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I hope this post finds you all well!

LIMITLESS is a shoot that I did with an amazing team. No-one had worked with our model Angela Kajo from PRM Models before and we then had two separate teams combined to create the shoot. The two teams were duo Adena Phillips, creative director, and Matthew John, photographer, with our trio of Sarah Mulindwa, wardrobe stylist, Abbie May Hopkins, makeup artist and myself on hair.

We wanted to do a high end glossy shoot and we felt that the City of London hasn’t really been shot in the way that we could, so we opted for Aldgate where it has quite a modern landscape.

We were contemplating on shooting outside but the famous British weather was dismal in the morning, so we shot inside. This being a test shoot, meaning it wasn’t commissioned by a magazine, we all had to work very well together with what was the first look to the last look in all aspects, hair, makeup, clothes, the posing and where the shots were going to be taken.

For my part, I had to be in strong communication with Abbie and Sarah as I needed to know what the clothes were for me to design the hair around the look. Abbie usually asks me what I’m doing to the hair and then I usually say “what is she wearing?” so Sarah usually takes the lead. In this case… thats exactly what happened. There were so many pieces that I wanted to take home from wardrobe if I was a few sizes smaller, I definitely would have. Here is a picture of some of the accessories and the second look.

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To do a successful shoot, we needed to have minimum 5 looks as no magazine will class any less as a story. I did 3 hairstyles, two ponytails and one high bun. From the first look the eyes were very strong as we wanted to bring across a strong city woman so it was only right that the hair was away from the face.

Sarah supplied an amazing mack from Dabra London, so when the weather had a break of sun, we rushed outside before it started raining cats and dogs again!

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I always find it funny when shooting on location as people are always fascinated with what goes on behind the scenes. Like in the two above shots, myself and Adena were holding up a reflector quite close to Angela to get the right light! So as a picture can tell a thousand stories, there a few thousand stories that stay untold.

We were very happy when Huf Magazine picked up the story as it isn’t  always a guarantee to get a submission. Please follow the link to see the full story and I will soon put up some pictures that haven’t been published on my portfolio page

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Until next time

Peace and Love Always

http://hufmagazine.com/limitless-photography-matthew-john-huf-magazine/