MCM Comic Con!

I have been really ill the last couple of weeks, so I haven’t had it in me to update here or do much in all honesty.

I did however manage to get somewhat well enough to attend MCM Comic Con on Saturday. I have had this planned for a while, and it was a close call as to whether I would be able to attend, but Friday I started to feel better and that I was well enough to go. I didn’t go for the whole day, and I didn’t have it in me to go on Sunday as well.

I haven’t been to a convention since 2018. They were something I loved attending (and still do to a point) but I was getting increasingly fed up with the lack of etiquette that has developed with new photographers attending (and I should add, quite a lot of these are just men with cameras, not photographers). This put me off from attending anymore, which was a shame as I loved seeing & photographing people’s cosplays.

I decided to take my new Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed lights with me, so I could finally try them out of the studio and on location somewhere. I ended up being advised about a cool spot in the carpark of the Excel, and this is where I ended up doing my photos. Away from all the hustle & bustle of the crowds that form around the tree area.

I am really pleased with how these came out, and I didn’t shoot as much as I usually would at a convention, but actually preferred that from an edit perspective, and I was more keen on shooting cosplays I know & like/have interest in.

I hope to be attending in October, and see what cosplays I can photograph then!

Until then, make sure to check out the gallery below!

JL x

Credits: Louis & Lestat: Beyond Believing & Opal Ink Cosplay | Nathan Drake: Lying Cat Cosplay | Cammy Killer Bee: Lucid Belle Cosplay | Catwoman: Leora NYX


It is Known - Femme Rebelle Magazine

It is July, and I can finally share with the images I shot back at the end of May with the awesome Halatirno

The reason it has taken so long is because I submitted them to Femme Rebelle Magazine, as I was so proud of this shoot and what Gulli and I had created. She made the gorgeous blue dress you see, plus the grey accessories to go with it. I was kindly sent the Scalemail accessories from the talented designer It Is Known all the way from New York. She had approached me about a collaboration, and I did not even need to hesitate as her work is gorgeous. I was also sent the beautiful crown by Pretty Peculiar, which went well with the whole outfit.

Make sure to check out the full issue, but below is the tearsheets featuring our images.

I really love how these shots in the green dress & gold headpiece from Pretty Peculiar came out. These were not submitted, as they didn’t feature the scalemaile, and it was a last look we did just to end our day of shooting. 

Below, you can find the rest of the images from this shoot. I shot quite a bit, and wanted to showcase Guillis blue dress as best as I could, especially as she had made it so it was customisable, and bits could be removed or moved around to style it differently.

If you look even further down, you can find a little behind the scenes video I did from the day.

Make sure to give everyone I mentioned a follow across social media 🙂

JL

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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


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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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!