2016 – A year in Review
Strictly has come to an end, so it’s time to review my favourite photographs from the year and share the stories behind each session. In no particular order … my 12 choices for 2016.
And see if I achieved my goal for 2015 – Best of 2015 on the Isle of Wight
Abby got in touch after seeing my casting for a model for a camera workshop. I thought I knew all the beautiful talents on the island, but Abby confessed she’d just moved down to be with her boyfriend. This session has made it into my 12 favourite sessions because I don’t typically shoot swimwear. Abby was a consumate professional and made the forty minute session fly by. The photographs were published in a Healthy Living magazine, another huge achievement that I’m proud of.
I adore these photos. If I could box this secret sauce and offer it to everyone women I know, I’d be a happy bunny. Alicia came to me wanting to create very different photographs for her portfolio. Right at the end I quietly suggested trying this corner of my living room. The serene confidence and shining happiness are what makes these photos stand out. I’m proud of my ability to connect so quickly with, let’s face it, complete strangers.
As an opera singer, Belinda asked me to update her print portfolio, but she didn’t want any ordinary photographs. I’m very exclusive about which clients I work for and turn any number of commissions down if they don’t suit my skill set. I love the joy in these photographs. I love the bravery of Belinda who threw caution to the wind and tried all of my crazy suggestions. This is the type of art I want people to hire me for – natural photography that bursts with laughter and life.
Charlotte is an aspiring model that has a certain future in the creative world. I contacted her after noticing her beautiful portraits with another photographer. She’s since gone on to have a successful career modelling for commercial and fashion photographers. These portraits were taken on my film camera with Porta 400. 2016 saw my passion for film blossom – it renders skin tones beautifully and makes the process of taking someone’s photograph an intuitive process.
It’s easy to understand why these photographs have made it onto my list. What I love about these sessions (I did four in total) is that Charlotte is stood amongst pots of paint, floor sander and copper pipes. There was a small clearing in a corner of a house that was being renovated by my nephew. Alas, this location is no longer available – well the chap has to sleep somewhere – but for a while -I had my dream studio.
More film photography sneaks into my portfolio, and it’s natural that I choose these. Chloe photographs beautifully and has the most amazing makeup skills. Her confidence and engagement made the session a real pleasure. I know that she has lots of other shoots lined up, making her firm favourite with other professionals on the island. I stood on Fina’s sunglasses at the end of the session, and I still feel guilty about. This series makes into my selection because Fina embodies everything I advocate: I want my photography to empower and elevate young women. During the session, Fina shared her aspirations and goals, and since we last met I’ve stood on the sidelines watching as she has built up a huge following for her art as a tattoo artist. She’s gaining real popularity for her art and IG is a steady stream of compliments for her creations. The beauty of film – genuine lens flare and gorgeous vibrancy in a dark, dull Firestone Copse. Caterina modelled for me once, so I suggested a film workshop as I knew she is passionate about macro photography. I have a lot of admirers on the island and often reach out to connect with fellow creatives. Some love to connect, some use my ideas to inspire their own photography and some ask for help in their own journey. Photography gives me such pleasure and I love to help others share my joy. I’ve another project planned with Katerina, although I’ve not told her about it yet! Hint – it’s in my pinterest goal board.
Two very different images and they don’t really go well together. I wanted to cherish both of them for very different reasons: the monochrome picture was an idea I had in the back of my mind for quite some time and the coloured one sums up everything I’ve worked towards for the last three years. Both pushed me out of my comfort zone. Queentrem shared her journey with me during the session, like all talented women she was quietly humble about her talents and beauty. Not surprisingly, her rapid rise in the modeling world has been wonderful to watch and she is currently one of the most popular (and successful) new arrivals on Purpleport.
My last paying client of 2016 and my wettest session of the year. Marella’s mum was stood over me with an umbrella, we had just 30 minutes to capture engaging photographs for her dance portfolio. These images make me laugh every time – we really were shooting against the odds and Marella nailed it.
Sublime and elegant – Esme was my model of choice when I wanted to create portraiture that made my heart sing. Classic monochrome with vintage styling captured in my living room. It probably took longer to clean and tidy the house for my guest than it did to take the photographs. Perfect photography for when the winter months drive us indoors.
Surprised? I photograph men too.
Looking at my 2016 Goals pinterst board, I’ve still a long way to go: https://uk.pinterest.com/imageobjectif/2016-goals/
Get in touch if you’d like to complete a project with me. 2017 could be your year!