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!