I guess I’ve been doing this long enough now to recognise trends and cycles. I consume enough media to distill & filter images into basic categories. If it’s a widely accepted truth that all stories are based on seven basic plots, then all the editorials I currently see are based on just one fucking story recorded on an endlessly looped 8-track. The one where a girl arrives at a photographer’s apartment, stands somewhere near a window and undresses. If the photographer is really good, they’ll have managed to live near an outdoor pool or in LA.Read More
There are two places that I’ve visited this year that crept up on me slowly, hit me hard and now have a strangle hold on my heart and my mind. Cape Town was the first, Iceland the second. Neither place grabbed my imagination immediately. My first Iceland post below bears that out…had it been a two day trip I would have enjoyed it, logged it and left it behind. The remainder of the trip was when it became clear you just can’t leave Iceland behind. It’s been six weeks now and I still think about it daily. Nostalgia isn’t healthy. It’s about time I finished this to lay it to rest, if only so I can post about South Africa.Read More
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
I just don't get enough time to do proper full blown bells-and-whistles tests. The exciting ones - full team of people, cool location & great styling. It's a good thing. As much as testing should always remain something every photographer should be doing, if it's the only thing you're doing you start to worry. Come to think of it, there's generally a lot of worry involved in being a freelancer.
Anyway. We were lucky enough to have access to Artisan for a morning to shoot this - and had three hours to shoot which made it a race against time to get wrapped before they opened. Nothing like a bit of pressure to keep you moving.
The beautiful bridal gowns that Ksenija wears were from Jean Jackson Couture - Rebecka and Flic were a total pleasure to work with from planning through to arranging the venue and styling the gowns on the day. The main man himself - Reuben Wood - from Reuben Wood Hair & Beauty Salon created the fantastic hair with assist from Steve, and Karl Collins provided photographic, moral and emotional support. The beautiful bridal makeup was from Caroline Shuttleworth.
I didn't want to shoot a standard bridal shoot - not on my day off and not when I had the opportunity to get creative on a test - I wanted something to emphasise how strong, beautiful and sexy bridal wear actually is.
This is a picture post - so enough with the preamble.
This month I was delighted to work again with luxury leather label Boda Skins and see how much the brand had grown and matured over a short space of time. Their classic takes on a wardrobe staple are designed in Manchester and traditionally crafted in the hills of Turkey , so it was fitting that we shot the campaign images under Manchester's characteristically grey light...
"Self Publish Be Happy"
Just a nice, simple little test with Beth Leader from Industry & Elite. It's all about the glow at the moment, and Paula did an amazing job on working Beth's skin to a beautiful shine...
Photography - Jay Mawson
Styling - Rebecca Lockwood @ Boss
Hair | Makeup - Paula J Maxwell
Model - Beth @ Industry
Shot at Red Door Studios, Manchester
To accompany the previous post 'On Fashion Editorial Submissions' here's a 'self publish be happy' editorial set. It was shot in a few hours in cold studio in Manchester with a quick pull from American Apparel and some beautiful body glisten from Caroline.
Photography | Styling | Retouch - Jay Mawson
Hair | Makeup - Caroline Shuttleworth
It was Mark Twain who said (or didn't say, depending on which internet source Google takes you to) "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated" - but, for the moment, Front magazine's current issue is sadly their last. After 16 years and 191 issues the alternative lads mag has ceased to be. It's not the first lad's mag to hit hard times recently. The original lad's mag - Loaded - has gone through two resurrections in the last year. Front itself has had six different owners/publishers over its lifetime. It may yet rise again. But probably not.Read More