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

 

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

Bridal Editorial in Manchester

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.