There are many photography makeover studios offering to make anyone a princess/glamour puss for the day, with plenty of soft focus and the right angles anyone can be beautiful! But Claire Seville a british photographer based in Birmingham, specialises in making good girls into very bad girls!
Although Claire does shoot many alternative and fetish models, she also offers a “bad girl makeover shoot” to anyone who doesn’t have a penis, and you certainly don't need to be a model to book a shoot with Claire.
Claire, what took you down the route of professional photography? And, in particular, photographing women only.
Well I used to model many moons ago so it was a natural progression. I love art but can’t draw to save my life so picking up a camera is the next best thing. I find working with lovely ladies is so much fun plus being one myself I have a good eye for what looks hot without it being sleazy. All about the tease not sleaze!
As I said above, there are plenty of studios offering a makeover and photography shoot service, but you specialise in 'bad girls', you can supply it seems pretty much everything from the clothes, hair and make-up to help with posing and styling. What can a wannabe 'bad girl' expect from a makeover shoot with you?
Lots and lots of fun and giggles!!! They get to glam up, dress up and pose for me. It's like I have my very own life size Barbie dolls that I can to play out my darkest ideas and concepts on.
You travel all over the country, where does the inspiration come from for your photography shoots?
No one thing, like most artists I draw inspiration from everywhere, other photographers, films, books, people, places, I can be walking down the street or in a store and something will grab me. I keep little diaries full of notes and imagery. Often I’ll dream a concept or idea then that’s it the cogs start whirring and I have to put it in to motion.
You get to work with some great models (I saw the lovely Ruby True an alternative model who has featured on our sister site Kewel World), but what makes a really great shoot for you? Is it say the model, location or perhaps what you are able to get from that model?
For me its how I work with the model, I’m all about the relationship between us and love us to bounce of each other. That’s how you create magic, when you gel with someone and it doesn’t feel like work. Shoots where you could go all day and not get bored.
A little bit of the technical stuff! What equipment do you use?, and what is the process? Are all pictures airbrushed and touched up!
Every girl likes being touched up ;)! I use a Canon 5D MKII, various lenses, lights and accessories. I use Photoshop and Lightroom for editing.
From a photographers point of view, is the popularity of pin-up, alternative and fetish models growing? Fifty Shades of Gray seems to have awakened in a lot of a people a kink they didn’t even know they had! Are you seeing this coming through in the shoots you are doing, and requests women are making for their sessions?
There is a huge alternative model scene now, when I was modelling there was only a couple about, its become really popular. I think with social acceptance of tattoos and burlesque becoming popular not so long back it was always going to happen. Everyone has a bit of kinky in them somewhere and they all want to be a Bad Girl and why not, life is for living.
Any interview we do has to end with some fun questions! So, here are yours!
For anyone else, I might ask who would be their dream dinner party, but you lets stick with our theme! Ifyou could have a photo shoot with any four people as your models who would you choose? Dead or alive, real or fiction!!
Carmen Electra (massive girl crush), Madonna (she loves to shock, me and her would rock that shit), Bettie Page (queen of pinup with a naughty side) and Marilyn Monroe (timeless beauty, I think I’d want to look after her though).
If you could be a super hero with a super hero power who would you be?
Super Girl, I’d love to be able to fly then I could go all over the world shoting lovely ladies without paying airport taxes.
Three baskets – a kitten – a puppy – a baby ! Who gets the cuddle?
Puppy!!!! I love my two boys to pieces; I have a Staffie called Monkey and a French Bulldog called Monster. Oh and I love my little face to, my 4 year old daughter. But I never get broody for babies only puppies!
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