Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

Splash! Portia Freno beach shoot

July 28, 2011 10 comments

On Saturday I was off to France with the amazing Adrian Pini, to shoot with FIVE photographers! I was expecting it to be a very hard and challenging day, and although was a little excited, saw it as work all the same. However, it was nothing but a pleasure from start to finish! I was very fond of all 5 photographers, so much so that, even when I was freezing my arse off in wet clothes I still smiled and laughed and delivered. It’s always delightful to shoot with like-minded and positive people; Adrians passion for his work is undeniable and it definitely sparks motivation within the teams he works with.

The advantage of shooting with 5 photographers is you get 5 different styles, angles and perceptions, and each photographer added their own unique flair. And of course, I did my thing 🙂

In the future, I would like to do an individual piece on each photographer I worked with to introduce them to you, so if ever you need a photographer you know where to go to.

I got some AMAZING shots, truly, truly amazing and I cannot wait to share with you. I actually had to give myself a pat on the back cos I was definitely on my A game, plus I had no hair or make up so had to work harder to make the pictures strong and believable. The end result saw hundreds of natural snaps lazing in the dunes, splashing in the water and strolling along the beach. I also had to film videos which I am very excited in seeing. Here are some behind the scenes pics xx

Credits: Adrian Pini, Ayad Al Adnani, Mikey Dread, Sam Chronicle, David Kittos, Terry King


The Light Of The Sun to hit #1

I’ve always been a big fan of Jill Scott and believed she was underrated! Now, it seems that her new album “The Light Of The Sun” is predicted to debut at #1 in the US! I’m so happy to hear that. She certainly deserves it.

It’s exciting, because it’s on my own terms. I feel like my eyes are going to bulge out of my head. It’s like starting all over again. Music shouldn’t be a chore or feel like any kind of burden. It’s free and alive. And that’s where I am.” Jill Scott

Peep her cover for Billboard magazine, shot by Steven Gomillion & Dennis Leupold. She looks great! I personally prefer her with a big curly afro, but she’s rocking this short crop with undeniable confidence; the same confidence that has been evident during her whole career and is admired by, and an inspiration to many. And we’ve certainly missed her after a 4 year break!

Go Jill!

The album is released 27th June and can be pre-ordered here

Laetitia Galen; Imagined Photography

August 30, 2010 4 comments

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Meet Laetitia Galen; the beautiful face and talent behind Imagined Photography.

I have picked Laetitia to debut my “She’s Hot!” segment for many reasons. Not only does she remind me of myself with her go-getter attitude, ambition, drive and spirituality, not to mention talent ;), having worked with her it’s obvious to see that this woman is going places.

Laetitia got in touch with me online, and on a last minute spur of the moment decision, we found ourselves spontaneously shooting minutes from my house. We didn’t even shoot a lot of frames, in fact we had so much in common and so much to talk about, that we ended up sitting by the river having a good old natter! When I finally suggested getting back to shooting again, Laetitia took a quick peek at the images on her camera and replied, “No, it’s cool. I’ve got what I need here.”.

This is a confident woman that knows what she wants.

At the young age of only 21, Laetitia Galen started photography not too long ago, and developed a passion for bringing out the “soul-deep beauty” in people through experimentation. She still feels her work is 20% technical knowledge and 80% feeling and instinct, often joking with people that she’s not sure what she’s pressing on the camera or computer – which might contain a little bit of truth! Whatever feels “right” in an image, stays. Whatever feels wrong, is tweaked (sometimes for hours) in Photoshop until it’s just right (“I have self-diagnosed OCD when it comes to colours!”). Every image is simply a fun experiment, and she considers each new project a challenge to herself to do the best she possibly can with the picture. As much as her end goal is high-fashion, portraits are still her true love, and macro her guilty pleasure.

Her work exudes a natural “caught in the moment” feel, and I have already been told off for one or two of my images that have been airbrushed. “People will assume you have bad skin, which is far from the truth. Do not allow photgraphers to airbrush your images like that!”.

Laetitia may be small with an innocent looking pretty face, but she can be pretty scary when it comes to orders!

Peep some of my images from our 20 minute shooting and 2 hours gossiping, photo shoot, below, followed by a testimonial she kindly wrote about me.

“Portia is (as I often like to tell her on Twitter) a wonderful model and person. She is bubbly and has a cute personality, but turns up the heat when she needs to in front of the camera. I could go on for days about how perfect her skin is, but I won’t – unless you ask me to. She’s one of those rare beauties who is also intellectual in addition to being multi-talented – which makes her a force to be reckoned with. And now I shall stop praising her as I don’t want to sound like a groupie (though I would show off her autograph if I got it!)”

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