Its always challenging working in low light but when your main light source is LED of the control desk and small amount of downlights then it becomes really hard. However with the right balance of ISO, shutter, and aperture amazing, it's amazing what can be achieved , here is few examples
Interesting challenges with close up beauty photography. The power of Macro photography is simply beautiful. working simply with a beauty dish and tri reflectors is very refreshing. Although the freckles were not real this did present a slight problem with lighting. Never the less I found a solution using clam lighting, that seems to work. I will leave you to think up your own solution as the saying goes, " one man's ceiling is another man floor". Natural freckles are not too hard to deal with but painted freckles are a little more tricky. The key to it is to use reflective light source rather than a direct light source., we at least that's what worked for me.
Heres an example. The image to the right is light direct with a beauty dish, the image to the left is reflective light.
Fine art shoot with Charlotte, The beauty of the body is always fascinating. Telling the story just enough to be sensual without being overtly sexual. These images for me do just that, Last week i visited the Watts Galery in Surrey, I fascinated how Watts experimented with textures, color and light. His Pre Raphaelite style is just so emotional it almost overwhelming. I found myself extremely emotional.I wanted to experiment with photography to see how some of the stylings would commute. So with the aid of my very beautiful model Charlotte. we set ourselves the chalenge
This was a great shoot today, Working down at JL, it's my second home, Just love the studio.
today we worked with two beautiful models Canva and Toy Even the sun was shining we decided to stay inside, hate to say it but it was too hot. Canvas afro skin tone was a pleasure to work with and Beckey our Makeup Artis, owner of Surrey Makeup school, did a fantastic job Leaving me with very little retouching. The cloth styling was done by our second model Toy who is a talented Model as well as stylist , the hair was done by me, Here is a couple of the shots
I met Charlotte a couple of months back but was unable to get the time to shoot with her. Charlotte is a talented dress designer as well as a talented model/makeup artist. The first shoot was really good but I wanted to work more one to one so arranged a further shoot back at my studio. Charlotte was a total pleasure to photograph. Her natural outer beauty and was totally supported by her wonderful gentle nature. I will look forward to photographing her upcoming collection in the summer.
Red hot summer makeup was the order of the day today With our amazing young new face, Melissa Odonnell , Mellisa took time away from he studies to do the thing that she loves, modeling is her heart is and I think with her very sophisticated look she will soon be a face that we will all be used to seeing in the fashion magazines. Sporting a cool 5.8 she might well be taken up on the catwalk as well hers is a face to look out for in the future and we were lucky enough to find her first. Very enjoyable shoot with stunning Hair ,makeup and styling from Clare Pinkney
With the sun out and beautiful summer feel in the air, it was time to create something beautiful. Clare decided to go for a dewy summer filled makeup effect that set the tone for the shoot. I decided to use mixed lighting of natural and flash swapping between daylight fill and Flash fill. The shoot was one softbox and a window light Our beautiful model Daisy was spot on for this look and so easy to shoot , here is a few pictures
Its always a pleasures working with Monika, This time it was testing New models for her Autumn collection that we will be shooting later in the summer. The weather has been so good we thought we would take our two models out on the river down at Hampton Court.
Credits for this shoot are Models Charlotte Meeks And Malissa Odonnell Makeup by Candice Tompkins. Cloth Styling by Monika Kunat
So sunset by the River
Under The Bridge
So many fantastic styles and images asa a photographer its hard to resist. To my mind, they are all winners. I think the judges really had a hard time judging on both the southern and London heats. The sage setting this year was very disappointing it felt very low budget. I talked to many friends who were in the competition and many of them felt little let down by the lack of effort on L'OREAL part. The stage was so close to the judges that it really was a Health and safety issue. One model Slipped on the runway and her heeled shoe came within centimeters of Richard Wards Head. The stage created a bottleneck from one side of the room to the other.
The working spaces for the models and hairdressers was also very cramped but i suppose it was exceptable
Any Way here are a few images from the night
The L'OREAL stage show this year was produced by the Rush creative team This year our photography helped no less the 9 Stylist, from the London and Southern area, get closer to their dream. I went to the Sunday and Monday events, in London, to capture some of the live show and document the event for the salons that entered. This this was a hard year with very stiff competition and very competitive spirit by all. The Hairdressing standard was high and the atmosphere was electric. The L'OREAL Stage show was presented by Rush creative team. The leading VT ( video ) was very disjointed and to be honest a little boring as was the choreography but none the less the work was great and very creative with an ambiance of dark and dangerous. Here are a few images from the collection.
New TV show Lenard Pink. This is a situation comedy based on the
Original concept by The Artist Dave Curtois
The story is based on the character Lenard PinK Historian and international homosexual Lenard Lives in a Pink house in Harrow along with his disabled daughter, Secretary, Handy Man, who is also a mugger, neurotic clean and his two best friends who are alcoholic. Pinks ex-wife is also in it, crazy money grabbing American who is who extorts money from Pink by threatening to take away his beloved daughter.
This year's color trophy for London is being held on
30 Apr 2018
Postcodes: CR, EN, HA, IG, KT, RM, SM, TW, UB, WD (plus all greater London Postcodes)
De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen St, London, WC2B 5DA
If you want to buy tickets Click here
There are 4 uniquely different categories for salons to enter in 2018:
1.L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award
2.L’Oréal Men's Image Award
3.L'Oréal Colour Trophy STAR Award
4.L'Oréal Colour Trophy Afro Award
This year, there are a number of very exciting changes in each category so make sure you familiarise yourself with the competition terms and conditions before starting. Entrance to the competition is free and your salon does not have to be a L’Oréal Professionnel salon to enter however you must use L’Oréal Professionnel colour and styling products.
The events prove to be a fantastic platform for hairdressers to showcase their innovative ideas and inspire other hairdressers across the country!
Entrants must create a well-executed, inspirational, modern colour showcasing a female look. This must be complemented by a beautiful style, finish and total look taking inspiration from upcoming trends. Entrants can interpret this as they see fit but the final look must share the same values as L’Oréal Professionnel. These are:
Fashion: Taking inspiration from trends
Innovation: Classic elements, with a brand new twist
Pioneering: A colour that has not been done before and could be a future trend
The work presented must always be exceptionally executed and technically correct.
The hair colour will be the overriding factor in any decision making process.
IMPORTANT CHANGES IN THIS CATEGORY*
No under 16’s are allowed to enter or attend the L’Oréal Colour Trophy events
A salon can enter multiple teams into this category as long as each team has a different colourist and stylist. Also every team entering must create a unique username and password.
At each Regional Semi-Final for Colour Trophy, 6 successful teams will be announced on the night. 2 will be guaranteed to compete at the Grand Final and 4 will go through to the Shortlisted Judging Stage, run after the Semi-Finals.
All salons through to the Shortlisted Judging Stage will be judged collectively online after the Semi-Finals by a panel of judges. The judges will select their top 16 from the 32 in the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Category regardless of region and these 16 salons will compete at the Grand Final.
All model ‘before’ photos must be a side or front view only and not a back view.
An exclusive 3-day European trip for the winning hair stylist & colourist to photograph the winning look.
A one day relevant photo or video shoot opportunity to create a feature in a leading consumer print or digital title in 2019.
* Details of the 2018/2019 prize package correct at time of going to press. Please read the Terms and Conditions for the full details of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award category, the competition changes and the prize package available to download here.
L'ORÉAL MEN'S IMAGE AWARD
L’ORÉAL COLOUR TROPHY STAR AWARD
L’ORÉAL COLOUR TROPHY AFRO LOOK AWARD
Although Cool creative is only two salon group they still have managed to secure two entries into this year's color trophy. Two male entries, from each of the salons plus a star award entry and a color trophy entry. A force to be recorded with in the London semifinals this year.
These are a few images from the entry selection
Well here we go again, Great News yesterday, that we help 9 amazing stylists, from the London and Southern regions, to get through to the L'oreal Semi-finals. Great teamwork all around, including the talented Makeup Artists Clare Pinkney and Sophie Daly and Zoe Cornwell. So ones again congratulation to Raw Hairdressing team and Cool creative Hairdressing team . See you both on the 29 30th April
Remember if you think that its something you would like to try, then call me on 08001701747 Fee or contact me through our website.
here are the raw collection
Nano keratin products are designed to smooth and control the hair and at the same time at protein condition and building to the hair structure. Jimmy Campbell is the UK Amabasitor for nano Keratin and as such asked me to try it out. So we got our stunning model Heather Stevens and our very talented makeup artist Jelena Pavlenko and did a test shoot with Heather. Jimmy had pre-treated the hair a week before. The first thing we noticed was that the hair needed very little work to get it to silky smooth. having worked on heathers hair before i new how dry it could sometimes feel so I was amazed as to how beautiful it was . Here's a couple of shots
Well, it's been a very busy Feb, shot 13 entries this year, looking forward to being able to post a few up here, but not until after the judging on the 26th. Its been a great standard of work this year with great makeup artists as well as amazing hairdressing teams. the mail entries have stunning as well, anyway, this will all be viable in due course with video coverage as well.
Did an interesting test the other day with Clare Pinkney Mahe up artist here is a couple of the unretouched. images
Another good night teaching at city lit beauty photography course, 9 Students two models full Makeup crew from South Thames College. The make focus, moving on from week one, was to put into action the lighting equipment that the students had learned about last week. Some real hands-on opportunities to work with great models and makeup artists. I did not get a chance to shoot much myself as it was a high demand on the teaching floor. But here is a couple of images that I snatched when setting up the basic lighting.
There is still time to enroll if you wish.
Just finished a fantastic first night, with this year beauty photography student, the main thing tonight was to try and get everyone on a level playing field and ready for next week lesson, as it will be shoot night. So tonight we started getting to know the equipment needed in beauty photography. We then progressed into the lighting techniques that we will be using next week. This is an exciting time, great to see so many different cultures in one room, cant wait to see the results next week.
These are a few un-edited images other then Lightroom adjustments shot with available light and reflectors, 35mm Lens. I tend to shoot more with 85 or 50mm for this kind of shot but i was interested in creating this kind of distortion. not sure i would use it again but all the same very interesting and enjoyable shoot. Makeup Clare Pinkney
I really like the idea of mixing brush work with photography i think the soft blend of brush strokes over skin and really add to a creative look