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Meet the Ladies – Makeover + Shoot Day #2

We had such a fun time on the 2nd Makeover + Shoot Day! If you are on my Facebook Page, you would have seen teasers go up over the past couple of weeks. Ceri, Amber and I had such varied looks to work with; a classic 40’s/50’s style, casual rocked up look, vintage gothic, alternative lingerie and a classy high fashion style shoot.

Here’s some of my favourite pictures from the day

They all look absolutely stunning! Wouldn’t you agree?!

I really do love to put on these Makeover Days, especially when I get to photograph some ladies that book, and it’s their first time in front of the camera for a professional shoot. To see the transformation and their confidence boost is one of my favourite things.

We will be running another one next year. Wow hasn’t time gone by! I will put an announcement up soon with a poster for the next Makeover + Shoot Day. You can join me on my Facebook Page as well. I’m bowled over to see it has hit over 3,500 “likes”. Thank you :)

Hope to meet some more of you next year!

Mx

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Published in Austria!

Wild at Heart clothing store opened on Halloween and is the first of its’ kind in Vienna, Austria, with over 4,000 square feet of alternative goodness (imagine Camden in North London).

Back in August, the owners flew over to London to shoot with me for the fashion campaign which involved all the store decor and promotion. They called in top London based alternative models Nina Kate, Hayley Leggs, Morrigan Hel, Dickie Smith and Shelly D’Inferno, and I used my great team on hair and makeup – Ceri Cushen and Stacey Frow (Stacey did makeup on Hayley & Dickie)

I hope to visit the store at some point and take some pictures. But in the mean time, here’s some quick snaps they have taken. I was stoked to see the displays bigger than I thought they would be!

(All snaps with credit to Wild at Heart, Vienna)

Large window displays of each of the models.

Huge canvas of Shelly D’Inferno and Morrigan Hel behind the till point

Various images on Swing Tags

Framed images throughout the store (Nina Kate & Shelly D’Inferno pictured)

Images on red canvases also around the store

Also on the flyer for their in-house tattoo and piercing parlour

And the images on the Torture Garden flyer,Vienna at Club 666 Hell-O-Wien.

Here’s a few of my favourite images from the photoshoot back in August (click to view larger)

Pretty cool huh?

Mx

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Cristina Scabbia collaborates with SCA!

I love it when I can finally share things that have been going on behind the scenes. This collaboration has been a few months in the making with emails and conversations. Finally we can share it.

Seventh Circle Artworks are now working with Lacuna Coil‘s front-woman Cristina Scabbia!

So exciting!

SCA have issued a press release with details of the collaboration. Cristina is excited to be on board and has already discussed great ideas for her collection; which will be the first SCA release for 2013, and taking on a more feminine style.

Cristina says, “I LOVE skulls but it would have to be something different, definitely not biker style but more classy…with balls!”

We met up with her before Lacuna Coil’s sold out show, in London’s KoKo venue, for her initial photo shoot – the decor and layout was perfect for her style; red & black, velvet and quilted leather. Very decadent.

(view from the desk during sound check)

The ‘Ace of Spades‘ ring is proving a popular design at the moment, as you would have read from my previous post with Pepper Keenan and the Down shoot. Cristina wears it in the above photo, but this one is actually hers (you will also be pleased to hear I have a replacement for my one that Pepper “borrowed” ;)).

SCA expect Cristina’s Colletion to be a great success, along with their previous female collaborations with Nina Kate (top alternative model & clothing designer) and her ‘Jane Doe’ Jewellery Collection and Tairrie B Murphy’s (vocalist from My Ruin) ‘Mi Ruina Por Vida’ rings.

(Alex Palmer – owner of SCA, with Cristina Scabbia)

There are also some other lovely ladies that we will be working with in the future, but that’s for another time ;)

Happy Halloween by the way! I’m off to carve my pumpkin now.

Mx

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Down – Year of XII Tour – London, UK

You know those moments when you can’t stop grinning?

That was me last night.

I was at the Roundhouse in Camden with Seventh Circle Artworks (SCA) shooting with both Down and their main support band Orange Goblin.

In my time of shooting shows, I have snapped Orange Goblin live maybe 3 or 4 times, so was really looking forward to actually meeting them in person for a brief promo shoot.

They were all quite happy despite not liking their pictures taken, just like many guys in bands I work with. They also joked about how all their promo pictures seem to be around or near a bar. After a couple of semi-serious poses I asked them to do something funny. The only thing they could come up with was to “punch Joe in the face!”

Ben is a towering 6ft 4 (at least), but a very friendly guy with it. And yes, I would have needed a step ladder to speak to him at eye level.

This is not a Marie’s eye view, but you get the idea on height ;)

Oh yeah, In case you were wondering about the killer shirt Ben is wearing, it’s the latest SCA shirt (designed by Chloe Pye).

Shortly after the shoot, the press area got a little hectic. Phil and Kirk were doing an interview, then Orange Goblin did an interview while Down were sound checking. When doing press there’s an awful lot of waiting…and waiting. We didn’t get bored though as the sound check was pretty cool, they even ran through a cool cover of Robin Trower’s called ‘Bridge of Sighs’ which Alex loved which eased the waiting a little more.

Then it was the Down shoot. Only 10 minutes until doors opened, they all surfaced and were ready to rock. Well, all expect Phil, who was watching the Saints game (apparently nothing would tear him away from his laptop screen – and I mean nothing!)

We were happy with Pat, Jimmy, Kirk and Pepper.

To backtrack a little, February last year we shot with Kirk when Crowbar were touring, as he had a custom NOLA Fleur de Lys ring which Alex had made. Word had spread to the rest of the band about SCA and their original hand crafted pieces for bands (which appealed to their love for Saint Vitus). Now almost all the band are now owning a Vitus piece from SCA.

Alex had some pieces already for them, but they were so into it all they wanted more. So Alex took most of his jewellery off too which they then wore for the shoot.

(Pat, Jimmy & Kirk loving the St Vitus pendants and ring)

Pepper wanted another ring but Alex didn’t have any more. I was wearing my Ace of Spades ring and mentioned it, but didn’t think it would fit him. Pepper flipped out over my ring and managed to squeeze it onto his little finger. Judging by his reaction I had a feeling I may not be seeing that ring again.

There was even time for a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with Alex (SCA) in the middle ;)

I think Pat won.

Fans were cheering outside (in the pouring rain) as they could see the guys doing the shoot through the huge glass windows. They all waved to them as they removed Alex’s jewellery and passed it back, saying thank you for a couple of their gifts and for the shoot. Pepper said that my Ace of Spades ring was apparently “stuck” on his little finger. He tried with all his strength to remove it. I was laughing so much that I had to take a picture of it.

He looked like Smeagol from Lord of the Rings!

Pepper ended up walking off with the My Precious on his little finger. He also wore it for the show.

I still went home with a smile on my face though, even if I was a little lighter in possessions.

Mx