Between shooting Coleen Rooney and Patsy Palmer for two separate issues of Hello in the last month, Alan has also been busy working with UK Model Folios shooting several campaigns with Miss London 2011 Rissikat Bade for diamond and watch specialist Mark J Walsh, Sytner MINI Canary Wharf and designer Karen Karmody. To add to this he also shot the front cover and inside spread of Miss and Mr Every Model, for the industry’s leading fashion and commercial model magazine, Every Model summer issue, released today!
With the calendar season fast approaching, Alan has a string of celebrity calendars lined-up to shoot which comes as no surprise after the stunning work he shot last year including another beautiful calendar for iconic model Kelly Brook and the 50’s pin-up inspired glamour shoot for Peta Todd. Both calendars were a huge success and went alongside the 12 other titles Alan shot all of which can be found at celebritycalendars.co.uk. As an extra treat for you all, UK Model Folios are teaming back-up with Alan in September to shoot calendars and portfolios in Thailand’s Koh Samui! For more information on this trip or for further information on Alan please contact us.
We’ll leave you now with a few snapshots of Alan’s most recent work for UK Model Folios and some inspirations for your 2012 calendars…
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!