Wednesday and Thursday I was testing for Cosmic Models. Wednesday took place at the studio of photographer Sarah Stedeford with fabulous models Andi and Calvin. We got some great images and sarah very sweetly provided us with drinks, and cooked us lunch! In fact I was so impressed I agreed to come and work with her on a retro themed shoot on Monday which i'm very excited about.
Thursday I was at the home of photgrapher Jocelyn Allen with models Alistair and Jessica for what was probably the fastest shoot in history, I think we were in and out in less than 2 hours; hope your paying attention Guiness book of records people!
Tuesday was quite an exciting shoot, I was once again working with the fabulous Ellie Harvey and beautiful Russian model Liza. It was kind of a pet project of mine which the other two very kindly indulged, a make up/body painting based on the work of artist Henri Matisse (see above)
The idea had originally begun when I stumbled upon my airbrush which had been collecting cobwebs in the back of a cupboard, I'd kind of assumed it was broken since it met with an unfortunate accident over the summer, however with a bit of tinkering and the aid of some blue tack I got it up and running again, and began experimenting making stencils from different materials (paper covered with sellotape seemed to work best if your wondering) And testing them out on various parts of my body, the compressor makes a hell of a lot of noise, so god only knows what my landlady thought I was up to!
On the day Liza was brilliant and sat very patiently while I turned her different colours (see left) Unfortunately I hadn't realised quite how long it was going to take, and it turned into a bit of a mad scramble at the end! but we got it done and hopefully got some amazing images- Thanks guys!
Eventually I'd like to do a series of shoots based on the work of different artists such as Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Klimt, Beardsley etc, if anyone fancies giving me a hand let me know!
Ooh dear getting a bit behind with the old blog writing. Ok then so on Saturday I was down at merton studios in Wimbledon which is an amazing place if you ever get the chance to visit. Its where The Bill is filmed and in amongst its laberinth of corridors it has many weird and wonderful sets including a fake street, fake police station and fake hopsital (compleate with real hospital smell which was slightly creepy!) apparently there is also fake morge in there somewhere but alas we were unable to find it!
I tried to find a decent picture but there didn't seem to be one anywhere so you'll have to make do with one of the outside instead.
If your wondering what it was I was actually doing there, I think it was one of those things where I could tell you but then I might be found dead in mysterious curcumstances! So I will just say it involves an up and coming musician and leave it at that.....
Yesterday, I was in Aldgate East where despite setting off nice and early I managed to get HORRENDOUSLY lost trying to find to find lovely retro model Rachal's (I remebered the spelling!) brothers house, where this next shoot took place. Eventually I got there (cold and miserable and late!) to be greeted by Rachal, photographer/chemist Daniel Kinnersly and the best cup of tea I've ever had in my life!
Rachal: Click her for link to her website
The shoot was a submission for two retro lifestyle magazines, Britsh based milkcow and American based magazine Pinups. Rachal had an amazing array for outfits and shoes, including my personal favorite red and white latex dress which alas was not used :(
Photography by Daniel kinnersly.
After a brief debate about music, photgrapher Daniel likes death metal, the rest of us do not! we agree on some good old fashioned AC/DC and got cracking, with some beautiful results will be very exciting to see them in print.
I have spent the last 2 days at the mercy of the Hammersmith and city line, working in various parts of east London.
Tuesday I was in Bow road working with extremely talented photographer Alexander Jordan and beautiful oriental model Cyan Cheung. We began with some lingerie shots, (Before the shoot Alexander bemoaned the fact that he seems to have become pigeon holed into doing lingerie shoots - oh what a hard life it is for a young man Alexander, having to spend your time taking pictures of ladies in their underwear, send me down the mines any day! )
After the Lingerie pics Alexander, Cyan and Cyan's boyfriend, joined by a lovely animator/camera assistant headed to Brick Lane to shoot a short video, alas I was unable to join them as I had to go for an interview for a new part time job (which I didn't get - Bollocks!) Anyway hope it went well and look forward to displaying the results.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to be involved in promotional shoot for exciting new skin care range Raw Skin Food.
Raw skin food was founded by the insperational Clare Eluka in 2010 after herself and her partners struggle with food alleriges and allergies to many ingredients used in the production of mainstream skin care products. Raw skin food products are made using 100% natural ingredients such as vegetable butters and essential oils, as well as being paraben (chemical) free and gluten free, they also contain no animal products and are approved by the the BUAV and the Vegan society.
Having tried the 'All over cleansing milk' from the 'whipped range' I can definately say that I'm a believer, the product was simple to use, it smelt great, was very gentle on my skin definately no stinging round the eyes or anything like that. Most importantly of all it did exactly what it said on the bottle and worked well as a cleanser removing all my make up, and left my skin feeling clear and refreshed, a definate thumbs up!
I believe that raw skin food is going to be massive in 2011 and very deservedly so, for more information on their products click here RAW SKIN FOOD
Had a wonderful time today working with the Lovely Ellie Harvey and Rosie Dent, the model Tilly very kindly took a day off school and missed her R.E lesson to be a part of this shoot! you can see a preliminary pic here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosiehannah/5350013484/
Sunday was my first shoot of the new year. I was invited to do hairstyling for Pierre Garroudi's Red Collection, in a very interesting location under the railway arches of London bridge, it was very atmospheric, I half expected a chorus of medieval monks to come wondering through at any moment! The team included fabulous South american photgrapher Clara Copely, with assistance from Jina and Claudia, Make up was by Nibras Al Wasiti and models Lizzie from FM (her first shoot ever!!) and Marsha from Oxygen braved the feezing conditions beneath the arches to display Peirre's creations to dramatic effect.
Righty ho folks, i'm not even going to try and justify how rubbish I have been at this whole website up dating thing.
But hey its now 2011 its early Jan, we all have our new years resolutions still freshly in mind, so obviously this year is going to be the best year ever,we are all going to be super pro-active and do all the stuff we never managed to do in pervious years etc etc.
So with that in mind I decided to head down and check out illamasqua, (Alex box's newish range of 'night time make up for your alter ego.)
The idea being that I would casualy stroll in looking fabulous and ask if they had any jobs going, present my C.V which of cource they would be so over awed with they would offer a position on the spot, (prefrably firing some poor hapless assistant to make room.) I would then quickly climb the ranks, become Alex Box's new best friend, eventually kill her off take over and launch my own make up brand MWA HA HA HA!!!!!
Alas it didn't quite work out like that, to start off with the whole looking fabulous part caused some problems, because while its one thing to create weird and wonderful looks on other people, when it comes to myself and make up I have to admit I'm rather set in my ways, so I could'nt quite figure where I was going with it all, the end result was rather disasterous, a bit like an extra from the movie party monster! ARGH!!!
3 attempts, many face wipes and watery eyes later I gave up and went with my normal make up, went to the computer to print out a C.V only to find that my computer is compleatly buggered, and being as I'm the most untechnical person in the world ever theres not a whole I can do about this. BUT I do have a memory stick it does have an old C.V I can got to the libary update it, print it, it'll all be fine, except of course the libary turns out to be closed, and in these days of blackberrys and ipads where we are supposed to have computer technology at our finger tips 24 hours a day, can you find an internet cafe when you need one? No you fucking can't!
Still I was not to be deterred! I got on the tube to Oxford Circus, boldly elbowing tourist out of the way I even got a seat. I came out the other side clutching my oyster card to my chest, I swiped the barriers and came out in Regents street, I paused briefly grimacing at the icey tempartues then I bravely clasped my coat around me and strode on through the madding crowds untill I reach Beak street, the crowd thinned I saw Illamasqua ahead! (from the outside it black and looks a bit like a sex shop) I went inside, it's very nice and clean and shiny, I thought I have would a little bit of a browse first, I went up to a display of lipsticks, they looked very nice, they also happened to have a ltitle mirror next to them, I glanced in it.... I hadn't realised how much the cold had been making my nose run, FUCK!! not good, fortunately they happened to have a box of tissues handy - Thank god!
I reached over, causing my nose to tilt, causing a large green dew drop to fall on to illamasqua's beautiful white make up counter, the shop assistant looks in my direction SHIT!!! I grab a tissue wipe it up and head for the door as nonchalantly as I can possibly manange................ I ended up spending extortionate sums of money on tea and cake in libertys to calm nerves, The best laid plans and all that!
Putting make-up on people since 2010