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.
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.
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’s Model Mayhem profile: http://www.modelmayhem.com/786472
Omie’s PureStorm profile: http://www.purestorm.com/profile.aspx?id=omiepick1