Let There Be Light

I love natural day light I don’t think you can beat it, unfortunately we don’t get enough sunshine in the U.K.  So grab it when you can. This shoot which was shot by Efi Zachou started in the studio but moved outside as the light was so good. The story has a mix of outdoor and studio shots.

Styled by my good friend Peter Breen; using fabulous clothes from Machine – a, London’s uber cool fashion installation boutique.

It took me a long time to crimp Melina’s hair but I think it was worth it!

Let me know what you think??

Yoga Bunny

My very good friend Peter Breen is off to shoot a very glamorous Yoga video in the south of France unfortunately I am unable to go with him to do the male grooming so here are my tips for keeping protected, gorgeous and shiny in the sun….

1. Apply a high factor suncreen Lancaster sun sport multi zone cream stick in spf 30 £20 will be perfect for the face.

2.Cover the entire body in Lancaster sun sport multi protection express mist spf 30 £20. Make sure the sunscreen is applied at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun this gives the product chance to sink in.

Both of these products are water and sweat resistant as it will be very hot and the yoga master will be working very hard.

3.A little bit of concealing will be required to cover any imperfections so after applying the sunscreen and letting it settle in to the skin, this can be done with Laura Mercier Camouflage concealer as it is durable and long lasting.

4. To keep the concealer in place I would spritz final seal by Ben Nye to keep the concealer in place powder isn’t going to work!

5. The look of the video is super sexy and shiny so to finish liberally spritz Lancaster satin bronze dry oil spf6 all over the body this may need to be done several times during the shoot, this product also enhances the tan…

6. I would also suggest reapplying the factor 30 half way through the day even if it means having to shower and start the whole process again….It’s just to make sure the yoga teacher is fully protected throughout the day as too much sun can be devastating!

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Have a great shoot!!

New Work

These shots are from the shoot I organised at my house.

Photography Peter T Breen Hair Marc Ramos Stylist Lucy Kebell Make up Victoria Bond (me) Model Shannon @ Select.

I think Shannon did exceptionally well as that was her first shoot she has a lovely, vulnerable, innocent air a very delicate beauty….

Do let me know your thoughts….

The Real Madonna

I am a big Madonna fan I think she is amazing.  She is now in her fifties  but she still rocks it big time… I have just come across unretouched pictures of her from the Louis Vuitton campaign first of all I think she looks fine unretouched and secondly I don’t have a problem with retouching. If you are selling a product whether its make up or a car the best version of this needs to be projected to the public, especially in fashion you are selling a fantasy an ideal.

I think there is a fine line with retouching over retouching just starts to look wrong but done well its fab. For an icon like Madonna image is everything so she wants to present to the world the best version of her the version that will sell Vuitton! I had my wedding pictures retouched and I have to say they look amazing!

Unretouched                                                                 Retouched

My Wedding Pic retouched

Vanity? Not for me I hate my picture being taken and I hate the results but I have 200 photographs that I love. I think it helped that I had noted fashion photographer Peter Breen taking them who managed to find my angle see above!

Ruby the Movie

I couldn’t resist posting this little film produced by my best friend Peter T Breen and starring my beloved dog Ruby. Pete has used all of the out takes from the light series fashion film we worked on last week, I’m sure you will all agree Ruby is a star!! The only problem is since the making of this film Ruby won’t leave the house without full Chanel Pro luminere coverage, contouring and three sets of eyelashes thank god I’m on maternity leave or she would never get walked. I have been up since 6am separating the blue M&M’s!

The Great Outdoors

After getting some amazing footage and stills in the Mess we decide to venture outside to complete the shoot. Bring on Ruby the beaded wally it’s her time, it’s her moment I am very excited I have always known she was a star…

It’s cold but Shannon and Lucie really pull it out the bag and look fantastic despite the drop in temperature. Ruby does her thing and really enjoys her moment well she thinks its a really fun game chasing girls around a field!

Pete really  gets the best out of the girls it’s 9pm when we finally call it a day. I have to say I am relieved as I am tired and hungry carrying all that extra weight gets to you and I still have to clean up at home, the make up won’t put itself away and brushes don’t clean themselves!!

It was a great day and I can’t wait to see the results of Mr Breen’s genius.

The Photographer

It’s Saturday and the weather is touch and go raining then shinning to think for the last two weeks its been constant sunshine…..which inspired the shoot… Pete finally arrives at Didcot train station so I go and pick him up as I live in a rural area public transport isn’t good and cars are a necessity! I don’t think Didcot has ever seen anything like Mr Breen before and as usual he causes quite a stir dressed head to toe in black bar a fur coat with hair bigger than the Eiffel tower he trots over to my car with all his equipment for tomorrow.

We have known each other a long time and Pete is one of my oldest and most dearest friends. ‘Weather’ I say ‘I know’ Pete says we need a back up plan… I have been thinking that this might be an issue so I suggest we use the Officers Mess which is an interesting backdrop, it’s old fashioned and quite baroque but has rather beautiful opulent wallpaper (you wouldn’t want it in your house) The place has angles that’s all you need to know.

I decide to take Pete to Swyncombe wood as a possible out door location as it’s sheltered and quite beautiful. Pete has already mentioned that he would like to shoot in a field full of rapeseed and as luck would have it the wood is surrounded by said fields. Pete is really impressed and assumes I planned this. Pete takes some shots and is really inspired he gets me to ‘model’ I look a complete idiot and very pregnant, its hard to do whimsical when your thirty four months gone.  So I bound around the wood like a fairy elephant lets hope the models have a little more elegance than me!

So we have our outdoor location now we need a back up plan an indoor location…To the mess…actually the mess turns out to be amazing with lots of natural light beautiful, we both feel a little better about the shoot now as we do have a plan B!