I am still here!

I am still here!

I honestly can’t believe I have left it this long since I last updated! Life has just kind of flown by in the past few months and here we are already in June!

I have been busy with both my retouching job, but also it has been so lovely being able to work with other people on shoots since restrictions were lifted! I had my first shoot of 2021 back in April with Lily Omen (pictured right), and have been trying to shoot most weekends since! I have managed to do a bit of self shooting as well on the side of that, but honestly, I haven’t really had the time or the desire to as much now I have new faces to work with.

My shoot with Lily was fantastic, and we had never worked together before which was lovely. She was wonderful to work with, and we got so much done in the time that we had which was amazing. I am really hoping our paths cross again soon! I then shot with another new face to me, also in April, by the name of Olivia, who is also a latex designer under the name Lil’ Sweetheart Shop. She is someone that is fairly local to me, and we hit it off almost immediately. We shot a few of her designs, and although she is fairly new to modelling, she was lovely to work with and settled into it really quickly.

Lastly in April, I finally got to work with the pin up beauty that is Stephanie Jay. We have had plans to work together for a while now, and did have something booked in for last year until the C word scarpered those plans. But finally managed to get something in after lockdown, and we had a great shoot, she is such a pro. I really hope we can work together again.

Then in May, I got to do 2 more shoots I have had in the works for a while. Because of no conventions, I have really missed photographing cosplayers. I only managed one cosplay shoot in 2020, and I have been desperate to do more. So when Beyond Believing approached me last year about shooting her genderbent Geralt from Witcher, I jumped at the chance! Not only is it one of my favourite games, but her cosplay is based off of the Netflix series which I absolutely love! I found the perfect location that wasn’t too far from me, and we also really lucked out with the weather day, as the weather had been awful in the run up to it. We also shot a bit of Geralt back in my studio, plus some fitness looks as Nieke is a cross fitter. We got some really fab shots that day, and I also did a behind the scenes video which you can find below.

Check out the gallery below featuring some shots from the shoots I have done these past couple of months!

Behind the scenes video with Beyond Believing Cosplay.

My last shoot for May was with Halatirno. Again, this was another that had been planned for a while, but restrictions had prevented it from happening.

I contacted Gulli when I had a designer in America sending me some gorgeous scale mail items to shoot. Last year we shot some beautiful photos with a chainmail hood, so I knew instantly she would be perfect for this. She went to amazing lengths and crafted the most stunning gown just for our shoot! Again, I managed to find the perfect location for this and we had the most amazing weather for the day too.

I am still working my way through all the images, but here is a shot taken from my computer screen, plus some behind the scenes & location shots.

I will have plenty to share once all edited, plus I did another behind the scenes video.

I will try not to leave it so long until my next update!

JL x


Birthday & Valentines Shoot

It has been a few weeks! I don’t know where the time is going. I am busy with work, have been suffering with migraines and also in the middle of more renovations, so everything is a bit hectic!

With the news we got yesterday regarding the roadmap to ending lockdown, things feel more positive and hopefully we can start to get back to normal. I have my first vaccination this week as well.

I am really excited to start being able to see people again, and get shoots booked in and work with fellow creatives! My studio is currently being redecorated, so will be all finished once restrictions start to lift. But, because it’s currently being decorated, that means I just haven’t had the time or space to shoot, as everything from the two rooms we are working on, is spread out around my house until we finish.

I did however shoot some bits before my studio was out of action. It was my birthday at the end of January, so I shot a little look for that. I also did some looks for valentines day which I really enjoyed doing!

I have had Mad Love’s Harley Quinn on my to do list for a while, and I even made her cork gun for the shoot as well, the cowl & mask I bought online. I also wanted to do a cupid look, and had purchased some cushion filling to create clouds, which I have seen people use before, but I was really amazed at how well it worked! I then photoshopped in some clouds behind me to make it really look like I was up in the skyI. I really loved how these turned out, and are probably some of my favourite self shot images so far. I also did a bodysuit look utilising the natural light that my studio gets at golden hour. I only managed to get a few as I had just finished shooting cupid, so didn’t have a lot of time before the light went.

I am hoping to be able to start shooting again next month, but I don’t want to rush getting my studio/office just how I want it, so I am going to take my time with it!

I hope everyone is keeping well, and hopefully all this soon will be a distant memory!

JL

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First Self Shoot of 2021

First Self Shoot of 2021

Decided to start the year as soon as I could with some self shots. I ended shooting these on the 2nd, I was starting to get a bit antsy after having the time off over Christmas. I usually at the start of the year shoot something that is icy & cold relating, but actually went the opposite this time round. I bought this lingerie set off of Shein last year, and had plans to shoot with it for a while, so it seemed perfect to use it for this. Since I started my fitness journey back in 2019, my body confidence has improved 100% and I am loving doing these types of shoots. I am not exactly a stranger to them either, having done a bunch of stuff like this during my modelling days.

I had also wanted to shoot another cosplay look for a while too, and after doing my casual Raven last year I knew I wanted to do her properly. I already had all the bits to make her belt from when I had made a couple of head dresses for shoots & I already had a suitable bodysuit. I just ended up getting a wig, as my hair is not purple at the moment, and a cape. This was shot on a white wall with coloured gels, and then in post enhanced the saturation & added a smoky overlay. I used my fan to add some hair & cape movements which worked really well, as well as adding her powers into a couple of shots in post production.

I am still missing photographing other people especially going to conventions and shooting cosplayers, and I can’t wait to work with some of my amazing models again. I am still enjoying the self shoots and having the freedom to just do what I want though. I am already working on some plans for next month, including another cosplay look, before my studio gets a complete makeover!

JL x


Marie Devilreux - Proud Embankment

Well that was a wild ride. I have been a bit slack on updating, as well let’s face it, I haven’t been able to do a lot like most people due to all the lockdowns, other than work my day job at home.

My last shoot was with Marie Devilreux back in October, and some self shoots of course. I was looking forward to getting back to shooting this month, but now that is out of the window as we are now into lockdown 3.0.

It’s a bit of a struggle this time, I am a bit antsy and struggling with the cabin fever, so just trying to take it day by day at the moment.

I wanted to update though with some of the other images from my shoot with Marie Devilreux, as although I have had no model shoots to keep me busy, I did have the editing from that shoot to keep me going for a while!

These are honestly some of my favourite photos from last year, and Marie is always amazing to work with. We were hoping to shoot again this month, but hopefully when things start to improve I can get behind that camera and work with some of my favourite people again.

Although I only got to do a mere fraction of the shoots I had planned for 2020, I probably did some of my favourite & strongest work. I have also enjoyed the freedom to be able to self shoot more, which keeps me busy and creative.

I also forgot to post these around Christmas, but I actually had some time off and wanted to distance myself from anything work related, so I could enjoy my downtime. By the time December hit I was absolutely exhausted, so the time off was very welcome.

I had some fun shooting these Christmas looks. The Christmas witch was inspired by the art of Valfre.

I hope despite the strange circumstances that surrounded Christmas, people still managed to have a nice time. Lets hope that 2021 is a better year!

JL x


Marie Devilreux - New Images!

Marie Devilreux - New Images!

It is mid November already, and I think that leaves about 7 weeks left of this bizzare & hellish year!

Although I can’t say I have had a terrible year, apart from the lack of freedom, not being able to see friends and shoot as much as normal. But, I have been busy with DIY, been very fortunate enough to still work, and also kept myself ticking over with self shooting!

I haven’t got round to shooting anything for this month just yet, as for the past week I didn’t even have a phone to be able to share anything anyway on Instagram. I’ve got a bunch of ideas, but just won’t have time for them all so going to do a couple this weekend, and then save the rest for January!

I did, however, get round to editing some of Marie Devilreux’s photos from October! So far the selection has only been made on the first look, and I also couldn’t help but edit this gorgeous shot we got at Stringfellows in their Leopard print room! The other images were taken at Proud Embankment! Such a lovely venue.

I had planned on a little behind the scenes video, but my other camera had not captured as much as I had thought before the battery died (it was full when I left, and then all of a sudden dropped!) and what I had captured on my phone I had lost when it broke.

Loads more to come!

JL

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Spooky Season Update!

Well, October flew by in the blink of an eye! I am incredibly late with posting as I was so busy throughout the whole month that I just never got round to updating!

October is my favourite time of year, not only is it my wedding anniversary, and the month everything starts to turn gorgeous shades of orange, but it is also officially spooky season!

We started off the month by being away for our anniversary, staying in a lovely family run cabin on a lake and next to a woods! It was perfect for us and pooch for a few days. Whilst there, I also shot some of my Halloween looks that I do for October! I usually aim to do around 10, as I just love this time of year. Our cabin was perfect for some of the ideas I had! I also went pumpkin picking with a friend, and did a Trail of Terror at Colchester Zoo with my family, as well as getting some last bits of decorating finished! Even though it’s been a busy one, and it’s generally my favourite time of year anyway, October has been the best month I have had this year!

 

Midway through the month, I also finally got to work with one of my favourite people again, Marie Devilreux! We had been trying to plan a shoot together again for ages, but our schedules just didn’t seem to allow it, and then the first lockdown happened!

She wanted to shoot her costumes she uses for acts, and we were lucky enough to use two of the venues she performs in, Proud at Embankment & Stringfellows in Covent Garden. We got so many gorgeous images that I just can’t wait to start working on this month. I let a camera film some behind the scenes too, so will make sure to put a little video together for that! I am already looking forward to us planning our next one!

 

I had great fun shooting this year’s Halloween looks. Some I have had in the works for a while, in particular my main cosplay which I started last year, and I actually did some on location which was a really nice change as well! Both outside ones I enlisted the help of my husband, as the weather was terrible whilst we were away, so windy & raining. So it wasn’t the conditions to shoot tethered, and my tripod kept shaking from the wind. So with everything set up, I gave him the camera to just take the photos.

Find the gallery below of a selection of the 10 looks I did! It has been great self shooting more this year, as it’s kept me busy when I haven’t been able to work with other people due to what is going on. The one I worked the hardest on was my Ash from Evil Dead. It is one of my favourite film franchises and I have wanted to cosplay him for ages! I made the chainsaw hand from scratch and would love to do more with it!

Here is a little Ash video I did whilst we were away. I have used some old clips from a Evil Dead behind the scenes video I did years ago, but added in new ones my husband filmed. Music is by him as well.

I had shoots arranged for this month, but due to Lockdown 2.0, I am now just going to catch up on my editing from my last shoot, and also just enjoy a bit of downtime! I have some Christmas content in the works to shoot, although I am absolutely not ready for the C word right now!

Keep a look out for the new post on Marie, I am so excited to share our new images!

Stay safe!

JL

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Multipass!

Multipass!

Big bada boom!

The Fifth Element is one of my absolute favourite movies, and I first cosplayed Leeloo about 5 years ago at MCM Comic Con. At the time I really liked the costume and had worked really hard on it, but looking back on it, I started to hate it and felt I really wanted to redo one of my favourite characters.

This was only a test shoot really, as I still need to find the right kind of gold bottoms to be able to shoot the costume fully, but I couldn’t resist doing some shots with everything else I had. It all started when I found the suspenders for a really good price on Aliexpress, too good to not order. Whilst being great for photos, if I was to ever wear them for a convention they would most certainly need some alterations. The first time I did this costume, the suspenders were made just from foam, so I couldn’t resist getting a proper rubber set! The next part of the costume is also the most notable part, and that is her hair. My first wig wasn’t too bad, but it still wasn’t right so I wanted to go all out this time. I found a tutorial on Youtube by one of the best cosplayers out there, Alyson Tabbitha. Followed it exactly and I was super happy with the results. I still think I need to alter it a bit, like the length but it worked great for my test shots.

I had so much fun doing this shoot, and I am so glad I did it properly this time. I am planning on shooting her bandage costume as well, which I have already made, but I am still deciding how and where to shoot it. With the colder weather now upon us, outside isn’t on the cards so it may be something I wait to do in 2021!

Next week I am shooting my main Halloween cosplay that I have been working on on and off all year. I am so excited about this as I am shooting it at a location that is completely fitting for the character! I may try and do some behind the scenes videos as well!

Keep a look out for that!

JL

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Teagan Paige - Second Shoot Edited!

Teagan Paige - Second Shoot Edited!

Towards the end of August I got to work with Teagan Paige for a second time before she was leaving the UK! I was so glad we got to shoot again, as we always have fun on our shoots, and end up producing some great stuff. We first worked together 8 years ago, and the images are still some of my favourites

I had been sent a couple of harness & corset sets from Basque & Glory for our shoot, and we also wanted to do something with flowers in the bathtub.

When it came to shooting the corset sets, we stayed dark with the Black set, with hints of pink from coloured gels. With the pink set we stayed bright & colourful. I did originally make a note of my light set up, but with everything going on recently with renovating, It all slipped my mind and I no longer have it saved!

For the flower set, we shot in my bathtub. I had originally wanted to shoot in a paddling pool in my garden, but the weather had typically really turned that weekend (after weeks of a heatwave) so the bath was the best option. Instead of having the white of the tub as the background, I laid down a black muslin backdrop so we got darker results. I had aiming at the white ceiling, a light, and another aiming across the bath, with a pastel turquoise gel for a slight hint of colour.

I really loved how the flower shots turned out. I have wanted to do something with water for ages, but timing, weather, amongst other things have stopped it from happening.

I hope I get to catch her again when she returns to the UK!


Here is the little behind the scenes video from this shoot!I My stand unfortunatly slipped without me realising, so excuse the slight cut off the top at the start! I have since repurchased a Canon M10, not just for having a smaller camera to carry around for trips, but also to aim to do more and better behind the scenes videos like I used to. Music is by Absent Minds.

JL


Charlykat Shoot - Edited

Charlykat Shoot - Edited

I am a bit behind with updating, as I have a lot going on with work and renovating, but finally found sometime to post a quick update! 

Last month I shot with Charlotte, who I have worked with numerous times now, she lives not far from me and I love our collaborations! This was our first shoot this year, after having to cancel out shoot back in April due to lockdown. 

I love our shoots as we don’t always plan ahead, and like to come up with what we’re doing on the day, and always manage to pull off some great work. 

My favourite set is probably the darker set with the black bodysuit! We jazzed this outfit up with a chain belt, and some black voile fabric and had the fan going to give some dynamic to the shots! It really worked well. 

I have a couple more updates of new images to make once I am caught up with myself. I have my second shoot with Teagan Paige before she left the UK, and I also have a new self-shoot to share! I will then be making a start on my favourite time of year, which is Halloween. I am currently without a studio whilst we are renovating, but hopefully it be for much longer! 

Stay well, 

JL 

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Teagan Paige - Edited!

I have been busy the last few weekends with shoots, and it’s felt great. Today I had my last shoot until about October due to a renovation project that needs my full time and attention if I wish to have it completed. But this also gives me time to catch up on my editing work.

Today’s shoot was with Teagan Paige again, and it was her last as she is leaving the UK next week, so I was glad to fit her in again before she leaves!

Here is a little peek of what we shot today! I had Basque & Glory send me a couple of cute sets (which I will also be self shooting soon) and we also did some images in the bath with flowers.

My last shoot with Teagan Paige was great fun, and we both went into it blind as I had been let down by another model last minute, and she was on hand to help me out!

Considering we had no idea of what we were going to shoot, we managed to pull together 4 looks which I ended up loving.

My favourite from the set has got to be with the chainmail hood. I have used this a few times now for shoots, and every shoot has come out so different. I think these are probably my favourites. The colours,the styling, the poses, they just all work so well together and created some strong beauty images.

I still have my Witcher cosplay shoot to finish, and I am also waiting on Charlotte’s selections from our shoot last weekend. I definitely have a lot to keep me going for a bit. I will also have a behind the scenes video from this shoot as well!

Next weekend I have plans to self shoot, and have 4 looks I wish to do. I will be shooting the 2 Basque & Glory sets I shot this weekend, plus 2 cosplay inspired looks.

Here is the little behind the scenes video from our previous shoot! I would really like to get a proper camera to film behind the scenes again like I used too, but for now they are just filmed on my Google Pixel. Music is by Absent Minds.

JL

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