Sinead Duffy, teacher and former Miss Irish Sun is back in front of my camera…. can’t get rid of her at this stage. This ill a fun little shoot with stylist Laura Mullett & Makeup Artist Sophie Wong. Check out the fun little video below I shot during it.
Tipperary Teacher, Aoife Walsh was crowned Miss Ireland for 2013. She was a very deserving winner too in my eyes and one of my favourite Miss Ireland’s to shoot. Her fantastic red hair adds to the quintessential Irish’ness about her and would do her proud on the Miss World stage. Unfortunately that didn’t work out for her, but she still had a great year as Miss Ireland and has plenty of modeling work here to keep her going.
It was great to get her down in studio for a shoot. We had done the usual Twitter and Facebook chats about doing a shoot and it eventually came together. A lot of time when trying to organise a shoot with people online, the interest can fizzle out. But not this time.
We had a great team on board for the shoot. Fellow Wexfordian Laura Mullett (http://www.lauramullett.com/) styled the shoot. I have worked with Laura before and she always brings fantastic style to shoot. Sophie Wong was at hand for fantastic Makeup for Aoife as well as Hair Styling. Sophie is also Wexford based, so it was a nice local team in studio.
It was a great shoot, covering lots of looks from some Raceday looks to some fashion and headshots. The shot above with the blue bodysuit from American Apparel is one my favs. It was actually a test shoot that turned out great. I just really liked Aoife’s post and expression…. I can’t remember what I was jabbering on about at the time, trying to keep her entertained while doing the test shots. I used my white setup and flash bracket for this shot. You can see other posts on the “White Wall” HERE
Quick video from a shoot with Sinead Duffy. Pictures will be up soon. I love this video and all of Sinead’s little micro expressions and her laughs. Very natural and beautiful I think.
If you follow Rachel, when you know that she recently underwent breast enlargement surgery…. recently as in last year… I am still a few months behind on blogging about shoots. She dropped down to do her last shoot before before she went under the knife to get some shots for the Sunday World who are covering the transformation. Rachel is being being very open and public about the change which is in contrast to most people who get it done. Some people would deny that they had them done… but nope, not Rachel.
Rachel, being a former gymnast always had an athletic figure. She still felt that she needed a bit more to pursue the type of modelling opportunities that she wanted though and the operation was the route for her. At the time of writing this blog post, I have a new shoot with Rachel with her new assets currently being retouched so you will be able to check for your self to see if you like the results. So check this link to view that and all my shoots with Rachel.
Rachel came down with Sinead Duffy on the day. Both girls were getting shots for press and we done some fun shots of them together also. They will be for another post 🙂 . Styling on the day was done by Laura Mullett. We had a bit of fun both in and out of the studio that day. There is an old Rolls Royce on the grounds of the studio here and so we put that to good use, taking some inspiration from Rosie Huntington shoot. The girls done their own hair and make-up on the day of the shoot as it was a relaxed, fun day. Some times not having a big team around and having a more relaxed shoot is a lot better.
As usual, any questions on the shoot, drop them below in the comments.
Sinead Duffy, teacher and Andrea Roche Model is back in studio for her 3rd shoot. She is the current Miss Irish Sun and is going to be for an extra year this year. The Miss Irish Sun competition is an entry pathway into the Miss Universe Ireland competition. As there is no Miss Universe Ireland this year, that means no Miss Irish Sun competition ( I think… don’t quote me on that). So that leaves Sinead to hold the title for an extra year. I have shot with Sinead before ( see all Sinead’s Shoots here), always a great laugh working with her.
This was a test shoot that we organised with Stylist Laura Mullet (www.lauramullett.com) Sinead dropped with Rachel Wallace. Laura had some cool ideas looks for the girls to try out so it worked great. Sinead applied her own makeup for the shoot and styled her own hair, which is by Great Lengths. It was a small team for the shoot, but sometimes for quick fun shoot / test shoot days, a small team is all thats needed.
I shot the green jacket against the white wall using the flash bracket as I discussed before. I have plenty more shoots to come soon with this technique. I am still working with it a lot, figure out different ways to use it and get the best out of it. It definitely gives a different look to the images and there is a time and place for it. In using it more and more to know as much as there is to know about it. Just like any light modifier, to know it perfectly also means that you know when not to use it. For example, if you wanted to shoot a beauty portrait, you would not be using one of these due to the harshness of the light.
The shots were published in the Irish Sun and Sunday Independent Life Magazine.
As usual, any comments or questions, you can ask them below.
Holly Keating is back on the blog after a few months absence. We last seen on on the Flutterby Shoot and her own shoot before that. She dropped down to get some new pics for her book and to have some shoots available for press.
The team for Holly’s shoot was made up of stylist Laura Mullett, makeup artist Aimee Connolly and hairstylist Edel Jones – The dream team. The styling for this shoot was edgier than before and this is also reflected in the lighting. I am using my Custom Flash bracket at lot at this point and I used it for most of the shots that you see here. This is all part of the Terry Richardson inspiration as mentioned before
Holly look great in these shots. I worked with her on this shoot to bring out her confidence more and let it shot in an image. Being confident and actually letting it show can be two different things. Looking confident is all in the eyes and the pose for me. Getting the right expression is key for me and its what I focus on when working with my subjects… weather they are models or not.
If you want to book a shoot, get in touch here. You can book a shoot to get some nice portraits for your self or to update your model portfolio.
Madeline is a cool chick, great fun to work with. And as usual, working with the dream team of Makeup artist Aimee and Fashion Stylist Laura, we always have the craic on set. After we got the shots we needed for the papers, we then turned to a spot of experimenting and testing. I can’t remember who had the paint with them in the car, but Madeline for the idea of putting it on her face… and sure the rest is history… in pictures.
Nicola Hughes, the stunning Andrea Roche model and Miss Irish Sun 2012 makes her second appearance on the blog this time around. It was no accident that Nicola won the Miss Irish Sun title last year. The blonde bombshell is in fantastic shape these days as the pictures show….. thanks of a lot time dedicated to the gym and eating healthy.
Nicola got in touch to get some new shots for her book and also to get some shots for press. The main goal of this shoot was to get some high class lingerie shots and also some sexier shots for press. Nicola had a few inspiration images that she wanted to try and recreate, with our own twist of course. The shots that we took looked great, however as times are changing, they were a little too sexy for the press. Since the Irish Sun have stopped doing Page3 ,then are looking for a different kind of shot. There is indeed a fine line between trashy and classy sometimes. But hopefully I manage to stay on the classy side of it. If I don’t feel free to let me know in the comments 🙂
Nicola styled her self for this shoot. The looks were not that complicated and she had the bits her self. Aimee Connolly was in studio to apply make-up and Edel Jones was in studio to work her magic on Nicola’s Hair. Hair is one thing that I never really mention much on the blog, or specifically extensions. Nicola’s extensions are by Great Lengths Ireland. Hair extensions are not cheap, so one of the ways that the models can get them at highly discounted prices, or even for free is by getting the hair mentioned in press credits and in the media where possible. Fair deal really, you get a product in return you promote the product.
In the image just above, you can see my cyclorama in background. Although it is painted white, is drops off to gray due to a lack of light hitting it. Reduce the light even more and it would appear a darker shade of grey and eventually turn black. For those of you who are not into photography… that can blow some minds. It blew my mind with I first started to learn about lighting. “Why is this appearing grey even though it is painted white“, used to be the question I would ask my self. It was not until I started to experiment with lights and take test shots, that it all started to make sense. If you’re looking to learn more about lighting for photography, one book that you need to check out is “Light, Science and Magic” from Amazon.
Sinead Duffy is a relative new kid on the modelling block, but already is making waves. The teacher from Dublin won the prestigious title of Miss Irish Sun for 2013, beating off competition from fellow finalist Kate McGlennon and Sarah Jane Dunne. She now joins the ranks of former Miss Irish Sun girls such as Nicola Hughes, Kate McDaid, Karena Graham, Georgia Salpa etc. Sinead will now go onto represent the Irish Sun in this years Miss Universe Ireland competition later in the year.
This was my second shoot with Sinead, the first being the Flutterby shoot. That was a busy day and I didn’t get a chance to chat to Sinead properly and go through some of my usual pep talk stuff before a shoot. This shoot though, we had plenty of time to chat and to work on some looks and posing advice. Comparing these shots with the last shoot and you can notice the difference.
It was a great shoot, the shots turned out great. Sinead is a pleasure to work with and I will be working with her again soon. No doubt she will do great in the Miss Universe Ireland finals later in the year.
The shoot was for a spread in the Irish Sun and it was her hottest shoot yet. The shoot was styled by the fantastic Laura Mullet. She pulled some fantastic clothes from Harvey Nichols and other shops in Dundrum. For a full rundown on the styling of the shoot, check Laura’s own blog post about it on her site HERE.
Julie Caulfield was down for the day to provide her fantastic skills with a hair and make-up brush. It was a busy day for my self and Julie as we were shooting for Darcy clothing straight after. Julie also have some of her showgirl pieces from her “Love Jewels” business. Remember you seen them first on Orlagh. Below is a different piece that Sinead modelled.