Thanks for taking the time to study my profile. OK. I'm a bit old-fashioned. I dislike porn and I'm not particularly keen on gratuitous nudity either. I prefer a more "old-school" or "retro" look. Consequently, many of my shoots feature retro-style swimwear, old-style corsetry and ethnic-wear as part of my predominantly retro-fitness and pin-up derived themes. In a nutshell, I try to emulate the shapes and forms that were made so perfect by female style icons such as Juile Newmar, Esther Williams, Cyd Charisse and of course, the late, great Bettie Page. You can peruse the sort of work I do, and the rationale behind my ideas at my retro-fitness themed site: waist.it Costumes
I'm particularly keen to replicate the classic hour-glass figures of that bygone era and document how we achieve that look. To do retro-fitness properly, one really needs models who can carry themselves well and who "look the part". One also needs authentic looking costumes that hug and enhance the model's figure. Over the years we have amassed a large and fairly valuable collection of vintage costumes in a range of sizes between UK 8 up to UK 12. And I'm happy to mix our outfits with yours, if you have items of your own that you particularly want to try. Venue
I work mainly from a small but well equipped studio in South East Hampshire, UK. It's about 25 square metres (270 square feet), with separate changing facility. My fiancee is normally present during the shoot to organise the studio, fix the scenery and dig out the various outfits and props we require. She is also a very competent stylist, and is excellent at spotting loose threads and labels sticking out! Lighting and props
In addition to conventional studio flash, I also enjoy unusual or unorthodox lighting (including constant-lighting sources such as daylight-CFL, LED, UV and flat-panel). I like including iconic pieces of technology, e.g. vintage radios, film cameras, dial-type telephones, sports cars, optical disks, maps, mixer-desks, hard disk innards, and steam engines (to name but a few) with my shoots. I'm also rather keen on animal-print fabrics, expensive-looking shapewear, shockingly-vibrant colours and seriously chunky jewellery - though not
all at the same time, obviously! General
Whilst I have a great love for "retro", I'm not irretrievably locked in the past. I particularly enjoy mixing old-fashioned looks with very modern ones, unashamedly creating what a friend sometimes describes as "quirky photographic anachronisms". I particularly enjoy working with intelligent, hard-working models that can also inject some humour and a sense of fun into the shoot. After all, if shooting stops being fun, then what's the point of doing it? Finally, five important things that models should be aware of...
1. I do not work with under 18's. You must be 18 years old, or over and have valid photo ID.
2. I understand that models must ensure their own safety. Therefore chaperones are generally welcome to my shoots. However, I would prefer it not
to be your boyfriend please. Mums, sisters, other models, even best friends all tend to make better chaperones than boyfriends. In any event you must please tell me before
the shoot if you intend to bring someone with you, and who this person is.
3. My modelling site ( waist.it
) is a strictly no-nudity site. I also have a career outside model photography. Therefore I have no
interest in undertaking any topless, nude or adult work with you.
4. Model photography is an expensive, non-profit pastime that I undertake primarily for fun and recreation. Setting up the studio and maintaining it along with all the costumes and props is a very expensive undertaking. So I offer collaborative shoots on a strict "time for pictures" basis to models who I believe will enjoy the shoot and who will make the necessary effort to create good-quality images for their portfolios or projects. No money will change hands either way and each party assumes responsibility for their own expenses.
5. My time and resources are valuable. Models who book a shoot and then fail to turn up without a valid explanation may be charged for the time and resources they waste.