I have been fortunate to work with various Miss Ireland’s over the years. It is always great working with such beautiful, elegant and hard working women. Sacha is no different. The Hillsborough beauty worked her way up from the Miss Antrim title to the goal of Miss Ireland. She is currently with CMPR so is no stranger to the fashion world and presenting herself well. Unfortunately success wasn’t to be had at the Miss World event, but she was a great ambassador for Ireland.
We had a great day shooting in studio, with a nice early start for Sacha for her drive down. We were aiming for a easygoing test shoot, natural makeup, nothing major. Sacha looked after her own hair and makeup for the shoot and what a great job she done. We shoot on my usual white background and we also tried out my new black corner set. It is a still work in progress and there is lots of testing to do with it to see what kind of light can be achieved with it, but so far so good.
The bodysuit look against the white wall was the more striking of the looks. It showed off Sacha’s 5’9 figure perfectly. The shots were featured in the Irish Sun in March 20th. Screenshot shown below also.
As you can tell, I have not been posting as much behind the scenes posts as much anymore, that is purely a time issue. Social Media is the best way to see what I get up to on a shoot. Click on the links on the top right. Also, if you have any questions on anything, post them in the comments below.
Don’t forget to check out and follow Sacha on her social media also: https://www.instagram.com/slivingstonee/
Kelly is another model who I have worked with a lot over the years. I have worked with her from her Tallafornia Days right up to Fitness Competition days. Now her next chapter is the launch of her NEW BOOK, BUILD YOUR OWN BODY.
Emma Quinlan, what a woman. She wears many hats and does it well. Her Twitter bio sums her up well: “Geek, Usually found on a mountain. Dogs & horses, yoga or writing. Crossfit gets me to summits, Everest summit 2017. editor/contributor/dreamer:”
I shot with Emma in studio ages ago ( Oct 2014) but didn’t get around to posting the pictures for two main reasons. One being they it was for a feature in Arsenic Magazine (since removed?) and also for the fact that i have generally kept and NSFW ( Not Safe for Work ) images away from the blog. Not sure really why… maybe it’s the catholic upbringing casting a un-approaving eye over it. Either way… I am over that now and have lots of NSFW shoots to post up. The are a mixt classy fashion nipple, black and white type shots, right up to more glamour looks that I shoot… mostly when in the UK. Click the NSFW tag to view more shoots like that.
But minions I hear you say? Aye…. sure why not. Emma love her minions and sure any excuse it good to get to hang out with Emma. Emma is a very interesting girl and has done lots and have lots going on . Follow her on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with what she does.
Check the Emma Quinlan tag to see what else we have gotten up to together. And as always, any questions on it, drop them in the comments box below.
Lisa Hogan, dance teacher and pageant beauty. She recently represented Northern Ireland in the Miss Supernatural competition. We had a fantastic shoot recently, sporting a few different looks, some Calvin Klein and nice black lingerie. Being a dancer, Lisa is a natural when it comes to posing.
It was our first shot together and we had plans to do more dance related shots. However with the recent storms, I had a little leak in the roof and it stained the cyc wall and I didn’t get a chance to repaint it. Watch this space though for some cool dance shots coming soon.
Follow Lisa on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisa_hogan_/
If it just me… or is Lisa the spit of Britney Spears here?
All of these shots (except the black and white) were shot with my on camera flash bracket. I am loving that light, especially against a white wall. It is so simple, it removes a lot of distractions form a shoot and puts the attention back on the model, not the light. That kind of light does have its downsides, it can cause redeye, it can be harsh on the model and it really highlights makeup quality. It is also demanding on a the flash, so lots of batteries needed.. or a battery pack.
The images may not look the best once you load them up onto the computer, but with a few exposure and contrast adjustments it can really make them pop.
Any questions on my gear or shooting style, leave them in the comments below.
Aoife McGrane, Miss Irish Sun 2015 dropped down to The Studio for a test shoot. Test shoots are great to do every so often as it allows me to keep the creative brain ticking over. As sports and event photography is the main body of work, it can get repetitive. Shooting portraits keep things fresh and new as every face is different.
Aoife is currently signed with Andrea Roche Agency. You can follow Aoife on Twitter Here
I have known Svetlana for a few years now and have shot with her before, so it was great to get her back down in studio for a proper shoot. She is a fitness instructor by trade, so naturally she practices what she preaches and has an incredible figure.
For this shoot, Svetlana wanted to off her figure and what better way is with loads of American Apparel gear. Put aside what you may think of AA’s marketing strategies, I really like their stuff. I think it makes women feel great wearing it and which ultimately make them look great also.
Lana done her own Hair and Makeup for the shoot as is well able to do it. Sometimes on shoots, it is great when I model can do their own makeup as it means one less person on set and it can make a shoot flow better and we can have more time to try out different things etc.
We shoot different looks as you can see above, a mix of white and black background. I mixed up the lighting also for some looks. I am still loving the white wall look as you can guess.
Make sure to check out my instagram for all behind the scenes shots.
If you have been following my blog / work for a while ( let’s face it… you’re just here for the hot women) then you would know that I Rachel Wallace and I go back a few years. You can catch up with all of Rachel’s shoots here.
I am still in catch up mode with getting older work up here on the website that I should have done years ago, hence why the lack of much background info on a shoot. It is just because I shot this last year and I just can’t remember the particulars 🙂 . This post is actually a combination of two shoots though, one quick shoot with just me and Rachel and the other was when Rachel popped down with Eve Ryan for a shoot.
As usual, any comments or questions on the shots, hit me up in the comments below.
Johanna “Jo” Archbold is one of the rising models at the moment and an aspiring photographer. Currently with Assets after moving from 1st Option, she is super busy these days. I shot with Jo twice just before she signed with Assets, just test shoots. One shoot on location and the other in studio. Here is a selection of shots from both days.
Jo is great to work with. As well as being beautiful, she is a great model and good craic too. We good range of shots from the days, from natural right up to a sexy lingerie look. Hard to say which look was my favourite as there was so many nice shots to choose.
Recent shoot with Roisin O’Driscoll, Diva Next Door contestant from Wexford.
Lisa Nolan, back in front of my lens again. Lisa was one of the first models that I ever photographed, back when I got my first DSLR. Of course, back then I thought they were the best pictures ever, but they have since been archived, never to be seen again.
This latest shoot was a quick shoot in studio to get a few updates shots for Lisa’s Book.