Where "Be A Model for A Minute" began ...

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In 1986, while working as a photographer at a small entertainment and modeling agency in East Grinstead, I shot the portfolio that helped the then 15 year old Clare Mulholland gain a place at the top-end Select Model Agency in London.

Within a year of that I ran the UK's most successful fundraising event for Photo Aid, called "Be A Model for A Minute", the industry's response to Live Aid / Band Aid.  Setting up a studio inside what was then Regals Night Club in Uxbridge we invited anyone who thought they had potential as a model to go in front of the camera ... to "be a model for a minute".  In one night eight young hopefuls were offered the chance of a place at a major model agency, and six accepted.  We raised over £4000 in four hours.

But fate throws some interesting twists into one's life, and I worked most of the next twenty years in advertising and photo studio management for other people whilst maintaining and developing my skills as a freelance photographer.  Finally I opened my own studio and also embarked on charitable fundraising with models and other photographers raising thousands of pounds for a variety of medical, animal welfare, overseas aid and restoration charities over the years.

I now run the only remaining full service general commercial photography studio in West Sussex and have clients worldwide.  I often hire models for those clients and also run regular events enabling hobby photographers to work with top models in the studio. 

 

And occasionally I find a gem of a budding model ... and in 2018 that was Ella ...

Ella Kasper

15 years old at the time of this photo

5'10"

UK dress size 6/7 (EU 34/35, US 2/3)

Image by Barney Douglas

Taken at Hangleton Lane Studio,

                       Worthing, West Sussex

 

Hair and Styling: Gemma Fletcher

Dress: Velvet Birdcage

Flowers: The Enchanted Florist

Post-production: Davide Sutru
 

Barney Douglas, is the highest rated European commercial photographer on the world's largest freelancing website and his work has been supplied to and published by clients in some forty countries across five of the six continents. 
 
Barney is an international competition judge, an accredited model scout, trained as a dancer as a young man, and the studio itself offers the most cutting edge digital front projection VR stills and video facility in western Europe outside major film production studios.
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