My commercial work has covered a wide range of concepts, from everyday hair and make-up for regular commercial projects, through to more creatively challenging work, including modern fashion hair and make up design for clients such as clothing brands and hairdressers. Photographic projects are especially enjoyable for me as I love to be involved, and these projects sometimes allow for me to help out with clothes or set styling, which adds even more variety and creativity to my work.
I also have experience of working in the field of film and television working on soaps, documentaries, commercials and occasionally film. This area of work does tend to be secondary to my photographic work, simply due to the nature of Television contracts requiring longer blocks. However, I am lucky enough to have friends and colleagues in these areas, who call on me for ‘daily’ work and shorter periods, which keeps my skills and product knowledge updated.
Around 5 years into my freelance commercial career, through meeting various photographers and models over the years, I was recommended to a client with a wholesale fancy dress company. Expecting this to be the usual one off or at most once or twice a year commercial job, I arrived and carried out a variety of looks including devils, vamps and vampires through to bunny girls and wild animals (!) However, this was just the beginning. With the combination of my flexibility of ideas and willingness to create and improvise, this one day has lead to a whole career path that I could never have imagined would become almost ‘every day’ and ‘normal’ for me. Over the 10 years I have been involved with this area of work I have been heavily involved not just with the hair and make-up aspect but that of wigs, costume, concept development and anything else that arises! This has proven to be enjoyable and challenging, which is shown by the quality of the images now produced for this project, which have gone from basic catalogue work to creative scene setting.