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Roswell Ivory

NEWSFLASH! I’ve updated my SALE page with latex and some really gorgeous one-off pretty things. ❤

Wow. Last week’s post got a MONTH’S viewings in just one day. I’ve had so many supportive comments and messages that I felt quite overwhelmed (in a good way).
Obviously, this blog is mostly a lifestyle and art/modelling blog but before I move on to other subjects, I just want to address a few of the recurring questions I received:

1) Vasectomies are not as easy as you said.
I’ve heard mixed experiences about vasectomies. It varies wildly depending on other factors like home country and age but in general, it is easier for a man to be sterilised than a woman.

3) Why not pay for it?
Several reasons but here are my two main ones: I’m not in a financial position to do so, most importantly. Secondly, when IVF is available…

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Upcoming photoshoot with Kataxenna Kova

I haven’t posted anything on my blog for over a week now, so I thought it was time for an update.  I’ve been preparing for my upcoming photo shoot with Kataxenna Kova. This will probably be my last shoot of 2015.

Kataxenna Kova Model :Kataxenna Kova
Photographer: Luci Alice Photography
Hair: Aaron Best
Outfit: Pandora Deluxe Latex

We had originally planned to shoot in October, but the shoot is now taking place next week and we have some wonderful designs for her to wear. She is most well known for her glamour work, but we’ve decided to mix things up a bit when we work together and shoot a range of styles.

First of all, latex designers Murray & Vern sent me a box packed with some amazing catsuits and various other items. I’ve since had to post back the catsuits, but we still have some lovely shiny outfits that will look fantastic on Kataxenna.

Murray and Vern

I’m also delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Royal Black Couture & Corsetry once again, who have very kindly provided some beautiful corsets and a stunning gown for her to wear. It’s going to be a great day!

Davina Corset – Royal Black Couture & Corsetry

NeoFlowers – Royal Black Couture & Corsetry

Rouge et Noir – Royal Black Couture & Corsetry

Profile: Divamp Couture

One of the best things about Facebook is it has enabled me to find a wealth of creative talent whose work I admire.  As soon as I discovered the designs of Boyd Baten for Divamp Couture, I was hooked!

Described as a futuristic, innovative style brand, Divamp Couture create clothing that is distinctly eye catching.  I have been an avid follower since I saw the first design, and keep a close eye on new creations.  Take a look at some of the outfits below.

I have been fortunate to shoot two Divamp Couture designs, with two of my favourite models, Luxbot Lacheln and Ophelia Overdose.  Both occasions were a proud achievement for me, as it is an honour to photograph the work of someone who I have great admiration of.  The photos of Ophelia have been particularly popular and have featured in several magazines.  One of the images is also available in the Ophelia Overdose 2016 Calendar.

Model: Luxbot Lacheln

Model: Luxbot Lacheln

Ophelia Overdose

Model: Ophelia Overdose

For further information about Divamp Couture, please click here.

A love/hate relationship

Without having an ‘official’ website of my own, my initial thoughts were to have a Facebook page.  This was prompted after I was asked to provide a website link for an upcoming publication, and so I launched my Facebook page.  As expected, it was a slow start.  A couple of friends probably took pity on me and liked the page, but over a period of time, the number of visitors has grown in fits and starts.  As at today (1st November 2015), I currently have 2190 Facebook followers.

Some weeks, I will get lots of new likes, and other weeks, virtually nothing, and perhaps even lose a couple of followers.  It seems these days that social media is often more popular than a dedicated website, and so this is why I started my Facebook page.

The trouble is, am I jumping on the bandwagon just as everyone else is leaving the party?  There seems to be so many different social media sites now that I really don’t know what is the best way forward to promote my photography.

Magazine submissions are my preferred method, as it’s always nice to see my photos in print.  Then again, it’s difficult to know how wide an audience your reaching with magazines.  With social media, you can see instantly when someone likes what you’ve posted, and so you get that instant gratification that you’re doing something right.

Many people seem to think that Twitter is the best medium, although the majority seem to favour Instagram.  I’ve tried both, and got very little feedback from either of them.  I have quickly developed a number of followers on Instagram, but relatively few on Twitter.  I hate the fact that tweets have to be limited to just a few characters, and to be honest, I don’t know how to use either Twitter or Instagram effectively.  If anyone has any suitable tips, I’d love to know.

In the meantime, I continue with Facebook as my primary social media outlet, but have recently started this blog so I can ramble about my thoughts and ideas in more detail, and also show additional photos and behind the scenes shots which I hope may be of interest to some.

I appear to be virtually the only person viewing my blogs at the moment.  Perhaps it’s a slow start, and the number of viewers will slowly increase.  I certainly hope so.

On the other hand, how many social media sites am I realistically expected to maintain?  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and now WordPress.  I’ve also got Google Plus (which I’ve never used), and I’m on at least 5 modelling portfolio sites.  It’s so difficult to keep up, and could easily become a full time job keeping them all updated, hence the love/hate relationship.

I’m a huge fan of Facebook, as it’s enabled me to make some very useful contacts with models, stylists, photographers, designers and a whole host of people across the world who I probably wouldn’t have otherwise discovered.  Many of these people I can genuinely call friends, even though most of them I have never met.

If you use social media to engage your audience, what method do you find to be the most successful?  How quickly did you get followers?  Is it difficult to keep posting on all the various platforms?  Any comments or suggestions would be most welcome.

Profile: Reptile Life

Who said ‘never work with animals or children’?  Whoever it was hasn’t had the chance to encounter the services of Reptile Life.

Rob Louth and his co-workers provide a range of services for animal encounters, and in my case, photo shoots.  Although you might think that they only provide reptiles, they have a wide range of animals available.  I have used the services of Reptile Life for three photo shoots to date, and will definitely book them again.

Setting up for the day - Gary ClutterbuckThe first time was for a shoot with model Luxbot Lacheln in June 2014. As part of our shoot together, I wanted to do a Medusa themed shoot.   I was originally planning to get a headdress that looked like snakes on and around her head, but after talking to Rob, he suggested that Reptile Life could provide a range of snakes for the purpose, both large and small.

Rob and his assistant Jason turned up with a vast array of snakes (14), including Walter, who is around 17 feet long!  I was a little apprehensive before the day, having never been up close to snakes before.  I can’t say that I had a phobia about them, but there were certainly a few nerves.

Luxbot Lacheln with Ryo LoveWith Rob’s reassurance, it wasn’t long before the entire team had snakes around us, and it’s amazing how quickly the nerves disappear.  They really are beautiful animals.

Luxbot Lacheln with Rob Louth Luxbot LachelnHighlight of the day was an unexpected guest that they brought with them, an adorable Tanuki named Sooty who was just 5 weeks old.Sooty the Tanuki

Soon after the shoot, my laptop and backup drives were stolen during a burglary and I lost many of my photographs, including all the shots from this shoot.  Thankfully, I’d forwarded one of the images to a friend, who was able to send me the image back and was eventually retouched by Irina Istratova.  The image is shown below.  My second shoot with Reptile Life will feature in a future blog post.

Model: Luxbot Lacheln Hair: Owen Follicle Genius Roberts Makeup: Ryo Love Stylist: Claudia Oliver, Falcieri Designs Snake: Walter, courtesy of Reptile Life Retoucher: Irina Istratova (c) Gary Clutterbuck

I’m still here!

Day 2 – no visitors yet (though hoping someone may come along soon), and I’m still here.  I haven’t given up blogging yet.  How long will my enthusiasm last?  Who knows.  If this takes off in the way my Facebook page has, it will be worth persevering,

My most recent photoshoot was with the amazing Roswell Ivory. A very talented writer in addition to her modelling skills, it was a pleasure to spend a day with her at the local studio I tend to use.  We shot several sets of images, mainly latex, and I’m looking forward to getting the first set retouched in preparation for potential publication.  One of the outfits she brought particularly caught my attention, as it fits perfectly with a theme that I’d been wanting to shoot for a while.  I’m currently trying to find a suitable retoucher who can sprinkle the magical ingredients to turn the photos I’ve taken into something that we can be proud to share.  Fingers crossed that it won’t be too long before I can show some of them online.

I had hoped to get some outfits from a designer to shoot in time with Roswell, but unfortunately, the clothing I was provided with didn’t turn up until after the shoot had taken place.  I’m therefore currently trying to arrange one last shoot before Christmas.  Opening the parcel that came was a surprise, as I had no idea of how much the designer was sending.  They have been incredibly generous, and I hope to shoot something that will be suitable to promote their products.  If you like latex, then you’ll love these.  More information about this will appear in an upcoming blog post.

Ok. Here we go…

Welcome.

What else am I supposed to put on my first blog post?  It’s difficult to know where to start really.

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for some time.  I looked into it a couple of months ago, and it looked like it might be a bit of a hassle to set up,so after a couple of evenings researching options, I took the easy choice and decided not to bother… until now.

This first post has happened purely because I wanted to ‘like’ a post on someone else’s blog, and to do that, I had to register.  I’ve just registered, and here I am, suddenly committed to blog writing and wondering if I will get any further than writing this first post.

My intention is to use this to post extra photos, and background information regarding my photoshoots that don’t get published on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/garyclutterbuckphotography

Unless I get bored before I submit this, there will hopefully be another post coming soon.  You never know, I might even have something interesting to write about!  In the meantime, thanks for making it this far without falling asleep.