2016 was a great year shooting high end campaigns worldwide for new & existing clients
I was lucky to shoot in incredible locations abroad and work with some fab clients both commercial and editorial
I ended 2016 shooting for HELLO! Magazine, a drinks campaign on the coast for brand Twisted Halo & lookbook for Fever London. With this busy run up to Christmas, I didnt have a second to blog on here but you can see behind the scenes of my shoots on my Instagram page @TorySmithPhoto
I am back I can say is that I am super excited for 2017!
Starting with new work “Shades of Beige” shot for Flanelle Magazine. Link to editorial and images below:
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2016 was a great year shooting high end campaigns worldwide for new & existing clients
Work published twice this month! First in City A.M’s Bespoke Magazine, given out on London Underground & on the cover on Professional Beauty Magazine
Its always great seeing my work in print & even more exciting on the cover! In addition to having my work featured on the cover there is an exclusive cover feature on the shoot. See below the cover story explaining ideas, behind the scene insite to the shoot:
The perfect team, lots of colour & creativity are always key when storyboarding my shoot ideas. With the concept ‘Beauty Redefined’ in mind, I wanted to create a recognisable unique style and keep the shots fresh with lighting & composition
Illustration was used to accentuate the makeup and nails, adding an abstract edge to the photos. Was great working with illustrator Ben to bring the 60’s style to life with a sense of movement
Working closely with Mel & Meg to bring fresh creative ideas was great! As always, having a great team & fab model makes the shoot, thanks everyone!
As a creative team, myself, Tory & Meg wanted to take this trend and give it a sixties twist. Inspirations discussed varied from Twiggy to Lichtenstein and Paul Klee. We wanted to create a really strong range of images using just lines, dots and monochrome colours.
For this beauty story I really wanted to keep the full focus on the eyes, playing with shapes and textures to really play up and change the look of the eyes using only monochrome colours.
For the makeup I used varying products to create different shapes and textures on the eyes, kohl pencils, liquids, creams and powder liners and shadows from Mac Cosmetics. I wanted the lashes to really have that 60s over the top clumpy look, I used loads of mascara and Ardell Lashes.
To keep the focus on the eyes I kept the skin soft and flawless with soft contouring to really enhance to angles played with on the eyes. Lips were also kept neutral with a barely there nude and slight sheen using Embryolisse Baume Secours.
Nail Tech Comment:
Communication between artists is very important when we shoot editorials. As a nail artist, I often have to turn up to the shoot day, unfortunately without any details on what the shoot is about.
What I love about working with Tory and Mel is that we share our ideas a good few days before the shoot day and constantly update ourselves with the direction of the shoot.
In this story, nail art trends this summer, the design I wanted to experiment on editorials and Mel’s makeup idea matched perfectly.
After exchanging some references, it is so good to hear ” no worries, you do whatever you want” at the shoot. I needed to overlay 2 shades of pink to best match Mel’s makeup and the model’s skin tone. Everything was straight forward, the way they edited the images had a bit of twist, I love them.
Photographer: Tory Smith
Illustration: Ben Ramasami
Makeup & Hair: Melanie Brown using Nars & Embryolisse
Nails: Megumi Mizuno
Model: Viosa @ Zone Models
Here are images from the shoot, including the cover story:
When people ask me ‘What has been your favourite shoot ever’? (which is a super tough question, as all so different in many amazing ways!), I often talk a lot about my editorial work. I guess its because I LOVE seeing my work in print, on the selves in WhSmith’s & other retailers
Not only was I excited about seeing my work in print for this shoot; for City AM’s luxury magazine ‘Bespoke’ BUT seeing it being distributed to thousands of readers throughout London! It was given out across London underground stations along with the City AM newspaper. It felt so amazing to see everyone reading copies and seeing my work on their morning commute to work!
This editorial SHAKE IT! aims to capture a nostalgic 80s feel with current fashion trends of bomber jackets, tassels and caps. Shooting in Southend at American style diner, the arcades & fairground were key to encapsulate the feel of the story. As always working with a great team & model who understands my vision is super important
Here is link to my work. The online version of Bespoke, issue 36 (from page 42 onwards): http://www.cityam.com/assets/uploads/pdf/bespoke/bespoke-issue-36.pdf
See below final images that were published:
Shooting in Spain twice this summer has been my absolute highlight. My first shoot there for HELLO! Magazine with Jessica Knowles
Over 3 days, I was commissioned to direct & shoot a fashion editorial in the most incredible areas of Spain starting in Malaga through to Cordoba and ending in Granada!
We were given the most amazing tour by Gary who runs www.tourandalucia.co.uk. The first stop was Teba Castle, a historic site with out of this world views! Here I took some panoramic images of Jessica against the vast Spanish backdrop. We then drove to the Ardales lake, known as the Spanish lake district with the most incredible bright blue waters. The dream location for any shoot! Casas de la Juderia in the old Jewish quarter of Cordoba was another one of my favourite shoot locations. Here we shot some great swimwear & spanish looks
Check out blog written by Jessica with more on the shoot http://blog.hellomagazine.com/jessicaknowles/2016/06/the-ultimate-weekend-in-andalucia/
Here are some behind the scene images & final shots:
A few of my favourite final shots:
I finally found a moment to write a blogpost on the plane back from Spain yesterday after shooting out there for Hello! Magazine. The last couple of months sure have been crazy with shoots & production, hence being quiet on the blog front!
Reflecting on my recent shoots, experiences & journey, I’ve been lucky to shoot at the most amazing locations across the UK & Europe.
Starting down in Newquay to shoot for Surfgirl magazine, I was booked to shoot a summery surf story on Little Fistral Beach with ‘Lily’ the camper van! I love Newquay & the laid-back lifestyle so was excited to shoot a sun-kissed story for them
On set, ‘Lily’ the camper van (booked from the Cornwall Camper Van Company) sure brought character & colour to the shoot as well as sheltering us from the coastal winds!
Surfgirl magazine is all about spending time on the beaches and hitting the surf so using Lily as a prop & shooting the models inside the van enabled me to tell more of a story throughout the editorial
Loved shooting for such a great magazine & seeing my work in print! Was fun working with fab team & models. Here are some of the images from the shoot out now in Issue 55!
In my next blogposts I will be talking about my recent shoots in Portugal & Spain. ……Watch this space! You can also see behind the scene action from these shoots on my Instagram page: @Torysmithphoto
March & April Madness…! What an amazing couple of months of shoots & great shoot locations
From shooting country-wear for Holland Cooper, (their campaign for Harrods) to shooting on the sunny coast for Surfgirl Magazine in Newquay, I’ve been lucky to work at great locations with lovely people. I will be uploading behind the scene footage from these shoots soon along with images from other notable shoots!
It’s also another year for shooting abroad Will be off to Spain and Portugal in May & June
Check out amazing ‘behind the scenes’ video of my Holland Cooper Shoot by Richard Wakefield:
So far 2016 has been a busy & had great news to start the new year!
Hearing both my London & New York picture agencies distributing & selling my work worldwide!
One of my personal images was sold & published by New York publisher Knopf Doubleday and used on the front cover of book “Mothering Sunday” by author Graham Swift. Always great seeing my work in print and look forward to seeing it on the cover soon. Hardback out in April
A little peek….
More exciting blog posts coming soon with update on upcoming shoots & productions abroad!
2015 was an amazing year of lots of new clients, more travel and great opportunities. Was lucky to shoot in the most incredible locations both in the UK & abroad.
My highlights? Its tough as so many great shoots but to list a few: Shooting in Morocco for great brands such as Aftershock, Ottaman Hands, Jeepers Peepers, photographing pieces for Revival Retro in Barcelona and shooting bridal campaign for Elmore Court in Gloucestershire
Excited for 2016, upcoming shoots & new business ventures. Watch this space!
Here are some my images from various shoots from 2015:
To view full set of images see fashion & beauty section of my website
As winter crept up, dark nights rolled in… I began thinking about my amazing summery shoots abroad..
I was lucky to shoot at the most stunning locations in both Morocco & Barcelona for clients this year! …and If you didnt have a chance to read previous blogpost or see the ‘behind the scenes’ video on shoot in Morocco, you can still have a quick peek in the blog thread
Like Marrakech, Barcelona is also one of my favourite cities AND shooting at dream location Almiral de la Font manor house for my lovely client Revival Retro couldn’t have been a better shoot!
Located just outside of Barcelona up on a hillside with infinity pool surrounded by mountain views was incredible! A perfect location for shooting different campaign looks for AW15 & SS16!
Loved being creative with the light to achieve the different campaign looks. My favourite; the glam poolside look at sunrise & the autumn look on roof terrace at sunset.
As always, I love working with Revival Retro & shooting their beautiful pieces. Was great to shoot for them in Barcelona. A super fun experience with lots of breaks in the pool, amazing food & good company with fab team and models!
Here are a few behind the scene pictures from my assistant Michelle:
Hope you enjoyed my previous september blogpost about my summer shoots abroad! One of them in Morocco!
See below behind the scenes video of the shoot: