Katie Stainer Jewellery

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I really enjoy collaborating with talented individuals; designers, makeup artists, models. I love to see how others look at the world, and to be inspired by them, and hopefully, I inspire them in turn, and if I see evidence of that, it’s just the best feeling.

This particular shoot was focused around the jewellery and accessories of the amazingly talented Katie Stainer, whose portfolio and online shop can be found here. I’ve always adored origami, though my skills in that area are limited to cranes and boxes, and the occasional fox, so you can imagine my envy to see Katie’s beautifully folded, waterproof jewellery, all made from vintage books and decorative paper. After far too long admiring her collection, we turned our attention to the task at hand.

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Katie is a very down-to-earth character, the sort of person who nonchalantly folds a book into a headpiece as a spontaneous photograph idea that one of us threw out there, chatting about her favourite novels and TV shows as she did so. Therefore, she wanted equally down-to-earth images, free of over-edited, perfected models who had been pinched in, smoothed out, polished and slicked to perfection. Therefore, we chose to work with Tasha, a girl who is naturally stunning in her own right.

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Our studio was makeshift, but wonderful, consisting of draped fabric pinned to the wall, alongside a wall of glass that allowed plenty of natural sunlight. While lately I have found that I spend more and more time in a studio space, I always try to find a space with large windows such as this one; I will always prefer the use of natural sunlight over makeshift lighting any day, and even when I do find myself turning to Profoto or Lasolite or Bowens for a helping hand, I try my best to recreate sunlight as closely as possible… unless I’m going for something completely dramatic, of course, such as during this shoot.

To top off the shoot, Katie was kind enough to give both myself and our team a necklace each from her collection, which I took as a sign that she was definitely happy with how our shoot turned out in the end.

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Rhea Clements: AW12

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Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to work with the very talented Rhea Clements. Rhea is a Nottingham-based jewellery and accessories designer who specialises in knitwear. She asked me to photograph her gorgeous latest collection for her (I was especially fond of the necklace above… I may have to treat myself), ready for autumn, and of course, I was happy to oblige. After some discussion, we established that she wished for a theme of ‘war paint’ and warriors.

The makeup involved was really quite extraordinary, and required two hours of work from both a makeup artist and body paint artist, collaborating together. I dread to think just how much black body paint was used to achieve this look. It was all worth it, as the look gave the final images a really edgy, powerful look to them, which, luckily, Rhea loved.

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