I visited Calumet in search for new studio lights to call my own, instead of annoyingly having to beg, borrow or steal them constantly. First time I went to the store the woman wasn't the best of help. Mainly being condescending, unhelpful and kept directing me towards cheaper and not as nice lights when I had already stated that I would love one of the Pro Bowens two head kits. So understandably I was not looking forward to going back but I ended up with a lovely guy serving me instead this time. I choose the 750 Pro two head kit, he even managed to get a second larger soft box with all the trimmings thrown in for free!
To put my new purchase to good use one of the girls, Amanda, who also models for Sassoon, was available on the monday afternoon for a little fun test shoot at my flat, because the second part of our living room is a studio. And if things couldn't have been planned better she had just done a presentation show at one of the Bond street salons so we didn't have to worry about hair or make up!
I’m a London based photographer heading into the world of fashion and portraits; people and beauty have always interested me the most.
I also dabble a bit with hair modelling for Sassoon. It’s a fun part time job because of the people I have met, the countries I have been lucky enough to get taken to for shows, a deeper understanding for both sides of the camera and amazing hair, I can’t complain too much!
I have just finished making my own website, www.racheloates.com, it’s not complete just yet as there are things I want to take down and newer work to put up, but I’ll probably be saying that constantly.
My next little adventure is that on Friday I am off to Bologna in Italy with Sassoon for Cosmoprof, so when I’m back expect some photographs and a little experiment with video.