our Elle mag January cover with model Katryn Kruger. A resounding success
And a slightly different version - if I remember correctly, one was for the girls and one for the boys :)
There is a behind the scenes shoot of the commercial which you can watch if you like, over here. I didn’t make the cut, but if you look carefully, you can see my hand!
Which reminds me that I often get asked which ‘famous’ or well-known models or actors I’ve worked with. There are a few, some more well known than others. But what really excites me is getting to work with brilliant photographers and directors. One of these being Koto Bolofo. I was fortunate enough to work with him on a Woolworth’s campaign some years back - and even more fortunate to be booked directly by him on the first ever Replay Jeans Fragrance campaign. We shot just below Silvermine - a night shoot - and I’ve never been so cold in my life!
Which reminds me, and this may, or may not interest you, but I actually did the hair on these commercials. I don’t by any stretch of the imagination fancy myself as a hair stylist, but I do love doing it and I’m lucky that I have the odd client who’ll overlook my shortcomings because,(in their words), they apparently like having me around! These ad’s were shot by director Stephen Mead who is terribly famous and shot the Cheryl Cole for L’Oréal boards. (And Jen Aniston!)
Looking at these beautiful, fresh and occasionally, famous faces reminds me that once a year, the big guns come down to Cape Town and we shoot for Simple Cosmetics UK - here’s one with socialite of the hour, Poppy Delevigne.
Which reminded me of this pic. I cannot even start to tell you how long ago we took it but lets say that I’m not even sure computers were invented and there were polaroids involved…And, having said that, let this not be an indictment of Mark Cameron’s skills if you think the res isn’t that hot because I took it off a print with my iPhone! Trust me, the print is gorgeous. A whole bunch of people sneered at this, asking where the retouching and make up were. A decade on, it’s still in my book and is the blueprint on which I’ve pretty much based my whole career. Skin you can believe.
Which reminds me, that while loving the retouchery people as I do - and I do, so much that I’ve tried to teach myself the PhotoShop - sometimes, a bit of old gritty, unretouched B&W is just the thing you need. This is Rachel Roberts shot by Eamonn McCabe at the end of a shoot we did with her for Glamour mag. Rachel was in the film S1mOne and I nearly fell over when I met her because I thought she’d been computer generated!
and this is what reminded me of it…pure art and a really good way to fight the good fight for retouchers…
Which reminded me that i should check for feedback, I forget to do that, just like it only occurred to me recently to check my twitter followers, and it led me to another Tumblr who had a gorgeous picture on it which I’ll try to re-tumble and it reminded me of this. Which I shot with Mark Cameron for Fair Lady.