PHOTOGRAPHER REVIEW || WALNUTWAX
There are some photographers out there who deserve all the credit in the world for what they do - because they are not only astounding photographers but superb people. There are photographers out there that I could talk about and explain how wonderful the shoot was, how nice they are and how fantastic the outcomes are but in the end was it ultimately an amazing experience? Even after the passing of a couple of years my shoot with Walnutwax is still up there in my top 5, in all my conversation topics and most highly recommended.
Not often do you find someone so keenly interesting and loveable but knowledgeable and wise. This man is a diamond in the rough whose skills really aren’t appreciated enough. You just don’t find people like this often, and they always deserve more praise than they think they do. Stuart has made everything for himself and works for himself, an outstanding feat that not many others can care to boast. He has made everything he has on his own, none of this working through people or financial boosting or any of that typical industry malarky, just pure elbow grease and style.
1. What are you most proud of?
I’m very proud that I’ve managed to build up a decent size following through hard work..some of the mail and comments i get are very overwhelming.
2. If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
Just 1 really…to win the lottery.
From there i would buy a little studio i can shoot from 2 or 3 times a week.
i would employ someone to do all my editing for me and i would try and work my way through my list of models on my wish list.
3. Do you feel you’ve achieved more through working for what you want as opposed then if you had for financial gain?
Absolutely…I’ve only ever did 2 paid jobs for a magazine in 4 years..i never push myself to find paid work..i much prefer to shoot when i want & who i want..yes im probably a little bit of a control freak haha but i think the majority of photographers are.
4. What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve been given?
“you should mail some model agencies to do test shoots”…ive sent lots of messages to agencies asking to shoot a certain girl and ive never had a reply from any of them…just a what a waste of my time.
5. Photographically, any tips or tricks you can give to upcoming photographers?
take lots of photographs
think outside the box
be fussy about who you shoot
…….oh and mail some model agencies to do test shoots hahahaha
Walnutwax, also known as Stuart Mitchell, has a very unique style which is in your face, tongue in cheek yet very down to earth all at the same time. Using minimal editing and more natural focuses and lighting his versatile photography skills sustain a quality finish which surpasses most of the industry’s editing skills. With beautiful cleanliness his images are striking and simply divine.
The images he creates are diverse and admirable, from high fashion and simple beauty to hardcore grime and sleeze with a seemingly likeable quality. Every single image produced, be it digital or his infamous instax’s, create heart-pounding reactions and startling visual love affairs.
I am hopefully going to be working with this fella again soon for an amazing fashion project which I am going to try my upmost hardest to kind of keep a secret.
So I got to go and shoot with a fantastic photographer and what I consider good friend, Shawn Bishop at Scarlet Door Studios in Bracknell. What is nice about working with Shawn is that both of us have really come a phenomenal way since working together first of all years back in 2010. Little to say what we produce today is far superior to what we did then for natural reasons, but it is so so refreshing and endearing to see yourself, and somebody else at the same time, work forwards and evolve themselves as a creative.
I love working with Shawn, the fact that we produced nine amazing sets in 4 hours justifies this. We work well together - his honesty and bluntness is charming in all aspects and he is a very genuine sincere person who is thoughtful and considerate as well as being knowledgeable with his own technicalities and style. A lot of people have worked with Shawn and rightly so, and new models should definitely aim to get his work in their portfolio because he really does work hard and smart.
I got up at seven to prep myself for the shoot and do the ever tiresome job of curling my hair and was good to go by 9ish. Me and my other half ventured up there in little over an hour and a half, had a cup of tea and went from there without a second thought. Steve learnt a thing or two about lighting and is now considering photography as a venture and Shawn and I produced a few amazing sets without having to really think about it, anything from fashion to nude to glamour. Little to say I still lack the ability to sexily pull off a ‘floortrait’ because I am not naturally sexy but I gave it a cracking go.
Next up with Shawn I have an ace up my sleeve in the form of a car to rival the Granada we shot with back in 2010 if not better it, so we are on a location shoot in the next couple of months for sure! And I simply can’t wait, I already have some images to share with some designer lingerie from my ever slow collecting collection which I am thrilled about. All in all, a bloody good day, filled with lots of tea and a whooping Mcdonalds on the way home.
I definitely don’t fit in the kiddies play area anymore sadly.
LINGERIE REVIEW || PLAYFUL PROMISES PARADISE SET
I was gifted this set from the wonderful Playful Promises Brand Manager and was over the moon to have the chance to represent a lingerie brand that is one of my favourites, in fact from having this set I purchased another recently because the quality really is phenomenal. I worked for Playful Promises a long while back in the Carnaby street branch and wore a whole ensemble of theirs and never really stopped following and adoring them.
The Paradise set isn’t one that I would of choose myself therefore to me it is a blessing because you’ll most likely have seen it in my modelling photos combined with one of the Playful Promises classic black suspender belts as I have not yet found the matching Garter to go with this set as it is no longer on the website.
The Longline bra is surprisingly easy to get on and off, making it ideal to wear out and about with comfort and ease. I love the fact that the set is simply so so comfortable and supportive unlike a lot of other brand sets I have which, although are comfortable to wear for naughty bedtime antics or shoots, not for wearing realistically. Not only that but it also is very adaptable, it is subtly sexy and incredibly flirty. The eyelash lace over the top of the very striking teal satin is gorgeous and really does catch the light well across the body and compliment your features as opposed to being the feature. The same goes for the brief, being sheer elasticated mesh to really show off your bum and be sensible enough to be wearable but naughty enough to be playful.
I’ve worn this set for shoots quite a bit now, so it will most likely be kept away safe for a little while and make a return every so often because it really is a stunning set. Like I mentioned unfortunately you can’t purchase this one anymore but Playful Promises is definitely a brand you should keep your eyes on because the seasonally bring out gorgeous lingerie.