The Miss England 2011 finals are almost here, just one day away. Today sixty stunning finalists gathered at the Birmingham NEC to rehearse for what is the biggest event in the pageant world and UK Model Folios were there to capture it all exclusively to share with you.
This year UK Model Folios have been offered the opportunity to offer their services independently at the Miss England finals capturing those ‘what really goes on behind-the-scenes?’ shots and professional portraits of the ladies in That infamous evening gown. We advance our thanks to our amazing photographers Roy Strutt, Costas Constantinou and Antony Michael for their photography skills and support of UK Model Folios, and of course this event.
Today we wanted to share with you a quick glimpse of what happened at the rehearsals for the Eco Round- the opportunity for finalists to showcase their bespoke creations from recyclable materials. The rehearsals give them an opportunity to learn choreography and strut their stuff on the catwalk to a panel of highly credible judges who tomorrow evening will have the extremely difficult task of choosing the lady who will represent England for the year ahead and at Miss World 2011, which even more exciting for us Brits will be held in London.
Check out just a few of our shots below snapped by the fabulous photographer Roy Strutt and come back tomorrow for the result and first-hand shots of what happened at Miss England 2011!
Yes, it’s That shoot again. UK Model Folios teamed up with Miss England two weeks ago to shoot their top ten finalists for the Best Beach Body award sponsored by Sandstorm Boutique. As the finalists await the news of who has the most coveted bikini bod, the men’s mag circuit has gone crazy for the Miss England hopefuls. Check them out here on MAXIM and BabeMag.com.
Have a great weekend!
To add to yesterday’s madness in one of our London studios, OK! magazine and The Metro, as well as local press from across the country have joined the fandango and even, in OK! magazine’s case started their own online voting poll for who has the best beachwear body out of the Miss England top ten beach wear finalists…
Check out the articles below by clicking the links!
Roy Strutt has recently joined the UK Model Folios family to specialise in extravagant portraiture for babies, toddlers and families. A specialist in wedding photography, Roy discovered his love for location shooting with families during ceremonies and wedding receptions. He loves the thrill of seeing a parent’s face after he captures the love between them and their child- it really is something quite special.
UK Model Folios offer studio shoots, which are great for starting a baby/ toddler portfolio i.e. for clean background shots etc, however as a more bespoke service for those families wanting something a little different and more memorable we are now offering location shoots, specifically shot in either your own or Roy’s luxurious Essex home. We find the pictures produced in a familiar and relaxing atmosphere where a child can play normally with toys or pet their animals, are the best.
On Friday 17th, Roy shot my two year old nephew Frankie-James. Teething, just woken up and a little disorientated I witnessed first-hand how little people can be far more unreliable when it comes to adjusting to the camera straightaway, however thanks to Roy’s calming, patient and kind nature, offering Frankie lots of toys and animals to play with he gradually came out of his shell and we were able to capture some of the following beautiful and truly memorable shots for my families walls.
For more information on booking a baby, toddler or family shoot with Roy please contact us email@example.com
The temperatures are rising in London Town and our gorgeous ladies and gents cannot wait to whack their hard-earned abs and pecks out, and on to the front of their very own 2012 calendar.
We know you probably think it’s rather early to be working on your calendar already but if we were to remind you that we are half way through the year (where has the time gone?) with less than three months until calendars hit the shelves you may think twice. And so without further ado, please get in contact now if you would like to book or seek further info in on shooting your calendar in the UK, sunny Ibiza or Thailand???!!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our latest shoots in this months issue of EM magazine. It was an absolute pleasure working with Angie Sinclair and Kayleigh Hewitt – we can definitely see why they’ve done so well in the modelling industry! We just love them both! So, without further ado we give you our latest work in EM magazine…
Don’t forget we’re always helping and working with new and aspiring models. We have excellent contacts in the industry and our aim is to help you not only receive the best service but to enhance your career in the modelling industry. For more information on how to book a shoot with us then please don’t hesitate to email us: email@example.com
With Mother’s Day just around the corner UK Model Folios are offering all of our lovely UKMF families, mummies, daddies and mums-to-be the chance to come in for some beautiful images that will stay with you forever. Take a look below at some of our most recent family photoshoots…
If you want to book a family shoot with us then drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Like lots of young women, Emma Nicholl’s was really keen to book a portfolio shoot for herself but didn’t feel quite confident enough nor did she know which portfolio agency to turn too. However, after seeing some updates on our UKMF Twitter and Facebook pages Emma decided to bite the bullet and email us for more information – loving what she heard she decided to go for it and book a shoot with our fabulous photographer Damien Morley. Read her interview with us below to find out all about her first ever professional photoshoot and just what she thought of UK Model Folios…
Name: Emma Louise Nicholls
Profession: Dancer and Qualified NVQ Level2 HairDresser
Birthday: May 28th 1991
Facebook Fanpage: www.facebook.com/EmmaLNichollsx
Hi Emma! How are you today?
I’m very good, thank you
How did you come across UK Model Folios?
Which photographer did you choose and why?
At first I couldn’t decide which photographer that I wanted to shoot with (they’re all so good!) but after looking at some of their work I felt that Damien Morley had the edge and the kind of creative signature that I wanted to use to create my portfolio.
How easy was it to book a shoot with UK Model Folios?
Did you find the UK Model Folios team friendly and approachable?
Yes! I found everyone lovely and really felt like the UK Model Folios team wanted to help you out with their professional backgrounds and amazing work.
What were your main reasons for wanting some professional photos taken?
The reason that I approached UK Model Folios and wanted to have some professional photos done was because its something that I have been wanting to do for ages now. I really wanted to have the experience and also put myself out there and maybe try out modelling for myself.
What was your favourite thing about your shoot with Damien Morley and why?
Ohh now this is hard because I found the whole day just an amazing experience but, if I had to choose then I would definitely say it was the shoot itself as it was such good fun and a real laugh over all. Also it was nice to be the centre of attention for the day and to be treated so nicely. I really hope to have many more opportunities like this in the future.
Why would you recommend UK Model Folios to other aspiring models?
I would recommend UK Model Folios to everyone because the company is so safe and reliable. Also because it’s extremely professional and you know you’ll get exactly what you want out of the experience.
What was included in your package with UKMF?
The package I chose was a shoot with Damien Morley to include a hair and make-up artist and five retouched images.
What attracted you to this specific package?
I think it was worth its money and was an excellent price overall for what I wanted out of the day.
Which was your favourite outfit and why?
This is a hard one because I loved all of the outfits! However, if I had to choose one then my favourite outfit would have to be the lingerie sets as I felt really confident in myself, not only that but I felt really laid back and bearing in mind that this was something that I’d never ever done before I was pleasantly surprised! I felt very sexy in myself and felt more confident with less on!
Why do you feel that you got excellent value for money?
I found UK Model Folios excellent value for money as the whole experience is definitely worth your while and you know that you’re not wasting your time or money.
Why will you be coming back to UK Model Folios when you need your portfolio updated?
I will definitely be coming back because it was all I could ask for and more to create my first professional portfolio and the pictures were just amazing, I’m just so pleased with it all.
Lastly, why do you feel it’s important for young women like yourself to have a reliable portfolio agency like UK Model Folios?
I feel its it important to have reliable agency to help young women like myself because the UK Model Folios team listen to you and make sure that you get exactly what you want for your money. Also UK Model Folios are extremely professional and want the best for you unlike other companies who may exploit you for money.
Pageants are a grey-area of modelling- are they useful or not?
After a debate UKMF say, “yes” although, in our opinion there are some pageants which do extort money from its contestants with no beneficial outcome and as a result give other reputable contests a bad name. On the other hand, pageants do encourage you to integrate with fellow contestants and make friends, which in turn can boost your personal confidence- something crucial if you want to stand out and be a success. Ultimately, if you want to use a pageant to gain exposure in the show biz industry then ensure the pageants you enter show signs of being able to help with this. How? Well, you can always email us direct for our opinion and guidance email@example.com or take a look at our check list below:
Do you have to pay money to enter the pageant?
Check out the sponsors of the competition. Recognised sponsors means a recognisable and respected pageant.
Google the pageant and read forums/ feedback. Guaranteed if people have had bad experiences then you’ll hear about it
Check out press on the pageant. What sort of exposure has it received?
What actual benefits has the pageant given to the contestants?
What are the prizes?
Liaise with point of contacts from the pageants and evaluate their response. Are they kind? Helpful?
UKMF do work alongside beauty pageants, the number one being Miss England.
Last year our star photographer, Alan Strutt and Director Fay Bacon judged the final of Miss England and the final heat of Miss Every Model to discover Kayleigh Hewitt. Both have been invited back as judges this year and due to the pageants huge success, Every Model Magazine has launched Mini Every Model (for children) and Mr Every Model, both of which Fay will be on the panel for too. Former winner of Miss Every Model, Lance Corporal Kat Hodge went on to become Miss England 2009, represent the country in the Miss World contest hosted in South Africa and model for huge lingerie brand La Senza- she said in her handing over ceremony of the Miss England crown: “Its hard to put in to words how much being Miss England has meant to me. For the rest of my life, I will always be thankful for this year and the opportunities it has brought to me. I just want to be Miss England forever!”
Aside from the obvious pleasure of working with such a highly respectable brand like Miss England, UKMF love discovering new talent at the pageants. Since working at the finals last year and spreading the UKMF love amongst the beautiful women, a lot of them came to us for photoshoots and advice on furthering their careers not just in modelling but also TV presenting and acting. Our involvement also set us up with Lady Angie Bowness/ Sinclair, former Miss England, and wife of Sir Clive Sinclair. She is a favourite in The Daily Mail and lucky for UKMF she chose us, and the fabulous Alan Strutt to shoot her first calendar. Furthermore, the gorgeous singer/ model from Liverpool, recently crowned Miss Galaxy England, Melissa Reeves worked with us on her 2011 calendar. Since our shoot she has gone from strength to strength across global press and is a huge fan of beauty pageants. To celebrate her win and before she jets off to America to compete in the final of Miss Galaxy International we caught up with Melissa to get her view on pageants, what they’ve done for her career and of course, her views on UKMF.
For more information on entering Miss England, Miss Every Model, Mr Every Model or Mini Every Model please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello Miss Galaxy England, how does it feel?!
Ha, it feels AMAZING!!! I’m thrilled to have won.
What tips do you have for other aspiring Miss Galaxy winners?
To just enjoy the experience of taking part in the contest because it is a pageant you can actually enjoy taking part in. It is very organised and run by good, genuine people, which isn’t always the case.
· Why do you think beauty pageants are a good idea?
They are great for building confidence and self esteem. Even if you don’t win you will gain more experience and become more confident. Also they are good for meeting new friends.
· As a young model why do you feel it’s important to have reputable companies such as Celebrity Publicity and UK Model Folios to support professional models such as yourself through your career?
There are agencies out there that will just rip people off and take advantage of you but Celebrity Publicity and UK Model Folios help guide you in the right direction through your career.
· You recently worked with CP and UKMF in Thailand – tell us a little bit more about your trip away?
The trip to Thailand was fantastic. It was amazing to work with Alan Strutt and UK Model Folios because he is such a well know photographer, and I love UKMF’s services so to work with them on my calendar was perfect! We all became like a little family when we were away and I still keep in touch with all the other girls.
· Were you nervous about being away from home for so long?
I am used to travelling around and not being at home but I was a bit anxious at first travelling all the way to Thailand with people I didn’t know very well and people I had never met before, but everyone was so nice and we all got along really well so it was an amazing experience overall.
· How did Fay and Alan make you feel comfortable during your Thailand trip?
Fay and Alan made everyone feel comfy by just being nice and were very understandable, like when the sun kept getting in my eyes when I was shooting, they both could of got angry with me and told me to get on with it but they didn’t- instead we would move somewhere else. They became more like friends rather than people I was working with.
· Were you pleased with your final thirteen pictures for your 2011 Calendar?
Yes, I LOVE them all!
· Which is your favourite picture and why?
August is my favorite picture because I love the hair and make-up, angle it’s been taken from, and the way it captures the location.
· Overall what was the highlight of your Calendar trip?
It’s hard to pick one highlight but I think the most memorable thing was when we went out to party on the island and see some ‘Lady Boys!!’ It was scary to think all these absolutely gorgeous girls were actually men!!
· What was it like working so closely with Celebrity Photographer Alan Strutt and UKMF’s Fay Bacon?
Amazing. They are really down to earth, lovely people. They felt like family by the time we left the island.
· Why would you recommend shooting your calendar abroad to other models and pageant contestants?
Because shooting a calendar abroad is far more exotic so the pictures are going to look MUCH better and also going abroad beats any studio experience. It’s just amazing.
· Do you feel that because of your choice of career often people will judge you before they’ve even met you?
Yes, definitely. People always assume that I am snotty or thick! They also think that you love yourself because you take care of yourself.
· How do you cope with being in the spotlight?
I thrive on it
· Will you be working with UKMF/ CP again this year?
Yes, without a doubt! I am a HUGE fan of them! xxx
For more information on booking a calendar/ portfolio shoot like Melissa’s contact us now email@example.com