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The Right Model For The Job (part 1): Omie

As we approach the first anniversary of our move to the Regent Parade premises, we’re still managing to squeeze original shoots from this inspiring location. A couple of weeks ago, we set up a 60s/scooter shoot using the knockout combination of the local streets, a genuine 1960s Vespa GS (that goes by the name of “Pearl” – kindly supplied by Nick Shale), and a model with an unrivalled collection of 1960s outfits.

Omie and Pearl

I’m not sure which came first: the idea for the shoot – or the model. I’ve worked with the wonderful Omie many times over the last few years and she remains an immediate and obvious choice for any 60s fashion shoot. Omie has been a hair model for Vidal Sassoon and her look is still very much based on his retro cropped styles. The sixties are clearly in Omie’s blood. She has tattoos of Mary Quant’s flower logo as well as the Rolling Stones logo.

Omie (and Nick) on Pearl

But above all, Omie just oozes the look of the period. She has studied the fashion and poses of the era and naturally and effortlessly goes from authentic pose to authentic pose. She knows what suits her and has many outfits to choose from. Even her make up is carefully considered and matched to the outfits she brings along on the day. In previous posts, we’ve discussed the problems and uncertainties of working with models. Omie is one of those valuable group of models that can be depended on to be on time, professional, and to look great at all times. I’d hate to think I was typecasting Omie – she actually suits a wide range of themes – but I feel that if its a look that the model clearly has an enthusiasm for and empathy with, then the images will be all the better for it, and Omie was clearly in her element that day.

Omie and Pearl


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6 responses

  1. Jeff Boston

    Love the pictures David. Omie is clearly a stunning and model, so far I have, regrettably, missed every photoshoot with her. Hopefully this will be rectified in the not too distant future


    August 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    • Thank you to David and all the other photographers who made this shoot possible, not to mention Nick and the beautiful Pearl! This shoot was more like a dream come true than a regular photoshoot. I love working with David and his team and continue to learn so much from every shoot i do with him. Thank you to all the photographers who have emailed me with images and hopefully we can work together again soon! Brilliant day!

      August 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      • You’re very welcome, Omie! I’ll pop my images on cd for you. See you at fotofilia very soon I hope.

        August 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    • Oh, I’m plotting another visit from Omie some time soon, Jeff. Watch this space!

      August 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

  2. look forward to it 🙂

    August 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm

  3. Jeff Boston

    I’ll look out for it.


    August 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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