I've left it a while...

I've left it a while...

I hadn’t quite planned to leave it this long before updating again! I don’t actually know where the time has gone. It’s crazy how time has flown this year by not being able to really do anything. I have been keeping busy somewhat, mostly with my retouching work, and DIY!

I am hopefully back to shooting models again in August! I am looking forward to photographing other faces rather than just my own. I won’t be diving back in fully just yet, as my weekends are unfortunately the only time I get to do work on the house with my husband, and we are a bit behind where we wanted to be due to Covid.

I haven’t self shot as much as I normally would, mostly due to my time having to be used elsewhere, but I have still managed to do some bits.

Her style is totally everything I love, so I just had to do something. I would now love to do a proper cosplay look of her, but we shall see. I may do a lingerie version for now.

I don’t think I actually got round to sharing these when I shot them back in April! It doesn’t even feel that long ago, again it’s mad how time is just whizzing by.

This was when I first went back to purple during this lockdown (I am currently on my 2nd go with purple now), and I couldn’t resist doing a casual Raven look. I was loosely inspired by some fan artwork by Gabriel Picolo & Oliussart.

Back in May, I yet again changed my hair colour. Not being able to see my hairdresser has been tough, as I won’t allow myself to bleach my hair anymore, as it’s so much healthier since I stopped doing it. So I am just living with monsterous roots, and decided to play with a different colour. And shoot some new natural light pictures, as I loved doing the last set.

The yellow didn’t last long however, but I think it will make a return at some point!

In May, I also shot another outfit from Shhh Couture Latex that I had, and I also shot a look with the Harness I was gifted by Basque & Glory, teamed up with the matching corset. This set was probably my favourite I had shot. I love using orange gels in images, and it worked so well with the colour of the wig, and the rust tones in the backdrop.

For the latex set, I used some pearlescent plastic wrap to create the backdrop. It’s great stuff to use as it catches the light really well, but also because it’s pearlescent, you can see the different colours in it.

I have another two new sets I still need to edit, which I just shot just recently. June, I didn’t do any self shooting. I took a bit of time away from social media, and tried focusing on other things for a little while. It was quite needed, and I felt a bit more refreshed after it.

Keep an eye out for some new sets!

Hopefully I won’t leave it so long to update next time!

JL x

What I've Been Upto...

What I've Been Upto...

I didn’t realise it has been a month since my last post, I have no idea where May has gone! I have spent the month working mostly, due to people in my department at my day job being on furlough. In all honesty, I am enjoying the freedom of working from home, its nice to be in my own space and I have found I have been far more productive.

I haven’t shot much throughout May, I just wasn’t feeling inspired to do any looks, and actually just felt a bit run down. I did however, shoot some new looks at the weekend for June, as I got a bit of a creative buzz back which was nice.

The one thing I had been making sure to get out and do more last month was walking. I really got into my fitness last year, mostly doing weights, but my steps have always suffered due to working a desk job. I started really well at the start of the year, going out on my lunch breaks for walks, walking the dog every evening, but then I kind of stopped and was barely hitting 4k steps a day. I now aim for at least 10. I get up early and do a 2 mile walk first thing with Luna, and then we go out for another mile in the evening. I am making sure to get up and just take a walk around the house to get away from my screen as well.

During one of these walks, I took my SLR with me. Every month since we have had Luna I have taken her photo professionally. I obviously have tonnes of photos on my phone, but I like to try and capture her properly to document how she changes.

I took these on one of our walks. We are quite fortunate to live in such a beautiful area that is surrounded by nature, and this one absolutely loves the sunshine and being outside!

I did get round to doing a couple of looks, nothing as dramatic as previous, and also doing something I haven’t done for a while, which is shoot portraits with natural light. I actually forgot how much I love natural light. I had planned to do more of it this year, but then Covid-19 happened, and literally all of my shoot plans have just gone out of the window, and I am just having to do self stuff for the time being.

I first did a sport lingerie set, where the main source of light is to my left which is our bedroom window. I really liked this set, and due to getting into fitness I have found more body confidence. I used to do lingerie stuff back when I modelled, so this wasn’t anything new for me.

Second look I did was just sort of a Outfit of the Day look inspired for World Goth Day, which falls on the 22nd of May. I was kindly gifted the harness from Basque & Glory, and wanted to incorporate it into a look for that. I shot this in my dining room with the main light source being the window in front of me. I am quite fortunate that I have big windows in my house, so the lighting is always lovely…its just a pain when having to get curtains & blinds!

I can’t wait to show you what I shot the weekend just gone. Another natural light lingerie look  with another new hair colour! Plus a couple of studio looks with gels!

JL x

Latex Goodness - Self Shoot

Latex Goodness - Self Shoot

I mentioned on my previous post I had some latex from Shhh Couture that was sent to me for model shoots, but I had decided to self shoot it during this time due to the current situation. I really love how these turned out, and I wanted to share my lighting set ups for both of these sets as well!

I loved this baby blue two piece that I knew I wanted to do something bright and colourful. The wig was a bargain off of ebay, and went great with this look. My favourite shot is actually the portrait shot to the left, which was a spur of the moment thing when I was coming to the end of the shoot.

As soon as I saw this dress, I knew I wanted to do something a bit more elegant. I had a halo that I made for shoot, but not yet used and thought this would go great with it.

This set I had the most issues with due to the back rim light with the snoot just kept misfiring, so it took a bit longer than I had wanted, and I was a bit fed up by the end, but I got there eventually.

I hope you liked those, and find the lighting diagrams useful.

I had another self shoot that I quickly did the other day, due to a hair change. I couldn’t resist doing a casual cosplay of a character with the same coloured hair! Keep a look out for those.

Stay safe,

JL x


Easter Themed Self Shoot & Recent Magazine Publication!

Easter Themed Self Shoot & Recent Magazine Publication!

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well, and staying home!

I am trying to stay motivated in my spare time when I am not working, and by doing that I either play video games or self shoot! Last weekend, with it being Easter, I shot a couple of Easter inspired looks for fun and to share on my personal Instagram (@_justine_louise). I went for something a bit cutesy and pinup for the first set, and then a set that is a bit more ‘Metal Bunny’, and also more to my true nature!

I had fun with these, and I really just love to keep on my toes with playing with lighting, and also my retouching. First set I just kept to white light, but in the second couldn’t resist adding in some coloured gels to jazz up the plain white wall.

I spent this weekend self shooting again, as I have some lovely latex garments from Shhh Couture latex that I was sent for model shoots. With not knowing when I will be back to photographing models, I thought I would style some and create some more imagery! Out of the 5 I have, I shot 2, with the intention to shoot the others another weekend. I really love what I have created, so bold and colourful. I can’t wait to share them!

This month I have also had an image of mine published in Practical Photography Magazine, which I am excited about. You can find it under their ’10 Clicks’ feature!

It is probably one of my favourite beauty images to date, and a shoot that I always look back on! So I am super proud to have it appear in this brilliant publication. Practical Photography Magazine, along with Digital Photography Magazine were my bibles when I was starting out, and were always used for reference and inspiration.

Make sure to pick yourself up a copy this month!

Stay safe,

JL x

Faith Roswell - Extras!

Faith Roswell - Extras!

We are currently in some strange times, and I really hope everyone is keeping safe and well!

Due to obvious reasons, I haven’t done any new model shoots lately. I have never been more excited to be able to get back to doing what I love with other people, but right now I am just focusing on keeping well and staying inside.

I am quite fortunate that I can work remotely from home, so my day job as a retoucher has not been impacted, and due to the current climate, it’s almost the best time to be working in e-commerce right now, as people appear to be online shopping a lot!

To help also keep the time going, and to also keep some sort of normality in my life, I have been self shooting, which I love doing anyway, so keep an eye out for some posts to come on those shoots!

This week I edited some extra shots of Faith from our shoot last month! This was such a hard shoot for me to narrow down, so I am so glad she made some extra choices for me to work on.

I hope you like them!

JL x

Faith Roswell - Complete Edit!

Faith Roswell - Complete Edit!

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with the awesome Faith Roswell, someone I wish I had worked with so much sooner! She was the sweetest, nicest person and absolutely killer at making costumes & posing.

As you would have seen on my previous ‘Sneak Peak’ post, you will see that we shot 3 different looks on our shoot. I also did a bit of timelapse recording of our shoot to create a little behind the scenes video. I used to create these kind of videos all the time, and its something I wish to pick up again! Unfortunately on this occasion my stand holding the phone was a bit damaged, and I didn’t notice it had moved and tilted the phone. So, its not the best recording angle due to this, but you get the idea. I will make sure to use a different stand next time. I also forgot to put it on for the last look, so there is only the first 2 looks!

My lighting set up mostly involved using 3 – 4 lights, 2 o which are Bowens Geminis, and 2 a simply battery speed lights. For our first set, which was the blue, I had a snoot to the left of Faith hitting her shoulder and side, to her right I had a softbox with a red gel in. At her front, I had my beauty dish with honeycomb grid aiming down towards her, and underneath that aiming up I had a reflector dish with a diffuser and blue gel on it – basically forming a clam shell. The shadows with the colours really makes this set more dynamic I feel, especially with Faiths expressions and posing.

My second light set up was similar to the first, in that it involved using the clam shell lighting again, this time with a green gel on the bottom. To the left of Faith I had the softbox with a red gel, and to the right up high I had a translucent white umbrella aiming down to catch the hair.

My final set up, I used the same as the second, and just changed the green gel to orange, and added a yellow gel to my umbrella to give more warmth to the hair. This look was wasteland warrior inspired, so I wanted to use warm colours to give a apocalyptic feel.

I really enjoyed this shoot, and after having a bunch of last minute cancellations, it was lovely to work with someone reliable. and who put their all into what they do. Already looking forward to our next collaboration!

JL x

Faith Roswell Sneak Peak!

Faith Roswell Sneak Peak!

Sunday I had the pleasure of finally working with the lovely Faith Roswell, who I wish I had worked with so much earlier, as she was an absolute blast! We have had this organised for a good couple of months, as Faith was doing a modelling tour and I was one of her last stops before heading home, so I jumped at the chance when she got in touch.

Faith makes amazing outfits out of literally anything, and had put together a few things especially for our shoot. I always love having a variety of things to shoot, I like to go a bit wild and try new things, even if each look doesn’t necessarily sit together usually, they still work.

We started off with a bodysuit, which started to have a superhero/villain vibe, which I will always dig due to loving cosplay & comics! Our second look had more of a gothic/cyberpunk, and the deep plunge on the bodysuit was gorgeous. We ended our shoot on a really cool wasteland look, which had some serious Mad Max vibes going on!

I am super excited to edit these. I did also do a few time lapse videos for behind the scenes as well. So keep an eye out for the pictures and little videos. I will also put a brief of my light set up at some point as well!



Where it all began..

I started out with my photography back in January 2010. I have always grown up with a love of imagery and being creative, I was never an academic. I absolutely loved drawing and being artistic, that was just me, so I excelled at art & design in school and this is the area I chose to progress in to. In college I did Graphic Design, with a bit of Photography as well, and went onto University to carry on with Graphic Design. I wasn’t enjoying the course as much as I had at college, and this is when I split off and decided to explore photography more.

Growing up, having spent my teens buying the music magazines weekly, like Kerrang & Metal Hammer, I would always adore the Live Music shots the most. Music was (and still is) a big part of my life, and I always wished that I could be taking those photos. Every gig I went to, I would always try to be down the front with my little basic snap and shoot camera to just capture that energy on stage. It wasn’t until the end of 2009, at an Alice in Chains concert, I noticed a photographer in the pit and saw her name on her camera equipment, Kate Booker. I plucked up the courage to give Kate an email and explain I would really love to give music photography a try, and if she had any pointers. She was incredible with her advice and help, and with that I contact the Purple Turtle in Camden to ask if I could come down and shoot some of their bands. And this is where it began in January 2010!

I eventually had Kate email me a few months later about helping to cover the Camden Crawl, which I jumped at and had a blast doing to, one of my images even made their front page at the time. I then started shooting for a website regularly and got some access to some amazing gigs over the 2 years I spent doing this. I also during this time got to assist one of my favourite music photographers, Tina Kohonen, who was always a massive inspiration to me.

Europe at Shepherds Bush 19th February, 2011

I eventually had Kate email me a few months later about helping to cover the Camden Crawl, which I jumped at and had a blast doing to, one of my images even made their front page at the time. I then started shooting for a website regularly and got some access to some amazing gigs over the 2 years I spent doing this. I also during this time got to assist one of my favourite music photographers, Tina Kohonen, who was always a massive inspiration to me.

After about a year of shooting music,, so early 2011, I eventually got the confidence in shooting models, and was fortunate enough to know some great models in the alternative scene from my modelling days, who were more than willing to help me out. Also, being at university I used to offer my services to the fashion students, so I really got to do a wide variety of styles. This was also when I began self shooting, as I wasn’t always able to shoot models due to time, so I would experiment with lighting and styling on myself.

And the rest, as they say, is history. I am so glad I am still here creating and doing what I love doing. There is no better feeling than being so passionate about something, and bringing your visions to life. I have been so fortunate to have worked with some amazing people over the years, and shot some amazing events as well, and I am excited to see what the next 10 years could bring!

JL x

Viva Las Vegas!

Last year I was fortunate enough to work with a collection of amazing people, and it was probably my favourite year for shoots so far. In a good month, I aim to shoot around 2-3 times if time permits, as I am a full time Retoucher in my day job, and I am also in the process of renovating my house, so I need to split my time efficiently. Sometimes things don’t happen the way I want, spare time doesn’t manifest or I get cancelled on last minute (which, unfortunately does happen at times), but I try not to dwell on this matter, and just enjoy what I do. This is why I can be found self shooting on occasion, because as a creative I get frustrated if I am not doing something productive.

Shooting abroad is something I really love doing when I can. I have only done this a couple of times, but my aim is when ever I have a big trip planned to try and organise a shoot or two with some local models to the area.

Red Rock Canyon & The Valley of Fire

At the start of that year, I was turning the dreaded 3-0 and we headed off to Las Vegas to soften the blow. Whilst out in Vegas, we got to visit some really cool places, my highlights being Red Rock Canyon, & the Valley of Fire! Both incredibly beautiful spots to visit, and if you ever go I highly recommend a trip to both.

Before heading out to Vegas, I decided to put myself out there, and advertise on some modelling sites that I was visiting, and low and behold I got a number of people get back to me, and we organised shoots. Now, it’s my aim when ever I have a trip that is long enough to accommodate a shoot, I will always try to book something in as I love working with different people.

I took with me my compact lights, which are essentially speed-lights that I will sometimes use along side my studio lighting, as well as a selection of fabric backdrops that were easy to get into the suitcase. I arranged to shoot with the gorgeous Shonda Mackey, who as soon as I saw her contact me, I jumped on the opportunity as her look is amazing, and I adored all of her tattoos and hair.

We had a lovely shoot just in the hotel room of where I was staying. It was great to be able to use the hotel room to shoot as well as backdrops too, to get a cool selection of imagery. She was absolute bliss to work with, and I am already dying to head back to Vegas to work with her again!

You can find the images from our shoot at the bottom of this page, enjoy!

JL x

I couldn’t resist taking my coloured gels away with me!