Forest Hair

Photography: Richard Danter

Hair & Makeup: BettyBee

Model: Martine


This is the second of two shoots I did with BettyBee to show her hair and makeup expertise. I wrote about the first, Tribal Hair, a couple of weeks ago.

The theme for this shoot was the forest or woodlands.


I chose to use available light and reflectors, rather than flash, in order to keep the natural look and feel for the shoot. The only problem with this is that the leaves colour the light and this tends to leave a green tinge on the skin. Using flash would have given white light, but that could easily look artificial. I chose instead to correct the colour in post processing.


Working with both Martine and BettyBee was a real pleasure and I think the results made the hike up the hills well worth the effort.

If you are a hair stylist, makeup artist, designer or model and would like to organise a shoot to show your work then please feel free to contact me. Whether it is a studio shoot or out on location I’m sure we can organise something!

Take care



Introducing Isla



Meet Isla, my new niece. 🙂


As usual I carted a load of kit – we did the photos as Isla’s grandparents house – but all I really needed was one camera and one lens. We borrowed one of her blankets for a background and used it to cover the sofa. Using her own blanket helped as it had a familiar feel and smell, making her feel at home and comfortable.


Wasn’t sure if I was going to need flash so I took a couple of lights and stands and all the other bits and pieces, but in the end the window light was just perfect, so everything was left unpacked. Bet I’d have needed it all though if I hadn’t taken it along!

Loving the B&W too, I seem to be drawn more and more to black and white photos lately. Perhaps it is all the old photos I keep looking at.

Take care,


Tribal Hair

Photography: Richard Danter

Hair & Makeup: BettyBee

Model: Libby


This is the first of two recent shoots with BettyBee to showcase her hair styling. In this instance our model was Libby with a tribal design. We were working with natural light, just before sunset, at a small lake near Petersfield. What I liked most about the location was that we were surrounded by trees. Not quite the jungles of Borneo, but a lot easier to get to!


This was actually the very first time Libby had done any modelling, but I think she did a great job and was a real pleasure to work with. I’d love to have the opportunity to work with her again.

BettyBee took on double duty as my assistant, holding a reflector when needed, as well as looking after Libby’s hair, makeup and wardrobe. We also worked together on the planning of the shots to ensure we had everything she wanted for her portfolio.


This last shot was actually taken early on and I think it is one of my favourites. I like the sun flare, which is usually something to be avoided, and the rich colours. It almost looks like a studio shot.

Look out for part two coming soon.