A Decade in Review: 2011
My second instalment as I look back at my favourite model photoshoots and images over the last 10 years. In this year my work covers Beauty to Fantasy Photography and a lot more in between.
If you missed 2010 CLICK HERE
Following my retail test shoot a few months earlier with model, Nikki, I wanted to continue building my commercial portfolio and gain more experience working with a creative team and professional models. With this in mind, I had connected with model agency BMA Models and between us built a great relationship.
My first test shoot in 2011 was with model Stacey who I had worked with on a number of previous shoots. My favourite images from this shoot were a set created for Rotary Watches who I was meeting with and subsequently supplied images to for social media.
In June 2011 I met with Alex for a collaboration test shoot. As you can see in the images we shot in a field close to my studio was full of poppies but strangely, I’ve never seen any poppies in that field since!
In August 2011 I created a Fantasy and Cinematic shoot with model Sian Fan called A Dark Fairytale which was so well received it encouraged me to explore storytelling through images further. I must thank Lauren and Scarlett who assisted me on this shoot, without their help this concept wouldn’t have been possible. This shoot also helped me to develop my style of photography and retouching. It’s no secret I was, and still am, I big fan of fashion photographer, Emily Soto whos style of photography was a massive inspiration to me. It was a dream come true when Emily kindly shared a few of my images from this shoot on her social media.
To see my original Dark Fairytale Orginal Blog click HERE
October 2011 was a life changer as it was the first time I met and worked with model and MakeUp Artist Grace Gray who has since become an amazing friend and has continually supported and encouraged me with my work. With the help of MUA Kelly Hollands and assistant Lauren, this lingerie shoot took just 2 hours and helped build my portfolio as a People and Lifestyle commercial photographer. As you can see with the different look of images, I was exploring with retouching and I remember feeling frustrated for many years as I felt I didn’t have my own style which has always been difficult in such a saturated market.
Below: Fifty Shades of Grace Gray
Above: As you can see from the images above I was experimenting with retouching ideas and trying to find my own look and style of photography.
My final favourite set of the year was a Beauty Shoot again working with MUA Kelly Hollands, Hair Stylist Tara Johnston and BMA model, Alexandra. Here I experimented with mixing lighting styles by using studio strobes for my key light and placing Christmas lights within the backdrop, it was an amazing shoot to help build my confidence and trying new ideas.
Photography and Retouching: Phil Jones
MUA: Kelly Hollands
Hair Stylist: Tara Johnston
Model: Grace Gray
Model: Alexandra from BMA Models
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