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professional studio/photographer for a mature 'model' book in London, any reccomendations?

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YoniShapedLoveBox Mon 22-Apr-13 21:18:00


I am thinking about having some professional photos taken, with a good photographer, and create a book (model style iykwim) I want to avoid big busy studios and lots of people.
However I have few problems

1 - I am shy in front of strangers and hate posing
2 - My wardrobe is shit and I can't put clothes never mind accessories together so I would need to borrow stuff from someone who can help me create a look
3 - I am rubbish at styling my hair and doing my own make up so I would need someone to do it for me

4 - I don't have much money but don't mind paying a reasonable price if good results are guaranteed.

Has anyone ever done it or know who to recommend?

YoniShapedLoveBox Thu 25-Apr-13 08:23:40

ExRatty, thank you for the link. I was a bit nervous before clicking...but it is genuine help. Xx

garlicyoni Wed 24-Apr-13 22:50:08

YoniShapedLoveBox Wed 24-Apr-13 21:28:45
Great idea!

Bloody hell shock You mean we've got somewhere??!!

ExRatty Wed 24-Apr-13 22:41:44

What about these guys?

YoniShapedLoveBox Wed 24-Apr-13 21:28:45

Great idea!

garlicyoni Wed 24-Apr-13 19:02:05

This is becoming a groundhog thread, isn't it grin

OP, why not go to Morocco for your hols? Stay in a designer rhiad for a couple of nights and have lots of photos taken there smile

Fillyjonk75 Wed 24-Apr-13 16:56:41

Sounds like you might want a personal shopper/makeover then a photoshoot. I'm sure somewhere like Harvey Nichols could help with the first bit and may have recommendations for the rest.

LadyMountbatten Wed 24-Apr-13 16:36:20


BinksToEnlightenment Wed 24-Apr-13 07:44:19

Yeahhh, I think you guys were needlessly mean. This isn't AIBU.

We don't give each other shit here for asking for advice. The title of the damn thing is style and BEAUTY. Guess what that means? Guess what nearly all the posts are about?

YoniShapedLoveBox Wed 24-Apr-13 07:41:16

ok so just to settle the argument. One look that I really like for example is Moroccan. Why would I buy good quality moroccan style clothes to wear only once for a photo shoot? than there is the decor and background issues too. There are so many other looks I have in mind and I wanted to experiment with but I guess it is impossible then, unless I get into Britain's Next Top Model (hollow laugh).
The point of having the photos is just to have an album with me experimenting whith those looks, that is it. Maybe it's pointless for some, but I like the idea.
To answer other questions, I don't hate clothes, I just hate shopping and I have a very basic style which I'm happy with . I don't wear accessories. So maybe that's why I wanted some photos of me looking tottaly different and also the experience to have to pose and be confident in front of a professional photographer.

I'm from somewhere in South America, my English is ok, still working on it every day.

Geordieminx Wed 24-Apr-13 07:25:06

Oh the irony....


Fairyloo Wed 24-Apr-13 06:52:50

Geordieminx go back to AIBU

Fairyloo Wed 24-Apr-13 06:50:36

Totally unneeded responses

Total vipers I will be given exactly the same response to your next posts

Bunch of cunts

Geordieminx Wed 24-Apr-13 06:27:42

I apologise profusely and unreservedly to the people of Japan.

garlicyoni Tue 23-Apr-13 23:58:56

Geordie, I did wonder why you'd picked a smallish island nation. Perhaps that was the offending error?

noddyholder Tue 23-Apr-13 23:28:06


Geordieminx Tue 23-Apr-13 23:17:21

Oh FFS I got deleted too.

"An ego the size of Japan" is hardly a personal attack now really is it???


garlicyoni Tue 23-Apr-13 20:53:43

What a lovely reply, Ghastly smile
I hope it helps OP achieve her moon-shaped lollipop!

garlicyoni Tue 23-Apr-13 20:51:12

It's the high fashion thing, mainly, MrsCB. The OP seems to want pictures looking very different from her everyday presentation, without having to do anything to achieve the different look.

It's absurd to expect a studio to stock clothing for every possible customer requirement. Such a stock already exists - in shops. She could go to Harvey Nicks and get a flunkey to provide everything she says she wants - or, depending on budget, rope in various helpers to put her desired look together from economical sources. But she gets terribly cross at these suggestions.

Another idea might be to send a photo-manipulation service some photos of yourself, taken at home, with pictures of the look you want. If you were to provide the right sources, they might be able to do what you want.

It seems, though, OP, you want the 'photo manipulation' to happen in real life and don't like the fact it will take some effort on your part. Moon. Stick. Weird.

ThatGhastlyWoman Tue 23-Apr-13 20:47:36

^ Everything garlicyoni said. Although, I do see how you got your back up, and I do see that perhaps there has been some miscommunication going on, perhaps to do with language/cultural differences (although your English does seem extremely good).

MrsCampbell has made some excellent suggestions.

Can I suggest that perhaps you look for a portrait photographer who might be looking to add some new material to their portfolio, maybe send them some headshots and include some pictures of the sort of thing you are like/are looking for? Do let them know that you are willing to experiment and have some fun, and also to pay (within your budget).

Again, perhaps having a look at the website I linked to, or even contacting the Association direct. Also, there's the RPS, who may be able to steer you to a good amateur or semi-pro near you.

I hope you find what you are looking for, though honestly, it is a little hard to fathom what exactly that is! Good luck, and I for one am glad for a woman to be happy with her looks. More women should be- as well as with themselves in general.

<stepping away from the thread now>

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 23-Apr-13 20:41:50

I think nowadays we're so used to seeing celebs looking incredibly photo-shopped/styled that our own amateur shots look really dreadful in comparison.

I guess if I were beautiful (which I'm not) I may want a permanent record of how I looked in my prime wink

But I'd just get DH to take lots of photos and then delete all the ones where I look crap.

LadyMountbatten Tue 23-Apr-13 20:26:36

I don't see the point of the photos.

LadyMountbatten Tue 23-Apr-13 20:24:57

I too agree. The hate clothes thing is odd

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 23-Apr-13 20:13:20

There was a thing on woman's hour a few weeks back about women wanting 'boudoir shots' taken - its very popular.

I'm guessing you're after something a bit different though yoni.

Am intrigued as to why you don't want to buy nice clothes though? Perhaps you could break up exactly what you do want as not sure anyone is going to offer the full package unless you're Jennifer Aniston doing the cover of vogue.

So get a personal shopper to select you a few nice outfits. Go and get your hair sorted on the day, and make up if you want and then book a photographer separately.

YoniShapedLoveBox Tue 23-Apr-13 19:51:40

So maybe I am weird than.

littlepeas Tue 23-Apr-13 19:46:05

Very weird.

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