Personal work

To some, photography may seem a pretty unsociable vocation – for 25 years my weekends and evenings have been spent behind the camera,  as when my clients are on holidays or downtime is when they mostly book me for their family portraits. You might want to bear this in mind if you are considering photography as a career – Mondays are the working photographers weekend. But given that I don’t really consider this work as some might (I have a LOT of fun on my job), it’s never bothered me.

Bella West

There are rare occasions when I use my day off to make personal work,  this doesn’t happen too often as mostly I am making a living taking photographs. but in order to keep fresh and looking at new directions, I find it helps to not be restricted to a brief , to try new things and  work with likeminded people. One of those being Lisa Standerwick, creative director of Sloanes Hair in Shaftesbury and Salisbury. She also finds the time to put her day to day work to one side and have a bit of fun with personal work, styling with what is current or the mood of Aveda at the time. In fact she is the driving force behind our collaborations – she sources locations, styling and I come along an try to interpret it with my camera.

Bella West

Bella West

Though our last shoot here, she calls me up the day before to ask if we can make this a 90’s rave theme…. at which point we still weren’t fixed on a location as the weather was doing strange things and we only had two models. So despite that being quashed, we ended up in the woods behind Lisa’s home in Milton Abbas, in the rain – which actually worked well as the light was reflective and soft and the wild garlic leaves let off some interesting tones ( and smelt wonderful). Thanks to Lisa’s better half for coming up with the boards overnight – some strong colours there, but that is the point.., But I do enjoy contrast of concept, which is what we got.

Bella West

Bella West

Bella West

Bella West

Bella West

Bella West

Bella West

Bella West

Bella West