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Mud and Maidens calendar 2012

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Well, I know we’re only just getting rolling into 2011 but we need to start planning for the Mud and Maidens calendar for next year. We’re planning on shooting it in July or August to get the benefit of warm days and longer daylight hours.

Location has yet to be decided upon and we’re seriously considering making it a weekend event so camping will be available and we’ll have a big BBQ and some beverages on the Saturday night and shoot both Saturday and Sunday.

It will involve Land Rovers again and most likely some mud/water/dirt so be prepared to get messy.

If you are interested in putting your name down to model, or if you have a vehicle of interest that may suit please email me at:


and I will keep you up to date on the proceedings.

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A little different

Oh wow, I really should get off my amply padded rear and keep this blog up to date a bit more often.

Recently I was commissioned to find a model and do a shoot for a client. Nothing really unusual there but this client was Land Rover World and along with the other magazines for the marque, they don’t usually employ models. Not unless they have the word Corgi stamped on them somewhere anyway.

I put out the casting an handed the short-list to the editor who made a decision. The brief, able to do own hair and make-up and able to produce some fun, cheeky looks.

The lovely Nona Nightmare was the chosen model for the shoot and she met me at a McDonalds close to the off road site in Bradford on a fresh, overcast Saturday morning.

We made our way to the site and met up with Simon, the editor of LRW and Brendan and Barbara, the owners of 4×4 Overlander and suppliers of two of the vehicles for the day.

Whilst I won’t go into the depths of what was covered in the shoot or the products on test, you’ll have to buy June’s LRW to find out and see more, I can say we all had a great day, Nona was a star and we beat the rain by about half an hour so all was good.

The lovely and cold temperature-defeating, Nona Nightmare

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And my hands are still stained red

Yesterday was a messy shoot day. The lovely Fenrah and I set off to Westgate Studios in Long Eaton for a few hours involving body paint and a shower (Westgate has a ‘wet set’). A warm welcome was extended from Chris at Westgate and I thank him for his hospitality, a great studio should you even need one. We were also joined by the lunatic that is known as James Rose and the talented Sarah Jane York whom were doing their own thing.

Whilst due to nudity I can’t currently put many of the images on here, I have uploaded a few to viewed. Now Fen done the majority of the painting herself in a mirror, a talent in itself, only requiring my assistance to paint her ‘painting arm’ and he back. My artwork was not as refined as hers unfortunately but I feel it did the trick.

As a result of yesterday’s shoot we now have a number of cunning plans to follow, some involving just paint and others including latex, prosthetics and scales so watch this space.

Stunning 'mirror' work.

Amazing self painting by Fen

My handy work

Following through the design

Close up face paint

Eye contact

JD and Sarah

James and Sarah, out-taken

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The Pit

On Saturday I attended a shoot to which I had been previously invited. Now I often avoid open group shoots as there are usually too many cooks and too much ego for the studio but I thought as this was invite only it was worth a shot. And, as a departure from the ‘normal’ group shoot, this was not held in a studio but in a pub and I had been invited to the shoot by the lovely Evie Wolfe.

Now a shoot in a pub was an excellent idea. We would commence at 9am before the pub opened at lunchtime. However this was no ordinary pub. This was the Pit and Pendulum in Nottingham. Now I had been aware of what is known colloquially as ‘The Pit’ but even though I had walked past many times, usually on a shoot, I had never ventured inside. What a mistake. It is a fabulous place. Gothic in design and atmosphere with faux bookcases in the walls, alcoves, chains, and all manner of scientific apparatus decorating the ceilings and walls. If you can imagine how the Hammer Film Company would design a pub interior, you’re probably close to the mark.

So, we had the run of the bars for the morning and then in the afternoon (once the pub was open) we were allowed use of the rooms over the pub to continue the shoot. Now I say rooms but large studios would be a better description if ever there were one. Loads of natural light and ample space.

The first part of the plan for the day was to shoot some of the models in latex clothing designed by a local designer. I was able to shoot the lovely and feisty welshwoman Fenrah, my favourite mad fish Nemo and then someone I hadn’t met before, the lovely, flame haired Toxic Angel, before we moved upstairs for part two of the plan.

Part two was to shoot different girls portraying each of the seven deadly sins and four talented male models as the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Excellent. The temperature was freezing, literally and the rooms had no heating so time and warmth were of the essence but we managed most of what we set out to do and a huge round of applause goes out to the girls and guys for their tolerance of the cold. Having experienced freezing in my underwear for charity in October I can more than empathise with them. During this part of the shoot I had the pleasure of working with all those named above already (Nemo, Evie, Toxic Angel and Fenrah) as well as, the gorgeous Miss Abyss, the stunning Lubyluw and the unmistakable Fiery Phoenix. The men that deserve a mention were, the awesome Jack, the new but very talented Anthony, the classic looking Sam and the endless expression Valen.

Top marks also must go to Fenrah for some amazing make up effects.

Anyway, below are a selection of the images from the day, more can currently be seen here and I would just like to say a big thanks to those that organised it and can’t wait for the next one. I must also extend a thank you to my helper for the day, the very keen to learn, Caitlin Sumner.

Lubyluw and Sam

Pestilence (Sam) and Lubyluw

Evie and Jack

Death (Jack) and Evie

Anthony, Toxic Angel and Miss Abyss

Famine (Anthony) captures Toxic Angel and Miss Abyss

Fiery Phoenix, Nemo, Lubyluw, Fenrah, Valen and Sam

Lust (Fiery Phoenix) and her concubines


The most gorgeous fish I know, Nemo

The Welsh wonder, Fenrah

The beautiful Fenrah

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A new year is almost upon us

Well 2011 is almost upon us. I guess it’s time to reflect on 2010. How was it for you? Whatever your answer, good or bad, I sincerely hope that 2011 is better. From a photographic perspective my year has been pretty good though quiet-ish in the last month or so due to other things needing my attention. I am already looking forward to a number of projects next year and will be working with some amazing people. Some for the first time, others for the second, third or more.

Below is a short gallery of some of this years work, I hope you enjoy.


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Bizarre Ultra Vixens

For those of you that are not aware. Bizarre magazine hold a monthly contest for unknown models and non-models to enter and become that month’s Ultra Vixen. At the end of the year another vote takes place to find the overall winner from the monthly victors who wins the most coveted prize to appear in an issue of the magazine and on the cover of a special subscribers issue.

Last years winner was the stunning and delightful Gypsy Rhodes who I have had the pleasure of working with on a number of occasions this past year. She is a worthy person to win the prize and is most humble with it.

Gypsy Rhodes

Gypsy Rhodes

This year I would like to put a good word in for the lovely Mollie Hellcat. Whilst there are many worthy girls in this year’s contest, I have worked with Mollie a couple of times as well as had many a discussion with her so I am a little biased. Please take a look at the Ultra Vixens contest page and place a vote. You need to join up but it’s totally free and you don’t get constantly spammed by unwanted email so you have nothing to lose. If you choose to vote for another of the girls then that is obviously your choice and I wish her luck, as I do all the entrants this year.

Mollie Hellcat

Mollie doing some good work for charity

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Introducing the page sliders

I thought I would take a moment to introduce you to the images in the page sliders at the top of this website. Firstly, the sliders are part of the ‘sliding door’ wordpress theme created by Wayne Connor so all due credit to him.

Now my slider images……..

1. Sarah-Jane Blackner

Sarah-Jane is a very talented,  stunning model that I have worked with a couple of times. The image used in the slider is actually the reverse of the original as otherwise, only her legs, lovely as they are, would show when the slider was closed. This was taken during her progress from black hair through to platinum blonde and shot in Nottingham.

Sarah-Jane Blackner

Sarah-Jane, the right way round

2. Woolvestone Marina

This image was taken in August 2010 during a sailing trip which had us spend two nights just outside Ipswich in Woolvestone Marina, located on the River Orwell. The image was a tripod mounted long exposure, with a time of 30 seconds. I couldn’t use a longer exposure having left the camera’s remote shutter release at home.

Woolvestone Marina on the River Orwell

30 seconds of the River Orwell

3. Little Red Riding Psychopath

This was a shoot for which I suffered. The lovely Gypsy Rhodes and I shot this in a wood within Whisby Nature Park just outside Lincoln. The suffering to which I refer to was in the inordinate number of insect bite which I endured that day. Gypsy, luckily, was not bitten. Not once. Not a nip.

Anyway, the shoot featured a disgruntled Little Red Riding Hood, post killing spree. Images from the shoot as a whole will appear in the gallery soon.

Little Red Psychopath

Gypsy-Only a little psychotic

4. Team Chaos

My connections with the fundraisers known as Team Chaos go back a few years now. I shall dedicate a post to them on the Team Chaos page soon. This shot was taken at 2am at the Land Rover Owner Peterborough show in September 2010. It is my longest exposure to date, being 15 minutes in duration using an ‘big stopper’ filter to lower the exposure time by ten stops. My biggest fear when taking it was that a car with headlights on would drive past. Luckily, none did though the bright light you can see in the right hand side was someone in the distance with a torch. Incidentally, stars begin to ‘trail’ on exposures over 30 seconds as the planet rotates.

Team Chaos' Discovery by night

Watching the universe pass by

5. Stevi-Marie

Zombies galore. Well, maybe not but Stevi was a blood coated zombie during a group shoot back in March with Perfect Storm Models. For those wondering, the ‘blood’ was in fact domestic honey with a lot of food colouring. It was incredibly sticky and staining. Hence I now keep a litre of stage blood in my make up box for any future occasions that demand ‘blood’.


She's coming for you...

6. Champ de Mars, Paris

This is a dusk view, south-east from the top deck of the Eiffel Tower. The Champ de Mars is a large public ‘greenspace’  between the Eiffel Tower and the Ecole Militaire. I shall wax lyrical about the Tower itself in a future post as it was a very profound visit.

Champ de Mars

Champ de Mars from over 900ft

7. Autsin Healey

This last slider was merely a stunningly, nut and bolt restored, Austin Healey that I saw outside a pub I had just had lunch in. I desaturated the image and added a vignette to give it an aged feel.

Restored beauty

Beautifully restored classic

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Another blatant sales pitch

I know, two charity pitches in a day. Well, a stunning model and friend of mine, Gypsy Rhodes, who appears in the Macmillan calendar as in the earlier post, and also in the gallery image in the sliders at the top of this page, has again produced a charity calendar purely of new images of her. The proceeds of which go to aid the Sophie Lancaster Foundation which is a very good cause. Sophie, if you don’t already know was beaten to death defending her boyfriend in an attack in 2007, purely for looking alternative. Please visit the site and buy a second calendar (as you have already bought the Macmillan/Team Chaos one).

Gypsy Rhodes 2011

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Time to be more proactive I think

Well after brushing the dust off this blog I have decided to (attempt) to be more proactive in keeping it up to date.

So first a sales pitch. I was recently involved (under the Anwick Photography banner) in the production of a charity calendar to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. This was in partnership with my good friend Colin Batchelor of Team Chaos fame and the wonderful people from Toxic Epitome, along with 13 of the most hardy alternative models in the area, three other photographers, a national magazine and a mixed motley crew of Land Rover enthusiasts.

The shoot took place in a Lincolnshire quarry at the end of October and was, cold, hard work, but a lot of fun. The finished A3 product is now on sale and can be purchased from the Toxic site mentioned above. ALL the proceeds go to the charity, only the costs of the printing and postage are being deducted, hence, for the £12 cost of the calendar, at least £5 goes to the charity.

Thanks must also go to the kind companies that were generous enough to sponsor a page each (well 11 pages between them) and add to the total charity fund.

They were,

Nene Overland

Roofright glass fibre specialists, Boston.

Free Spirit 4×4


Ashcroft Transmissions

Flatdog UK

Patterson Electronics


Autoland 4×4 Service

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Anyway, please buy a copy (or three) as it’s for a very good cause.

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