The title of “Miss Sunday World” is a prestigious one. It is one of the roads for a woman to becoming Miss Ireland. The Miss Sunday World crown has been held previously by Rachel Wallace, Niamh Cullen and the outgoing Miss Sunday World, Esmé Mansergh Wallace. Esmé won the title this time last year and done a fantastic job representing the paper. She has now just handed over her title to the 2013 Miss Sunday World, Emma Cronin who will go one to compete for the 2013 Miss Ireland Title, currently held by Rebecca Mcgauire
We organised and shot this back in January. The Lingerie company Dolls and Dreams provided us with some fantastic lingerie for the shoot. It looked great on Esmé and on another shoot with Jane Lyons ( coming soon). Check out their website http://www.dollsanddreams.co.uk to see their range and go pick treat your self to some 🙂
It was a great fun shoot. Esmé is such a lovely person to deal with. She was telling me how she had to take a few months out from modelling after she broke her arm/collar-bone when she fell off a horse. Horse Riding is a bit part of her life by the way.
Hair and Make-up was done by the Fabulous Make-up by Aimee. If you follow my little blog here, you will know that I work with Aimee a lot. She is fantastic to work with. She provides a full make-up service from big groups for parties right down to giving workshops.
Get in touch if you want to experience your own photoshoot where you can look and more importantly feel great 🙂 . There are limited studio dates left in June, so don’t delay in booking.
Niamh Cullen is the current Miss Sunday World – 2011. Niamh won, following in the foot steps of Rachel Wallace and entering in the Miss Ireland Competition. Niamh came down to my studio recently with fellow Miss Ireland contestant, Aishling Alcock for some fun for the day and to get some new shots.
The wonderful, the beautiful, the talented Julie Caulfield was on Hair and Make-up duties for the day and she done a great job as usual. We styled it ourselves from various inspirational images combined with what ever cloths the girls brought down. The main aim for Niamh was to get some fun, sexy shots that were to be published in the Sunday World Newspaper.
Niamh felt that her image to date have been too cute, so her main aim from this shoot was to get some sexier images and to show another side to her. I think that we definitely achieved that. The shot to the right alone is a super sexy shot. This was actually the very last shot of this look, and Niamh nailed it.
The Shots that were actually used are shown below, they are the colourful, cutesy & sexy shots. Although the shot on the right is my favourite, it is unlikely to have ever been printed in the paper as the mostly want colour shots. I did supply this shot in colour, but the black and white just have that bit more impact and mode to it.
Niamh is a great, bubble girl as we had a great shoot. Her reign of Miss Sunday World is nearly over and the search is on for her successor. Do you have what it takes?
Rachel Wallace is the 2010 Miss Sunday World. Rachel came down to my studio with her friend Hazel for some fun and a shoot. It was a fun-filled few hours that resulted in some great shots that got published in the Sunday World (Oct 9th). See the tear sheet here. Along with being a former Miss Sunday World, Rachel is also signed with Assets Model Agency. She is a great model and fun to work with. The girl can pull more looks in 20 seconds than most. That skill / confidence level help making the short video so easy. The styling was provided by Carmel Daly. Unfortunately she was not able to make it down on the day of the shoot, she sent Rachel down very organised with plenty of out fits for the shoot.
Earlier images from this shoot which showed a Rachel smoking caused a little debate. Being honest, I knew it would and that is why the pictures were posted. I thought it was better to have people talking about your work over something such as smoking, rather than it not being noticed at all. You can see the post in question HERE.
This was the second shoot in my new studio and I am still very much in the testing phase. I am not ready to do up a full-blown post on the new studio just yet. I need to get to grips with it more, learn all its faults and failings before I can give a comprehensive write-up on it.
The first shoot in the new studio was with Lydia a short while ago. Shooting in the studio has been interesting so far. It is just as much of a challenge as shooting on location. When you are on location, you have an extra element to use for your composition…. be it a building, a beach etc. The location becomes part of the subject. Adding a model into the frame then should then be complemented by the location and vise versa. Being on a location means that you are there to shoot it as you see it (usually) and you are not going to be chopping and changing anything majorly around. The main thing that you would usually be controlling if your lighting, and its the lighting that sets the look of the shot.
Shooting on location results in unique results each time. This is why my body of work has been so diverse to date. Shooting in the studio will mean consistency and this will change the flow of my portfolio from its current state. The current state being one of loads of unique shots, and that being changed (maybe) to one of many similar style shots. This ultimately is not a bad thing, it just depends on the how you want your portfolio to look. Being able to create a different looking set of images in the same space with the same equipment seems daunting. Is it necessary?
I will do up a more detailed post on studio shooting once my is fully finished.
I decided to play around with the video function of the Canon 1D mkIV during the shoot also. No point in paying all that cash for a piece of equipment if you don’t at least try to get the full use out of it right. Rachel was a great model to try it out with, that goes back to her fun personality and her skill in being able to change pose so well.