Beauty from Switzerland

Quite possibly my favourite photo shoot of 2016; ever since I shot these images back in September, I have been dying to publish them! However due to them being used for a competitive hair styling event in Switzerland, I have not been allowed to publish them until now.

This is a photo series I'm really happy with; thanks to the gorgeous model Alessandra, and the very talented skills of hairdresser Melanie! These were taken for Switzerland's International Hair Contest 2016, and they were top secret until December 1st. I particularly love the vibrancy of Alessandra's hair in contrast with the stark and cold background, neon pink hair is definitely eye catching and awesome to photograph!

Enjoy. x



Self Portraits

Anyone who knows me, knows that I hate taking my own photograph. I've always seen myself as belonging the 'other side' of the lens. To me, it feels like an uncomfortable vanity to photograph myself; that either I am fishing for compliments (I'm not) or I think that I'm so great, my face is worthy of photographing (I don't.) I have moderately good bone structure and I don't despise my features (I'm never going to have anyone else's so I may as well accept my own), but as with any person who has seen their own reflection everyday for the entirety of their lives; I'm sick of my own face, it's dull, it doesn't excite me, I don't want to fixate on it like I do other peoples faces/bone structures/unique features.

That being said, sometimes it's nice having a resource right there for a quiet evening when you've nothing else to do - and you bought these contact lenses for Halloween and then never used them - and they make you feel sufficiently odd and detached from the image you're used to seeing in the mirror. It's like being someone else for the few hours, someone creepier, someone, less human (sometimes that seems like quite the achievement.)

So, with that in mind, here is a set of photographs of my own face - inspired by some Pagan make up I saw on Pinterest, and the urge to use black contact lenses; because they make everyone look animalistic and feral, and that makes me happy.



Winter is coming...

Hello everyone! As this is my first blog post, what better way to start than with a photo shoot? I had the privilege of photographing a very beautiful Swiss lady, named Alessandra, for an International Beauty Contest 2 weeks ago, and managed to squeeze in a bit of extra time to try out a portrait I had wanted to do with her for weeks. I'm really happy with the photographs we took for the contest, unfortunately I can't show them to the rest of the world until early December, BUT, I can publish our mini shoot on here, today!

I was inspired by winter coming and wanted to shoot something darker and colder than my usual colourful stuff. We went for warrior/witch inspired make up, simple black airbrushing from the hairline to smudged below the eyes, Alessandra has excellent bone structure so she didn't need anything else. She has bright pink hair in colour (which you will see in the IBC photographs) and this translated really well into black and white tones.