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 ...
15 years old at the time of this photo
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