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Behind-the-Scenes At Miss England 2011, Birmingham NEC

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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!

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CALENDAR SEASON HAS BEGUN

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???!!! info@ukmodelfolios.co.uk

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EVANGELINE MILLER: BABE OF THE DAY

Finally our constant praise of Evangeline Miller has caught the attention of the press and the World has decided to listen. Not only has her fabulous calendar shot by our amazing Anna Fowler been a real lad’s mag favourite but now IGN.com, yes the biggest website we keep telling you about has put her slap bag in front of all the other babes out there- representing for us UK divas, Evangeline Miller is IGN. Babe. Of. The. Day! Click here to view

 

For more information on booking a calendar/ portfolio shoot with Anna Fowler please contact us info@ukmodelfolios.co.uk

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UK MODEL FOLIOS PRODUCE MUSIC VIDEO!!

After UK Model Folios teamed up with The Firebird Project to produce the music video for their new song ‘The Garden Of Eden‘ the band have been signed to Sony!

Check out the Garden of Eden on YouTube and let us know what you think!

If you’re an artist and you’re looking for assistance with filming a music video then get in touch!

Email: info@ukmodelfolios.co.uk for more information.



Ruth Deane: E M Magazine

Ruth Deane: Editor of Every Model Magazine

As you will all remember, back in July our Fay was invited to be a guest judge at the Miss Every Model event in Peterborough. The night was a huge success and not only did Fay get to meet all of the beautiful contestants, but she also got to put a face to the lady who made the competition possible: the fabulous, Ruth Deane.

Once a catwalk model, Ruth is approximately 5’10 and a size 8. From a publishing background, she founded and is the editor of the hugely successful online model bible, Every Model Magazine. Her magazine offers a great insight to the world of modelling, helping amateur and professional models alike to broaden their knowledge of the sought-after industry. To her credit, Ruth has discovered many talented models, namely Laura Coleman and Kat Hodge, both of whom went on to win Miss England consecutively, and represent the country from 2008-2010.


At UK Model Folios we just love meeting new faces and inviting people in for shoots with us. So when Ruth mentioned that she was in desperate need of a new Editor picture for EM Magazine, Fay being the lovely Fay insisted that Ruth come in with Miss E M Magazine winner, Kayleigh Hewitt to take a few snaps in between Kayleigh’s portfolio prize. Ruth, delighted took us up on the offer.

Bright and early, Ruth and Kayleigh arrived at our London Studio armed with an array of dresses, shoes and accessories including, a beautiful Vivienne Westwood pearl necklace that we just could not keep our eyes off! Dressed in a beautiful peach chiffon dress teamed with a dainty pair of kitten heels, Ruth looked every bit the successful, fashionable editor that we imagined her to be. Not only was she strikingly tall but she also had a pair of pins to die for! As Kayleigh sat down with the hair and make-up artist for her pre-consultation, Ruth had a catch up with the UK Model Folios team and described what kind of pictures she was hoping for.

As Ruth is the editor for Every Model Magazine, the concept for the images needed to reflect her personality, but also her occupation. It was important for us not to make her look like a model, but instead a woman of power in a model-world.

Out of the selection of outfits that Ruth brought with her, the two that stuck out the most were the dress that she was already wearing and a lovely classic black mini dress from Motel. Both were not only elegant and sophisticated, but they also oozed style and really suited Ruth’s look and personality.

The hair and make-up artist opted for a natural look for Ruth using Elizabeth Arden and Mac products to highlight her Snow White skin and natural curly locks! Ruth loved her makeover, making her feel even more at ease in front of the camera.

Aware that she was being shot by the fabulous Alan Strutt, Ruth admitted that she felt a little nervous and wasn’t fond of being in front of a camera, especially as her  partner was also on the shoot, and naturally he wanted to see what her photos looked like as they were being shot. To put Ruth at ease, Alan decided to begin shooting her on a trendy white chair, which meant that Ruth would not only feel physically more comfortable- something which would reflect in her images, but moreover that she could concentrate less on her body language and posing.

As the shoot progressed Ruth began to feel more confident, especially after seeing how photogenic she was! We decided we had captured some great, natural looking shots, something that particularly pleased Ruth as she felt shoots she had done previously always reflected her “sarcastic side”, not her femininity. Still, Fay felt we needed to capture Ruth’s strength, not only as Editor of the mag, but moreover as a beautiful, independent woman. We decided Ruth’s black dress would be perfect for a next shot, to contrast fashion, sex appeal and dominance. Stood up against a plain wall, Ruth looked fabulous and the black mini dress accentuated all of her best features, particularly those 34″ legs!

Smiling and laughing it was clear that Ruth was really enjoying herself and was excited to see what her finished pictures would look like. It’s always important to us that everyone who comes to UK Model Folios for their shoots always have a good time – regardless of whether they’re professional full-time models or a group of friends. It’s for this reason that UK Model Folios offer someone to assist and direct you throughout your shooting time so that you are 100% satisfied with your pictures.

At the end of Ruth’s shoot she looked through all of her images and was really happy with the final outcome – so much so that she couldn’t decide on just one image and ended up choosing a large selection! As a team we were thrilled by how well the shoot went and particularly to see Ruth’s Facebook profile picture change as soon as she received the images!

To see which photo Ruth opted for take a look at Septembers issue of Every Model Magazine coming soon!

Miss England, Kat Hodge

The countdown to the final of Miss England 2010 has officially started, and with just days to go lots of beautiful, nervous ladies prepare for the biggest competition of their life, while our current Miss England, Kat Hodge prepares for the bittersweet moment of saying goodbye to her crown.

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After UK Model Folios had the pleasure of working with Kat and shooting her farewell images for this year’s Miss England programme and press, it’s true to say she has been a fabulous ambassador for our country and has done us all very proud. A beautiful lady both inside and out, the next lady in question will have a lot to match up to! Still we are very excited to meet our new Miss England 2011 at her official UK Model Folios shoot with the phenomenal, Alan Strutt, which will take place after the final.

Until then, we are wishing the best of luck to all the beautiful ladies and remind them of their huge achievement to have made it into the final round; we leave you with some final images of Kat in that coveted crown! xxx

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Every Model Magazine

Hi Fay! Tell us, what was it like being asked to go and be a guest judge at the EM Magazine event?

It was great and a real honour. I loved meeting all of the lovely ladies and working on the panel with the other judges, plus it was a brilliant opportunity for me to get UK Model Folios and Celebrity Publicity out there.

Have you been a judge at any other events before?

Yes, I judged Miss Maxim 2007.

As a judge what were you looking for in the girls that had entered the competition?

The winner of Miss Every Model goes through to represent the magazine in the Miss England final with of course potential to be the next Miss England. This year Miss England are looking for a lady with strong model potential so this was one of the key factors I was looking for. After that I judged the ladies a lot on how they came across personality-wise not just vocally, but how sincere they seemed. Miss England is a very important role and as a representative of our country she needs to be likeable and intellgent.

Were you nervous about what to wear?

A little because like all of these events you never know what people are going to wear. Luckily I had a pre-consultation email with the lovely E M magazine editor, Ruth Deane who gave me some ideas!

The UK Model Folios advert on the back of Every Model Magazine is lovely, were you happy when you saw it up close?

So happy! The quality of the magazine is beautiful, which fortunately showed the advert off to its fullest potential. Callum was in the audience and spotted it first and started randomly showing people *laughs* Before we left he left he strategically placed the magazines on to the advert page so people would see it! *Laughs again*

What three things stand out most for you in a model?

Facial beauty, body and hair.

Do you think that entering competitions can help girls further their career?

Dependent upon which competition it is, yes. Some model competitions are a complete rip odd but others such as Miss England I believe are great opportunities and very beneficial for models.

As someone who has worked closely with a lot of successful models what stood out about them?

The obvious is their physical appeal and their ability to move for the camera, but after that it’s how easy they were to work with. Once I meet a model I never tend to focus on how beautiful she was, but more if she was nice. Classic statements are: “I met such and such; what a nightmare!” Or “Oh, she was so lovely and ridiculously beautiful!”


Will you be running any competitions through UK Model Folios?

Yes, we already run several via other big name brands. Currently we’re offering a monthly portfolio prize to the models of Candy Crib, a once in a lifetime calendar trip to Thailand and a portfolio package to the winner of Miss England.

What do you think makes a competition successful and worth entering?

If the prize is beneficial to you. We try to make all of our prizes worthwhile to the person winning them i.e. a model portfolio for a model is a fabulous prize and will help them by saving money and bagging a dream campaign.

What other events have you been to recently?

Recently I’ve been to a WAGS  event to raise money for South Africa and UK Model Folios donated a prize; I had more of a social catch-up with my friends at Fox Media, IGN where they rented a bar to watch England – luckily we won that day and the bar was free; 90 degrees outside – London town = good times. Also, I’ve been getting involved with the St Matthews Academy in South East London, which is a business and enterprise school. I attended an evening there to talk to pupils about furthering your career and improving entrepreneurial skills.

Are you looking forward to shooting the next cover page for EM Magazine?

Definitely. I love to shoot different styles, particularly fashion and commercial because I find it more challenging. Kayleigh, the model is stunning too so it should be a great day!