Glam Slam - 70s Fashion Editorial

I'm not going to compare fashion editorials to buses. That's too obvious. But here's another one shot in the last days of 2014 in Manchester's Northern Quarter...

Great team, chilled shoot. Here's the photographs...

Photography Jay Mawson
Styling Natalie Armin
Hair & Makeup Martin McClean
Model Lily @ J'Adore

Manchester Beauty Editorial

In my mind there's two types of beauty photographs. The first type is ubiquitous - when they're well done and perfectly retouched they look great - but you struggle to remember them. They all look the same, all blend into each other. Ultimately, they're the same shot taken over and over. The second type are basically any beauty shot you can actually remember. Beauty doesn't mean you can't have emotion and impact.

So when I was approached with the concept of creating images based on eighties Athena posters (anyone under 30 might need to Google them...) it sounded interesting...I can remember Athena posters after 30 years...so chances are the photographs would be...interesting.

There were taken on a characteristically wet Manchester afternoon sometime last week...

Photography - Jay Mawson

Hair & Makeup - Paula Maxwell

Model - Ksenija Selivanova

 

Male Underwear Shoot

Commercial Photography in Manchester

A few weeks ago I had probably the busiest period of photography since I picked up a camera. Rattling up and down the M6 between London and Manchester I think I shot somewhere in the region of a dozen commercial shoots in just over a fortnight. This is the job that started the first week - working in Manchester with a great team for a proudly British brand, British Boxers (you can read their story here).  A beautiful lifestyle shoot showing their new range of male stretch trunks and Double Dapper nightwear on the envy-inducing physique of Boss Model's Gavin Fawcett. Art direction came from the charming Josh Taylor, the lovely Hester Brodie made sure the garments looked perfect and grooming was expertly taken care of by Ms Paula Maxwell.

Then - shoot wrapped - it was early to bed before the red eye to London. The next day's shoot was something quite quite different - but I'll come to that one when it's released...

The United States of Manchester - Fashion Editorial

Once in a blue moon I get to post my photography before anybody else. There's lots of reasons why this never usually happens. For commercial work it goes without saying that you wait for the images to be released, but for personal work it just slips out there. During the shoot the team will Instagram behind-the-scenes shots, previews or 'sneak peeks' get trailered onto Twitter and blogs, models want to use the images in their books for a 'last minute casting' and before you know it the shoot is old news, fragmented parts of the whole drifting around cyberspace in a digital fashion jigsaw.

So this time I'm going to post this first, in it's entirety, as it was meant to be seen. A Friday indulgence.

It's a compliment to Manchester's diverse and vibrant businesses that I was able to shoot this all within 5 minutes walk of my flat. A little corner of the USA in M1. And for that, thanks are due to Gorilla (Manchester's best brunches bar none), Black Dog Bowl (bowling dragged into the 21st Century via twisted 1960s Americana), Bauer Millett (Corvettes, Camaros, Rollers & Alfas? Like a fantasy garage) and Harry Hall Cycles (for the beautiful mint green frame with white wall tyres...).

You might want to pop a pair of shades on...

Photography - Jay Mawson

Styling - Kerry Saxon

Hair & Makeup - Emily Clarkson

Model - Ksenija Selivanova @ Industry