A young old-Hollywood

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to work with young up and coming talent.  Damon from London Model Management was no exception.  Together with photographer Patrick Mackey, we shot Damon in a variety of light setups and kept the styling minimal.


This one was my favourite from the series.  I’m always a sucker for a good black and white and the lighting here is spot on!

People often ask me if I do make-up for men too. Yes. I do. Pretty much any male you see photographed or appearing on TV (unless they are playing sport!) are wearing make-up. The purpose isn’t to make them look like they’re wearing make-up the way you might when working with a female, instead it’s to ensure that they are “camera ready” and don’t look washed out under the studio lights.

At only 18 years of age, there was something about Damon that reminded me of the old Hollywood classics.

The youth of Farley Granger…

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Farley Granger for ‘The North Star’, Samuel Goldwyn Company. Photographed by Margaret Bourke-White, 1943.

The confidence of Marlon Brando…

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Marlon Brando for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, Warner Brothers. Photographed by John Engstead, 1950.

The intensity of Rock Hudson…

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Rock Hudson for ‘Lover Come Back’, Universal. Photographed by Leo Fuchs, 1961.

And the broodiness (and awesome hair!) of Clint Eastwood…

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Clint Eastwood, RKO. Photographed by Ernest A. Bachrach, 1956.

We really tried to channel that in this series of images and I love the final result.  From a make-up perspective, it was all about working with the light to add more angular dimensions to Damon’s face.  For his hair, I worked with his natural body and switched it up from slick Clint Eastwood-style to more relaxed for the colour shots.

Some of my other favourite shots…




While shooting, Damon told me he’d given up going to schoolies with his friends in Fiji to stay back and work on building his book.  With an attitude like that Damon, you’ll no doubt go far!

Please feel free to leave me any questions or comments below if you want to know more about this shoot.


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