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Beauty, Body Paint, Commercial, Cosplay, Dance, Fashion, Fitness, Lifestyle, Nude, Portrait, Promotional, Remote, Sheer, Swimwear and Topless

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Hello!

I’ve taken photographs all my life.  I’ve been into studio work and model photography since the beginning of 2016. Photography is a personal passion and not my job.  I am keen to work with as many people as possible. Please get in contact if you would like to work with me.

Reasons to work with me

  • I am always well prepared for shoots with a clear plan.
  • I communicate shoot aims well verbally and with mood boards.
  • I value your input, the model is a collaborator not just a subject.
  • I keep you happy, I respect the model's feelings and personal space.
  • Models enjoy working with me, please see my references.

TF or Paid Shoots

As a photographer, I am happy to work on a TF basis on collaborative projects if you want to work with me.  Lack of experience is not a problem and I am happy and able to direct you if you need that, but also happy to facilitate your ideas.  Get in touch if you want to discuss a shoot.

On the shoots that I cast, I usually choose models with a bit of experience, which usually means the model works on a paid for basis.  This is a hobby for me but I still like to get a standard model release on a paid shoot just so I have the freedom to show my images wherever I want without risk of restrictions.

Inspiration and Style

I try not to repeat myself too much and am always looking to try new styles and techniques.  I enjoy looking at other people's work and am always looking for inspiration.  They say imitation is the best form of flattery.  But is is also a fundamental part of the creative process.  Anyone interested in that idea should watch this video: Everything is a Remix.

I tend to work with female models (but wish there were more male models available here).  That means I am usually focusing on femininity.  I like images to be sensual and striking, but am also keen to tell more of a story and give things a context rather then just a model standing in a void.

Some shoots suit strong makeup but generally I prefer a more natural look.  Some models will even be comfortable with no makeup.  Largely I leave hair and makeup decisions to the model.   However, I particularly dislike long and/or coloured fingernails.

More of my work

I try to keep a reasonable representation of my work here on PurplePort but this is not my primary portfolio.  I regularly post on 500px, I have my own portfolio site tobylewis.me.uk, I am on instagram as @tobyinbristol

My Home Studio

I enjoy location shoots but do most of my shooting in my home studio.  Here is a short video of me setting up.  It gives you some sort of an idea of what to expect on the day.  Upstairs the master bedroom which has an ensuite bathroom becomes the model’s private preparation and changing space.

Credits, Likes and FPI

This is more a note for other photographers, but I don't understand why people here do not give credits for the people involved in making images.  I always credit the model on images here and posted on other platforms.  But here on Purpleport surely the point is for people to be able to discover other people they want to work with.  When a model or photographer is not credited using the credit mechanism (as opposed to just using the model name in an album or image title) it is frustrating that you may not be able to find that person and they will not come up on the list of credited images.  My personal policy is not to give likes or FPI suggestions on images that do not have credits for the model.  Talking of FPI suggestions, took me a while to realise how easy this is to do.  Find it as an option in the grey cog on any photo, everyone should suggest. :)


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References

Toby Lewis has 69 references; 69 recommended, 0 not recommended, 0 late cancellations, and 0 no-shows.

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