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Kiera's multi million hits...

Absolutely delighted to see my good friend Kiera Weathers smash through the 6 million benchmark onSpotifythis week, what an achievement and truly deserved.

Kiera was back in the studio with me in September shooting the CD cover of her new single 'Talk To Me', I've had a chance to see the artwork and it looks really good, no doubt it'll be another roaring success for her.

I wish her every bit of luck!

Follow Kiera on Instagram here -Kiera Weathers Instagram

Shooting a teen beauty queen...

I'm always really impressed by people who push themselves to be the very best they can be, especially in this extremely tough industry that I have the pleasure of working in.

One particular example of this is my good friend Misha Grimes, she is a perfect example of someone that never gives up and always give more than 100% in all that she does.

Last summer, I was fortunate enough to be a sponsor for Misha on her campaign to become 'Miss Teen Galaxy England 2017' and on March 12th Misha took the title, a well deserved win after persevering for so long.

Earlier this week, Misha began her tour of the U.K. with her extremely supportive mother 'Kasha' and her first stop was with me at my home studio for some new head shots with her sparkling new crown. As always, its a real pleasure spending time with them both and once again we managed tocapture some fabulous new images, so watch this space!

Misha brought hairstylist Duncan Fisher and make-up artist Patrick Baston, both of whom are outstanding professionals.

I wish Misha every success with her career, the next 12 months are no doubt going to be a busy for her, but I know she'll just take it all in her stride as she always does.

Portrait of a winner!

I had looked forward to today's photo shoot for a long time, as it was the winner of the portrait voucher I donated to 'Down syndrome Liverpool Group' in 2016.

A lot of you will already know that our son Max has Down syndrome and we are constantly working alongside groups throughout the north west to help raise funds and awareness for the condition.

'Down syndrome Liverpool Group' raise thousands of pounds every year and I was really pleased to be a part of that fundraising by donating the portrait voucher.

But today was all about the winner and 4 year old Melody from Liverpool arrived at the studio and stole our hearts, what a beautiful little girl she is. From the minute she arrived I was on my toes trying to capture her every move and I loved every minute!

As with most child portraits, after 30 minutes she was ready to leave, she'd had enough of me trying to direct her, she knew what was best and made sure her toy monkey got in on the act too.

Overall it was an amazing photo shoot, short and sweet, but we got the shot!

Look out for it here on my website and on mysocial mediasoon.

Have a great Easter weekend everyone.


My neglected website...

For those of you that visit my website on a regular basis and for those of you that I chat to on social media, you will be aware that I have seriously neglected my website for over 12 months now, in fact this is my first blog since May 2016... terrible I know.

But it has been an extremely busy period for me, one particular client kept me busy for 5 months solid and I finally recieved the planning permission to set up a purpose built home studio. It took over 3 months for that to come through and then I had to find the right company to build it for me and in Dec 2016 it was completed.

My first test shoot ran throughout January and February and I was really impressed with the results, now is the time to push forward and really make it work and I am looking forward to all of the work I have booked in over the coming months.

I am also recieving far more enquireis for wedding packages, this is something I don't do a lot of, but that may change if I feel it is the right direction for my business to go in.

I will be sharing a lot more information here on my blog and linking it to my social media, for those of you that are looking to work with me, you can find mydiary hereand a link to book me.

Speak to you all soon, keep clicking guys!


The Weathers good were we are...

I'm all for doing things a little bit different and getting creative at the last minute, but when you've been making plans, researching locations and getting everthing prepared for a very important photo shoot, nothing frustrates me more than the Great British weather letting us down!!!

And that's exactly what happened yesterday! I'd already planned a shoot day with award winning make up artistAnne Bowcockand the original idea was to take a couple of models on location, but when I was contacted byKiera Weathersmanagement and they told me that if we could arrange to do the photo shoot with her on the 19th May, then that would be perfect, all of our plans changed.

We discussed mood boards and Kiera was spoilt rotten with a fabulous collection of outfits fromMabel Doll.

On the day, we got off to a good start, it was a little overcast and all was looking good, but within 30 minutes the weather changed dramatically and the heavens opened, it meant that our amazing plans of a location shoot changed and it was time to set up the home studio, it's never ideal, but we do get some decent work done in it.

Kiera was in great spirit, we had the music on loud and we all just got on with the shoot.

I'm really pleased with the results and I'm looking forward to working on a few edits over the coming days.

Little Marilyn walked tall, so does size really matter?...

It's the question a lot of people ask and non more so than in the world of modelling.

I get asked this question all of the time by mostly young girls wanting to break into the world of modelling and it's a really tricky question to answer.

A model is an individual, male or female, young or old, who takes on the role of promoting and displaying products, particularly fashion clothing, in order to serve as a walking, talking, breathing visual aide for the creative arts. Modelling as a profession was established by Charles Frederick Worth in 1853, when he had his wife model the clothing designs he had created in the category of haute couture.

Soon, it became a common practice for Parisian fashion houses and each kept their own?house mode? in order to help advertise their latest works of art. The profession began to include photo modelling as well, with one of the best-known models having been Lisa Fonssagrives from the 1930s. With over 200 Vogue covers to her name, she was one lady who would shape the careers of fashion models everywhere for years to come.

The first modelling agency was opened up in 1946 by Eileen and Gerard Ford, located in New York, and is currently the oldest one to be found in the world. The Ford Models agency would later also herald the precursor to model housing by allowing teen models from out of town to reside with the innovators from the1960s onwards, while also ensuring that their ladies were paid advances on the money they were owed.

Later in the 1970s,Ford Modelswould also pioneer the concept of scouting as it began bringing in Scandinavian models that were tall and leggy, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Ford would also begin supermodel competitions and bring in an exotic taste from Brazil, eventually leading to the establishment of Ford Models Brazil.

While initially models would come in all shapes and sizes and would be paid quite poorly, it was in the 1940s and 1950s that this began to change as well. Jinx Falkenburg was the first model to be paid a large sum of money, amounting to $25 an hour, a sum that would convert to about $250 in today?s currency, taking inflation into account.

That is a whopping number and one that extremely few make today as well. In the beginning, models were not known outside the fashion industry. They were also a whole lot more voluptuous, with Wilhelmina Cooper?s measurements at 38?-24?-36? and Chanel Iman?s at 32?-23?-33? in size.

Here is where pin up models originated and the next decade would bring about a new revolution in of itself.

With London as the hub that procured the best ladies in the profession, we began to find models like Jean Shrimpton, Joanna Lumley, Tania Mallet, Celia Hammond, Twiggy, Penelope Tree, and Pauline Stone spoken about all over the place, suddenly becoming household names.

Twiggy?s figure and general silhouette actually led to a change in the modelling ideals. From thinner ladies to higher pay, it was Twiggy who set the stage for the modern modelling industry to be built upon. Add to that the fact that she earned £80 an hour when the average wage was £15 a week and youhave the makings of one of the most famous petite female supermodels to reach such incredible success.

Twiggy was the one woman who changed the course of fashion history, but there are many others who were too short to make the listings but somehow grew to be superstars on that catwalk. Of course, there are different types of modelling and each has its own requirements: -

? Editorial/Fashion: This is a very tight category with strict requirements when it comes to height and weight. Models required in this category are normally featured in magazines or walk the runway shows. Here, women need to be 5?8? or over, up to 6?0? and weigh up to 120 pounds.

? Commercial: In the commercial modelling category, weight and height are certainly not as absolute and can include all types of models. Generally women are expected to be between 5?6? and 5?11? but it is not set in stone. You have plus sized models as well, who wear up to size 18 but areexpected to be taller, their height reaching 6?2? even.

Sometimes, models break the mold and become a beacon of light on their own, despite the restrictions placed on success if you differ from the accepted values and for me, the greatest piece of evidence to back this up, was the fabulousMarilyn Monroe. (click to see her official website)

The american actress, singer and all time model stood at 5' 5" and is very well known as one of the most famous of the shorter supermodels in history.

She became a major sex symbol and her images still grace our memories and our walls. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, she bleached her hair to fit the needs of the Blue Book modelling agency.

With her new name of Marilyn Monroe, she took the industry by storm. She would soon become an international success and even after death remembered rather fondly.

So, does size really matter? In my honest opinion "No it doesn't", you are who you are, play to your strenghts, not your weaknesses and prove to the world that no matter how tall you are, you have the confidence to walk with your head held high!

Dave Henshaw

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PurplePort FPI is a great start to the weekend...

I was really pleased to find out this morning, that one of the portrait I's taken of Maggsy last year had been given an FPI (Front Page Image) on the PurplePort website.

PurplePort is a modern and refreshing approach to the problem of finding people to work/collaborate with.

It doesn't matter whether you are an experienced photographer or a new model their mission is to provide you with one neat and easy to use service so you can find talented people to work with.

You can find out more about PurplePort and my FPI here -Take me to it!

Have a great weekend everyone!


New HENSHAW branded tops are top...

If you've ever had to buy branded workwear or uniforms, then you'll know just how much of a nightmare it can be!!!

There are so many companies online that promise you the earth, but when it comes down to actually providing what they say they will, it never happens.

Previously, my branded work wear with my old Take a Shot logo on took around 9wks to get delivered, it would have taken even longer if I hadn't chased them almost everyday after 6wks of waiting. When it finally arrived, I was pleased with the quality, but the delivery and service left a bitter taste in my mouth.

So this time around, I decided to do a bit more homework and search a little closer to home. I wanted somewhere that had stock that I could actually try on, instead of guessing sizes online, which once printed or embroidered can't be changed.

My search took me to several local companies, but one in particular really stood out!!!

They are called HIVIS and they are based in St. Helens. I called in on Monday 14th March with my new logo saved to a pen drive and I told them that I had an event on the Monday 21st March and asked if they could help me with my new polo shirts.

I was told that it was possible and I was then shown 3 or 4 different styles of polo shirt, they had every size in stock and a fitting room for me to try a few on. I decided which polo shirt I liked best, picked the right size and paid. In comparison to the last polo shirts I ordered, they were a good£4 cheaper and much better quality.

A proof was emailed to me on the 16th March, showing the exact stitching detail and positioning on the polo shirts, I was only able to check this and respond on the morning of Thursday 17th. I approved it all and within 2hrs I recieved a text message, advising me that my polo shirts were ready to collect!!!

It took them just 4 days...4 DAYS, not 9 WEEKS. I was absolutely delighted, so I called in and collected my order in complete satisfaction.

The staff here are extremely knowladgable and friendly and I'd recommend them to anyone, I personally can't thank them enough, well worth considering next time you order any personalised workwear.

Thank you HIVIS, I can't wait to wear my new top on Monday and I'll be in again soon to order more!


HIVIS Website - Click Here

The Star Salon vision is right on trend...

This week, I finally got the chance to work with British Hair& Fashion modelMegan Brunell, I'm guessing that a lot of you will know her from the TV showBritains Next Top Model(BNTM).

She was styled by the amazing Christopher Melia at Liverpool'sStar Salonfor this year'Trend Vision'awards.

My time with Megan was brief, we had less than 30 minutes to set up and get the final images, Megans expertise really shone through and it enabled me to actually focus on the photography, she needed little to no direction and it was a breath of fresh air. I am very pleased with the overall results, even if they were a little rushed and look forward to sharing them with you in the next few weeks, I'm pretty sure the team at Star Salon are onto a winner this year...they certainly deserve it!

Hopefully I will get to work with Megan again soon, I have spoken to her about a personal project and she seemed keen to get involved..so watch this space!

Have a great week everyone!


Burning the midnight...candle.

If you're like me and you like to spend time in the evening just sitting at your desk, going through your images from the day and perhaps working on a bit of editing, then I'd really recommend you look at buying a set of candles fromSmoulder Wolf.

The scents are marketed at us 'modern gents' (sorry ladies, don't shoot the messenger) and a set will cost about£35 with free UK delivery.

Have a look at there website, you'll be well impressed with the service and never again will you have to sit in your work space smelling of rose buds and elderflower.


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