Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo – oh my!

Nicole Kidman, doing her best Brigitte Bardot, in Jimmy Choo’s. Wow! But on the beach, in the sand, in the surf … NO!


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The Wedding Album Boutique – a fantastic new wedding offer for photography

I am very excited to say that I have finally found a product that I am happy to offer as a “disc only” package. Only it isn’t a disc, it is the most gorgeous, to die for, diamante heart shaped USB stick. And it comes in a lilac velvet drawstring bag. In a beautiful ribbon tied presentation box. In one of those lovely little bags that expensive undies or perfume comes in.


Ok, so by now some of you will think that I have lost it. All gushy over a memory stick. It is beautifully presented, but for me the important part is that it comes in a package that separately includes a 40 image slideshow that you can share on Facebook and your own online password protected image gallery that allows you to share with friends, order professional prints, canvases and wall hangings and from which you can design your own album. Or if you would prefer, you can get us to design your wedding album for you with your chosen images.

This allows me the confidence as a photographer to deliver to you on your heart USB, your 200 best images, professionally retouched and edited, and I am assured that you will have access to our professional printing and album design service, when you are ready.

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I am very happy to be able to offer this product, along with photography from guests arriving to cake cutting, for a limited time introductory price of £695. Contact us now! Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity!!

I look forward to hearing from you,


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Autumn Portrait


I recently had a beautiful “cherish the dress” shoot with Kim. We used a couple of locations, one in the very old part of Paisley which has some very impressive architecture and old stonework, perfect for contast. The other location was in a nearby park, where the leaves were turning golden, absolutely perfect and autumnal. Kim took a break while I set up a shot, and because of the chill in the air huddled under a winter coat. I told her to engage the camera and hold the pose. Trusty assistant lying on the cold damp ground with a bit of infill from a reflector. Result – probably my favourite headshot of the day!! Always look for the shot, it might not be where you planned it to be.


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Posing tips for models by Jen Brook


Dear (new’ish) Model,

My name is Other Model. I have spent the last couple of years finding out a few things that I wish I’d known from the start. Please don’t think I’m patronising as I mean this only in goodwill, as there is absolutely no gain for me by sharing these cheats. Not all of my points will be valid for you as posing varies in each genre. Just take what you can and ignore the rest. If only one suggestion helps your future career then my time has been well spent…

Rule one, the mirror is your BFF. Stand there, perfect your poses and learn how your body shapes. The mirror is a perfect tool to show you what the camera can see – try to imagine it behind your photographers head when shooting and always consider what can be seen from that angle. For example, if your foot is closest to the lens, it is worth remembering that your foot is going to the largest thing in the picture….and nobody wants to be remembered as Bigfoot…


Create separation between your limbs from your body. Not only does it prevent the arm/leg from being squashed against you spreading out any fat, it is also an optical illusion for a slimmer appearance in terms of overall width. A basic cheat that makes a massive difference.

Fat arm to thin arm

Fat arm to thin arm

Body width shrunk by optical illusion

Body width shrunk by optical illusion

Have a basic understanding of light. For example, if you raise an arm to the light, it could be a whole F-stop brighter in camera than your face (being the object closest to the source of light according to the inverse square law). It will also cast a shadow across you. You can counteract this by using your other arm (!)…or, move your arm a fraction backwards, away from the direct beam of light. Learning how lighting falls is invaluable. Ask which is your key light and then work towards it.


Be aware of ‘mothing’. If the light has been metered to an exact spot, try to stick to it, or at least notice when you’ve crept closer to the light so you can rectify it if required.

Recognise when your eyes are over-rotating. It is always advisable to follow the line of your nose to keep your sight central. This stops you from looking bog eyed from too much white of the eye showing.


Know how far you can turn your head before your nose ‘breaks your cheek’. Go back to the mirror to see what angle becomes too far. This is perhaps a dying rule, but one that many competition judges still take into account so worth being aware of.

Elongate your neck to simulate height and poise. Possibly one of the hardest things to remember because it genuinely feels unnatural. Stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself…stand normally, then roll your shoulders back allowing your face to come forward…notice the difference in the width of your neck? An instant slimming trick.

Go one step further by popping your jaw towards camera if you want a strong line created by the shadow.


If the photographer is at a 12 o’clock angle, then standing angled at 1:30 rather than 3 o’clock will lose inches to your overall width. When you do, make sure it is shadow you are turning into and not the light. Always one rule: hide what you don’t want seen in shadow. Forget Weight Watchers, it’s all about tactical posing!

If you want to appear slimmer you can create a ‘false waist’. You can do this by positioning yourself to camera, then creating the waist you want seen with the positioning of your hands on your ‘hips’. See…crafty huh 🙂


If you’re like me and you don’t have natural curves, then fake them! And I don’t mean plastic surgery. As shown above, learning how to pop your hip is not something everyone can do but can be a big advantage if you can for great shape. Allowing your knees to cross slightly will emphasise that ‘S’ figure with it.

Keep your hands loose and fluid. The term ‘ballet hands’ is often thrown around…but if you’re like me and the only dancing you do well is the truffle shuffle, then keep your middle finger lower than the others whilst relaxing them with a slight curve. Don’t clump your fingers together and avoid showing the back of your hand. Why? Because backs of hands are big and ugly…sides of hands are small and dainty. This was drilled into me from the start of my career by friend and photographer Gary Hill.

See how much longer and larger my hands look when left straight:


Play with what is available. If you are wearing a flowing dress, play with it by tossing it into the air or working the movement in the bottom. Remember if you are wearing trousers then your legs don’t need to be so clamped together.

Putting theory into practice in Paris, photograph by Andrew Appleton (MUA Donna Graham & assistant Vicki Head)

Putting theory into practice in Paris, photograph by Andrew Appleton (MUA Donna Graham & assistant Vicki Head)

You should have knowledge of what you are wearing and why. If you have been hired to sell a specific product, make sure you are pulling poses that are commercially complimentary and not hiding the product.

Own a ‘modelling kit’ and take it on all shoots. These are the things you will need, but may not be directly mentioned in pre-shoot communications. They are; outdoor/studio shoes, nude/black underwear, face wipes, moisturiser/oil for your legs, a plain vest top, safety pins/clamps, a straw for drinks (as not to ruin your lipstick), your own water with a sugary snack to keep you going (your shoot location may be far away from shops), spare stockings for lingerie shoots….and also hairspray, a top up lipstick, hair grips, brush and eyelash glue (in case the MUA can’t stay). If you have been booked for a specific job such as bridal, it is also well received if you bring appropriate accessories i.e. a pretend wedding ring.

Please be honest about your size and measurements. Nobody minds how tall or small, big or slim you are…but they do need to know in advance for obvious reasons. You may be sent home unpaid if you have exaggerated the truth and wasted time by not fitting the casting criteria. Save yourself and others the embarrassment.

Talk to other models, check references and don’t ever assume anything. Despite many people thinking models are the bitchy ones, it’s actually very untrue most of the time. We look after each other and the best out there are very supportive. I was terrified to talk to the people I admired, but then I realised they’re only human, we are all the same…and they’re pretty damn awesome guys and girls when it comes to helping you out.

Most of all be fun, easy going and willing to go that extra mile! If you are genuinely a delight to be around, you are 100% more likely to be rebooked. You are part of a team so pull your weight, diva’s are so 2010.

Fun times to get the shot despite being in the cold rain, creating ‘I bleed colours’ from my personal Dreamcatcher Project with Richard Powazynski, Lauri Laukkanen and Donna Graham

Fun times to get the shot despite being in the cold rain, creating ‘I bleed colours’ from my personal Dreamcatcher Project with Richard Powazynski, Lauri Laukkanen and Donna Graham

I hope this letter has been of some use to you and that you can take something from it. As I said, not all of this will work for you, it’s just tricks I wish I’d known when I began modelling. But then again look at Kate Moss, she breaks all of the ‘rules’…and still looks amazing – that’s fashion darling.

The day you stop enjoying your job is the day you need a new one. Work hard and love your life!

Kindest regards,

Other Model.

P.S. All pose examples are unedited for a true representation – taken by Jon Brook

P.P.S. If you found this helpful I’d really appreciate it if you ‘like’ my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter. Thank you!

About the author: Jen Brook is a creative fine art, conceptual and fashion model from UK. You can find her on Facebook and on Twitter. She also blogs over on Tumblr. This article originally appeared here.


Art and architecture


Architecture, for me, is art. It is sculpture on a large scale and can be appreciated for its beauty.

Glasgow has a fantastic heritage, which prospered greatly from the trade over all over the world. While there has been some deterioration and decay, what remains is some of Britain’s grandest buildings. In the spaces that have been created from some of the old buildings being removed modern structures have emerged. I love that the Clydeside is now being invested in and the new architecture is inspirational, especially in the evening when these structures are thoughtfully lit for photographers. But the imposing buildings in and around George Square, including the City Chambers, are also very impressive. Add a model and the images can be stunning.

I hope you agree.


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I am a Master Photographer !!!


I am proud to say that I have provided a professional wedding photography service to my clients for the past 6 years and have had many referrals and delighted clients. The wedding industry and photography is changing every year and its always been important for me to keep up-to-date and to hone and improve my skills. I am also my own harshest critic and always believe that there is room for improvement.

Qualifications are important in this industry, not only to prove to yourself that you are good for the job but also to show your clients that you are providing them with a professional and validated service.  I am qualified with the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers and am also Certified with the Photographer Academy but it was not until very recently that I sent a panel of images through to the Master Photographers association for grading.

I was absolutely thrilled to hear on Sunday, that my panel of images had been successful and this means that I can now call myself a “Master Photographer”! Full membership and the right to describe yourself as a Master Photographer is strictly limited to full-time professionals who must provide references and submit a portfolio of recent commissioned work for judging at Licentiate level. I did this and it was well worth all the hard work to get this panel ready on time and to travel the long road down to Brimingham to present it.

I am ever so pleased that I qualified, however, what delighted me most was when the judges were asked whether they would be happy for me to step in and represent them at a wedding, all three of them said “Yes”. What a compliment that was for me!

I think now, I am definitely going to expend my energy into becoming one of the best in the industry! Watch this space!!



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Winter weddings in Scotland – a special time, and special offers available


It is that time of year; our beautiful long, hot summer is fading into a gorgeous tumult of colours we call Autumn … sorry, I forgot myself, … for the first time in ten years we had a half decent summer and September wasnt too bad, but it won’t be long before we enter that six months period of darkness that we in Scotland (especially those from warmer climes) call the eternal night. Winter, to the locals! So I thought i would republish something I wrote for my old blog which is relevant to this time of year.

Photographers are obsessed with light and so they should be, but they do complain about it constantly; too much, not enough, in the wrong place, wrong colour. In Scotland we are blessed with beautiful long summer evenings (sometimes, one or two) and I have shot late into the evening in July under only natural light. The flip side of that is winter weddings. More and more couples are choosing to be married in December and January, for a whole host of reasons. Natural light is at a premium, with the sun setting as early as 3.30pm.  Understanding how to overcome prevailing conditions – harsh sun light, fluorescent or tungsten indoors, a heavily shadowed doorway – is what makes a competent photographer, the minimum one would expect from a paid professional contracted to provide a service. The manipulation of light is what creates that stunning image. It is that subtle alteration or addition that a dedicated artist adds.

Please contact me to discuss special offers available only throughout the winter months.


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