Sunday, 29 March 2009

Shipwrecked hunk following my directions. Yes, please!

Don't you just love it when a model says "do what you want with me, I'm up for anything"!? I know I do!

Has anyone starting to notice a slightly new trend on my portfolio yet? Yes? Hot guys! Yes.... I think I'm liking this. I tend to shoot women as I love it and it inspires me. There are so many things you can do with a female model, and it's turned into a bit of a comfort zone for me. So one of my goals for this year was to master the art of photographing guys as well. I was really pleased when getting in touch with hot model and ex Shipwrecked hunk Rowan Bailey, and thought he'd be a great start to getting some great male model shots!

One thing I wanted to mention was that I've always had slight pre-conceptions of guys that look that good. I'm thinking they must be either arrogant, up themselves, lazy or lack a brain. Rowan is none of those things, and helped me realise that I shouldn't judge people by their cover. He came prepared, he was creative, passionate, open-minded, sweet and really down to earth. Quite inspiring to see someone being really passionate about what they want to do and be driven. I can relate to that, and I get inspired by people who are goal orientated and know what they want to achieve.

I also invited Elisabeth Rider, who I have worked with previously, to work with us on the day (there was make-up and oiling of body to do... hard job, but someone has to do it... haha :). With Rowan so open to try out any idea we threw at him, we had such a blast. Such a great team of people to work with, which really make a shoot day so much more enjoyable.

Given free range to try anything.... I did! I think I might have blind folded him. For selfish reasons really. ha!

Can wait to add the results on my portfolio.......... See pictures on my Flickr site.

Rowan Bailey

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Ben Adams on the floor

Ben Adams - Singer. Songwriter. Producer. Former A1 band member. Recent Celebrity Big Brother contestant (aka. green dinosaur). Chicken lover. Christmas freak.

While I'm finally having a night in and enjoying a glass of baileys, I wanted to write this blog about my latest shoot with Ben. After Celebrity Big Brother he's been keeping busy, but last week we managed to find a few hours to play around in my studio and shoot some pictures. Yay! The last three years I've been working for Ben I've seen a lot of pictures of him (where he always looks great and very commercial), and I wanted to try something in a bit of a different direction. So after capturing a few usual portraits I got him to take his shirt off and crawl on my floor. I know, sounds a bit weird! ha! I had this idea that I wanted to try a mirror effect. Thought the images came out quite interesting and captured a different side to Ben that I've seen before. I'm liking this kind of almost artsy stuff. Will let you be the judge though, be interesting to hear what you think!

Always one to want to try new things, Ben was happy to try out my ideas. We even tried a "the road to Ben's photo face" thing, but not sure that worked. So we ended up with the mirror effect idea, which I'll have a couple of different versions of (one more artsy than the other). Ben always throws himself into a challenge with great enthusiasm and creativity, so it was so much fun to be able to shoot him again.

Check out the pictures as they get added on my Flickr site - Ben Adams album

Ben Adams