This is the last of my back logged work which isn't related to the project I'm working on for my grad show! Soon all you'll see is new work, and I'm so excited to be sharing that :)
One more collaboration between me and Ulia Ali from about a year ago, where we headed in to the City of London so I could introduce her to one of my favourite spots. I find this church so calming and beautiful, so I wanted to share it with her. You can read more about our day on her blog!
This is the first shoot of 2014 Ulia and I collaborated on. She wrote a very interesting post on her blog where she compares her life in London and all the changes she has faced to her life in Baku. As you may or may not know, Ulia is a fashion blogger from Azerbaijan who moved to London to for a new adventure. She is the former editor of Wedding Magazine Azerbaijan, and has launched several magazines since her arrival in London.
Thank you Ulia for being such a motivation, and such a great friend
Ulia Ali, who I've collaborated with several times for her blog, started a culture magazine called Hiiigh last year. You can see the first issue on ISSUU, for which I captured the cover photograph, and the main editorial spread.
Here are some of my favourite photos for the shoot, where Laura Baldwin featured as our beautiful ballerina.
Last year a group of five of us, four photographers and a publisher, got together to launch a magazine. Thank you Cassie Molly Carthy, Lucy Blanchard, Nathalia Takeuchi and Ulia Ali for a very fun experience!We invited other photographers and artists to be part of this magazine, and we each created a series for the issue. The following were my images:
In my images I wanted to explore the way grace and the desolate can come together.
I love creating worlds within each image where you can catch a glimpse of an alternate reality that the viewer can explore beyond the limitations of each of my images. I hope viewers question what they see and wonder things such as who these characters are, why they are here and where they will go next.
I fell in love with this location on a drive with my mom in the English countryside, and was so sad that they were planning on tearing it down the week after this shoot!
The concept of the magazine developed into an arts magazine for students, so after the first issue I chose to no longer be part of that team since I no longer felt passionate about its direction, but wish them all the best for the second issue and more!
Tatoi used to be the summer palace of the former Greek Royal family. It is just a few miles north of Athens, in Mount Parnitha. It's a gorgeous place, which reminds me of the former glory of Greece, but sadly it is in ruins. The place inspired the following shoot where Veroniki agreed (thankfully!) to model for me, as the lost princess who roams around the woods and lands of this formerly glorious estate.
I'm so happy this beautiful lady was willing to help me with these ideas! we met up the day before the shoot and found the fabric to make the dress which she cut to size, and which we sewed on to her on the day! She even woke up at 4 am so we could meet up and be ready in time for a sunrise shoot! I cant thank her enough :)
The following photos were from various other collaborations with Ulia Ali, where we roamed around london photographing clothes for her blog and for Smoochxoxo, the online retailer. You can see Ulia's full blog post about our day here and here and here!
These are a few of my favourite photos from the day:
this was such a gorgeous sunny day!
A little while ago, Ian Mears and I decided we needed to plan another shoot together. We planned a studio shoot (for which we turned my living room into the place where madness happens) and decided to go crazy with candy.
The wonderful Clare Louise Tautz was in charge of hair, and the very sweet Leanne Rose was taking care of the crazy make-up. Special thanks to Ulia for modelling for us last minute! :) It was fun getting to figure out how to keep the candy stuck on her skin and in her hair!
After all the fun with the sprinkles, which I can tell you honestly get EVERYWHERE!! we decided to shoot a more fruit based look - grapes specifically since they suited Ulia's skin tone!
And of course we had to have some more fun with this look:
Then had the best idea ever: get the grapes, cover them in fake blood, and make this pretty girl look evil!
All of this of course was on my cream coloured carpet ;)
I was so proud of Ulia...she didn't mention that the sight of blood makes her faint until After the shoot! Oups :) At least she made it through this torture with a big smile!
This image is hands down my favourite from this shoot. I just love the look of fierce power in her eyes.
Let me know what you think of this set :)
This was one of our last shots in the day, and all I could say when she got out of the lake was thank you.
This ledge was a lot scarier than it seems! But Coyla stood on there bravely, with her gorgeous wedding dress flying in the wind.
This shot was really fun to get: she climbed down onto the pipe from the ledge above. It was the getting back that would be troublesome: we both had to pull her back up over the ledge, hoping she wouldn't scrape her knees too badly. Afterall we didn't want to be too mean and leave her stranded in the cold!
We all got soaked to the bone from shooting by the lake, so we tried to rush the long walk back to the car by daydreaming about traveling to a warm country!
This one is possibly my favorite from the day, though the rest come pretty close!
We finished off the day with the beautiful Scarlet, and were all completely exhausted by this time. Andy had suggested Scarlet should stand by the bar, and after a bit of creative bickering back and forth between Andy and me, poor Scarlet ended up with a broom in her hands, sweeping away… on the bar!