I have finally taken the plunge and dyed my greying hair. I decided on a balayage and went to the fantastic salon in Aylesbury called Safy B’s. It was incredible and I Bloody love my new hair, the only trouble is making it look salon ready and as special as it did, but I will keep trying!
I decided to refresh my hair skills as I think it is really important to constantly be updating and improving so I booked on to a one to one hair skills course with the fabulous Zoe Cornwell aka Knot your average bride.
The course was great and very informative, I learnt some new techniques and some very handy secret tips and Zoe and the lovely model were great, and I had a brilliant day and have already used the new skills at a wedding last weekend.
Last week, along with my lovely mother in law we were very lucky to go to the Christian Dior collection at the Victoria and Albert museum. It was truly incredible, so inspiring and has given me lots of lovely new ideas. We had such a good day and would highly recommend it.
In April I was lucky enough to assist Sophie Higginson on a very exciting live colour shoot for cosmopolitan. It involved three Vloggers and talented hairdresser to the stars - Lyndell Mansfield. It was a good shoot and really interesting to watch the hair stylists at work;
In March I was invited by the gorgeous people at Sports Direct to fly out to Tenerife for a two day beach shoot, I didn’t need to be asked twice. When I first started doing Editorial type shoots last year I said that one of my ambitions was to get an over seas shoot and here we are and Ive successfully been on my first one. I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my career to date. I feel I was very lucky with the crew as you couldn’t get a nicer bunch of People to work with. They are extremely professional but we had a proper laugh a long the way. The campaign launches next week so I’ll be uploading the images soon but here are some of my experience:
In March, I was introduced to a new photographer by Lucia at First Model management. Her name is Egle Vasi and she is a true talent and creative genius.
We decided to shoot together and used one of Lucias girls called Elys Hutchinson who was such a gorgeous and beautiful girl and we had a great day. We were incredibly lucky with the weather and got a crisp but sunny day and at the shots came out very well. We have been accepted into Boyfriend magazine so keep your eyes peeled for the release. Below are some beind the scene shots:
A couple of weeks back my good friend Sarah Rider and myself decided to do an editorial style test shoot for submission. We got Georgina Roberton from Peony Vintage involved and she suggested using an up and coming dress maker called Gracie who has founded Coup.couture. I approached my lovely friend, Lucia at First Model Management and she supplied us with a gorgeous Model called Valentine. We also involved our other friends business called Couture Chairs to add some interest in the shots.
It is a change of style for us but I was quite pleased with the different makeup looks and I think once we have the final images it will be a good collection of shots. I will show you a sneak peek below.
Last week I had the opportunity to shoot with Kukhareva London, they are a beautiful clothing company designed and made in London and Europe and they are stunning. We also collaberated with fine stems, a fantastic and creative floral company. The results were pretty special and I cannot wait to get the final images but for now I can show you a few behind the scenes shots.
This week Sarah and myself had the absolute pleasure of testing with Codie from First Model Management. I have been waiting and hoping I would get the chance to shoot with Codie and on Monday it became a reality. She is simply stunning and I cannot wait for the final images but here are a few behind the scenes shots for now.
Absolutely thrilled to find out that our latest test shoot was featured in Januarys Beauty edition. For this we used the stunning Lily Thorn from First Model Management and called it modern disco, it was a lot of fun to create.
Such an amazing shoot in a beautiful old school building in Queens Park. We were incredibly lucky with the natural sun light and the models on this job were an absolute pleasure to work with and so Fit, they put me to shame! The photos are fabulous and I always love working with the Sports Direct Team.
This was a test shoot I designed to do with my friend and talented photographer Sarah Rider. The model Lola from First Model Management was a gem and we had fun doing the looks and pushing the boundaries, just a little, the images were published in @Imiragemagazine. Sarah and I have done five test shoots together over the last year, three of which we submitted and all three of them have been published, one by Beau Nu magazine and two by Imirage. Our last test, which I will add to the blog once it is released, is going to be published in @solsticemagazine(Januarys beauty edit), this is a huge achievement and I cannot wait to test again with Sarah in 2019 and see where it takes us. Below are a few images from our Pop shoot.
I got to work with Sophie again, this time it was for the Suns Supplement, Fabulous magazine and was an Editorial shoot. I loved this job as I worked on a fantastic model from New York who was a mature model - @samgold33 but is one of the most talented models I have worked with to date. So beautiful, talented and professional and the job was a true pleasure.
I was invited back by Sports Direct to be lead hair and makeup artist for their Christmas campaign and it was to be shot at Dreamlands in Margate, I didn’t need asking twice. I absolutely love working with the Sports Direct team, they are all very talented and have such creative ideas, it is a pleasure for me to be involved on these shoots and I see it as a privilege. The images are my favourite ones to date! you can see final images in my gallery, under portfolio one
Over the summer I got to shoot on four separate days with Dr Shini Somara, for Sprint, an American communications company. Dr Shini is an absolutely beautiful person, inside and out and on top of this is a truly talented and clever engineer and scientist. She is also spreading the word and encouraging women in Science. I absolutely loved working on these projects and it was a pleasure to get Dr Shini camera ready, whilst learning about 5K technology at the same time!!
I have Followed Katie Jane Hughes for a while now and although she is originally from the Uk she now lives in New York. She posted on her insta story That she would be in the UK and would be doing a master class at Space NK, I went on a mission and was one of the lucky ones who got to attend.
It was a really fab evening and she Is a very talented artist.
This was a full on day, we were on set in Walthamstow at 6.45am, I had six models and it was on location in a cafe. we then moved onto Dalston market and worked out of the van. The boys at We are Dink are always good to work with and the vibe was very good on set. The content ended up being brilliant., check out full images and video at www.wearedink.com
In early September, I got to assist Sophie for Podeny’s Look book. Podeny is a new fashion label by a very talented lady. We got to shoot in a very trendy house in London and the day was a lot of fun and very stylish.
The day after I got back from my summer holiday I got to assist Sophie on a two day Christmas campaign for Feel unique, it felt very strange to be shooting Christmas items and looks, when I had just been bathing in 30 degree heat, but it was a fun shoot and the makeup looks were amazing.
I was asked by Sports Direct if I would like to be lead Hair and makeup artist on the outer wear campaign on a roof top of a multi storey car park in Croydon at the very beginning of August. I jumped at the chance, we had the perfect hot, hot day with little fluffy clouds, (even if I did get chased by a very persistent wasp that I tried to style out but failed miserably:)) this was my favourite shoot so far this year. The images are amazing and made all windows of Sports Direct stores across the country.