mean that most of the work I do is about femininity, beauty and grace. I really love this kind of work and, apparently, I’m pretty good at it… Which is why I end up doing so much of it. Life is good.

This style of work is what I’m going to be focusing on in this post. So if it’s not your thing and you like something a bit more weird, hold on until the next post. You’ll like it.

If a more classical style of work is your thing, then here you go!


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This olive tree was absolutely beautiful and had so much character that it was almost like modelling alongside another human. There was a gap in the tree, where my body is positioned in this shot, that was just the right size for me to be in. It was a very wide tree, meaning that I could model in front of it (or inside it, as is the case here), without obscuring its beauty,

[I was unsure wether to put this image in the classical post or the abstract post. Because to me, it seems a bit of both all at the same time. Ultimately, it arbitrarily ended up in this one so the number of images were a bit more balanced across the two posts].


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I love the way this tree leant over, so I mimicked that lean with my upper body. I like how my feet and legs are distinct from the tree in this shot (that part wasn’t actually intentional, but I think it really worked!). They almost serve as extra tree roots in my imagination. I also love this shot for the anonymity. It really works here.


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A very classical style of pose. This olive tree was a lot taller than most of the trees I had the pleasure of working with, so it allowed me to stretch up and use my height as part of the posing style (a lot of olive trees are shorter).


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You can see just how much shorter this tree is in comparison to the image above. Here, I was still able to use my height to pose, but in a different way. By adding a bend at the hips, it worked to create an interesting angle in the image. My body almost makes an ‘x’ shape here, which is quite interesting in the shot. I like the depth of this shot, where Rick captured other olive trees as part of the whole picture.


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Another taller olive tree. This shot I find interesting (here we go being weird again, sorry) because it is almost like the left hand reaching up is causing the growth of the tree, and the right hand reaching down is causing the grounding/rooting of the tree. This shot is very magical to me. I really feel as though it looks like there is effort or movement in the shot. I wish I really could help trees to grow. I wish I was like a fairy or a nymph or a pixie or something, and not just a human that sometimes looks like one!!


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I’m hanging off this tree. This tree was another with lots of character and depth to it. It wasn’t particularly short but its trunk was very wide and textured. It had lots of branches for me to use to hold on to (and, as I did here, hang off) to get some lovely poses.


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This olive tree was tiny, probably a lot younger than some of the other ones in this post so far. But still very beautiful. It had an angle that was perfect for me to lean into to get this very classical looking shot. It was the perfect height for me!


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This is the same tree as in the image above, but a completely different pose. This time, the tree worked as a seat for me. Thank you little olive tree.


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I’m not sure if this was one tree that had split apart, or two that had grown close to each other. I think it’s the former. Anyway, it served as a perfect place for me to model as there was a lovely natural ‘v’ shape between the two trunks (or two parts of the trunk). I was able to mimic the ‘v’ with my arms and create shape with my legs. Another really lovely shot.


So what do you think? Let me know which one is your favourite! For me, it’s either Number 7 or Number 9. I’m not sure which…

Also let me know if you have an opinion on any of the things I’ve said about any of the shots. Or if you have anything to add 🙂


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Greece: Ruins [Post #5]

This post is a rather quick one, about the images from when me and Rick went to shoot at a Mycenaean bridge. I’ve mentioned this bridge in previous posts. You will probably recall an image of this place in the first post Greece: Vintage [Post #1] and then a picture of me, being a tourist in front of this bridge in the post Greece: Tourist [Post #4]. We went back to this bridge at the beginning of one of the days we were shooting.

In these images, the bridge is still there, so I guess they aren’t really ruins, like the title of this post would have you believe. But I do think that Greece: Ruins sounds a lot more exciting than Greece: Bridge. I’m sure you agree, so my apologies if the title of this post misled you a little! I just like the titles to sound catchy. Especially since I’ve limited myself to one word. That’s my justification anyway. I’m an artist, I can get away with it.

We only had time to get a few quick pictures because it is a popular spot, and fairly near to a main road. But we got the images down to some pretty good  and speedy team work and I really love them. It’s amazing what you can achieve in just a few minutes!

These images are really lovely and if I were lucky enough to be somewhere like Greece working again, I’d love to do more work with beautiful places like this, left behind by the Mycenaeans (maybe a fine art shoot in a location similar to the one in Greece: Fashion [Post #2]) . And do something with Ancient Greek ruins too. That would be really cool and would suit my style of modelling I think. Seeing these images has given me more ideas of the potential a country like Greece has for this sort of work. It really is an amazing country… I’m getting off topic here. Dreaming about possible future shoots when I set out to discuss a past shoot. I’m easily distracted.

Anyway, I’m sure you just want to see the images now, so I’ll get on with it. The way I’ve set this post up is pretty exciting, even though there aren’t many images to show you. I received both colour and black and white versions of these images from Rick. I’m going to post both versions of each image so you can decide which you like best. For me, I think it’s always going to be black and white. There’s something about it.


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So what’s the consensus? I’ll be honest, I particularly like black and white images anyway. It’s very rare that given the choice, I would choose colour. Black and white photography just really works for the sort of modelling that I do, so I usually prefer it.

With these images, the first three poses are more classical in their style, so I think these work best in black and white. The last two are posed a lot more naturally, so I think I’d veer towards colour on those two.

That’s just my opinion, though. I’d love to hear what you think works best and which one is your favourite. My favourite is the second one, in black and white.


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