Jess

Another shoot from almost a year ago (August 2019 in fact – where did that year go?). Jess is a fabulous model I’ve worked with a few times and she returned for a workshop event at Strangetown Studio on a warm but windy summer’s day.

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I think I first met Jess when she was modelling for a fashion designer and her fashion experience is very evident here, I think. But she’s much more than a fashion model – with that face, hair and figure, she could do pretty much anything! An absolute joy to photograph, as I hope these images convey.

Neo-Bailey For Teenage Cancer Trust

With 2014 fast approaching, it is probably a suitable time to finally tell you about a calendar shoot I did quite a few months ago. I was asked by Kate Ross-Kellam, the lady behind the West Midlands’ March of The Mods charity campaign on behalf of the Teenage Cancer Trust, to create some images for a charity calendar.

I am asked to shoot (or contribute to) several charity calendars a year but because of work/studio commitments, I try to do at least one. As an ex-Mod myself and a big lover of everything Mod-related, this sounded right up my street, not least because Kate was open to the idea of doing something a bit… well, classier… than the usual “calendar girls” style, “February = model with hearts, December = model with Christmas tree” rubbish.

Over a couple of coffees, we came up with the idea of re-shooting some classic 1960’s photographs by the likes of Bailey, Donovan and Duffy, and… sexing them up a bit, where appropriate. Kate managed to assemble a troupe of lovely (if a tad nervous) volunteers, prepared to disrobe for charity. Most were non-models but I also managed to rope in the gorgeous Omie (a naturally Mod-styled model and former Fotofilia regular). Make-up and hair was by Jacqueline Jones (also one of the models) and  Fay.

I obviously can’t show you all of the shots. We want you to buy one, of course! They’re just a fiver (£6.80 incl P&P) and we all worked for free so virtually all of it goes to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Get yours here – http://www.marchofthemods.com/order-stuff/

In the meantime, here’s my pastiche of David Bailey‘s iconic Mick Jagger image, but featuring Omie (Miss January)…

Omie, and the Bailey/Jagger original

Omie, and the Bailey/Jagger original

A couple more images and a shot of the actual calendar to follow.