Shoot of the Week goes to model Hollie Dowding because she wasn’t afraid to try something new…
It’s daunting for anyone stepping away from their comfort zone and for Hollie, a model that has always been used to shooting lingerie or pin-up , this week’s shoot was a challenge, not because she wasn’t capable but because of her own demons of whether her look was right.
Hollie is a loyal client to UK Model Folios and always comes to us to seek advice and update her portfolio- it was our absolute pleasure to help her conquer her fear of stepping out in to the commercial modelling world and try something a little more edgy and grunge.
We hope you like the transformation because we LOVE it!
PHOTOGRAPHER UK MODEL FOLIOS
HAIR AND MAKE UP ALEYSHA MAWANI
STYLIST/ ART DIRECTOR FAY L. HILL
Last week we were lucky enough to have the first round winner of the calendar girl 2011 competiton, Evangeline Miller all to ourselves for a whole afternoon. Ironically the gorgeous lass had already booked a portfolio shoot with our fabulous Julia Underwood and was ecstatic when Julia agreed to shoot her prize winning photoshoot for July’s issue of Feature Girl too.
When Evie originally approached UK Model Folios to book a shoot, we showed her all of our photographers that we believed best fit her requirements. As she had already shot with a couple of them, including the phenomenal Joby Rawlins, she decided to take on a whole new modelling challenge and conquer the edgy look- step forward Miss Julia Underwood. As many of you will already know, Julia is the next big thing. Not only does she shoot regularly for lad’s editorials, Front and ZOO but she is also a hit in Denmark particularly with M! Magazine. After a quick peek at Julia’s work, Evie was booking a shoot quicker than you can say, “UKMF” and the rest is… well below…
After a quick cup of tea and a catch-up with the team, Evangeline sat down ready to be pampered by our fabulous in-house Hair and Make-Up Artist, Kayla Silvester. The two ladies had a consultation to discuss Evie’s look and what concepts they wanted to achieve. In the mean time, our star stylist, Coco Minnie began raiding through the piles of beautiful clothes that Evangeline had brought with her to compile her looks. As Evangeline’s overall requirement for the style of her shoot was ‘Front-esque’, Coco Minnie picked out outfits to match the criteria. The first look was a cute denim crop top and a pair of vintage sport’s shorts set against a white wall. The emphasis was purely on Evie and she set the photoshoot on fire immediately with her hot to trot model tactics.
It’s always a good idea to bring a lot of outfit options with you for variety, but once you’re on location make sure to pick out key items and avoid using too many accessories.
Being on a shoot can often be very nerve-wracking at the beginning; especially if you’re modelling! This is why we always recommend (particularly if you’re interested in having some glamour shots done) that you gradually work your way down to lingerie and/ or topless shots because not only will you feel more comfortable, but you will also have become accustomed to the photographer and crew, and feel at ease around them.
“The great thing about working with UK Model Folios and Julia is their ability to make you feel so comfortable. They’re also such experts in photoshoots and model tuition that the directions they give you from styling, hair and make-up, to modelling, just work.”
Fay Bacon always stresses the importance of the five main portfolio shots to models. She carefully selects outfits, explaining to the model the relevance for each and how they’ll work with the shot. She believes it’s a waste of money if a client walks away from a shoot without at least three-five decent images for their folio that can work toward bagging them that job.
The five most important shots:
- Full-Length Shot
- Half-Body Shot
- Laying-Down Shot
- From Behind shot
As the shoot progressed Evangeline became evermore confident and started posing for her lingerie and implied topless shots. Evangeline hasn’t done any topless modelling as of yet, but as a very clever tactic has agreed to bare all in Thailand for her fans, if she wins the RedHotGlamourGirls Competition. So if thats not a reason to vote for her then we don’t know what is?!
Seven outfits later, it was time for Julia to shoot Evie’s Feature Girl spread. UKMF’s Fay Bacon is also the Editor of Feature Girl and had already planned a concept for the shoot. Set against a flourescent pink wall, Fay teamed a simple purple thong with sexy stiletos and Evie posed away. At the end Fay interviewed Evie, quizzing her on how it felt to win the first round, her life as a model and what winning the 2011 calendar competition in Thailand would mean to her. To read the answers check out this month’s Feature Girl now!
Not only has she been on the cover of Front Magazine, but she is also an extremely talented artist and lucky for UK Model Folios, we were lucky enough to bag five-minutes with the curvaceous beauty, Emily Johnston to gather her top tips on modelling…
“Modelling is the chance to become someone else for a few hours; it’s a way of expressing your fierceness with your body”
“If you get some jerk coming up to you trying to dismiss the fabulousness of modeling – don’t listen to them. F*@k the haters!”
“If you care dearly for a partner then make sure they are cool with your career choice, because jealousy can be a real relationship destroyer.”
“Try not to compare yourself to other girls. Be you and understand that you are fabulous just the way you are.”
“Try and get a manager; there are a lot of slimy creeps out there, so it’s nice to have someone who knows the good clients from the perverts!”